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
This Sunday, October 29!
One Worship Service at 10 am
Luncheon after worship
Join us as we worship and celebrate this historical milestone. Note that our Sunday School classes do not meet so that everyone can worship together.
Join us after Reformation worship as the celebration continues! We’ll gather for a lunch of bratwurst, potato salad, and more, followed by the Reformation 500 Trivia Challenge, photos with Martin and Katie, and much more fun. Hot dogs for the kiddos. Join us!
Monday, December 11
Cookie Burke's home
Join in the fun of exchanging ornaments and sharing some Christmas cheer! Bring a Christmas ornament (wrapped) and a snack or appetizer to share.
RSVP to Cookie Burke.
St. Walburg Monastery Guest House
March 23-25, 2018
Lord of Life 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.
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.
Thank you for your work and continuing prayers on behalf of your church.
Feb 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.
Go Tail it on the Mountain!
Give the gift of a big, goat, or honey bees this Christmas.
Step 1. Pick an ornament off the Tree of Warmth in the Narthex.
Step 2. Redeem at www.ELCA.org/goodgifts.
Step 3. Take the ornament home and decorate your tree or give as a gift.
Doug or Kathryn Gruvver
6:30 pm - 9 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
Come support the preschool and enjoy dessert, wine & shopping. We have over 35 vendors including Lipsence, Tupperware, Stella & Dot, Usborne Books, Tastefully Simple, Crafters and more.
Tuesday, March 6, 8 am
in the Fellowship Hall
Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems. Registration is required. Call toll-free 888.653.6441, visit lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle,
or text the word circle to 797979.
November 26, 3pm
Join us as we deck our halls for Advent and Christmas. If you have an extension ladder, please bring it!
Beautiful Things: A Creative Retreat
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9 am – 5 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (101 S. Lebanon Rd; Loveland)
Participants can choose three workshops to engage in different types of creativity through the day, ranging from calligraphy to jewelry making to yoga.
For more information or to register: http://popluther.org/beautiful-things/
The First Lutheran Clothing Closet is in need of the following items for their November 13th distribution:
´ men's jeans
´ long sleeved t-shirts
´ hoodies (size L and up)
´ winter coats and gloves
(no cotton work gloves)
´ long white socks
´ men's and women's sneakers
and casual shoes
´ twin size flat sheets and blankets
Place donations in the yellow marked bin in the narthex by this Sunday, November 12.
This Sunday, November 5
All Worship Services
Join us in remembering those who have shaped our faith.
October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany – an act that sparked the Lutheran Reformation. For many years, Roman Catholics and Lutherans have been striving to find common ground and heal divisions in the Church.
Last October 31, for the first time, Pope Francis, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation, and other Roman Catholic and Lutheran leaders led the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in Lund, Sweden. This historic event was a visible sign of unity, as Lutherans and Catholics from around the globe joined together for worship.
This Fall, we continue to commemorate this anniversary, locally, in a variety of ways, including these exciting events that bring together various voices for worship and learning. These events will focus on three themes: Rediscover Common Ground, Renew Relationships, and Respond to Local Needs. Centering ourselves in Ephesians 3:16-21, “Now to God, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,” we’ll explore the many ways that the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives, congregations, and communities.
Our time together will include a prayer service for unity, panel presentation, small group discussions, and reflections on how we can continue to love and serve the people of God as we respond to local need. The following dynamic voices will invite us into engaging God’s promises and one another as we look to the future.
Thursday, October 19, 7 – 9 pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester
Worship leaders for the evening include Father Norm Langenbrunner and Pastor Lowell Michelson
Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to noon, St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, Liberty Twp.
Worship leaders for the evening include Father Geoff Drew and Pastor Matt Byrd
We are offering the same program in various locations in the hope that more people can participate.
A freewill offering will be taken for Matthew 25: Ministries for Hurricane Relief.
Visit the facebook page: www.facebook.com/cathluth2017/
Sign up online today: http://conta.cc/2f1mu5i
There are many opportunities for you to be a part of making worship happen! Training is provided. Help as often or as little as you'd like.
Contact the coordinator of the service: Cookie Burke (8 am), Nicole Mulloy (9:30 am), or Jeanette Barth (11 am).
Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available:
1. Make coffee before the 8 am service
2. Worship assistants
5. Communion Assistants
7. Bread bakers
8. Communion set-up and clean-up
9. Click to advance the slides at 9:30 am and 11 am worship
This Sunday, November 5
in the Narthex
Do you have questions about our proposed 2018 Mission Spending Plan? Join council members in the narthex on Sunday morning to have your questions answered. The congregation will vote on the proposed mission spending plan and council nominees next Sunday, November 12, between services.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Tree of Warmth is decorated with a donated children’s hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves that are distributed to Haven House in Hamilton.
Birth – 3 years
Ages 6 months to 3 years
Our Nursery is a safe and welcoming environment for infants, children and parents in our nursery. Located in the main hallway, the nursery serves children ages 6 months - 3 years old, contains a diaper changing station & “right-size” bathroom facilities. There is a one way window (in the entrance foyer) so parents can “check in” unobserved. We are currently between child care providers on Sunday mornings, but you are welcome to use the space with your little one. A speaker allows you to listen to the worship service. Please see an usher for any assistance.
Watch the announcements and weekly email for news of our new Nursery Coordinator.
Consider working with a terrific team of people. There are several council positions on the ballot this November: President, Secretary, and two At-Large.
This is a fantastic time to step into leadership at Lord of Life! If you are feeling the nudge, we are looking for council members, Ministry Area Coordinators (MACs), Sunday School teachers, and leaders for a variety of other ministries. If you are wondering where you might fit, please be in touch with Pastor Lowell, Intern Lucas, or one of the Council members.
A grateful “thank you” to all of you who participated in Commitment Sunday and submitted a Faith Commitment card for the coming year. We appreciate the prayerful consideration that went into each one of them. We are still accepting cards. Extras can be found in the narthex. Place completed cards in the offering plate or turn them in to the office.
Fall is here, and leaves are starting to fall from the trees. Get out your rakes, fill those bags and please deposit the bags on the circular garden area around the gazebo.
Manhood and Violence
Nov 3 - 4
Join the Men of Lord of Life for an overnight retreat in Hueston Woods to experience God beside the water, surrounded by the trees, and among friends. Escape, recharge, learn, and have fun, as we explore the topic of Manhood and Violence in Scripture and our culture today. The schedule will allow plenty of time for fellowship, unwinding, and enjoying God’s great creation. $90/person covers housing and meals. Scholarships are available. Register online by Sunday, October 22.
NEW Schappacher Farm
3068 State Route 73, Wilmington
Sunday, October 22, 2:30 pm
Join us at the new farm for some informal family fun. Free hay ride, free corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkin, and fall décor. Word has it that Timmy the Train is ready to go too for an additional cost. Stay as long as your family is having fun.
Looking for a mid-week boost? Then, Chew On This! Join us on Wednesday for a meal and some conversation. Love to cook? Volunteer to host a meal.
|6 - 6:30 pm||Meal for All|
|6:30 - 9 pm||Stephen Ministry Training|
"Go!” This command shows up almost more than any other in the Bible. Go to Pharaoh. Go to Nineveh. Go to Jerusalem. Go up, go down, go over, and go between. Go tell, go find, and go share. Go and baptize. God is constantly telling people of faith to “Go!” We are a people on the move. God calls us out, inviting us to go to places and people in the name of Jesus. This fall, we’ll hear twelve “Go!” stories from the Hebrew Scriptures and see how they shape us to listen, learn, and go!
SEPT 10 Go Create - Genesis 1:1-2:4a
SEPT 17 Go Sacrifice - Genesis 21 and 22
SEPT 24 Go Bless – Genesis 27 and 28
OCT 1 Go Speak - Exodus 2, 3, 4
OCT 8 Go Share - Exodus 16:1-18
OCT 15 Go Hear - 1 Samuel 3:1-21
OCT 22 Go Look - 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:10-14
OCT 29 Go (W)holy - REFORMATION 500!
NOV 5 Go Reclaim - 1 Kings 19:1-18
NOV 12 Go Seek - Amos 1 and 5
NOV 19 Go Walk - Isaiah 9:1-7
NOV 26 Go Settle - Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Stock up on Reformation resources related to this anniversary year at a discounted rate. Browse the table in the narthex and complete the order form there.
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.
Monday, September 17, 7 pm
in the Library
Outreach at Lord of Life continues to follow our mission to Live, Share, and Celebrate with All People God's Love in Jesus Christ. One recent example is the outpouring of generosity through the BackPack Ministry. Since the first 25 donation cards were gobbled up on the first day they were put out, we asked for 15 more and they too were quickly taken. The result: Lord of Life supplied 40 backpacks full of school supplies plus $50 in cash donations! This combined effort with Faith Alliance means hundreds of kids in our area will start school with a new bag and the materials they need to succeed in class. Thank you to all who participated!
Looking to the future, we will have an Outreach kickoff meeting on September 18 at 7:00 PM. There are so many fantastic volunteers who already spearhead great Outreach activities. If you currently participate or are just curious about how you can get involved, we'd love to have you. Kathryn and I are excited about coordinating and supporting these efforts and discussing any new ideas folks may have. Please come and share your ideas!
Doug and Kathryn Gruver
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)