Current News:

HARVEST FEST RECAP – Harvest Festival 2018 proceeds totaled almost $2,000 this year. The money was designated to purchase holiday gifts and clothing for the 4 families sponsored last year (from Operation Blue Santa). Due to generous members, most of the Angels were sponsored, so funds can also go to additional gifts (including gift cards) for the families. In addition, new toys will be purchased to give to Operation Blue Santa as there is a need for ages 11-15 to be sponsored.

CHURCH COUNCIL OPPORTUNITY – The Nominating Committee of Lord of Life is currently meeting to prayerfully select members of the congregation to be up for election for the 2019-2021 Council at the annual congregational meeting in January.  If you would like to be a member of the Council or have any questions about the role of a council member, please contact: Carol Gaskamp (, Deb Grunska (, or Barb Haskins (

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

CHURCH & TREE DECORATING – We will decorate the church and Christmas tree, and hang the outside lights on our deck, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 pm. We’d love to have everyone come join us for this fun time!

CAROLING, COOKIES & COCOA – Neighborhood Caroling is on Sunday, Dec. 9. Meet at the church at 5:30 pm, then we will go caroling in the Davis Springs Neighborhood and return to the church for hot cocoa, cider and cookies. Wearing Christmas colors and Santa hats are encouraged.

MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICES – We continue with mid-week Advent services at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm on Dec. 12, and Dec. 19.  We hope you’ll be able to join us as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

ANGEL TREE SPONSOR A FAMILY – Lord of Life is sponsoring the same families for the holidays as last December and over the summer. Take an Angel off the tree to purchase a clothing item or toy/gift for a family member. Returned UNWRAPPED item by Dec 12 (with gift receipt for clothing inside). If you took a tag – please let Jacque Wachsmann know what you selected so she can make sure all members are covered ( Let’s make the holidays special for these families.

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, 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. This year we are ordering our poinsettias from BIG, the Brookwood community in Georgetown, an organization that helps adults with special needs. This is a link to their website ( The cost per plant is $13.50 with all proceeds going to BIG. You can pay the full amount of $13.50, or pay $10 per plant and the church will cover the rest (as we’ve subsidized in past years). The deadline to order is Sunday, Dec. 16. 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 Deb Grunska.

CAROLING TO HOME-BOUND MEMBERS – The choir will be singing to our Home-Bound members on Dec. 16 from 1:00 – 5:00; we will meet at the church around 12:45. We would like to invite everyone to join us! We have so much fun visiting and singing to our home-bound members; and they love having us come sing to them! Please consider joining us. We sing classic Christmas hymns; no need to know harmonies – just feel free to sing along with the melody.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Dec. 24, 4:00 pm (Children’s Svc), 5:30 & 7:30 pm

HOLIDAY SERVICE TIMES – There will be regular service times at 8:15 am & 10:45 am on Sunday, December 23rd & Sunday, December 30th. There will NOT be any Sunday Educations classes on these days. Sunday Education classes will resume on January 6th.

ELCA GOOD GIFTS – Again this year, on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6, we’ll have ELCA Good Gifts ornaments on our Christmas trees. Please consider taking an ornament and purchasing what you select. Place a check for the cost of the ornament you select in the offering plate, indicating in the Notes section what you are purchasing. This is a wonderful opportunity to help the ELCA address world hunger. There will be ELCA Good Gifts catalogs in the Worship Center or visit their website at

FLOWER CHART – Members of Lord of Life have blessed and adorned our sanctuary with beautiful flowers in praise and honor to our Lord and for other special events in their lives during 2018. Thanks for your generosity – now it’s time to do it again!! The new flower chart for 2019 is out in the Welcome Center. Hurry and sign up. Let’s see how fast we can fill it up so you can have the special dates you would like. (More than one can sign up for any Sunday).

RIDE TO CHURCH NEEDED – Edith would like to come to worship but she can no longer drive. We’d like to encourage other members to sign up on a rotational basis to bring her to/from. Please choose one or two Sundays on the calendar. To access Edith Swartz’s CareCalendar site, visit and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:

Calendar ID   :   273582

Security code :   2669

TROOP 150 WOOD YARD – The Boy Scout Troop 150 now has firewood for sale. Check out their website at for more info. Printed order forms are also available in the Welcome Center.

Education News:

SUNDAY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION classes continue every Sunday at 9:30 am. Youth will meet in the assigned classrooms. Adults will have two classes to choose from. See those choices below. We pray that Sunday Education will be a commitment you will make to God! Faith is a journey and we all can learn/share/serve God through attending to our own faith journey! Step up and make that commitment today! Register during Celebration Sunday on August 26th at 9:30. Questions? Contact Wendy Waggoner at

  • ADULT BIBLE STUDY – “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People” by Nadia Bolz-Weber. WHAT IF THE PERSON YOU’VE BEEN TRYING TO AVOID IS YOUR BEST SHOT AT GRACE TODAY? … AND WHAT IF THAT IS THE POINT? … God keeps showing up in the least likely of people­–a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop, and a gun-toting member of the NRA. In a time when many have rightly become disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike. This study will meet in the Café at 9:30.
  • WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – The women’s study starting this fall will explore the book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs. Join us as we delve into some favorite verses for a deeper understanding while working on finding time with God each and every day. This study will meet in the Office Conference room at 9:30 join us when you can!

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – Bible Study on the book of Mark, continues Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Café.

THURSDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP – Thursdays at 9:45 am in the Lakeline Target snack bar. (*Note* – you will enter Target at the opposite end from before). We are studying Jonah, the whale guy: a study about Grace. I already have the books and hope to see you all there. Contact: Marge Kretschmar,, for more information.

Upcoming News/Important Dates to Remember:

OFFICE CLOSED – Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

SPECIAL HIGH CHURCH SERVICE – We will hold a special High Church service on Jan. 6. This is the style of worship familiar to Martin Luther and the early Lutherans. We hope you will be able to join us for this special service at both the early and late services on Jan. 6.

Upcoming Sunday Summer Service Volunteers:

December 9, 2018

Presiding Minister:              Pastor Skip Wachsmann

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

Children’s Time:                 1) N/A                                    2) John Paul Crawford

Communion Asst:               1) N/A                                   2) Mike & Pam Kamensky

Lector:                                   1) Nell Pennington              2) Brynn Waggoner

Acolyte:                                 1) (VACANT)                       2) (VACANT)

Media Asst.:                          1) Jim Tarsi                           2) Luke Smith

Ushers:                                   1) Doug Caldwell, Bill Saegert, Gary Parsons

                                                2) Brad & Bryce Sheehan, Dave & Erica Smith

Altar Guild:                           1) Lyn Caldwell                   2) Deb Grunska

Flowers:                                 Horace & Nell Pennington, in memory of their son, Wayne

Tellers:                                  Julia Neeley & Ronnie Wachsmann

December 16, 2018

Presiding Minister:              Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister:              1) Lloyd Haskins                 2) Oscar Lopez

Children’s Time:                 1) N/A                                    2) Felicia Wachsmann

Communion Asst:               1) N/A                                   2) Carol Alessi

Lector:                                   1) Donna Hagens                 2) David Ladolcetta

Acolyte:                                 1) (VACANT)                       2) (VACANT)

Media Asst.:                          1) Lloyd Haskins                 2) Chuck Neeley

Ushers:                                   1) Doug Caldwell, Bill Saegert, Gary Parsons, Fred Grampp

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

Altar Guild:                           1) Marge Kretschmar         2) Chuck/Julia Neeley

Flowers:                                 Duarte Family, celebrating Roman’s 18th birthday

Tellers:                                  Julia Neeley & Ronnie Wachsmann