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
Men's Ministry
  Cooling Evening Crew
  Men Connecting to the Word
Monday Bible Study
Naomi Circle
Small Groups - Prayer Voices
Sunday Morning Adult Studies
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
WELCA Convention
Women's Ministry
  New Women's Bible Study
Women's Cactus Conference Gathering
Women's Hiking Group
WOW - The Word on Wednesdays

Adult Class THRU February 24

10:30 – 11: 15; In the Leadership Center, (southernmost building)

Each class will stand alone and provide information and written resources that will stimulate discussion and thought. Join us for any or all sessions. Allen Gjersvig will facilitate the sessions.


 Jan 20                Why do non-Christians recognize Jesus as a great teacher?

Believers and nonbelievers alike, say Jesus of Nazareth was a great teacher. How is this possible? During this session we will review (the not so secret method) Jesus used to make his teaching effective and memorable. 

 Jan 27, Feb 3 and 10                The Gospel of Grace, Tools For Building A Positive Understanding of the Bible. We will use a book by Dr. Mark Wickstrom, Senior Pastor Community Lutheran an ELCA congregation in Las Vegas, NV as our guide. We will consider a framework proposed by Pastor Wickstrom designed for Christians to better understand how denominations, churches and individuals arrive at very different interpretations of scripture. His goal is to equip believers for respectful and productive dialogue, even though differences in understanding remain.

 Feb 17                "Ripped from the headlines”, exploring current events through a values lens. Every person holds certain values (beliefs) very dear. Individuals, churches, denominations, religions and countries have expressed values. How do we navigate “values” when we have internal conflicts, or when we observe country or church acting contrary to stated values? Are the values we live by, aligned with our stated values? We will search for understanding together, drawing on our collective experiences. 

 Feb 24               What is Lent and why do many churches skip it? Lutherans and several other denominations prepare for Easter during 40 days of preparation. Yet many Christian gatherings don’t include Lent in the church calendar. Why? We will look at the history of Lent and how some denominations exclude this tradition and seek to understand our Lutheran Lenten practices.


  Adult Forum...



It’s never too late to join us!!  Register your children for our program at the Ministry Table in the back or on-line through our website.  Ages 4 yrs – 6th        grade for the children’s program.  (child care provided for those 3 and under).       

Questions - please contact Heather at or 480-681 0925.





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   



January 19th – Silver Star Theatre (Brown & Higley) – “Malt Shop Oldies” - buffet at 5:30 to 7PM, show starts at 7:30  – sign up and pay at ministry table. Cash bar is available. Gratuity is not included. Cost: $36 pp (for 20 or more tickets sold if under 20 tickets then cost per ticket will be $39). 

New February events!             

Mesa Arts Center (1 East Main – Mesa) – Luncheon Programs – Free, Time: 12:30 to 1:30

Get there by 11:45 – Barb Weldon will go early to save seats

Pack a sack lunch or buy when you get there

      Thursday, February 7th – Remembering Debbie Reynolds

      Thursday, February 14th – Tribute to Karen Carpenter

Sign up at ministry table.


Upcoming events – more info will be available in bulletin.

February 23rd – Tacky Prom at LOC

March 4th – Highland High School Orchestra

March 16th – Game Day at Humberts

March 30th – Hale Theatre – Singing in the Rain





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.


    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. in the Fellowship Hall.

    Winter 2019: The Gospel of John: Meetings with Jesus by Julie A. Kanarr

    February 11:  Session two: By night and day: Coming to faith in Jesus.

    March 11: Session three: Friends for life in Christ.

    April 8:  Session four: Seeing the risen Christ.

    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

    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. 

    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 January 19th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to the Superstition Wilderness and hiking the moderate 4.9 mile Peralta Trail.  This hike is known for its scenic views and the satisfaction of reaching “the saddle” for spectacular views of Weaver’s Needle and the Superstition Wilderness beyond.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 2:00 pm.

     EXPLORE ARIZONA…..On February 16th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling southeast of Tucson and hiking the Gabe Zimmerman Trail.  This trail is part of the Arizona Trail and the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. Cienega Creek is a lush riparian area whose corridor is lined with huge cottonwood and sycamore trees creating a foliage canopy over the creek. Hike will be about 6 – 7 miles. Rated: easy.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.

     ROAD TRIP…. March 15TH – 17th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Joshua Tree National Park in Calif. and hiking the many trails and exploring the different historical sites there.  Call Pat Shaw at 480-981-1325 for details and cost.



    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.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


    Save the Date

    Cactus Conference Gathering
    Grand Canyon Synod – Women of the ELCA

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    8:30 am – 2:30 pm      
    American Lutheran Church

    17200 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85373  623.974.2515

     Our theme is, “Ain’t No Collar Small Enough.”  2020 is the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination in the Lutheran Church.  Pastor Kim Sterner from Lord of Life Lutheran Church and Intern Pastor Nanette Christofferson from Love of Christ Lutheran Church will have us all laughing at the challenges, and thankful God opens doors as we listens to their message based on Galatians 3:26-29.

    There will be workshops before and after lunch.  We’ll hear from our outreach project speaker, bless our collected in-kind gifts and close with communion. 

    The $10 registration includes the program, a light continental breakfast and lunch.  Forms will be available in January.  For additional information, contact Geri Skogen at or 651.645.0073.



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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.


                        beginning sat., JANUARY 19!

    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. (New Day and Time) We gather on Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm in the Leadership Room. 

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