Bible Study - Monday
Bible Study  - Wednesday
Care, Share and Prayer Women's Bible Study
Crafting and Chatting
Friends in Faith
Financial Peace
Kevin Saunders
Ladies Night Out
Men's Ministry
  Cooling Evening Crew
  Men Connecting to the Word
Naomi Circle
Prayer Voices
Women's Ministry
  Women's Hiking Group
  Women's Triennial 2020
WOW - The Word on Wednesdays







 Monday Weekday Bible Study
led by Pastor Steve Talmage and
Pastor Nanette Christofferson  
10am in the Fellowship Hall.
Getting Ready 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.


WOW runs from September through May...

We have LOTS of fun things happening for this first quarter of 2020!!

Children’s Program – including music and bible adventure!!

Adult Study Programs!!  Youth Group!!

Join us for Ladies’ Night Out Crafting Events on:

February 19th – St. Patrick’s Day or Spring Craft

March 25th – Easter craft!!

Each week – we take care of dinner for your whole family

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dinner in the CoC

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Programming for All ages!!!

Ÿ Adult Study with Pastors

Ÿ Crafting Nights for adults

Ÿ Youth Group (7th – 12th graders)

Ÿ Children’s program (3 yrs – 6th grade)

Ÿ Child care available for those under age 3

We look forward to seeing you all there and sharing the good news while enjoying fellowship, faith and fun!!  Be sure to check Facebook and our website for details on special events!!

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



 Kevin Saunders The Bible Between The Lines...
   The Bible Between The Lines meets Tuesdays
   from 10 –11:30 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.


             Pastors Nanette and Steve are leading this video discussion course on the history of Lutherans in America from the first church started over 400 years ago to today. This story is characterized by the tension between honoring the European roots of the church and adapting to the new realities of American life.  The Lutheran church, from its earliest days, faced religious pluralism, intolerance, lack of state support, and diversity of languages and traditions.

1/22 Session Three-To Meet Human Need: Building Institutions

1/29 Session Four-Working Together: Lutherans Uniting

2/05   Session Five-In Modern Times: Becoming an American Church

2/12 Session Six-The Future of the Lutheran Church- Planting Churches in the ELCA and the Grand Canyon Synod




Friends in Faith
Adult Fellowship – previously FAB/People On the Go

Adult Fellowship – previously FAB/People On the Go

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

  NEW EVENT!  Friday, January 31st, 7PM – Colteu Julian’s “Songs of Elton John” at Red Mountain United Methodist Church.   Direct from Las Vegas, this electrifying tribute to Elton John features his greatest hits including Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and many more.   Meet for dinner TBD prior to event.   Cost: $20 – sign up and pay at ministry table.

  Friday, February 21st, 7PM – “Best of Broadway” at Red Mountain United Methodist Church. Featuring 4 powerhouse vocalists with a 10 piece orchestra playing songs from the Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more.   Cost: $20 – needed to sign up and pay by February 9th.  We will meet at 5:00pm at church in fellowship hall for dinner before event…cost for dinner $5.       

Hale Theatre – Tuesday, March 3rd “Always… Patsy Cline” – 7:30PM – Cost: $27

  New Event!  Saturday,  March 21st – Hale Theatre – “Guys & Dolls” – 4:00PM  Set against the fast-moving high lights and low lives of New York City in the 1940’s, this bigger than life Broadway musical returns triumphantly to our stage! With classic songs like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Take Back Your Mink,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” this memorable musical is a winner with every roll of the dice! Cost: $27 (sign up and pay)   Must sign up and pay by February 28th.

   Any other ideas for events, please contact Dianne Oien at 480-681-0941 or Barb Weldon at 608-293-4289. 

    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 6198.

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.

    Next Bible Study, Monday, Feb. 10, 1pm in the Fellowship Hall.

    April Rygh, 480.220.2397 and Sharon Bryant have been elected co-chairmen of Naomi Circle.  We thank Doris Creaser and Mona Dewey for their many years of service as our leaders.

      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 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 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. 

    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.


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

    EXPLORE ARIZONA….. On January 25th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling south to Saguaro National Park West and hiking the Manville – Cactus Wren Loop Trail.  This easy 4.5 miles takes us by lots of mature saguaro and large palo verde, ironwood, and mesquite trees.  We’ll also check out petroglyphs on the trail.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.

     On February 22nd, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Sedona and hiking a couple of trails:  the easy 2.2 mile to Fay Arch and Canyon that also takes you to ancient Indian dwellings.  The Cockscomb Trail is across the road and we can hike that till it connects with the Dawa Trail for a total of 1.8 miles.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 6:00 pm.

    On March 14th, the LOC Women’s Hiking Group will be traveling to Scottsdale and hiking Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin Overlook Trail.  This 4.4 mile trail starts at a crested saguaro and gradually climbs to the overlook of Camelback and other mountains.  We will meet at 7:00 am in the COC parking lot and return by 1:00 pm.                                                

         Call Pat Shaw at 981-1325 for more information







    "JUST LOVE" July 16 - 19, 2020

      ~11+ Triennial Gathering of Women of the ELCA~

    Our Grand Canyon Synod is the host synod for this every three-year gathering of several thousand women from across our entire ELCA.  We know how to party!  It's an event that will inspire and renew your faith journey.  We'll be in the downtown area of Phoenix, inside the convention center where it will be "cool" to be in Phoenix in July!  Early Bird registration opened on Sept. 30 and continues through Jan. 6.    Register for the 3-day event or for one day only.  Visit for more details and hotel information!  Plan to attend!




    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.


    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.  We gather on Tuesdays at 2pm in COC Room #45 (enter from outside of COC).

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