This Sunday! September 10
11 am - 2 pm
Sign up to serve!
Each year, the ELCA has a day of service to kick off the school year, called “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. It is an opportunity for us to be the Church in the community as we serve and love on our neighbors and demonstrate God’s love among us and through us.
This year, we have three projects in store. We’ll be showering the West Chester Police Department and West Chester Fire Stations with food, posters, cards, and affection, helping with outdoor projects at Union Elementary, and setting up for Family Promise and preparing a delicious lunch for the entire crew.
We are collecting restaurant gift cards, snacks, and drinks to fill the baskets for the police and fire departments of West Chester. We will be showing our appreciation to a total of six stations. Items can be left in the narthex in the yellow barrel and gift cards left in the envelope provided.
If you plan on helping at Union Elementary, dress for working in the dirt, and bring any gardening tools you have to help with clearing brush and overgrown landscaping.
Mark your calendars now for this afternoon of serving. Sign up to serve, or just come on Sunday ready to work.
Intern Lucas McSurley
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!
We've rescheduled the Blessing of the Wheels for Sunday, July 16!
in the front yard
Whether you have a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle, motorcycle, skateboard, inline skates, or other wheeled contraption, ride or bring it to church on Sunday, June 18 for a blessing. As we enter the prime season for cruising, we’ll ask for God to guide and protect us in the hope that it will bring safety for our outdoor riding. We’ll have the blessing in the front yard at 9:15 in between the two morning services.
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
Saturday, June 23, 11 am
carpool from Lord of Life leaves 9:30 am
Join us as we walk in the Cincinnati Pride Parade as a witness to the promises of God which extend to all people. We are adding a vehicle to our entry for those who want to ride for some of all of the parade route. If you would like to carpool to the parade, meet at the church at 9:15 am. An earlier crew will head down to get our spot in line and update the carpool with staging location. Register online at
The mission of Cincinnati Pride is to provide the Greater Cincinnati LGBTQ community and their allies a forum to celebrate and affirm our individuality and renew our dedication to promoting acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
We had a fantastic gathering on May 31 to talk about 13 Reasons Why, the popular Netflix series, and about the many issues facing teens and their families. The issues are not new. Youth want to know how to support each other and parents want to know how to talk with their kids about life, hope, and love - the very things our churches embody.
Information and educational resources about suicide are easy to find on the web. Many schools have already sent parents information and links. Here are some additional numbers that can be helpful:
- 211, or ext 741741 for the nationwide FIRST CALL FOR HELP supported by United Way.
- 1.800.273.TALK (8255) is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- 911 emergency line may be needed when you need and immediate response for help.
- BUTLER COUNTY (OHIO) MOBILE CRISIS TEAM AND CONSULTATION
1.844.4CRISIS (1.844.427.4747) or 881.7180 24 Hour Hotline
Need someone to talk to? They can complete a risk evaluation 24 hours a day (in home, at school, or in the office during the day). Available for phone or in person consultations. All staff are licensed counselors or social workers. It's free of charge to any county resident regardless of age.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)
A website full of resources, connections, and opportunities.
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.
June 19 - 23
9 am- noon
The Maker Fun Factory is coming to Lord of Life this summer and we need your help! If you are interested in leading or volunteering, please contact Megan Wagonfield.
A big round of applause for:
Kaitlyn Abbott (Rose Syring’s granddaughter) is graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Communications.
Rachel Barth is graduating from Fairfield High School and will be attending Xavier University to study psychology.
Bryan Cox is graduating from Western Governors University with a Masters in Business.
Dalee Demaree is graduating from Fairfield High School and will be attending the University of Cincinnati to study bio medical engineering.
Cameron Drake is graduating from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, as well as a 4th and 5th grade endorsement.
Anthony Fiorenza will be graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Administration ( B. B. A.) degree and a Minor in Coaching.
Isaac Gruver is graduating from Fairfield High School. He is graduating summa cum laude and is applying to Americorps.
Roope Ketola is graduating from St. Xavier High School and will be attending The Ohio State University in the engineering honors program.
Jacob Knight is graduating from Lakota West High School and will be attending Miami University to study mechanical engineering.
Paige Kovacs is graduating from Lakota West High School. She will be attending the Ohio State University in the fall.
Matthew Littig is graduating from University of Illinois with degrees in Economics and Global studies.
Danny McClary is graduating from Miami Farmer School of Business with a Bachelor’s in Finance and a Masters in Accounting.
Andrew Moore is graduating from Cincinnati Christian School. He will be attending Wright State University to major in business administration.
Emily Moore is graduating from Lakota East High School and will be attending Paul Mitchell.
Riley Ponton is graduating from Fairfield Senior High School.
Adam Schoultz will be graduating with his Masters in Aeronautics (Rocket Science) from Purdue University.