Exodus 28:1-5, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36

Reformation Day


Church Service – October 31, 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

November 2- Divine Dollies Luncheon

11:30 AM at Patio Grill; 2900 S. Orlando Drive, Sanford 32773. RSVP to Joanne Hench (407-322-6004) by 10/31. 

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  

11:30 AM- Organize Thanksgiving Basket items. This will take place directly after 10:30 Bible Study in the Community Center.

6-8 PM- Assemble 200 Thanksgiving Baskets with the youth group (in the Community Center). We would love additional volunteers. 

November 13- Singing through the Storm

LWML Fall Rally. Our Gifts from the Heart speaker will be Sharleen Jespersen of Days for Girls International. They will be collecting dark, thin, COTTON washcloths for their personal hygiene kits. Please put donations in the purple LWML bin. 

November 14th- Sofa & Suds

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

Youth & Children’s Ministry

October 31- Sunday School

Calling all kids in  K-5! Youth Director Emily continues through a 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! 9Am in the Children’s Center

October 31- Youth Ministry- 

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

November 3- 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

If  you are planning on or able to make a Thanksgiving Basket donation we will be collecting until NOVEMBER 7TH.  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. 

Oktoberfest is Sunday November 7th. Please plan on joining us after the Contemporaty Service for a time of fellowship. 

Thrivent Action Team Grants are available to help make community projects a success. The Application process is simple and only require that volunteers participate and must fall into one of the three categories; Fundraiser, Educational Event, or Service Project. Click here for more information or to apply. 

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

Thank you for the generosity of this church family. We are quickly meeting our Thanksgiving basket goals because of everyone’s willingness to help. 

Georgene Walden-  Experiencing a multitude of medical issues. Prayers for a resolution of issues negatively impacting her life. 

Frank Moreland- Currently on a ventilator with Covid. Praying for complete recovery. 

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.

Norm & Eileen Kelly-  Continued Prayers of healing for Eileen and prayers for safe travel as they relocate to a senior living facility in South Carolina. 

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 Jeanette Karon+ 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
Dana Grimes Kathy Morgan 


“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