This Week’s Announcements

Block Party at Lord of Life – Join us Sunday, September 8, from 4 pm to 6 pm for our Rally Day Block Party and help us kick off the start of our educational year. Join us for food, a pie tasting contest, games and crafts. This is a free church/community event.

Fall Clothing Share – Friday, September 27 from 9 am to 3 pm & Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event is open to the public and all items of clothing are free. Volunteers are needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the giveaway. Sign up in the Narthex if you can volunteer. Clothing drop off will be Monday, September 23-Wednesday, September, 25 from 1 pm – 3 pm.

Spiritual Gifts Class – Mark your calendars and join us for a Spiritual Gifts Class starting September 26. This is an 8 week class and will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at LOL. We will NOT meet for class on Thursday, October 31. Classes will be taught on October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, and 21. We need a minimum of 10 people for this class, and no more than 20. Sing-up at bit.ly/LOLBSG2019.

55+ Drivers Refresher Course – Thursday, September 19, from 5 pm-9 pm at Lord of Life. Cost is $22. For more information and to register call 888-234-1294. Or sign up online at: stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/mhsrc.

Tanzania Mission Trip – is holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Baxter on Monday, September 23rd from 5 pm – 8 pm. Come and enjoy dinner and support the Tanzania Mission Trip. Ten percent of the sales and all tips will go towards supplies needed in Tanzania. On Sunday, September 29, Denny and Paula Lofstrom will be visiting LOL and discussing their mission in Tanzania. The Tanzania Group will be hosting a free-will offering breakfast in-between the 9 am & 10:30 am worship services.

The Ultimate Date Night – Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Lord of Life. Jay and Laura Laffoon, marriage ‘educatainers’ and hosts of the comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night event, where they help couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Fuel Up for Forestview – We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview with items to help provide food, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items for middle school students experiencing financial hardships at home. We’ll be collecting items through September 15.

Items Needed are: Granola bars, Fruit snacks, Macaroni and CheeseSkillet dinners, Hamburger Helpers, Individual boxes of cereal, Oatmeal, Small bag of chips, Individual Fruit cups, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Microwaveable popcorn, Toiletries, Pancake Mix/syrup.

Palestinian Perspectives: A Film Festival – Join us on Sunday, September 29, at 6:00 pm at Lord of Life, to view and then discuss Salt of the Earth: Palestinian Christians in the West Bank. This film was produced by Presbyterian missionaries who spent 3 ½ years living and working in Palestine in conjunction with many Christian denominations. It examines the lives of Palestinians living in and around occupied northern West Bank cities. Snacks will be provided. Free will offering will be taken for the Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Heartland Conference Fall Gathering – will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church of Milaca, on Thursday, October 10 with registration starting at 8:30 am. Cost is $8, general offering will go to the Synod and Camp Onomia. Please make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Trinity Lutheran’s address is 735 Second Street, Milaca.

Creation Care Tip – Going Zero Waste can be overwhelming, but here are THREE THINGS you can do to begin moving in that direction: 1) Carry a refillable water bottle or cup – you will save money, be more hydrated and it will make a real impact; 2) Recycle plastic film – expand your recycling habits by hanging a bag to collect plastic film such as shopping bags and overwrap on things like paper towels, etc. Most grocery stores have bins for accepting these items, which must be clean and dry to be recycled; 3) Compost food waste – food waste releases methane gas as it decomposes, and even a head of lettuce can take decades to decompose from lack of oxygen in traditional garbage facilities. If you can’t compost at home, check to see if your community offers curbside composting, or drop-off sites and free composting bags for you to collect waste in. Store the bags in your freezer to eliminate smells, and when full take them to the compost drop. Check with your county to learn more about options in your area, and if none exist, BE AN ADVOCATE for instigating action in your community.