The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!
What a weekend! This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were loaded with congregational goodness and you were part of it!
Friday night, busy teens took time out of their late-August days for a Sr. High Lock-in. Twenty of us spent the night playing wacky games, studying the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), worshipping around the campfire, and snacking and munching our way through the night. What an excellent way to kick off the Fall!
Saturday morning brought set-up crews for Summerfest and the continuing work of preparing the Preschool classrooms that will soon be bustling with children and their families – 104 kids at last count are signed up for the 2017-2018 school year! Wow!
When Sunday came around, we gathered for one celebratory worship together with our seminarian Corey Wagonfield, who shared snacks with everyone during the Children’s message preached. Little Annabelle Potter had a bundle of family to surround her for her baptism and welcome her as a child of God.
Following worship, we shared a massive potluck of BBQ pork (thanks to Phil Panning and John Morrell for providing the meat), macaroni and cheese, side dishes, salads, and sweet treats, before enjoying an afternoon of field games and bingo, colorful face painting, target practice with the dunk tank, and creativity at the tie dye table.
Big thanks to all who planned, set up, cleaned up, led, and participated in any of these events. You can view photos from these events on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LordofLifeWestChester) and in our upcoming printed Lifeline newsletter.
Our theme for this year of worship, learning, and serving moments is “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We are blessed when God meets us in times of worship, education, and fellowship. God uses us to be a blessing as we are sent into our neighborhoods for living, school, work, recreation, and service. Our dollars and other gifts are a blessing as God uses them to impact churches and communities around the globe.
We want to hear your stories. Tell us how you’ve seen this in your life or the lives of others. How have you witnessed God blessing the world through Lord of Life?
“Blessings in the Bug.”
For the next month, a 1974 yellow VW Bug will be our mobile recording studio, ready to capture your reflections.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Think of a Blessing.
“How have you been blessed by Lord of Life?”
“How have you seen Lord of Life be a blessing?”
2. Climb in the VW Bug.
3. Record your blessing.
You can also record elsewhere and send it to us.
Psalm 71:15 says, “I will tell of your goodness; all day long I will speak of your salvation, though it is more than I can understand.” Thanks for helping us name and celebrate how “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We’ll let you know in the coming weeks how we’ll share these encouraging stories of faith and hope.
Wishing you peace.
Manhood and Violence
Nov 3 - 4
Join the Men of Lord of Life for an overnight retreat in Hueston Woods to experience God beside the water, surrounded by the trees, and among friends. Escape, recharge, learn, and have fun, as we explore the topic of Manhood and Violence in Scripture and our culture today. The schedule will allow plenty of time for fellowship, unwinding, and enjoying God’s great creation. $90/person covers housing and meals. Scholarships are available. Register online by Sunday, October 22.
Lord of Life Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 20
One worship service 10 am
Picnic at 11:30 am
All are welcome.
Don’t miss this church-wide celebration filled with worship, food, games, and togetherness! Following worship, we’ll gather around pork BBQ, with hotdogs for the kids and kids-at-heart, and invite you to bring something to share.
The dunk tank is back, along with tie-dye, bingo, water games, and much more fun! You can bring a plain t-shirt to tie-dye or order a new LOL t-shirt for $5.
We’ll also be looking for help to set up on Saturday morning, as well as folks to run games for little ones on Sunday.
Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this end of summer bash!
Check out the Sign Up Genius to sign up to help.
Needed: Empty 2-Liter bottles with caps. Drop off in the box in the narthex.
For those of us who start our morning worshiping at St. Arbucks (that’s StarbucksTM, for those of you who don’t take your coffee as seriously as I do), coffee is our first step to facing the world each morning; it provides an opportunity to stop and think about the day ahead; it is a vehicle for conversation and fellowship. I could write a few chapters drawing parallels between coffee and our life as a worshiping community!
For now, I’d like to talk about fellowship and the opportunities we have at Lord of Life. So how does coffee affect our lives in fellowship with each other?
Join us for combined worship at 10 am and listen to our own Corey Wagonfield preach.
Then it's time for food and fun!
There's pork BBQ and hot dogs for lunch. We invite you to bring something to share.
The dunk tank is back with Pastor Lowell, Lucas, and Bob Johnson to name a few.
Tie dye is back too, with plenty of new LOL t-shirts on hand for a $5 donation.
Corn hole, kids games, face painting, bingo and much, much more!
It will be more fun if you join us!
This week, we moved in a new direction with Sunday morning hospitality as we installed some new coffee makers, which offer convenient, portable air pots. We’ll be sharing more information about this expanding ministry soon, but we are thrilled to offer delicious, hot coffee with minimal preparation and clean-up.
FAREWELL BRUNCH FOR THE KETOLA FAMILY
This Sunday, June 25, following the 9:30 am worship
The wonderful Ketola family will be moving back to Finland, this summer, so we would like to surround them with a Farewell Brunch. Please bring a dish to share as we send them off with full tummies and hearts. Roope will be studying at OSU this fall.
This past Memorial Day, I had lunch with some of my extended family. Right at noon, we served up hot dogs with sauerkraut, bbq chips, watermelon, cookies, and glasses of milk, punch, and water. It was your typical Memorial Day picnic fare that could’ve been served in any backyard or under any park pavilion. It wasn’t anything big or fancy. What made this gathering different, though, was that it was in the basement of First Lutheran in Over the Rhine.
As we gathered from various locations for the community meal, small moments and gestures of joy were everywhere. There were smiles and handshakes. Conversations were laced with words of gratitude. Damp washclothes wiped down tables in between guests and one guest pushed his lunch aside for a few minutes while he played spirituals and gospel hymns on the piano in the corner. By themselves, each of these didn’t amount to much, but together, these little acts of kindness swirled in a beautiful expression of our shared humanity.
God has a habit of using little things to do big stuff.
this Saturday! September 16
in the Fellowship Hall
Join us for a fun night playing games with our Family Promise guests.
Bring a dish to share (no nuts please) and a favorite game if you have one.
Contact: Kimberly Gebert