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3rd Week of Advent – The Gift of Hope-Hope is a word on which our future rests. We cannot know what will come, but with faith we place our hope in Christ. Like Zechariah, we hope for the tender mercy of our God, light in the midst of darkness and death, and the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of our sins.

Sunday Evening Book Group – Will meet at 6:30 pm, on Sunday, December 16 in the library at Northern Lakes Assisted Living, 8186 Excelsior Rd., (near the Arboretum). Bring the family and your Bible.

A Service for Grief and Hope – Join us Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm for a Service for Grief and Hope. 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.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Will meet on Wednesday, December 19, at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447 or Mary Anderson 218-330-6171.

Christmas Services – Christmas Eve Worship Services will be on Monday, December 24 at 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm. There will be no Wednesday Worship Service on December 26, and one Worship Service at 9 am on December 30.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Wear Your Holiday/Ugly Sweater – On Wednesday, December 19 or Sunday, December 23.

Christmas Eve Office Hours – The church office will be open until 12 pm on Monday, December 24.

Church Office – The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25; Wednesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 1.

The Giving Tree – Our giving tree is up and ready for your handmade scarves, hats and mittens. If you would like to help fill our tree, we have yarn available in the Narthex. If you are not a knitter and would like to donate store bought scarves, hats and mittens, we will gladly take them. If you are a Teacher or if you know of someone that could use hats, mittens and scarves this winter, please take the item(s) off our Giving Tree and take the items to them or let them know about our Giving Tree at LOL.

Year End Contributions Deadlines:

  • In Person: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2018
  • 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 Monday, December 31, 2018 to be considered a 2018 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Friday, December 16th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2019 will be credited to 2019.

LIFEgroups starting in January! Are you interested in exploring a deeper and richer connection to Christ and others? Be a part of an 8 week LIFEgroup as together we read and discuss the book “Renew Your Life – Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy” by Kai Mark Nilsen. Please fill out the enclosed Renew your life form for ordering a book and joining a group. Books cost $10. Online registration is also available at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/70/responses/new.

Thursday Men’s Fellowship – Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Commons at Lord of Life. Come for coffee, donuts, conversation and Bible study. For more information contact Ted Anderson 218-831-1372.

God at the Movies – Join us in watching a movie and discussing how we saw God in that movie. Check your Connection Card and we will email you when a movie is picked and tell you the date and time.

Sound & Light Technicians – We need your help with Sound & Projection during Sunday and/or Wednesday Worship. Hands on training provided.

Men’s Breakfast – Join the Men’s Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 am at Lord of Life for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food. For more information contact Ted Anderson at 218-831-1372.

This Week’s Announcements

2nd Week of Advent – The Gifts of Speech and Silence – Encountering the angel of the Lord, Zechariah was struck speechless. His imposed silence became a time to reflect on the wonders of God. Like Zechariah, we are called at times to be silent and listen, at other times to shout with joy.

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas Caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 9.

Thank you from Congregational Life – Thank you to everyone that donated socks and underwear to Undie Sunday. We collected 30 items/packages that will go to people in need.

Reverse Advent Calendar – We have Cub Food boxes still available in the Narthex. Take a box home, fill it up and take it took a local food shelf or women’s shelter. There are lists available for ideas in each of the boxes. 

International Health Partners – This coming Wednesday, December 12th, Dennis and Paula Lofstrom of International Health Partners will be at Lord of Life! Lord of Life has had an ongoing relationship with IHP-TZ for about the last 10-12 years – supporting their medical mission in Tanzania through prayer, money and even helping send Katie Diiro [former youth director at LOL] to make a documentary about the work of their hospital. They will speak briefly during worship at 6:00 p.m. and they will also have tables of beautiful Tanzanian local crafts available for purchase on Wednesday evening. For more information about International Health Partners, stop by on December 12th or visit http://www.ihptz.org/.

Martha Circle – will meet at 7 pm at Lord of Life on Tuesday, December 11.

Sunday, December 16 Services – Join us for our Advent Worship Service at 9 am with the Choir singing. Our 10:30 am service will be a Children’s program and A Very Merry Teens Upstream Christmas Play. A Very Merry Teens Upstream Christmas Play will also be on December 12 at 6 pm.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Will meet on Wednesday, December 19, at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447 or Mary Anderson 218-330-6171.

Christmas Services – Christmas Eve Worship Services will be on Monday, December 24 at 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm. There will be no Wednesday Worship Service on December 26, and one Worship Service at 9 am on December 30.

A Service for Grief and Hope – While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, we don’t all feel hopeful or like celebrating. Join us Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm for a Service for Grief and Hope.

Wear Your Holiday/Ugly Sweater – On Wednesday, December 19 or Sunday, December 23.

Year End Contributions Deadlines:

  • In Person: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2018
  • 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 Monday, December 31, 2018 to be considered a 2018 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Friday, December 16th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2019 will be credited to 2019.

This Month on Your Connection Cards

LIFEgroups starting in January! Are you interested in exploring a deeper and richer connection to Christ and others? Mark your Connection Card to be a part of an 8 week LIFEgroup as together we read and discuss the book “Renew Your Life – Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy” by Kai Mark Nilsen.  

Thursday Men’s Fellowship – Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Commons at Lord of Life. Come for coffee, donuts, conversation and Bible study. For more information contact Ted Anderson 218-831-1372.

God at the Movies – Join us in watching a movie and discussing how we saw God in that movie. Check your Connection Card and we will email you when a movie is picked and tell you the date and time.

Sound & Light Technicians – We need your help with Sound & Projection during Sunday and/or Wednesday Worship. Hands on training provided.

Men’s Breakfast – Join the Men’s Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 am at Lord of Life for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food. For more information contact Ted Anderson at 218-831-1372.

 

This Week’s Announcements

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 am or Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. For more information or to join this group, please come to our next in-service.

Advent Readers – Advent is upon us and we are in need of families or individuals to read and light the Advent candle. Make a note on your Connection Card or email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

New Members 101 Class – This class is 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. Tuesday, December 11 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm is our next class. Register at:https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas Caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 9.

Sunday, December 16 Services – Join us for our Advent Worship Service at 9 am with the Choir singing. Our 10:30 am service will be a Children’s program and A Very Merry Teens Upstream Christmas Play. A Very Merry Teens Upstream Christmas Play will also be on December 12 at 6 pm.

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree – 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 amount helps.

Advent Devotions – Pick up a copy of “Hark, the Glad Sound!” an Advent Devotional at the Welcome Center.

December Newsletter – is available at the Welcome Center.

Christmas Services – Christmas Eve Worship Services will be on Monday, December 24 at 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm. There will be no Wednesday Worship Service on December 26, and one Worship Service at 9 am on December 30.

Stephen Ministry Meeting – Compassion, a listening ear, encouragement, faith, servanthood, patience – has God Given you one or more of these gifts?Are you being called to Stephen Ministry? Come and find out Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm or Sunday, December 9, 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

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, 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 Friday, December 7. Please have the unwrapped gifts include the Angel Tag and make sure the information on the tag is also on the gift.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org. or sign-up in the Narthex.

LIFEgroups starting in January! Are you interested in exploring a deeper and richer connection to Christ and others? Mark your Connection Card to be a part of an 8 week LIFEgroup as together we read and discuss the book “Renew Your Life – Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy” by Kai Mark Nilsen.  

Thursday Men’s Fellowship – Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Commons at Lord of Life. Come for coffee, donuts, conversation and Bible study. For more information contact Ted Anderson 218-831-1372.

God at the Movies – Join us in watching a movie and discussing how we saw God in that movie. Check your Connection Card and we will email you when a movie is picked and tell you the date and time.

Sound & Light Technicians – We need your help with Sound & Projection during Sunday and/or Wednesday Worship. Hands on training provided.

Men’s Breakfast – Join the Men’s Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 am at Lord of Life for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food. For more information contact Ted Anderson at 218-831-1372.

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you from Social Concerns/Missions Team – Thank you for the generous donations of both food and time in support of preparing and delivering the Thanksgiving Food Baskets for area families. The outpouring of Lord of Life’s congregational support for the community is a true help to those in need.

Noisy Offering – Thank you for your donation to the November Noisy Offering. We were able to raise $233.09 to help provide meals for the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 am or Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. For more information or to join this group, please come to our next in-service.

Advent Readers – Advent is around the corner and we are in need of families or individuals to read and light the Advent candle. Sign-up in the Narthex for the week you would like to help with.

The Giving Tree – Our giving tree is up and ready for your handmade scarves, hats and mittens. If you would like to help fill our tree, we have yarn available in the Narthex. If you are not a knitter and would like to donate store bought scarves, hats and mittens, we will gladly take them. If you are a Teacher or if you know of someone that could use hats, mittens and scarves this winter, please take the item(s) off our Giving Tree and take the items to them or let them know about our Giving Tree at LOL.

New Members 101 Class – This class is 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. Tuesday, December 11 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm is our next class. Register at:https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

Join us this Advent Season for the Gifts of Advent – During the four weeks in Advent, on Wednesdays and Sundays, we will highlight four aspects that become blessings and gifts in our lives: patience, speech and silence, hope and family. Join us Wednesday, November 28 and Sunday, December 2 for the Gift of Patience.

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, 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 Friday, December 7. Please have the unwrapped gifts include the Angel Tag and make sure the information on the tag is also on the gift.

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree – 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 amount helps.

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas Caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 9.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this please mark your Connection Cards.

Mutual Fund Donations – Thank you to those who have donated gifts of stock/mutual funds to Lord of Life via Stifel. When donating stock/mutual funds, please notify Anne Laechel at anne@lolbaxter.org; or 828-9374 of your gift so that we can watch for its arrival, process the sale and give you proper tax credit.

Gifts Encouraged for the Seminarian Scholarship Fund – We have a generous member who has agreed to match all donations given to the Seminarian Scholarship Fund up to $1,000, starting January 1, 2019. 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.

This Week’s Announcements

Caring Friends – will be selling their freshly made Lefse after Worship Service today, Sunday, November 18.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this please mark your Connection Cards.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Services – will be Wednesday, November 21 at 12 pm and 7 pm. There will be no Wednesday supper or youth activities that night.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Will meet Wednesday, November 21 for a potluck at 11:15. There will be no program that day. Join us for the Worship Service at 12 pm.

Church Office Closed – The Church Office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 am or Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. For more information or to join this group, please come to our next in-service.

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. 

The Sunday Evening Book Group – will meet at 6:30 tonight, November 18, in the library at Northern Lakes Senior Living, 8186 Excelsior Road. We will study Psalm 124. You are invited and bring the kids.

Mutual Fund Donations – Thank you to those who have donated gifts of stock/mutual funds to Lord of Life via Stifel. When donating stock/mutual funds, please notify Anne Laechel (anne@lolbaxter.org; 828-9374) of your

gift so that we can watch for its arrival, process the sale and give you proper tax credit.

Faithful Mothers – Will meet on the first and third Wednesdays at Lord of Life from 10 am to 11:30 am. Childcare is provided. If you would like more information please mark your Connection Cards.

New Members 101 Class – This class is 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. Tuesday, December 11 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm is our next class. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

Men – Mark Your Calendars – The Men’s Retreat will be held on February 22-23 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

Gifts Encouraged for the Seminarian Fund – We have a generous member who has agreed to match all donations given to the Seminarian Scholarship Fund up to $1,000. You can double your gift by sending it in at this time. Donations will be used to support any child of this congregation who goes on to attend seminary with the intention of serving as a rostered minister in the church.

Trunk or Treat Thank You! – Thanks to everyone who participated in Trunk or Treat. It was a huge success with over 300 kids served. That said, we could have used another half-dozen cars. Next year we hope that you’ll consider participating.

Did you know? – That Lord of Life is providing regular pastoral ministry to Northern Lakes care facility. Currently we are responsible for leading a communion service on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. We will be scaling back to once a month and sharing the responsibility with Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. 

Help Congregational Life provide the very basic dignities of new undies! We 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!

This Week’s Announcements

Caring Friends Lefse Making – We will be making Lefse on Friday evening, November 16th, 5:00-9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 am – 12 pm. Lefse will be sold at Lord of Life on Sunday, November 18th, just in time for Thanksgiving. Please put your heart and hands to work, and let’s make some LEFSE! Sign-up in the Narthex if you would like to help or mark your Connection Cards.

Grief Support Group – Have you suffered a loss of a loved one or lost your job? Are you new in town or have you experienced other major life changes? A new eight-week Grief Support Group began on November 5 in the Fireside Room at Lord of Life from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

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 14. 

Help Deliver Thanksgiving Baskets – On November 18th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, LOL members will be invited to deliver baskets to the families. Please put this on your calendar, and plan to assist us after the church services. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission!

Sarah Circle – will meet at Lord of Life in Fellowship Hall on November 13 at 1 pm. Come for fellowship and Bible study. If you would like more information contact Bugs Schmidt at 218-829-3864.

It’s That Time of Year Again – We are looking for volunteers to help with snow shoveling this winter. Volunteers will take a one week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this please mark your Connection Cards.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Services – will be Wednesday, November 21 at 12 pm and 7 pm. There will be no Wednesday supper or youth activities that night. 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study – meets the first and third Tuesday every month at Lord of Life. We meet from 9 am – 11 am in Room 7. On November 20 we will be starting a new study on Romans. All are welcome and you can join anytime. If you would like more information contact Claire Rud at 218-828-7854.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Will meet Wednesday, November 21 for a potluck at 11:15. There will be no program that day. Join us for the Worship Service at 12 pm.

Stephen Ministry Meeting – Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we’re looking for members who are willing to become Stephen Ministers. To find out more about this ministry join us Tuesday, November 13 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in room 1. Please prayerfully consider joining us!

Help Congregational Life provide the very basic dignities of new undies! Having clean, serviceable underwear is something many of us are lucky enough to take for granted. But for adults and children who are economically challenged or homeless, even those basic garments can be difficult-if not impossible-to obtain. We 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!

Christmas Caroling – Mark your calendars and join us for Christmas caroling after the 10:30 am worship service on December 9.

Faithful Mothers – Will meet on the first and third Wednesdays at Lord of Life from 10 am to 11:30 am. Childcare is provided. If you would like more information please mark your Connection Cards.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drop off – If you would like to put a shoebox together, tags for the Shoeboxes are at the Welcome Desk. Shoeboxes need to be at Lord of Life by Wednesday, November 14.

This Week’s Announcements

Potluck Supper – Our next potluck will be Wednesday, November 7 at 5:15 pm. Regular suppers will be held on November 14 & 28. No supper on November 21.

Grief Support Group – Have you suffered a loss of a loved one or lost your job? Are you new in town or have you experienced other major life changes? We will be starting a new eight-week Grief Support Group on November 5 in the Fireside Room from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. 

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 14.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Services – will be Wednesday, November 21 at 12 pm and 7 pm. There will be no Wednesday supper or youth activities that night.

Help Congregational Life provide the very basic dignities of new undies! Having clean, serviceable underwear is something many of us are lucky enough to take for granted. But for adults and children who are economically challenged or homeless, even those basic garments can be difficult-if not impossible-to obtain. We 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! 

Pray & Ponder Women’s Bible Study – Do you wrestle with doubt? Do you sometimes feel guilty when your faith is weak and you are filled with unanswered questions? Join the conversation on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 am. Contact Wendy Adamson if you have any questions at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

“A Long Obedience” – The Sunday Evening Book Group is on its way with Eugene Peterson. We’ve been through Discipleship, Repentance, Providence and Worship. Join us Sunday, November 4 at 6:30, we will go to “Service”, with Psalm 123. We meet in the library at Northern Lakes Senior Living Assisted Living, 8186 Excelsior Road. 

Stephen Ministry Meeting – Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we’re looking for members who are willing to become Stephen Ministers. To find out more about this ministry join us Sunday, November 4 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in Room 10 or Thursday, November 8 or Tuesday, November 13 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in room 1. Please prayerfully consider joining us!

Martha Circle – is a women’s Bible study that meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. They will meet November 13 at 7 pm. For more information and where they will be meeting contact Sally Jacobsen at 218-829-1704.

Sarah Circle – will meet at Lord of Life in Fellowship Hall on November 13 at 1 pm. Come for fellowship and Bible study. If you would like more information contact Bugs Schmidt at 218-829-3864.

Caring Friends Lefse Making – We will be making Lefse on Friday evening, November 16th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and on Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Lefse will be sold at Lord of Life on Sunday, November 18th, just in time for Thanksgiving. Please put your heart and hands to work, and let’s make some LEFSE!

Thanksgiving Dinner – The Brainerd American Legion, VFW, Elks and Eagles Clubs will again be sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. There is no charge for the dinner, free-will donations are gladly accepted.

Pie Donations – The American Legion is asking for help with people bringing in pies for the Thanksgiving dinner. Pies should be brought to the Brainerd American Legion, 708 Front Street in Brainerd by 6 pm on Wednesday, November 21.

Winter Is Around The Corner – help Congregational Life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the giving tree. If you do not have yarn, there is some available in the Narthex.

This Week’s Announcements

Congregational Meeting – will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 11:45 am. We will be reaffirming the budget, receiving last year’s fiscal report, making adjustments to the budget. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

Trunks Needed for Trunk or Treating – Join us in the Lord of Life West parking lot for Trunk or Treating on Wednesday, October 31. Decorate your trunk and have fun handing out candy to the kids. Email colleen@lolbaxter.org to reserve your parking space.

Thank you – for your generous response to the spring General Fund appeal and fall pledge request. Our September financial notes show Year-To-Date contributions ahead of last year by $3,507! Please watch for, and prayerfully consider, the pledge request for the 2018-19 Capital Campaign coming soon.

Daylight Savings Time – Remember to set your clocks back on Sunday, November 4.

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31 and Sunday, November 4. 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 31 and November 4 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.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck on Wednesday, November 7 at 5:15 pm. Regular suppers will be on November 14 & 28. No supper on November 21.

Pray and Ponder Women’s Breakfast and Bible Study – Do you wrestle with doubt? Do you sometimes feel guilty when your faith is weak and you are filled with unanswered questions? If so, please come join the conversation. We meet again on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 am. Contact me at wendyadamson@ymail.com if you have questions.

Congregational Meeting – will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 11:45 am. We will be reaffirming the budget, receiving last year’s fiscal report, making adjustments to the budget. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

Thank you – for your generous response to the spring General Fund appeal and fall pledge request. Our September financial notes show Year-To-Date contributions ahead of last year by $3,507! Please watch for, and prayerfully consider, the pledge request for the 2018-19 Capital Campaign coming soon.

Daylight Savings Time – Remember to set your clocks back on Sunday, November 4.

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31 and Sunday, November 4. 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 31 and November 4 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.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck on Wednesday, November 7 at 5:15 pm. Regular suppers will be on November 14 & 28. No supper on November 21.

Pray and Ponder Women’s Breakfast and Bible Study – Do you wrestle with doubt? Do you sometimes feel guilty when your faith is weak and you are filled with unanswered questions? If so, please come join the conversation. We meet again on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 am. Contact me at wendyadamson@ymail.com if you have questions.

This Week’s Announcements

Congregational Meeting – will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 11:45 am. We will be reaffirming the budget, receiving last year’s fiscal report, making adjustments to the budget. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

Bring Apples on October 28 – Layne Danielson will be doing a fun kid’s Time activity next Sunday and is need of apples from your apple trees to turn into apple juice. Please bring in any you have on or before Oct. 28. You may also bring a container to take home some freshly pressed juice.

Trunks Needed for Trunk or Treating – Join us in the Lord of Life West parking lot for Trunk or Treating on Wednesday, October 31. Decorate your trunk and have fun handing out candy to the kids. Email colleen@lolbaxter.org to reserve your parking space.

Stephen Ministry Meeting – Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we’re looking for members who are willing to become Stephen Ministers. To find out more about this ministry join us Sunday, October 21 or Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Please prayerfully consider joining us!

Lord of Life Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, at Lord of Life, for a Prayer Shawl Gathering and Blessing. Please join us as we continue this faithful ministry at Lord of Life. Prayer Shawls may be knitted or crocheted and there are patterns available, or any pattern you’d like to use. There is no pressure to complete or deadlines to meet! Questions? Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen (829-2177) or Brenda Johnson (831-9725).

Thank you – for your generous response to the spring General Fund appeal and fall pledge request. Our September financial notes show Year-To-Date contributions ahead of last year by $3,507! Please watch for, and prayerfully consider, the pledge request for the 2018-19 Capital Campaign coming soon.

Reformation Sunday – Wear red on Wednesday, October 24 or Sunday, October 28, for Reformation Sunday worship services.

Fall Cleanup Day – Join us for our fall cleanup day Saturday, October 27, starting at 9 am. We will be cleaning up the grounds, straightening up the play area, cleaning windows and landscaping.

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on November 4. 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 31 and November 4 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.

Would You Like to Open Up Your Home and be a Host Home? We’re looking for people who are willing to open their homes for guests who are involved in singing groups, ministries, etc. The people we are seeking will be serving as a concrete expression of the love of Christ through our congregation. Those who say, “Yes!” will be added to a list and will be contacted when there is a specific need. Mark your Connection Cards if you are interested.

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – Has an opening for a group or family to sign up for Sunday, November 4. Please sign up in the Narthex if you can help out. Email Nancy Smith at nsmith.silverfox@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Winter Is Around The Corner – help congregational life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the giving tree. If you do not have yarn, there is some available in the Narthex. 

Please check lost and found – Our lost and found is overflowing with: water bottles, bags, hats, gloves, bags and outerwear. 

This Week’s Announcements

Congregational Meeting – will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 11:45 am. We will be reaffirming the budget, receiving last year’s fiscal report, making adjustments to the budget. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

MEA Break – There will be no Wednesday supper or evening activities on October 17. Middle School Youth Group will not meet on Sunday, October 21.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – LOLLY will meet on Wednesday, October 17, at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. The program will be presented by Rev. Lilja Behr on Sacred Sites. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447 or Mary Anderson 218-330-6171.

Bring Your Favorite Apple Dessert to Share – On Sunday, October 21 & 28. The Ladies of Congregational Life Team will also bring apple desserts for fellowship. Email Pat Huhta at jjhuhta@msn.com if you have any questions or would like to bring a dessert to share.

Trunks Needed for Trunk or Treating – Join us in the Lord of Life West parking lot for Trunk or Treating on Wednesday, October 31. Decorate your trunk and have fun handing out candy to the kids. Email colleen@lolbaxter.org to reserve your parking space.

C-O-S-T – Searching for a new ministry opportunity in our congregation? Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one caring ministry. Right now we’re looking for members who are willing to pay the Commitment OSelf and Time and become Stephen Ministers, remembering that the blessings will outweigh the costs. To find out more about this ministry join us Sunday, October 21 or Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Please prayerfully consider joining us!

Fall Cleanup Day – Join us for our fall cleanup day Saturday, October 27, starting at 9 am. We will be cleaning up the grounds, straightening up the play area, cleaning windows and landscaping.

Would You Like to Open Up Your Home and be a Host Home? We’re looking for people who are willing to open their homes for guests who are involved in singing groups, ministries, etc. The people we are seeking will be serving as a concrete expression of the love of Christ through our congregation. Those who say, “Yes!” will be added to a list and will be contacted when there is a specific need. Mark your Connection Cards if you are interested.

SHORT COURSE: How Lutherans Interpret the Bible – You are invited to explore these Lutheran ways of interpreting the Bible through a seven session series that will be offered each week at Lord of Life on both Monday evenings and Thursday mornings beginning October 8. Based on a video series by Dr. Mark Allan Powell. Sessions will start Monday, October 8 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and Thursday, October 11 from 8 am to 9 am.

Lord of Life Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 2:00 pm at Lord of Life for a Prayer Shawl Gathering and Blessing. Please join us as we continue this faithful ministry at Lord of Life. Prayer Shawls may be knitted or crocheted and there are patterns available, or any pattern you’d like to use. There is no pressure to complete or deadlines to meet! Questions? Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen (829-2177) or Brenda Johnson (831-9725).

Membership 201 – is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran church. If you have been confirmed in an ELCA Lutheran Church and will be transferring your membership, it is not necessary for you to attend these classes. This is a three night session: Wednesday, October 17, 31 & November 7 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

Winter Is Around The Corner – help congregational life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the giving tree. If you do not have yarn, there is some available in the Narthex. 

Cherish All Children: My Neighbor is Not For Sale – Join an important faith community discussion on the prevention of child exploitation and human trafficking. Dates are Monday, October 22 and 29 and November 5 and 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. 8th Street, Brainerd.