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This Week’s Announcements

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – We will continue to put Wednesday and Sunday services on Facebook so that we can worship together online. Please check our Facebook page out by clicking here. Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each day for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook. Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Post your prayers – keep us connected and post your prayers on our Facebook page.

Lifetouch – has rescheduled our church directory for October 23, 24 and October 29-31.

Birthdays and Prayers for the week – Click here to see this weeks birthdays, Anniversaries, and prayers.

Help make masks for doctors, nurses and health care workers – If you would like to help sew masks for healthcare workers there is an instruction video at https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ.

Drop Box – Lord of Life has a drop box outside of our doors to either put something in it for us or to get something we have put in there for you. Please do not put weekly offerings in the outside drop box.

As a church family, let us rally together and support our community when they need it most. Consider donating time or items to the volunteer organizations below:

  • Operation Sandwich – items can be dropped off at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd or Bridges of Hope. Items needed: Peanut Butter, Jelly/Jams and non-perishable food items.
  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – transitioning to sack/to-go meals. Donations can be dropped off at their location in Brainerd. Needed items: to Go containers (any size), sandwich and snack baggies, plastic cutlery sets with napkins, fruit cups/individual applesauces, juice boxes.

New Member Class – Are you interested in becoming a member at LOL. We will be offering a Zoom New Member 101 Class. Please email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested with times and dates that will work for you.

Offering and Donations – You can give online by texting Lolbaxter to 77977. 

This Week’s Announcements

Noisy Offering – Thank you to everyone that donated to the March Noisy offering. We collected $337.64.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – We will continue to put Wednesday and Sunday services on Facebook so that we can worship together online. Please check our Facebook page out by clicking here.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each day for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook. Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Post your prayers – keep us connected and post your prayers on our Facebook page.

Bible Study – Look for more information coming soon on a Bible Study held on Zoom. 

2020 EcoFaith Summit Now The Green Blade Rises – is cancelled for Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Heartland Women’s Spring Gathering Conference – At Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes has been cancelled.

First Communion – will not be held on Maundy Thursday and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Thank you – to CTC (Consolidated Telecommunications Company) for increasing our internet speed at no extra charge.

Save the Date – Lifetouch will be coming to LOL on May 21-23 and May 29-30 to photograph everyone for our new church directory. Appointments will open on April 5. If you would like to help with checking people in on these dates, please call Brenda at 831-9725.

Birthdays and Prayers for the week – Click here to see this weeks birthdays, Anniversaries and prayers.

Give Online – Make a One-Time or Recurring Gift Online via Pushpay at https://pushpay.com/pay/lolbaxter/recurring or from the Give page in Church Community Builder at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/give_detail.php. You can contribute via electronic check or credit/debit card.

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from IRA – Individuals age 70 ½ or older can distribute otherwise taxable IRA amounts up to $100,000 per year directly to Lord of Life. Contact your financial advisor or tax advisor for more details.

Donor-Advised Fund – Current Lord of Life members and attenders can donate via Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable and/or BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund. You will need to initiate a grant request to Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Federal Tax ID 41-1677843). Please keep in mind that your tax receipt will be issued by the Fund, not Lord of Life. Lord of Life will include any Donor Advised Fund gifts on your contribution statement, under the ‘non tax deductible’ section. Please advise the Donor Advised Fund with the instruction for which fund the gift is intended.

Amazon Smile – Lord of Life Lutheran is registered as an eligible charity and you may designate Lord of Life to receive the .5% donation by clicking on AmazonSmile above or https://smile.amazon.com/. In order for Lord of Life to receive credit you must use smile.amazon.com rather than www.amazon.com to make purchases. 

Programming Cancellations – COVID-19

In light of CDC & government recommendations, effective immediately, Lord of Life is suspending all programming including Sunday & Wednesday Worship, and the Church Council will be reassessing the situation on an ongoing basis. Plans are moving forward to begin live-streaming worship. Lord of Life will follow CDC recommendations regarding group sizes, including funerals and all other activities. The building will be closed, but staff are available by phone, email or by appointment. Please visit our Facebook page, website, emails and voicemail message for additional information as it becomes available.

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to Teresa Lund for her work on the “By His Stripes We are Healed” graphics we are using throughout Lent.  

SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life) – Due to the spread of the Coronavirus, we were advised to cancel our SAIL Class until further notice.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm. 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. Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen 829-2177 or Brenda Johnson 831-9725.

Hotdish & Hoopla on Sunday, March 22! Join us at 5 pm for great food and a Talent Show!

Mark your calendars! Sunday, March 29 is our next BLAST Event. We will be focusing on preparing our hearts for Holy Week with crafts and activities. 

Wednesdays at 12:00 pm During Lent – Join us during Lent where we will have a short worship service at 12:00 pm followed by a simple soup and bread meal. At each noon service, one member of the congregation will share their answer to the question, “Why Jesus?” They have been asked to reflect on two guiding questions as they consider their testimony: why are you a Christian, and in what way has Jesus made a difference in your life? Upcoming speakers: March 18 – Howard Bahn; March 25 – Lolly Kalinoski; April 1 – C. B. Bylander.

Join us each Wednesday night starting at 5:15 pm for supper – Join us at 6 pm for worship and Holden Evening Prayer. We will be exploring the themes of trauma and healing through a series entitled Stripes Toward Healing.

Heartland Conference Women’s Spring Gathering – At Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. Saturday, April 4 – Coffee & registration from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Cost is $8.

2020 EcoFaith Summit Now The Green Blade Rises: The Easter Gospel for the Whole Creation – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am– 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 ages up to age 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser – Come have supper with us on Monday, March 30th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Pizza Ranch. All the tips and 10% of the sales for the evening will go towards the Tanzania Mission Trip in June.   

Join Us For Holy WeekPalm Sunday, April 5 – 9 am & 10:30 am; Maundy Thursday, April 9 – 12 pm & 7 pm; Good Friday, April 10 – 12 pm & 7 pm; 

Easter Worship Services – Sunday, April 12 – 7 am, 9 am & 10:30 am. Join us for breakfast of scrambled eggs and cinnamon rolls after the 7 am worship service.                                                          

Definition of Listen: to hear with thoughtful attention. Did you ever talk to someone but feel as if that person just wasn’t listening? Stephen Ministers are trained to listen well. They will hear what you have to share and respond lovingly and nonjudgmental, rather than telling you what you should or should not do. If you need someone who will really listen to you as you work through a problem in your life, consider Stephen Ministry. Pastor Erika is our Referral Coordinator, and you can contact her at (218)828-9374 or at erika.nilsen@lolbaxter.org.

Creation Care Tip – Non-recyclable and non-reusable plastics, such as abandoned fishing gear, plastic bags, cigarette butts, plastic straws and food packaging (including water bottles) are the more commonly found debris in the ocean. Plastic is coded with numbers 1 – 7, with each number designating a different polymer design. This means, for example, that a #1 can’t be recycled with a #5 because they melt at different temperatures. Unlike metals, such as aluminum, that can be recycled indefinitely, plastics degrade each time they’re processed. If your municipality is no longer taking certain plastics, try to avoid those in the store as much as you can. You can also inquire about local drop off facilities for those types of plastic. REFER TO YOUR LOCAL RECYCLING CENTER’S guidelines of what numbers are accepted at search.earth911.com.

This Week’s Announcements

March is Minnesota Food Share Month – It’s time to “Pack the Pews” and bring non-perishable food or financial donations, which will go directly to local food shelves. Bring your donations to the Sanctuary on Sunday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 18.

Blood Pressure Screenings – Sunday, March 15 from 10 am to 10:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Screening will be done by our Parish Nurse, Deb Bergstrom.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – will be on Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 pm. Please join us as we continue this faithful ministry at Lord of Life. Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen at 829-2177 or Brenda Johnson at 831-9725.

We Need Your Talent for Hotdish & Hoopla on Sunday, March 22! We are looking for people of all ages to participate in this event. If you want to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell some jokes or juggle, or any other talent you have, sign up in the Narthex.

Mark your calendars! Sunday, March 29 is our next BLAST Event. We will be focusing on preparing our hearts for Holy Week with crafts and activities. 

Wednesdays at 12:00 pm During Lent – Join us during Lent where we will have a short worship service at 12:00 pm followed by a simple soup and bread meal. At each noon service, one member of the congregation will share their answer to the question, “Why Jesus?” They have been asked to reflect on two guiding questions as they consider their testimony: why are you a Christian, and in what way has Jesus made a difference in your life? Please come and be blessed by the faith stories of others and the communion of participating in a meal. Dates will be March 11, 18, 25 and April 1.

Join us each Wednesday night starting at 5:15 pm for supper – Join us at 6 pm for worship and Holden Evening Prayer. We will be exploring the themes of trauma and healing through a series entitled Stripes Toward Healing.  

Spring LIFEGROUPS – Gather with us and ponder deeply the meaning of mercy and how we experience it from God and how we share it with ourselves and others. Anne Lamott’s book HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy will be an excellent companion throughout the season of Lent. Our Lenten theme this year is Stripes Toward Healing – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5. Are you Interested in walking through this book with others? Join us Sundays at 10:15 am – facilitated by Lolly Kalinoski.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:30 pm for a short worship service and Luncheon.

2020 EcoFaith Summit Now The Green Blade Rises: The Easter Gospel for the Whole Creation – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am– 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 ages up to age 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser – Come have supper with us on Monday, March 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Pizza Ranch. All the tips and 10% of the sales for the evening will go towards the Tanzania Mission Trip in June.   

Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers to help with cleaning up the pews after our Wednesday service. This would include picking up bulletins left behind, straightening Bibles, making sure hand sanitizers are filled. Times and days of doing this are flexible. If you are interested email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Living Lutheran Magazine – March 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. 

Christ in our Home – April-May-June devotions are available at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.

Join us for Holy Week WorshipPalm Sunday, April 5 – 9 am & 10:30 am; Maundy Thursday, April 9 – 12 pm & 7 pm; Good Friday, April 10 – 12 pm & 7 pm.

Easter Worship Services – Sunday, April 12 – 7 am, 9 am & 10:30 am. Breakfast will be served after the 7 am worship service.

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. We also have a booklet available in the Narthex called Five Wishes as a guide to end of life planning.                                                            

This Week’s Announcements

Wednesdays at 12:00 pm During Lent – Join us during Lent where we will have a short worship service at 12:00 pm followed by a simple soup and bread meal. At each noon service, one member of the congregation will share their answer to the question, “Why Jesus?” They have been asked to reflect on two guiding questions as they consider their testimony: why are you a Christian, and in what way has Jesus made a difference in your life? Please come and be blessed by the faith stories of others. Dates will be March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1.

Wednesday Evening Worship – Join us at 6 pm for worship and Holden Evening Prayer. We will be exploring the themes of trauma and healing through a series entitled Stripes Toward Healing. The series will be based on the book by Dr. Bessell van der Kolk, a Dutch psychiatrist, author and educator.

We are always looking for new faces to join our Children’s Education Team. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30pm. We will be discussing what Easter will look like for Children’s Ministry and looking ahead to summer programming. We love new ideas!

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. We will have a potluck on March 4 and regular suppers March 11, 18 and 25.

Pray & Ponder – will meet on Saturday, March 7, from 9 am to 11 am at LOL. Join us for great food, conversation, inspiration and prayer. If you have any questions contact Wendy Adamson at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm 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.

March is Minnesota Food Share Month – It’s time to “Pack the Pews” and bring non-perishable food or financial donations, which will go directly to local food shelves. “Pack the Pew” dates will be Sunday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 18. Noisy Offering for March will go towards the food shelf.

We Need Your Talent for Hotdish & Hoopla on Sunday, March 22! We are looking for people of all ages to participate in this event. If you want to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell some jokes or juggle, or any other talent you have, sign up in the Narthex.

2020 EcoFaith Summit Now The Green Blade Rises: The Easter Gospel for the Whole Creation – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am– 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 for ages up to 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

Spring LIFEGROUPS – Gather with us and ponder deeply the meaning of mercy and how we experience it from God and how we share it with ourselves and others.

Anne Lamott’s book HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy will be an excellent companion throughout the season of Lent. Our Lenten theme this year is Stripes Towards Healing – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

As we consider the woundedness we all bear in this world and the woundedness of Jesus, we discover through mercy the gift of healing and hope. Are you Interested in walking through this book with others? Join us Sundays at 10:15 am – facilitated by Lolly Kalinoski.

This Week’s Announcements

Alter Flowers – The flowers on the alter today are in loving memory of Don Eschenbacher given by Gladi Eschenbacher and family.

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, February 26 at 12 pm and 7 pm. No Wednesday supper or kids activities.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us on March 1 from 9:45 am to 10:30 am for a pancake breakfast. This is a free-will donation, money raised will go towards our youth mission trips this summer.

Noisy offering – will be on Wednesday, March 4 and Sunday, March 8. Noisy offering will be distributed to the food shelf in March. Thank you to everyone that has donated. In February we collected $217 and this fiscal year (July 2019-Feb 2020) we have raised $1,660.47.

Daylight Savings Time – Remember to set your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 8.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm 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.

If you are not receiving emails from Lord of Life – through CCB (Church Community Builder) please check your Junk or Spam email. If there is nothing in your junk or spam folder contact the church at anne@lolbaxter.org or follow this link https://tinyurl.com/notrecemail.

March is Minnesota Food Share Month – It’s time to “Pack the Pews” and bring non-perishable food or financial donations, which will go directly to local food shelves. We will be collecting your generous donations through March 29. Noisy Offering for March will go towards the food shelf.

Wednesday Suppers – March 4 will be a potluck and March 11, 18 & 25 will be soup suppers for Lent. Supper starts at 5:15 pm. 

Hotdish & Hoopla – will be on Sunday, March 22, at 5 pm. Come and eat some great hotdishes and then watch our church wide talent show. We are looking for people of all ages to participate in this event. If you want to sing, dance, play and instrument, tell some jokes or juggle, or any other talent you have, or if you would like to donate a hotdish, relish tray or dessert for this event you can sign up in the Narthex. Free-will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer.

Now The Green Blade Rises 2020 EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am– 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 ages up to age 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

Spring LIFEgroups – If you haven’t formed a life group yet, consider joining a group of faithful adults every Sunday after the 9:00 am service to discuss Anne Lamott’s book Hallelujah Anyway. Order a copy of the book for yourself! You’ll be delighted by her wit and wisdom and the depth of your conversation together. The Sunday morning LIFEgroup will be led by Lolly Kalinoski and will meet in Room 1 starting March 1.

Friends of Baxter School – Would you like to make a difference? Every day there are kids in our community that could use a little extra help. Lord of Life would like to partner with Baxter Elementary to provide classroom volunteers to help in lots of ways. Helping would be at your convenience, for as long as you are able, and as often as you’d like.  If you are interested, please contact Principal Tammy Stellmach at 454-6400 for more information. Check out ISD181.org – click on community education and volunteering to fill out the volunteer form. Would you rather help at another school? Please contact Sally Jacobsen at sally@jacobsenlaw.com and we’ll make it happen!

Stephen Ministry Needs You – Even if you are not a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister, you play an important role in Lord of Life’s Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers need your prayerful support as they confidentially meet with their care receivers every week. Our Stephen Leaders also need your help in identifying people who might benefit from a caring relationship. If you see a friend, coworker, neighbor, relative, or someone else who could use some extra Christian care, tell that person about our Stephen Ministry and ask for permission to refer him/her to Pastor Erika, our Referrals Coordinator. 

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to everyone that came to the blood drive on February 7 and either donated blood or helped at the blood drive. We had a great turnout and were 13 pints over our goal of 30 pints. Look for our next blood drive coming in July.

NE Minnesota Synod Men’s Retreat – February 21 and 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Featured speakers will be Rev. Dr. Mark Skinner on Friday night and Rev. Dr. Andy Root on Saturday afternoon. More information and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. $40 for both days, $30 for first time attendees, $20 if just attending the Saturday afternoon session.

Go Red Wear Red – Join us for our Health Fair on Wednesday, February 19 starting at 5:15 pm to 7 pm and Sunday, February 23 from 9:30 am to 11 am, where Deb Bergstrom, our Parish Nurse will have blood pressure screening, activities and information on staying healthy. To raise awareness, we are asking you to wear red in support of heart health.

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 19, for a potluck and presentation at 11:30 am. Bring a dish to pass and learn more about Stephen Ministry.

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, February 26 at 12 pm and 7 pm. No Wednesday supper or kids activities.

New Member Orientation 101  will be Sunday March 8 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. This class is for anyone interested in joining Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you would like to attend.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm 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.

Hotdish & Hoopla – will be on Sunday, March 22, at 5 pm. Come and eat some great hotdishes and then watch our church wide talent show. We are looking for people of all ages to participate in this event. If you want to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell some jokes, juggle, or any other talent you have, or if you would like to donate a hotdish, relish tray or dessert for this event you can sign up in the Narthex. Free-will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer.

Now The Green Blade Rises 2020 EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 ages up to age 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

Spring LIFEgroups – will launch the week of February 23 and wrap up before Easter. As a way to further dig into our Lenten theme of STRIPES: Towards Healing, we’ll be reading Anne Lamott’s book Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Anne is a funny, honest, deep writer and thinker who does not shy away from difficult questions and less than savory experiences and boldly wrestles with God’s place, purpose and plan in and through it all. Pick up a copy of the book and get a group together you can also email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will let you know what groups are available. 

Sponsoring New Members – We need members who will be willing to support those who are seeking to become members. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.

Welcoming Team Member – We are searching for a small group of people to form the nucleus of a congregation-wide “Welcoming Team” who would work together in a coordinated fashion to be on the lookout for those who are new to our community in our midst. Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of this group.

Definition of Self Control: to exercise directing influence, power, and authority over conditions. Humans like to be in control, having the power to choose exactly what is going to happen and when. Unfortunately, life isn’t liked that – we only think we’re in control. So when something troublesome happens and we realize we are not in control, we may feel lost, overwhelmed, angry, even terrified. Stephen Ministers are trained to help when life feels out of control. They provide support and encouragement while helping a person put faith and trust in God. If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, please contact: Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 deb.bergstrom@lolbaxter.org or Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207lollykadlec@hotmail.com.                                             

This Week’s Announcements

Do you have a great chili recipe? Bring it on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:15 pm for our chili cook-off. It is a fun time of sampling chili and great fellowship. The winner will get their picture taken with the golden ladle.

NE Minnesota Synod Men’s Retreat – February 21 and 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Featured speakers will be Rev. Dr. Mark Skinner on Friday night and Rev. Dr. Andy Root on Saturday afternoon. More information and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. $40 for both days, $30 for first time attendees, $20 if just attending the Saturday afternoon session.

Go Red Wear Red – Join us for our Health Fair on Wednesday, February 19, starting at 5:15 pm to 7 pm and Sunday, February 23 from 9:30 am to 11 am, where Deb Bergstrom, our Parish Nurse will have blood pressure screening, activities and information on staying healthy. To raise awareness, we are asking you to wear red in support of heart health.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm 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.

Ash Wednesday Services – will be Wednesday, February 26, at 12 pm and 7 pm. No Wednesday supper or kids activities. 

3rd Annual Snow Fun Day – Monday, February 17, 9:30 am to 4 pm. This event is open to 5th-8th graders in collaboration with Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Kids, you have the day off from school, why not come join up with your buddies for a day of fun! This year we will be enjoying snow activities along with bowling! Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/102/responses/new

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 19, for a potluck and presentation at 11:30 am.

Driver Improvement Classes – St. Cloud University, offers Driver Improvement classes for Minnesota licensed drivers 55 and older. Participants can earn a 10% discount on their auto insurance premium by taking the initial 8 hr course. The 10% discount can be maintained by taking a 4 hour refresher course every three years. The next refresher class offered at Lord of Life will be on Tuesday, February 11, from 9 am to 1 pm and Monday, February 24, from 5 pm to 9 pm. For more information and to register for the class, call St. Cloud University Driver Improvement Program toll-free 1-888-234-1294 or visit their website at www.mnsafetycenter.org.

Spring LIFEgroups – will launch the week of February 23 and wrap up before Easter. As a way to further dig into our Lenten theme of STRIPES: Towards Healing, we’ll be reading Anne Lamott’s book Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Anne is a funny, honest, deep writer and thinker who does not shy away from difficult questions and less than savory experiences and boldly wrestles with God’s place, purpose and plan in and through it all. Pick up a copy of the book and get a group together you can also email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will let you know what groups are available. 

Help with updating Personnel Handbook – This is a short-term consultation group to assist the council in updating the Personnel Handbook. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.

Sponsoring New Members – We need members who will be willing to support those who are seeking to become members. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.

Welcoming Team Member – We are searching for a small group of people to form the nucleus of a congregation-wide “Welcoming Team” who would work together in a coordinated fashion to be on the lookout for those who are new to our community in our midst. Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of this group.

Definition of Listen: to hear with thoughtful attention. Did you ever talk to someone but feel as if that person just wasn’t listening? Stephen Ministers are trained to listen well. They will hear what you have to share and respond lovingly and nonjudgmentally, rather than telling you what you should or should not do. If you need someone who will really listen to you as you work through a problem in your life, consider Stephen Ministry. Pastor Erika is our Referral Coordinator, and you can contact her at (218)828-9374 or at erika.nilsen@lolbaxter.org.

This Week’s Announcements

Thank You to all who generously donated items for our Blessing Bags at the recent BLAST event on January 26th. We were able to fill 100 bags, which were delivered to Lutheran Social Services and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. What a true blessing these bags were for those in need in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A special shout out to the businesses who donated wonderful items to be added to our bags:Lakes Country Dental, Colby-Mueller Orthodontics, Northern Eye Clinic, UpNorth Bounce House, Grand View Lodge, Martin’s Sport Shop, Brekken’s, Restoration Book Store, Ski Gull, Belle Cheveux Salon, Sarah Johnson – Pampered Chef, and Cheryl Kelly – Usborne, Crow Wing Food Coop

Fundraising Event for Tanzania – Join us Monday, February 3, 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.

Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper We will have a potluck on February 5, Chili Cook-off on February 12, a regular supper on February 19 and no supper on February 26 (Ash Wednesday).

Blood Drive at LOL – Lord of Life will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, February 7, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Do you have a great chili recipe? Bring it on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:15 for our chili cook-off. It is a fun time of sampling chili and great fellowship. The winner will get their picture taken with the golden ladle.

NE Minnesota Synod Men’s Retreat February 21 and 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Featured speakers will be Rev. Dr. Mark Skinner on Friday night and Rev. Dr. Andy Root on Saturday afternoon. More information and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. $40 for both days, $30 for first time attendees, $20 if just attending Saturday, and $15 for just attending Saturday afternoon.

The Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study – will begin a new 12-week study on I and II Peter in the New Testament. February 5th through April 29th at 10:15 am in Room 1. Please join us! Contact Carol Rodseth, discussion leader at 218-825-3980 or Rodseth@charter.net.

Go Red – Wear Red – Join us for our Health Fair on Wednesday, February 19, starting at 5:15 pm to 7 pm and Sunday, February 23, from 9:30 am to 11 am, where Deb Bergstrom, our Parish Nurse, will have blood pressure screenings, activities and information on staying healthy. To raise awareness, we are asking you to wear red on these days in support of heart health.

St. Cloud University offers Driver Improvement classes – for Minnesota licensed drivers 55 and older. Participants can earn a 10% discount on their auto insurance premium by taking the initial 8-hr course. The 10% discount can be maintained by taking a 4-hour refresher course every three years. The next refresher class offered at Lord of Life will be on Tuesday, February 11, from 9 am to 1 pm and Monday, February 24, from 5 pm to 9 pm. For more information and to register for the class, call St. Cloud University Driver Improvement Program toll-free 1-888-234-1294 or visit their website at www.mnsafetycenter.org.

New Member 101 Class 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 Monday, February 10 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember.

Stephen Ministry Needs You! Even if you are not a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister, you plan an important role in Lord of Life’s Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers need your prayerful support as they confidentially meet with their care receivers every week. Our Stephen Leaders also need your help in identifying people who might benefit from a caring relationship. If you see a friend, coworker, neighbor, relative, or someone else who could use some extra Christian care, tell that person about our Stephen Ministry and ask for permission to refer him/her to Pastor Erika, our Referrals Coordinator.

Help with updating Personnel Handbook – This is a short-term consultation group to assist the council in updating the Personnel Handbook. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.

Sponsoring New Members – We need members who will be willing to support those who are seeking to become members. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.