Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Sunday, February 25, 2018


Announcements for Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th

Lent at Lord of Life
On Wednesday, February 14 we celebrate Ash Wednesday with services at noon and 5:00 pm with the imposition of ashes. Wednesday Midweek Lenten services continue February 21 through March 21 at 5:00 pm followed by a soup supper in the Social Hall. Tickets for the soup suppers are $5.00 and are on sale around worship services or through the church office. Chicken Noodle Soup will be served on Wednesday, February 21.

Lenten Small Group Study
This year the topic will be “Prayer.” There are forms on the counters in the Narthex to fill out if you are interested in being a part of a group. Participation forms are available on the counters in the Narthex or in the church office. Study books are in the office.

Forty Day Challenge
The Lord of Life Office building is in need of renovation; our reception area has no visible view of the front door, the offices are not equipped for the advancements in technology; desks and desk drawers have literally been duct taped and shimmed with pieces of wood. Remarkably, our staff and pastors do not complain but we can do better for them and for our church facility. Do you remember the Lenten coin folders of your youth? We faithfully saved our money for the 40 days of Lent. With that in mind, we are giving the congregation a challenge; a 40 day challenge from Ash Wednesday, February 14 through Easter Sunday, April 1 to raise the necessary funds. Please use the envelope you received in the LifeLines or mark a check with 40 Day Challenge.

February Total: $960.00 
February Gratitude Gift is Thompson Ranch School
Thompson Ranch School is focused on preparing their students for opportunities of tomorrow by providing them with 21st Century skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity to ensure a successful future. Along with our financial assistance, we collect school supplies for the students and several of our members serve as tutors. 

Desert Streams Youth Fund Raiser - Saturday, February 17, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Join in a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for the youth. Tickets are 2 for $20.00 and reservations are required (Call Lisa at 661-406-3110). Address: 10330 N. Cotton Lane.

 Concerts at Lord of Life:

· Manhattan Dolls - Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 pm. Don’t miss the Manhattan Dolls as they perform their heart-warming show, “Sentimental Journey, Music from the WWII Era in the style of the Andrews Sisters.” Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” or if you’re “In the Mood,” get up and dance to these wonderful tunes! As always, they will take time to honor our brave men and women in the military and veterans. We hope to see you there! Freewill offering.

· Michelle & Roger Frisch - Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 pm. - Roger Frisch has been a member of the MN orchestra for 23 years, is a prize winner of the Herrmann Violin Competition and the Coleman Intl Chamber Music Competition. He will play his violin, date 1772 here at Lord of Life. Frisch made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the orchestra. Roger’s wife, Michele Antonella Frisch, is principal flutist of MN Opera and on staff at Northwestern University, St Paul, MN, having played principal for Pavarotti, the New York City Ballet, American Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and New York, Houston and Joffrey Ballet Companies. For tickets ($10) call church office 623-584-2000.

 · Carpenter’s Tools International - February 17 & 18 during Worship.  Be sure to be at worship next weekend with CTI Music leading our worship. Yes, we’ll still have our Pastors, communion, etc. but CTI will sing in a little more contemporary music, plus tell of their ministry in other countries. If you have grandchildren between 18-30 years of age, you can get information about doing a short term mission project.

 Men’s Book Club
As the Arizona Legislature takes up the issue of the opiate epidemic, join the Men’s Book Group to read Sam Quinones “Dreamland,” which looks at the origins and nuances of this epidemic which has spread across the country. The group will meet on February 14 at 10:00 am and will be over in time for noon Ash Wednesday service. Join us!

Communion Assistant Meeting - Monday, February 12 at 11:00 am
This meeting is for all former, seasoned and hope-to-be Communion Assistants! Let’s get together so we can all work together!

Chrismon Workshop - If you would like to learn to make the Chrismons that are given to the Congregation on Christmas, there will be a workshop on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00 am. For more information, contact Edna Bizzigotti at 623-546-3388. This is a fun project that you can do at home!

Coordinator Needed for the Monday Golf Group
The current coordinator, Harold Allen, is moving out of state and will be unable to continue to coordinate the Monday Golf Group. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to step up now so they can learn the ropes before March 1 when you would take over the position. If you are interested call Harold at 623-466-9942.   

10:30 Greeters! If you haven’t been contacted to greet at the 10:30 service recently please contact Marie Krause at 623-584-6359.

Seminary Students Visit Lord of Life
Shaun O’Reilly
lives part-time in Berkeley, CA and part-time in Reno, NV. He is the Director of Faith Formation at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Reno, NV. Shaun is raising twin daughters and is currently earning his Certificate of Advance Theological Studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary while he’s completing his Masters of Divinity coursework with Luther Seminary in Minnesota. He also has a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Reno. We look forward to meeting this very busy man.

Athena Bless is from Asheboro, NC and attended Catawba College where she played soccer and majored in Religion and Philosophy. During college, Athena worked summers at Lutherock, a Lutheran camp in the NC mountains, where she first felt her call to ministry. Athena received her MDiv from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and is now a CATS (Lutheran Year) student at PLTS. She was married last August to fellow Camp Lutherock counselor, before moving to California. Athena would like to thank LOL for their support of her studies and continued support of the seminary and its students.

 From Our Parish Nurse: Sign up for these classes!

¨ Protecting Seniors from Fraud - Monday, February 12 from 10:00 am - 12 Noon. Presented by Brian Huebner & Suzanne Thomas

¨ Wednesday, February 14 at 11:00 am. Light Beams, a new support group for visually handicapped. Dr. Vanessa McCarthy is the facilitator.

¨ Friday, February 16 at 10:00 am. Veterans Benefits explained.

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.

Fellowship Committee
Fellowship Committee meeting date has been changed to Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.

Trip to The Holy Land
Pastor Steve Beyer and his wife, Toni, are escorting an awesome pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 15-23, 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. Brochures are available on the Narthex counters or in the church office.

Thrivent Choice Dollars - Since 2010, over $370 million has been distributed to thousands of Churches, schools, and other non-profits just like Lord of Life. Based on member recommendations, Lord of Life received $6,990 in charitable outreach funding in 2017. As a reminder, 2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018. If you are interested materials are available in the Promote Thrivent Choice section on Thrivent.com. 


Please join us for an SOS (Survived our Spouse) Happy Hour on Monday, February 26, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Social Hall. You don’t have to be a “member” of our group to attend. Anyone who has lost their spouse or feels like they share a similar life situation is welcome. We had a wonderful gathering in January, and look forward to seeing even more folks in February. Bring an appetizer to share. RSVP to Joanne Miner at 623-584-4434. Volunteers are still needed to join SOS folks as we host the Lenten Soup Supper on Wednesday, February 21. This is a great opportunity to provide a service to the church and to get to know other SOS people better. Please call Carol Karsten at 623-328-8099 to volunteer or for additional information.