This Week’s Announcements

Do you have a great chili recipe? Bring it on Wednesday, February 12, at 5:15 pm 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 the Saturday afternoon session.

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 screening, activities and information on staying healthy. To raise awareness, we are asking you to wear red in support of heart health.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm for a Prayer Shawl Gathering and Blessing. Please join us as we continue this faithful ministry at Lord of Life. Prayer Shawls may be knitted or crocheted and there are patterns available, or any pattern you’d like to use. There is no pressure to complete or deadlines to meet! Questions? Please contact Jeannine zumBrunnen 829-2177 or Brenda Johnson 831-9725.

Ash Wednesday Services – will be Wednesday, February 26, at 12 pm and 7 pm. No Wednesday supper or kids activities. 

3rd Annual Snow Fun Day – Monday, February 17, 9:30 am to 4 pm. This event is open to 5th-8th graders in collaboration with Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Kids, you have the day off from school, why not come join up with your buddies for a day of fun! This year we will be enjoying snow activities along with bowling! Register at: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/102/responses/new

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 19, for a potluck and presentation at 11:30 am.

Driver Improvement Classes – 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.

Spring LIFEgroups – will launch the week of February 23 and wrap up before Easter. As a way to further dig into our Lenten theme of STRIPES: Towards Healing, we’ll be reading Anne Lamott’s book Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Anne is a funny, honest, deep writer and thinker who does not shy away from difficult questions and less than savory experiences and boldly wrestles with God’s place, purpose and plan in and through it all. Pick up a copy of the book and get a group together you can also email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org and we will let you know what groups are available. 

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.

Welcoming Team Member – We are searching for a small group of people to form the nucleus of a congregation-wide “Welcoming Team” who would work together in a coordinated fashion to be on the lookout for those who are new to our community in our midst. Mark your Connection Cards if you would like to be a part of this group.

Definition of Listen: to hear with thoughtful attention. Did you ever talk to someone but feel as if that person just wasn’t listening? Stephen Ministers are trained to listen well. They will hear what you have to share and respond lovingly and nonjudgmentally, rather than telling you what you should or should not do. If you need someone who will really listen to you as you work through a problem in your life, consider Stephen Ministry. Pastor Erika is our Referral Coordinator, and you can contact her at (218)828-9374 or at erika.nilsen@lolbaxter.org.