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John Johns

John Johns

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 13:07

Cardboard Testimonies

How would you tell your story on two sides of a piece of cardboard? How has God changed your life?


Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:01

Gratitude and Ministry Video

Watch this slide show that gives a snapshot of all the great things our community does together. There are so many ministries we couldn't keep the video shorter than four minutes!


Friday, 27 April 2018 11:06


Support the work our community does every day!

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Click here to give now through our secure online portal.

  1. Choose amount and to which ministry you would like to give.
  2. Select frequency of your donation (one time, weekly, monthly)
  3. Fill out name and billing information. 

Use the GIVE+ on your cell phone

GIVE+ is a free app! Here’s how you can connect and give from your device. Give mobile 2017 v3 01

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  1. Go to Apps on your device and search for GIVE+ (finance) 
  2. Search by zip code or church name. 
  3. Create your account. 
  4. Donate. 

Please select the fund and frequency of your gift. Here are some examples:

“General Operating” supports the daily costs of ministry at Lord of Life (salaries, utilities, outreach). 

“Share the Light” is our capital campaign – More about that in a few weeks. 

“Mission Trip” is the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, this summer. If you are looking for matching funds, this is it! 

If using a credit card, you can even choose to help offset the processing fee. 

Click here to read the FAQ: http://vancopayments.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Vanco_GivePlus_Church__FAQs_for_Donors.pdf 


Thank you for your support of ministry at Lord of Life. We couldn’t do it without you!

Friday, 23 February 2018 11:36

Feast or Fast

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I grew up in the Roman Catholic church and every year during the season of Lent, conversation would swirl about what we were giving up. A lot of people gave up food items – chocolate, meat, soda. Adults might have given up things like alcohol or swearing.

As I grew in my faith education, I learned about giving up things that would help me make roomfor Christ in my life. I could give up an hour of television to study scripture or a book on a Christian topic. I could give up complaining and be a more positive person to be a better example of Christian love. These are still great ideas!

Now that I’ve been a church “professional” for several years, I’ve learned some history about our calendar and how the traditions of seasons like Lent and Advent came to be. Both Lent and Advent were seasons of fastingbefore major holidays. Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and Advent is the 40 days before - you guessed it - Epiphany. If someone reminds me in December, I’ll write another whole post about why it isn’t Christmas. Historically speaking, these 40 day fasts were meant to temper our “worldly desires.”

But we treat the seasons of Advent and Lent very differently. During Advent, we mark off our calendars; in some traditions we go as far as opening little doors to reveal daily treats. What a contrast to the idea of fasting we think of for Lent. We spend the season of Advent anticipating the joy of Christmas. The tradition of fasting, while it gives us opportunities to open ourselves to Christ, can sometimes have the unintended consequence of drawing our focus to our own suffering.

So what if we thought of Lent more like Advent? The eager anticipation. The joy of preparing ourselves, not for new birth, but new life in the resurrection. As we watch the flowers coming back to life, we can be grateful that Christ’s resurrection means we can stand before God, free of our sin. Yes, we can still make room for God in our lives, and we can do it out of the joy gratitude that we have already been saved through Grace, not by our own deeds and suffering.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:37

Next Steps - Survey Results

Our Ministry Strategist from Horizon Stewardship, Craig Miller, surveyed the congregation to explore the possibilities of furthering our worship, hospitality, and outreach ministries. 88 households shared hopes and dreams about where we are heading. The report is visible below.

If you have questions, or would like to be part of leadership for this campaign, please don’t hesitate to connect with me, Lucas, or a council member. This is an exciting time to be in ministry together!

Thank you for your work and continuing prayers on behalf of your church.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 09:47

A Gift and Legacy

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To most who meet him now, Davis Conrad is a typical 95-year-old man living at Bethany Lutheran Village in Dayton. For hundreds of people who worshiped with him, attended a concert at his church, or sang under his direction, he is a master of his trade; a member of an almost-lost generation of musicians who produced legendary music programs during a golden era of corporate worship. At Hope Lutheran Church, his retirement after decades of faithful service - coupled with changes to the surrounding neighborhood - led to the end of a once-storied music tradition.

It has been more than twenty years since he left. Through some Dayton friends I discovered that Hope was ready to part with its music library – hundreds of pieces of music that were sung joyfully on Sundays, Christmas, Easter, feast days, clergy installations, and bishop celebrations, including several that were commissioned especially for their esteemed choir. A gift to Lord of Life, if we would take it.

As I shared the news with some of our own choir members, I discovered connections to Hope Church that I never would have expected – Pastor Ed Williams spent a great deal of time at Hope when he was on the Synod staff; Pastor Bill Funk, who has been singing with us for two years, was an associate pastor at Hope for three years.

When I arrived to pick up the music, the secretary looked at my car and said, “you might have to make a few trips in that.” She wasn’t kidding. Seven filing cabinets, each with four drawers, full from front to back and a desk filled with music. What an amazing gift. Mr. Conrad’s notes on his copy of each piece – a lifetime of study, planning, practice, and teaching; a legacy from which to build.

I managed to empty six of the filing cabinets and the desk in one trip. I was so excited to bring it all home; I filled every nook and cranny. As I’ve gone through it all, I’m humbled to piece together the rich history contained among the pages. I’m sad there are so few people at Hope to share in that history, but it will live on through our own worship and offerings.

It will take me many weeks to sort through all of our new music. Once I have, I’ll invite anyone who would like to join us for a “sing through” – I’ll pick out some of my favorites and we’ll sing through them just to hear them for ourselves. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm!

With gratitude,


Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:51

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Monday, 08 January 2018 10:53

Lord of Life Next Steps



Lord of Life has asked Horizons Stewardship to conduct a Potential and Possibility Study in anticipation of a spring capital campaign. As you may know, over the last few years, our leadership has been prayerfully exploring priorities for renovating our existing worship and learning spaces, updating infrastructure, and paying down our debt as a way of positioning us for long-term ministry and mission. 

Read About Our Plan

Our Ministry Strategist from Horizon Stewardship, Craig Miller, surveyed the congregation to explore the possibilities of furthering our worship, hospitality, and outreach ministries. 88 households shared hopes and dreams about where we are heading.

Read the Survey Results

Thank you for your work and continuing prayers on behalf of your church.



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