Jeremiah 23:5-8, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 21:1-9
First Sunday of Advent
Church Service – November 28, 2021
Saving ChristmasIn today’s day and age a lot of people are concerned about Christmas. Port closures have put gift buying in jeopardy. Store employees are saying, “happy holidays.” People find themselves asking, how can we save Christmas? Well I am here to tell you, Christmas does not need saving. In fact it is Christmas and the coming of the Messiah that does the saving! Join us for our Advent and Christmas series, Saving Christmas, where we look at all the ways that the Jesus of Christmas saves us.
How to Stay Connected Until You’re Ready to Come Back
We know it’s hard to feel connected sometimes with everything that is going on. We are working hard here at Holy Cross to keep our church family thriving as much as possible while still being responsible with our decisions about the health of our congregation and the community. Here are some ways to stay plugged in to HCLM:
Prepare for Sunday Services – worship song set lists, scripture readings, and questions for deeper thinking will be posted throughout the week on Facebook and Instagram
Praying for You – We have always believed in the power of prayer. If there is something weighing on your mind or want to submit a prayer, let us know through our prayer request form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online or In Person Services – Sunday at 8:00am for traditional service or 10:00am for contemporary
Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast – Check out and subscribe to our new podcast on iTunes or Spotify. You can also simply ask Alexa to “play the Holy Cross Lake Mary Podcast”
Tithes & Offerings
We give because we recognize that God has blessed us immensely and so we honor Him by giving back to Him out of our tithes and offerings. You can give online at hclm.org/give or mail to church address at 780 N Sun Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Sunday Morning Seating Arrangements
We ask that members of households to sit together while remaining socially distant from other households with 2-3 seats between families. Thanks for keeping others safe.
Upcoming Events and Activities
The Trees and the wishlist tags are up! Here is some info on our Angel Trees for 2021:
Redeeming Life Maternity Home, located on S. Oak Ave. in Sanford, is a loving, welcoming, accepting family environment for single, expectant women in crisis by providing a safe and comfortable home to them, along with gaining life skills necessary for success and an independent life. Each resident takes part in education and/or employment planning, classes in financial literacy, cooking, household management, as well as opportunities for individual and spiritual growth.
Faith, family, and education are the backbone of this ministry, praying that lives will be changed and women will find hope and comfort in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.
Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has helped inspire hope and opportunity in those who need it most – local at-risk children.
The West Sanford Branch, in the Westside Community Center/919 S Persimmon Ave., is a safe place for children ages 6-18, to learn and grow through youth development programs offered to meet the diverse needs and interests of the members. At least 75% of the youths exercise 30 minutes a day and 95 % report no bullying at the Club! GIFTS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ARE DUE BY 12/12.
Mission: to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Club Code: “I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion. I believe in America and the American way of life…in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship. I believe in my Boys & Girls Club, which stands for these things.”
Pet Rescue By Judy, 401 E. Laurel Ave., Sanford [across from the Paw Park], is a non-profit 501(c)(3) “NO KILL” organization dedicated for 30+ years to the Rescuing ~ Rehabilitation ~ Resocializing ~ Rehoming of Companion Animals.
Educational programs are given on: care of pets, including proper diet, fresh clean water, daily exercise, and lots of love; spaying/neutering to prevent euthanasia and over-population; availability of low-cost spay/neuter clinics and wellness centers.
Each rescued animal undergoes: a medical exam, has its ears cleaned, nails trimmed; is given a bath, flea/tick preventative, dewormed, tested for heartworm, updated shots; are micro-chipped; and cats are tested for feline leukemia/AIDS.
The Pregnancy Center of Sanford, 1002 S. French Ave., offers women alternatives to abortion by modeling the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate lay-counseling and the resources to empower them to make a life-affirming decision.
Saturday November 27, 9AM- Deck the Halls with LWML
Join the ladies of LWML at 9:00 AM as they get the church ready for Christmas. It’s a great time of service and fellowship as we get the church ready for the season.
Sunday November 28- Mite Box Sunday
Empty your pockets and your piggy banks. Bring your loose change to fill those boxes! LWML will put it to good use in the mission field.
Friday 12/3, 6:30-8PM- Carols & Cocoa-
Join us for an evening right out of a Hallmark Movie. Carolers will sing classic Christmas tunes while you sip on cocoa, munch on cookies, and frolic in the snow!
Tuesday 12/7, 11:30 AM- Jewelry Jamboree
COME ON DOWN & BRING A FRIEND! The “Divine Dollies” are hosting a covered dish JEWELRY JAMBOREE on Tuesday, December 7th, 11:30 a.m., in the Community Center. A HUGE assortment of beautiful necklaces, pins, bracelets, earrings, etc., from Dusty Netterson’s estate will be on display. The PRICE IS RIGHT – whatever you want to pay! Proceeds will be donated to the Church in Dusty’s memory. This a great opportunity to select some special Christmas presents!
Thursday 12/9, 6:30PM- LWML Christmas Cookie Exchange
Calling all bakers (or people who just like to eat cookies)! Start your baking and SAVE THE DATE four our Christmas Cookie Exchange to be help from 6:30-8:00PM in the Coffee Room (former pre-school building). Bring the following items:
- 3 dozen cookies (2 dozen to exchange and 1 to share)
- Cookie recipe (copies to share)
- Container for cookies
December 14, 11:30AM- Holiday Happening
Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch. Let’s celebrate at Carolyn Litwin’s home! She will provide a spiral ham and you bring a side or dessert to share. Reservations required; seating is limited so call 407-923-8440 to save your spot.
Youth & Children’s Ministry
November 28- No Sunday School
November28- No Youth Ministry
December 1 – Youth Group
Middle and High School students, join Youth Director Blake in the Youth Center from 6PM-8PM for pizza, games, and fun!
LCMS National Youth Gathering! – Next summer the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) is holding their National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas! This is a youth conference that our synod puts on in a different city every three years. For the first time in a long time, we will be sending a group to attend! This conference is for those currently in 8th grade to those in 12th grade. If this is something that you or your student(s) are interested in, please let me know! For more info click here
***Upcoming High School Winter Retreat– We had such a great time this summer at Lake Yale that this January we are going back! January 14-17 we will be holding a High School Winter Retreat (9th-12th grade) and we would love to have your high schooler(s) join us! The cost is $165 per student. If interested in joining us contact Blake soon. Spaces are filling up!
L-Team News and Calendar
If you are interested in starting an L-Team or your existing L-Team has resumed, please reach out to the office or one of the pastors.
Adult Bible Study 9am
Student Ministry 9am – upstairs in the Youth Center with Blake
Sunday School 9am – upstairs in the Children’s Center with Emily
A Fighting Chance 11:30 AM- The Studio with Will Zacharias
Jiu Jitsu Club 12:10 PM- The Studio with Will Zacharias
Men’s Bible Study 7am (Pastor Chris)
Men’s Ministry 7:30pm
Ladies Book Club (4th Monday only) 7pm
Wednesday Morning Bible Study 10:30am (PastorMatt)
Worship Team Practice 6:45pm (Chris Kutcher)
Ladies Bible Study by LWML 6:30pm (Sharon Shyrock or Chris Jennison)
or Sharon Shyrock (email@example.com).
Announcements & Updates
NO KID’S CHURCH OR YOUTH MEETING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28.
Starting December 5th Children’s Church (Sunday School) will move to the 10:00 hour in conjunction with the contemporary service. Please plan on dropping any kids K-5 at the Children’s Center Sunday 12/5 and then join us in the Worship Center for the service!
Join us for Carols & Cocoa Friday 12/3 from 6:30-8.
The Sharing Center is looking for groups to help with Christmas Food Distribution. There will be morning and afternoon shifts available December 16th and 17th. It’s a great opportunity for a group of friends or an L-Team to serve together. Email Dawn Marie Ferrante DawnMarie.Ferrante@thesharingcenter.org if interested. Contact her soon. Spaces fill up quickly.
Communion is available in our in person services (1st and 3rd Sunday at 8am and 2nd & 4th Sunday at 10am). For those who are not able to get to a service or are not yet comfortable attending in person services, please contact the office or one of the pastors and we will be happy to make other arrangements.
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Happy 50th Birthday Pastor Matt! We thank God for giving us a leader with with a heart for ministry and service who guides us through the good and the difficult times with grace, wisdom, and a smidgen of St. Louis Cardinals analogies. We hope you have the best day!
Prayers of the Church
Pastor Paul Hoyer- Please pray for continued healing and a quick recovery from Covid.
David Broadaway- Pray for successful treatment/outcome dealing with throat cancer.
Patricia Mikell- Currently in the ICU. Needs healing from Ovarian cancer, Kidney cancer, and Internal bleeding.
Tonya Couture- Currently hospitalized at University of Michigan Hospital with Covid. Pray for complete recovery.
Carrie Curtis Hale- Just diagnosed with breast cancer. Has just had surgery and is soon to start chemotherapy. Pray for healing.
Georgene Walden- Experiencing a multitude of medical issues. Prayers for a resolution of issues negatively impacting her life.
Pray for all those suffering from coronavirus
We pray today for our nation and our world. We ask that God would be with all of our leaders and elected officials; we pray that He would bring peace to the world, an end to violence and especially watch over Christians that are facing persecution.
Prayers for Healing from Cancer
|Laken Binkley||Dana Grimes||John Myron|
|Gary Brown||Todd Haynes||Bradford Plog|
|Becky Burrell||Jerry Hoffman||Ivis Rodriquez|
|Kyle Corbett||Steve Homan||Anita Roehl|
|Deb Fadool||Marlin Houser||Wayne Scheussler|
|Tosha Feldmann||Alan Kimball||Karen Schlue|
|David Fleischer||Elizabeth Koob||Debbie Shaffer|
|Jim Foster||Rick Lembrich||Gina Shaffer|
|Michael Francis||Lori Luedtke||David Springman|
|Patt Goodwine||Charaline Luna||Sue Stark|
|Diane Gross||Jean Mactye||Georgene Walden|
|Jerry Gross||Rick Mann||Scott Williams|
“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”
Sunday Services at 8:00am, and 10:00am in the Worship Center
and Online on Facebook and YouTube/hclm
Pastor Matt Wallis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pastor Chris Johnson (email@example.com)