Exodus 24:3-11 Ephesians 5:15-21, Matthew 22:1-14

Twentieth Sunday of Trinity


Church Service – October 17, 2021

The New Normal
We will journey through Exodus with God‘s people as they move from slavery to freedom. While this transition was ultimately good it also included its own set of challenges. Much like what we are going through now, they had to learn to adapt as they adjusted to The New Normal.

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 prayer@hclm.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

A Fighting Chance

New L-Team! Gain confidence in your ability to protect yourself and those around you if the need arises. Every Sunday at 11:30am starting October 3, join a new L-Team (lead by our own Will Zacharias) for a 30-minute class learning to protect yourself in a specific scenario every week. You don’t need to be in perfect shape or even have full mobility; come learn how to stay safe, diffuse a confrontation, and get away when it matters most! Open to all ages (children must be accompanied by a parent) and childcare is available in the nursery next door!

Time: Every Sunday 11:30am, shortly after the 10am contemporary service. 

Location: Studio

Price: Free, $5 for childcare (covers both classes). 


“Holy Cross Jiujitsu Club” 

Take your self-defense, confidence, and fitness to the next level by joining us every Sunday from 12:00-1:00pm (right after the self-defense class) for a full-on martial arts class! Instructor Will Zacharias will be teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for all ages, fitness levels, and experience. Learn how to protect yourself from multiple positions, control opponents of any size, and carry yourself with an earned confidence. Open to everyone ages 10+ (children must be accompanied by a parent) and childcare is available in the nursery next door!

Time: Every Sunday 12:10-1:00pm, shortly after the self-defense class. 

Location: Studio

Price: $5 per person, additional $5 for childcare (covers both classes). 

October 23- Trunk or Treat!

Trunk ‘r Treat will in person this year. We will need trunks and candy.  Please leave candy donations in the cart located in the Narthex or drop off at the office during the week. Click here to register a trunk, to volunteer, or to attend

November 7th- Oktoberfest (and Pastor Matt’s rescheduled 10 year celebration)

1:00 Pm at HCLM on 11/7. We are in need of hosts to help serve food. Please email Nicole (nicole@hclm.org) if you’re able to help.

November 10- Thanksgiving Baskets-  

We will assemble 200 Thanksgiving Baskets with the youth group from 6-8PM. We would love additional volunteers. Day time volunteers also needed to organize basket supplies. Reach out to Nicole (nicole@hclm.org) if you’re able to help. 

November 14th- Sofa & Suds

Come out and support our HCLM team, 2:00 PM in Downtown Sanford.

Youth & Children’s Ministry

October 17- Sunday School

Calling all kids in  K-5! This week Youth Director Emily will start a new series on Individuality. Join the conversation on why God made us all uniquely and for a special purpose. We can’t wait to see you there!

October 17- Youth Ministry- 

Join Blake for our Education Hour 9AM-10:00AM.

October 20- Youth Group

Middle and High School students join Youth Director Blake from 6PM to 8PM  in the Youth Center. This is a weekly meeting. Invite your friends!

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 RetreatWe 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! We are figuring out the finer details but will keep you posted once we get those locked in! In the meantime, if your student(s) is interested in joining us, please let me know.

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.

Ongoing L-Teams:


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)

Christine Jennison(jennisons2000@aol.com)

or Sharon Shyrock (ssshyrock@yahoo.com). 

Announcements & Updates

We still need 20 trunks. Register here.

Candy donations can be made in the Narthex.

Thanksgiving Basket donations for 10/24- Cake mix, canned frosting, canned fruit, and Jello/pudding. We are only at 10% of our goal to fill 200 baskets. Shopping lists are always available on the Sharing Center donation table if you want to shop for one (or a few) complete meals for a family. 

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 the Church


Prayers of Thanksgiving

We are thankful that Eric Johnston is caner free!

Prayers of Healing 

John McCarraher- John is out of the ICU but is still in the hospital. Please continue to pray for his healing and recovery from Covid. His family is waiting for 2 negative Covid tests so that they can go visit him.

Eileen Kelly-  Prayers for healing after a fall. 

Pray for all those suffering from coronavirus 

General Prayers

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 Todd Haynes John Myron
Gary Brown Jerry Hoffman Bradford Plog
Becky Burrell Steve Homan Ivis Rodriquez
Kyle Corbett Marlin Houser Anita Roehl
Deb Fadool Alan Kimball Wayne Scheussler
Tosha Feldmann Elizabeth Koob Karen Schlue
David Fleischer Rick Lembrich Debbie Shaffer
Jim Foster Lori Luedtke Gina Shaffer
Michael Francis Charaline Luna David Springman
Patt Goodwine Jean Mactye Sue Stark 
Diane Gross Rick Mann George Walden
Jerry Gross Kathy Morgan  Scott Williams
Dana Grimes


“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 (mwallis@hclm.org)

Pastor Chris Johnson (chrisj@hclm.org)

www.hclm.org     Facebook: facebook.com/lakemarychurch