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.
Doug and Kathryn Gruver
Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm
in the Sanctuary
If you are already a volunteer, or are interested in finding out more, please plan to attend. All Family Promise volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a training session.
Doug and Kathryn Gruver
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
Monday, February 26, 2018
Come enjoy dessert and hear an update from some of our graduated guests. Allow them to thank you for volunteering with Family Promise of Butler County. RSVP online at Eventbrite.
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