Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Friday, March 23, 2018


Announcements for Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th

Lent at Lord of Life
Wednesday Midweek Worship at 5:00 pm.

This week we welcome Rev. Dan Rift, Director of ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. Rev. Rift will lead a forum at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Each Wednesday following the worship service is a soup supper in the Social Hall. Tickets are $5.00 and on sale around worship services or through the church office. Tomato Basil Soup will be served on Wednesday, March 21.

Forty Day Challenge - Total donated to date: $36,498.00 
The Lord of Life Office building is in need of renovation; our reception area has no visible view of the front door, 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 through Easter Sunday to raise the necessary funds. Please use the envelope in the bulletin or mark a check with 40 Day Challenge.

March Total: $1,905.00
March Gratitude Gift is ELCA Fund for Leaders.
The ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship program supports students of tremendous promise attending ELCA seminaries. By making seminary more affordable, the ELCA Fund for Leaders enables more future ministers to go to seminary and helps them graduate with less debt, empowering those whom God calls into ministry to go and serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads.

Rice Is Nice! - March may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb in some parts of the country, but not in Arizona. However, the wheelbarrow will roar into the Narthex once again for the four weeks in March. This month we will be collecting rice; brown rice, white rice, multigrain or even Rice-a-Roni. It can be a box of rice or a bag of rice. Your choice will be the perfect choice. Rice is a great staple for families who are looking for help in times of need.

Easter Flowers - You may order your Easter flowers by using the envelopes located on the counters in the Narthex and placing them in the offering plate or drop it off at the church office. Cost is $16.00. Names of those being honored or memorialized will be included in the Easter bulletin. Requests must be received no later than Wednesday, March 21.

Church Clean-Up Day - Let’s spiff up the church campus in time for Easter Sunday. We will meet Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 am. There will be coffee and donuts! If we have a large group of people, we can get this accomplished in a short period of time. There are tasks for every level of ability.  

Welcome to W-ELCA - All new women members and current members not yet involved in a Circle are invited to attend a Welcome to W-ELCA time on Monday, March 19 at 1:30 pm. This gathering will acquaint you with the small groups (Circles) at our church. There will be information about projects and meetings that are of interest to women. Please come and join other new members for an informative and social time. Save the date!  

April Saturday Nite Life, April 7 at 6:15 pm - We are so happy to announce that the LOL Big Band will be playing at the April 7 Saturday Nite Life. Tickets ($10.00) are on sale around worship services or through the church office.  

Free Mini Concert - As many of you know, LOL Staff member Marsha Shaw as well as congregation members Dolores Huebner and Kathy Yagami are members of Westwind Harmony Chorus and they are directed by Marsha’s husband, Bill Shaw. They are preparing for Regional Contest in mid April and will be having a Mini Concert/Dress Rehearsal on Monday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in the Lord of Life Social Hall. All are welcome to come and encourage the chorus and enjoy the music!   

From Our Parish Nurse: Sign up for these classes!

¨ Monday, March 19 at 11:00 am - Retirement Living Options (Lunch provided). Call the church office to sign up. When is it time to consider a retirement community? Independent (rental or buy-ins), in-home care, skilled nursing, rehab facilities and memory care will be discussed. Julie Larson is the facilitator.  

¨ Monday, March 19 at 1:00 pm - Telephone Ministry. All interested people are invited. Questions? Contact Jan Fosen at 602-758-0875.

SOS Resource Guide - Please Help! - One of the primary challenges for persons who have lost their spouse is figuring out who to ask for help with many issues such as car or household repairs, tax preparation, transportation to the airport, etc. We are asking people to share resources/services with whom they have had a good experience. Surveys have been emailed to SOS folks. Please return your information by March 20. Thank you!

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 $5,624 per person is based on double occupancy. There are more details in the LifeLines. 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.

SOS (Survived our Spouses) will have our final Spring Happy Hour on Monday, March 26, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the home of Joanne Miner, 15439 W. Cypress Point Drive in Sun City Grand in Surprise. It will be a potluck Happy Hour/Early Bird Dinner so please bring appetizers, salads, main dishes or desserts; whatever you wish to bring!  Please bring your own adult beverage if that is your preference! We look forward to gathering in a more informal setting that will provide the opportunity to meet more people and share our experiences as we navigate our lives as single people. RSVP to Joanne Miner at (623) 584-4434. We look forward to seeing YOU there!

LOL Glory Singers: Monday, March 19 - This LOL Choir will perform at the El Dorado, 10330 W. Thunderbird, Sun City at 2:00 pm and then at Casa Del Rio, 12751 Plaza Del Rio Blvd., Sun City at 3:00 pm. All are welcome!

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.

West Side Tremble Clefs 10th Anniversary Celebration - All are invited to this informational celebration. Tremble Clefs is a nationwide singing group for people with Parkinson’s disease, their family members and care-partners. You are invited to come and learn about the Tremble Clef Program on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Sun City Grand. RSVP by March 16 by calling 480-648-5212.