This Week’s Announcements

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 still needed during the week for folding or hanging items and during the giveaway. Sign up in the Narthex if you can volunteer. Drop off your clothing donations Monday, September 23 – Wednesday, September, 25 from 9 am – 3 pm.

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.

Matter of Balance Class – Crow Wing Energized will be holding a Matter of Balance Class at Lord of Life. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This class will meet once a week for 2 hours each session. The program is 8 weeks long. Class Starts September 25 at 12:30 pm. Register at

Fuel Up for Forestview and CLC Food Pantry – We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview and CLC with items to help provide food and hygiene items for middle school students and college students experiencing financial hardships at home.We’ll be collecting items through September 30. Suggested items: granola bars, macaroni and cheese, skillet dinners, hamburger helpers, oatmeal, small bag of chips, individual fruit cups, peanut butter, jelly, microwaveable popcorn, toiletries pancake mix and syrup.

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. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

The Votes are in – Congregational Life held a pie contest at the Neighborhood block party on Sunday, September 8. The winner of the pie contest was Suzanne Rye for her dutch apple pie-Congratulations!

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.

The Sunday Book Group – will be meeting the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 4:00 pm -5:30 pm in the Northern Lakes Assisted Living Library. They will be reading “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander, and “The Souls of Black Folk” by W. E. B. Du Bois. You are invited to join us, bring the whole family!

Pray & Ponder – will meet on Saturday, October 5th at 9 am. Join us for breakfast, fellowship, questions, and laughter as we walk this journey of faith together. If you have never attended a Bible study, women’s group, or faith discussion of any kind before–no problem. This is a great place to ask questions or simply listen. Contact Wendy Adamson ( with any questions.

Creation Care Tip – According to the University of Minnesota, more than 300 different species of bees are native to our state, while worldwide the number is more than 20,000. Yet these important pollinators are seeing massive population declines in recent years due to habitat loss, pesticide use, parasites and disease, all of which also affect other pollinators such as wasps, flies, ants, butterflies, moths, beetles, some birds and even bats. Since more than one-third of the world’s crop species (including fruits and leafy greens) depend on bee pollination, our survival will depend on making sure pollinators survive. YOU CAN PLAY A PART IN THEIR REVIVAL by planting and maintaining a lawn or garden that is hospitable to them. BEE LAWNS, the U of M researchers find, can support bees without drastic changes in care routines or aesthetics. By allowing dandelions to flourish for early spring feeding, and adding Dutch white clover, self-heal and creeping thyme, your lawn will attract many kinds of 

pollinators. For more information on how to help bees, and which flowers are better at providing pollen and nectar, go to the U of M’s website,