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This Week’s Announcements

Club 56 Launches January 22nd This class is open to current 5th & 6th graders. We will begin our third session looking at discipleship practices. This class meets Wednesday nights 7 pm-8 pm! If you haven’t been to class before come check this 4-week session out!

Parent’s Night Out – will be Saturday, January 25, from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Drop your kids off at church for an evening of games, crafts, dinner and a movie while you enjoy a date night! Free will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer. Sign up now to reserve a spot http://bit.ly/LOLPNO120.

BLAST Event – We will be having another BLAST Event on Sunday, January 26, in between services. Families attending will assemble blessing bags for the homeless and those in need. Items still needed: deodorant, chapstick, socks, hats, gloves, mittens, small flashlights, small toys and snack sized foods. Travel sized: toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hand sanitizer and Kleenex. Items can be dropped off in the SonShine Room by January 24th.

Fundraising Event for Tanzania – Join us Monday, February 3, for dinner at the Pizza Ranch from 5 pm to 8 pm. The Tanzania Mission Trip will receive 10% of the evening sales and tips. We appreciate your support of our trip and all proceeds will go towards supplies needed for Tanzania.

Kid’s Time Leaders and Assistants – We are looking for Kid’s Time Lead Teachers and Assistants for our Sunday 9 am and Wednesday 6 pm services.  All lessons and activities are planned and prepped for you. An easy and exciting way to invest in the children of our church. If interested, please visit the following link: bit.ly/374Vxmx, or sign up in the Narthex, or on your Connection Card.

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

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.

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

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 Sunday, January 26 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm, or Sunday, February 2 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm, or Monday, February 10 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember.

Spring LIFEgroups – In the spring we will start our LIFEgroups. If you would like to be a part of a group and read and discuss a book, mark your Connection Cards. We will have more information soon on what we will be reading and discussing.

Eyes and Ears of Jesus – We are the eyes and ears of Jesus on earth today. It is our duty to be watching and listening to people around us, recognizing when they have needs for care. If you find someone with a need, listen and care. If you find the need is something greater than you can meet, tell the person about Stephen Ministry at Lord of Life and put him or her in touch with Pastor Erika, our Referrals Coordinator. Jesus is depending on us to be His eyes and ears on earth.

Supplies Needed for Tanzania Mission Trip – The Tanzania group is asking for your help in collecting painting, medical and children supplies. Items can be placed in the truck located in the Narthex. Items needed:

Paint supplies: brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, roller pans, etc.

Medical supplies: rolls of gauze, ace bandages, alcohol packets/swabs, cotton balls, band aids, shower curtains, sheets (any size)

Children supplies: beanie babies, small stuffed animals, match box cars, baby hats, receiving blankets, cloth diapers, quilts, newborn/small baby outfits/sleepers, reading glasses, children’s vitamins (especially with iron; not gummy vitamins)

Adult supplies: reading glasses, prenatal vitamins (must not be expired or expiring in less than 6 months of June 2020).

This Week’s Announcements

Invitation to all Lord of Life members: On Tuesday, January 14, from 6 pm – 7 pm, Deb Bergstrom, our Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Coordinator, will be presenting “Connections Matter”, a PowerPoint program and short discussion about creating resiliency both personally and in community life. Great for anyone 18 years and up, parents, teachers and anyone that works with children!

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, January 15 for a potluck and presentation at 11:30 am. 

Parent’s Night Out – is January 25, from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Drop your kids off at church for an evening of games, crafts, dinner and a movie while you enjoy a date night! Free will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer. Sign up now to reserve a spot http://bit.ly/LOLPNO120.

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.

Evening Bible Study -On Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 8 pm in Room 1. This study will feature a unique visually based approach to the study of God’s Word. Through exploring the meaning associated with visual diagrams, participants will come to know the content of the study.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Green Tips from Care of Creation – A report released in May, 2019 by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) finds that human-caused climate change is a direct driver of an impending loss of 1 million species in just a few decades. Nearly 150 authors from 50 nations worked for three years to compile the report, which states that the effects of overfishing, widespread pesticide use and urban expansion point to a decline in the biodiversity that is the foundation of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide. The world’s population has doubled since 1950, while urban areas worldwide have doubled since 1992, resulting in the altering of 75 percent of the land environment and well more than half the marine environment. URGE YOUR POLICY-MAKERS to address the biodiversity crisis that threatens our well- being. 

This Week’s Announcements

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck on January 8 and regular suppers on January 15, 22 and 29 starting at 5:15 pm.

Sign up for a new Bible Study – Starting January 8, Pastor Steve will lead a Bible study on Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 8 pm. This study will feature a unique visually based approach to the study of God’s Word. Through exploring the meaning associated with visual diagrams, participants will come to know the content of the study. If you would like to be a part of this group mark your Connection Cards. 

Invitation to all Lord of Life members: On Tuesday, January 14, from 6 pm – 7 pm, Deb Bergstrom, our Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Coordinator, will be presenting “Connections Matter”, a PowerPoint program and short discussion about creating resiliency both personally and in community life.

Mark your calendars! – Parent’s Night Out has been scheduled for Saturday, January 25 from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Drop your kids off at church for an evening of games, crafts, dinner and a movie while you enjoy a date night. Free will donations will go towards are youth mission trips this summer. Sign up now to reserve a spot http://bit.ly/LOLPNO120.

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 and we will be accepting gift cards through January 31.

Women’s Bible study – is resuming on Wednesday, January 8 at 10:15 am in Room 1. We will continue with the study of Ephesians beginning with Chapter 5. Newcomers are welcome to join us. Call Carol Rodseth at 825-3980 for more information or just show up.

Twelfth Night of Christmas – First Congregational Church UCC will be presenting the Twelfth Night of Christmas on January 5, at 7 pm. Free will offering will go to the Brainerd High School Music Programs.

Men’s Fellowship – meets every Thursday at 10:00 am in the Commons, for Bible study, fellowship and fun.

Men’s Breakfast – meets every Friday, 7:30 am at LOL for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food.

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.

Friends of Baxter School – Would you like to make a difference? Everyday 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!

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.

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

Wednesday Worship – There will be no worship service on Wednesday, January 1. The church office will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a pancake breakfast, Sunday, January 5, from 9:45 am to 10:30 am. Free-will donations will go towards our mission trips this summer.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck on January 8 and regular suppers on January 15, 22 and 29 starting at 5:15 pm.

Sign up for a new Bible Study – Starting January 8th, Pastor Steve will lead a Bible study on Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 8 pm. This study will feature a unique visually based approach to the study of God’s Word. Through exploring the meaning associated with visual diagrams, participants will come to know the content of the study. If you would like to be a part of this group mark your Connection Cards. 

Friends of Baxter School – Would you like to make a difference? Everyday 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. Volunteering 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!

Mark your calendars! – Parent’s Night Out has been scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 4:30 pm -8:30 pm. Drop your kids off at church for an evening of games, crafts, dinner and a movie while you enjoy a date night! Free will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer. Sign up now to reserve a spot http://bit.ly/LOLPNO120.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Breakfast – will meet Saturday, January 4, 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.

Save the Date: We will have a BLAST event on Sunday, January 26 in-between services. Watch for more information in the January Newsletter. We will be doing blessing bags and we will need items for them.

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.

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.

This Week’s Announcements

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

Church Office Closed – December 25 and 26, January 1

Wednesday Worship – There will be no worship service on Wednesday, December 25 or January 1.

Sunday after Christmas – We will have one worship service on Sunday, December 29 at 9 am.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a pancake breakfast, Sunday, January 5, starting at 9:45 am. Free-will donations will go towards our mission trip this summer.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck on January 8 and regular suppers on January 15, 22 and 29 starting at 5:15 pm.

Friends of Baxter School – Would you like to make a difference? Everyday 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!

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 and we will be accepting gift cards through January 31.

Mark your calendars! – Parent’s Night Out has been scheduled for Saturday, January 25, from 4:30 pm -8:30 pm. Drop your kids off at church for an evening of games, crafts, dinner and a movie while you enjoy a date night! Free will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer. Sign up now to reserve a spot http://bit.ly/LOLPNO120.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Breakfast – will meet Saturday, January 4, 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.

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 (under the mailboxes). 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.

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.

Thank you – to everyone that came out and supported the Tanzania Mission Trip Swedish Meatball Supper on Wednesday, December 11. We appreciate all the support and the money raised goes towards supplies needed in Tanzania.

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.

This Week’s Announcements

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. 

A Service for Grief and Hope-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. 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.

Let’s Get Festive – Wear your Christmas/ugly sweater to worship on Sunday, December 22. 

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

Church Office Closed – December 25, 26, January 1

Wednesday Worship – There will be no worship service on Wednesday, December 25 or January 1.

Sunday after Christmas – We will have one worship service on Sunday, December 29 at 9 am.

Undie Sunday Thanks you – Thank you everyone that donated under garments and socks. We will be distributing them throughout the Brainerd/Baxter area.

Prelude Music Needed – Sign up your kids to do prelude music for the Christmas Eve services on December 24 at either the 3 pm or 5 pm service. Any musical instrument or singing would be greatly appreciated. Sign up in the Narthex.

Christmas Eve Advent Readers Needed – Sign up in the Narthex if you or your family would like to light the Advent candle and read on Christmas Eve.

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.

Please pick up your pans from the kitchen. Items not claimed end up being donated to the Youth Rummage Sale. Thank You!

Communion – 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.

Supplies Needed for Tanzania Mission Trip – The Tanzania group is asking for your help in collecting painting, medical and children supplies to take with to Tanzania. Items needed:

  • Paint supplies: brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, roller pans, etc.
  • Medical supplies: rolls of gauze, ace bandages, alcohol packets/swabs, cotton balls, band aids, shower curtains, sheets (any size)
  • Children supplies: beanie babies, small stuffed animals, match box cars, baby hats, receiving blankets, cloth diapers, quilts, newborn/small baby outfits/sleepers, reading glasses, children’s vitamins (especially with iron; not gummy vitamins)
  • Adult supplies: reading glasses, prenatal vitamins (must not be expired or expiring in less than 6 months of June 2020).

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.

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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.