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This Week’s Announcements

Walk the Labyrinth – Jennifer and Darrell Pedersen have opened up their Labyrinth, in their backyard, to the LOL congregation. We have set up times that are 45 minutes apart and will start at 7:30 am and go until 11:15 am on Wednesdays. It takes about 30 minutes to walk through the Labyrinth. If you are interested, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org. We will send you the sign-up sheet and Jennifer will send you instructions.  

In response to the current COVID crisis – Lord of Life leadership has stepped up the monitoring of our financial situation and the current level of congregational giving. In addition to this work, we are in the process of cleaning up the dedicated accounts (many of which have been dormant for at least the last five years.) This will help us better discern our financial picture in these uncertain times. A full report regarding proposed actions to be taken regarding the dedicated funds will be shared with the congregation for comment and possible adjustment. Needless to say, this upcoming year will look very different financially than any year in our past history. We are hard at work to forecast to the best of our ability what the coming year will look like. We will do our best to be faithful in this work, but obviously, there are many unknowns. A huge THANK YOU to all who have faithfully contributed during this time when we’ve not been able to pass around an offering plate.

If you appreciate our videos – either the worship videos, or the daily devotionals – please take the time to like, comment, and share them. In this new digital world, it is harder for us to know when we’ve had an impact on someone. Liking and commenting on our videos lets us know that you are engaged and this work meant something to you. Sharing our videos helps us reach out beyond our normal circle of people. As you feel so moved, please introduce us to others. Thanks.

Do you enjoy the daily prayerLIFE @12:45 devotions? Would you like to share a devotion with us to put on our prayerLIFE @12:45? Please email colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will send you more information.

Do you need a break from screens? We have paper copies of our June worship services that can be emailed to you or picked up at LOL. Email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you would like a copy. 

If you would like to borrow a ELW hymn book to use at home, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org. This would come in handy when we host a hymn sing in the future.

On July 16 back in 1995, Pastor Erika Nilsen was ordained – This July, Lord of Life will celebrate the 25th anniversary of that great day. You are encouraged to participate in a card & letter shower for her. Send cards and letters to her c/o Colleen at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425. Letters sent directly to Colleen will be collected in a scrapbook. Normally we might try to make this a surprise, but these aren’t normal times. Please help us all celebrate her ministry here and at First Lutheran in Aitken.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are not only held on Facebook (click here), but also on YouTube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Birthdays and Prayers for the week – Click here to see this Week’s Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Prayers.

This Week’s Announcements

Stephen Ministry Information Meeting – Would you like to learn more about Stephen Ministry? Join us for an informational Zoom meeting on May 19 at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will send you additional information for the meeting.

Campfire Worship at Luther Crest – Join Luther Crest every Sunday at 7 pm for a  Virtual Campfire Worship. You can find them on Facebook under Luther Crest. 

Hard copies of church directory – are always available upon request; contact the church office and we can put one in the black drop box outside church, or one could be delivered to you.

Wellness in the Woods (WITW) Will Offer Virtual Connection Opportunities & Other Mental Health Support During Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond! WITW wants to help connect those who are struggling with mental health concerns, anxiety, social isolation, or any other uneasiness throughout this time, to community resources. There resources include: 

  • A Virtual Peer Support Network – Connect with others through Zoom, share stories, learn a new skill and develop friendships.
  • Statewide warmline – You can call and connect to a someone, who has been where you are, and now would like to help you.

If you would like more information on these resources email Pastor Steve at steve@lolbaxter.org or go to https://www.mnwitw.org.

The Rising Hope Foundation – is in need of volunteers to help with clean up around the Freedom Ranch property. They are also looking for electricians that would like to partner with them. If you are interested in helping with one these call David Leckie at Rising Hope Foundation 218-652-6824.

Help us make hearts for the church windows – We would love some help making hearts for our LOL windows. Also, for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day you can honor mom and dad by putting their name on a heart that will also be put in our windows. Bring your hearts in a ziplock bag to the black box outside of LOL and we will put them up in our windows.

Worshiping on Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are not only held on Facebook (click here), but also on You Tube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

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

This Week’s Announcements

Help us make hearts for the church windows – We would love some help making hearts for our LOL windows. Also, for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day you can honor mom and dad by putting their name on a heart that will also be put in our windows. Bring your hearts in a ziplock bag to the black box outside of LOL and we will put them up in our windows.

Senior Class of 2020 – we are working on putting together a slideshow, which will be shared during our May 17th worship service online.  Please note that senior recognition at Lord of Life is postponed until a later date. We still want to honor you this spring through our senior slide show. Please fill out the attached form and send in your pictures. https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/108/responses/new

Stephen Ministry Information Meeting – Would you like to learn more about Stephen Ministry? Join us for an informational Zoom meeting on May 19 at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will send you additional information for the meeting.

Campfires Worship at Luther Crest – Join Luther Crest every Sunday at 7 pm for a  Virtual Campfire Worship. You can find them on Facebook under Luther Crest.  

Blood banks in our area need your help! They are asking healthy people to donate. Blood donation centers are taking additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like spacing out appointments and donor beds. Schedule an appointment today at redcrossblood.org.

Hard copies of church directory – are always available upon request; contact the church office and we can put one in the black drop box outside church, or one could be delivered to you.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are not only held on Facebook (click here), but also on You Tube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

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

This Week’s Announcements

Senior Class of 2020 – we are working on putting together a slideshow which will be shared during our May 17th worship service online.  Please note that senior recognition at Lord of Life is postponed until a later date. We still want to honor you this spring through our senior slide show. Please fill out the attached form and send in your pictures. https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/108/responses/new

Do you need a break from screens? We have paper copies of our worship services that can be emailed to you or picked up at LOL. Email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you would like a copy. 

Stephen Ministry Information Meeting – Would you like to learn more about Stephen Ministry? We will have an informational Zoom meeting coming soon. If you are interested  please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Sound Booth Training – If you are interested in being trained to help in the sound booth with streaming our worship services, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are not only held on Facebook (click here), but also on You Tube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

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

This Week’s Announcements

Stephen Ministry Information Meeting – Would you like to learn more about Stephen Ministry? We will have an informational Zoom meeting soon. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Sound Booth Training – If you are interested in being trained to help in the sound booth with streaming our worship services, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Wednesday Night Bible Study –  Please email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in joining the Wednesday Evening Bible Study held on Zoom.

If you did not get an email invitation for volunteering to help deliver worship materials, make calls, or write letters to members of our congregation, please check your junk email. Email the church office at office@lolbaxter.org if you need further assistance.  

If you would like to borrow a ELW Hymn Book – to use at home, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org. This would come in handy when we host a hymn sing in the future.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are not only held on Facebook (click here), but also on You Tube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

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

Staying Healthy – Nystrom & Associates is hosting an event on Facebook about Staying Mentally Healthy during Covid-19. Join them on Wednesday, April 29th at 6 pm for Nystrom Live on Facebook! They will have self-care tips during self-isolation and helpful relaxation tools. This is a free event. Go to their Facebook page at Nystrom Live.

Follow the ELCA on social media – Do you follow the ELCA on social media? Keep informed with church news, events, pictures and video across many platforms. Look for us at Facebook.com/Lutherans@ELCA on Twitter@ELCA on Instagram and YouTube.com/ELCA. We are church together! Engage your faith through these online communities of Lutherans. 

ELCA Sanctuary Memorial Survey – At the August 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA became a sanctuary church body. If you have had the opportunity to read the text of the memorial, you will see that it contains important information about what is meant by “sanctuary.” The memorial directed the ELCA Church Council to provide guidance to all three expressions of the ELCA on sanctuary. Here is your opportunity to give your input. Results from this survey are anonymous and will be used to shape the guidance the ELCA Church Council provides in response to this action. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/PMWFTY6 to participate. 

Youth on Stage Open Mic Night! Mike Owen puts on a open mic event and if you are a youth with a band, sing, play an instrument or like to do stand up comedy, and would like to be a part of the open mic night online event Monday, April 27 at 6:30 pm, sign up at YOS Open MIc Signup Page.

This Week’s Announcements

Stephen Ministry Information Meeting – Would you like to be a Stephen Leader? We will be having a informational Zoom meeting coming up on April 23 or 30. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Sound Booth Training – If you are interested in being trained in the sound booth to help with streaming our worship services, please email colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Wednesday Night Bible Study –  Please email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in joining the Wednesday Evening Bible Study held on Zoom.

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

Augsburg Fortress – Are you interested in purchasing a Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal for use at home? Augsburg Fortress is offering a 10% discount of the hymnal and free shipping using the code ATHOME.  Click here to go to Augsburg Fortress. 

Wednesday services – will be more of a casual family devotion time with worship music mixed in.

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

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

This Week’s Announcements

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – We will continue to put Wednesday and Sunday services on Facebook so that we can worship together online. Please check our Facebook page out by clicking here. Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter. Wednesday services will be more of a casual devotion time with some music mixed in.

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

Easter Worship Service – Check Facebook on April 12 at 7 am for our Easter Worship Service. Also, join us at 9 am for a Easter Worship “Watch Party” on Facebook.  Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter

Noisy Offering – would have been taken on Easter, we are encouraging families to take up a Noisy Offering and decide as a family where your offering should go. Some ideas of places: Operation Sandwich, Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, or Salvation Army.

Operation Sandwich – is in need of donations and knows that it is hard to give a food donation right now with the stay at home order, so you can still support them financially by going to https://www.bridgesofhopemn.org and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Wednesday Night Bible Study –  Please email colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in joining the Wednesday Evening Bible Study held on Zoom. 

Augsburg Fortress – Are you interested in purchasing a Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal for use at home? Augsburg Fortress is offering a 10% discount of the hymnal and free shipping using the code ATHOME.  Click here to go to Augsburg Fortress. 

Symbols of Hope – Show us your window of hearts and your inspirational sidewalk chalk artwork by emailing colleen@lolbaxter.org. We will then share them on our Facebook page.

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

This Week’s Announcements

Jeff Johnson Director of the EveryDaySonDay Band – has offered to share music from current and former members of the band’s CD “We Bow Down” as a way of reaching out, connecting and uplifting our members. This music is provided at no cost and is exclusively for personal and individual use by the Lord of Life congregation as part of their prayerful devotions and as an extension and outreach supporting the congregations worship of God in these unprecedented and difficult circumstances. Contact Jeff directly at imaginarycinema@gmail.com to make a request. Jeff will make every effort to answer all requests in a timely manner, but your patience is appreciated.

Christ in our Home – The April-May-June issue of Christ In Our Home is available in the drop box outside of our church doors.

Living Lutheran Magazine – The April Living Lutheran Magazine is available in the drop box outside of the church doors. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine and receive it monthly visit www.livinglutheran.org to sign up. 

April Newsletter – The April Newsletter is now available online by clicking here.

Worshiping On Wednesdays and Sundays – We will continue to put Wednesday and Sunday services on Facebook so that we can worship together online. Please check our Facebook page by clicking here. Videos will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter. There will be no Wednesday Service this week for Holy Week.

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

Zoom Video Conferencing For Teens Upstream – Check your emails for an invite on Wednesday nights for Teens Upstream starting at 8 pm.

Tanzania Mission Trip – has been postponed and will be rescheduled tentatively for June of 2021, when it will be a safer time to travel. We thank everyone for your support and for all your donations and prayers for this trip and ask for continued prayers that we will be able to travel in 2021.  

Church Building –  For the safety of staff and for the security of Lord of Life property, the alarm system has been set around the clock, every day of the week. If you enter the building the alarm will go off. 

Worship Services for Maundy Thursday – will be posted on Facebook at 7 pm on April 9th.

Worship Services for Good Friday – will be on Facebook at 12 pm on April 10th. 

Good Friday – the churches rugged cross will be outside in the parking lot at 12 pm. If you so desire, bring a nail from your home and place your nail in the cross as a reminder that we all participate in the suffering of this world and in the suffering of Christ. Yet on the cross in the outstretched arms of Jesus we already see the promise of the resurrection.  Also, you may bring your confessional petitions and place them in the fire pit, where they will be burned in the evening showing us the truth and the blessing of Jesus’ words on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Note: you will find the Confessional Petitions on Facebook with the Good Friday Service at 12 pm.

Easter Worship Service – Check Facebook on April 12 at 7 am for our Easter Worship Service. Also, join us at 9 am for a Easter Worship “Watch Party” on Facebook.  

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

This Week’s Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week’s Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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