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Announcements

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Monday, July 23
7 pm
in the Sanctuary

Come take a break from the summer heat and enjoy some cool tunes! The Swingin' Saints Big Band will perform a free concert here at Lord of Life. Originally a part of the music ministry here at Lord of Life almost 20 years ago, the Swingin' Saints have evolved into a community group of amateur musicians. They come together in the summer to play music from the big band era at local retirement communities and churches. The band includes musicians of all skill levels and ages, having had members as young as 12 and as old as 89! We look forward to welcoming them back for some great summer fun.

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Welcome Reception
Sunday, July 29
following 9:30 am worship

We are excited to welcome our new seminary intern, Corey Wagonfield.  You may have seen Corey recently helping out with Vacation Bible School as castaway Jim Noland. Corey's first official day is this Sunday, July 15.  

Please join us in giving Corey and his family a warm Lord of Life welcome at a reception in the Fellowship Hall directly following the 9:30 am service on Sunday, July 29.

Confirmation Low Ropes

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, to 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.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, to 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.

If you have a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who is new to the confirmation program, please connect with our confirmation leader, Eric Gruber.

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Next host week
August 19 - 26
Sign up to serve!

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 many ways to participate in this ministry that take place before, during, and after our guests are here.  Check out the Family Promise Board on Sunday, or sign up online.

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

 

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July 30 - August 3
10:50 am -11:50 am
Princeton Village Mobile Home Park

Let's meet for lunch! Lord of Life is registered to volunteer in the Summer Lunch program at Princeton Village Mobile Home Park. Volunteers will get the children lined up and ready for lunch, play with the children, and make sure grounds are cleaned up after lunch.  We have plenty of games and activities planned; just come willing to play! Sign up to join us.

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Summer Backpack Drive
July 22 - 29

Lord of Life is once again partnering with Faith Alliance to collect backpacks and school supplies. Backpacks and donations will be collected July 22 - 29. Item lists for each backpack will be available beginning this Sunday, July 8. There is no need to shop: sponsorships are available in $10, $20 and $25 increments. Faith Alliance will do the shopping for supplies for you.

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July 24, 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.

We are still looking for a few food donations.  You can signup online to donate.

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

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Tuesday, July 31
6:30 pm

Join guests from Stepping Forward after dinner on Tuesday, July 31 to harvest from our garden. Anyone in need of fresh vegetables is welcome to come and pick some to take home.  We also need helpers to pick for those who aren't able to do their own picking, and guides to point out the vegetables and fruits. We hope to have watermelons and cantaloupes ready to pick, along with beans, squash, and so much more!

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Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 9 am
weather permitting

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. Join us as you are able.

 summer reading

Wednesdays, 10 am - 2 pm
Sundays, 2 pm - 4 pm
through August 5
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 includes lunch on Wednesdays. We also need volunteers to host the Wednesday lunches. Can you provide lunch for the children on Wednesdays? You can sign up online to provide lunch.

photo courtesy of Ben White, unsplash.com

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Road trips are a blast! There’s nothing quite like loading up the vehicle with loved ones and heading out on the open road for an adventure. But road trips can be full of detours and challenges, too.

This summer, we join Jesus on the road with his disciples. Each week, he’ll take us on a journey full of adventure, challenge, and discovery as he leads us into both familiar and uncharted territories. Let’s go!

JUNE      3     Sabbath     Mark 2:23-3:6
    10   Naked   Mark 3:20-35
    17   New   Mark 4:26-34
    24   Storm   Mark 4:35-41
JULY     1   Restore   Mark 5:21-43
      8   Faith   Mark 6:1-13
    15   True   Mark 6:14-29
    22   Rest   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
    29   Feed   John 6:1-21
AUG     5   Follow   John 6:24-35
    12   Life   John 6:35, 41-51
    19   Filled   John 6:51-58
    26   Go   John 6:56-69

 

Make time for worship this summer. You need it. We need it, together. God meets us as we live, share, and celebrate together.

summer lawn

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.

Quilt

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. 

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

Al-Anon
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Library
childcare provided

Overeaters Anonymous
Mondays, 7 pm  in the Library

HOPE Support Group
2nd Tuesdays, 7 pm in the Library

For loved ones of those with mental illness

 

Summer is a difficult time for many of the VEIL families. As VEIL Programming continues throughout the summer, VEIL will continue to need healthy snacks. Would you help us stock our shelves with some staples?

- applesauce

- healthy granola bars

- goldfish crackers

- pretzel

- 100% juice boxes/pouches

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.

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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.