Current News:

YEAR END DONATIONS TO LORD OF LIFE FOR 2018 – The Finance Ministry kindly requests that all donations to Lord of Life Lutheran Church that you wish designated for 2018 to be received by Dec. 31.

ANGEL TREE GIFTS – All gifts need to be turned in for Angel Tree – Thank you for your donations to sponsor family members for the holidays! All angels were sponsored however some of the gifts have not been turned in. The deadline was Wed., Dec 12. Please contact Jacque Wachsmann immediately if you have gifts as the deliveries are this upcoming week. jwachs59@gmail.com

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 (cdgaskamp@att.net), Deb Grunska (grunskadeb@gmail.com), or Barb Haskins (bmmhaskins@gmail.com).

POINSETTIAS – THIS SUNDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER – Please help us beautify our sanctuary on Christmas Eve by purchasing a poinsettia! Envelopes are available in the Welcome Center. 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 (http://brookwoodingeorgetown.org/). 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.

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

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 https://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts.

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 https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/273582 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 https://troop-150.trooptrack.com/ for more info. Printed order forms are also available in the Welcome Center.

 

Education News:

SUNDAY EDUCATION NEWS: ALL CLASSES WILL CONTINUE TO MEET ALL THROUGH DECEMBER! 

NEW CLASS STARTING: 

BAD FAITH: THE DANGER OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM by Dr. Neil Kressel

This is the first book to journey to the heart of religious militancy. Kressel, who has spent decades researching genocide, terrorism, and anti-Semitism, brings to bear the insights of psychology and social science on this significant and critical problem. He offers a clear and enlightening analysis of when and how religions become capable of inspiring evil. JOIN US IN THE CAFE FOR THIS INTERESTING STUDY

WOMEN’S STUDY will continue with the book, 31 VERSES, in the office conference room.

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, mdkretschmar@gmail.com, for more information.

 

Upcoming News/Important Dates to Remember:

 OFFICE CLOSED – Dec. 25 and 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 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) Donna Hagens                 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

 

December 23, 2018

Presiding Minister:              Pastor Skip Wachsmann

Assisting Minister:              1) Lloyd Haskins                 2) (VACANT)

Children’s Time:                 1) N/A                                    2) Dave Smith

Communion Asst:               1) Marge Kretschmar         2) David Ladolcetta

Lector:                                   1) Marge Kretschmar         2) Carol Alessi

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

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

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

2) Dave, Erica, Chapin & Luke Smith

Altar Guild:                           1) Marge Kretschmar         2) Dick Fink

Flowers:                                 Christmas Poinsettias

Tellers:                                  Julia Neeley & Ronnie Wachsmann