Saturday, October 21
11 am and 12:30 pm
Sabin Hall, Liberty Center
The Caring Community Collaborative presents the Third Annual West Chester Liberty Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit hunger in our community. Proceeds will go to Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program. We hope you will join hands to address the needs of those who are struggling with food insufficiency in our community.
REGISTER for either the 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. seating
DONATE $20 per person toward hunger programs in our community
SELECT a handcrafted bowl made by local artists and organizations
RECEIVE your choice of soup, bread, dessert and a drink, prepared by local chefs and restaurants
For more information, visit The Caring Community Collaborative homepage.
We are looking for people of all ages to participate in the Reformation Sunday drama on October 29. Many small parts are available. Rehearsals will begin in early October.
AA and Al-Anon Anniversary Celebration
Next Sunday! October 22, 7:30 pm
in the Sanctuary
Join our recovery community at this open meeting and celebration. Two speakers will share their stories of the strength and hope they gained from the programs. Child care provided.
7:30 pm Opening, Serenity Prayer
7:45 pm Al-Anon Speaker: Tam W.
8:15 pm Break for refreshments
8:25 pm AA Speaker: Bob M.
8:55 pm Closing Prayer
Sunday, October 1, 4 pm
St. Anne Episcopal Church
Bring your pet to this joint worship service where we bless and celebrate the animals God created.
As part of our celebration of God’s creatures, we
are collecting supplies for Animal Friends Humane Society. On a typical day, they house between 200 and 300 dogs and cats in their facility. It is the largest non-profit animal shelter in Butler County. The list of most needed items are listed below. Bring the items in on Oct 1st to either Lord of Life on Sunday morning or at The Blessing of the Beasts Service at St. Anne.
Pet Wish List
Towels- New or used
Canned food for puppies/kittens
Canned food for dogs/cats
Cat and dog treats
For the Kennel
Dawn Dish Soap
Looped-end Mop Heads
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Powder or Liquid Laundry Detergent
Arm and Hammer cat litter deodorizer
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
Deck Scrub brushes
33 gallon or larger Trash Bags
Doug or Kathryn Gruver
Mark Your Calendars for Fall Kick-Off!
Rally Day is this Sunday, September 17
Worship at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am
Join us as we rally back together around Sunday morning worship and learning. Learning for all ages will resume that morning at 9:30 am.
Avoid the line on Sunday morning and Register your kids now for all 2017 - 2018 Youth Programs from the comfort of your home computer, tablet or phone!
The Lord of Life Youth Ministry Team has been hard at work preparing to share the love of Jesus with our younger members! We have so many fun and faith filled activities for every stage of youth that you are sure to find one that fits your family!
Sunday School for All Ages - Sundays, 9:30 am
For additional information on Sunday School, please see the Ministry Magazine or view the Event announcements online.
Senior High Sunday Mornings
Adult Sunday School
Saturday, September 30
noon - 5 pm
The Square at Union Center
Sing Out Against Poverty is a Christian music festival which seeks to raise funds for Faith Alliance programs benefiting those living in poverty in our community. The event is totally free and open to the public, offers contemporary Christian music, food and beverages and fun kids’ activities. Donations and sponsorships received for the event will fund our Outreach Ministries and Programs which help struggling neighbors with food, meals, educational supplies and Summer Reading Programs.
Saturday, October 28
Fun for Young Ones, 4 - 6 pm
Senior High Hijinks, 7 - 9 pm
Join our VEIL friends for a day of Halloween fun! For the younger ones, there’s an afternoon of festivities including refreshments, games, a costume contest and a DJ! In the evening, the senior high kids can don their costume and bring a friend for creepy fun. A free will offering will be taken to support the VEIL trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston next July.
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
Sunday, August 27
All Worship Services
Bring a backpack, lunchbox, pencil case, or just yourself and receive a special back to school blessing during the Children’s Message.
Our theme for this year of worship, learning, and serving moments is “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We are blessed when God meets us in times of worship, education, and fellowship. God uses us to be a blessing as we are sent into our neighborhoods for living, school, work, recreation, and service. Our dollars and other gifts are a blessing as God uses them to impact churches and communities around the globe.
We want to hear your stories. Tell us how you’ve seen this in your life or the lives of others. How have you witnessed God blessing the world through Lord of Life?
“Blessings in the Bug.”
Blessings in the Bug
For the next month, a 1974 yellow VW Bug will be our mobile recording studio, ready to capture your reflections.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Think of a Blessing.
“How have you been blessed by Lord of Life?”
“How have you seen Lord of Life be a blessing?”
2. Climb in the VW Bug.
3. Record your blessing.
You can also record elsewhere and send it to us.
Psalm 71:15 says, “I will tell of your goodness; all day long I will speak of your salvation, though it is more than I can understand.” Thanks for helping us name and celebrate how “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We’ll let you know in the coming weeks how we’ll share these encouraging stories of faith and hope.
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
Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 7 pm
7770 Beechmont Avenue 3530 Dayton Xenia Road
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and ELCA Southern Ohio Synod are sponsoring these conversations this Fall to understand the origins of the Reformation, our differences, and our growing unity in Christ. Dr. Mengel will highlight the historical roots of the reform. Fr. Endres will speak about the reforming movement’s impact on the Catholic Church leading up to the Council of Trent. Both will also speak to our hopes for a future of greater reconciliation and unity.
A Presentation by
Fr. David Endres, PhD
Dean of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
and the Athenaeum of Ohio
Dr. David Mengel
Xavier University Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and History Professor
“These three things, study, prayer, and service, are important ways that the love of Christ can be shared among us and through us. We invite Lutherans and Catholics in our region to join in this year of commemoration, so that we may more effectively share the truth of the gospel with all.” (Joint Statement of Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt and Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton)
Youth Leader Training
September 13, 6pm
in the Library
All of our Youth Ministry Area Coordinators (MACs) and Program Leaders will be on hand to welcome new teachers and welcome back returning staff. With group discussions as well as break-out sessions by program, this evening has all you need to start the year off right as a Sunday school teacher, small group leader, or youth gathering chaperone. Interested in learning about becoming a youth volunteer? All are welcome!
Lisa Bacu or Danielle Beneteau
Sunday, August 13, 4 pm
Join us as award-winning pianist and composer, William Campbell, presents “Pause for Beauty,” as part of his 2017 tour. This seventy-five minute concert displays his extensive training as a classical composer, and straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, pop, rock, and jazz, in what he describes as an aesthetic response to share more beauty in this world.
Campbell is Professor of Music and Chair of the music department at St. Ambrose University, and director of contemporary music at St. Paul Lutheran Church, both in Davenport, IA. He earned degrees from the University of Arizona (B.M.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D.).
Recent Campbell premieres include "Where the River Bends" by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, "Meditation" by classical guitarist Phil Hemmo, "Green Fire Variations for Cello and Piano," as well as scoring for the Academy-Award nominated "50 Feet From Syria."
Campbell's music has been awarded by regional and national agencies including the Penfield Commission, Waging Peace, the Kennedy Center, and ASCAP.
You may listen to Campbell's music on SoundCloud and on Spotify.
Mark your calendars now. Don't miss this rare Ohio appearance. Concert is open to the public. All ages welcome. A freewill offering will be taken.
William Campbell will also be with us in worship on Sunday, August 13 at both services.
In 2014, Lord of Life Quilters provided 60 handmade quilts to First English Lutheran in Over the Rhine.
October 6 - 8
Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center
Sign-up deadline is this Sunday, September 24
Michelle Spahr will be leading this retreat. The theme is 2 Timothy: Be an Everyday Hero.
Cost is $85.
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!
This Sunday, July 23
10:45 - 11:30 am
in the Library
Ministry to the homebound is a vital link between not only our congregation and the homebound member, but also with the greater Church. Whether we eat and drink this meal in a sanctuary, home, or hospital room, Holy Communion connects us with Christ and with Christians of all times and places, as we hear God’s promises of forgiveness and are fed with the body and blood of Jesus. When we bring communion to those who are unable to physically be present at a worship service, we bring the presence of Christ and all that it represents with our visit.
Would you like to be part of this important ministry? Please prayerfully consider stepping into this ministry.
Sunday, October 22, 4 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
5475 Brand Road, Dublin
From Dialogue to Commemoration & Beyond:
Catholic-Lutheran Relations after 500 years.September 28 - 29
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 E Main St.
Featuring Dr. Kathryn L. Johnson, director of ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America & Dr. Susan K. Wood, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas & a professor of systematic theology at Marquette University.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries committed to identifying, preparing, and supporting faithful, wise, and courageous leaders. Trinity “forms leaders for Christ's church at work in the world.”
More details at TLSOhio.edu.
2nd & 4th Mondays of each month 7 – 8 pm in the church library during the program year (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
In Biblical times, women gathered around the well to collect lifegiving water and community news. Come and be refreshed at the Lord of Life well. Bring your ideas for the next theme, book, or topic: the group will discuss options and choose its course of study at the first fall meeting. Have a gift for teaching? Take a turn as a session facilitator. All adult women are invited to meet Jesus at the Women at the Well study.
Homemade cookies are provided by Lord of Life members as a tangible expression of God’s unconditional love. Kairos is an ecumenical Christin ministry that conducts a three day spiritual retreat weekend inside correctional institutions which is led by a team of laity and clergy.
Lord of Life Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 20
One worship service 10 am
Picnic at 11:30 am
All are welcome.
Don’t miss this church-wide celebration filled with worship, food, games, and togetherness! Following worship, we’ll gather around pork BBQ, with hotdogs for the kids and kids-at-heart, and invite you to bring something to share.
The dunk tank is back, along with tie-dye, bingo, water games, and much more fun! You can bring a plain t-shirt to tie-dye or order a new LOL t-shirt for $5.
We’ll also be looking for help to set up on Saturday morning, as well as folks to run games for little ones on Sunday.
Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this end of summer bash!
Check out the Sign Up Genius to sign up to help.
Needed: Empty 2-Liter bottles with caps. Drop off in the box in the narthex.
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.
in the Fellowship Hall
“Present, patient, peaceful, and passionate.” These are all qualities of a good listener. These are also qualities of a Stephen Minister!
Has anyone ever used these words to describe you? If you are feeling called to be a part of a one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered, care-giving ministry at Lord of Life, join us for this informational meeting on Sunday, August 13, 10:45-11:30 am.
Jesus said, “just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” Given the flux of life’s ever changing circumstances, we all know someone feeling as though they are the “least of these.” Stephen Ministry is one way for our heart to respond to those who need to be heard and loved in our community. This care-giving opportunity works to fulfill our mission to live into Jesus’ teaching and care for others, as though we are caring for Jesus himself.
Bible Mini Retreat
This Sunday, September 18
How many books are in the Bible?” “Is there really a talking donkey?” “What is a Habakkuk?” These and many other questions will be part of our afternoon Bible mini retreat. While it is specifically designed for 3rd and 4th graders, anyone is invited and welcome to attend as we learn tools for using our Bible. We’ll share lunch together and then dig into our Bibles to learn some basic facts, how to find verses and people, and explore God’s story. At least one adult is invited to attend with child(ren).
Contact Pastor Lowell to register!
"Wait, what?” You may wonder if this is a misprint, since Cara is already serving on staff at Lord of Life. Since May, she has been serving as interim office administrator, while we assessed our needs and her interest. Thankfully, it has been a perfect fit and she has brought expanded vision and clarity to our ministry team!
We are thrilled to announce that Cara Hasselbeck has accepted the position of Office Administrator. She brings exceptional organizational skills and a deep knowledge of life and ministry here, so, in addition to weekly office management duties, she is helping us make a coherent plan for print and electronic resources. Cara is also continuing to clean up the database. She currently serves as Vice President on our council and is heavily involved in many aspects of youth ministry, as well as having been a Ministry Area Coordinator (MAC) in the past. “It’s energizing to work here and contribute to the many, many ways that Lord of Life makes a difference.”
Please take a moment to congratulate her. We are grateful for the skills and heart she brings to our shared ministry.
Backpacks and supplies due back this Sunday, July 30
Help a child in need succeed!
SPONSOR A CHILD: Pick up a card with how to sponsor a child, what grade, the items they need, and estimated expense. The values will range from $10 to $50 per child. Sponsorship cards can be picked up at worship services.
Thanks for your generosity this past Sunday in claiming all of the cards. More cards are now available if you missed your chance last week.
GO SHOPPING: Shop for the items listed on your card, and bring them in a bag (or new backpack if you choose!) to worship no later than July 30.
NO TIME TO SHOP? Simply make a check out to Reach Out Lakota and attach it to your sponsorship card(s) and return it no later than July 30.
Update: Only 3 more teachers needed! Can you be one of them?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Lord of Life takes this command seriously by making life-long learning a priority. We consider our lives to be unfinished products, constantly seeking to grow in faith and deepen the meaning of our days. We delight in every opportunity to strengthen our relationship with God over the entire course of our lives.
Lord of Life has an active Sunday School program, with over seventy-five children and youth participating each week. Sunday morning learning is a key component of faith development, introducing kids to Bible study and the joy of a caring Christian community. Providing a meaningful educational experience each Sunday takes many hands. Will you join us?
WHAT AND WHEN?
Sunday School takes place Sunday morning at 9:30 am, with teachers present from 9 – 10:40 am. The Sunday School year runs from September 17, 2017 – May 20, 2018, with breaks during holidays.
Sunday School classes are led by a 4 person team, with one person teaching each week, and one assisting. Teaching teams organize their own schedules to accommodate their vacations, sporting events, and other commitments – so we ask you to be responsible for a minimum of teaching once a month and assisting once a month.
HOW DO I DO IT?
LOL Sunday School uses the Spirit and Truth curriculum, which follows the lesson being read in worship. The electronic and printed curriculum provides all the educational information and activities needed to teach the class, plus options so that you can shape the material to suit your gifts. If you like to sing, sing the songs. If you are crafty, include a craft. Acting, games, or otherwise – you choose how to lead.
Our Sunday School Superintendent, Andrea Keenan, Youth Ministry Area Coordinators (MACs), Lisa Bacu and Danielle Beneteau, along with Pastor Lowell and Intern Lucas, provide everything you need to know about working with our youth.
As you begin to fill your calendar with Fall activities, we encourage you to make room to continue living and learning in the faith. Consider stepping into a teaching role with preschool kids, children, youth, or teens. Our most urgent need is kindergarten – 5th grade. Our leadership has been praying about this. If someone approaches you with an invitation to lead, or you feel the stirring of the Spirit, please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talents with our youngest disciples. It will change your life.
Contact Andrea Keenan
We recently made some improvements to our website. If you have bookmarked your favorite pages, you should visit our homepage and update your bookmarks.
Some favorites that have moved:
August 6, 10:45 am or
August 8, 7 pm
in the Library
Calling all incoming 6th graders and families! We are already preparing and praying for a fantastic year together in Confirmation. The mission of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church Confirmation Ministry is to empower and equip young people, and their families, as students explore the promises of God in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment. Fun, fellowship, prayer, service, and engaging learning are at the center of these years together, as we seek to live, share, and celebrate with all people, God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Confirmation Orientation meetings will be offered on Sunday, August 6 at 10:45 am and Tuesday, August 8 at 7 pm. We ask you to attend one of these meetings to If you are unable to make either meeting, please contact Eric Gruber to make other arrangements to receive the information. Attending an orientation is not a commitment to join the program, but is an opportunity to gather information and meet one another as we prepare for learning and serving moments together.
Even if you have had kids in the program recently and know it backward and forward, we still hope you will attend, so we can meet your 6th grader and give him/her the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
June 19 - 23
9 am- noon
Maker Fun Factory is an opportunity for creativity and fun. During the week curious kids will become hands-on inventors who will discover that God made us, God is for us, God is always with us, God will always love us, and God made us for a reason.
Our daily offerings will go toward Lutheran World Relief to provide clean water to areas in need around the world. We will also open the collection to the congregation on Sunday, June 25th to add to our VBS collection. All donations will be matched by generous donators. Please see www.lwr.org for more information.
This summer, we'll explore the book of Romans. In these pages, the apostle Paul writes about the saving work of God in Christ and spells out its implications for the Christian life.
Start your summer reading off with Romans!
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
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