Current News:

KADYN WESTON MEMORIAL SERVICE – There will be a memorial service for Kadyn Weston at 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 9th, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, if you want to make a donation in Kadyn’s name, here are some charities she would like:

http://www.treefolks.org/                                   http://kidsinanewgroove.org/

https://www.caritasofaustin.org/                      https://www.austingrief.org/

GAME NIGHT TOMORROW – Come One, Come All… to a fun-filled game night at Lord of Life on December 1st at 6:30 pm. We will have Bunco, Mexican Train Dominos, and other games to play, or you may bring your favorite. Please bring a snack to share. Any questions, contact Barb Ferriola at bjferriola@netscape.net

KINDRED SISTERS CHRISTMAS PARTY (OFF-SITE) – The Kindred Sisters Potluck Christmas Party will be held at Glenace Klinker’s home at 15004 Cordero Drive, Austin, TX, (Davis Spring subdivision by LOLLC) on Tuesday, Dec. 5th, at 10:30 a.m.  Please bring a favorite food to share, and wear something festive!  All ladies of LOLLC are cordially invited to attend!   This is a wonderful opportunity to have prayer, fellowship, and a wonderful meal, and ready our hearts and minds for the Blessed Christmas Season!  We hope to see you there!  Any questions – please e-mail Joanne Forseth at joforseth@gmail.com.

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

CHURCH & TREE DECORATING – Join us to decorate the church & tree for Christmas on December 9th, 1-3 pm.

ORNAMENTS – This year we will use ornaments to adorn our Christmas tree.  Please help us make our tree extra special by bringing your favorite ornament to place on the tree any time between Dec. 9 thru Dec. 23.  You can take them home again any time after the 7:30 pm service on Dec. 24.

CAROLING, COOKIES AND COCOA – Sunday, Dec 10, 5:30 pm meet at church for caroling in Davis Spring. Afterwards, we will decorate homemade cookies and enjoy hot cocoa. Dressing in Christmas colors and wearing Santa hats is encouraged!

ANGEL TREE – Adopt a Family Member – Lord of Life is sponsoring two families and an individual for the holidays. Take an angel off the narthex tree and purchase items listed for that person (there are multiple angels for each family member – clothes, toys, personal needs, etc). Details are in this Sunday’s bulletin insert. Items need to be returned and wrapped/ready by Wed, Dec 13. Contact Felicia Wachsmann (mrs1stlady@sbcglobal.net) or Denise Sheehan (denisesheehan16@gmail.com) with any questions.

POINSETTIAS – Please help us beautify our sanctuary on Christmas Eve by purchasing a poinsettia! Envelopes are available in the Welcome Center for the next few Sundays. To purchase one, please fill out the envelope and place it in the ushers’ baskets on the way out on Sunday mornings, or contact Kelley in the church office. The cost per plant is $9. The deadline to order is Sunday, December 17. You can pick up your plant(s) and take it home any time after the 7:30 service on Christmas Eve. If you have any questions, please contact the church office or Jessica Waggoner.

2018 FLOWER CHART – By the end of December the members of Lord of Life will have blessed and adorned our altar for 52 weeks with beautiful flowers in praise and honor to our Lord and other special events in their lives during 2017. Thanks for your generosity. Now it’s time to do it again!!  The new flower chart for 2018 is out in the Welcome Center. Hurry and sign up. Let’s see how fast we can fill it up and you can have the specials dates you would like. (More than 1 can sign up for any Sunday).

COUNCIL NOMINATING COMMITTEE – The Nominating Committee of Lord of Life is currently meeting to prayerfully select members of the congregation to be up for election for the 2018-2020 Council at the annual congregational meeting in January.  If you would like to be a member of the Council, please contact Dave Smith.  Please do not hesitate to contact Dave if you have any questions about the role of a council member.  Dave – 512-619-3104 or dsmith@actiondecorating.com

LWR STAMPOREE STAMPS – IMPORTANT Message from LWR Stamporee …. LOLLC has again filled another huge bag of used postage stamps.  HOWEVER, it is noted many are being cut too short around edge.  There must be at least ¼ inch of envelope around the stamp.  LWR cannot sell them without the “border” around the stamp.  The stamps are sold in bulk and proceeds are used to help pay postage for LWR Care Kits shipped around the world.  Thank you.  Questions:  Contact Glenace Klinker

WHAT’S GOD’S SLICE? – PLEDGE DRIVE COLLECTIONS CONTINUE – Just a reminder to bring your commitment cards to the altar during the offering to show your thankfulness for all God has given to you.

PROVERBS 3:9-10 (GNB)

Honor the Lord by making him an offering
from the best of all that your “hands produce”.

If you do, your barns will be filled with grain,
and you will have too much wine to store it all.

EDUCATION NEWS

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONTINUES AT 9:30 AM ON SUNDAYS. Youth classes will meet in their usual places. Adult Education has 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 class meets in the Café.

FOR WOMEN – BECOMING A VESSEL THAT GOD CAN USE – A ten-week study that shows how God accomplishes extraordinary things through ordinary people, transforming us into vessels He can use.

ENGAGING OTHERS, KNOWING OURSELVES: A LUTHERAN CALLING IN A MULTI-RELIGIOUS WORLD. This class meets in the Sanctuary.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – Meets in the café for prayer and study from 6:30-8:00 pm.

THURSDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP – Meets at the Target Store (Lakeline) snack area at 9:45am. Contact: Marge Kretschmar mdkretschmar@gmail.com

Upcoming News:

CHRISTMAS SKIT – Make plans to join us for a special Christmas Skit, “The Innkeeper’s Wife”, that the youth will be performing during the sermon portion of the late service on December 17.

FAMILY ADVENT RETREAT AT CAMP CHRYSALIS for families, couples and singles. December 15-17 (December 8-10 is full). Make a family gingerbread house. Participate in Bible study and arts and crafts. Early Bird Cost: Adults and Youth in Grades 7-12: $130. Youth in Grades K-6: $105. Preschool Youth: Free. Household Maximum $520. Register at www.CrossTrails.org or call Cross Trails at (830) 257-6340

CAMPERSHIPS – Both Lord of Life and Cross Trails (Camp Chrysalis and Ebert Ranch Camp) have campership funds. Because Cross Trails offers such a wonderful experience people continue to make generous donations to these funds. If cost is what is keeping you from attending a retreat please talk with Pr Skip (512-671-6100), Barb Haskins (512-689-6006) or Cross Trails (830-257-6340).

Upcoming Sunday Service Volunteers:

December 3, 2017

Presiding Minister: Pastor Skip Wachsmann

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

Lector: Nell Pennington (1); John Duarte (2)

Cantor:

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

Acolyte: (2)

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

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

                   Dave, Erica, Chapin & Luke Smith (2)

Altar Guild: Lyn Caldwell (1); Chuck Neeley (2)

Tellers: Julia Neeley & Ronnie Wachsmann

Children’s Time: Wendy Waggoner

Flowers:

December 10, 2017

Presiding Minister: Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister: Lloyd Haskins (1); John Paul Crawford (2)

Lector: Donna Hagens (1); Brynn Waggoner (2)

Cantor:

Communion Asst.: (1); Mike & Pam Kamensky (2)

Acolyte: Nathaniel Duarte (2)

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

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

                  Mike Kamensky, Dave & Erica Smith, Mark Waggoner (2)

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

Tellers: Julia Neeley & Ronnie Wachsmann

Children’s Time: John Paul Crawford

Flowers: Horace & Nell Pennington, in memory of our loved ones

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!