This Week’s Announcements

Thank you – to everyone that came to the blood drive on February 7 and either donated blood or helped at the blood drive. We had a great turnout and were 13 pints over our goal of 30 pints. Look for our next blood drive coming in July.

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.

LOLLY (Lot’s of Living Left Yet) – will meet on Wednesday, February 19, for a potluck and presentation at 11:30 am. Bring a dish to pass and learn more about Stephen Ministry.

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

New Member Orientation 101  will be Sunday March 8 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. This class is for anyone interested in joining Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Email the church office at colleen@lolbaxter.org if you would like to attend.

Prayer Shawl Gathering – Will be meeting 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.

Hotdish & Hoopla – will be on Sunday, March 22, at 5 pm. Come and eat some great hotdishes and then watch our church wide talent show. We are looking for people of all ages to participate in this event. If you want to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell some jokes, juggle, or any other talent you have, or if you would like to donate a hotdish, relish tray or dessert for this event you can sign up in the Narthex. Free-will donations will go towards our youth mission trips this summer.

Now The Green Blade Rises 2020 EcoFaith Summit – Saturday, March 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 9:00 am registration and coffee-Summit goes from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Registration cost is $20 per person and $10 ages up to age 25. Sign up at nemnsynodecofaithsummit2020.eventbrite.com

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. 

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 Self Control: to exercise directing influence, power, and authority over conditions. Humans like to be in control, having the power to choose exactly what is going to happen and when. Unfortunately, life isn’t liked that – we only think we’re in control. So when something troublesome happens and we realize we are not in control, we may feel lost, overwhelmed, angry, even terrified. Stephen Ministers are trained to help when life feels out of control. They provide support and encouragement while helping a person put faith and trust in God. If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, please contact: Deb Bergstrom – (701)678-4053 deb.bergstrom@lolbaxter.org or Lolly Kalinoski – (218)829-8207lollykadlec@hotmail.com.