Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Monday, December 11, 2017


Announcements for Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd


Christmas Giving Tree:
Thank you to everyone who has already returned their wrapped gifts. Wrapped gifts are due back by December 10. Thank you to the many volunteers that are busy sorting the 423 gifts. The Christmas Giving Tree program is providing gifts for 369 children and 54 seniors from 100 families from Thompson Ranch, Desert Oasis, and Nadaburg Elementary Schools and Pan de Vida Lutheran Church. 

November Total: $7,465.00
December Gratitude Gift is ELCA Good Gifts
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. Members and friends of Lord of Life can support ELCA Good Gifts using the blue Gratitude Gift Envelopes or via the Lord of Life website: www.lolaz.org/donations. Catalogs are on the Narthex counters.
From the Music Department

· Come to Lord of Life for Celestial Music. On Sunday, December 3, at 5:00 pm, our concert series is hosting a large harp ensemble as well as a 12 voice women’s choir who will present a program of Advent and Christmas Music. Director is Dr. Heidi Hernandez, harpist of the Phoenix Symphony. They are excited to come here and we are excited to hear them! Invite your neighbors and friends. Refreshments follow. Freewill Offering.

· On Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 pm, our Lord of Life Choirs are presenting an Advent/Christmas program. “People Look East,” “Riu, Riu, Chiu,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” are some of the selections. Come and enjoy!

Dinner for Six or Seven…
This is a great way to get to know each other. Please sign up for Dinner for Six - Seven to be held in members’ homes January, February and March 2018. The hosts provide the entrée and beverage. Guests bring a salad or dessert and/or other items as desired. This is for singles as well as for couples. Forms are available on the counters in the Narthex or in the church office.

Christmas Stockings
Please bring filled or empty Christmas stockings to the church office for Lutheran Social Services.

Council Nominations
The Council Nominating Committee has identified three excellent candidates for the three positions available on our Church Council to serve for the years 2018 through 2020. The Council Nominating Committee is comprised of the outgoing Council members, three members of the congregation and our Senior Pastor. Our Constitution allows that we accept nominations “From the Floor.” The election of our new Council will occur around worship services on December 9 and December 10.

Caroling, caroling, here we go...
Lord of Life wishes to go caroling to group homes and private homes of people who have difficulty “getting out and about.” We’ll have two groups (or more) going. Meet on Monday, December 18 in the Chapel at 9:30 am to get started. A second group will go at 10:30 am (after Men’s Group). If you have the opportunity, please let Gloria know which group works best for you. Blessings!

Women’s Retreat - Save the Date!
Bloom Where You are Planted is the theme of the Women’s Retreat in February. The retreat will be at the beautiful Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Cave Creek and the date is February 4 & 5. Pastor Kim Sterner will be the retreat leader. All women are welcome and registration forms may be found on the Narthex counters or in the church office. 

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  18. You may designate this as a memorial. An acknowledgment will be in the Christmas bulletins. The poinsettias will be available for pickup after the  Christmas Day worship service.

Service of Remembrance - Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary
This service is unique in that it is offered specifically as a way to remember those who we have loved and lost. We lift them up in prayer by name, we light candles, we remember that our loved ones will always be a part of any celebration we have. We remember that death isn’t the end. We remember that even as we get our hopes up for the coming of the Christ Child we need to hold each other up. We are alone but never alone. We live with grief but we live. Let’s celebrate the promise together! And don’t forget to “get your hopes up!”

Men’s Groups

· Caring & Sharing - This group meets every Monday at 9:00 am. This is a small group format where men get to know each other more personally, share concerns, and a topic of the day.

· Men’s Book Discussion Group - This group will meet  Wednesday, December 13 to discuss “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, a look at the social, economic and cultural issues faced by working class white populations in the United States. Contact Harry Jebsen at  623-547-7410  or  hjebsen@aol.com  for more information.  

Transportation to Worship Services
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.

SOS (Survived Our Spouse)
The SOS Directory is available in the church office for those who previously filled out a Survey. If you would like to join the group, you can fill out the survey available in the church office.

Pilgrimage 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. Brochures are available in the church office. Collette offers an "early booking discount” of $200.00 per person. Call Annette Bergan for questions at 623-340-1337. We have set January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm for a presentation. Come, enjoy a rootbeer float and learn about the tour. There is no obligation. 

Two Health Topics from Nurse Ruth
On December 8 from 9:00 - noon, there is a free Parkinson’s Screening at BSHRI. Also on December 8 from 10:00 - 11:00 am will be a seminar by Sun Health on Healthy Meals for Cancer patients at the Colonnade.

The Buildings & Grounds Group is looking for help assembling the Luminaries for the LOL Campus on Saturday, December 23 at 9:00 am. Please call Mick Anderson at 623-444-0530 for questions.

Just a Short Note About the LOL Christmas Dinner
The dinner is this Wednesday, December 6 at Briarwood Country Club. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This event is sold out, however, if you wish to be on the waiting list, please contact the church office.

Glory Singers in Surprise
The LOL Glory Singers will be performing on Monday, December 4 at Lucy Ann’s Place, 16762 N Greasewood, Surprise at 2:00 pm and then at 3:00 pm at Surprise Memory Care, 16465 N. Parkview Place, Surprise.

Next New Member Class
If you are interested in becoming Full or Associate members of Lord of Life, the next classes will be Tuesday, January 16 & 23 and will be welcomed during worship services the weekend of January 27 & 28. Please note: Dates in the newsletter are incorrect.