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Summer Worship Schedule Begins
This Sunday, May 27
8 am Indoors
9:30 am Outdoors (weather permitting)

Farewell Celebration for Lucas and Alex
in the courtyard 
following 9:30 am worship

Join us as we kick off our summer schedule and wish godspeed to Lucas and Alex. We will combine the 9:30 am and 11 am worship services into one contemporary service at 9:30 am, outdoors (weather permitting). 8 am worship will remain indoors.  A farewell celebration will follow the 9:30 am worship service. 

There will be a basket for cards and gifts.

If you can help provide food for the celebration, please sign up here.

Bring a blanket, bring a chair, and join us for summer worship outdoors and a fond farewell to Lucas and Alex!

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Saturday, June 23

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. 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.

Blessing of the Wheels

Motorcycles, Bikes, & Trikes
Next Sunday, June 3
9:15 am 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 next Sunday, June 3 (weather permitting).  Motorized riders will be taking off on a ride and lunch following 9:30 am worship.

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Thank you to everyone who made a commitment to Share the Light! Thank you for the many ways that your generosity and prayers have blessed this congregation. If you haven't had a chance to turn in your commitment card, you can bring it this Sunday, or turn it in to the office.

Please continue to pray. Pray for the ministry of Lord of Life and the work we have been called to do. Pray for the Share the Light campaign and the campaign leadership team. Continue to pray for how you can be a part of the growing needs of our church and community, as you ask, “Lord, what do you want to do through me?

If you need a Commitment Card, we will have them available on Sunday. You can also find one on our website, along with all of the Share the Light resources, at


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This Sunday, May 27
is the last day to donate books!

Help us collect 100,000 books for the children of Houston!

The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be collecting books for students in Pre-K through 6th grade.

The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.

In joining the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps, and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.

Please use the book list below to purchase or order a few from your favorite book retailer, then bring your book donations to Lord of Life by Sunday, May 27.

Shopping on Amazon? See tinyurl.com/2018LOLBlastOffforBooksAmazon to add titles directly to your cart.

We’ll deliver them to the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly in Columbus, June 1-2. From there, they will be packaged and sent to Houston. Please only bring the books that are listed below. All books must be new or gently used. Thank you for helping children read and thrive!

Our partners at the Houston Independent School District identified the following books:

Bad Kitty (Series) by Nick Bruel

Elephant and Piggie (Series) by Mo Willems

Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel

It's Shoe Time by Mo Willems and Brian Collier

Little Bear (Series) by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

Mercy Watson (Series) by Kate DiCamillo

Amulet (Series) by Kazu Kibuisji

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Ghost by Raina Telgameier

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Secret Coders (Series) by Gene Luen Yang

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Series) by Jeff Kinney

Dog Man (Series) by Dav Pilkey

Dragon Masters (Series) by Tracey West

Eerie Elementary (Series) by Jack Chabert

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Frank Einstein (Series) by Jon Scieszka

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

I Survived (Series) by Lauren Tarshis

Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Matilda by Ronald Dahl

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Origami Yoda (Series) by Tom Angleberger

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

The Cross Over by Kwame Alexander

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Wonder by Raquel Palacio

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubim

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina

Pete the Cat (Series) by James Dean

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Why Am I Me by Paige Britt

Nerds, Book 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

Martina and the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy


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Saturday, June 30, 7 pm
Gruver’s Barn

All are welcome to come for fellowship at the Gruver’s barn.  Supplies for s’mores will be provided.  Bring a chair, your beverage, and a snack to share.

Doug and Kathryn Gruver

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Sunday, June 17
Both worship services

Cindy Campbell, leader of Lord of Life's Guardian Angel program, will recognize all of our new teen drivers with a care package. If your family has a teen who recently obtained their driver's license, please submit their name to the office by

June 1.

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Thursday, May 31
7 pm
in the Fellowship Hall

Come and learn to make beautiful cards with Brittany Potter. All materials are provided to create 6 cards, 2 each of 3 designs. Cost is $15, paid in advance at the church office. All of the money collected benefits the Share the Light Capital Campaign. Space is limited! Sign up by sending your name and email address to the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by May 24.


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June 18 - 22
9 am- noon

Join the fun! Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive! Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Register online now.

It takes many volunteers to make our VBS week a success!  We would like to thank those who have already stepped forward to serve. We still need small group leaders and folks to help with decorating and tear-down. No teaching required!


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Our guests arrive
this Sunday, May 20

Lord of Life is a Host Church for families in the Family Promise program in Butler County. Family Promise addresses the needs of families struggling with homelessness by providing shelter, meals, and support services. As a host church we open our doors to these families and provide a place to sleep, meals, and a caring group of people to be with in the evenings.

There are still a few volunteer opportunities. Sign up online to serve!

Thank you in advance for loving our families, being flexible, and contributing to this life-changing ministry!


 summer reading

Wednesdays, 10 am - 2 pm
Sundays, 2 pm - 4 pm
beginning June 6th
in the Fellowship Hall

The summer reading program provides an opportunity for students to keep their skills sharp over the summer as well as providing enrichment in a topic. Research established that, without enrichment, during the summer months, children lose 50% - 85% of what they learned the previous academic year. This summer’s theme is the Human Body! The lessons will be introduced on Wednesdays. Sundays will provide an enrichment lesson. Please consider volunteering during the summer. Are all welcome, including high school and college students. No Spanish required. Join us as you are able.

The program provides lunch on Wednesdays. We also need volunteers to host the Wednesday lunches. Please consider making a lunch for the children on Wednesdays. You can sign up online to provide lunch.

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summer lawn

Begins next Sunday, May 27
Through September 9
8:00 Traditional Worship, Service Indoors
9:30 Contemporary Worship, Service Outdoors (weather permitting)

Summer is here and so is our summer worship schedule!  The combined 9:30 and 11 am worship services offer one contemporary service at 9:30 am led by the band in the outdoor worship space. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair or sit on one of the permanent benches as we gather under the summer sky for song, prayer, and praise. The 8 am traditional worship service continues to meet indoors.

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2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm
in the Church Library

HOPE: Hands Offering Prayerful Encouragement. HOPE is a Christian support group for family and friends of those living with mental illness. You are not alone. Your struggles are real. And yet there is HOPE. Lord of Life is reaching out to all whose loved ones have encountered mental illness.  This is a safe place. Come. Receive the compassion and support of others who are walking the same path.

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May 22, 5:30 pm
Faith Community Methodist Church
8230 Cox Rd
West Chester

Come and help us prep and serve a hot meal for our neighbors in need. Stepping Forward, a ministry of the Faith Alliance, is a weekly community meal and enrichment opportunity that equips low-income families with the skills, knowledge, and nourishment they need to take the next step forward in life. Hosted at Faith Community Methodist Church, West Chester, Lord of Life takes our turn the fourth Tuesday of each month. We need your help feeding our neighbors. Join in this ministry of hospitality and welcome.

All you need are willing hands and a willing heart: all ages and abilities are welcome to serve.

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Help stock local food banks by tending our community garden. If you would like to learn about gardening or you are a gardener we can use your help. Garden helpers plant, water, weed, harvest and deliver the vegetables to Faith Alliance Food Pantry and Haven House Homeless Shelter. Let us know you would like to help in the garden by printing your name, email address, and phone number on the sign-up sheet on the Outreach Bulletin Board.

The Faith Alliance provides summer lunches to area children at 4 locations: Princeton Village Mobile Home Park, Meadow Ridge Apartments, Lakoto Pointe, and Countryside Mobile Home Park. Volunteers are needed to interact with the childern before and after the food bus arrives. 

There is a Sign Up Genius with detailed information about each of the locations and the volunteer needs at www.tinyurl.com/2018SummerLunch.

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Monday, May 28, 7 pm
in the Senior High Room

Join us and hear all of the exciting ways we are God’s hands and feet in our community. Please come and share your ideas!


1st, 3rd (&5th)
Wednesdays of the Month
9:30 am
in the Fellowship Hall

Did you know that we have a quilting ministry that meets several times each month? We welcome additional hands to help cut, sew, and knot quilts! Bring your own scissors and needle, all other supplies are furnished.  If you are ready to jump in, come and be part of this creating ministry, join us to help us bless others. 

Mens Bible Study Outside

May 21, 7pm
Final Meeting: Party at Gruver's Barn

Join us!  Come as you are able.


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Once a month, the senior high kids meet on Sundays for faith and fellowship. Sound like fun? Watch the announcements for details, or contact Lori or Janette to be added to the senior high distribution list. Bring a friend!

Current Schedule


17               New Teen Driver Recognition

27 - July 1  ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, TX



Alcoholics Anonymous   
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
childcare provided  

Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Library

Overeaters Anonymous
Mondays, 7 pm  in the Library

HOPE Support Group
2nd Tuesdays, 7 pm in the Library
First meeting March 13

For loved ones of those with mental illness


Our diaper drawer is completely full! Many thanks to those who have contributed to our Mothers’ Ministry program! There still exists a need for:

— Baby Wipes (especially refills in soft plastic packages)

— 100% Juice boxes

— Tampons (plastic only)

— Feminine pads (THIN Regular and THIN Overnight)

Please place your items in the VEIL Office.

A very easy way to help support VEIL: If you shop at Kroger, please sign up with their Community Rewards program & choose VEIL as the group you’d like to support. Our number is 29572. A percentage of all that you spend at Kroger is given to the mission church. Last quarter, VEIL received almost $100 from this program. Please consider signing up.



Wow, I cannot believe school is almost over! This year has flown by! We had over 100 kids spend this last year with us, playing, learning, rejoicing, loving and living. Some of these will go on to Kindergarten and although we will miss them, we know that they are very well prepared for the next step. We will have some of our current students back and have some new families join LOLCP in the fall. Looking forward to the 2018-19 school year but sad to see this year end!

We had Miss Lynn from Butler County Soil & Water come and teach us all about earthworms. The kids learned a lot and most kids actually held a worm. The 4s and 5s along with their parents made their annual trip to the Taft Theater, Cincinnati Children’s Theatre production of Mary Poppins.

We had our last Chapel of the year with Pastor Lowell. Upcoming events include our Mother’s Day Teas, Last Day Celebrations and End of Year Family Picnic.

We had our last Chapel Time with Pastor Lowell, sad! The kids have really enjoyed and learned a lot at Chapel time. I love seeing God through the eyes of a child!

LOLCP is now collecting Box tops for Education. If you do not already have somewhere to donate these, we would love to have them. Thanks in advance.

We still have a few spots open for the 2018-19 school year. If you know someone looking for a loving, nurturing preschool have them contact Paula.

The preschool is once again hosting several Summer Fun Camps.  

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Do you have a special day you’d like to commemorate? How about a someone you’d like to honor or remember? You can sign up to provide altar flowers and have that event or person noted in the weekly announcements. The Flower Chart is on the Worship bulletin board in the hallway near the Nursery, or contact the church office. More than one individual can sign up for the same day. Cost is $35 donation. All monies go toward purchasing and sustaining fresh flowers for our worship space.


Do you need more offering envelopes? We have moved to a cost-effective and environmentally friendly process of giving out envelopes to only those families that need them.  Envelopes are not dated so none are wasted.  Contact Cara in the office and she will record your new envelope number.  You can pick up your envelopes in the office.