Current News:

HURRICANE HARVEY – The destruction is enormous.  We are called to respond.  There are many agencies that are responding to the disaster.  An online search of “Hurricane Harvey Relief” will turn up many opportunities.  Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) has a focus ministry in this direction (http://www.elca.org/). The overhead costs of LDR are funded by the benevolence offerings of ELCA congregations, so gifts to LDR will go 100% to disaster relief.  Blood donations are also needed and encouraged.  If you wish to donate funds through Lord of Life, separate collections will be made on Sept 3 and Sept 10 – cash or checks.  Please make checks out to Lord of Life and mark “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line.  These funds will be sent to LDR.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST – The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be on September 9th at 8:00am in the café.  All men are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Contact Mark Waggoner waggmar@gmail.com  or 512-800-5412.

MINI-LOCK-IN – The Lord of Life Youth Ministry is having a “Mini-Lock-In on Saturday, September 9th from 5pm to 10pm. All youth between 6th grade and high school are welcome to attend. The youth will take part in preparing a meal followed by games, fun and fellowship. Please contact Mike Odegaard at mjodegaard7@gmail.com or via text at 512-788-8358 by September 1st if your youth plans on attending. More details to come.

FRIENDS & FAMILY SUNDAY, SEPT 10 – It’s that time of year again to invite friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to worship! Also, as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Lord of Life. Invitation cards to hand out are available in the Welcome Center. Win the annual Friends & Family trophy by bringing the most friends to church that Sunday. A friendship lunch follows the late service.

MARTIN LUTHER FILM – Thrivent Financial is pleased to announce that PBS has agreed to air a two-hour documentary on the life and impact of Martin Luther. The film, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” will air Tuesday, September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central (Check your local listings). Narrated by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and starring Padraic Delaney in the title role, the film brings to life the great adventure story of Luther’s struggle. Interspersed among the dramatic recreations (shot in Europe), is commentary from theologians and scholars from a variety of Christian traditions. Thrivent Financial is the exclusive sponsor of the film, which was created to recognize the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

LUTHERAN FALL FESTIVAL – September 16th. 9am – 9pm. At the Marktplatz in Fredericksburg. 5k, chili cook-off, craft fair, children’s activities, live music, quilt show & auction, dance, beer, wine and great food! For details contact Cross Trails at 830-257-6340 or Kelly@crosstrails.org or go to www.crosstrails.org

REFORMATION THE MUSICAL – YOUTH CHORUS GRADES 5 AND UP – Be a part of this fun production as a peasant in the chorus! It’s a full-blown theatrical musical with a cast of 30 and all the trimmings.

Rehearsals for youth chorus: (Rehearsal schedule subject to change but we will do our best to stick to this!)

Sundays 8/27, 9/10 2:00-3:00 pm

Sundays 9/17, 9/24 2:30-3:30 pm

Sundays 10/1, 10/8 3:00-5:00 pm

T, W, Th Oct 17-19 7:00-10:00 pm

Performances 10/20 and 10/21 7:30 pm, 10/22 3:00 pm

All rehearsals and performances at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 8900 Great Hills Trail

For more information or questions visit our website at tllc.org or contact Carol@tllc.org

GET A ZEBRA RIBBON IN SUPPORT OF KIRA NIEDERT – Please take a moment to pick up a Zebra Ribbon and wear it everywhere to show your support of Kira Niedert as she faces a rare and difficult diagnosis and treatment of Carcinoid Cancer & Neuroendocrine Tumours.

EDUCATION NEWS

CELEBRATION SUNDAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 9:30!  Join us for some outdoor fun, games, food, and fellowship!

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION RESUMES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 9:30AM. Youth classes will meet in their usual places. Adult Education will have 3 classes to choose from. Join us for Adult Sunday Education!!

ADULT OFFERINGS FOR FALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

BY HEART: AN EXPLORATION OF THE SMALL CATECHISM. This study will generate conversation about the biblical and historical context of the catechism, its link to the church’s faith, its connection to Luther’s life and your life today. Great for longtime Lutherans as well as those newer to the Lutheran faith. This class will meet in the Café.

For Women – BEFORE AMEN. Max Lucado explores the very heart of Biblical prayer by offering hope-filled prayers that will help you turn your heart towards the One who longs to speak with you. Prayer is the most necessary and most basic expression of our faith, yet we struggle to do it daily. We are not alone, make a point to join this group and open the doors of communication with our God. This class meets in the office conference room.

ENGAGING OTHERS, KNOWING OURSELVES: A LUTHERAN CALLING IN A MULTI-RELIGIOUS WORLD. This book invites us all into conversation by challenging us to reflect on our past, learn from our present, and envision the future to which God is calling us. The heart of the book is the real-life case studies of inter-religious relations unfolding in a variety of ELCA ministry contexts. They encourage us to understand that our questions, doubts, and failures are as important as our answers, convictions, and successes. They challenge us to embrace that while there are a variety of responses to religious plurality, our common response is rooted in our Lutheran vocation – our response to God’s love in Jesus Christ. This class meets in the Sanctuary.

THURSDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP – We will resume on September 14th at Target Store (Lakeline) snack area at 9:45am. Study: ” Breaking Free From Fear “. Look forward to seeing you all. Please respond so I will know how to order books.   Praise the Lord! Marge Kretschmar mdkretschmar@gmail.com

Upcoming News:

DAVIS SPRINGS GARAGE SALE – This year’s fall garage sale will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Please contact garagesale@davisspring.org with any questions.

CROSSTRAILS MOTHER/DAUGHTER RETREAT for daughters in Grades 4-6 and their mothers at Ebert Ranch Camp October 13-15. Come and learn how God shaped us to do God’s work in the world. Enjoy a fun weekend of Bible study, worship, crafts, and horseback riding. Stay in comfortable Lela Haus with other moms and daughters. Early Bird Cost: Mothers: $125, Daughters: $85. Register at www.CrossTrails.org

CROSSTRAILS FATHER/SON “DANGEROUS” RETREAT for sons in Grades 4-6 and their dads at Ebert Ranch Camp October 20-22. Hone in on your spy skills as we learn how to be on the lookout for ways to share Christ’s message. Enjoy a fun weekend of horseback riding, a zipline adventure and archery! All will be housed in Lela Haus. Early Bird Cost: Fathers: $125, Sons: $85. Register at www.CrossTrails.org

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH PUERTO RICO EXPEDITION! July 25 – August 1, 2018. Old San Juan, Fajardo & Luquillo, Dr. Eduardo Roig Lutheran Camp, El Yunque National Forest. $1,300 covers cost of plane tickets, transportation, housing and food in Puerto Rico, and a pre-trip retreat. Partial “camperships” are available. Registration closes January 8, 2018. Contact Jessica at Cross Trails for more information: 830-257-6340 or jessica@crosstrails.org

Upcoming Sunday Service Volunteers:

September 10, 2017

Presiding Minister: Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister: Marilee Parsons (1); John Paul Crawford (2)

Lector: Donna Hagens (1); David Ladolcetta (2)

Cantor:

Communion Asst.: (1); Carol Alessi, Dorothy Crawford (2)

Acolyte: Ben Parsons (2)

Media Asst.: Jim Tarsi (1); (2)

Ushers: Doug C, Mike B, Gary P, Fred G, Bill S (1);

                   Gene & Riley Kaloustian, Mark Waggoner, Dave Smith (2)

Altar Guild: Deanna Brown (1); Chuck Neeley (2)

Tellers: Carol Gaskamp & Mindy Penland

Children’s Time: John Paul Crawford

Flowers:  Donna & Diana Hagens, in memory of their father, Wilbert Hagens

September 17, 2017

Presiding Minister: Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister: Lloyd Haskins (1); Dick Fink (2)

Lector: Marge Kretschmar (1); Mike Kamensky (2)

Cantor:

Communion Asst.: (1); Denise Sheehan (2)

Acolyte: Mark Weston (2)

Media Asst.: Jim Tarsi (1); Dick Fink (2)

Ushers: Doug C, Bill S, Gary P, Mike B, Fred G (1);

                  Dave, Erica, Chapin & Luke Smith (2)

Altar Guild: Diane Smith (1); Kori Weston (2)

Tellers: Carol Gaskamp & Mindy Penland

Children’s Time: Felicia Wachsmann

Flowers: Nick & Barb Ferriola, celebrating Alan Sisco’s birthday

Other information:

“MATCHING GIFTS” –  Some contributors to Lord of Life may work for a company that matches gifts.  Please let Jennifer Niedert, Dick Fink or the church office know if this is the case and we will work with you and your employer to realize a matching contribution.”

SPIRITUAL GIFTS – God has given each Christian two vitally important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, his work of redemption, and thus forgiveness of sin. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the body of Christ and for the growth of God’s Kingdom. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.

Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of our spiritual gifts until they have been opened. This tool will help you begin to open your spiritual gifts by guiding you through scripture review, scripture references, and self-assessment inventory.

God has given each of us Spiritual Gifts to make us better prepared and equipped to perform in some areas of ministry better than others.  A person who is working within a ministry area that they are gifted for will be more effective in that ministry than one they are not gifted for.

Please fill out this FORM…    http://goo.gl/forms/OxD2BI1QrV. Once you complete the form, your answers will be reviewed and you will be sent an email with your top spiritual gifts.  Your top 3 gifts will also be shared with the corresponding ministries, so that we can assist you with putting your Spiritual Gifts to use. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

HILL COUNTRY MINISTRIES – Can goods and donations are always welcome and needed.  Please pick up a can or two next time you shop!