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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:35

Jesuit Spiritual Center Women's Retreat

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Women's Retreat
Hosted by the Jesuit Spiritual Center
May 4-6

Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford creates a Christ-centered oasis where people of all walks of life are encouraged to experience a deeper relationship with God. They are a spiritual center providing a tranquil environment for prayer and discernment rooted in the Gospel as expressed in the Spiritual Exercises ofSt. Ignatius of Loyola.


For details and registration visit
www.jesuitspiritualcenter.com

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:38

METS: Meet Eat Travel Serve

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Inaugural Event:
Valley Vineyards
This Friday, May 4, 5 pm
2276 East US 22 & 3
Morrow, Ohio

Come tomorrow night and make new friends! Do you miss monthly adult fellowship and 5th Saturday euchre?. This new group will be exploring lots of opportunities to get together. The first event is at Valley Vineyards.  You will have your choice of steak, shrimp, or salmon entree. Cost is $35 per person.  Just come and join the fun!  The group will be meeting at Valley Vineyards, and will not carpool from the church parking lot.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 13:48

Conversations with Bishop Munib Younan

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Sunday, March 11, 5:30 pm
Supper and Conversation
St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Road
West Chester 

RSVP for the Sunday dinner and conversation by noon on Friday, March 9.

Monday, March 12
Wittenberg University, Springfield
Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Derr Kuss Science Center

Who is Bishop Younan? Most recently, he was bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and also served as President of the Lutheran World Federation. Bishop Younan brings a valuable perspective on interfaith work in the Holy Land, as well as refugee work, other humanitarian crises around the world, and the response of the faith community.

The agenda for the Wittenburg presentation:
4:30 pm The Refugee Crisis: A Global Perspective
7:30 pm The Opportunities and Challenges of Interfaith Work in Jerusalem

For more information, 937.327.7411/www.wittenberg.edu.

These events are sponsored by the congregations of St. Anne Episcopal and Lord of Life Lutheran (Sunday) and

Wittenberg University’s FEFB, Weaver Chapel, First Year Seminar, and the departments of Religion, History and Political Science (Monday).

 

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:12

Lenten Book Study

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Lenten Book Study
Sunday Evenings
February 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.

Please RSVP to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./513.777.8449 to reserve a spot. Print and electronic books, as well as audiobooks, are available everywhere. Join us as we get to know our neighbors through breaking bread, conversation, and worship.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:37

Lenten Book Study

book of joy

5 Sundays
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.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./513.777.8449 to reserve a spot. Print and electronic books, as well as audiobooks, are available everywhere. Join us as we get to know our neighbors through breaking bread, conversation, and worship.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:07

Silent Retreat

St. Walburg Monastery Guest House
March 23-25, 2018

There will be a silent directed retreat for women & men at St. Walburg Monastery Guest House March 23-25, 2018. Retreatants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God. Lodging will be at the monastery’s Guest House. Each retreatant will have a private room and enjoy individual spiritual direction on all three days. The number of retreatants is limited to 9 persons. The fee of $175 is due with registration. Our experienced Spiritual Directors are Mary Jo Ruccio and Benedictine Sisters Cathy Bauer and Dorothy Schuette. For information and sign up, contact Sr. Dorothy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:10

Renewed

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The first weekend of October, many women from Lord of Life gathered at Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center near Cincinnati for our fall retreat. Michelle Spahr, a speaker and discipleship trainer from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, led us in an exploration of 2 Timothy with the theme "Be an Everyday Hero." We discussed how the apostle Paul talked to Timothy and his words encourage us to persevere in our faith and likens our discipleship to everyday heroes. See the attached prayer that Michelle gave us. We enjoyed socializing, reading, and digging into Scripture, naps, walking the beautiful grounds, working on puzzles together, and putting a craft together that Terry Mingler set up for us.

The campus of the Spirituality Center is magnificent! Their website says, "The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world... Since the Community was founded [in 1809], the Sisters of Charity have sponsored numerous schools, hospitals, orphanages and social service agencies... The Spirituality Center provides opportunities for spiritual enrichment to the community through a wide variety of programs [including] weekend/overnight retreats, private retreats, days of reflection, evening prayer programs, massage therapy, a labyrinth and individual spiritual direction for both men and women."

What a wonderful time of sharing and getting to know old friends and making new friends. It was a time of "pause" where we sat in community and alone with our self, where God could meet us as we listened. To be in community, sharing our faith with each other, is a time that is so valuable to our Christian life that can sustain us for our journey with God. We all agreed that it was a time of renewal.

Michelle, reflecting on the weekend mentioned, "It is so humbling to be invited to teach at a women's retreat and leave refreshed and renewed myself. What a beautiful place and a wonderful group of ladies!”

Renewed,

Becky Mastalerz

Don’t miss our Fall Men’s Retreat, Manhood and Violence, coming up on November 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 this Sunday, October 22.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:37

Discovering Common Ground Through Worship

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Singing, praying, learning, fellowship, and service – these are all things that bring us together each week within our community at Lord of Life. There shouldn’t be any surprise that the same things could bring together people from other communities, too. Our first REFORM event with Roman Catholics and Lutherans from West Chester and Mason exceeded our expectations of how powerful the experience would be.

We began with a worship moment led by musicians from St. Max, Christ the King, and Lord of Life (the next event will include leadership from St. John’s as well). Through common words and common songs, we infused the evening with a joyful prayer that continued into our conversations. We heard from Lutheran and Catholic clergy from St. Susannah Catholic (Mason), Prince of Peace Lutheran (Loveland), and Zion Lutheran (Middletown) who presented different views, but we heard even more common views. We listened to a biblical message that defined us all as part of the same vine. The same body. One faith, one hope, and one baptism.

I found myself at a table made up of Catholics from various parishes. We asked questions and discussed among ourselves how we each came to the body of Christ and what that means to us. About half the table had been born into the Catholic church. But one young woman shared how she found the church through an ecumenical sports team. An older gentleman started going to Methodist Sunday school after his mother died when he was nine, and then converted to Catholicism after years of seeing the positive impact the church had on his wife. We all had stories about how we saw people’s faith overflow in their actions.

The thread that kept weaving its way to the top was: “We need to do more of this.” We need to find ways to maintain the natural bond we have through Christ and the Spirit. We need to worship together and talk together and serve together. Our connection to each other is too powerful to let ourselves be kept apart.

As the clock forced the evening to a close, we put notes on a door describing how we wanted to move forward in our relationships. More combined worship. More dialogues. More learning. More outreach opportunities together. Singing, praying, learning, fellowship, and service.

Even though the next two REFORM events are self-contained – they are three separate events rather than one continued event, I suspect we’ll see some of the same faces coming again and again because we are so inspired to move forward as one body. Come be a part of the conversation on October 19 at 7 pm at Christ the King or October 21 at 10 am at St. Max.

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:37

2017-2018 Ministry Magazine

The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!

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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

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