SUMMER Bible Study, Nanette & Barb Talmage
SUMMER Bible Study, Pastor Steve
Care, Share and Prayer Women's Bible Study
Crafting and Chatting
Friends & Believers/People on the Go Combined!
Financial Peace
Kevin Saunders
Men's Ministry
  Cooling Evening Crew
  Men Connecting to the Word
  Men's Retreat
Monday Bible Study
Naomi Circle
Small Groups - Prayer Voices
Women's Ministry
Women's Hiking Group
WOW - The Word on Wednesdays







 Monday Weekday Bible Study 
led by Pastor Steve Talmage
10am in COC Room #48

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.


Wednesday Nights this Summer

 July 24 and 31

(For Travelers, each week will be a contained Lesson, so come for all or when you can.)

Dinner at 6:00PM in COC ROOM #48,  Bible Study 6:30-8:00PM in the COC MAIN ROOM.  Join Pastor Steve for Soup, Salad, and Bible Study with Contemporary Media.



 Kevin Saunders The Bible Between The Lines...
   The Bible Between The Lines meets Tuesdays
   from 10 –Noon August 6, 13, 20 & 27 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 Events!

 Any questions you can contact Dianne Oien at or 480-681-0941.  All are welcome to attend any events that might be of interest.

Saturday, August 24th – Hale Centre Theatre – 4PM – Bright Star - From Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell. Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of family, love, and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s,‘30s and ‘40s. The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.  Sign up at the ministry tables in the COC on Sundays.

 Any other ideas for events please contact Dianne Oien at 480-681-0941 or Barb Weldon at 608-293-4289.  We will be planning for the fall /winter later this summer and need ideas! 


  Contact Katrina for more information at   


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.


LoC Men’s Retreat

When: 6:30PM Friday, July 26 to 11:00AM Sunday, July 28, 2019

Where: Dave and Jeanne Spice’s Cabin-Heber/Overgaard

How Much: $50.00 with checks payable to Love of Christ (indicate Men’s Retreat on envelope or Check Memo)-Limited to the first 25 men to register (Registration covers cost for all meals. Bring your favorite snacks to share, and your own favorite beverage.  You will need to bring sleeping bag, pillow and towel.  If you have an RV, trailer or tent, there is space for those.)

Pastor Steve Talmage will be gleaning insights from the book From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality, by Richard Rohr.  Time will also be provided for outdoor recreation, hiking, corn hole, good food, and an opportunity to meet other men at Love of Christ.  Plan now to escape the heat and build some new relationships with other Christian men. More information will be provided after registration closes on July 21. Sign-Up today in the back of the CoC on Sundays.







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

    Established 1986.  Serving church and community.  Serve at funerals and weddings, support homeless women and pay for registrations at ELCA women’s seminars.  Join us for Bible study, fellowship and dessert the second Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. (except for April when it will start at 11:30am) in the Fellowship Hall Sept. thru May.

    All Bible studies are from Gather Magazine, a regular publication of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  To subscribe, call (845) 267-3074.



    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

    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 ARE OFF FOR THE SUMMER. 

    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 August 17th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Prescott and hiking the easy 2.7 mile Horse Camp Loop Trail.  This trail is an easy loop through granite boulders in an open pine forest.  It also takes us by the Groom Creek School House – build in the early 1900’s and used till 1952.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.

    EXPLORE ARIZONA… On September 14th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Flagstaff and hiking the easy 4.1 mile Walnut Meadows Loop Trail.  This trail weaves through pine trees and meadows with views of Mt. Elden.    We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.



     Women’s Summer Bible Study
    Present Over Perfect
    Offered by Intern Nanette Christofferson and Barb Talmage

    Women’s Bible Study JULY 24 & 31, from 6:00-8:00 pm in COC ROOM #48 & 49.  A light dinner will be served from 6:00-6:30 in the COC ROOM #48 and our study will be from 6:30-8:00 IN COC ROOM #49.    The topic will be “Present Over Perfect.” No book is required and you will not need to purchase a study guide. The study will have a mixture of a short video, Bible themes, and small group discussion questions. There is no cost to the study.  You can come and go as your schedule allows as each lesson is self-contained.  

     Present Over Perfect Summer LOC Women’s Summer Bible Study

    July 24:           Session 5 – Living the Love

    July 31:           Session 6 – Moving Forward From Here




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    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.


    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.  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.  Let  the church office know, 480 981-6198, of any interest in attending a future class. 



    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. (New Day and Time) We gather on Tuesdays at 2pm in the Leadership Room. 

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