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.
West Chester Catholics and Lutherans to Celebrate Reformation 500 Together
Look out! The Catholics and Lutherans in West Chester are planning some big things for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Keep your eyes and ears open for an announcement, soon. Our initial meeting included representatives from St. John the Evangelist Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lord of Life.
July 17 - 22
Join us as we cheer in the stands and support these incredible athletes! More details to follow. General information: wheelchairgames.org
Grass is growing, flowers are blooming, trees are budded out, and birds are singing in the morning. Early summer is here. The school year is over, and thoughts are turning to summer vacations. Whether your plans call for a “stay-cation” or you plan a trip half way around the world, chances are your church attendance will slip a bit this summer.
However, Lord of Life doesn’t take a vacation. Our staff needs to be paid; Duke Energy does not give us a pass; our mortgage lender likes to receive their check each month. We still have furnace and air conditioning units that need attention - actually, we had to replace one of the air conditioning units for the sanctuary just this week for $5040! (If you would like to make a special donation toward replacing this unit, please do!) Ministries continue no matter the season. It is precisely because expenses and the need continue, while our giving becomes somewhat sporadic, that attention to your faith commitment here becomes even more critical. Knowing this, our individual stress levels increase as we worry and feel guilty about missing a Sunday.
Of course, you may make an extra contribution in anticipation of missing a week or two, or make up a missed Sunday after the fact. But we can make it easy for you: Simply Giving. Simply Giving allows you to set up a regular contribution in an amount, and at a frequency that suits your particular situation. Currently, almost $14,000 each week is contributed through Simply Giving. Once you set it up, you don’t have to worry about whether you made it to church that week, or that you forgot to write the check that morning. And, you can change the amount, or even stop using it, at any time.
You might believe that the Stewardship Team does nothing for 9 months of the year, then roars into action for the Annual Stewardship Emphasis each fall. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our team works throughout the year so you, and Lord of Life, may live, share and celebrate God’s love with all people.
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.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care giving ministry that takes place in congregations that have a growing need to expand the ministry of caregiving. Churches that use Stephen Ministry equip and empower caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. As followers of Christ, we have been called by God to love, support, and serve one another in community. If you believe that this kind of intentional and structured ministry might be how you want to answer that calling, you are invited to attend the informational meeting in August. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you are encouraged to prayerfully consider this opportunity to accompany and walk alongside others who are enduring the valleys of life. For further information, you can browse the website: stephenministries.org.
Contacts: Ava Fiebig, Lucas McSurley
Sunday, June 11, 6pm
It's a picnic! Bring a friend and come have fun.
Contact: Lori Krach
Through August 2
Wednesdays 10 am—2 pm
and Sundays 2 pm—4 pm.
This program exists because research established that during the summer months, children lose 50% - 85% of what they learned the previous academic year. We have been blessed with a Graduate student who will co-ordinate and lead the program.
We need individuals to assist with the summer reading program and to share fellowship. On Wednesdays, we also provide lunch, so it would be very nice if someone would help with lunches. Volunteers can help as able (no need to volunteer each Wednesday or Sunday). Please Sign-Up!
Contact: Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
Sundays in the Fellowship Hall 2 - 4 pm
This VEIL program continues with great attendance! Help students with their elementary level homework (Kindergarten - 6th grade). The program runs from 2 - 4 pm on Sundays. No Spanish required because all the children speak English. Join us as you are able (no need to volunteer each Sunday). New friends are always welcome!
Worship 11 am
Reception Celebration immediately following
Affirmation of Baptism may be used at many times in the life of a baptized Christian. It is especially appropriate as part of a process of formation of faith in youth or adulthood (confirmation), at the time of beginning one’s participation in a community of faith, as a sign of renewed participation in the life of the church, or at the time of a significant life passage.
On May 21, we celebrate with Zach Beneteau, Alisha Chalasani, Jack Hartmann, Jillian Kreimer, Isaac Michelson, and Cooper Schneider as they affirm their baptism and confirm their faith in God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even more, it is celebration as we remember that God’s promises are not just for our childhood, but for our entire lives!
Join us in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service to congratulate our newest members and share some light refreshments.
in the Lighthouse
Come hang out, make plans, and play games!
Janette Metzger, or
After a Friday of rain and clouds, the sky parted and the sun along with perfect temperatures dominated at the 2017 Cincinnati Pride Parade on Saturday June 24th! 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.
Lord of Life had 21 people walking in the parade to help spread our message of living, sharing and celebrating God's love with ALL PEOPLE. Partnering with Gloria Dei from Western Hills, we had a total of 33 people representing the ELCA.
Decked out in our vibrant orange shirts, we walked for those without a voice, those that feel the need to live in the shadows, and those that live in fear. Hearing the crowd cheer us as we cheered for them brought emotions hard to describe, and definitely got us choked up at times.
We're already thinking about how we can go bigger next year! To do that, we need all of you! We had 21 Lord of Lifers this year, can we get 50 next year? Can we build a float?
YES! Let's do it. Together!
Thanks to Pastor Lowell for helping us organize such a transformative event!
Rick & Melissa Ponton
Vacation Bible School (VBS) collected offerings for Lutheran World Relief's Clean Water Initiative. Around the world approximately 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack access to water for sanitation. You can read more about Lutheran World Relief here: https://lwr.org.
Thank You! We matched the kids’ amazing collection of $842 by collecting $848 last week for a grand total of $1690.11. We will continue to accept donations this week for anyone who still wishes to contribute. God is at work here at Lord of Life this week and it's amazing to see!
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.
Out with the Old...In with the NEW!
Our new playground is here! The finishing details of more mulch, concrete, and drainage are underway.
Last call! Did you leave a jacket or umbrella at the church? How about a water bottle or your bifocals? Please check the coat area to see if any of the items there are yours. Anything that is not claimed by June 12 will be donated.
Contact: Cara Hasselbeck
Come watch the players from Lord of Life battle it out with other area churches on the (softball) field of honor. We play at Mason Sports Park. The park is north of Mason off of Rt 42 near Houston Inn; 3400 Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Rd. Cheer the players on as they challenge other area churches on Field #2!
- May 2 - 6:30 pm
- May 9 - 8:40 pm
- May 16 - 7:35 pm
- May 23 - 6:30 pm
- May 30 - 9:45 pm
- June 6 - 9:45 pm
- June 13 - 6:30 pm
- June 20 - 9:45 pm
- June 27 - 8:40 pm
In January, we embarked on a visioning journey at Lord of Life with help from Luke Bouman. Our time with him and our following leadership conversations have been exciting, fun, and much needed as we continue to grow and look to the future. As part of our initial session, we gathered as a congregation and recognized our strengths, developed our short and long term vision, and drafted our five key goals.
As we identified our strengths, we listed Outreach, Music, Leadership, Youth, Being a Welcoming Community, and Worship. Luke shared with us that these strength areas are something every church strives for and, indeed, we are very blessed here.
As we continue to grow, it is important to transition to the next phase where we can further develop these strengths and ensure we are building the foundation for where God is leading us in the future. With this in mind, we identified these five key goals:
- Cultural shift toward mission mindedness
- Develop and implement a staffing plan
- Develop and implement a building plan
- Develop and implement a financial plan
- Council shift toward focusing on strategy
In the past few months, Council has been praying and working together to take the visioning journey to the next level. One of our first steps has been to shift our Council meeting times to being more strategic. This emphasis was important so we can spend more time developing plans for how we step into these five key goals and execute them with your help.
We are happy to share that we have developed areas of focus by year 1, 2 and 5 for the five key goals along with prioritization and quick wins. One such area is helping to support and staff the Ministry Area Coordinators (MACs) and increase collaboration where it makes sense. You will hear more about this soon!
We are just getting started and still have much to do. We give thanks for your partnership and continue to rely on your gifts and talents to help us build a strong foundation for growth. Look for more updates throughout the summer and contact President Ken Moore, or any council member or pastor, if you are interested in leading or helping with the ongoing visioning work.
Contact: Ken Moore
Congratulations to Corey Wagonfield, Lord of Life member and first year student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, was recently awarded the Edward C. Fendt Award, for a student who excels in personal conduct, academic performance, human relationships, and religious dedication. Corey is pictured here in the top row, second from the left.
This summer, Corey’s pastoral formation will continue as he serves and learns at Trinity Community Assisted Living and Nursing Home in Beavercreek for his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). For several months, he’ll join other theological students and ministers in supervised encounters with persons in crisis.
If you would like to support Corey and his family during his journey to become a pastor, please be in contact with him or Pastor Lowell. Congratulations Corey!
Tonight, March 9
6:30 - 8 pm
Paula Drake, Director:
Over 90 spectacular items to bid on in the preschool Annual Silent Auction. Come bid, buy and enjoy the company of others.
Here are just some of the items up for grabs:
- Auto Services
- Beauty Services
- Photography Sessions
- Kids Activity Passes
- Comedy Club Tickets
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Reception this Sunday, May 7
at 9 am in the Narthex.
Jenny Smith, Lord of Life's Office Administrator, recently announced that she’ll be making a job change. Jenny’s last day in the office will be this Friday, May 5. Here are some words from Jenny:
"As with all seasons, mine here at Lord of Life has come to an end. This was a difficult decision to make, but one that I have come to after much careful consideration ... I’ve been doing church work for twenty years and it is time. I appreciate your support, laughter, understanding, and good nature during my tenure here and take with me the joyous experiences I have had over the last five years. It has been a pleasure working with you all. I wish to continue worshipping here, singing in the choir, serving in outreach and other ministries."
We wish her well on her new adventures at Liberty Veterinary Hospital and are glad that she’ll continue to be part of the fabric at Lord of Life. Please join us as we celebrate her work with us in a reception this Sunday, May 7 at 9 am in the narthex.
Kickoff Barn Bash and Bible Study - October 3
1st & 3rd Mondays of each month - 7 pm
Meet at The Gruver’s Barn, 3967 Dust Commander, 45011. Bring a dish to pass, a beverage and a chair.
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.
“Go and do likewise.” These four powerful words Jesus spoke after sharing the parable of the Good Samaritan. At Lord of Life, we follow these words as a part of the heart and soul of our collective spirit. Our involvement in Family Promise of Butler County has provided a whole new level of ways we can be directly involved in the needs of our community. Family Promise provides overnight lodging to homeless families as well as services to put them on a path to permanent housing.
This June, we’re kicking off Club 180 as a way for individuals to get involved with a financial commitment toward this effort. For $180 you can provide a safe place for families for 4 full days. Club 180 is ongoing, but we’d like to get off to a strong start!
One way you can easily make this happen is to go to the Family Promise Website and also be sure to complete one of the yellow cards in the narthex or you can provide a check on Sunday and give to Patti Paulett or Michelle Payne. Any size donation is welcome. Don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to donate in memory/honor of a loved one.
Thank you for your kind hearts as we go and do likewise together.
Contact: Patti Paulett,
In the Church Library
Lament with Job was such a great success we decided to pick up after Easter with a new study at the same time. Men’s Bible Study has already had a preview.
Monday, May 29 - 11 am
Ready your hands to serve! Lord of Life is taking time to serve lunch at First Lutheran Church downtown in over-the-Rhine. Donations of cookies, large boxes of Barbeque and plain chips, are needed. Volunteers needed to serve lunch. Donations can be dropped off at the church the week of May 21.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday Mornings 9:30 am
in the church library
Pastor Ed Williams continues the survey of the Old Testament using a course from the Great Courses series.
Becky Mastalerz or
April 19 - Noon
O'Charley's on Tylersville
Come meet the lunch bunchers at O'Charley's for hot rolls. As always, if you need a ride, just contact Susan. RSVP’s are appreciated.
Fridays, Ends May 26
9:45 am in the Church Library
Friday May 26 is our last study for this season. Look for our start up in the fall with a new study.
Sundays, 9:30 am
in Pastor Lowell's Office
Pilvi Ketola or Tera Michelson
May 8 and 22
7 pm in the church library
Women at the Well will break for the summer months with a start up in September.
Thank you so very much for the outpouring of appreciation shown to me for our shared ministry. I was floored when presented with the He Qi print of “The Risen Lord”, signed by the artist! (heqiart.com) Wow! It hangs, arms open wide, welcoming all who visit my home and sit at my dining table. The Leadership and people of Lord of life are joyous and giving. Thank you so much for the cards, flowers, and lovely expressions of gratitude (the quilt has had its inaugural nap covering my slumbering grandson). It is humbling to think that all this love could be the result of making Sunday worship bulletins. Thank you again so very, very much.
See you in church on Sunday!
Jenny A Smith
Corey Wagonfield will be attending seminary at Trinity in Columbus this fall! Like all seminarians, he will begin by taking Koine Greek (New Testament era) this summer, before beginning the rest of his studies in the fall. Corey’s family, (Megan, Maddie, Mollie, and Max) will remain here in Cincinnati, while he’ll be studying in Columbus Monday – Thursday. This will be an exciting, but stressful, time for the Wagonfield family. Our Care Team will be looking for volunteers to help ease this period. It is also the practice for congregations to help defray the costs of attending seminary for its members. When asked, we hope that you will give prayerful consideration to the manner in which you can help. Look for an article about Corey’s seminary journey in the June Lifeline.
9 am - 3 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
(Closed for lunch
Schedule online at: www.hoxworth.org/groups/lol or call Hoxworth at 513.451.0910
Do you love little ones? Would you like to help in the Nursery one hour per month? Volunteers are needed to assist Silvia Lopez, our Nursery Attendant, in caring for the little ones on Sunday mornings. To be a part of the rotation, please contact Molly Keith.
St. Walburg Monastery Guest House
Becky Mastalerz invites you to take part in a silent directed retreat for Women and Men the weekend of April 21-23, 2017 at St. Walburg Monastery. Each retreatant will stay in a private room and receive individual spiritual direction on all three days. Only 10 spots available.
St. Walburg Monastery is located at 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.
This Sunday, November 6
All Saints Day is that annual occasion (always falling on the first weekend in November), when the Church acknowledges what it means for every one of us to be children of God, individuals full of as much holiness as sinfulness. It is also a moment when we recognize the beauty and significance of the “communion of saints,” that body of Christ comprising both the living and the dead.
While All Saints day brings to mind all of those who have supported us in our lives of faith, we remember especially those in our church community who have died and been baptized since the last All Saints Day. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. This All Saints Sunday, we remember and name members of the Lord of Life family who have died and been baptized in the past year.
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 9:30 am
Cara Hasselbeck's Home
Current Study: Beth Moore's Entrusted: A Study of 2nd Timothy.
Monday, November 16 - 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall
November is National Diabetes Month. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease. Early detection is critical. This is why Lord of Life Lutheran Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Monday, November 16. Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441. Pre-registration is required.
Web it up? What does that mean????
Great question!!! Our new mid-week activities are nothing like you've seen before!!
Everyone… all ages, big, small, tall, short, gray-haired, newborn, boy or girl… all are invited to build a web of faith on Wednesday evenings. We will start with dinner from 6-6:30pm (free will offerings accepted) then a short campfire-like worship moment with Pastor Lowell, followed by activities that may include outdoor family fun, homework assistance or tutoring, games, Christian study or discussion groups, and ministry or service opportunities. Each ministry area will be sponsoring one or more Wednesdays throughout the year as a way for all ages in our congregation to get to know each other and build a faith web.
Wait! There it is again… what’s a faith web???
A faith web is built from relationships with people who have influenced us and our spiritual walk. Who in your childhood helped to develop your faith? Was it a Sunday School teacher? A Vacation Bible School volunteer? Maybe it was participating in a choir? Maybe it was a friend’s parent or grandparent? All of us know of other people whose faith we can admire and who have helped us grow in our relationship with God. These individuals are part of your own faith web.
We will be webbing it up at Lord of Life on Wednesdays. We will be forming new relationships and strengthening old relationships with members of our church family. We will have opportunities to share interests and learn new skills. We will have time to learn together, older generations learning from younger generations and the younger learning from the older. We will serve the Lord together, each growing in their faith, each learning from another.
Becoming a disciple of Christ is a life-long adventure. Come and share the adventure with your church family and fellow web-builders!!
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This Saturday, March 25
Faith Community UMC
Strengthen your outreach skills by attending this free training offered by the Faith Alliance. Cost of Poverty Experience is designed to help adult volunteers gain insight into the daily challenges faced by those who live at or below the poverty level. Light breakfast provided. $10 suggested donation. Registration Required: go to www.thefaithalliance.org and click on the COPE news article link.