Liberation Theology Workshop

On August 8: - Liberation Theology Workshop: This workshop will be led by Pastor-President Rolando Martinez of the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana en Honduras (Lutheran Christian Church in Honduras, our companion synod) on the important tenets of liberation theology and how it shapes the life and ministry of the Lutheran church in Honduras and the life of faith in a Central American context, and also how it relates and speaks to our context here in the United States. The workshop is free of charge, open to both clergy and laypeople, and includes a light lunch. The workshop will be held from 10:00 am to noon at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth. RSVP to Rev. Dave Mesner at if possible.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this important theology that has shaped the life of faith of so many of our Latin American brothers and sisters and has influenced people of faith worldwide with its emphasis on social justice and empowerment of those who are marginalized by class divisions, poverty, racism and discrimination.

Columbariums – What they are…and should we explore installing one at Lord of Life

First of all – for those who don’t know what a Columbarium is … it’s a series of niches in which the human remains of someone who has been cremated may be place. Typically, after cremation, ashes are placed in an Urn and the Urn is placed into a Columbarium. The front panel of a Columbarium can be engraved with personal information, similar to a gravestone, to help family and friends located the correct niche.

For as far back in time as there have been church buildings, the bodies of the deceased have been placed in graves located within or immediately outside the church.  While the practice of putting cemeteries around churches has been largely discontinued, the practice of installing Columbariums in churches has seen a resurgence in recent decades.  For instance, not far away from Lord of Life, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nissua has a Columbarium.

We are still a long way away from deciding if we will proceed with such a project, but the first step along the way will be to hold a discussion to help identify if there are people even interested in the project.  After worship on August 9th and 13th we will hold a Table Talk to explore the topic of what Columbariums are in more detail and discuss the pros and cons of having a Columbarium at Lord of Life.

Table Talks are dedicated discussions held after worship services – usually in the Commons – about current topics of potential interest to folks. There is one rule for the discussion: “No one will be asked to sign up for anything during the discussion.”  This rule is in place to encourage folks who are on the fence – who are not sure if they want to be involved or not – to not be put “on the spot” during the discussion regarding their participation.

Please prayerful consider these opportunities…

The following volunteer needs will be listed on the connection cards in late July and August. Please consider putting yourself on the volunteer list – either by checking box on your connection card…or contacting the office.

  • Creation Care Workgroup – A group is forming to explore ways that we can promote decisions that are in the best interest of God’s creation that we are called to be stewards of. This group will also offer ways for people to have encounters of God’s creation through hikes, kayaking, etc.
  • Crop Walk (Walking for Hunger) – Lord of Lifer’s will be walking to raise money toward the cause of Hunger. A portion of the funds raised will go to support local causes such as the food shelf. The balance will be used to alleviate hunger throughout the world.
  • God’s Work our Hands – On September 20th our Congregation will be taking part in a national event called “God’s Work, Our Hands”. We will worship hold one service at 9:30am on Sunday and then disburse to one of three sites: (a) Helping veterans with specific needs on their properties; (b) painting the rooms in New Pathway’s new facility in downtown Brainerd; or (c) helping out at Camp Confidence.
  • Fall Christian Education Helpers (Teachers, Helpers, Etc.) – Fall is fast approaching, and with it comes Sunday School and Confirmation. We need many volunteers to help with these programs.

Capital Fund Update

July is the first month in over 18 months that the donations for our Capital Campaign have gone into negative territory. As of the end of last month, the fund had a balance of -$1,231. Each month we need $7,736 directed to the Capital Fund in order to break even. We make our mortgage payments out of that fund, and if there is any money left over in the fund at the end of the year – we use it to pay down the principle.  

It is not surprising that this has happened in the middle of Summer – a traditionally low period of contributions – but it is important for us to keep an eye on this and not fall too behind. Every dollar we are in the red, adds to the amount that we have to gather to catch back up.

It might interest you to note that over the past 10+ years over 360 households have given to the Capital Campaign at some point. If you are among those households, thank you!!

Pastor Steve’s New Facebook Page

If you are a user of Facebook, and you would like more frequent communication about what is going on behind the scenes at Lord of Life, you might like to know that Pastor Steve has created a professional page on Facebook. It can be found at: You can visit and “Like” this page if you are interested in staying more connected. Often there are things that we don’t want to commit our main Facebook page to cover – yet, we know that there are folks out there who would appreciate knowing a bit more about what’s going on.

Fall Worship Schedule Changing

Last night, the council voted on the fall worship schedule. Beginning on September 17th, Lord of Life will hold worship services at 9:00am and 10:30am. 

PLEASE NOTE: We continue to hold only one worship service at 9:30am for one more Sunday than has been the usual. The summer schedule will be extended to September 10th in order to facilitate participation in “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday. [We’ll worship at 9:30 … and then head off to work project sites.]
The council also decided to set the summer 2018 worship schedule as one service at 9:00am.


A Recent God Moment

From Pastor Steve:

In the days (long, long ago) when I was a backpack guide, we had a practice of finding moments during our hikes where we would stop and admire some wonder of creation. Perhaps it was a small plant. Perhaps it was the beautiful vista. Always it was accompanied by wonder and often with the phrase, “Yay, God”. We called them: God Moments.

During the week gone by, I had a God Moment that has stuck with me.

I was so happy to receive the invitation to sing songs and play my guitar for the VBS kids. The group was so cute, so full of positive energy..pure joy.  A real fun bunch to lead.

One song I led was called, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.”  One little girl had heard it before and interrupted my teaching the song to tell me we should say the word, “Where?” In between all of the lines.  I invited her to have a solo and during the song, we all stopped at the end of each line for her to say, “Where?”

The expression on her face was priceless.

And for me, the real God moment was thinking about the affirmation that came from an entire group giving her the attention.  She drank it in.  What fun.

I thank God for this call to ministry…and I thank you for being in partnership with me in providing places and opportunities like this one – to bring the love of Jesus into a little girl’s life.

God Bless!

Fall Worship Time Change Being Considered

The church council has been in the process of contemplating a change to the fall worship schedule and for the last several weeks they have been seeking congregational input during the worship service through a small survey on the back of the connection cards.

The options being considered, and the results of the service are:

(a) change the schedule to 9:00am & 10:30 am – which has received 61 votes; or 

(b) maintain our current 8:30am & 10:30 am service time – which has received 31 votes. 

These statistics were arrived at by removing duplicate votes (from people who were present on multiple Sundays).  There are many things to consider about this change. Some of the chief considerations is that a later start-time will stem the burn-out of our music personnel and will allow for the first and second service people to interact with each other in-between services; maintaining the current schedule will allow for the programming in-between services to continue as-is (vs. during worship). 

One thing that has already come out of the discussion is that in either case, we are committed to providing programming for children during part of both worship services, if parents would prefer to take advantage of that. We do want to emphasize also that no matter what, kids are still **encouraged** to be present in worship

UPDATE: At it’s meeting on Tuesday, the Worship Team recommends changing to an 9:00am and 10:30.

The final decision will be made at the church council meeting this Thursday, July 20th.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article had the vote totals incorrectly reversed.

July 18, 2017

Campfire Worship Service – Join us for our next Campfire Worship Service on July 19 at 6 pm. After the worship service we will have hotdogs by the fire. Bring a dish to pass for the potluck.

Come join the fun with our VBS theme –  Maker Fun Factory! At Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter. During this fun, interactive VBS kids will explore their abilities in exciting ways that lead to the discovery that God created each of them, God is for them and God is always with them. Come for a fun evening of singing, crafts, games, and bible stories. Evening Vacation Bible School will be August 13-16 for ages 3 years to 5th Grade from 6 pm to 8 pm. To register your child go to Cost is $15, with a family cap of $25. Registration deadline is July 31. If you have any questions contact the church office at 218-828-9374.

We are in need of many volunteers from 6th grade to adults to help in many ways:

  • We need a leader for our Bible Discovery Station (manual provided)
  • Group leaders (great for kids 6th-12 grade)
  • Preschool helpers
  • Song leaders
  • Decoration committee
  • Donations of supplies to be used at VBS.

If you can help in any way please go to to sign up.


June 30, 2017

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

Caring Friends Brat Sale – Caring Friends will be having a Brat Sale at 10:30 am, Sunday, July 9, at Lord of Life. All proceeds will go to the Caring Friends account, which helps people with financial needs in our church.

Come join the fun with our VBS theme –  Maker Fun Factory! Evening Vacation Bible School will be held August 13-16 from 6 pm to 8 pm for ages 3 years to 5th Grade. VBS will be held Sunday-Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm with a wrap up, picnic and games on Wednesday, August 16, at our 6 pm Worship Service. To register your children go to Cost is $15, with a family cap of $25.

We are in need of many volunteers from 6th grade to adults to help in many ways:

  • We need leaders for each of the stations (manuals provided)
  • Group leaders
  • Preschool helpers and leaders
  • Song leaders
  • Decoration committee
  • Donations of supplies to be used at VBS.

If you can help in any way please go to to sign up.