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Revelation Bible Study Question

Someone recently asked me about the bible study on Revelation and how many of the 19 participants are already involved in a bible study of some kind. They were, I believe, reflecting a concern that we often have the same group of people showing up for multiple bible studies. And, while it’s good that they do come…where we need to grow is in our ability to bring in newcomers.

The answer to their question is that 8 out of 19 were not also involved in another Lord Of Life bible study or an LOL circle.

So, not quite half.

At the end of our Revelation Bible study, we decided to next dive into the gospel of John — another bible study that should have appeal to those who aren’t bible study regulars.

When we offer it, I hope to see you …whether you’re a bible study regular or not.

Blessings!
Pr. Steve

April 6, 2018

Lutheran Men in Mission Northeast MN Synod Retreat – will be April 13-14 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. This two day retreat will feature a study led by Gord Gilby from LAMP, as well as breakout sessions on men’s topics. Registration forms are at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. Cost is $50; first time attendees $35, High School and College students $20.

Pray and Ponder Women’s Breakfast– will be Saturday, April 14, from 9 am – 11 am. We will gather for food, conversation, and sharing as we grow together in faith.

Membership 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. 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. This class will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 7 pm to 8 pm. To register go to www.lolbaxter.org click on: I’m New then Becoming a Member.

Membership 201 – Membership 201 session is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran Church and a chance to meet the pastors during the three-night session.This is a three-night session: Monday, April 9, 16 & 23. To register go to www.lolbaxter.org click on: I’m New then Becoming a Member.

Volunteer Opportunity – Please consider volunteering to help in the church office on Tuesday afternoons during the office staff meeting at 1:00 pm. Contact Colleen at 828-9374 or colleen@lolbaxter.org.

Church Council Retreat – There will be a retreat held for Church Council members on Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at LOL.

Youth Rummage Sale – Lord of Life is having its annual Rummage and Bake Sale on May 11th and 12th and we would love if you would donate items to our sale. Please put aside gently used items for the sale. We do not take TV’s, computers, or adult clothing. Kids and junior clothing are welcome.

Wednesday Suppers – Join us for Wednesday suppers on April 11, 18 & 25 and May 2 starting at 5:15 pm.

Fish’n For A Mission Fish Fry – Mark your calendars for Sunday evening, April 29. A fish fry will be hosted at Lord of Life Church to raise funds to support our upcoming Youth Mission Trip. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the meal, with additional contributions going to the Youth Mission Trip fund. If you like fried fish, all you have to do is show up! The fish fry will run from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and will include fish, coleslaw, potatoes, bread, refreshments and desserts. 

Spring Clothing Share – Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19, from 9 am-3 pm. This event is open to the public and all items of clothing are free. Donations of all gently worn adult and children’s clothing will start on Sunday, May 13, from 11:30 am – 2 pm and Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 5 pm. We are also in need of hangers and hanging clothing racks (you will get back). Volunteers are needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the Giveaway. Look for volunteer sign-ups soon.

Hotdish & Hoopla – Join us at Lord of Life for a Talent Show on Sunday, April 22 starting with supper at 5 pm and Talent Show at 6 pm. Do you have a talent you would like to share: musical, comedy or juggling? Please sign up by April 15 in the Narthex, if you would like to participate in the Talent show or bring a hotdish, bars or relish tray for supper. Visual Artists, we would love to display your work in a gallery in the commons. Please bring your artwork to the church on Saturday, April 21 by 3 pm.

Lutheran Men In Mission Retreat

INFO

DATES: APRIL 13-14th; Registration starts at 4:30pm on Friday, April 13
LOCATION: Lutheran Church of the Cross; Nisswa, MN
MUSIC: Jazz Worship Team of Lutheran Church of the Cross

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Gord Gilbey, keynote speaker, has served as Executive Director of Missionfest and as a missionary with LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc.), a cross-cultural ministry sharing Jesus Christ with God’s people in remote areas of Canada. Mr. Gilbey will address the universality and uniqueness of missions, as well as the need for unity within the worldwide church.

After he gave his life to Christ, Mr. Gilbey became a musician, illusionist, seminary graduate, and accredited worker with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, businessman, lay pastor and Executive Director of Missionfest Manitoba – all to the glory of God. He was designated to serve in one of Canada’s urban poor communities, but his talents as an illusionist were quickly recognized and used to share the Gospel with children.

WORKSHOPS

All workshops will be offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Sign up when you arrive at the retreat.

1. “Painting God’s Creation” — Jerry Raedeke award winning oil painter
2. “Let the Light Shine: Philanthropic Photography”— John Erickson, Brainerd Public Schools Archivist-Curator
3. “Genealogy and Tracing your Ancestry”—Al Larson genealogist and stevne librarian & Bob Nelson longtime genealogist
4. “Brewing 101” —Zach Malecha, Church of the Cross Youth Leader

COSTS

Registration includes 3 meals and speakers & events

Men 36 and over $ 50.00
includes 3 meals and speakers
(everything but lodging)

Men 35 & Under and First Timers: $ 35.00

Students– High School and College $ 20.00

Lodging if needed
Single occupancy rooms $70.00
Double occupancy rooms per person $35.00
Each man gets own double bed

REGISTRATION INFO

Total: check made payable to NELMM

Register, mail form and check to address below. Must be received by April 9, 2018.

Bob Nelson
13371 Maplewood Dr
Baxter, MN 56425

(218) 820-6034
Fax: (218) 825-7922

Email: nelutheranmen@gmail.com

HOSTED BY THE MEN OF:

  • Bethlehem – Brainerd
  • First Lutheran – Brainerd
  • Lord of Life – Baxter
  • Lutheran Church of the Cross – Nisswa
  • Trinity – Brainerd
  • First Lutheran – Aitkin
  • First Lutheran – Little Falls

 

Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering – April 13th & 14th

All Men at Lord of Life are encouraged to attend

Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering

DATES: APRIL 13-14th

LOCATION: Lutheran Church of the Cross; Nisswa, MN

SPEAKER: Gord Gilbey from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Past Director of Missionfest Missionary w/ LAMP

MUSIC: Jazz Worship Team of Lutheran Church of the Cross

WORKSHOP TITLES

  • Painting God’s Creation – by Jerry Raedeke award winning oil painter
  • Let the Light Shine: Philantrophic Photography — John Erickson; Brainerd Public Schools Archivist-Curator
  • Geneology and Tracing Your Ancestry — Al Larson genealogist..et al
  • Last Man Standing: Walt Straka and the Battling Bastards of Bataan. (By LTC Larry Osvold Retired, 194th Regiment)
  • Brewing 101 by Zach Malecha; Church of the Cross Youth Leader

COST (Includes 3 meals, speakers and events):

March 30, 2018

Church Office – will be closed on Monday, April 2.

Lutheran Men in Mission Northeast MN Synod Retreat – will be April 13-14 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. This two day retreat will feature a study led by Gord Gilby from LAMP, as well as breakout sessions on men’s topics. Registration forms are at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. Cost is $50; first time attendees $35, High School and College students $20.

Potluck on April 4 – Bring a dish to pass and join us for a potluck on Wednesday, April 4, starting at 5:15 pm.

Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a Pancake Breakfast on April 8 at 9:45 am. Free-will donations will gotowards our youth going to the Youth Gathering in June.

Pray and Ponder Women’s Breakfast– will be Saturday, April 14 (note date change) from 9 am – 11 am. We will gather for food, conversation, and sharing as we grow together in faith.

Youth Rummage Sale – Lord of Life is having it’s annual Rummage and Bake Sale on May 11th and 12th and we would love if you would donate items to our sale. Please put aside gently used items for the sale. We do not take TV’s, computers, or adult clothing. Kids and junior clothing are welcome.

Thank you from Social Concerns Team – Thank you for helping us fight hunger in our state. Your donations of food and dollars to Minnesota FoodShare went directly to local food shelves in the Brainerd/Baxter area. This year Lord of Life provided 200 pounds of food and $409.47 in cash donations. We appreciate your generosity!

Membership 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. 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. This class will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Membership 201 – Membership 201 session is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran church and a chance to meet the pastors during the three night session. 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, April 9, 16 & 23. To register go to www.lolbaxter.org click on: I’m New then Becoming a Member.

Hotdish & Hoopla – Join us at Lord of Life for a Talent Show on Sunday, April 22 starting with supper at 5 pm the Talent Show will start at 6 pm. Do you have a talent you would like to share: musical, comedy or juggling. Anyone can participate in the Talent Show from LOL or from the Community! Please sign up in the Narthex by April 15 if you would like to participate in the Talent show or bring a hotdish, bars or relish tray for supper. Visual Artists, we would love to display your work in a gallery in the commons. Please bring your artwork to the church on Saturday, April 21 by 3 pm.

March 23, 2018

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday- Maundy Thursday Worship Services will be March 29 at 12 pm & 7 pm. Good Friday Worship Services will be March 30 at 12 pm & 7 pm.

Easter Sunday Worship Services – will be Sunday, April 1 at 7 am, 9 am & 10:30 am.

Easter Morning Breakfast – Join us for breakfast after the 7 am service only. Congregational Life will serve scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs with sweet peppers and onions, ham or sausage, sweet breads, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee. A free-will offering will be taken.

Church Office – will be closed on Monday, April 2.

April Newsletter – Due to how the beginning of the month falls in relation to Easter, the April Newsletter will be distributed one week later.

Bagging for Tips – The youth that are going on the mission trips this summer have a fundraising opportunity at the Baxter Cub Foods. Come grocery shopping and have your groceries bagged by the youth on Thursday, March 29, 4 pm-9 pm, and Saturday, March 31, 9 am – 7 pm.

Membership 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. This class will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 7 pm to 8 pm. To register, click here.

Membership 201 – Membership 201 session is available for those seeking more information about the Lutheran church and a chance to meet the pastors during the three-night session. This three-night session will be Monday, April 9, 16 & 23. To register, click here.

March 16, 2018

Palm Sunday – Join us on Sunday, March 25, at the 9:00 am service for the Premiere of our new Liturgy Setting, entitled Service for Eternal Life, and two works written for both LOL and UCC congregations from our Composer in Residence Gary Ruschman. You’ll also have a chance to meet and greet with Gary Ruschman prior to the 9:00 am service. Our 10:30 service will be a Passion Sunday Service and First Communion will be celebrated.

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday- Maundy Thursday Worship Services will be March 29 at 12 pm & 7 pm. Good Friday Worship Services will be March 30 at 12 pm & 7 pm.

Easter Sunday Worship Services – are on April 1 at 7 am, 9 am & 10:30 am.

Easter Morning Breakfast – Join us for breakfast after the 7 am service only. Congregational Life will serve scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs with sweet peppers and onions, sweet breads, fruit, orange juice, milk and Coffee. A free-will offering will be taken.

Beginning Experience Weekend to be Held at Luther Crest Camp – for adult individuals who have recently lost a spouse/loved one through death or divorce. The weekend will be held April 6-8. Please go to www.beginningexperiencemn.com for more information and to get registered. There will also be a Beginning Experience time for young people aged 12-18 who have lost a parent/loved one through divorce or death, the same weekend.

Lutheran Men in Mission Northeast MN Synod Retreat – will be April 13-14 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. This two-day retreat will feature a study led by Gord Gilby from LAMP, as well as breakout sessions on men’s topics. Registration forms are at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. Cost is $70; first-time attendees $35.

March 9, 2018

Bid on a Quilt for Camp Luther Crest – The quilt in the Narthex is handmade by the LOL quilters. You can bid on the quilt through Easter. Funds raised will go to support Luther Crest.

March is Minnesota Food Share Month – It’s time to “Pack the Pews” and bring non-perishable food or financial donations which will go directly to local food shelves. We will be collecting your generous donations through Sunday, March 18th.

Stargazers Group at LOL – If you would like to be a part of this group and get information on upcoming stargazing events, Northern lights, etc. check the box on the back of your Connection Cards.

Evening Vacation Bible School Planning Committee – Please mark the back of your Connection Cards if you would like to be on this team to help organize our next Evening Vacation Bible School.

S.A.I.L. (Staying Active and Independent for Life)  This program will begin March 19 and will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am -10 am in the Commons. This is a strength, balance and fitness evidence-based program for adults 65 and older. It is similar to the Bone Builders but has some additions. Mark the back of your Connection Cards if you are interested in attending.

March 2, 2018

Wednesdays at 6:00 pmThis Changes Everything is the theme for our Wednesday Worship Services during Lent. Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 7 for the Story of Philip and the Eunich–God’s Grace Changes Everything. Our guest Pastor will be Pastor Mark Skinner from Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

March is Minnesota Food Share Month – It’s time to “Pack the Pews” and bring non-perishable food or financial donations which will go directly to local food shelves. We will be collecting your generous donations between Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 18th

Astronomy Group at LOL – If you would like to be a part of this group and get information on upcoming stargazing events, Northern lights, etc.  please check the box on the back of your Connection Cards.

Table Talk on Referendum – We will be holding an informational meeting on the upcoming Referendum on Sunday, March 11 at 10 am in Fellowship Hall. This Table Talk will be with Superintendent Laine Larson & Director of Community Education, Cori Reynolds.

Special Offering Update – Thank you to everyone that gave to the special collection for the February 25th Jazz Worship Service. We collected $239 of the $500 cost.

February 23, 2018

Grief Support Group at LOL – A Grief Support Group has begun at Lord of Life, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 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., 218-828-9374. Please mark the back of your Connection Card if you are interested in attending.

Wednesdays at 6:00 pmThis Changes Everything is the theme for our Wednesday Worship Services during Lent. Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 28 for the Story of The Women at the Well –God’s Love Changes Everything. Guest Pastor will be Kristin Oltmann.

Church Council Update – Due to a new, out of town job, we received with regret the resignation of Vice President, Larry Lundblad. If you are interested in this position for the remainder of the year, please email the church office at colleen.bush@lolbaxter.org.

Table Talk with Kinship Partners – David Downing with Kinship Partners will be here for a Table Talk on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 10 am and 11:30 am. If you would like more information on this great program and how to sponsor a child, stop by and chat with David.