Alzheimer's Support Group
Care, Share and Prayer Women's Bible Study
Crafting and Chatting
Friends & Believers/People on the Go Combined!
Financial Peace
Kevin Saunders
Ladies Night
Men's Ministry
  Cooling Evening Crew
  Men Connecting to the Word
Monday Bible Study
Naomi Circle
Small Groups - Prayer Voices
Wednesday Bible Study
WELCA Convention
Women's Ministry
  New Women's Bible Study Jan. 2019
Women's Hiking Group
WOW - The Word on Wednesdays

  Adult Forum...



5:30 p.m. Family Friendly Dinner in CoC

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - All Programming

Please join us for a family-friendly dinner in the CoC beginning at 5:30 p.m. with programming for everyone starting at 6 p.m. 

Children (ages 4 – 6th grade) music/drama as well as small group prayer time, games, activities.  

Youth – (7th grade and up) we have a great combination of social time coupled with worship time geared toward the needs of the teenagers of the congregation and their friends. 

Adults we will have many options for ways to connect and fill your bucket mid-week!! 

Pastor’s Adult Study –“Evangelism” (Fellowship Hall)

Women’s Bible Study – "Chase" Led by Barb Talmage - Coming January 9th!

Child care is available for children ages 3 and under.  Questions - please contact Heather at or 480-681 0925.

 Are you interested in helping on Wednesday nights?  No prep for our helpers, just come and enjoy time with these great kids!!  Can’t commit to each week – no problem!!  Just contact Heather at or 480-681-0925. 



Wednesday PM Adult Study
6:00-7:30PM in the LEADERSHIP ROOM!

Let’s Learn How our Faith is Really Good News

“Evangelism!” For most Christians, that word has a powerful and polarizing effect, inducing either feelings of guilt and fear or igniting energy and enthusiasm.

Sometimes when we talk about evangelism, it can feel like we’re talking about selling something rather than introducing people to relationship with Jesus. Being a salesperson trying to tout the “commodity” of Christianity makes evangelism transactional. It may create a few “conversions,” but it lacks power and rarely leads to living relationship.  

What if evangelism was invitational instead? Embedded within the good news of Jesus Christ is an invitation from a loving father to his orphaned children to come home.  This study will allow us to look through a Lutheran lens and discover how in every day encounters God is able to use us to share good news!


BIBLE STUDY IN Rooms #13 & 14


Prayer is a central part to who we are as Christians.  When we turn to the Gospels we find Jesus in prayer with the Father.  But many times we can find ourselves in what I would call a prayer rut, where one feels that they are just praying the same things over and over again.  Over the course of 8 classes we will be exploring the many aspects and many different kinds of prayer.  We will spend time looking into the Word of God and learning what the Bible says about prayer.  We will be practicing different types of prayer.  Hopefully each week will bring new insight into your prayer life.   Some of the resources that will be used are from Phillip Yancey, Jane Vennard, Joyce Meyers, Bill Hybels, Richard Rohr, and many more.  







 Monday Weekday Bible Study led by Pastor Steve Talmage
10am in the Fellowship Hall

Preparing for Sunday Worship

A look at the assigned readings from Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday paying particular attention to the text from which the weekly sermon is being prepared. 

In the Revised Common Lectionary readings are prescribed for each Sunday: a passage typically from the Old Testament or the Acts of the Apostles; a passage from one of the Psalms; another from either the Epistles or the Book of Revelation; and finally a passage from one of the four Gospels.


 Kevin Saunders The Bible Between The Lines...
   The Bible Between The Lines meets Tuesdays
   from 10 –11:30am in the COC.    

There are many approaches to studying the Bible and all of them offer valuable insights in understanding the sacred text. The Arizona Bible Class draws on insights gleaned from the study of Historical Geography and Middle Eastern culture to inform the systematic study of the Bible in each of its classes. Kevin Saunders is a Bible teacher. Kevin brings his gifts as knowledge of the Bible and its cultural world to life in his classes. Arizona Bible Class students can (and do!) study every book in the Bible, page by page, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, in a lecture based format lasting an hour and a half each session. Questions? Contact the church office at 480 981 6198.



PEOPLE  On The Go & FAB Events combined!!!

People On The Go & FAB are combining events!   By combining the two fellowship groups we will all get to meet new people.  Many great events are being planned – some new events and some of the same events that we have enjoyed attending in the past.   Any questions you can contact Dianne Oien at or 480-681-0941 or Karen Leonard at 480-773-2790.  All are welcome to attend any events that might be of interest. 

 Contact Katrina for more information at   

  Upcoming events – November/December


New Event – Hale Theatre – “Annie” – Friday, November 16th – 3PM
Cost: $24 – America’s favorite orphan is back and guaranteed to sing her way into your heart like never before!   One of the most beloved and fun-filled family musicals of all time.  

New Event!   Turkey Bingo with Potato Bar!!! 

Saturday, November 17th  at  4:00pm
in the Fellowship Hall – Cost:  $5.00pp at the door.
Contact Karen Leonard 480-773-2790 any questions.  Sign up at ministry - Deadline to sign up is 11/11!

Christmas Concert by the East Valley Pops Orchestra - Monday, December 3rd at 7PM at Fountain of the Sun, 540 South 80th Street.  Cost: $5pp – sign up and pay at Ministry table.  Only 15 tickets available.  

For these upcoming events, more information will be available in the bulletin on when to sign up for each event!




Alzheimer’s Support Group...
If you are a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient you’re all too familiar with the frustration and heartache that come from trying to stir the memory of someone you love. But when you attend an Alzheimer’s Support Group, you can discuss the challenges you face, meet others with similar experiences, and find solutions that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved one. Contact Brookdale Senior Living Solutions at 480-832-1300 for more information.  Questions? Contact Dianne at .





Men are invited to join us Monday nights... 6:30-8pm in the Leadership Center. Contact the church office at 480 981 6199.

Men Connecting to the Word...
Thursday Bible Study at 6:30-7:30 AM...join other men of the congregation for a morning devotion, a little coffee and some breakfast (optional) at Village Inn on Recker Rd and McKellips.







    They meet the 2nd Monday of the month September—May
    in the Fellowship Hall.


    Crafting & Chatting Women of LOC...

    We welcome all Ladies/their friends for our Sunday afternoons. Meets the second Sunday of the month throughout the Summer. We have become a “Sisterhood” and support many projects in the church, in the community and enjoy our times together with work and laughter. We craft, chat, coupon, chat, crochet, chat, knit, scrapbook and a whole lot more!!!

    We  invite anyone who wants to learn to crochet or knit, a great summer project!!!!  There are many women in our group that are excellent instructors. If you are interested, please contact one of us ahead of time so we can prepare for the lessons.

     Contacts are: Karen Wenzel 480.890.8692, Karla Harvey 480.262.7666 or Barbie Berry 602.705.3139.

    We, the Crafting and Chatting Women want to thank all of you for all the contributions for the Blessing Bags.  We will continue to collect all the important items but really always need socks and washcloths. We will assembling more BLESSING BAGS mid summer.

       Now, we have taken over the Prayer Bead project.  We are assembling them at the present time. They will soon be available for sale in the Book Nook.  So,we would gladly take any contributions of beads for the continuation of this project.

       Again, thank you for all of your contributions and support to our group.

    The Chatting and Crafting women are doing two large projects. They are called Blessing Bags and Blessing Boxes. The Blessing Bags are filled with personal items for a homeless person to use for an evening. The Blessing Boxes are for foster children. LSMS will distribute them.

    Children often have to leave their homes with no notice. These boxes have personal items such as storybooks and stuffed animals to love.
    We need help for both of these projects. Any donations will be appreciated. Contacts are: Karen Wenzel 480.890.8692, Karla Harvey 480.262.7666 or Barbie Berry 602.705.3139


    “Care, Share & Prayer”  Women’s Bible Study

    They are back for their regular Bible Study in the Leadership room; meeting every Thursday at 1pm.  Linda Carothers is our Bible Study leader. If you have any questions, please call the church office, 480 981 6198. They will not meet Nov. 22nd due to it being Thanksgiving Day! Happy Thanksgiving!

    June - Sept. they meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at an area restaurant (11:30am). 
    Call Alice Lacey 480 641 0021 for location and with questions.

    Ladies Night...
    You are invited to join the ladies of the church as we get together for dinner, dessert and fellowship. We meet monthly as part of WOW, The Word on Wednesdays and will either have a speaker, do a fun and easy craft or play fun games like Bingo or Bunco.

    Women's Hiking Group... Call Pat Shaw at 480 981-1325 for more information.

     EXPLORE ARIZONA…..On November 17th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling north to the Agua Fria National Monument and hiking the easy 4 mile Richinbar Pueblo and Mine Ruins Trail.  This hike provides abundant prehistoric and historic period ruins of a mining town.    We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.

    On December 29th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Buckeye and hiking the easy 4.25 mile Quartz Mine Trail at Skyline Regional Park. This newest park is a showcase of the desert and surrounding mountains.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 2:00 pm.   




    We chase after something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, money, or someone’s approval. But if we are honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind. Chase Women’s Bible Study by Jennie Allen provides women a chance to discover the heart of God and what God wants from us and for us. This study looks at seven major events in David’s life, and the psalms from those experiences. David was reckless, broken, sinful, passionate, and humble. The message of his life is that God wants the deepest part of us to truly know and love God. The lessons in the study guide are simple and interactive.  A video will be shown at each session. Minimal homework is suggested.  Cost for the book is $10, if you are able. Study dates (Spring 2019): Jan. 9,16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Eight sessions/weeks.  Please sign up online or at the sign-up tables so we can order enough books.  LOC will order the book for you, which you will receive the first night of class.

    Sign Up Here


    Subscribe to “Gather Magazine”

    The magazine of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — guides you as you live and experience your faith every day.

    It offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions, and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. Gather is published 10 times a year with combined issues in January/February and July/August. It’s only $15 a year.Subscribe online at:  or by calling 1 (800) 328-4648





     Small Groups are a great way to grow in faith,
     practicing accountability and becoming stronger
     disciples for Christ.


                                   JANUARY, 2019 CLASS!

    5 million people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” with life changing results. Following Christmas and New Year’s it is a great time to get our financial affairs in order. Jack and JoAnn Grant once again are graciously facilitating another offering of this needed and practical course.  A leading factor in marriages ending today is conflict over money issues.  Most of us have never been taught by parents or anyone else basic skills in money management and may find ourselves overwhelmed with servicing debt, or barely making ends meet.  This class from a faith perspective will give you the tools necessary to see a new hope-filled future.  Classes will be held each Saturday morning starting 1/19/19 for 9 consecutive weeks from 9:00am—10:30am in the leadership room (next to the church office). There is a $93 membership which fee includes audio CDs, workbook, handbook and budgeting system. Also included in the fee is access to a large library of on-line resources. Scholarships are available.  This class is open to non-members as well as members of Love of Christ. If another day/evening would work better for you to complete this course, Jack and JoAnn are open for conversation about offering a different time.  Please let the Church Office know if Saturdays will not work. 

     Jack and JoAnn Grant once again are graciously facilitating another offering of this needed and practical course.  A leading factor in marriages ending today is conflict over money issues.  Most of us have never been taught by parents or anyone else basic skills in money management and may find ourselves overwhelmed with servicing debt, or barely making ends meet.  This class from a faith perspective will give you the tools necessary to see a new future.  Sign up on Sundays or by calling the church office 480 981  6198. 


    Prayer Voices...
    Join us as we pray weekly. Our prayer Group “Prayer Voices”...We pray for each other, our Love of Christ family, Staff, Servant Volunteers, Missions, Ministries, Small Groups, Activities, and Events. If you are interested in attending, please contact Barbara Otto. We gather on Friday mornings from 9-11am in the Leadership center.

     Questions about small groups or would like to start one up? Contact the church office 480 981 6198.