Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Announcements

Announcements for Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th
 

The 5 Most Important Questions
On Wednesdays through May 9 you are invited to join Pastor Beyer and members of the Church Council to explore “The 5 Most Important Questions,” as part of our 2020 Vision process. The questions were developed by Peter Drucker as a self-assessment tool for businesses. We are applying them to our ministry and mission as a church. This is your opportunity to ask the BIG questions and strategize our long-range plan! Pastor Beyer will facilitate.

          Apr 18   Who is Our Customer?

          Apr 25   What Does the Customer Value?
          May 2    What Are Our Results?
          May 9    What Is Our Plan?

Justice for God’s Planet and God’s People
We will gather on Wednesday evenings until May 2 to discuss topics related to Creation Justice. As we will only be meeting four times, there is, of course, only so much we will be able to cover on such a broad field, but it is my hope that we will be able to engage in some good discussion around this critical topic. I am by no means an expert, but I hope to present a few materials for us to use as springboards into our conversation together. Some of the materials we’ll be looking at include the ELCA’s Social Statement on Caring for Creation, articles from the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and others. We’ll explore together the impact of sin on our relationship with God, the rest of humanity, and the rest of Creation. We will also talk about the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Lastly, we will also talk about what gifts the church has to bring to this discussion in terms of hope. Hope to see you there!                                                             Kathleen

April Total: $3,345.00
April Gratitude Gift is ELCA World Hunger
Each year LOL generously supports the ELCA World Hunger program through our Christmas Project: “Good Gifts.” Hunger is a year round problem; please give generously to this month’s gratitude gift.

W-ELCA Service Project - Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 pm
We will be working on “Days for Girls” kits as our service project. These kits are distributed to countries where feminine care products are not available or affordable. When they don’t have feminine products they have to stay home from school. A kit includes two wash cloths, a bar of soap, 2 pairs of underwear, 2 shields, and 8 liners. We will be making the shields and liners. If you have a serger please bring it with dark thread in it. We need the following items: 

· Fabric (cotton or flannel prewashed, darker colors, no animals or symbols)

· Gallon size Ziploc bags (non-slider)

· Wash cloths (new cheap ones are more absorbent)

· 100% cotton briefs (adult sizes)
· Bar soap - small
 

Starting Friday, May 4 at 10:00 am, we will carpool from the church to Arrowhead Mall where we will walk the perimeter for one hour, then meet in the food court for a light lunch. Please register in the church office. You will be asked if you want a ride or are able to take a few of us in “your” car. There will be fast walkers and slow walkers. There are benches to rest as needed. You may even see some good sales! This is a great way to socialize during the HOT months and exercise. You may even stay and watch a movie after you walk!

 Note from Parish Nurse - April 17 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at Benevilla
Home is Where the Heart Is: Options for staying independent at home.

Transportation to Worship Services and other Lord of Life Events
¨ Envoy America will offer transportation to the 10:30 church service only. This service is for those who want to come to services but are either unable to find a ride or need extra assistance to get to church. There is no charge to the rider. Just call the church office by 2:00 pm on Thursday to make a reservation.

¨ Transportation to Other LOL Events! (no cost)
The LOL Shuttle Service through Discount Cab will transport LOL members from their residences in the Sun City West and Surprise area to participate in activities at Lord of Life. For reservations call Discount Cab 602-200-2000 and tell them you are from Lord of Life and give them this number: #2840; for wheelchair transportation use this number: #2840W.

Trip to The Holy Land - Pastor Steve Beyer and his wife, Toni, are escorting an awesome pilgrimage to the Holy Land departing October 10, 2018 with an optional four-day extension to Jordan. The tour is coordinated by Collette Tours and Bergan Travel. For more information, call Annette Bergan at 623-340-1337.

New LOL Tour - Lord of Life will be traveling on a 14 night Viking River Cruise with Pastor Kim May 2, 2019 from Amsterdam to Budapest. Total trip cost starting at $5,774 per person is based on double occupancy. Contact Karen & Tom Teichman, 623-444-8024 for more information.
 

Lord of Life Polo Shirts - We have LOL Polo shirts for men and women available for purchase in the church office in a variety of sizes. The cost is $20.00 each. If we don’t have your size, we will be glad to order for you.

Summer Address Change - Did you know that it takes the envelope company a minimum of 45 days to have your address changed or your envelopes stopped? Please let us know as soon as possible by completing the green address change form in the Narthex or office. Indicate if you want your envelopes sent to your summer address or stopped for the summer. Be assured that your gift is recorded accurately even in the absence of pre-printed envelopes.

Interested in being a member of Lord of Life?
There will be classes for new member on May 8 &15 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Lord of Life Social Hall. New members will be received during worship on the weekend of May 19 & 20. If you are interested in membership, either as a full or as an associate member, please speak with one of the pastors or call the church office at 623-584-2000.

School Kits Project
W-ELCA wants to thank everyone who helped with the Lutheran World Relief School Kits. A special “Thank You” to Carol DeAmbra for making 14 beautiful denim bags. We had a great time assembling the kits. All of the donations and work is greatly appreciated. We packed 114 kits and we will follow our boxes and see where they end up. You have really made a difference in a child’s life. Thank You!

 

Invitation to the Surprise Pops Band Concert
All are invited to this free concert on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 pm at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 North Parkview Place, Surprise, AZ.