Altar Flowers
The Book Club
The Book Nook
Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts
Caring Ministry
Community Garden
Compassionate Cooks
Cursillo Retreat
Girl Scouts
Holy Grounds
Free Martial Arts
Prayer Chapel
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse



Altar Flower Charts Available...
You can give flowers in honor of a special occasion, in memory of a loved one, or to the Glory of God! The Altar Flower Chart is at the Ministry Tables on Sunday mornings. Altar flowers are $30 per arrangement and may be taken home following the service you attend. Please sign the Flower Chart, or call Darlene at 480 981-6198, or email .

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Holy Grounds Cafe

Join us for a cup of java and fellowship at our Holy Grounds Café.
Holy Grounds is located in our Center of Compassion.

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  The Book Nook

Thanks to all of you who purchased books and gifts this Fall at the Book Nook and Book Nook Too.  As you know, when you support our ministry, you are also supporting a number of other important ministries here at Love of Christ.

We also want to especially thank you for all the book donations and gifts you discovered when you were cleaning house.  We have quite a few regulars who are always looking for a book they might have missed reading.  Previous Book Club picks can usually be found here.  If you are thinking of donating, we like to remind you that books should be within a 10 year time frame.

 For those new to the Book Nook, we are open in the Center of Compassion prior to and after the 9:00 am service, carrying both spiritual and secular books (including some large print) as well as cards and gifts.  Look for Penny Day and Barbara Hummel in the COC.  The Book Nook Too is located adjacent to the church fellowship hall following the 7:50 am service and before and after the 10:30 am service.  You will also find a great selection of books and gifts there.  Our volunteers Karen Wenzel, Jackie McGarry, Paula Gustafson, and Elaine Wirthlin are very helpful.

 Please stop by and browse at either location.  We would love to meet you!





The next meeting of the LOC Book Club will be on Sunday, January 13th following the 9:00 am service in the Center of Compassion.  We will be discussing The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

             Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things.  Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese.  That very same day she died unexpectedly.  Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects---the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind---and wrote stories about them.  As Anthony nears the end of his life, he worries that he has not been able to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.  He bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, and leaves her his house and all its lost treasures.  Laura is recovering from a bad divorce and doesn't think this could possibly be the best use of her time, but she sets out to realize Anthony's last wish.

  This is Ms. Hogan's debut novel which reveals endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

  Please join us, coffee in hand, as we discover how The Keeper of Lost Things has impacted our lives.  Everyone is welcome!  The Book Nook will do its best to secure several copies for sale.  If you have any questions, please contact either Barbara Hummel at or Penny Day at .


The March meeting of the LOC Book Club will be on Sunday, March 10th after the 9:00 am service in the COC.  We meet in the Nursery located next to the Book Nook.

 We will be discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  Here is a synopsis of the book:

 No one ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.  She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking.  She avoids social interaction and her weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka and phone chats with her mom.  Everything changes when she meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.  When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living.  And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

 Come join us on March 10th with coffee in hand as we discuss Eleanor's deadpan weirdness and wit which makes her an out of the ordinary heroine.  If you have any questions about the Book Club please contact Barbara Hummel at or Penny Day at .  We have room for you at our discussion table!!





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CURSILLO.....What is it?

It is a three day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God's grace. It is a combined effort of lay people and clergy working toward a renewal of the church. It is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Who may attend?
Lay people from every walk of life
Pastors, active and retired
People who live strong and active lives in Christ
People who seek to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship
with Christ and the people around them.
Are you ready for the next step in your faith journey? Consider attending
For more info contact your Parish Representatives Sally and Clyde Anderson at  

Cursillo Retreats

Cursillo has its roots in the Catholic Church.  It is a retreat centered on the events of Holy Week with talks and worship grounded in God’s amazing grace.  Through a Cursillo weekend Men gather with other men to experience an opportunity to affirm and strengthen their relationship with Christ and share in intentional Christian Community.  The Lutheran Cursillo Movement of Arizona invites men and women from across Lutheran denominations to share in this retreat as it reflects our Lutheran lens for understanding what God has done for the world through Jesus Christ. The retreats are offered at 1st Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N Date, Mesa, AZ 85201.  There is no charge to attend one of these retreats. The Cursillo Community practice a pay it forward philosophy, so that no one is denied an opportunity to attend a weekend due to finances.  Previous weekend participants make a gift to Cursillo to provide for an upcoming weekend.  If you would like to learn more about a Cursillo Weekend Retreat you are welcome to speak with our LoC Parish Representatives: Clyde and Sally Anderson ( or ) or you can speak to Pastor Steve Talmage.


Dates for the next Cursillo Weekend Retreats

Men’s Weekend, 5PM Thursday, MARCH 14-SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

Women’s Weekend, 5PM Thursday, MARCH 21-SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019


  • . (TIROSH (Youth version of Cursillo)  has been scheduled for January 18-21, 2019)



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 Our Columbarium is located east of the Children’s
 playground. All are welcome to come and enjoy this
 private area for prayer or meditation.
If you are interested in purchasing a Columbarium niche and are a member of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, please cal Darlene inl the church office 480.981.6198 or stop by to pick up additional information.

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  Compassionate Cooks

 Do you enjoy cooking?  Would you like to share that gift with a family that is in need of some assistance? 

We would love for you to join us!! Compassionate Cooks is a group of folks who want to help provide a home-cooked meal to a family that may have had one of its members in the hospital, in an accident, or otherwise in a position where a meal would make a big difference for them.
If you would not mind being called upon from time to time to provide such a meal for a Love of Christ family, we would love for you to provide us with your contact information, either on our sign up sheet, or by contacting Heather Parker at .
If you or someone you know is in need of a meal or two following an accident, hospital stay or other event that has impacted a Love of Christ family, please let us know!!! Thank you for sharing your talents (of any skill level) to show God’s love to a most appreciative family experiencing a difficult time!!!

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 “Prayer Chapel”     

 Every Sunday from 7:30AM until 12:15 PM. Located in
 the room with the stained glass window across from the Sanctuary. Open Every Sunday.

Come for Prayer during and following any worship service.Bring your prayer concerns for yourself or family and friends.  Prayer Team Members will be available to speak with and pray for you. You will find a quiet atmosphere where you might want to pray silently, or if you wish, you may leave prayer concerns in a Prayer Box. These concerns will be prayed for by the Prayer Team Members. All shared prayer needs will remain in the Chapel. We will not be sharing with others unless you ask to have others pray. Resources for additional help are available.
If you have questions or have someone in mind for this responsibility,
please email Barb at   This is a very special area you might want to serve. If you feel called to this ministry in any way, we need YOU, too! Your support would also be appreciated.   

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 Caring Ministries

Our church has many members who dedicate themselves to helping others in our congregation through many caring ministries. While we cannot measure all of the ways our members reach out to each other to offer support, some of the more visible ministries include: Grief Share, Compassionate Cooks, Prayer Voices, Prayer Chapel, Agape Callers, Journey Through Grief, Pastoral Visitations, Lutheran Food Bank and Lutheran Social Ministries. Please pick up a “Caring Ministries” brochure which explains these ministries in more detail.
As our congregation continues to grow, there are limitless needs for caring as well as limitless opportunities to serve others who need care. If you are in need of support either through prayer or other caring services offered by the church please reach out by contacting the church.
Likewise, if you have compassion and gifts in providing caring support to others, please consider sharing your gifts by contacting the church, 480 981 6198.

 “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
                                            Galatians 6:2
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  Boy Scout Troop 301

 Meets every Tuesday evening at LOC.

Our History...
Troop 301 was chartered in July 2002 with two boys and five adults and began its program in September of 2002 with seven boys. Today we have over 60 active scouts and have raised up over 50 Eagles Scouts.
Our Mission...The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 301 is a boy ran troop. We meet on Tuesday nights at 7pm in the COC.
Check out their web site   for more info! Contact Keith Beeman at with any questions.

Cub Scout Pack 301

 Meets every Tuesday at LOC! Check out their web site or
 Contact Dennis Bulck at 480.235.7495.





  Girl Scout Troop 1775

 Meets at Love of Christ regularly. Contact Roberta Rice.





MONDAYS: 5:30pm -6:30pm - Family Class - Beginners and above
6:30pm-7:45pm - 2nd Yellow Belt and above.
In the Center of Compassion.

 For more information please contact Joe Bogushefsky at 480-455-9829 or email to   .


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  Community Garden

 Spring has arrived in the desert!

Join a community of gardeners at Love of Christ and plant your first Arizona garden!  You'll have your own raised bed 4' x 8' plot of organic soil, an automatic watering system, with an accessible location 
If you'd like to try your hand at planting some vegetables or a few flowers for the spring season before the heat arrives, the time is right.  Let us help you get started. Contact Nancy at .


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 Do you love to reduce, reuse and recycle?  Are you 
 passionate about taking care of the environment?
If so, have we got an opportunity for you!  Love of Christ is looking for ways to go green and do our part in taking care of our planet!  If anyone is interested in organizing this movement or starting up a committee, contact Nicole Cumberledge 480 250 1929 or .