Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Monday, December 10, 2018


Announcements for Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9

December Gratitude Gift: ELCA Good Gifts

Total: $1,620.00
ELCA Good Gifts, the designated Lord of Life Gratitude Gift recipient for December, supports projects and programs worldwide that help people build better lives. Good Gifts provides everything from malaria education and prevention to disaster response to “starting points” that range from a dozen baby chicks, to a pair of goats, to a village well. But wait! There’s more! In addition to providing hope to the recipients, Good Gifts can provide a unique present to the people on your Christmas shopping list. A donation you make in their honor (and symbolized by gift cards you can mail or wrap and put under the tree). You’ll hear more about Good Gifts throughout Advent, and you can read more online at http://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts.

Christmas Giving TreeReminder: Wrapped gifts are due back at the church by Sunday, December 9.  The Christmas Giving Tree program is providing gifts for 249 children, 97 teens and 46 seniors from 102 families from Thompson Ranch, Desert Oasis, and Nadaburg Elementary Schools and Pan de Vida Lutheran Church. Also, thank you for your generous Gratitude Gifts which lit up the Giving Tree.  Your donations to the November Gratitude Gift are providing food certificates to each of the 102 families and $35 Kohl’s gift cards for the 46 seniors and 97 teens.  Lord of Life is buying all the gift cards for the teens and seniors.  This year the cost of the food certificates and Kohl’s gift cards is $9,960.  Thank you for your substantial support of this effort to make Christmas a more joyous time for our neighbors in need. 

S-I-F-T Gifts
There is still one month left to bring an unwrapped gift of a small toy, stuffed animal or a book for a young child. The box for these gifts is at the Welcome Center.  Let’s see if we can fill it up for the new Lutheran Preschool starting at Celebration Church in Peoria. Envelopes for monetary donations are also on the counter if that is easier for you. Thank you in advance.

Book Club
The next meeting is December 17 at 1:00.  We will be discussing The Christmas Boxby Richard Paul Evans.  Please bring a wrapped book and Christmas cookies to share!

Men’s Book Group
All men of the church are welcome to join us.  There will be no meeting in December and the book for January will be Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. For a list of the books for February, March, April and May send an email to Harry Jebsen at hjebsen@aol.com or see the LifeLines.

Get Your Blood Pressure Checked at Lord of Life
Heart disease is a silent disease. Get your blood pressure checked after the 5:00pm Saturday service or at 9:30am between the Sunday services. The LOL BP room is staffed by members who are doctors, nurses and paramedics.

It’s Poinsettia Time!
You can order your Christmas poinsettias by using the Poinsettia envelopes on the counters in the Narthex, and also in the church office. The cost is $15.00. Deadline is Monday, December 16. You may designate this as a memorial. An acknowledgment will be in the Christmas bulletins. The poinsettias will be available for pickup after Christmas Day.

Viking River Cruise
If you are considering joining Pastor Kim on the Grand European Viking River Cruise in May of 2019, please contact Karen & Tom Teichman at 623-444-8024 for more information.  

From the Parish Nurse
- December 10: 9:30 -12:00 Living With Diabetes. Presented by the Area Agency on Aging. Call the Church Office to Register.
- December 11 & 18: 1:30-3:00. How Your Loved One Can Remain Independent at Home. At Benevilla.  (Free)
- December 11: 2:00 Dementia Support Group & Timeout Christmas party
- December 13: 9:00 Prostate Support Group
- December 20: 1:00 What is Stem Cell Therapy? At the Colonnade.

Service of Remembrance and Hope
December 12 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Feed My Starving Children
Come one, come all!! Please join us for the Feed My Starving Children 2019 MobilePack Committee organizational meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 pm.  The more hands, the more fun working together. We have volunteer opportunities to fit all talents and interests, so please join us to select something you would enjoy doing to help prepare for this fun event. Meeting time will be approximately 1 hour.

St. Lucia Christmas Concert – Presented by our Lord of Life Choirs
December 13 & 14 at 6:00 pm. These concerts are full of familiar Christmas music that you’ll want to invite your family and friends to hear. No tickets are needed.

Christmas Caroling
December 19 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Meet in the Chapel at 9:00 am.

Help Assemble Luminarias
December 22 at 9:00 am. Contact Don Hanson: 623-584-0485.

Christmas at Lord of Life
- December 22: 5:00 pm
- December 23: 8:30 & 10:30 am
- December 24: 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 pm
- December 25: 10:00 am

Communion will be celebrated at all services. 

Next Week’s Lessons:
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Altar flowers this weekend are from Terri and Dean Campbell in honor of their 47th Wedding Anniversary.