Current Sermon Series: Presence

Malachi 3:13-18, Colossians 1:13-20, Matthew 26:6-13


Current Sermon Series

Christmas time, or what the ancient church has always called Advent, is a time when we celebrate and look forward to getting presents! This year we are going to focus on the greatest gift of all, the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. Discover how his presence enables us to be present in the lives of others. Join us for Presence: How to show up like Jesus.


Church Office Closed – November 28th & 29th

Observance of Thanksgiving


Sunday Morning Bible Study – December 1st

Sunday Morning Bible Study will not be meeting on December 1st but will resume the following Sunday, December 8th.

Dedication – December 8th

On December 8th between 8:00am and 9:30am service, we will be dedicating the installation of the Mosaic commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Holy Cross in Lake Mary.

E3 New Member and Information Class

Our next E3 class, for anyone wishing to become a member or seeking to learn more about who we are as a church, will be held on December 12th. The class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm. We share a light meal together and spend some time getting to know one another, learning who we are as a church and what we believe, and discovering your gifts and how you can put them in a practice. Sign up with Pastor Matt at


Announcements & Updates

Family Serve Grace & Grits – November 27th

Join us Wednesday, November 27th the day before Thanksgiving at 5:30 in downtown Sanford to serve dinner to those less fortunate. We will be serving promptly at 6:00pm at First United Methodist Church (419 S Park Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771). Let Pastor Matt know that you are coming at

Christmas Decorations – November 30th

Come help decorate the church on Saturday, November 30th at 9:00am. Questions please contact Chris Jennison at

Experience Bethlehem – December 7th

Join us at Holy Cross for a family interactive Christmas experience on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Step back in time to experience what it was like in Bethlehem on the day that Jesus was born, and then visit our Community Center for fun activities and camel stew. Reserve your time slot to minimize your wait at or just show up when you can because walk-ins are welcome!

Christmas Angel Trees

This year we are sponsoring four Christmas Angel Trees.

1) Boys and Girls Club West Sanford – Tags with children’s name, grade, gender and wishes

2) Redeeming Life Maternity Home – Gift Cards to buy food and supplies

3) Pet Rescue By Judy – Various items

4) Pregnancy Center of Sanford – Various items

Please return designated tag (name of child) with the unwrapped gift and tag with description of item under the respective Christmas tree by Friday, December 20th. You can keep the ornament. Please bring all gift cards into the church office or give directly to Grace Chewning.

Metals for Missions

The little red truck in the parking lot on Sundays and the blue recycling container in the courtyard are two ways that we are collecting aluminum cans and any recyclable metals. All proceeds goes to missions and HCLM youth ministry. Contact Warren Jennison (

Worship Team

Have a desire to serve? Have a desire for worship? The Worship Team is looking for a couple of individuals to help behind the scenes in the sound booth to run sound and/or the computer. Sound board experience preferred but not required. Those interested please email Chris Kutcher at

Bring Faith Home

Pastor Ethan is continuing his study ‘Bring Faith Home’ nights. All families are welcome to attend. Dinner and childcare is provided free of charge. The event will be held at the Lower Campus cafeteria (5450 Holy Cross Ct. Sanford, FL 32771) from 6:00-7:00pm. Please sign up with Pastor Ethan at for food count. Topics and dates are as follows:

December 4th – Raising Kids With Lifelong Faith

December 18th – Making Christmas Count

Life Line Screening – December 14th

Life Line Screening, a provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will be here at Holy Cross on December 14th.  Five screenings will be offered: Carotid Artery/Plaque, Atrial Fibrillation, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Osteoporosis Risk. See flyers in the Narthex for cost and registration. Complimentary available.


L Team News

BUNCO – November 26th

The BUNCO group will not be meeting on Tuesday, November 26th or December 24th, due to Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Our group will resume on January 28, 2020.

Holiday Happening – December 3rd

The “Divine Dollies” will gather on Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:30 a.m., in the Community Center for a covered dish HOLIDAY HAPPENING! Along with your appetite, just bring a food item to share.

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – December 10th

Join the ladies on Tuesday, December 10th at Appletons Café located at 3575 W Lake Mary Blvd. #101 Lake Mary, FL 32746 at 11:30am for lunch. Call Grace Chewning (407-322-8634) or Hilde Hoy (407-324-7616) to make reservation.

Christmas Tea – December 12th

It’s that time again ladies! Time for our annual Christmas Tea. This year we have scheduled it for Thursday, December 12th at 6:00pm. Please RSVP (Sharon Shyrock at if you will be able to come and how many will be in your party. We are asking for a $5 donation per person and that you please bring your own tea cup, saucer, dessert plate, and a wrapped ornament for our gift exchange. Please come and share this annual Christmas tradition.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Baskets Thank you to everyone at Holy Cross and Holy Cross Lutheran Academy for your contributions!

Priscilla and Bob Rogers as they celebrate their 41st anniversary on November 25th

Priscilla Rogers as she celebrates her birthday on November 27th


Prayers of Healing

Ryan Lorenz recovery from surgery and injury

Dale Austin hospitalized in ICU

Larry Esch continued healing from heart valve replacement surgery

Zoe Hooper (six months old) continued healing after heart surgery

Karen Lorenz relief from pain and stiffness on left side, return function of left hand

Delaney Grill healing and speedy recovery from surgery

Kristina Lundberg healing from stroke that has paralyzed her left side

Gertraude Lopeman resolution of varied physical problems


General Prayer

We pray today for our nation and our world. We ask that God would be with all of our leaders and elected officials.


Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Barbara Bechtold

Laken Binkley

Robert Bowes

Karen Brett

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Jack Cadden

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Wayne Dose

Deb Fadool

Shelley Feazell

Tosha Feldmann

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Alan Kimball

Al Laruffa

Michelle LeBlanc

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Luis Marin

John Metz

Judy McBride

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Irmgard Pommerening

Kathy Ratchford

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Rafael Rosario

Karen Schlue

Larry Schnabel

Jonathan Smith

Michele Vitale


“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”


Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am in the Worship Center

Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Community Center

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