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.