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Sunday, March 11, 5:30 pm
Supper and Conversation
St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Road
West Chester 

RSVP for the Sunday dinner and conversation by noon on Friday, March 9.

Monday, March 12
Wittenberg University, Springfield
Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Derr Kuss Science Center

Who is Bishop Younan? Most recently, he was bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and also served as President of the Lutheran World Federation. Bishop Younan brings a valuable perspective on interfaith work in the Holy Land, as well as refugee work, other humanitarian crises around the world, and the response of the faith community.

The agenda for the Wittenburg presentation:
4:30 pm The Refugee Crisis: A Global Perspective
7:30 pm The Opportunities and Challenges of Interfaith Work in Jerusalem

For more information, 937.327.7411/www.wittenberg.edu.

These events are sponsored by the congregations of St. Anne Episcopal and Lord of Life Lutheran (Sunday) and

Wittenberg University’s FEFB, Weaver Chapel, First Year Seminar, and the departments of Religion, History and Political Science (Monday).

 

MYLE ELCA Youth Gathering 2015Wonderful News! The ELCA National Office is sending Rev. Hector A. Carrasquillo to visit VEIL and lead several workshops. He will be bringing Dr. Rev. Justo Espinosa from Texas, whose speciality is Latino Youth Ministry. They will be leading age-specific programs for the parents, young children and adolescents of VEIL. Pastors Hector and Justo come to the VEIL community as part of an ELCA incentive for Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries of the ELCA.

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This Sunday, April 22
Between Worship Services

The Share the Light Capital Campaign is hosting a Prayer Event this Sunday between services in the Narthex area. The Prayer Team invites you into this spiritual journey that is grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer, and lived in faith. Join us in grateful prayer for the expansion projects of this campaign and the church leadership teams. There will be prayer stations marked with the Share the Light logo in the Narthex and around the new multi-purpose space just outside the Narthex. Please take a few minutes to visit each station. Pray for our church, pray for the campaign, and pray that we will have the courage to follow where God is leading us in our families, our church, our West Chester community, and in the world!

To continue your prayer and reflection at home, we have prepared a 21-Day Devotional Guide. You can pick up extra copies in the Narthex. Prefer to have it available on your phone or tablet? Sign up with the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a daily email. You can also pick up window clings to encourage your prayer time.

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Drop off donations
through Thursday, April 19


Shop Saturday, April 21
8 am - 1 pm

LOL Preview Night
Friday, April 20
6 pm - 8 pm

It’s the annual ginormous Rummage Sale! All proceeds support the senior high trip to the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston this June. Great deals on gently used furniture, kid stuff, books, kitchen goods, garden gear, sporting goods, holiday decor, and more! How can you help?

DONATE! Drop off your treasures.  Thursday, April 19 is the last day for donations.

ADVERTISE! Tell your friends and neighbors about our sale! 

VOLUNTEER! Are you itching to get first look at all the great stuff? Come and help us sort and price merchandise. We will also need workers the day of the sale.

SHOP! Come and discover the bargains, Saturday, April 21. Lord of Life members can shop at the preview sale Friday night, April 20, 6 – 8 pm. Bring friends!

Thanks for your support and love of our Youth! Want to help? Have a question? Need help transporting a large donation item?

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Celebration Event!
Sunday, April 15
9:30 am

Continental Breakfast
Childcare Provided

Join us as we kick-off the Share the Light capital campaign! This day will be filled with celebration as we eat and fellowship, learn about our upcoming moves forward, and pray as we step into where God is leading us. Please note that we will have only two worship services at 8 am and 11 am this Sunday, as well as no Sunday School, so that everyone can celebrate together as a family.

Please pray for the ministry of Lord of Life and the work we have been called to do. Pray for the Capital Campaign and the Campaign Leadership Team as we seek to bless others through worship and outreach. Please begin praying for how you can be a part of the growing needs of our church and community. Your prayer can be as simple as “Lord, what do you want to do through me?”

You can pick up a window cling in the Narthex to encourage your prayer time.

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Final collection is this Sunday, March 4!

Did you see the grocery bags everywhere? It's the annual Feed Our Neighbors In Need community food drive coordinated by the Faith Alliance! Bring in items to fill the bags or take a couple bags with you to fill at home. The final collection will be on Sunday, March 4. We will need volunteers to help sort food on Sunday, when it will be distributed to local food pantries.

Suggested Items

Boxed cereal
Pasta
Rice
Beans
Meal Helpers
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits
Canned Soup
Canned Meat
100% Juices
Baby Food
Formula
Diapers
Condiments

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Click through to watch a special video invitation from Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan.

 

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“SOMOS TALENTOSOS”
“We are Talented”
Family Talent Show sponsored by VEIL
Saturday, April 14
6 pm – 8 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

The VEIL Youth Group will be presenting their very own special talent for you. There will be refreshments. The freewill offering will benefit VEIL’s trip to the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event, a pre-event at the ELCA National Youth Gathering.

Saturday, April 14
9 am - 1 pm

TreeRoots

Are you searching for a place to put down spiritual roots? Are you looking for a church home? Are you interested in learning more about the mission and ministries of Lord of Life? You are invited to join us for a new member conversation as we get to know one another and have a chance to learn more about the Christian faith and specifically about life together here at Lord of Life. We’ll end with a light lunch served at the noon hour.

Childcare is available upon request.

 

Maundy Thursday ~ March 29, 7 pm

Hand and Foot Washing, Prayer and Healing Stations, Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar

With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus' passing over from death to life. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus' commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved.

Good Friday ~ March 30, 4:30 & 7 pm

(4:30) An interactive family service for all

(7) A service of Scripture and darkness

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day - the triumph of the cross - reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ's life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer, we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.

Vigil of Easter ~ March 31, 8:30 pm
St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Road

This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.

Easter Sunday ~ April 1, 8, 9:30, 11 am

with Holy Communion

Christ is risen, indeed! On Easter morning, we stand gaping at the open and empty tomb with the women who followed Jesus throughout his ministry. With the women, we are called to proclaim the amazing news of the resurrection.

 

Bob Burnette

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Sunday, April 22, 3 pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church
7393 Dimmick Rd, West Chester

The concert features classical guitarist Steven Pezella. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit VEIL senior high trip to ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.

Clean up

This Sunday! March 18
12 pm

Wash. Rake. Organize. Trim. Mulch. It’s time to clear away the winter grime and get the building and grounds ready for spring. Bring the whole family. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. Lunch provided.

 

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Sunday, April 1
8:30 - 11 am
in the Fellowship Hall

Free will offering will help support the senior high trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, June 27 - July 1.

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Palm Crosses on Sale
This Sunday
Between Services in the Narthex

Our senior high youth are selling Palm Crosses as a tool for helping us focus during our Holy Week journey and beyond. The crosses come with a Holy Week devotional. Proceeds from the crosses will be used toward our Houston mission trip, this summer.

Each Palm Cross has been created especially for you. No other exactly like it exists. There is no finish on the cross. The oils from your hands and those of your loved ones as it is used in prayer will become the finish. Purchase a palm cross for yourself and consider gifting one to a family member or friend.

Easter Egg

Saturday, March 24
9 am
Rain or Shine!

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors! Enjoy some juice, doughnuts, and activities, and then the children will hunt for eggs.

 

 

 

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Monday, December 18
Meet at Lord of Life at 9 am

Ready your hands to serve! Lord of Life is taking time to serve lunch at First Lutheran Church downtown in Over-the-Rhine.  We will meet at Lord of Life at 9 am to ride down to First Lutheran, or you can meet up at First Lutheran at 10 am.  First timers are welcome to take a tour before we prepare and serve.  Donations of cookies and cupcakes are appreciated.



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Tuesday, April 10, 7 pm
in the Sanctuary

Join us as we try out some of the most interesting pieces from the vast music library donated to us by Hope Lutheran Church of Dayton. 

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February 14
Worship 12 pm and 7 pm
Dinner 6 pm

Please join us for worship as we begin our Lenten journey together on Ash Wednesday, February 14. We’ll gather to share an evening meal together at 6 pm before the evening service. Both services include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

Ash Wednesday is a solemn day of prayer that begins the season of Lent. This day gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. We are marked with ashes – a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin – but the ashes retrace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God's grace. With the cross of Christ on our brow, we make our way through Lent, washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness.

 

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Order Easter Flowers
$10 per plant
Orders due this Sunday, March 18

Provide flowers to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter morning. Please make checks payable to Lord of Life. You can place your order in the collection plate, or email it to the church office. Please provide the following information:

Name

Email

# of Lilies

# of Tulips

# of Daffodils

In Honor of:

In loving Memory of:

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Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21
Worship Noon and 7 pm

Bread. Light. Door. Shepherd. Resurrection. These are essential components of life. They are also some of the images that Jesus uses to describe himself in the Gospel according to John. In these statements, Jesus reveals the fullness of his identity.

 

Feb 21 I am the Bread of Life
Feb 28 I am the Light of the World
March 7 I am the Door
March 14 I am the Good Shepherd
March 21  I am the Resurrection and the Life

 

Join us for worship (Noon and 7 pm) as we journey together through this season of remembering and discovery. We’ll gather to share an evening meal together at 6 pm before worship. All are welcome.

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Saturday, January 6
6pm
Bring a dish to share and freewill offering

Meal. Games. Tree Burning.

Join us for an evening of food and fun!  We will share a meal and the Magi story. There will be a game with gifts. The evening ends with German and Latin Epiphany traditions - the Rosca de Reyes/King's bread, Pinatas, and Christmas Tree Burning.

Freewill offering will benefit Lutheran Disaster Response and MYLE & ELCA Youth Gathering


Sponsored by Vida Eterna Iglesia Luterana

 

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Monday, January 15
The Square at Union Centre, West Chester
March begins at 10:30 am

Live the Dream Program
11:15 am, Lakota West High Auditorium
Lunch immediately following the program

The entire community is invited to join together for West Chester and Liberty Townships’ 19th annual Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity commemoration of Martin Luther King Day. A Unity March starts at West Chester's Clocktower at the Square at Union Centre at 10:30 am. The March ends at Lakota West High School where they will present the Live the Dream program featuring student contest winners sharing their ideas on ‘Making the Grade.’ The event concludes with a a free lunch for all.

Be part of the MLK Day community choir!

Rehearsals at Christ the King on ​Thursday, January 11, 6:45-7:30 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, and Lakota West High School Cafeteria on Monday, January 15, 10:45 am. All ages and abilities are welcome! Visit the website form more information: www.livethedreamwcl.weebly.com/community-choir.html

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This Saturday, February 17
9 am - 3 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

To schedule an appointment, go to www.hoxworth.org/groups/lol or call Hoxworth at 513.451.0910

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Lenten Discussion Series
ELCA Women and Justice Social Statement
Wednesdays, 10 am
February 14 - March 28
in the Library

This Lenten season come and explore what the church is saying about the justice issues that women are confronted with routinely. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has formed a task force that drafted a Social Statement on Women and Justice. Together, we will evaluate the Social Statement and wrestle with how we are called to combat the patriarchy and sexism in our society. Can’t make it to a morning study? Come and review the discussion questions over dinner at 6 pm. Copies of the statement are available in the Narthex, or you can view it online at

www.elca.org/womenandjustice

New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 31
Worship at 10 am

On Sunday, December 31, one worship service at 10 am will replace our regularly scheduled worship.

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Help fill an empty belly -- buy an empty bowl! Empty Bowls is an international project that provides support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. A Thrivent Action Team project was used to purchase the materials for our project. Thank you to the Lord of Life artists of all ages that painted 100 bowls. Bowls will be available this Sunday, March 11 between worship services in the Narthex. The suggested donation is $10 each. Our goal is to raise $1000 for Shared Harvest and Reach Out Lakota.

Buy a Bowl!
This Sunday, March 11
Between Worship Services
in the Narthex

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We Are Always Open For Worship

Weekend worship services will always be held as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

During the coming months of snow and ice, Lord of Life will follow the Lakota Local School District. If the schools close or delay, due to inclement weather, the Lord of Life office and preschool will close or delay, and planned activities for that day will be postponed or cancelled. Individual ministry groups (choirs, band, Bible studies) are at the discretion of the leaders. Please keep your eyes on your email and/or Facebook for details.

If you do not currently receive emails from the church, please update your email address with Cara Hasselbeck in the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Your safety is very important to us – if you do not feel comfortable driving, please stay home! Here’s wishing you a safe winter.

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February 16, 6-9 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

This Sunday, February 11, is the last day tickets will be on sale. Tickets are available in the Narthex between worship services, or by contacting Eric Gruber. Cost is $40/couple and $20/single ticket. Child care is included. All proceeds benefit the confirmation program at Lord of Life.

 

Wednesdays
February 21 - March 21
6 pm
Sign up now to serve!

Cook! Host! Clean up! Be a part of Wednesday Lenten dinners.  You can provide soup, salad, or bread.  You can help with set up and clean up. Sign up now to serve!

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Lenten Book Study
Sunday Evenings
February 18 – March 18
5:30 – 8 pm
St. Anne Episcopal
6461 Tylersville Road

Join us on Sunday nights at St. Anne for a shared meal and discussion on The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

“Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question... [Through their dialogue], we get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy – from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death” (from publisher’s website). This Lent, you are invited into this conversation of reconciliation and hope. St. Anne Rector, Rev. Phyllis Spiegel, Pastor Lowell, and others will lead the conversations.

Please RSVP to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./513.777.8449 to reserve a spot. Print and electronic books, as well as audiobooks, are available everywhere. Join us as we get to know our neighbors through breaking bread, conversation, and worship.

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10 am  Advent Week 4 Worship
12:15 pm

Bilingual Spanish/English
Christmas Eve Worship
6, 8, 11 pm Christmas Eve Worship
   

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Worship with First Communion
Followed by a 
Celebration Luncheon
This Sunday, February 4
11 am

We invite everyone to celebrate this faith milestone with the thirteen children who will receive first communion this Sunday.  Join us for worship at 11 am, followed by a celebration luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.

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Jewish Hospital/Mercy Health
Mobile Mammography Unit
at Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Friday, March 16
1 - 3 pm

Annual mammograms detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, and many insurance plans are accepted.

Call to schedule

513.686.3300 option 1

or toll free 855.746.5123

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Saturday, March 10
Noon
Bravo at Union Center

Come enjoy lunch and join this interesting way of making a new friend. Secret Pals is a year-long program of fun and intrigue for women. At the annual luncheon, secret pals are revealed and new ones chosen. Interested but not available on March 10? Contact Anita Chiaramonte and she will add you to the group.

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This Sunday
February 4
During 9:30 am worship

We invite all scouts to wear their uniforms on Sunday. Representatives from Troop 947 will be presenting the flag and assisting with 9:30 am worship.

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Thank you to all who voted last Sunday and those who ran for elected office.  The 2018 Mission Spending Plan was approved.  The following people were elected to council leadership:

President Vasanthi Chalasani
Secretary Teresa Schleibaum
At Large Susan Clem
At Large Nicole Mulloy

New leadership will be installed in the new year.

Ken Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Preschool Open House 
Thursday, January 11 
6 - 7:30 pm

Are you interested in learning more about our preschool programs? Please join us for our annual Open House to tour our wonderful school and meet our amazing teachers! Children are welcome to attend with parents. We offer half-day programs for 2 1/2 , 3, 4 and 5 year olds.

Open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will begin at 6 pm that evening and will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, February 26, 2018
7 pm

Come enjoy dessert and hear an update from some of our graduated guests. Allow them to thank you for volunteering with Family Promise of Butler County. RSVP online at Eventbrite.

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Sunday, December 17
1:30 - 4 pm
meet in the Fellowship Hall

All ages and abilities are welcome!  The Confirmation and Senior High youth lead the way as Lord of Life goes Christmas Caroling.  Join the youth  in visiting local shut ins and a variety of other folks to spread the Christmas Cheer! 

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Ephesians 1:11

February 10-11
Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Are you seeking renewal in your prayer life or journey of faith? Are you looking for a way to connect with others in our congregation? Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a personal and parish spiritual renewal process. This weekend, set apart in retreat, provides an opportunity to take a break from your busy schedule so that you can refresh yourself spiritually and renew your heart.

This time will be led by women from within our congregation in an informal and relaxed environment of reflection, fellowship, and fun as their share stories from their journey of faith. Accommodations are basic, with the Lord of Life serving as “home” for the weekend. The process is personal, inspirational, and fulfilling.

Plan now to be part of this transformative weekend!

Registration now open. Stop by the CRHP information table in the narthex this Sunday, or contact Andi or Ava.

Contacts: Andi Keenan, Ava Fiebig

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Wednesday evening classes
January 10, 17, 24, 31

Worship with First Communion
Followed by a Congregational Luncheon
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11 am

At Lord of Life, the age of First Communion is a personal decision made in consultation with the Pastor. Many individuals choose 4th grade as an appropriate time for a child, while others may choose to learn at an older or younger age. Anyone, regardless of age, who wishes to begin receiving Holy Communion is welcome to come and explore this awesome mystery! Throughout these four weeks, children and their parents will learn more about communion in engaging ways as we talk about the importance of eating together, explore the use of meals in the Bible, and even bake the type of communion bread that will be used for worship on Sunday, February 4, when we celebrate this faith milestone.

If you believe your child is ready to receive communion, plan to bring them for this series of conversations. At least one parent is encouraged to attend with the child. Please RSVP to the church office by Sunday, January 7.

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A service of longing and hope

Sunday, December 17
6:30 pm

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Come and join with others in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.

The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.

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This Sunday, December 10
4 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

What do you get when you put together Lord of Life's families, a familiar story with a star named baby Jesus, and a little bit of creativity?  It's an instant Christmas show! Designed with your busy family in mind, this no-stress event includes dinner, activities, and a Christmas show.  Who should come? Everyone! Kids of all ages, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Neighbors, and Friends.  Even camels are welcome!

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This Sunday
November 12
between worship services

Be sure to come and vote this Sunday on the Mission Spending Plan for 2018 and new council leadership.

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Wednesday
December 20
Eat. Sing. Pray. Celebrate!

Wednesday nights are special events for the whole family. Join us as we gather in this season of darkness to prepare for the coming Light of Christ. Make time to explore with us the themes of Awake, Prepare, Afraid, and Magnify as we eagerly await God coming close. 

 

6 pm Community Meal
7 pm Behold Our Light:
Music for Evening Worship
7:30 pm Activities

 

 

 

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This Sunday, November 19
2 pm
Mad Potter
6680 Tri-Way Drive
Mason

Bring the kids for an afternoon of creative fun! Get started on Christmas presents with our half price studio fee, plus the cost of the pottery. Stay as long as your family is having fun. For directions and inspiration, visit their website at

http://madpottermason.com.

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Come and congratulate Bob Burnette as he wraps up 30 years on the organ bench at Lord of Life. His last worship moment will be on Christmas Eve, but we’ll celebrate him Sunday, December 17.

Bob has been part of the worship and music staff from our earliest days, when Pastor Ed Williams was called to establish a mission start in the Mason/West Chester area. Bob has served faithfully through three pastors, three interns, and numerous pulpit supply pastors and interim ministers. He has led worship for over 2,000 services, including early leadership for Sunday mornings in the borrowed spaces of St. John Catholic Church and the Lakota West Freshman building, before we had a building here. Over the years, he has played for countless weddings and funerals, as well as accompanied a whole variety of musical ensembles.

On December 17, please take a moment in between 8 and 9:30 worship to greet Bob and share your memories and well wishes with him.

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Daylight savings ends this Sunday, November 5.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

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