Current News:

CHILI COOK-OFF CANCELLED – The Chili & Cobbler Cook-Off scheduled for Sunday, February 11th at 12:30 pm has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

YOUTH NIGHT CANCELLED! – Due to illnesses this youth has been cancelled.  Please contact Tony (tlopez_78729@yahoo.com) or Erica (ericamathresmith@att.net) with questions.

PRAYER REQUESTS – To keep the prayer list current and allow room for the addition of new names, we need to know if there are any names that can be removed. If you have submitted a name to the prayer list that is now okay to be removed, please let Kelley at the office know so that she can remove them from the list. Email office@lordoflifeaustin.org Thank you!

TOWN HALL MEETING – Lord of Life Lutheran Church Congressional Council will be hosting a town hall meeting on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Lunch will be served. Council will be sharing their work from their Fall 2017 retreat with emphasis on their 1-year goal, 5-year vision plan for Lord of Life Lutheran Church while focusing on the challenges ahead and the path forward with the finances of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Please Mark your calendars and plan to attend. John Duarte – Council President

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST – The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be on February 10th 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.

CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE – Books for children needed! The Evangelism and Outreach Ministry Team has received a request from the Assistance League of Austin to participate in a book drive for Operation School Bell, a program for students who are identified as economically disadvantaged. When the students arrive at Operation School Bell, they receive new clothes–enough for a week of school- plus a pair of shoes-and they get to choose 2 books to take home with them. Books are also delivered to Oak Springs Elementary School, where 92% of the students are identified as economically disadvantaged.

Thank you for donating new or gently used books to bring the joy of reading to students who may not otherwise have books of their own. A bin will be in the Welcome Center until Sunday, February 18th.

ASH WEDNESDAY – Ash Wednesday services will be held at 11:30 and 7:00 on February 14.  Both services will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES – Mid-week Lenten services will be held at 11:30 and 7:00 every Wednesday from February 21 through March 21.  We will celebrate Holy Communion at both services. Again this year, we will use services from “Holden Prayer Around the Cross.”  These services include repetitive song, prayer, scripture, and time for quiet meditation and reflection.  We hope you will be able to join us as we intentionally take the time to be still…and know God.

SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS SYNOD INTRODUCING THE NEW VISTA LITE – The SW TX Synod is introducing the new Vista lite, a monthly one-page pdf newsletter. They have discontinued the quarterly mailings to members. The weekly eNews will continue.  Go to their website at: www.swtsynod.org to download your copy of the Vista lite each month.

CARECALENDAR FOR JIM TARSI & FAMILY – As Jim’s medical appointments and home/hospital schedule is subject to change at any time, please be sure to contact Cindy BEFORE bringing any meal or a home visit that you have signed up for to ensure that someone will be home to receive it. She may be reached at 512-699-7913 or jactar@gmail.com. There are still a few unmet needs…Please sign up today! IMPORTANT NOTE – IF YOU SIGN UP FOR A VISIT, YOU MUST BE COMPLETELY WELL DUE TO JIM’S COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEM.

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The helper logon is used by family and friends that would like to sign-up to help a loved one. To access Jim & Cindy Tarsi’s CareCalendar site, visit https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/265208 and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:

Calendar ID:   265208                    

Security Code:   4090

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) PERSONAL CARE KITS will be assembled by Kindred Sisters on Tuesday, March 6 with YOUR help of item contributions.  THANK YOU …  Each Kit Contains: Dark LIGHT-WEIGHT bath-size TOWEL (Between 20”x40” & 52” x 27”), Two (4-5 oz) Bath-size bars of SOAP (Original Pkg), Adult-size TOOTHBRUSH (Original Pkg), Sturdy COMB (Wide tooth), Metal NAIL CLIPPER (preferably w/ file), or a Monetary Donation.  Place items in LWR Box in Welcome Center by Sunday, FEB 25, 2018.  Thank you.  Check out LWR at www.LWR.org  Questions:  Glenace Klinker 512-671-3690

EDUCATION NEWS

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONTINUES EVERY SUNDAY AT 9:30

UPCOMING ADULT SUNDAY MORNING STUDY:  THIS ADULT STUDY WILL START ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT THE 9:30 HOUR 

GIVING TO GOD-THE BIBLE’S GOOD NEWS ABOUT LIVING A GENEROUS LIFE BY MARK ALLEN POWELL.  Filled with good news for followers of Jesus, Giving to God shows Christians the way to a better life and a better relationship with their money — and with God. Powell presents stewardship as an act of worship, an expression of faith, and a discipline for spiritual growth. Faithful use of our time, talents, and money starts with a deep, satisfying relationship with the God to whom we belong. We can then learn, says Powell, to give gladly and generously out of our heartfelt connection with God.

*** IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING IN THIS STUDY, PLEASE CONTACT Wendy Waggoner at wcwaggoner@gmail.com or 512-773-9450 ASAP, so we can be sure to have enough materials for the start of this class.

CONTINUING STUDIES:

CREATION: THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE BY JUSTO GONZALEZ – How and why God loves us—God’s good creation This book will talk about the doctrine of creation and invite us to look closely at who God is and who we are in relationship with God. JOIN US IN THE SANCTUARY.

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 MEETS IN THE CAFÉ.

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. A STUDY FOR WOMEN WHICH MEETS IN THE OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – From 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the café for prayer and study.

THURSDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP – Resumes on 1-18-18 at the Target Store (Lakeline snack area at 9:45am. Contact: Marge Kretschmar mdkretschmar@gmail.com

Upcoming News:

FATHER/TEEN SON RETREAT – for sons in Grades 6-12 and their fathers at Ebert Ranch Camp February 23 – 25, 2018. Are you on target for some “danger”? Teens and their dads are invited to come to the ranch for a weekend of “dangerous” activities like skeet shooting, horseback riding, Bible study, the ropes course and others that are just plain fun! Dare yourselves, make camp-style memories and grow in faith together. Stay in comfortable Lela Haus with other fathers and sons. Early Bird Cost: Fathers: $125, Sons: $85. Register at www.CrossTrails.org

Upcoming Sunday Service Volunteers:

February 4, 2018

Presiding Minister:  Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Acolyte:                     (1) N/A                              (2)

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

Assisting Minister:  (1) Lloyd Haskins           (2) Denise Sheehan

Children’s Time:     (1) N/A                              (2) Wendy Waggoner

Communion Asst:   (1)                                       (2)

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

Media Asst.:              (1) Lloyd/Barb Haskins (2) Luke Smith

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

                                    (2) Dave, Erica & Chapin Smith, Mark Waggoner

Flowers:                     Lloyd & Barb Haskins

Tellers:                      Chuck Neeley & Barb Haskins

February 11, 2017

Presiding Minister:  Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Acolyte:                     (1) N/A                              (2)

Altar Guild:               (1) Deanna Brown           (2) Kori Weston

Assisting Minister:  (1) Marilee Parsons         (2) Dick Fink

Children’s Time:     (1) N/A                              (2) Denise Sheehan

Communion Asst:   (1)                                       (2) David Ladolcetta

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

Media Asst.:              (1) Lloyd/Barb Haskins (2) Bryce Sheehan

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

                                    (2) Dave, Erica, Chapin & Luke Smith

Flowers:

Tellers:                      Chuck Neeley & Barb Haskins

Other information:

TELLERS NEEDED – We are in need more volunteers for tellers. Responsibilities include counting money after late service and special events. Each team of two people counts for a month, once per quarter. If interested, please contact Julia Neeley at Julia_neeley@yahoo.com.

 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).

INFORMAL PHOTO DIRECTORYARE WE MISSING YOU??? – It is easy to get included in the Lord of Life Photo Directory!!  You have multiple options to get included:

¨ Bring a photo to church and drop it in the photo basket in the Narthex.

¨ Email a photo to Kelley at office@lordoflifeaustin.org, or to Nick at nlferriola@netscape.net.

¨ Take a selfie and text it to Nick at 512.772.9821.

¨ Check with Barb or Nick after the service, and they will take your picture for you!

¨ Follow the link to easily upload your own photo to insert into the church directory.  You can even take a selfie now and upload it.

And did you know that you can log in online to see the directory?  The new feature makes it easy for all members to gain access to our directory for quick and easy access on your PC.  Follow the link www.instantchurchdirectory.com and log in as “member.”  The directory can also be added as a free app on iPhones, Android phones and Kindles.  Go to the app store on your device and download the app “instantchurchdirectory” and install/log on.