This Sunday! March 18
Wash. Rake. Organize. Trim. Mulch. It’s time to clear away the winter grime and get the building and grounds ready for spring. Bring the whole family. There are tasks for all ages and abilities. Lunch provided.
Palm Crosses on Sale
This Sunday and Next Sunday
Between Services in the Narthex
Our senior high youth are selling Palm Crosses as a tool for helping us focus during our Holy Week journey and beyond. The crosses come with a Holy Week devotional. Proceeds from the crosses will be used toward our Houston mission trip, this summer.
Each Palm Cross has been created especially for you. No other exactly like it exists. There is no finish on the cross. The oils from your hands and those of your loved ones as it is used in prayer will become the finish. Purchase a palm cross for yourself and consider gifting one to a family member or friend.
Lori Krach or Janette Metzger
Saturday, March 24
Rain or Shine!
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors! Enjoy some juice, doughnuts, and activities, and then the children will hunt for eggs.
Palm Sunday ~ March 25, 8, 9:30, 11 am
Procession with palms and Holy Communion
Even though we begin the service with waving palms and celebration shouts of “Hosanna,” we are soon invited into the agony of our Lord. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it.
Maundy Thursday ~ March 29, 7 pm
Hand and Foot Washing, Prayer and Healing Stations, Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar
With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to begin the Three Days during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus' passing over from death to life. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus' commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved.
Good Friday ~ March 30, 4:30 & 7 pm
(4:30) An interactive family service for all
(7) A service of Scripture and darkness
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day - the triumph of the cross - reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ's life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer, we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.
Vigil of Easter ~ March 31, 8:30 pm
St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Road
This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.
Easter Sunday ~ April 1, 8, 9:30, 11 am
with Holy Communion
Christ is risen, indeed! On Easter morning, we stand gaping at the open and empty tomb with the women who followed Jesus throughout his ministry. With the women, we are called to proclaim the amazing news of the resurrection.
Easter Breakfast will be served 9 - 11 am
Free will offering to benefit the senior high students attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.
Order Easter Flowers
$10 per plant
Orders due this Sunday, March 18
Provide flowers to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter morning. Please make checks payable to Lord of Life. You can place your order in the collection plate, or email it to the church office. Please provide the following information:
# of Lilies
# of Tulips
# of Daffodils
In Honor of:
In loving Memory of:
Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21
Worship Noon and 7 pm
Bread. Light. Door. Shepherd. Resurrection. These are essential components of life. They are also some of the images that Jesus uses to describe himself in the Gospel according to John. In these statements, Jesus reveals the fullness of his identity.
|Feb 21||I am the Bread of Life|
|Feb 28||I am the Light of the World|
|March 7||I am the Door|
|March 14||I am the Good Shepherd|
|March 21||I am the Resurrection and the Life|
Join us for worship (Noon and 7 pm) as we journey together through this season of remembering and discovery. We’ll gather to share an evening meal together at 6 pm before worship. All are welcome.
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 newly formed group will begin meeting on March 13. This is a safe place. Come. Receive the compassion and support of others who are walking the same path.
Artist in Residence
April 6 - 8
Richard Bruxvoort Colligan is a full-time psalmist making adventurous music for the ever-evolving church. He publishes music continually and tours nationwide. Join us as we welcome him for a weekend full of original and adapted music in a variety of styles.
Friday, April 6, 7 pm
Join Richard and friends for an intimate, acoustic concert at Susan and Eric Zwarg’s home.
Reimagining Psalms Workshop:
New ways to lead and embrace psalms in worship
Saturday, April 7, 9 – noon
in the Sanctuary
The Psalms have been a central part of the worshiping tradition for 2500 years. But why and how do we sing them in the 21st century? Come for a rich morning of reflection, conversation and music with Psalmist Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. There'll be a special focus on stories behind the psalms and how to lead them in worship in a wide variety of musical styles.
Concert - Saturday, April 7, 7 pm
in the Sanctuary
Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan leads us into a relaxed evening of music, stories, and reflection with acoustic guitar and lyric voice. A free-will offering will be taken.
Richard will also be leading music at all of our worship services on Sunday morning. Free listening at PsalmImmersion.com.
Lord of Life is excited to announce a $1,500 college scholarship. This non-renewable award has been created by church members who, through gifts and memorials, have endowed a scholarship fund that will award one scholarship each year.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who is a member of Lord of Life, displays exemplary service to the church and community, who will be attending a technical college or pursuing a four-year college degree on a full-time basis, and provides an essay on their faith journey in the application.
Complete details about the scholarship as well as the application are now available and can be downloaded or printed at www.lol-lutheran.com/scholarship or picked up in the church office. Completed applications must be turned in to the church office by May 1 for consideration. The scholarship will be awarded during the graduation recognition worship service on Mother’s Day, May 13.
March 27, 5:30 pm
Faith Community Methodist Church
8230 Cox Rd
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.
“We are Talented”
Family Talent Show sponsored by VEIL
Saturday, April 14
6 pm – 8 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
If you can sing, dance, play an instrument or even do magic tricks, join the show! The VEIL Youth Group will be presenting their very own special talent for you. Sign up on the VEIL Bulletin Board across from the Fellowship Hall; spots are limited! There will be refreshments. The freewill offering will benefit VEIL’s trip to the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event, a pre-event at the ELCA National Youth Gathering.
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
in the Fellowship Hall
Have a favorite craft but can't find time to work on it? Mark your calendar and join this crafting group! Bring your craft and enjoy some laughter and conversation while you create. Knit, crochet, cross stitch, beads, cards -- whatever keeps your hands busy. All ages welcome! Come as you are able.
1st, 3rd (&5th)
Wednesdays of the Month
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.
Saturday, April 14
9 am - 1 pm
Are you searching for a place to put down spiritual roots? Are you looking for a church home? Are you interested in learning more about the mission and ministries of Lord of Life? You are invited to join us for a new member conversation as we get to know one another and have a chance to learn more about the Christian faith and specifically about life together here at Lord of Life. We’ll end with a light lunch served at the noon hour.
Childcare is available upon request.
by Wednesday, April 11
Rick Ponton, Melissa Stidham
Sundays, 2 - 4 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
No Spanish Required
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
Come join the children of Vida Eterna for a Sunday afternoon of tutoring and fellowship. No Spanish required. Most of the children are elementary age and eager to learn. Can you help?
1st and 3rd Mondays, 7pm
George Bryans' home
The men are studying Making Sense of the Christian Faith. This book is an exciting exploration of the major theological doctrines of the Christian faith. Written as a conversation that invites you to "jump into" the conversation, these pages tackle Theology, Creation, Sin, Incarnation, Atonement, and much more.
Join us! Come as you are able.
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
of each month
7 pm in the church library
Traveling through life with a partner? The Couples Bible Study is an opportunity to grow together in faith alongside other couples. This informal group covers a variety of study topics over the course of the educational year. Grab your better half and settle in for some meaningful, Christ-centered learning, laughing, and talking.
Thursdays at 9:45 am
in the Library
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!
18 Spring Clean-Up
24 Egg Hunt
31 Easter Breakfast set-up
1 Easter Breakfast
15 Rummage Sale Drop Off
21 Rummage Sale
Lori or Janette
We Are Always Open For Worship
Weekend worship services will always be held as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
During the coming months of snow and ice, Lord of Life will follow the Lakota Local School District. If the schools close or delay, due to inclement weather, the Lord of Life office and preschool will close or delay, and planned activities for that day will be postponed or cancelled. Individual ministry groups (choirs, band, Bible studies) are at the discretion of the leaders. Please keep your eyes on your email and/or Facebook for details.
Your safety is very important to us – if you do not feel comfortable driving, please stay home! Here’s wishing you a safe winter.
Sunday mornings, 9:30 am
in the church library
led by Ed Williams
The group is studying the book of Mark.
VEIL is a Congregation Under Development in partnership with the ELCA Churchwide Office and the Southern Ohio Synod.
The VEIL community is a diverse, bilingual, Christian Latino community, open to all people. Our mission is to be a witness of God’s unconditional love — striving to empower a worshiping environment, fostering love for our neighbor through teaching, caring relationships — welcoming the creativity of the Holy Spirit in conversation and action.
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Sundays, 7:30 pm in the Library
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.
Pastora Carmen Colón-Brown
Love is in the air! There is so much love at the Preschool. For our Chapel time this month, we talked about all of the people who love us (moms, dad, grandparents, siblings, aunts & uncles, friends etc.), but Jesus loves us so much more. I love seeing God's love through the eyes of a child.
This time of year is always exciting, signing up new students for next year, but also sad as we prepare for the end of school and sending some of our children to Kindergarten. We will miss them, but know that they are well prepared for this big step.
One of the favorite events of the month was the Sweetheart Dance. There was a professional DJ, refreshments and tons of fun. It was so cute to the little kids dressed up and dancing with their parents and friends. Like I said, there is lots of love at LOLCP!
Registration for next year is going very well, but please know that we still have a few openings, so continue to recommend us to families looking for a Preschool.
We have a very fun event planned for March 15: Dr Seuss Family Math Night. There will be all kinds of fun math activities for our families to participate in as well as ideas to take home.
Monthly Dining Out Option
Support the Preschool!
Thursday, March 8, all day
7706 Voice of America Centre Dr.
See Paula for a flyer.
Looking forward to Spring, and much more sunshine!
Paula Drake, Director
The 2018 Flower Chart is available.
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. 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.
in the Senior High Room
aka The Lighthouse
Senior High students gather on Sunday mornings to crack open the Bible (or open a Bible app) and learn how that ancient book applies to our modern lives. Together, we cut through the complicated language to find what God is trying to tell us. There's no homework but lots of talking, asking questions, games, laughing and some praying. Sometimes, there's even treats. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to join us on this step of our journeys in faith. Come as often as you are able.
June 27 - July 1
Summer of 2018, 30,000 senior high youth will gather in Houston for worship, service, fellowship, study and holy play. This massive event, which happens every three years, is an opportunity for youth from congregations of all sizes, cultures and styles to stand together as a unified voice. Lord of Life will be sending a group of senior high youth and adults to this transformational time.
Who could have imagined, when the initial planning began for this gathering of Lutheran High School students more than four years ago, that Houston would be ground zero for the devastation of Hurricane Harvey? We anticipate this group of caring and hard-working youth will not only celebrate together, but also stand alongside the people of Texas and aid in their recovery.
Thank you in advance for the many ways you love and care for children and teens. Lord of Life has a long history of valuing and supporting youth on their journey of faith. As the excitement continues to build, we ask you to surround our group of students with prayer and encouragement.
Saturday, April 21 — Spring Rummage Sale
Don’t miss these sales to help us pay our way to Texas! Great deals on gently used furniture, kid stuff, books, kitchen goods, garden gear, sporting goods, holiday decor, and more! Donate. Help. Shop.
Sunday, April 1
8:30 - 11 am
in the Fellowship Hall
Free will offering will help support the senior high trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, June 27 - July 1.
Lori Krach and Janette Metzger