May 21, 7pm
Final Meeting: Party at Gruver's Barn
Join us! Come as you are able.
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.
Thursdays at 9:45 am
in the Library
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
in the Fellowship Hall
Have a favorite craft but can't find time to work on it? Mark your calendar and join this crafting group! Bring your craft and enjoy some laughter and conversation while you create. Knit, crochet, cross stitch, beads, cards -- whatever keeps your hands busy. All ages welcome! Come as you are able.
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.
Sunday mornings, 9:30 am
in the church library
led by Ed Williams
The group is studying the book of Mark.
This Sunday! March 18
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.
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.
Lori Krach and Janette Metzger
Sundays, 2 - 4 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
No Spanish Required
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
Come join the children of Vida Eterna for a Sunday afternoon of tutoring and fellowship. No Spanish required. Most of the children are elementary age and eager to learn. Can you help?
The final meeting for the school year is May 6. The VEIL Summer Reading Program begins June 6.
Palm Crosses on Sale
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.
Lori Krach or Janette Metzger
Saturday, March 24
Rain or Shine!
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors! Enjoy some juice, doughnuts, and activities, and then the children will hunt for eggs.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
of each month
7 pm in the church library
Traveling through life with a partner? The Couples Bible Study is an opportunity to grow together in faith alongside other couples. This informal group covers a variety of study topics over the course of the educational year. Grab your better half and settle in for some meaningful, Christ-centered learning, laughing, and talking.
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.
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.
June 27 - July 1
Summer of 2018, 30,000 senior high youth will gather in Houston for worship, service, fellowship, study and holy play. This massive event, which happens every three years, is an opportunity for youth from congregations of all sizes, cultures and styles to stand together as a unified voice. Lord of Life will be sending a group of senior high youth and adults to this transformational time.
Who could have imagined, when the initial planning began for this gathering of Lutheran High School students more than four years ago, that Houston would be ground zero for the devastation of Hurricane Harvey? We anticipate this group of caring and hard-working youth will not only celebrate together, but also stand alongside the people of Texas and aid in their recovery.
Thank you in advance for the many ways you love and care for children and teens. Lord of Life has a long history of valuing and supporting youth on their journey of faith. As the excitement continues to build, we ask you to surround our group of students with prayer and encouragement.
in the Senior High Room
aka The Lighthouse
Senior High students gather on Sunday mornings to crack open the Bible (or open a Bible app) and learn how that ancient book applies to our modern lives. Together, we cut through the complicated language to find what God is trying to tell us. There's no homework but lots of talking, asking questions, games, laughing and some praying. Sometimes, there's even treats. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join us on this step of our journeys in faith. Come as often as you are able.
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:
# of Lilies
# of Tulips
# of Daffodils
In Honor of:
In loving Memory of:
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.
Saturday, January 6
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
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
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
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.
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
Doug and Kathryn Gruver
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.
Your safety is very important to us – if you do not feel comfortable driving, please stay home! Here’s wishing you a safe winter.
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.
Lenten Book Study
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
|10 am||Advent Week 4 Worship|
Christmas Eve Worship
|6, 8, 11 pm||Christmas Eve Worship|
Worship with First Communion
Followed by a
This Sunday, February 4
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.
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
Saturday, March 10
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.
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.
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:
|At Large||Susan Clem|
|At Large||Nicole Mulloy|
New leadership will be installed in the new year.
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.
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
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
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.
A service of longing and hope
Sunday, December 17
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.
This Sunday, December 10
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!
between worship services
Be sure to come and vote this Sunday on the Mission Spending Plan for 2018 and new council leadership.
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
This Sunday, November 19
6680 Tri-Way Drive
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
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.
Daylight savings ends this Sunday, November 5. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.
$10 per plant
Orders due by December 17
Buy a poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary during the Christmas season. Order forms available in the narthex or you can email the office. Please indicate how many plants you would like and any dedication you would like to make. Make checks payable to Lord of Life.
This Saturday, November 11
9 am - noon
2430 E. Kemper Road
It's not too late! Sign up to pack!
Lord of Life will once again participate in a meal packing event at the Hands Against Hunger factory. During this event, Lord of Life and other area volunteers will create packets of nutrient dense, rice based meals to be shipped to starving children all over America and the world. Last year, in a three hour volunteer session, thousands of meal packets are created and prepared for shipment. Hands Against Hunger is experiencing a great demand for meals this fall to support the ongoing relief efforts for victims of hurricanes and wildfires. Volunteer groups are asked to raise funds to defray the cost of the ingredients used on their pack day. Watch for Lord of Life fundraising events.
Anyone age 8 and up can participate! Lord of Life has over 30 volunteer spots available.
More information about the location and factory can be found here. Doug Gruver is the coordinator of the Lord of Life group, so contact Doug directly to sign up.
Bring in new hats, scarves, mittens, gloves to decorate the Tree of Warmth, located in the narthex. Donations will be distributed to local families.
Doug and Kathryn Gruver