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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!
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
Backpacks and supplies due back this Sunday, July 30
Help a child in need succeed!
SPONSOR A CHILD: Pick up a card with how to sponsor a child, what grade, the items they need, and estimated expense. The values will range from $10 to $50 per child. Sponsorship cards can be picked up at worship services.
Thanks for your generosity this past Sunday in claiming all of the cards. More cards are now available if you missed your chance last week.
GO SHOPPING: Shop for the items listed on your card, and bring them in a bag (or new backpack if you choose!) to worship no later than July 30.
NO TIME TO SHOP? Simply make a check out to Reach Out Lakota and attach it to your sponsorship card(s) and return it no later than July 30.