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This Week’s Announcements

SAIL Class– There will be no SAIL class on Friday, August 9.

Noisy Offering – will be Wednesday, August 7, and Sunday, August 11.

Last chance to sign up for our evening VBS – Roar! Into the Wild VBS runs August 11th-14th from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBVBS819.

Children’s Education Team Meeting– Do you have ideas you would like to see implemented in Children’s Ministry? Have your voice heard and join the Children’s Education Team! Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 pm. We love to see new faces and ideas! If you have any questions please contact Susan Rioux – Children’s Ministry Coordinator at        (630) 723-4428 or Susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org.

Children’s Ministry is looking for Kids’ Time teachers – There will be a Kids’ Time Volunteer Meeting/Orientation on Sunday, August 18 at 5:30 pm, for those wanting more information and to get plugged into Children’s Ministry. If you have any questions or want to sign up to teach, please contact Susan Rioux – Children’s Ministry Coordinator at             (630) 723-4428 or Susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org.

Never worry about money again with Financial Peace University (FPU)! It’s the proven plan to help you master budgeting, beat debt, and live the life of your dreams! Through nine lessons rooted in biblical wisdom, your FPU group will learn from Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. Classes start on September 10, 2019 at 6 pm and meet for nine consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $109 for singles or couples. Please register through the Lord of Life website at the following class link: bit.ly/LOLBFPU2019. Contact Valerie Jones for more information at valstevejones@gmail.com.

Prayer Chain In-service – Our next in-service will be Wednesday, August 7 at 7 pm or Sunday, August 11 at 10:15 am. We require a commitment of each member to attend at least one prayer chain in-service during a 12-month period. What is the Prayer Chain? To faithfully lift up in prayer the needs and concerns of our church family and our loved ones.

VBS Donation Reminder – If you grabbed a paw, please bring purchased and borrowed items to the Church Office by Wednesday, August 7.

Sunday Evening Book Group – For 40 days Moses was on Mt. Sinai. For 40 years the Israelites wondered in the wilderness. For 40 days Jesus fasted in the wilderness. In 40 days the Sunday Book Group will be reading, discussing, and learning from “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Please purchase your own book and join us Sunday, September 8, at 6:30 pm at Northern Lakes Assisted Living Library.

Worship Assistants Needed – This is your opportunity to be a part of the Worship Assistant Team. The church schedule will run from September through May. We are currently doing an online sign up in CCB. If you are not part of CCB and would like to be, please contact the church office at anne@lolbaxter.org. Please mark your Connection Card if you would like to be a part of this team. Thank you for your willingness to serve and please contact Layne Danielson if you have any questions, concerns or comments at layneandhelenedanielson@msn.com or 851-0933.

Wednesday Night Cooks – Get your group or family together to help once a month to cook a meal for our Wednesday night suppers. You will need to shop for the food and prep the food. Confirmation kids will help with serving and cleaning up. Mark your Connections Cards if you would like more information about this.

Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life – This Spiritual Gifts Class helps individuals to grow by discovering their gifts and learning how God wants them to be used. John Wolf will be teaching the class starting Sunday, September 26. This is an 8 week class and will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at LOL. We will NOT meet for class on Thursday, October 31. Classes will be taught on October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, and 21. We need a minimum of 10 people for this class, and no more than 20. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBSG2019. Cost is $15.

Sharing Love – In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class in mid September. The cut-off date for applications is August 19. Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love and care that God has given you! You will find that being a Stephen Minister not only will be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences that you have ever had. If you have questions, please contact Deb or Lolly. Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 deb.bergstrom@lolbaxter.org Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207 lollykadlec@hotmail.com  

This week’s Announcements

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – We are in need of groups or families to sign-up to serve at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen on August 4. Sign-up on the clipboard in the Narthex. If you need more information please contact Nancy Smith at 820-4273.

Membership Classes – Are you interested in learning more about becoming a member at Lord of Life. We would love your input on what time and dates would work for you in attending a one-hour class. Email Pastor Steve at steve@lolbaxter.org.

Children’s Education Team Meeting – Those interested in sharing ideas or being involved with Children’s Ministry, plan to attend our upcoming Children’s Education Team Meeting on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing ROAR VBS, the Neighborhood Block Party, and Kid’s Time for the 2019-2020 School Year. We would love to see new faces!

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11th-14th from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBVBS819.

Help Make VBS a Roarin’ Success! – Interested in helping with ROAR VBS but unable to make the time commitment? No problem! There are many supplies, snacks, and props needed to successfully pull off our VBS week. Check out the donation display in the narthex, grab a paw, and bring purchased/borrowed items to the Church Office by Wednesday, August 7th. 

Children’s Ministry is looking for Kids’ Time teachers – for the upcoming school year. If you enjoy working with kids and sharing God’s truths and promises, this is an excellent way to volunteer your time! There will be a Kids’ Time Volunteer Meeting/Orientation on Sunday, August 15th at 5:30pm, for those wanting more information and to get plugged into Children’s Ministry. If you have any questions or want to sign up to teach, please contact Susan Rioux – Children’s Ministry Coordinator at (630) 723-4428 or Susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org.

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. If you would like a t-shirt for that day, order shirts at bit.ly/2LA5GQC. The cost for shirts are between $8-$18 depending on size and style. The deadline for ordering a t-shirt is July 28.  

Are you tired of money stress? Then you’re ready to join more than five million people whose lives have been changed by Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze helps you work on plan to nail a budget, defeat debt, and free yourself from money worries! You’ll join a small group for discussions and lessons—all rooted in biblical wisdom and common sense. FPU includes your member workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, with online tools created to support your journey. Classes start on September 10, 2019 at Lord of Life from 6 pm-7:30 pm and will meet for nine consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $109 for singles or couples. Can’t make it to all nine classes? No worries! You can view any class you miss online at your convenience with your paid membership! Please register through the Lord of Life website at the following class link: bit.ly/LOLBFPU2019. Contact Valerie Jones for more information at valstevejones@gmail.com.

Spiritual Gifts Class – Mark your calendars and join us for a Spiritual Gifts Class starting September 26. This is an 8 week class and will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at LOL. We will NOT meet for class on Thursday, October 31. Classes will be taught on October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, and 21. We need a minimum of 10 people for this class, and no more than 20. Sing-up at bit.ly/LOLBSG2019.

Sharing Love – Although Stephen Ministry has been in operation at Lord of Life for just a short time, already the ministry of our new Stephen Ministers has been a blessing – to the individuals receiving their care, to the lay ministers themselves, and to the whole congregation. In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class in mid September. The cut-off date for applications is August 19. Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love and care that God has given you! You will find that being a Stephen Minister not only will be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences that you have ever had. If you have questions, please contact any one from our Stephen Leader Team below:

Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 deb.bergstrom@lolbaxter.org

Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207 lollykadlec@hotmail.com

Pastor Erika Nilsen – (218)828-9374 erika.nilsen@lolbaxter.org

Pastor Steve Rye – (218)828-9374 steve.rye@lolbaxter.org

John Wolf – (419)351-2428 wolfj60@gmail.com

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you to Attitude of Gratitude VBS Volunteers – Thank you to all who volunteered their time and efforts towards Attitude of Gratitude VBS the week of July 8th. You all made a positive impact on the lives of many children in our church and community!

Children’s Education Team Meeting – For those interested in sharing ideas or being involved with Children’s Ministry, plan to attend our upcoming Children’s Education Team Meeting on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing: ROAR VBS, Neighborhood Block Party, and Kid’s Time for the 2019-2020 School Year. We would love to see new faces!

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. If you would like a t-shirt for that day, the cost is $9. The deadline for ordering a t-shirt is July 28. Order a t-shirt at: bit.ly/2LA5GQC.

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11th-14th from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. Sign-up before August 1 to receive a t-shirt at bit.ly/LOLBVBS819.

ROAR Evening VBS Volunteers – We are in need of Volunteers to help with VBS August 11-14. We need help with: decorating, VBS prep and cutting. We are also in need of group leaders (great for 6th graders through 12 graders and adults) to have a group of kids and take them through each of the stations. Please check the box on your Connection Card if you can help in anyway and Susan Rioux our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, will be in touch with you.

Help Make VBS a Roarin’ Success! – Interested in helping with ROAR VBS but unable to make the time commitment? No problem! There are many supplies, snacks, and props needed to successfully pull off our VBS week. Check out the donation display in the narthex, grab a paw, and bring purchased/borrowed items to the Church Office by Wednesday, August 7th.

Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction – for Josh Duda on Thursday, August 15 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Northland Arboretum. Josh was in a helicopter crash June 28th. Welcome to worship at Lord of life Lutheran Church.

It’s time to stop worrying about money! The nine-lesson Financial Peace University (FPU) course is the proven plan to help you keep a budget, beat debt, and build wealth! Classes start on September 10, 2019 at 6 pm and meet for nine consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $109 for singles or couples. Please register through the Lord of Life website, or through the following class link bit.ly/LOLBFPU2019. Contact Valerie Jones for more information at valstevejones@gmail.com.

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – We are in need of groups or families to sign-up to serve at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen on August 4. Sign-up on the clipboard in the Narthex. If you need more information please contact Nancy Smith at 820-4273.

Spiritual Gifts Class – Mark your calendars and join us for a Spiritual Gifts Class starting September 26. This is an 8 week class and will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at LOL. We will NOT meet for class on Thursday, October 31. Classes will be taught on October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, and 21. We need a minimum of 10 people for this class, and no more than 20. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBSG2019.

Shoe Fundraiser for Brainerd A cappella Choir – A cappella choir is collecting gently used/new shoes beginning now until the end of September. They are collecting any size/season and will get paid 40 cents per pound. All proceeds will go towards helping students in A cappella Choir at Brainerd High School go on a trip to Puerto Rico in February where they will sing and tour. Donated shoes are sent to developing countries to be used there. If you have new or gently used shoes that you would like to donate, there is a donation box in the Narthex.

Sharing Love – Although Stephen Ministry has been in operation at Lord of Life for just a short time, already the ministry of our new Stephen Ministers has been a blessing – to the individuals receiving their care, to the lay ministers themselves, and to the whole congregation. In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class in mid September. The cut-off date for applications is August 19. Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love and care that God has given you! You will find that being a Stephen Minister not only will be helpful to others, but it will be one of the most fulfilling and joyful experiences that you have ever had. If you have questions, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders:

Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 deb.bergstrom@lolbaxter.org

Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207 lollykadlec@hotmail.com

Pastor Erika Nilsen – (218)828-9374 erika.nilsen@lolbaxter.org

Pastor Steve Rye – (218)828-9374 steve.rye@lolbaxter.org

John Wolf – (419)351-2428 wolfj60@gmail.com                      

This Week’s Announcements

Caring for Creation – will meet at Stonehouse Coffee at Riverwood Bank in Baxter at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 16. Anyone with an interest in this ministry is welcome to attend!

serveCAMP – For students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and an option to return in the evening. Dates are July 21-25. Starts Sunday at 7 pm for a camp-style worship service. Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm, optional 7 pm to 10 pm and/or overnight. Cost is $125. Sign-up at: bit.ly/LOLBServecamp2019.

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11-14 from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. Sign-up before July 22 to receive a t-shirt bit.ly/LOLBVBS819.

ServeCAMP Volunteers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to help the week of July 21-25. We are also in need of drivers to transport kids to volunteers sites. If you can help with one of these needs, please mark your Connection Card.

ROAR Evening VBS Volunteers– We are in need of Volunteers to help with VBS August 11-14. We need help with: decorating, VBS prep and cutting. We are also in need of group leaders (great for 6th graders through 12 graders and adults) to have a group of kids and take them through each of the stations. Please check the box on your Connection Card if you can help in anyway.

Never worry about money again with Financial Peace University (FPU)! It’s the proven plan to help you master budgeting, beat debt, and live the life of your dreams! Through nine lessons rooted in biblical wisdom, your FPU group will learn from Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. FPU includes your member workbook and other exclusive online benefits through a free year of Financial Peace Membership. $109 per couple or individual. Please register through the Lord of Life website, or through the following class link bit.ly/LOLBFPU2019. Contact Valerie Jones for more information at valstevejones@gmail.com.

Spiritual Gifts Class – Mark your calendars and join us for a Spiritual Gifts Class starting September 26. This is an eight week class and will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at LOL. We will NOT meet for class on Thursday, October 31. Classes will be taught on October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, and 21. We need a minimum of 10 people for this class, and no more than 20.

Friends of New Pathways – is an informal group of supporters among the members of Lord of Life. There are no regularly scheduled meetings for this group, but the group may gather from time to time to discuss special projects that can help support New Pathways. New Pathways partners with area churches so families with children have a safe place to stay at night. During the day, the families go to work, school, or to the New Pathways Family Day Centers, where they work on their plan to get back into a home of their own. Mark your Connection Card if you would like to be a part of this group. 

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. If you would like a t-shirt for that day, order shirts at bit.ly/2LA5GQC. The cost for shirts are between $8-$18 depending on size and style. The deadline for ordering a t-shirt is July 28.  

Are you receiving the Good News Weekly? – Every week on Friday afternoons, Lord of Life sends an email with information about the upcoming week’s worship services, education schedule and other upcoming church events. Sign up via email to anne@lolbaxter.org, or at https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/TdN8HV7.

Would you like to grow your faith and leadership? NE MN Synod Lay Leader Network Series is specifically designed for lay leaders within our congregation which might include; council members, youth leaders, team leaders, etc. Sessions will focus on: Biblical/Lutheran theological framework, leadership and spiritual development, all set within engaging current missional context. There will be four sessions: September 7, 2019, November 16, 2019, February 15, 2020, and May 16, 2020. These sessions run from 9 am to 4 pm and will be held at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Sessions are led by Dave Messner, Jim Bailey and Mark Skinner. Cost for all four sessions will be $220. To register and for more information go to http://www.nemnsynod.org/mission-and-ministry.html under the lay leader network tab.                 

This Week’s Announcements

Parent’s Night Out – There is still time to sign-up for Parent’s Night Out Saturday, July 13, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm! All ages welcome. We will have fun activities and crafts for your kids; we will also feed them supper. Free-will donation to raise money for the upcoming Mission trip in July. Register by July 10 at bit.ly/LOLBPNO719.

serveCAMP – This is a Middle School Mission “trip” for students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and an option to return in the evening. Dates are July 21-25. Starts Sunday at 7 pm for a camp-style worship service. Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm, optional 7 pm to 10 pm and/or overnight. Cost is $125. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBServecamp2019.

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11-14 from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. Sign-up before July 22 to receive a t-shirt. Sign-up at bit.ly/LOLBVBS819.

ServeCAMP Volunteers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to help the week of July 21-25. We are also in need of drivers to transport kids to service sites. If you can help with one of these needs, please mark your Connection Card.

ROAR Evening VBS Volunteers– We are in need of Volunteers to help with VBS August 11-14. We need help with: decorating, VBS prep and cutting. We are also in need of group leaders (great for 6th graders through 12 graders and adults) to have a group of kids and take them through each of the stations. Please check the box on your Connection Card if you can help in anyway.

Campfire Worship – Join us Wednesday, July 17, at 6 pm for our Campfire Worship Service. Bring a dish to pass for our potluck supper; hotdogs are provided.

Older Folders – will meet every Friday at 10:05 am (note new time) in the Commons to fold Sunday Bulletins. 

Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course helps you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! Classes start on September 10, 2019 at 6pm and meet for nine consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $109 for singles or couples. Please register through the Lord of Life website, or through the following class link bit.ly/LOLBFPU2019.Contact Valerie Jones for more information at valstevejones@gmail.com.

Parent’s Night Out Volunteers Needed – We need you! Looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with Parents Night Out on Saturday, July 13th from 4:30 pm-8:30 pm. Volunteers will help entertain kids with pre-planned games, crafts, dinner, and a movie. Proceeds raised goes towards the upcoming Youth Mission Trip. Mark your Connections Cards if you would like to help.

Friends of New Pathways – is an informal group of supporters among the members of Lord of Life. There are no regularly scheduled meetings for this group, but the group may gather from time to time to discuss special projects that can help support New Pathways.

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. If you would like a t-shirt for that day, order shirts at bit.ly/2LA5GQC. The cost for shirts are between $8-$18 depending on size and style. The deadline for ordering a t-shirt is July 28.  

Golf Outing and Fundraiser – Come support the ministries of Camp Onomia by helping to send a kid to camp. Golf outing and fundraiser for Camp Onomia Campership fund will be Monday, July 29 at the Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca. This event starts at 2 pm and is $75 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, fun and prizes. Registration forms are at the Welcome Center in the Narthex or by signing up at CampOnomia@gmail.com.

Would you like to grow your faith and leadership? NE MN Synod Lay Leader Network Series is specifically designed for lay leaders within our congregation. Sessions will focus on: Biblical/Lutheran theological framework, leadership and spiritual development, all set within engaging current missional context. There will be four sessions: September 7, 2019, November 16, 2019, February 15, 2020, and May 16, 2020. These sessions run from 9 am to 4 pm and will be held at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Sessions are led by Dave Messner, Jim Bailey and Mark Skinner. Cost for all four sessions will be $220. To register and for more information go to http://www.nemnsynod.org/mission-and-ministry.html under the lay leader network tab.                        

This Week’s Announcements

Attitude of Gratitude VBS – Don’t let your child miss out on this exciting VBS experience learning how to appreciate God’s creation and many blessings. VBS runs July 8th-10th from 8:30-11am. This VBS is designed for 3yr olds-4th graders and is $20/child and a $30 family max. Sign up now at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/91/responses/new.

Parent’s Night Out – Parents mark your calendars for another Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, July 13 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm! All ages welcome. We will have fun activities and crafts for your kids; we will also feed them supper. This is a free-will donation and fundraiser for the youth to raise money for the upcoming Mission trip in July. Register by July 10 at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/93/responses/new.

serveCAMP – This is a Middle School Mission “trip” for students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. Kids will be building trust, helping others, growing in faith and having fun. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and an option to return in the evening for night games, campfire and camping in Lord of Life’s backyard. Dates are July 21-25. Starts Sunday at 7 pm for a camp-style worship service. Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm, optional 7 pm to 10 pm and/or overnight. Cost is $125.https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/84/responses/new

Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, July 5, from 12 pm to 4 pm at Lord of Life. To schedule an appointment, contact: redcrossblood.org or call Sally Jacobsen at 829-1704.

Thank you – to everyone that helped with the fish fry to make it a great success. Thank you, Ted Anderson, for organizing the fish fry; Pat Huhta and the awesome crew of fish fryers; and the Men’s Groups for their assistance with the meal preparation. We are so grateful for your assistance in our first official fundraiser for the supplies needed for our mission trip to Tanzania in June 2020. Thank you to family, friends and congregation members who came to the fish fry on Sunday, June 23rd, and supported us with generous donations for the meal. The entire meal was delicious and the fish were extra tasty!!! Thank you and blessings from The Lord of Life Tanzania Mission Group.

Parent’s Night Out Volunteers Needed – We need you! Looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with Parents Night Out on Saturday, July 13th from 4:30-8:30pm. Volunteers will help entertain kids with pre-planned games, crafts, dinner, and a movie. Help with set-up and clean up afterwards also needed. If you enjoy working with kids, this is an excellent opportunity to serve in Children’s Ministry! Proceeds raised will go towards the upcoming Youth Mission Trip. Email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11th-14th from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/92/responses/new

Shop, Donate and Volunteer – If you are spring cleaning, remodeling or downsizing, think about donating to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. Our Habitat ReStore sells new and used donated building materials, furniture and appliances. You can also volunteer to be a part of our deconstruct and salvage teams where you help remove items from homes before they are scheduled for demolition. Proceeds from ReStore sales are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in our community. At Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Go to www.lakesareahabitat.org/restore for more information.

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. 

This Week’s Announcements

Interested in being a part of ROAR VBS this August? We can get you plugged in! There will be a volunteer meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at 5:30 pm. 

Attitude of Gratitude VBS – Don’t let your child miss out on this exciting VBS experience learning how to appreciate God’s creation and many blessings. It runs July 8th-10th from 8:30-11am. This VBS is designed for 3yr olds-4th graders and is $20/child. Sign up now at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/91/responses/new.

serveCAMP – will be July 21st-25th This is a Middle School Mission “trip” for students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. Kids will be building trust, helping others, growing in faith and having fun. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and an option to return in the evening for night games, campfire and camping in Lord of Life’s backyard. Cost is $125. https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/84/responses/new

Care of Creation Team would like to share an event with you: Join the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library for their annual Summer Brown Bag Lunch Author Series! All events are free and open to the public, and take place at the Brainerd Public Library at 12 noon on Mondays. This Monday, June 24, Grant Merritt, author of Iron & Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment will be there. Merritt’s book is a memoir of his life’s work on behalf of Minnesota’s people and environment. Chronicling the discovery of vast iron deposits on the Mesabi Range and the fight to save Lake Superior and Minnesota’s natural riches, Merritt reveals how individuals can change the world.

4th of July Quilt – The Quilters have made a beautiful 4th of July quilt and it is displayed in the Narthex. Place a bid on the quilt until June 30. Money raised from the quilt will go towards on-going maintenance at LOL.

Community Picnic – There will be an Operation Sandwich Fundraiser on June 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. There will be free food, games, music and fun. Please donate individually wrapped snacks of fish crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks, trail mix, fruit cups or make a monetary donation to Operation Sandwich.

Summer Teen’s Upstream – Take a break in the middle of the week! Invite some friends to have fun, enjoy some snacks and grow in faith together. For students entering 9th – 12th grade.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, July 5, from 12 pm to 4 pm at Lord of Life. To schedule an appointment, contact: redcrossblood.org or call Sally Jacobsen at 829-1704.

Roar! Into the Wild VBS – August 11th-14th from 6 pm -8 pm for ages 3 to 4th Grade. Join the herd on an epic adventure as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that encourages us through this wild life! Cost is $20 a child and a family max of $30. https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/92/responses/new

AmazonSmile – is like amazon.com but better! The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile or to change your organization, visit https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/change/ and search for “Lord of Life Lutheran Church Baxter MN.”

Stephen Ministry – We celebrate the commissioning of eight caring members of our congregation. They have the spiritual gifts to be Stephen Ministers, and they have participated in 50 hours of training, learning how to carry out this ministry. Wendy Adamson, Deb Cervantez, Pam Cook, Julie Johnson, and Gary Engelmann are the first Stephen Ministers to be commissioned here at Lord of Life. Deb Bergstrom, Lolly Kalinoski, and Pastor Erika Nilsen, who were commissioned previously as Stephen Leaders and together provided the training, will now also be commissioned as Stephen Ministers alongside their students. Let us pray for the success of this caring ministry that they bring to our community.

Thank you – to everyone that helped with the property work day on Saturday, June 15. We mulched, pruned, planted, weeded, washed windows and fixed the pew racks. All your hard work is greatly appreciated!

This Week’s Announcements

Attitude of Gratitude VBS – Don’t let your child miss out on this exciting VBS experience, learning how to appreciate God’s creation and the many blessings. VBS runs July 8th-10th from 8:30 am-11 am. This VBS is designed for 3 year olds-4th grade. $20 a child and a $30 family max. Sign up now at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/91/responses/new.

Parent’s Night Out Time Change! Parent’s Night Out is still scheduled for Saturday, July 13th from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm and will be for children of any age. Sign up now at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/93/responses/new.

Children’s Education Team – The meeting for July has been bumped up to Monday, June 24th at 6:30 pm. Join our team as we brainstorm ideas for Children’s Ministry.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting – will be on Sunday, June 23, from 10:15 am to 11:00 am. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

4th of July Quilt – The Quilters have made a beautiful 4th of July quilt and it is displayed in the Narthex. Place a bid on the quilt until June 30. Money raised from the quilt will go towards on going maintenance at LOL.

LOL Annual Fish Fry – Join us Sunday, June 23, for our annual fish fry, hosted at Lord of Life Church. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the meal, with additional contributions going to the supplies needed for the Tanzania Mission Trip. If you like fried fish, all you have to do is show up! The fish fry will run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will include fish, coleslaw, potatoes, bread, refreshments and desserts.

Campfire Worship – Join us Wednesday, June 19, at 6 pm for our Campfire Worship Service. Bring a dish to pass for our potluck supper; hotdogs are provided.

Interested in being a part of ROAR VBS this August? We can get you plugged in! There will be a volunteer meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at 5:30 pm. 

serveCAMP – will be July 21st-25th – This is a Middle School Mission “trip” for students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. Kids will be building trust, helping others, growing in faith and having fun. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and an option to return in the evening for night games, campfire and camping in Lord of Life’s backyard. Cost is $125.https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/84/responses/new

Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, July 5, from 12 pm to 4 pm at Lord of Life. To schedule an appointment, contact: redcrossblood.org or call Sally Jacobsen at 829-1704.

Biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail – Bring your helmet and join the Care of Creation team as they set out on the Paul Bunyan Trail on Sunday, June 23 at 1 pm. Park and meet in the Arboretum parking lot at 1 pm.

NE MN Synod Women of the ELCA Summer Convention/Gathering – Sugar Lake Lodge, near Grand Rapids, June 24 – 26, 2019. Registration packets are located in the Narthex at the Welcome Center.

Stephen Ministry – This coming week the Stephen Ministry training class at Lord of Life will be watching a video titled “Follow Me” and reviewing what they have learned in their 50 hours of intense Stephen Ministry training. They will also be getting ready for their commissioning as Stephen Ministers. This commissioning service will take place during the worship service at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 23.

Care for Creation Team – Join this group and help us explore ways that we can promote and make decisions that are in the best interest of God’s creation that we are called to be stewards of.

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. 

Congregational Life Team – provides opportunities for fellowship within the church. We also provide for special and major events in the church. Some of these include: Chili contest, Easter breakfast, Mitten tree, Campfire service & potluck, Wednesday suppers and much more. If you would like to be a part of this team mark your Connection Cards.

This Week’s Announcements

Our Annual Congregational Meeting – will be on Sunday, June 23, from 10:15 am to 11:00 am. All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote.

Operation Sandwich Donations Needed – Operation Sandwich is solely funded through the generosity of this community and needs donations of individually portioned: fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, fruit cups and goldfish crackers. Cash is always appreciated as it allows us to purchase fresh fruits, veggies and other items. You can bring your donations to Lord of Life Lutheran Church or Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Avenue NE, Brainerd. For more information or to volunteer visit https://www.unitedwaynow.org/operationsandwich

Property Work Day – Bring a rake and join us on Saturday, June 15, from 8 am to 12 pm. We will be putting down mulch, pruning and planting flowers, and washing windows.

LOL Annual Fish Fry – Join us Sunday evening, June 23 for our annual fish fry, hosted at Lord of Life Church, to raise funds to pay for supplies needed for our work in Tanzania. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the meal, with additional contributions going to the supplies needed. If you like fried fish, all you have to do is show up! The fish fry will run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will include fish, coleslaw, potatoes, bread, refreshments and desserts.

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. 

Spiritual Gifts Class – Mark your calendars and join us for another Spiritual Gifts Class on Thursdays starting September 26 and going through November 21 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Cost of materials per person: $15. If you are interested let us know on the Connection Card or by emailing the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail – Join the Care of Creation team as they set out on the Paul Bunyan Trail on Sunday, June 23 at 1 pm. Park and meet in the Arboretum parking lot at 1 pm.

Lost and Found – Please check the Lost and Found, items left will be donated June 17.

Communion – If you are unable to come forward to take communion, please speak to an usher and communion will be brought to you.

NE MN Synod Women of the ELCA Summer Convention/Gathering – Sugar Lake Lodge, near Grand Rapids, June 24 – 26, 2019. Registration packets are located in the Narthex at the Welcome Center.

Stephen Ministry – This coming week the Stephen Ministry training class at Lord of Life will be considering the subject of “How to Make a First Caring Visit.” In this presentation the trainees will be receiving information on how to get a visit with a care receiver off to a good start. We thank God for the continuing dedication of our Stephen Ministry trainees: Wendy Adamson, Deb Cervantez, Pam Cook, Gary Engelmann, and Julie Johnson. We ask for your continued prayers for them and for God’s blessings upon their ministries.

Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir in Concert – Hear the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir perform Monday, June 17 at 7 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Michael Culloton will conduct the choir, a program of Concordia College in Moorhead, in a varied concert ranging from classical choral works to folk songs and spirituals. A free-will offering will be collected. 

Communion Bread Bakers – is a group for anyone interested in taking turns baking communion bread for our worship services. Bakers will be informed of the needs as they arise and will deliver the bread to church by the Saturday prior to worship. This group has no regularly scheduled meetings. Check your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of this team.

God’s Work. Our Hands – Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, August 25, at 10 am. 

Congregational Life Team – provides opportunities for fellowship within the church. We also provide for special and major events in the church. Some of these include: Chili contest, Easter breakfast, Mitten tree, Campfire service & potluck, Wednesday suppers and much more. If you would like to be a part of this team mark your Connection Cards.