Palm Crosses on Sale
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
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.
Saturday, October 28
Fun for Young Ones, 4 - 6 pm
Senior High Hijinks, 7 - 9 pm
Join our VEIL friends for a day of Halloween fun! For the younger ones, there’s an afternoon of festivities including refreshments, games, a costume contest and a DJ! In the evening, the senior high kids can don their costume and bring a friend for creepy fun. A free will offering will be taken to support the VEIL trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston next July.
The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!
What a weekend! This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were loaded with congregational goodness and you were part of it!
Friday night, busy teens took time out of their late-August days for a Sr. High Lock-in. Twenty of us spent the night playing wacky games, studying the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), worshipping around the campfire, and snacking and munching our way through the night. What an excellent way to kick off the Fall!
Saturday morning brought set-up crews for Summerfest and the continuing work of preparing the Preschool classrooms that will soon be bustling with children and their families – 104 kids at last count are signed up for the 2017-2018 school year! Wow!
When Sunday came around, we gathered for one celebratory worship together with our seminarian Corey Wagonfield, who shared snacks with everyone during the Children’s message preached. Little Annabelle Potter had a bundle of family to surround her for her baptism and welcome her as a child of God.
Following worship, we shared a massive potluck of BBQ pork (thanks to Phil Panning and John Morrell for providing the meat), macaroni and cheese, side dishes, salads, and sweet treats, before enjoying an afternoon of field games and bingo, colorful face painting, target practice with the dunk tank, and creativity at the tie dye table.
Big thanks to all who planned, set up, cleaned up, led, and participated in any of these events. You can view photos from these events on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LordofLifeWestChester) and in our upcoming printed Lifeline newsletter.
Our theme for this year of worship, learning, and serving moments is “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We are blessed when God meets us in times of worship, education, and fellowship. God uses us to be a blessing as we are sent into our neighborhoods for living, school, work, recreation, and service. Our dollars and other gifts are a blessing as God uses them to impact churches and communities around the globe.
We want to hear your stories. Tell us how you’ve seen this in your life or the lives of others. How have you witnessed God blessing the world through Lord of Life?
“Blessings in the Bug.”
For the next month, a 1974 yellow VW Bug will be our mobile recording studio, ready to capture your reflections.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Think of a Blessing.
“How have you been blessed by Lord of Life?”
“How have you seen Lord of Life be a blessing?”
2. Climb in the VW Bug.
3. Record your blessing.
You can also record elsewhere and send it to us.
Psalm 71:15 says, “I will tell of your goodness; all day long I will speak of your salvation, though it is more than I can understand.” Thanks for helping us name and celebrate how “God Blesses the World through Lord of Life.” We’ll let you know in the coming weeks how we’ll share these encouraging stories of faith and hope.
Wishing you peace.
Mark Your Calendars for Fall Kick-Off!
Rally Day is this Sunday, September 17
Worship at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am
Join us as we rally back together around Sunday morning worship and learning. Learning for all ages will resume that morning at 9:30 am.
Avoid the line on Sunday morning and Register your kids now for all 2017 - 2018 Youth Programs from the comfort of your home computer, tablet or phone!
The Lord of Life Youth Ministry Team has been hard at work preparing to share the love of Jesus with our younger members! We have so many fun and faith filled activities for every stage of youth that you are sure to find one that fits your family!
Sunday School for All Ages - Sundays, 9:30 am
For additional information on Sunday School, please see the Ministry Magazine or view the Event announcements online.
Senior High Sunday Mornings
Adult Sunday School
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, June 11, 6pm
It's a picnic! Bring a friend and come have fun.
Contact: Lori Krach
Through August 2
Wednesdays 10 am—2 pm
and Sundays 2 pm—4 pm.
This program exists because research established that during the summer months, children lose 50% - 85% of what they learned the previous academic year. We have been blessed with a Graduate student who will co-ordinate and lead the program.
We need individuals to assist with the summer reading program and to share fellowship. On Wednesdays, we also provide lunch, so it would be very nice if someone would help with lunches. Volunteers can help as able (no need to volunteer each Wednesday or Sunday). Please Sign-Up!
Contact: Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
We had a fantastic gathering on May 31 to talk about 13 Reasons Why, the popular Netflix series, and about the many issues facing teens and their families. The issues are not new. Youth want to know how to support each other and parents want to know how to talk with their kids about life, hope, and love - the very things our churches embody.
Information and educational resources about suicide are easy to find on the web. Many schools have already sent parents information and links. Here are some additional numbers that can be helpful:
- 211, or ext 741741 for the nationwide FIRST CALL FOR HELP supported by United Way.
- 1.800.273.TALK (8255) is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- 911 emergency line may be needed when you need and immediate response for help.
- BUTLER COUNTY (OHIO) MOBILE CRISIS TEAM AND CONSULTATION
1.844.4CRISIS (1.844.427.4747) or 881.7180 24 Hour Hotline
Need someone to talk to? They can complete a risk evaluation 24 hours a day (in home, at school, or in the office during the day). Available for phone or in person consultations. All staff are licensed counselors or social workers. It's free of charge to any county resident regardless of age.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)
A website full of resources, connections, and opportunities.