Bible Study - Wednesday Nights
Care, Share and Prayer Women's Bible Study
Crafting and Chatting
Friends & Believers/People on the Go Combined!
Financial Peace
Kevin Saunders
Ladies Night Out
Men's Ministry
  Cooling Evening Crew
  Men Connecting to the Word
  Men's Retreat
 Monday Bible Study
Naomi Circle
Prayer Voices
Women's Ministry
LOC Women's Fall Retreat
Women's Hiking Group
WOW - The Word on Wednesdays







 NO Monday Weekday Bible Study  Sept. 16, Resumes Sept. 23
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 Evening Adult Bible Studies

THRU NOV. 6,  6:00-7:30PM

How Lutherans Interpret the Bible

By Dr. Mark Allen Powell

Nanette Christofferson and Steve Talmage will team teach this course consisting of brief lectures from Dr. Mark Allen Powell.  Dr. Powell recently retired from teaching the Bible at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and he and his spouse Melissa purchased a home in Mesa and are regular participants at LoC.  Following the video lecture, Nanette and Steve will facilitate discussion on the material.  Topics to be covered in this eight-session study:

The Word of God 
What Lutherans Say about the Bible 
Where the Bible Comes From
Interpreting the Bible in Context
Determining Right from Wrong
The Many Meanings of the Bible
Devotional Reading of the Bible
Q&A Live with Dr. Mark Allen Powell

 Sign-up at the ministry table outside the Sanctuary or in the back of the Center of Compassion.



It’s time to register your children and to get involved in our adult programming as well!!

We are so excited for another year of welcoming families on Wednesday nights!!

          5:30 p.m. – Dinner (and we do the cooking and the dishes!!)

          6:00 p.m. – Programming for all ages!!  Adults, Youth and Children!!

          Adult Bible Study –  led by Pastor Steve

          Youth Group – Youth Room (7th – 12th grade)

          Children’s Program – Rooms 48-50 & Green Room

          7:30 p.m. – Programming ends, leaving you time to be ready for your Thursday!!

We can’t wait to see you all on Wednesdays!!

Would you like to help, but not sure how? 

Please contact Heather at or (224) 402-2050


     Ladies Night Out!!

Wednesday – October 2nd!!

Join us for Ladies Night Out! – Pumpkin Painting with Ty Creations leading us!!! 

Join us for dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the CoC and then class from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the ADC.

$20 for this custom pair of wooden pumpkins!!  Payment methods:

  • Zelle:
  • Venmo is @Lindsey-Ferree
  • PayPal is: me/TyCreations

Sign up at the Ministry Tables or on Facebook!!  Limited spaces available!!           Questions?  Contact Karen Thompson at 480-330-6654




 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.



Friends in Faith
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.

 Next event at Hale Theatre – Saturday,  October 19th, 4PM – “Hello Dolly”… Winner of 10 Tony Awards, Hello, Dolly! is one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals! The show is about Dolly Levi, a New York based matchmaker who merrily arranges furniture, daffodils, and lives. One of Broadway’s greatest hits “Hello, Dolly”, this production is a must see for the whole family!

Cost: $27 – sign up and pay at ministry table by Sunday, September 29th.

 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, Oct. 18 to 11:00AM Sunday, Oct. 20, 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 Oct. 13. Sign-Up on Sundays at the Ministry Tables.








    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 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.


    Please mark your calendars now for our Women’s Retreat to be held at the Lutheran Retreat Center, Spirit in the Desert, in Carefree.  The dates are Nov. 16 and 17 and our theme is taken from a book by Rob Bell on “How to be Here”.   Sign ups and more information will be available beginning September 8th.   If you have any questions please email Intern Nanette at



    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. (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.