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This Week’s Announcements

Holden Evening Prayer – Join us on Wednesdays during Advent for Holden Evening Prayer at 6 pm.

Tanzania Mission Trip Fundraiser/Wednesday Supper – Join us on Wednesday, December 11 from 5:15 pm to 5:45 pm for a Swedish meatball supper. This is a free-will donation that will go towards supplies needed in Tanzania.  

Gift Cards – Please consider donating grocery and gas gift cards from area businesses. These gift cards are used for local families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year. Any denomination helps.

Six Angel Tree Tags Left: Some little angels in our community need some extra help this year to make their holiday bright. Select a tag from the Angel tree and purchase any gift listed but also please include at least one clothing item. All unwrapped gifts need to be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 208 South 5th Street by Wednesday, December 11th. Please have the unwrapped gifts include the Angel Tag and make sure the information on the tag is also on the gift.

“Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs & Fireflies” – The children’s Christmas Program will be performed at the 9 am and 10:30 am services on Sunday, December 15.

Christmas Quilt – The quilters made a beautiful Christmas quilt that is displayed in the Narthex. Bid on the quilt until Sunday, December 15. The money raised for the quilt will go to Luther Crest. The winner of the quilt will be notified on Monday, December 16. 

A Service for Grief and Hope will be Monday, December 16 at 6:00 pm – While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, we don’t all feel hopeful or feel like celebrating. Let’s come together to seek healing and make room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion. Let’s come with our honest yearnings seeking the return of light and hope.

Thanksgiving Basket Thank you –Thank you to everyone that donated food items or money for the Thanksgiving Baskets. Fifteen families received a Thanksgiving meal from Lord of Life.

Christmas Eve Services – Tuesday, December 24: 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm

Living Lutheran Magazine – December’s Living Lutheran Magazine is available at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine and receive it monthly visit www.livinglutheran.org to sign up. 

Year End Tax-Deductible Contributions Deadlines : 

  • In Person: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2019 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2019
  • Stock: If you wish to gift Stock to Lord of Life, please contact Anne Laechel for more information. Transfer of ownership must be completed by Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to be considered a 2019 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Friday, December 13th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2020 will be credited to 2020.

Are you receiving the Good News Weekly? Every week on Friday afternoons, Lord of Life sends an email with information about the upcoming week’s worship services, education schedule and other upcoming church events. Check the box on the front of your Connection Card and we will add you to the email.

Are you wearing your Name Tag? It will be helpful for everyone to wear their nametag, so that we can familiarize ourselves with the other members of our Lord of Life family.

Bad Weather Closings – If we are closing the church due to bad weather; information will be found on our Facebook page and the front page of our website.

Contact the Church office: 

  • When you change your address.
  • When you or a family member is hospitalized or will be hospitalized.
  • When there is a birth or death in the family.
  • When there is a crisis.
  • When new neighbors move in near you and they are looking for a church home.
  • When you have good news to share.
  • If you have a college or post high-school young person no longer living at home.

This Week’s Announcements

Used Gnome’ore Holiday Sale a Success! Thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever holiday & bake sale. It took many people, from those who helped coordinate, to everyone who brought in items, to those that took part in the sale! Together we raised over $2,000 for our high school summer mission trip to Jamaica!

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. 

December 4 will be a potluck; please bring a dish to pass. On December 11 the Tanzania Mission Trip will be holding a Swedish meatball supper starting at 5:15, free-will donation. There will be a regular supper on December 18.

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 8. We will meet at 11:30 am in the Narthex.

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm or Sunday, December 8 at 10:30 am. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. It is the individual’s responsibility to be sure they attend an in-service. Would you like to join the prayer chain? Pick one of the in-services to attend.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Bible Study and Breakfast – will meet on Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 am, all Lord of Life women are invited. This is a great way to kick off the Advent Season as we gather for food, fellowship, and conversation. All are welcome, invite a friend. Please consider bringing a gift card for the women’s shelter from: Target, Wal-Mart, grocery stores or gas cards.

“Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies” – The Christmas Program will be performed at the 9 am and 10:30 am services on Sunday, December 15th. Children of our church have been working hard, behind the scenes, practicing music and rehearsing lines. We hope you can join us for this Christ-centered musical. Those who are participating in this program, be sure to swing by the Welcome Desk for assigned roles, costuming info, and scripts. This can also be accessed on CCB in the group “2019 Christmas Program”.

Children’s Education Team – Are you looking for a way to get plugged into Children’s Ministry? Look no further and join the Children’s Education Team. We meet the first Tuesday of each month with the next scheduled one on December 3rd. Together we brainstorm ideas, plan and execute programming, and grow our Children’s Ministry. We would love to see new faces and generate new ideas!

Christmas Quilt – The quilters made a beautiful Christmas quilt that is displayed in the Narthex. Bid on the quilt until December 15. The money raised for the quilt will go to Luther Crest. The winner of the quilt will be notified on Monday, December 16. 

Gift Cards – Please consider donating grocery and gas gift cards from area businesses. These gift cards are used for local families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year. Any denomination helps. Place gift cards in the box by the Angel Tree.

Angel Tree: Some little angels in our community need some extra help this year to make their holiday bright. Select a tag from the Angel tree and purchase any gift listed but also please include at least one clothing item. All unwrapped gifts need to be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 208 South 5th Street by Wednesday, December 11th. Please have the unwrapped gifts include the Angel Tag and make sure the information on the tag is also on the gifts.

A Service for Grief and Hope Monday, December 18 at 6:00 pm – While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, we don’t all feel hopeful or like celebrating. So, let’s gather together to provide a time and place of solace during this frenetic time surrounding the celebration of Christmas. Let’s come together to seek healing and make room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion. Let’s come with our honest yearnings seeking the return of light and hope.

Christmas Eve Services – Tuesday, December 24th: 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm

Pushpay – Forgot to stop at the ATM or didn’t bring your checkbook? You can now give simply and easily by using Pushpay for your tithes, offerings, and special gifts! To start, text LOLBAXTER to 77977 and you will receive a link to our custom giving page. Or look for the Pushpay App in the App Store. Pushpay currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as ACH (bank account) gifts!

We have an Induction Loop Audio System, which allows hearing aid wearers to access the amplified audio via the “T” setting on a hearing aid.  To access this system, please sit in the green pews and confirm that your hearing aid is on the appropriate setting.

This Week’s Announcements

Thanksgiving Eve Services – will be on Wednesday, November 27 at 12 pm and 7 pm. Join us after the 12 pm service and at 6:30 pm for pie and dessert. No Wednesday supper or youth activities.

Church Office – will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a pancake breakfast, Sunday, December 1, starting at 9:45 am. Free-will donations will go towards our mission trip this summer.

Children’s Education Team – Are you looking for a way to get plugged into Children’s Ministry? Look no further and join the Children’s Education Team. We meet the first Tuesday of each month and we will meet on December 3rd. Together we brainstorm ideas, plan and execute programming, and grow our Children’s Ministry. We would love to see new faces and generate new ideas!

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. December 4 will be a potluck; please bring a dish to pass. On December 11 the Tanzania Mission Trip will be holding a Swedish meatball supper starting at 5:15, free-will donation. There will be a regular supper on December 18.

Winter Is Around The Corner – Help congregational life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the mitten tree. Bring completed mittens, scarves and hats to the church office. The mitten trees are up; and they are located at Lord of Life and the police station. Do you know of someone in need? Let them know about our mitten trees or bring items to them.

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 8. 

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm or Sunday, December 8 at 10:30 am. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. It is the individual’s responsibility to be sure they attend an in-service. Would you like to join the prayer chain? Pick one of the in-services to attend.

Living Right – “I must be living right!” You may have spoken those words in the middle of a very good day. What does it mean to “live right”? Peter lays it out for us: “As servants of God, live as free people…honor everyone…” (1 Peter 2:16-17 NSRV) Those who are involved in Lord of Life’s Stephen Ministry do just that. They serve God and respect others by providing Christian care. Is this a way you want to serve the Lord? If so, please contact Deb Bergstrom, (701)678-4053 ordeb@lolbaxter.org, or Lolly Kalinoski, (218)829-8207 or lollykadlec@hotmail.com. You can also check out the Stephen Ministry web page at www.lolbaxter.org.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Bible Study and Breakfast – will meet on Saturday, December 7. All LOL women are invited to join us for breakfast, fellowship, questions, and laughter as we walk this journey of faith together. If you have never attended a Bible study, women’s group, or faith discussion of any kind before–no problem. This is a great place to ask questions or simply listen.

Do You have Christmas Shopping You Need To Do? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile or to change your organization, visit https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/change/ and search for “Lord of Life Lutheran Church Baxter MN.”

Send Us Your Activity Schedules – The Pastors and Youth Director would love to come to your sporting events or musical events. Send your schedule to colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Pushpay – Forgot to stop at the ATM or didn’t bring your checkbook? You can now give simply and easily by using Pushpay for your tithes, offerings, and special gifts! To start, text LOLBAXTER to 77977 and you will receive a link to our custom giving page. Or look for the Pushpay App in the App Store. Pushpay currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as ACH (bank account) gifts!

This Week’s Announcements

B.L.A.S.T Event (Believe, Learn and Seek Together) – Families join us in between services on Sunday, November 24th as we grow in faith together. Families who attend will be making a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree tradition is an advent calendar that takes your family through Creation to the Christmas Story. The name comes from Jesse, who was the father of King David and stems from Isaiah 11:1-4. Lord of Life will provide all materials. No registration necessary. 

Caring Friends Lefse Making – We will be making Lefse on Friday evening, November 22nd, 5:00 pm -9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00 am – 12 pm. Lefse will be sold at Lord of Life on Sunday, November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving. Sign up in the Narthex if you would like to help.

Thanksgiving Eve Services – will be on Wednesday, November 27 at 12 pm and 7 pm. Join us after the 12 pm service and at 6:30 pm for pie/dessert. No Wednesday supper.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, November 20, at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. For more information call the church office at 218-828-9374.

It’s Turkey Time – Bridges of Hope will provide the names of approximately 15 families who are in need of food baskets. Please consider donating canned vegetables and cranberries, boxes of stuffing, boxes or bags of potatoes (bagged potatoes only if close to the holiday to ensure they stay fresh), and jars or packets of gravy. Bring items to the labeled Thanksgiving Drive Basket located in the Narthex, and/or donate funds toward the purchase of the turkeys and pumpkin pies. All donations must be at the church no later than Wednesday, November 20th.

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm or Sunday, December 8 at 10:30 am. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. It is the individual’s responsibility to be sure they attend an in-service. Would you like to join the prayer chain? Pick one of the in-services to attend.

“Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs, and Fireflies” – Be a part of this year’s Christmas Program being held on Sunday, December 15th at the 9am service. Children of all ages invited to participate. Practices are offered on Sundays 9:15 am -10 am and 10:45 am-11:30 am or Wednesdays 4:15 pm-5pm and 6:15-7pm. Participating children are encouraged to attend one practice each week. Registration forms available at the Welcome Desk. Questions? Contact Susan Rioux, (630)723-4428 or susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org

Winter Is Around The Corner – Help Congregational Life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the mitten tree. Bring completed mittens, scarves and hats to the church office. The mitten trees are located at Lord of Life and the Baxter Police Station. Do you know of someone in need? Let them know about our mitten trees or bring items to them.

Undie Sunday – Once again Congregational Life will be collecting new, packaged underwear, socks, bras, and baby onesies for all ages and genders. There will be an underwear drawer in the Narthex and we will be collecting the whole month of November!

Meals on Wheels – Volunteers are needed for home delivered meals to senior citizens in the Brainerd/Baxter area. If you have an extra hour a week, they could use your help! For more information, call Kathy at 824-6026 between 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Meals are provided by Lutheran Social Service.

Please pick up your pans from the kitchen. Items not claimed will end up being donated to the Youth Rummage Sale in the spring.  

Men’s Breakfast – meets every Friday morning at 7:30 am for breakfast and Bible study.

Gifts Encouraged for the Seminarian Scholarship Fund – Donations will be used to support those from this congregation who go on to attend seminary with the intention of serving as a rostered minister in the church. 

Pastor Visitation Request – If you anticipate a hospitalization and you would like to request a pastor to visit, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

If you’d like to engage in end of life planning, please feel free to contact the church office to set up an appointment at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

This Week’s Announcements

A Huge THANK YOU – to all the congregation members, family and friends who came out to Pizza Ranch on Monday, November 4th to support our mission trip to Tanzania. It was a huge success and we appreciate your support of the upcoming mission trip in June. Thank you so much!!!

USED Gnome-ore! The Youth Mission Trip will be doing a gently used Christmas décor & bake sale on Saturday, November 16th from 9 am-3 pm. Drop-off gently used Christmas décor starting Sunday, November 10th – Thursday November 14th! In addition to gently used Christmas items – if your love language is baking – please consider offering a donation of baked goods for the Christmas sale! Come back and join us for the sale that Saturday, November 16th!

B.L.A.S.T Event (Believe, Learn and Seek Together) – Families join us in between services on Sunday, November 24th as we grow in faith together. Families who attend will be making a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree tradition is an advent calendar that takes your family through Creation to the Christmas Story. Lord of Life will provide all materials. No registration necessary. 

Caring Friends Lefse Making – We will be making Lefse on Friday evening, November 22nd, 5:00 pm -9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00 am – 12 pm. Lefse will be sold at Lord of Life on Sunday, November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving. Sign up in the Narthex if you would like to help.

Undie Sunday – Once again Congregational Life will be collecting new, packaged underwear, socks, baby onesies, and bras in sizes for all ages and genders. We will be collecting the whole month of November! Bring donations to the Narthex.  

It’s Turkey Time – Bridges of Hope will provide the names of approximately 15 families who are in need of food baskets. Please consider donating canned vegetables, cranberries, boxes of stuffing, boxes or bags of potatoes (bagged potatoes only if close to the holiday to ensure they stay fresh), and jars or packets of gravy. Bring items to the labeled Thanksgiving Drive Basket located in the Narthex, and/or donate funds toward the purchase of the turkeys and pumpkin pies. All donations must be at the church no later than Wednesday, November 20th.

Thanksgiving Eve Services – will be on Wednesday, November 27 at 12 pm and 7 pm. Join us after the 12 pm service and at 6:30 pm for pie/dessert before our 7 pm service.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, November 20, at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447, Mary Anderson 218-330-6171 or the church office 218-828-9374.

Some congregation members are very sensitive to perfume/cologne and other scented beauty products. Please limit the use of these products. Thank you for your compassion.

Living Lutheran Magazine – November Living Lutheran Magazine is available at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine and receive it monthly visit www.livinglutheran.org to sign up. 

Bad Weather Closings – If we are closing the church due to bad weather; information will be found on our Facebook page and the front page of our website.

Creation Care Tips – Most conservationists agree that climate change is the greatest long-term threat to birds and other wildlife, and view wind power as one of the key renewable energies that could replace our fossil fuel-dominated energy system, according to the National Wildlife Federation.  During the past decade, the U.S. more than tripled its wind energy capacity, supplying more than 6% of the nation’s electricity on wind farms that often cover thousands of acres with towers reaching 300 feet into the sky and blades more than 250 feet long, creating a risk of collision with birds and bats. Estimates of birds killed range from about 200,000 to as many as half a million, contrasting with agricultural pesticides (killing 67 million), automobiles (200 million), windows (600 million) and outdoor cats (2.4 billion). In addition to new regulations that site wind farms more carefully both on land and offshore, a new technology funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy is being tested on wind farms in Oregon, California, and Washington that uses cameras to identify birds and an “audible deterrent” to divert them. As more wind turbines sprout, the challenge is to ensure that this clean and renewable energy is harvested carefully.

Community Invited to Participate in Short and Long Term Planning to Address Homeless Shelter Needs in the Brainerd Lakes Area

[Image from recent Minnesota Housing FHPAP Annual Meeting that Pastor Steve attended.]

When New Pathways made the decision to no longer serve the Brainerd Lakes Area, Stephanie Pontius knew her heart’s calling was to step forward and ensure serving the homeless population was not going to be ignored.

“Homelessness in the Brainerd Lakes Area is real, but it’s often invisible, so the community isn’t always aware of how great the need is.  The Bible specifically tells us to help those in need.  We are blessed to live in a giving, connected community, and together we can make a real difference,” said Pontius.

Reaching out to a few of the people she knew who volunteered with New Pathways, along with Bridges of Hope, Brainerd HRA, and the Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army, Pontius pulled together a group to start a conversation around what the rebuilding of a homeless shelter program could look like.  From that initial conversation, a meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Journey North to look at addressing homeless needs in the community both short and long term.

Anyone with a heart for this work is invited to come.  Groups will meet simultaneously, with one focused on short term planning for this coming winter, and another looking at long term visioning.

WHAT:  Homeless Shelter Program Planning

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  The Journey North, 6785 Woida Rd N, Baxter

 

Connect Stephanie Pontius with any questions at (218) 851-5373.

Angels, Lambs, Ladybug & Fireflies Parent Letter & Practice Schedule

Angels, Lambs, Ladybug & Fireflies is a musical theater performance opportunity that will be our Christmas Program on December 15, 2019. Susan Rioux Jennifer Pedersen, Heidi Hahn and Tami Teague would like as many Lord of Life Children and Adults to be involved. Please mark your calendars.

The Senior Choir under the direction of Sarah Aamot will be a part of the production. If you want to join the choir for this event, you are most welcome to attend choir rehearsal on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Middle school kids are encouraged to be a part of this program as we have many groups of small children that will need to have a leader to get them on and off stage, help with costumes and many other tasks. We also have two songs that they could sing.

For parent letter and practice schedules click on the link: Angels and Lambs letter

This Week’s Announcements

Children’s Christmas Program – Parents, mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15th. At our 9 am service, children of the congregation will be performing “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs, and Fireflies”. This is open to children of any age. Parent Informational Meetings will be Sunday, November 3rd, 9:15 am-9:30 am, 10:45 am-11 am or Wednesday, November 6th, 5 pm-5:15 pm or 6:15 pm-6:30 pm. More information regarding rehearsals and details to come.

Fundraising Events for Tanzania – Join us Monday, November 4th, for dinner at the Pizza Ranch from 5 pm to 8 pm. Our group will receive 10% of the evening sales and tips. We appreciate your support of our Tanzania mission trip and all proceeds will go towards supplies needed for Tanzania.

Children’s Education Team Meeting – Interested in being involved in Children’s Ministry? Do you have ideas you would like to see offered? Brainstorm with us and join the Children’s Education Team! We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Catch the next one on Tuesday, November 5th.

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. November 6 will be a potluck; please bring a dish to pass. Regular suppers will be on November 13 & 20. There will be no supper on November 27 for Thanksgiving.

Caring Friends Lefse Making – We will be making Lefse on Friday evening, November 22nd, 5:00 pm -9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00 am – 12 pm. Lefse will be sold at Lord of Life on Sunday, November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving. Sign up in the Narthex if you would like to help.

Leah Circle – A new circle has formed at Lord of Life. Leah Circle will meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm. We will follow the study that is in the Gather Magazine. This circle will meet off-site; for more information contact the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Sarah Circle – will meet at Lord of Life on Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00 pm.

Martha Circle – will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12 at Mary Anderson’s home. For more information email colleen@lolbaxter.org. 

USED Gnome-ore! The Youth Mission Trip will be doing a gently used Christmas décor & bake sale on Saturday, November 16th from 9 am-3 pm. Drop-off gently used Christmas décor starting Sunday, November 10th – Thursday November 14th! Come back and join us for the sale on Saturday, November 16th!

Undie Sunday – Once again Congregational Life will be collecting new, packaged underwear, socks and bras in sizes for all ages and genders. We would also accept baby onesies and baby socks. There will be an underwear drawer in the Narthex and we will be collecting the whole month of November!

It’s Turkey Time – Bridges of Hope will provide the names of approximately 15 families who are in need of food baskets. Please consider donating canned vegetables, cranberries, boxes of stuffing, boxes or bags of potatoes (bagged potatoes only if close to the holiday to ensure they stay fresh), and jars or packets of gravy. Bring items to the Thanksgiving Drive Basket located in the Narthex, and/or donate funds toward the purchase of the turkeys and pumpkin pies. All donations must be at the church no later than Wednesday, November 20th.

When hospitalized – When St. Joseph’s Medical Center admits a patient, they ask what religious denomination the person belongs to – not the name of a specific church. If you say “Lutheran” we will not be notified. If hospitalized, please say you are from Lord of Life Lutheran so that a Pastor may visit.

Help us be good stewards – Did you know that your mailbox makes a great place to store a coffee mug? Here at Lord of Life we would like to reduce the use of disposable cups for coffee and other drinks. You are encouraged to consider bringing a mug and storing it in your mailbox during the week.

Do it all in the Name of Jesus – Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others – listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. A training class is starting soon. For more information, please contact Deb Bergstrom, (701)678-4053 or deb@lolbaxter.org, or Lolly Kalinoski, (218)829-8207 or lollykadlec@hotmail.com. You can also check out the Stephen Ministry web page at www.lolbaxter.org.

This Week’s Announcements

Daylight Savings Time – Be sure to set your clocks back Saturday night November 2nd as daylight savings time ends at 2 am. Be sure to change the batteries on your smoke detectors. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep before worship on Sunday, November 3rd.

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on November 3. If you’d like someone remembered (friends and loved ones), please put their name on the back of the Connection Card.

All Saints Photo Display – In honor of All Saints Day, at the Worship Services on October 30 and November 3 you are invited to bring a photo (framed or unframed) to display as a part of our worship time. This is a time to remember those who have died during the previous year, but also to celebrate the lives and influences of all saints living or passed who have, through their daily life, shown others the Christian walk and faith. Simply bring your photo to the worship service you are attending to place with the display during the service, and bring it back home with you or label it to be picked up at a later date.

Fundraising Events for Tanzania – Join us Monday, November 4th, for dinner at Pizza Ranch from 5 pm to 8 pm. Our group will receive 10% of the evening sales and tips. We appreciate your support of our Tanzania mission trip and all proceeds will go towards supplies needed for Tanzania.

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. November 6 will be a potluck; please bring a dish to pass. Regular suppers will be on November 13 & 20. There will be no supper on November 27 for Thanksgiving.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a pancake breakfast, Sunday, November 3, starting at 9:45 am. Free-will donations will go towards our mission trip this summer.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Breakfast – will meet Saturday, November 2, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at LOL, join us for great food, conversation, inspiration and prayer. If you have any questions contact Wendy Adamson at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

Are you receiving the Good News Weekly? – Every week on Friday afternoons, Lord of Life sends an email with information about the upcoming week’s worship services, education schedule and other upcoming church events. Sign up via email to anne@lolbaxter.org.

We have an Induction Loop Audio System, which allows hearing aid wearers to access the amplified audio via the “T” setting on a hearing aid.  To access this system, please sit in the green pews and confirm that your hearing aid is on the appropriate setting.

Baby Changing Areas – The bathrooms closest to the mailboxes have Baby Changing areas in both the men’s and women’s bathroom.

Are you wearing your Name Tag? It will be helpful for everyone to wear their nametag, so that we can familiarize ourselves with the other members of our Lord of Life family.

If you are new to our church or are a member who needs a new nametag, please mark your Connection Card. For new worshipers, your nametag(s) will be placed in an envelope in the clear plastic file boxes at the Welcome Center. Members will find their nametag(s) in their mailbox in the Narthex. If you have forgotten your mailbox number, a listing is at the west end of the mailboxes.

Emergency Exits – Please take a moment to locate where the emergency exits are. In the event of an emergency or fire alarm, please proceed quickly and calmly out the nearest emergency exit.

If you are unable to come forward to take communion, please speak to an usher and communion will be brought to you in your seat.

Family Weekly and hospital visits – Please call the church office at 218-828-9374 or send an email to colleen@lolbaxter.org if you or a loved one needs to be added to the prayers in Family Weekly or when changes need to be made. Also, if you or a loved one are hospitalized, please call or email the church office to let us know.

Check out the art in the Fellowship Hall! It’s currently displaying the 10th grade Confirmation projects.

Lord of Life has an AED: It is in the large white cabinet mounted on the wall behind the Welcome Center. A number of LOL members are trained to operate the AED.

This Week’s Announcements

Grief Support Group at – A grief Support Group will be starting at Lord of Life on Monday, October 21 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room. This is open to anyone that has suffered the loss of a loved one or any other type of significant loss. For more information please contact Deb Bergstrom, Parish Nurse deb@lolbaxter.org or Pastor Erika at erika@lolbaxter.org., 218-282-9374.

2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat – Come dressed in costume on Wednesday, October 30th between 4 pm – 7 pm and trick-or-treat from car to car in the Lord of Life parking lot. Each vehicle will be decorated in a family-friendly theme and passing out candy or goodies. We will also have s’mores and a bounce house. Interested in decorating the trunk of your vehicle and distributing candy for the event? Pick up a form in the Narthex or contact Susan Rioux, susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org.

Lord of Life Work Day – Mark your calendars and join us for our Property Work Day on Saturday, October 26 from 8:30 am to 12 pm. There will be both indoor and outdoor projects to help with. Sign up in the Narthex for a project that you would like to do that day or a day that works for you.

Reformation Sunday – Wear red on Wednesday, October 23 or Sunday, October 27, for Reformation Sunday worship services.

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on November 3. If you’d like someone remembered (friends and loved ones), please put their name on the back of the Connection Card.

All Saints Photo Display – In honor of All Saints Day, at the Worship Services on October 30 and November 3 you are invited to bring a photo (framed or unframed) to display as a part of our worship time. This is a time to remember those who have died during the previous year, but also to celebrate the lives and influences of all saints living or passed who have, through their daily life, shown others the Christian walk and faith. Simply bring your photo to the worship service you are attending to place with the display during the service, and bring it back home with you or label it to be picked up at a later date.

New Member Orientation 101 – If you are looking for a church home, Lord of Life offers a New Member Orientation 101 class. These classes are for those interested in membership at Lord of Life and those seeking more information on Lord of Life’s mission and ministries. This is a one-night event, and attendance is required by all who wish to become members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Our next class will be Tuesday, November 19 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember.

3rd Grade Bible Class – Will be offered on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Dates of the classes will be November 3, 10 & 17. Bibles will be handed out on Sunday, November 24 at the 9 am worship service. Register at https://tinyurl.com/lol3rdgradebibles

C-O-S-T (Commitment of Self and Time) – Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? There WILL be a cost, you know; but there will also be great rewards. Stephen Ministry is Lord of Life’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we are looking for members who are willing to pay the C-O-S-T and become Stephen Ministers. Be assured that the blessings will outweigh the costs! For more information, please contact Deb Bergstrom, (701)678-4053 or deb@lolbaxter.org, or Lolly Kalinoski, (218)829-8207 or lollykadlec@hotmail.com. You can also check out the Stephen Ministry web page at www.lolbaxter.org.

Fundraising Events for Tanzania – Join us Monday, November 4th, for dinner at Pizza Ranch from 5 pm to 8 pm. Our group will receive 10% of the evening sales and tips. We appreciate your support of our Tanzania mission trip and all proceeds will go towards supplies needed for Tanzania.

Caring for Creation What Could It Look Like in Your Congregation? Monday, October 28, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. (Supper at 5:30 pm for those who wish to stay.) Hosted by Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa and facilitated by members of the EcoFaith Network’s Leadership Team.  Participants from congregations will share their experience, learn from each other and grow together in witnessing to God’s passionate love for the whole creation in our whole ministry. Would you like to join our Care of Creation Team at LOL email Sally Jacobsen at sally@jacobsenlaw.com.

Creation Care Tip – Our monarch butterflies are now making the marathon migration 2,000 miles south to their wintering grounds in Michoacan, Mexico. These beloved insects have a two to six week lifespan, and it takes them between three and four generations to make their springtime migration as far north as Minnesota. While numbers have rebounded a bit for the eastern monarch (due to a flurry of milkweed planting after monarch numbers plummeted in 2014), both the eastern and western monarchs face serious challenges due to habitat loss as they make their way to their summer home in Minnesota and elsewhere. Their wintering grounds in Mexico are under threat from logging. YOU CAN create your own nature sanctuary filled with native species, helping to provide more numerous patches of habitat that enable migration. Purchase flowers and seeds verified to be free of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonic), which make the entire plant – including its pollen and nectar – toxic to butterflies.