This Week’s Announcements

Thank You to all who generously donated items for our Blessing Bags at the recent BLAST event on January 26th. We were able to fill 100 bags, which were delivered to Lutheran Social Services and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. What a true blessing these bags were for those in need in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A special shout out to the businesses who donated wonderful items to be added to our bags:Lakes Country Dental, Colby-Mueller Orthodontics, Northern Eye Clinic, UpNorth Bounce House, Grand View Lodge, Martin’s Sport Shop, Brekken’s, Restoration Book Store, Ski Gull, Belle Cheveux Salon, Sarah Johnson – Pampered Chef, and Cheryl Kelly – Usborne, Crow Wing Food Coop

Fundraising Event for Tanzania – Join us Monday, February 3, for dinner at the Pizza Ranch from 5 pm to 8 pm. Our group will receive 10% of the evening sales and tips. We appreciate your support of our Tanzania mission trip, and all proceeds will go towards supplies needed for Tanzania.

Join us on Wednesdays at 5:15 for supper We will have a potluck on February 5, Chili Cook-off on February 12, a regular supper on February 19 and no supper on February 26 (Ash Wednesday).

Blood Drive at LOL – Lord of Life will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, February 7, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Sign up at redcrossblood.org.

Do you have a great chili recipe? Bring it on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:15 for our chili cook-off. It is a fun time of sampling chili and great fellowship. The winner will get their picture taken with the golden ladle.

NE Minnesota Synod Men’s Retreat February 21 and 22 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Featured speakers will be Rev. Dr. Mark Skinner on Friday night and Rev. Dr. Andy Root on Saturday afternoon. More information and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. $40 for both days, $30 for first time attendees, $20 if just attending Saturday, and $15 for just attending Saturday afternoon.

The Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study – will begin a new 12-week study on I and II Peter in the New Testament. February 5th through April 29th at 10:15 am in Room 1. Please join us! Contact Carol Rodseth, discussion leader at 218-825-3980 or Rodseth@charter.net.

Go Red – Wear Red – Join us for our Health Fair on Wednesday, February 19, starting at 5:15 pm to 7 pm and Sunday, February 23, from 9:30 am to 11 am, where Deb Bergstrom, our Parish Nurse, will have blood pressure screenings, activities and information on staying healthy. To raise awareness, we are asking you to wear red on these days in support of heart health.

St. Cloud University offers Driver Improvement classes – for Minnesota licensed drivers 55 and older. Participants can earn a 10% discount on their auto insurance premium by taking the initial 8-hr course. The 10% discount can be maintained by taking a 4-hour refresher course every three years. The next refresher class offered at Lord of Life will be on Tuesday, February 11, from 9 am to 1 pm and Monday, February 24, from 5 pm to 9 pm. For more information and to register for the class, call St. Cloud University Driver Improvement Program toll-free 1-888-234-1294 or visit their website at www.mnsafetycenter.org.

New Member 101 Class for those interested in membership at Lord of Life and those seeking more information on Lord of Life’s mission and ministries. This is a one-night event, and attendance is required by all who wish to become members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Our next class will be Monday, February 10 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/LOLBNewMember.

Stephen Ministry Needs You! Even if you are not a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister, you plan an important role in Lord of Life’s Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers need your prayerful support as they confidentially meet with their care receivers every week. Our Stephen Leaders also need your help in identifying people who might benefit from a caring relationship. If you see a friend, coworker, neighbor, relative, or someone else who could use some extra Christian care, tell that person about our Stephen Ministry and ask for permission to refer him/her to Pastor Erika, our Referrals Coordinator.

Help with updating Personnel Handbook – This is a short-term consultation group to assist the council in updating the Personnel Handbook. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.

Sponsoring New Members – We need members who will be willing to support those who are seeking to become members. If you are interested mark your Connection Cards.