Altar Flowers
The Book Club/The Book Nook
Blood Drive March, 2020
Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast
Caring Ministry
Caregiver Support Group
Columbarium
Community Garden
Compassionate Cooks
Cursillo
Cursillo Retreat
Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Cookie Sales
Holy Grounds
Free Martial Arts
Prayer Chapel
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse


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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

 

Book Nook News

Happy 2020 to all of you at Love of Christ! Thank you to all who visited the Book Nook and Book Nook Too and purchased items in our stores in 2019. We survive by the  donation of books, cards, collectibles, and craft items that church members drop off for us to sell. As many of you already know, the money made from selling items in our stores go to small groups at LOC who are working  in different capacities to make Love of Christ the wonderful church it has become.

Here are two important rules to follow if you are donating books to the Book Nook. 

  1. The books should be no more than 10 years old. This means that we only accept secular books that have a copyright date from 2010 to 2020. Some spiritual books can be a bit older.
  2. Ask the questions: Is this something that I would buy in the Book Nook?  Would other people want to buy and then read it? If in doubt, ask us first.

Please stop in to visit us on Sunday mornings. Our Book Nook is open from 8:30-11:00 in the COC, and our Book Nook Too is opened from 9:00-11:45 next to the kitchen in the Sanctuary. We hope you will visit us soon.

 THE BOOK NOOK SUPPORTS MANY GROUPS AT LOC.

Thank you. 

 

 

   

 

LOC Book Club

 The LOC Book club has scheduled it's next two meetings for January 19th and

March 15th.   We have selected The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict for January and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates for March.

 We now meet in the Green Room of the COC right after the 9:00 am service.  March 15 we will be meeting in the COC Holy Grounds.  If you are having difficulty finding these books please check with the Book Nook for availability.

Here are synopses for these two books:

 The Only Woman in the Room

This powerful novel is based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and movie star  Hedy Lamar whose ground breaking invention revolutionized modern communication.

 Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to her marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated, she overheard the Third Reich's plans and understanding more than anyone would guess, she devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle.  This escape landed her in Hollywood.

 The secret she kept from everyone was that she was a scientist and she knew a few secrets about the enemy.  She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would listen.

 The Water Dancer

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage.  When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her – but was gifted with a mysterious power.  Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life.  This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.

 This journey takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's plantations to the dangerously idealistic  movements in the North.  Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.  This story is about the separation of families and the war these slaves waged to simply make lives with the people they loved.

 Join us in January and/or March for what will prove to be a thoughtful and open discussion of these two books.  Stop for a cup of coffee in the COC. We always have room for one more at our table.

 If you have any questions about the Book Club, please contact Barbara Hummel at or Penny Day at .

  Thanks for your continuing interest in the Book Club.  We always have room for one more at our 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

Watch for new dates.  

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  Columbarium

 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 11AM. Located in
 room #45, North side of Campus off Indigo. 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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 Sign up! 

BLOOD DRIVE!

Sunday, MARCH 1, 2020
7:30-11:30 a.m.

Our church is sponsoring a BLOOD DRIVE in the South Parking LotPlease sign up at the ministry tables and make an appointment to Save A Life!  There is always a need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. If you give between now and March 1st, consider giving in the name of Love of Christ. For more information contact Dianne Oien (480) 681 0941 or  www.bloodhero.com.    

 

   

 Caring Ministries

Listening...Strengthening...Encouraging...Refreshing...Restoring...Caring
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

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

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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.

 

 

LOC Troop 301 Scout
PANCAKE Breakfast

Please join LOC Troop 301 for our Scout Sunday Pancake breakfast on February 9. The Scouts will be serving pancakes, bacon or sausage, juice, and coffee from 7:30 am to 11:00 am in the COC Rms. 48-50.

All donations will go toward the purchase of Troop gear and camping scholarships.

Please come hungry and enjoy a good breakfast. For more information, contact Jon Zakaras,  Scoutmaster, Troop 301 480.436.1147 or email to

Girl Scout Cookie Sales

On Scout Sunday, Feb. 9th, Troop 1775 will be selling Girl Scout cookies for $5/$6 a box*, at all three services. We hope you can donate an extra box of cookies to the I-HELP ladies. Your purchase helps pay for field trips, supplies, badges and more! Thanks for your support!    *The core 6 (Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Do-Si-dos, Samoas, and Trefoils) are $5/box and the S'Mores and Gluten Free Toffee-Tastics are $6/box.

 

 

FREE MARTIAL ARTS

 

NEW STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!
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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  REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE...

 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 .
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