Current Sermon Series: Fear Factors

Psalm 46, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-17


Current Sermon Series – Fear Factors

Sometimes it seems like our lives are governed by fear. We fear bad things happening. We fear death. We fear the unknown. The power that fear has over our lives is real, and yet it is something that God wants to set us free from! Come join us for our new series Fear Factors, as we explore these topics and more and see how Jesus brings us peace through it all.


Reformation Sunday Oktoberfest  – October 27th

Join us at Holy Cross Lake Mary for a family friendly event on Sunday, October 27th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for an Oktoberfest style celebration of the Reformation. There will be fun and fellowship and activities for the kids. We would welcome side dishes and desserts. We will provide beer, brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.


Meet the HCLA Executive Director – October 29th

As a church member, you are cordially invited to a meet and greet with Mr. Mark Corey, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy’s new Executive Director.  Mark will share his professional background, educational philosophy, and the short and mid-range goals for HCLA.  As stakeholders in this important ministry, you are welcome to join our school community at HCLA’s Upper Campus Auditorium at 100 Aero Lane, Sanford on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm. Please take a minute to RSVP using the following link to an Evite.

This will better help us plan for your attendance. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 407-936-3636 #3.


Invitation to Eagle Court of Honor – November 2nd

Troop 854 is very proud and honored to announce that on July 25, 2019, Colby Brookshire became the troop’s 100th Eagle Scout!

James and Sandi Brookshire, along with Troop 854, would like to cordially invite all members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church to help us honor and celebrate this outstanding accomplishment. Please join us for a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Colby Brookshire on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 3:00pm at Holy Cross Worship Center. Reception offering hors d’oeuvres and dessert will follow the ceremony and the family extends a very warm welcome for all to attend. Please RSVP to the church office.


Announcements & Updates

Experience Bethlehem Meeting – October 30th

Anyone interested in helping out with Experience Bethlehem on Dec. 7th is invited to attend a Bethlehem meeting on Wednesday, October 30th at 6:30pm in the Community Center. We will be discussing script, volunteer roles, and set design needs. If you have questions or need any additional information please email Lara Jackson at

Experience Bethlehem Help Needed

We need material for costumes – mostly solids, sewing costumes: patterns and material will be provided and preparing crafts.  If interested, please contact Chris Jennison at

Thanksgiving Baskets

We’re nearing the end of our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and still have a long way to go to meet our goal, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!  Financial donations have been received to cover about 1/3 of the $15 Publix gift cards. Also need: INSTANT MASHED POTATOES & GRAVY, MIX, STUFFING MIX, CRANBERRIES, YAMS, VEGETABLES, JELLO/PUDDING, CAKE MIXES & CANNED FROSTING. Thanks so much for your donations. Donate at

Scholastic Book Fair – November 3rd

Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Holy Cross Lake Mary campus, November 3rd through the 8th. On November 3rd the Book Fair will be open to the congregation for the 9:30am and 11:00am services. The books are geared towards preschool aged children. We hope to have a visit from Pete in the nursery. Books can be purchased by check, cash, and credit card. Please stop by and pick up a book to support the early learning of reading.

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 from 6:00-7:00pm. Topics and dates are as follows:

November 6th – Peaceful Families Through Anxiety

November 20th – Faith Confidence > Self-confidence

December 4th – Raising Kids With Lifelong Faith

December 18th – Making Christmas Count

St. Luke’s Concert Series – November 16th

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Concert Series has UCF Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 16th at 7:00pm. St. Luke’s is located at 2021 W SR 426 Oviedo, FL 32765. Concerts are free and open to the public.


L Team News

Book Club – October 28th

Join the Book Club (upstairs classroom 3) on Monday, October 28th at 7:00pm for discussion of “Upstairs at the White House” by J.B. West & Mary Lynn Kotz led by Betty Hoyer.

Divine Dollies – November 5th

Join the ladies on November 5th at Colonial Room located at 105 E 1st Street Sanford, FL 32771 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Joanne Hench (407-322-6004).

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – November 12th

Join the ladies on November 12th at Outback located at 180 Hickman Dr. Sanford, FL 32771 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Maxine Rzepka (407-323-7362).

Coffee with Friends – November 14th

All ladies are welcome to come and join us on Thursday, November 14th for our monthly Coffee with Friends at the Panera Bread Lake Mary, across the street from the church from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Shyrock at

Family Game Night – November 15th

Ready for a fun night out with other families?  Join us for Game Night in the Community Center on Friday, November 15th 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Bring drinks for your family and a snack to share.   You are welcome to bring a favorite game to add to the pile – but we will have plenty to choose from.  RSVP Sara Russell / text to 773-710-6871.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Greg & Deb Sisco as they celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary

(Altar flower given by the Sisco in honor of their wedding anniversary)


Prayers of Remembrance

Irene Cembor (Joanne Hench’s Mother)


Prayers of Healing

Shelley Feazell (Bob & Lori Bieber’s Neighbor) diagnosed with stage 4 gastric carcinoma

Jerry Kingsley (Barbara Hartpence’s son-in-law) favorable results

Pauline Semich continued healing from three broken bones in foot

Bo Loughry continued healing and restoration


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

Marisol Pagan

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”


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Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Community Center

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