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This Week’s Announcements

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

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

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

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, October 16, at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. The October speaker is Margo Jordan, from Humana. Margo will talk about getting older and how it can be stressful, and how understanding your body changes can help ease your mind. She will help you discover ways to boost your physical, emotional and spiritual health so you can have a healthier and happier life. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447, Mary Anderson 218-330-6171 or the church office 218-828-9374.

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

All Saints Sunday – will be celebrated on November 3. If you’d like someone remembered (friends and loved ones), please put their name on the back of the Connection Card or email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

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

Membership 201 session – is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran Church. If you have been confirmed in an ELCA Lutheran Church and will be transferring your membership from an ELCA Lutheran Congregation, it is not necessary for you to attend these classes; however, you are highly encouraged to do so. This is a three night session: October 23, 30 and November 6 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Register at:  http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember

3rd Grade Bible Class – Will be offered on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Dates of the classes will be November 3, 10 & 17. Bibles will be handed out on Sunday, November 24 at both services.

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.

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

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.

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to the congregation for your support for our mission trip to Tanzania at the LOL pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 29th and at Pizza Ranch on Monday, September 23rd. We are continuing to work toward our “paint” supply goal of $5,000. We are nearly halfway to our goal and are currently at $2,417. Thank you so much!!!

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

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. Here are the upcoming sessions: Wednesday, October 9 from 7 pm to 8 pm or Tuesday, November 19 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – We will be meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at 2:00 pm at Lord of Life for a Prayer Shawl Gathering and Blessing. Please join us as we continue this faithful ministry at Lord of Life. Prayer Shawls may be knitted or crocheted and there are patterns available, or any pattern you’d like to use. There is no pressure to complete or deadlines to meet! Questions? Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen (829-2177) or Brenda Johnson (831-9725).

Martha Circle – will meet at the home of Judy Tollefson’s on Tuesday, October 8, at 7:00 pm. Come for fellowship and Bible study. If you would like more information contact Sally Jacobsen at 218-829-1704.

Sarah Circle – will meet at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 8, at Lord of Life. Come for fellowship and Bible study. If you would like more information contact Bugs Schmidt at 829-3864.

Coats for Kids – is collecting gently used kids coats, hats, scarves, mittens, boots and snow pants until October 17. Bring your donations to the church office or to Crystal Cleaners. Coats for Kids will be at Westgate Mall on Saturday, October 26 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Luther Crest Annual Gathering and Meeting – will be on October 12, to celebrate 2019 and look forward to 2020 and Luther Crest’s 75th Anniversary! Come share and hear stories of God’s work this past year and to celebrate their future. Come for pastries, cookies and great eats and treats at 9:00 am in the Chapel and stay for the celebration meeting at 9:30 am.

Membership 201 session – is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran Church. If you have been confirmed in an ELCA Lutheran Church and will be transferring your membership from an ELCA Lutheran Congregation, it is not necessary for you to attend these classes; however, you are highly encouraged to do so. This is a three-night session: October 23, 30 and November 6 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Register at:

 http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember

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 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.

Creation Care Tip Unprecedented expansion of fossil fuel exploration in our nation’s public lands and waters is putting America’s most vulnerable and wildest places at risk. As climate change continues to significantly impact our shared public lands, opening them to seismic exploration drilling and mining with destructive heavy equipment will undermine and destroy environmental protections. Places already being threatened include Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With more than 1,000 lakes and rivers spanning 1.1 million acres, Minnesota’s BWCA is the most visited wilderness area in America. Support groups such as the Wilderness Society (wilderness.org) can help you learn all you can about how to protect our shared public lands.    

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to everyone that helped with the Fall Clothing Giveaway. It was a great success and we couldn’t do it without all of your help! We had over 200 people come and shop our Giveaway!

Wednesday Suppers – Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper. October 2 will be a potluck; please bring a dish to pass. Regular suppers will be on October 9, 23, 30. There will be no supper on October 16th for MEA. 

New Pathways – “We’re looking for members who would be willing to join the ‘Friends of New Pathways’ group at Lord of Life. This is a critical time for them. There will be a meeting on October 3rd that we are hoping to recruit a Lord of Life member to attend where they will present the findings of a community assessment and discuss the board’s recommendations for the future of the New Pathways program in the Lakes area. New pathways is a partnership between host churches and a Lakes Area Day Center that would serve homeless families with shelter and other services to help them effectively address their needs.”

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 6, at 9:45 am. This a free will donation and fundraiser for the youth going on the mission trip this summer.

Heartland Conference Fall Gathering – will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca, on Thursday, October 10 with registration starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $8, general offering will go to the Synod and Camp Onomia. Please make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Trinity Lutheran’s address is 735 Second Street, Milaca.

Pray & Ponder – will meet on Saturday, October 5th at 9 am. 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. Contact Wendy Adamson (wendyadamson@ymail.com) with any questions.

Luther Crest Annual Gathering and Meeting – will be on October 12, to celebrate 2019 and look forward to 2020 and Luther Crest’s 75th Anniversary! Come share and hear stories of God’s work this past year and to celebrate their future. Come for pastries, cookies and great eats and treats at 9:00 am in the Chapel and stay for the celebration meeting at 9:30 am.

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. Here are the upcoming sessions: Wednesday, October 9 from 7 pm to 8 pm or Tuesday, November 19 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember

2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat – Come dressed in costume on Wednesday, October 30th between 4-7pm and trick-or-treat from car to car in the Lord of Life parking lot. Each vehicle will be decorated in a family-friendly theme and passing out candy or goodies. This is an exciting spin-off of trick-or-treating which allows kids to not have to cross busy streets. We will have s’mores and a bounce house. Interested in decorating the trunk of your vehicle and distributing candy for the event? Pick up a form in the Narthex or contact Susan Rioux, susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org

They Are Among Us – No, we’re not talking about angels or aliens. We’re talking about individuals who care for others. The Scriptures describe their service well: “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3). If you or someone you know wants to do more as a Christian caregiver, consider Stephen Ministry. This is Lord of Life’s one-to-one caregiving ministry. 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.

Caring for Creation What Could It Look Like in Your Congregation? Monday, October 28, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm. (Supper at 5:30p.m. for those who wish to stay.) Hosted by Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa Facilitated by members of the EcoFaith Network’s Leadership Team.

Participants from congregations will share their experience, learn from each other and grow together in witnessing to God’s passionate love for the whole creation in our whole ministry. Would you like to join our Care of Creation Team at LOL email Sally Jacobsen at sally@jacobsenlaw.com.

This Week’s Announcements

Fall Clothing Share – Friday, September 27 from 9 am to 3 pm & Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event is open to the public and all items of clothing are free. Volunteers are still needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the giveaway. Sign up in the Narthex if you can volunteer. Drop off your clothing donations Monday, September 23 – Wednesday, September, 25 from 9 am – 3 pm.

Tanzania Mission Trip – is holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter on Monday, September 23rd from 5 pm – 8 pm. Come and enjoy dinner and support the Tanzania Mission Trip. Ten percent of the sales and all tips will go towards supplies needed in Tanzania. On Sunday, September 29, Denny and Paula Lofstrom will be visiting LOL and discussing their mission in Tanzania. The Tanzania Group will be hosting a free-will offering breakfast in-between the 9 am & 10:30 am worship services.

Matter of Balance Class – Crow Wing Energized will be holding a Matter of Balance Class at Lord of Life. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This class will meet once a week for 2 hours each session. The program is 8 weeks long. Class Starts September 25 at 12:30 pm. Register at crowwingenergized.org.

Fuel Up for Forestview and CLC Food Pantry – We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview and CLC with items to help provide food and hygiene items for middle school students and college students experiencing financial hardships at home.We’ll be collecting items through September 30. Suggested items: granola bars, macaroni and cheese, skillet dinners, hamburger helpers, oatmeal, small bag of chips, individual fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, microwaveable popcorn, toiletries pancake mix and syrup.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

The Votes are in – Congregational Life held a pie contest at the Neighborhood block party on Sunday, September 8. The winner of the pie contest was Suzanne Rye for her dutch apple pie-Congratulations!

Palestinian Perspectives: A Film Festival – Join us on Sunday, September 29, at 6:00 pm at Lord of Life, to view and then discuss Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the West Bank. This film was produced by Presbyterian missionaries who spent 3 ½ years living and working in Palestine in conjunction with many Christian denominations. It examines the lives of Palestinians living in and around occupied northern West Bank cities. Snacks will be provided. Free will offering will be taken for the Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Heartland Conference Fall Gathering – will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca, on Thursday, October 10 with registration starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $8, general offering will go to the Synod and Camp Onomia. Please make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Trinity Lutheran’s address is 735 Second Street, Milaca.

The Sunday Book Group – will be meeting the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 4:00 pm -5:30 pm in the Northern Lakes Assisted Living Library. They will be reading “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander, and “The Souls of Black Folk” by W. E. B. Du Bois. You are invited to join us, bring the whole family!

Pray & Ponder – will meet on Saturday, October 5th at 9 am. 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. Contact Wendy Adamson (wendyadamson@ymail.com) with any questions.

Creation Care Tip – According to the University of Minnesota, more than 300 different species of bees are native to our state, while worldwide the number is more than 20,000. Yet these important pollinators are seeing massive population declines in recent years due to habitat loss, pesticide use, parasites and disease, all of which also affect other pollinators such as wasps, flies, ants, butterflies, moths, beetles, some birds and even bats. Since more than one-third of the world’s crop species (including fruits and leafy greens) depend on bee pollination, our survival will depend on making sure pollinators survive. YOU CAN PLAY A PART IN THEIR REVIVAL by planting and maintaining a lawn or garden that is hospitable to them. BEE LAWNS, the U of M researchers find, can support bees without drastic changes in care routines or aesthetics. By allowing dandelions to flourish for early spring feeding, and adding Dutch white clover, self-heal and creeping thyme, your lawn will attract many kinds of 

pollinators. For more information on how to help bees, and which flowers are better at providing pollen and nectar, go to the U of M’s website, www.beelab.umn.edu/bees. 

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to everyone that helped make the Neighborhood Block Party a great success, by volunteering your time for set up, or during the block party, and for everyone that brought the delicious pie. Thank you to Boomers Pizza for the pizza boxes used for the take home church project. 

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, September 18, at 11:30 am for a potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. The program will be presented by Deb Bergstrom. Deb, our Parish Nurse, will present an interactive Bible study that will focus on aging and wellbeing. We will explore what the Bible says to us about aging, health and the church’s role, including and caring for our older members. For more information call either Pat Huhta at 218-330-3447 or Mary Anderson at 218-330-6171.

Fall Clothing Share – Friday, September 27 from 9 am to 3 pm & Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event is open to the public and all items of clothing are free. Volunteers are needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the giveaway. Sign up in the Narthex if you can volunteer. Drop off your clothing donations Monday, September 23 – Wednesday, September, 25 from 1 pm – 3 pm.

Tanzania Mission Trip – is holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter on Monday, September 23rd from 5 pm – 8 pm. Come and enjoy dinner and support the Tanzania Mission Trip. Ten percent of the sales and all tips will go towards supplies needed in Tanzania. On Sunday, September 29, Denny and Paula Lofstrom will be visiting LOL and discussing their mission in Tanzania. The Tanzania Group will be hosting a free-will offering breakfast in-between the 9 am & 10:30 am worship services.

2019-20 Kid’s Time– Kid’s Time will be offered at our Sunday 9 am and Wednesday 6 pm services for kids ages 3 yrs-4th grade. Each month Bible stories will be shared with children through lessons, activities, Kids’ Church Puppet Ministry, and Kids’ Worship. Please register your child if they plan to attend Kids’ Time at http://bit.ly/LOLBKT.

Winter Is Around The Corner – Help congregational life in making scarves, hats and mittens for the giving tree. The mitten tree will be located at Lord of Life and we will also have a tree at the police station. Bring completed mittens, scarves and hats to the church office.

Fuel Up for Forestview and CLC Food Pantry – We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview and CLC with items to help provide food and hygiene items for middle school students and college students experiencing financial hardships at home.We’ll be collecting items through September 30. Items Needed: granola bars, fruit snacks, macaroni and cheese, skillet dinners, hamburger helpers, individual boxes of cereal, oatmeal, small bag of chips, individual fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, microwaveable popcorn, toiletries pancake mix and syrup.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Palestinian Perspectives: A Film Festival – Join us on Sunday, September 29, at 6:00 pm at Lord of Life, to view and then discuss Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the West Bank. This film was produced by Presbyterian missionaries who spent 3 ½ years living and working in Palestine in conjunction with many Christian denominations. It examines the lives of Palestinians living in and around occupied northern West Bank cities. Snacks will be provided. Free will offering will be taken for the Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Heartland Conference Fall Gathering – will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca, on Thursday, October 10 with registration starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $8, general offering will go to the Synod and Camp Onomia. Please make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Trinity Lutheran’s address is 735 Second Street, Milaca.

 

Warning – Scam Regarding Gift Cards

Greetings!

This morning I have received several calls from Lord of Life members that tell me the scammers have struck Lord of Life.  A FAKE email address has been set up on gmail that **appears** to be my email address BUT IT IS NOT MY EMAIL.

I AM NOT SOLICITING THE PURCHASE OF GIFT CARDS.  NOR IS PASTOR ERIKA.  IF YOU RECEIVE A REQUEST THAT APPEARS TO BE FROM ME — PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO IT.  You may ignore it, I am aware that it has been sent out.

Last week I sent you a warning that about Scammers that were targeting congregation members of other ELCA congregations, asking people to purchase gift cards for needy families….and it appears that they have struck us now.

I’m saddened that someone would take advantage of our trust in each other and try to benefit from it.

Thanks for your partnership in ministry!
Blessings!
Pr. Steve

This Week’s Announcements

Block Party at Lord of Life – Join us Sunday, September 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm for our Rally Day Block Party and help us kick off the start of our educational year. Join us for food, a pie tasting contest, games and crafts. This is a free church/community event.

Fall Clothing Share – Friday, September 27 from 9 am to 3 pm & Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event is open to the public and all items of clothing are free. Volunteers are needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the giveaway. Sign up in the Narthex if you can volunteer. Clothing drop off will be Monday, September 23-Wednesday, September, 25 from 1 pm – 3 pm.

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.

55+ Drivers Refresher Course – Thursday, September 19, from 5 pm-9 pm at Lord of Life. Cost is $22. For more information and to register call 888-234-1294. Or sign up online at: stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/mhsrc.

Tanzania Mission Trip – is holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter on Monday, September 23rd from 5 pm – 8 pm. Come and enjoy dinner and support the Tanzania Mission Trip. Ten percent of the sales and all tips will go towards supplies needed in Tanzania. On Sunday, September 29, Denny and Paula Lofstrom will be visiting LOL and discussing their mission in Tanzania. The Tanzania Group will be hosting a free-will offering breakfast in-between the 9 am & 10:30 am worship services.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Fuel Up for Forestview – We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview with items to help provide food, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items for middle school students experiencing financial hardships at home. We’ll be collecting items through September 15.

Items Needed are: Granola bars, Fruit snacks, Macaroni and CheeseSkillet dinners, Hamburger Helpers, Individual boxes of cereal, Oatmeal, Small bag of chips, Individual Fruit cups, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Microwaveable popcorn, Toiletries, Pancake Mix/syrup.

Palestinian Perspectives: A Film Festival – Join us on Sunday, September 29, at 6:00 pm at Lord of Life, to view and then discuss Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the West Bank. This film was produced by Presbyterian missionaries who spent 3 ½ years living and working in Palestine in conjunction with many Christian denominations. It examines the lives of Palestinians living in and around occupied northern West Bank cities. Snacks will be provided. Free will offering will be taken for the Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Heartland Conference Fall Gathering – will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca, on Thursday, October 10 with registration starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $8, general offering will go to the Synod and Camp Onomia. Please make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Trinity Lutheran’s address is 735 Second Street, Milaca.

Creation Care Tip – Going Zero Waste can be overwhelming, but here are THREE THINGS you can do to begin moving in that direction: 1) Carry a refillable water bottle or cup – you will save money, be more hydrated and it will make a real impact; 2) Recycle plastic film – expand your recycling habits by hanging a bag to collect plastic film such as shopping bags and overwrap on things like paper towels, etc. Most grocery stores have bins for accepting these items, which must be clean and dry to be recycled; 3) Compost food waste – food waste releases methane gas as it decomposes, and even a head of lettuce can take decades to decompose from lack of oxygen in traditional garbage facilities. If you can’t compost at home, check to see if your community offers curbside composting, or drop-off sites and free composting bags for you to collect waste in. Store the bags in your freezer to eliminate smells, and when full take them to the compost drop. Check with your county to learn more about options in your area, and if none exist, BE AN ADVOCATE for instigating action in your community. 

This Week’s Announcements

Rally Day Sunday – Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 8. Rally Day starts our fall schedule off with two services on Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am. Stop by all the tables for information on getting involved in our church. We will be set up from 9:45 am – 10:30 am and 11:15 am – 12:30 pm on Sunday.

Block Party at Lord of Life – Join us Sunday, September 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm for our Rally Day Block Party and help us kick off the start of our educational year. Join us for food, a pie tasting contest, games and crafts. This is a free church/community event.

Little Lambs Blessing – If you have a child who will be 3 by September 3, he/she is ready for Little Lambs during Kids’ Time! This is an exciting milestone that Lord of Life Celebrates! On September 8th and 11th, these children will be blessed in front of the congregation by church staff.

Rally Day Wednesday – Join us Wednesday, September 11 at 5:15 pm for supper and worship at 6 pm. Visit all the tables and see all the different ways you can get involved at LOL.

Sunday Evening 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 Asst. Living Library.

Parkinson’s Support Group – American Parkinson’s Disease Association will be starting a Parkinson’s Support Group at LOL on September 5. This group will meet the first Thursday of every month from 1 pm to 2 pm. If you would like more information contact Lynda Erickson at 218-829-4017.

Monday Book group – will meet September 9 at 1 pm. They will be reading and discussing Women Rowing North. Email Nancy smith with any questions at nsmith.silverfox@gmail.com.

Fall Clothing Share – We are in need of volunteers to help with the Clothing Giveaway September 27 & 28 and set up September 23-26. If you are interested in helping please mark your Connection Cards.

LOL Quilters – will meet on Thursday, September 5, from 9 am to 12 pm. Sewing experience is not required! Any cotton fabric donations are appreciated and all are welcome.

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 pm – 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. Sing up at bit.ly/LOLBSG2019.

55+ Drivers Refresher Course – Thursday, September 19, from 5 pm-9 pm at Lord of Life. Cost is $22. For more information and to register call 888-234-1294. Or sign up online at: stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/mhsrc.

Take Control of your 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. 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. The Class is $109 and includes your workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, an online tool kit to support your journey.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Creation Care Tips – For weekend BBQs, follow these tips: 1) Ditch the disposables – bring your own water bottle and your own set of silverware: 2) If you are hosting, use your regular dishes, and ask a friend to bring theirs if you need more. Make sure to set out bins for recycling and compost right next to the trash; 3) Gas grills are better than charcoal, but if you use charcoal, opt for briquettes made from invasive species or from sustainably managed forests. Lighter fluid contains harmful chemicals, so use chimney charcoal starter instead; 4) Sunscreens and bug sprays may contain harmful chemicals, so check the Environmental Working Group for their great guides to the best sunscreens and bug sprays (ewg.org).

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 September 1. Sign up on the clipboard in the Narthex. If you need more information please contact Nancy Smith at 820-4273.

Block Party at Lord of Life – Join us Sunday, September 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm for our Rally Day Block Party and help us kick off the start of our educational year. Join us for food, games and crafts. Bring a pie for the pie tasting contest and win a prize. This is a free church/community event.

Little Lambs Blessing – If you have a child who will be 3 by September 3, he/she is ready for Little Lambs during Kids’ Time! This is an exciting milestone that Lord of Life Celebrates! On September 8th and 11th, these children will be blessed in front of the congregation.

Rally Day Wednesday and Sunday – Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 11. Rally Day starts our fall schedule off with two services on Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 6 pm. Stop by all the tables for information on getting involved in our church. We will be set up after the Wednesday evening service at 7 pm and from 9:45 am – 10:30 am and 11:15 am – 12:30 am on Sunday.

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

Sunday Evening 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. Also recommended to read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois. 

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

Monday Book group – will meet September 9 at 1 pm. They will be reading and discussing Women Rowing North. Email Nancy smith with any questions at nsmith.silverfox@gmail.com.

Fall Clothing Share – We are in need of volunteers to help with the Clothing Giveaway September 27 & 28 and set up September 23-26. If you are interested in helping please mark your Connection Cards.

55+ Drivers Refresher Course – Thursday, September 19, from 5 pm-9 pm at Lord of Life. Cost is $22. For more information and to register call 888-234-1294. Or sign up online at: stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/mhsrc.

Take Control of your 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. 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. The Class is $109 and includes your workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, an online tool kit to support your journey.

Photographers – This volunteer job is easy. Help us take pictures for our directory. After worship and during fellowship time, take pictures of the congregation in front of the butterflies and then send them to the church office. Mark your Connection Cards if you are interested and we will give you more information.  

LOL Quilters – will meet on Thursday, September 5, from 9 am to 12 pm. Quilts are made for our graduating seniors, local charities and special requests. Thursdays are used for quilt designing, packaging into kits for LOL volunteers to sew into quilt tops, and for tying and binding. Sewing experience is not required! Any cotton fabric donations are appreciated and all are welcome.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to everyone that donated supplies and helped with decorating and getting ready for VBS. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped this week. We had 37 kids sign up and we had a great week learning that Life is wild and God is good!

Children’s Ministry is looking for Kids’ Time teachers – Come to our Volunteer Meeting/Orientation on Sunday, August 18 at 5:30pm, for those wanting to get plugged into Children’s Ministry. If you have any questions or if you would like to help teach, please contact Susan Rioux – Children’s Ministry Coordinator at (630) 723-4428 or Susan.rioux@lolbaxter.org.

Outdoor Worship Service – Join us Wednesday, August 21, at 6 pm for our Campfire Worship Service. Bring a dish to pass for our potluck supper; hotdogs are provided.

Grief Support Group – will meet on Monday, August 19, at Lord of Life in the Fireside Room from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Kindergarten Backpack Blessing – Kindergartners bring your backpacks for the Backpack Blessing on Sunday August 25 at 9 am or Wednesday, August 28 at 6 pm. 

Block Party at Lord of Life – Join us Sunday, September 8, from 4 pm to 

6 pm for our Rally Day Block Party and help us kick off the start of our educational year. Join us for food, a pie tasting contest, games and crafts. This is a free church/community event.

Rally Day Wednesday and Sunday – Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 11. Rally Day starts our fall schedule off with two services on Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 6 pm. Stop by all the tables for information on getting involved in our church. We will be set up after the Wednesday evening service at 7 pm and from 9:45 am-10:30 am and 11:15 am – 12:30 am on Sunday.

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

Caregivers Support Group – Where you can talk with other caregivers experiencing the same joys and challenges you may be facing. Please mark your Connection Cards if you are interested in attending. Dates and times coming soon.

Fall Clothing Share – We are in need of volunteers to help with the Clothing Giveaway September 27 & 28 and set up September 23-26. If you are interested in helping please mark your Connection Cards.

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. 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. The Class is $109 and includes your workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, an online tool kit to support your journey.

LOL Quilters – will start on Thursday, September 5, from 9 am to 12 pm.

Quilts are made for our graduating seniors, local charities and special requests. Thursdays are used for quilt designing, packaging into kits for LOL volunteers to sew into quilt tops, and also for tying and binding. Sewing experience is not required! Any cotton fabric donations are appreciated and all are welcome to participate.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Social Concerns Team – helps decide where “Beyond our Doors funds” should go in our Community or beyond. Provide opportunities for this Church and members to take part in mission work through prayer, financial and material support; and keep the congregation informed of local, national and worldwide mission operation. Please check the box on the back of of your Connection Cards if you are interested.

It’s polite to say thank you when you receive a gift – God has given us the greatest gift of all – eternal life and unconditional love in Jesus Christ. How can you say thanks? One way is to share the love you have received with others who may feel unloved and alone in their troubles. We will begin a new training course for Stephen Ministers soon. If you are interested and would like more information contact Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 or Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207.