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This Week’s Announcements

SnowFun Day at Luther Crest – 5th-8th Graders are invited to SnowFun Day at Luther Crest North in Nisswa on Sunday, February 24 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Lutheran Church of the Cross and Lord of Life are partnering for an afternoon filled with snow games and activities. You are welcome to invite a friend! Please complete a separate registration for each participating youth. We will be carpooling from Lord of Life, departing at 12:30 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/73/responses/new

Prayer Shawl Meeting – There will be a Prayer Shawl meeting on Tuesday, February 19, at 2 pm in the Commons. Please bring prayer shawls that you have finished for a blessing. The prayer shawls can be any size and any style. If you have any questions, please call Brenda at 218-831-9725.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:30 am at Lord of Life for a potluck and presentation from Deb Bergstrom. If you have any questions, please call Pat Huhta at 218-855-1882.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Lord of Life will have a blood drive Friday, February 22 from 12 pm-5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

Men In Mission Retreat – Saturday, Feb 23rd, 8 am to 4:30 pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The keynote speaker on Saturday is Rev. Dr. Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is at the Welcome Center or by emailing nelutheranmen@gmail.com. Cost is $40 for registration and meal and $30 for first time attendees and students.

Concordia Choir in Concert – hear one of the nation’s finest college choirs along with the Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir perform on Saturday, February 23, at 7 pm at Tornstrom Auditorium. Ticket are $20 for Adults, $5 for students, available at ConcordiaTickets.com.

Hotdish & Hoopla – Join us on Sunday, March 24 from 5 pm to 7 pm for dinner and a show. Do you have a talent you would like to share: musical, comedy or juggling? Anyone can participate in the Talent Show from Lord of Life or from the community. Sign-up in the Narthex or email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org. This event is a free-will donation and proceeds will go to the Youth Mission Trip in July.

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – We are in need of groups or families to sign-up to serve at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen on March 3. Sign-up on the clipboard in the Narthex. If you need more information please contact Nancy Smith at 820-4273.

Driver Improvement Refresher Course – Participants can earn a 10% discount on their auto insurance premium by taking the initial 8 hour course. The 10% discount can be maintained by taking a 4 hour refresher course every three years. A refresher class will be offered at Lord of Life on Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, cost is $22. For more information and to register for the class, call St. Cloud University Driver Improvement Program toll-free 1-888-234-1294 or visit their website at www.mnsafetycenter.org.

New Member Orientation 101 – 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. New Member Orientation 101 class is a one-night event and attendance is required by all who wish to become members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Class is held in Pastor Steve’s office on February 25, March 7 or March 20 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/75/responses/new

Nuts and Bolts Workshop – Tools for your congregational toolbox. Saturday, March 16, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, MN. Who should attend? People of all ages who want to learn about what is going on with new and ongoing initiatives in our synod. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register go to https://nutsandbolts2019nemnsynod.eventbrite.com

Membership 201 – is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran church. If you have been confirmed in the Lutheran Church and will be transferring your membership from an ELCA Lutheran Congregation, it is not necessary you attend these classes; however, you are highly encouraged to do so. This is a three-night event: Monday, March 25, April 1 & 8 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/75/responses/new

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am– 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration has been paid by Lord of Life Care of Creation Group, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in attending.                  

This Week’s Announcements

Stephen Ministry Training Begins – This coming week marks the beginning of 50 hours of training for three people who have committed themselves to learning the skills of caring ministry. This first week’s training concerns “The Person of the Caregiver,” and trainees will consider five foundational characteristics of a caregiver. These people are a blessing to Lord of Life, and we wish God’s blessings upon them. Keep them in your prayers.

Do You Have A Great Chili Recipe? – Join us for a Chili Cook-off on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:15. Come for a Chili cook-off; stay for worship at 6 pm. There will be a prize for the winner of the best chili! If you are bringing chili for the cook-off please email or call Pat Huhta at jjhuhta@msn.com or 218-855-1882.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Lord of Life will have a blood drive Friday, February 22 from 12 pm-5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

Men In Mission Retreat – Saturday, Feb 23rd, 8 am to 4:30 pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Keynote speaker on Saturday is Rev. Dr. Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is at the Welcome Center or by emailing nelutheranmen@gmail.com. Cost is $40 for registration and meal and $30 for first time attendees and students.

Prayer Shawl Meeting – There will be a Prayer Shawl meeting on Tuesday, February 19, at 2 pm in the Commons. Please bring prayer shawls that you have finished for a blessing. The shawls can be any size and any style. If you have any questions, please call Brenda at 218-831-9725.

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:30 am at Lord of Life for a potluck and presentation. If you have any questions, please call Pat Huhta at 218-855-1882.

Tanzania Mission Trip Meeting – An Informational meeting will be on Wednesday, February 13 following the 6 pm worship service. First official planning meeting will be Wednesday, February 27 at 7 pm.

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. New Member Orientation 101 class is a one-night event and attendance is required by all who wish to become members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Class is held in Pastor Steve’s office on February 13, February 25, March 7 or March 20 from 7:00 pm -8:00 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

Membership 201 – is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran church. If you have been confirmed in the Lutheran Church and will be transferring your membership from an ELCA Lutheran Congregation, it is not necessary you attend these classes; however, you are highly encouraged to do so. This is a three-night session: Monday, March 25, April 1 & April 8 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.   Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am– 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration has been paid by Lord of Life Care of Creation Group, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in attending.        

This Week’s Announcements

Pancake Breakfast and Wednesday Potluck Cancelled – The pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 3, and the Wednesday Potluck on February 6 are cancelled do to the furnace not working in Fellowship Hall.

Blood Pressure Checks – Deb Bergstrom will be doing blood pressure checks in room 10 on Sunday, February 3 from 10 am to 10:30 am.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for a volunteer to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life the week of February 10. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Do You Have A Great Chili Recipe? – Join us for a Chili Cook off on Wednesday, February 13, at 5:15. Come for a Chili cook off; stay for worship at 6 pm. There will be a prize for the winner of the best chili! If you are bringing chili for the cook-off please email or call Pat Huhta at jjhuhta@msn.com or 218-855-1882.

Driver Improvement Refresher Course – St. Cloud University offers Driver Improvement classes for Minnesota licensed drivers 55 and older. Participants can earn a 10% discount on their auto insurance premium by taking the initial 8 hour course. The 10% discount can be maintained by taking a 4 hour refresher course every three years. A refresher class will be offered at Lord of Life on Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information and to register for the class, call St. Cloud University Driver Improvement Program toll-free 1-888-234-1294 or visit their website at www.mnsafetycenter.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Lord of Life will have a blood drive Friday, February 22 from 12 pm to 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

Men In Mission Retreat – Saturday, Feb 23rd, 8 am to 4:30 pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. keynote speaker on Saturday is Rev. Dr. Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is at the Welcome Center or by emailing nelutheranmen@gmail.com. Cost is $40 for registration and meal and $30 for first time attendees and students.

Noisy offering – will be on Sunday, February 10 & Wednesday, February 13 this month. Noisy offering is distributed to the local food shelf.

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. New Member Orientation 101 class is a one night event and attendance is required by all who wish to become members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Class is held in Pastor Steve’s office on February 13, February 25, March 7 or March 20 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/43/responses/new

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration has been paid by Lord of Life Care of Creation Group, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in attending.        

                                   

This Week’s Announcements

Worship Assistant Trainings: The new Worship Assistant schedule will begin in February. There will be a training in the sanctuary immediately after the 9 am service and 10:30 am service on Jan 27. You will be introduced to your team that you will serve with.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 3, at 9:45 am. This a free will donation and fundraiser for the youth going on the mission trip this summer.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Breakfast – will meet Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at LOL, join us for great food, conversation, inspiration and prayer. If you have any questions contact Wendy Adamson at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck/carry in on February 6 and regular suppers on February 13, 20 & 27 starting at 5:15 pm.

Do You Have A Great Chili Recipe? – Join us for a Chili Cook off on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:15. Come for a Chili cook off; stay for worship at 6 pm. There will be a prize for the winner of the best chili! If you are bringing chili for the cook-off please email or call Pat Huhta at jjhuhta@msn.com or 218-855-1882.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Lord of Life will have a blood drive Friday, February 22, from 12 pm-5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

Men In Mission Retreat – Saturday, February 23, 8 am to 4:30 pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The keynote speaker on Saturday is Rev. Dr. Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is at the Welcome Center or by emailing nelutheranmen@gmail.com. Cost is $40 for registration and meal and $30 for first time attendees and students.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for a volunteer to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life the week of February 10. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Nuts and Bolts and a Few Loose Screws Workshop – Tools for your congregational toolbox. Saturday, March 16, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, MN. Who should attend? People of all ages who want to learn about what is going on with new and ongoing initiatives in our synod. Look for more information about this event on the bulletin board in the Narthex or in the January Newsletter. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register go to  

https://nutsandbolts2019nemnsynod.eventbrite.com

Worship Environment Team – Would you like to be a part of creating a positive and attractive worship environment. Tending to things like banner changes, seasonal decorations, prayer stations, and other means to augment the worship environment that contribute to making our worship vibrant and meaningful. Please mark the back of your Connection Card.

Good Samaritan Bowling Team – Join Team LOL for the Good Samaritan Bowling Fundraiser, May 5 and 6th. Please mark your Connection Card if you are interested. We will need a team of 5 to 6 people.

Health & Wellness Council – The role of the Health & Wellness Council is to help our church community stay healthy and active by offering a variety of activities and information to them. If you would like to be a part of this group please mark the back of your Connection Card.

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am.– 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration has been paid by Lord of Life Care of Creation Group, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in attending.                          

Emergency Exits – Please take a moment to locate where the emergency exits are. In the event of an emergency or fire alarm, please proceed quickly and calmly out the nearest emergency exit.

This Week’s Announcements

Church Office – will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Worship Assistant Trainings: The new Worship Assistant schedule will begin in February. There will be a training in the sanctuary immediately after the 9 am service and 10:30 am service on Jan 27. You will be introduced to your team that you will serve with.

An Evening with Author Kai Mark Nilsen – Come and meet the author of Renew Your Life on Sunday evening, January 27 at 6:30 pm! Kai will be with us for an evening of connecting, learning and growing. We’ll have a chance to hear directly from him about the book, his own renewal and his hopes for both individuals and the church.

Find out more about going to Tanzania – For the past 10 years Lord of Life has been in a relationship of prayer and financial support with International Health Partners. Paula and Dennis visited Lord of Life on December 12 and their passion once again stirred the hearts of Lord of Life members. Now it’s time to seriously consider joining them in Tanzania to work, to serve, to pray, to play! If you are curious about a mission trip to Tanzania come and learn more about International Health Partners and what would be involved in a mission trip on Sunday, January 27th after the 9:00 am service and 10:30 am service.

Caring for the Caregiver – Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be presenting Henri Nouwen’s Courage for Caregivers, an eight hour retreat that will address the critical importance of self-care from a faith perspective. Join us Saturday, February 9 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Cost is $15 for lunch and materials. Please register by January 23, payment is due the day of the retreat. Contact deb Bergstrom at 701-678-4053 to register or sign-up in the Narthex.

Do You Have A Great Chili Recipe? – Join us for a Chili Cook off on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:15. There will be a prize for the winner of the best chili! If you are bringing chili for the cook-off please email or call Pat Huhta at jjhuhta@msn.com or 218-855-1882.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Lord of Life will have a blood drive Friday, February 22 from 12 pm-5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org.

The Giving Tree – Our giving tree is up and ready for your handmade scarves, hats and mittens. If you are not a knitter and would like to donate store bought scarves, hats and mittens, we will gladly take them. If you are a Teacher or if you know of someone that could use hats, mittens and scarves this winter, please take the item(s) off our Giving Tree and take the items to them or let them know about our Giving Tree at LOL.

Men In Mission Retreat – Saturday, Feb 23, 8 am to 4:30 pm at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Keynote speaker on Saturday is Rev. Dr. Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration information is at the Welcome Center or by emailing nelutheranmen@gmail.com. Cost is $40 for registration and meal and $30 for first time attendees and students.

Little known LOL Fact: We have 80 people signed up to bring people a meal in times of need. 

Looking Ahead To Lent: Our theme during the season of lent is “Lasting Hope.” On Wednesday nights we’ll be exploring the Psalms in our meditations. Augsburg Fortress has created a beautiful, full-color Lenten devotional to accompany us. It’s available in pocket and large-print versions. We’ll be reserving copies for people beginning in February.

Nuts and bolts and a Few Loose Screws Workshop – Tools for your congregational toolbox. Saturday, March 16 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, MN. Who should attend? People of all ages who want to learn about what is going on with new and ongoing initiatives in our synod. Look for more information about this event on the bulletin board in the Narthex or in the January Newsletter. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register go to https://nutsandbolts2019nemnsynod.eventbrite.com

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am.– 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration has been paid by Lord of Life Care of Creation Group, email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you are interested in attending.                                                     

This Week’s Announcements

Noisy offering – will be on Wednesday, January 16th & Sunday, January 20th this month. Noisy offering is distributed to the local food shelf.

Sunday Evening Book Group – Will meet at 6:30 pm, on Sunday, January 13 & 20 in the library at Northern Lakes Assisted Living, 8186 Excelsior Rd., (near the Arboretum).

2019 Bishop’s Convocation on Mental Health and Faith – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl, Adjunct Professor, Luther Seminary. Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave NE, Brainerd, MN. This Convocation is open to all people; you may invite friends who are asking questions about Faith and Mental Illness.Please register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bishops-convocation-registration-51822696079 or call the synod office: 218-724-4424.

Find out more about going to Tanzania – For the past 10 years Lord of Life has been in a relationship of prayer and financial support with International Health Partners. Paula and Dennis visited Lord of Life on December 12th and their passion once again stirred the hearts of Lord of Life members. Now it’s time to seriously consider joining them in Tanzania to work, to serve, to pray, to play! If you are curious about a mission trip to Tanzania in 2020 come and learn more about International Health Partners and what would be involved in a mission trip. Dates and times of meeting to be announced soon!

An Evening with Author Kai Mark Nilsen – Come and meet the author of Renew Your Life on Sunday evening, January 27th at 6:30 pm! Kai will be with us for an evening of connecting, learning and growing. We’ll have a chance to hear directly from him about the book, his own renewal and his hopes for both individuals and the church.

Renew Your Life Books have arrived – Pre-ordered books are on the table in the Narthex and are labeled with your name. If you need still need to pay for your book, make checks payable to Lord of Life and put “Renew Your Life” in the memo line. Extra books are available for $10.

Courage for Caregivers – SAVE THE DATE – February 9th from 8:30-4:00! Deb Bergstrom, Parish Nurse will presenting “Courage for Caregivers”, an 8 hour retreat based on Henri Nouwen’s Caregiver support series. The cost will be $15.00, which includes the retreat booklet, snacks and lunch. More information coming soon!

Sign up for “Living Lutheran” magazine – Start the year out right. Stay in touch and informed about the wonderful things that being a church together brings. Visit www.livinglutheran.org to sign up.

Worship Environment Team – Would you like to be a part of creating a positive and attractive worship environment. Tending to things like banner changes, seasonal decorations, prayer stations, and other means to augment the worship environment that contribute to making our worship vibrant and meaningful. Please check the Connection Cards.

Good Samaritan Bowling Team – Join Team LOL for the Good Samaritan Bowling Fundraiser, May 5 and 6th. Please mark your Connection Card if you are interested. We will need a team of 5 to 6 people.

Health & Wellness Council – The role of the Health & Wellness Council is to help our church community stay healthy and active by offering a variety of activities and information to them. If you would like to be a part of this group please mark the back of your Connection Card.

1st Communion Class – for 5th graders and their parent(s). It’s time to put 1st Communion Classes on your calendar! Our classes will be opportunities for parents and kids to learn together about the gift of Holy Communion, the significance of bread and wine and the blessing of being a part of a faith community. First Communion Class will be held at the end of March and into April. We’ll celebrate First Communion on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday! Be on the look out for more information to come!

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am–3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration opens February 1, 2019; Full cost: $15 per person, $40 for a congregational group of three or more. Early Bird Special (until March 15) $10 individual, $25 for a congregational group.      

This Week’s Announcements

Pancake Breakfast – Join us on this Sunday, January 6, for a pancake breakfast starting at 9:45 am. Free-will donations will go to support our youth going on the mission trip in July.

Staff Retreat/Office Hours – The staff will be out of the office on Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8 for a retreat and planning session. The office will have volunteers on Monday from 10 am to 1 pm and Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Parent’s Night Out – Parents mark your calendars for another Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, January 12 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm! 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 at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/71/responses/new.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org or sign-up in the Narthex.

2019 Bishop’s Convocation on Mental Health and Faith – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl, Adjunct Professor, Luther Seminary. Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave NE, Brainerd, MN. This Convocation is open to all people; you may invite friends who are asking questions about Faith and Mental Illness.

Please register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bishops-convocation-registration-51822696079 or call the synod office: 218-724-4424 ext. 126.

Courage for Caregivers – SAVE THE DATE – February 9th from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm! Deb Bergstrom, our Lord of Life Parish Nurse, will be presenting Courage for Caregivers, an 8 hour retreat based on Henri Nouwen’s Caregiver support series. The cost will be $15.00, which includes the retreat booklet, snacks and lunch. More information coming soon!

An Evening with Author Kai Mark Nilsen – Come and meet the author of Renew Your Life, on Sunday evening, January 27th! Kai will be with us for an evening of connecting, learning and growing. We’ll have a chance to hear directly from him about the book, his own renewal and his hopes for both individuals and the church. Look for more information and time of event in upcoming announcements.

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen – We are in need of groups or families to sign-up February 3 to help cook and prepare the meal at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. Sign-up on the clipboard in the Narthex. If you need more information please contact Nancy Smith at 820-4273.

Worship Environment Team – Would you like to be a part of creating a positive and attractive worship environment. Tending to things like banner changes, seasonal decorations, prayer stations, and other means to augment the worship environment that contribute to making our worship vibrant and meaningful. Please mark your Connection Cards.

Good Samaritan Bowling Team – Join Team LOL for the Good Samaritan Bowling Fundraiser, May 5 and 6. Please mark your Connection Card if you are interested. We will need a team of 5 to 6 people.

Health & Wellness Council – The role of the Health & Wellness Council is to help our church community stay healthy and active by offering a variety of activities and information to them. If you would like to be a part of this group please mark the back of your Connection Card.

1st Communion Class – for 5th graders and their parent(s). It’s time to put 1st Communion Classes on your calendar! Our classes will be opportunities for parents and kids to learn together about the gift of Holy Communion, the significance of bread and wine and the blessing of being a part of a faith community. First Communion Class will be held at the end of March and into April. We’ll celebrate First Communion on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday! Be on the look out for more information to come!

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration; 9:30 am.– 3:30 pm Summit. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration opens February 1, 2019; Full cost: $15 per person, $40 for a congregational group of three or more. Early Bird Special (until March 15) $10 individual, $25 for a congregational group.                      

This Week’s Announcements

Church Office – The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org or sign-up in the Narthex.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck/carry in on January 2 and regular suppers on January 9, 16, 23 and 30 starting at 5:15 pm.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Bible Study – Do you wrestle with doubt? Do you sometimes feel guilty when your faith is weak and you are filled with unanswered questions? Join the conversation on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 am. Contact Wendy Adamson if you have any questions at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

2019 Bishop’s Convocation on Mental Health and Faith – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl, Adjunct Professor, Luther Seminary. Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave NE, Brainerd, MN. This Convocation is open to all people; you may invite friends who are asking questions about Faith and Mental Illness.

Please register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bishops-convocation-registration-51822696079 or call the synod office: 218-724-4424.

An Evening with Author Kai Mark Nilsen – Come and meet the author of Renew Your Life on Sunday evening, January 27th! Kai will be with us for an evening of connecting, learning and growing. We’ll have a chance to hear directly from him about the book, his own renewal and his hopes for both individuals and the church. Look for more information and time of event in upcoming announcements.

Worship Environmental Team – Would you like to be a part of creating a positive and attractive worship environment. Tending to things like banner changes, seasonal decorations, prayer stations, and other means to augment the worship environment that contribute to making our worship vibrant and meaningful. Please check the Connection Cards.

Good Samaritan Bowling Team – Join Team LOL for the Good Samaritan Bowling Fundraiser, May 5 and 6th. Please mark your Connection Card if you are interested. We will need a team of 5 to 6 people. Please check the Connection Cards.

Health & Wellness Council – The role of the Health & Wellness Council is to help our church community stay healthy and active by offering a variety of activities and information to them. Please check the Connection Cards.

1st Communion Class – for 5th graders and their parent(s) – It’s time to put 1st Communion Classes on your calendar! Our classes will be opportunities for parents and kids to learn together about the gift of Holy Communion, the significance of bread and wine and the blessing of being a part of a faith community. First Communion Class will be held at the end of March and into April. We’ll celebrate First Communion on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday! Be on the look out for more information to come! Please check the Connection Cards.

3rd Annual NE MN Synod EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 30, 2019 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and Coffee; 9:30 am.– 3:30 pm Summit. The EcoFaith Summit will be a day of equipping congregations to initiate or enhance creation care teams. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement. Registration opens February 1, 2019; Full cost: $15 per person, $40 for a congregational group of three or more. Early Bird Special (until March 15) $10 individual, $25 for a congregational group. Please check the Connection Cards.

This Week’s Announcements

4th Week of Advent – The Gift of Family – The Gospel of Matthew begins with a family tree from Abraham to Jesus. The Advent and Christmas seasons highlight the significance of family and friends in our lives. We witness Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and the shepherds together tending their flocks. As God’s children, we become part of the family tree.

Christmas Services – Christmas Eve Worship Services will be on Monday, December 24 at 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm. There will be no Wednesday Worship Service on December 26, and one Worship Service at 9 am on December 30.

Christmas Eve Office Hours – The church office will be open until 12 pm on Monday, December 24.

Church Office – The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25; Wednesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 1.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Wednesday Suppers – We will have a potluck/carry in on January 2 and regular suppers on January 9, 16, 23 and 30 starting at 5:15 pm.

Pray & Ponder Women’s Bible Study – Do you wrestle with doubt? Do you sometimes feel guilty when your faith is weak and you are filled with unanswered questions? Join the conversation on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 am. Contact Wendy Adamson if you have any questions at wendyadamson@ymail.com.

Winter Journey – John Taylor Ward returns to Minnesota for a recital entitled Winter Journey, with pianist Scott Lykins. On Sunday, January 6, 2 pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. no tickets required, donations accepted. More at lakesareamusic.org/winter/winter-journey.

The Giving Tree – Our giving tree is up and ready for your handmade scarves, hats and mittens. If you would like to help fill our tree, we have yarn available in the Narthex. If you are not a knitter and would like to donate store bought scarves, hats and mittens, we will gladly take them. If you are a Teacher or if you know of someone that could use hats, mittens and scarves this winter, please take the item(s) off our Giving Tree and take the items to them or let them know about our Giving Tree at LOL.

Year End Contributions Deadlines:

  • In Person: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2018
  • Stock: If you wish to gift Stock to Lord of Life, please contact Anne Laechel for more information. Transfer of ownership must be completed by Monday, December 31, 2018 to be considered a 2018 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Friday, December 16th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2019 will be credited to 2019.

This Month on Your Connection Cards

LIFEgroups starting in January! Are you interested in exploring a deeper and richer connection to Christ and others? Mark your Connection Card to be a part of an 8 week LIFEgroup as together we read and discuss the book “Renew Your Life – Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy” by Kai Mark Nilsen. Please fill out the enclosed Renew your life form for ordering a book and joining a group. Books cost $10. 

Thursday Men’s Fellowship – Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Commons at Lord of Life. Come for coffee, donuts, conversation and Bible study. For more information contact Ted Anderson 218-831-1372.

God at the Movies – Join us in watching a movie and discussing how we saw God in that movie. Check your Connection Card and we will email you when a movie is picked and tell you the date and time.

Sound & Light Technicians – We need your help with Sound & Projection during Sunday and/or Wednesday Worship. Hands on training provided.

Men’s Breakfast – Join the Men’s Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 am at Lord of Life for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food. For more information contact Ted Anderson at 218-831-1372.

This Week’s Announcements

3rd Week of Advent – The Gift of Hope-Hope is a word on which our future rests. We cannot know what will come, but with faith we place our hope in Christ. Like Zechariah, we hope for the tender mercy of our God, light in the midst of darkness and death, and the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of our sins.

Sunday Evening Book Group – Will meet at 6:30 pm, on Sunday, December 16 in the library at Northern Lakes Assisted Living, 8186 Excelsior Rd., (near the Arboretum). Bring the family and your Bible.

A Service for Grief and Hope – Join us Monday, December 17th at 6:30pm for a Service for Grief and Hope. While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, we don’t all feel hopeful or like celebrating. So let’s gather together to provide a time and place of solace during this frenetic time surrounding the celebration of Christmas.

LOLLY (Lots of Living Left Yet) – Will meet on Wednesday, December 19, at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. For more information call either Pat Huhta 218-330-3447 or Mary Anderson 218-330-6171.

Christmas Services – Christmas Eve Worship Services will be on Monday, December 24 at 3 pm, 5 pm & 9 pm. There will be no Wednesday Worship Service on December 26, and one Worship Service at 9 am on December 30.

The Cold and Snow are Here – We are looking for volunteers to help with shoveling our sidewalks at Lord of Life. This helps keep our snow removal costs down. Volunteers will take a one-week slot and shovel the sidewalks twice a day if it snows. If you would like to help with this email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Wear Your Holiday/Ugly Sweater – On Wednesday, December 19 or Sunday, December 23.

Christmas Eve Office Hours – The church office will be open until 12 pm on Monday, December 24.

Church Office – The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25; Wednesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 1.

The Giving Tree – Our giving tree is up and ready for your handmade scarves, hats and mittens. If you would like to help fill our tree, we have yarn available in the Narthex. If you are not a knitter and would like to donate store bought scarves, hats and mittens, we will gladly take them. If you are a Teacher or if you know of someone that could use hats, mittens and scarves this winter, please take the item(s) off our Giving Tree and take the items to them or let them know about our Giving Tree at LOL.

Year End Contributions Deadlines:

  • In Person: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2018
  • Stock: If you wish to gift Stock to Lord of Life, please contact Anne Laechel for more information. Transfer of ownership must be completed by Monday, December 31, 2018 to be considered a 2018 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Friday, December 16th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2019 will be credited to 2019.

LIFEgroups starting in January! Are you interested in exploring a deeper and richer connection to Christ and others? Be a part of an 8 week LIFEgroup as together we read and discuss the book “Renew Your Life – Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy” by Kai Mark Nilsen. Please fill out the enclosed Renew your life form for ordering a book and joining a group. Books cost $10. Online registration is also available at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/70/responses/new.

Thursday Men’s Fellowship – Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Commons at Lord of Life. Come for coffee, donuts, conversation and Bible study. For more information contact Ted Anderson 218-831-1372.

God at the Movies – Join us in watching a movie and discussing how we saw God in that movie. Check your Connection Card and we will email you when a movie is picked and tell you the date and time.

Sound & Light Technicians – We need your help with Sound & Projection during Sunday and/or Wednesday Worship. Hands on training provided.

Men’s Breakfast – Join the Men’s Breakfast every Friday at 6:30 am at Lord of Life for Bible study, fellowship, fun and food. For more information contact Ted Anderson at 218-831-1372.