Church and Culture Workshop
Dinner/Silent Auction, 2020
Endowment Fund ReLaunch
God's Work, Our Hands
Musical for Kids
Umbrella of Care
30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Pictures
Umbrella of Care-Journey with Grief Offerings
new dates tbd
Following our gathering of folks the end of January to listen and learn how we can best support one another as we journey through periods of grief in our lives, feedback from the group saw value in coming together for more conversation and learning. This offering will be looking at some videos by Grief facilitator Doug Manning followed by conversation facilitated by Pastor Steve Talmage.
sign ups begin in sept.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020
Our church is sponsoring a BLOOD DRIVE in the South Parking Lot. Please 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 do give between now and Nov. 8, considering giving in the name of Love of Christ. For more information contact Dianne Oien (480) 681 0941 or www.bloodhero.com.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2021 DATE
8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the CoC
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PROJECTS
We need YOU!! We are planning our God’s Work Our Hands and we need leaders and projects!!
Do you have a special organization that you would like us to help out? Contact Heather Parker to set up details or (224) 402-2050.
We have projects for every age group and skill level – everyone can participate!!
Child Care will be provided for young children (if necessary).
Here are the projects (so far):
Exterior House Painting for The House of Refuge
Sack Lunch Preparation (here at LOC and transport to Men’s Shelter)
Elementary School project(s) – clean playground, rake sand, clean/sanitize lunchroom tables, painting lines on playground, etc.
During the months of November and December, we will once again invite our members and friends to consider giving to God’s Global Barnyard through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Ornaments for Good Gifts are available today at the ministry tables.
What is the difference between ELCA Good Gifts and similar organizations?
Many other organizations are doing wonderful work around the world, and some do work in similar ways. A main difference between the ELCA and other programs is that this church receives almost all of the money to fund its work directly through its congregations and members, and almost all of the money that we distribute goes to support the work being carried out by our congregations, global companion churches and ecumenical partners. This is unique because the church is our delivery system. It is successful because the church is present in far corners of the world and already connected and trusted in communities. And finally, it is sustainable. Our churches and partners are the ones who identify local needs and solutions; we just help make those dreams a reality.
Throughout the New Testament, the early Church grew and expressed their identity as the Body of Christ by the way they cared for one another and loved their neighbor. Currently under our Umbrella of Care we have the following ministries taking place:
1X1 Caregiving by members trained in Christian Caregiving- as Care-Givers are available and Care-Receivers are open for assignment
Homebound Members receive Monthly Communion through trained Agape Callers
Women volunteers provide support during our twice a month I-Help ministry to homeless women
Prayer Ministry (Prayer Chapel host, prayer list, card ministry)
Volunteer Pastoral Care phone calling to those on our weekly Prayer List
Compassionate Cooks gather periodically to prepare in our CoC kitchen ready to eat meals that can be stored in our LoC freezers and given to families in need
Member Assistance Fund-donations to this fund are made available as financial assistance support to LoC households going through crisis or facing an immediate need
Transitional Assistance Fund-donations to this fund are used to purchase gas cards, meal cards and bus passes for non-members in transition
If you are interested in using your time, talents or treasure to support one of these ministries, or if you are in need of assistance from one of these ministry areas, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dianne Oien, or Pastor Steve or Pastor Nanette.
What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
During the season of Lent, all of us are invited to consider special ways to serve or give in response to the hungry and the poor in need around the globe. Special envelopes are near the entrance to the Sanctuary and CoC to support the following:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America works with partner Lutheran churches around the globe to do development and relief work that gets at the root causes of global hunger and poverty. There is a high commitment to empower and employ local leaders, particularly women, in an effort to lessen dependency on outside sources of support. Special 40 days of Giving Calendars are available for households to learn and pray for those who are hungry in this world. To learn more about how this program of our church operates go to https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/ELCA-World-Hunger
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. Nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed kids and FMSC has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years. Visit fmsc.org for more information. Each November, Love of Christ Lutheran Church has hosted a mobile packing event where 5-95 year olds give two hours of time to pack nutritional meals that will be sent to FMSC partners feeding hungry children. To host such an event costs about $35,000.00. LoC has to raise that money prior to the event and historically has relied on the generosity of a single major donor. If this event is to be sustained over the years ahead, others in this community will need to share in supporting the cost.
In October, 2014 the church board established a bylaw resolution to implement the Love of Christ Endowment Fund. This was conceived as an extension of the LOC Mission statement "As people of God we are called, gathered and sent to proclaim the grace and love of Jesus Christ.".
Some initial work was done and many households indicated they were planning to leave a legacy gift or bequest to the fund. Over the course of pastoral transitions, the fund went on hiatus and initial committee members were unable to continue to serve.
Fast forward to February, 2019 when new Endowment Committee members were elected to re-introduce endowment to the congregation. Our vision is to "provide a vehicle to receive, manage and distribute enduring gifts to nurture faith among current and future generations, both locally and globally." Our desire is to encourage and enable participation in this fund by the Love of Christ family.
You will be hearing more about endowment, why it is important and how you can become involved in the coming months. Information will be available through bulletins, email, a brochure and planned meetings later this year.
The Endowment Committee looks forward to your participation to invest in a perpetual, proactive way to further the church's mission now and in the future.
LoC Endowment Fund Information sessions:
As individuals and couples consider estate, end-of-life planning, and legacy giving options, the Endowment Fund Committee would like to provide the most current information on how each of us can help support the mission of Christ through Love of Christ Lutheran Church through intentional planning.
Watch for new date.
Back to the Beginning: This musical is filled with messages of God’s love, hope, redemption and how good His ways are! The scene opens up at a rustic campground in the mountains when a few campers hear a strange sound. Norman, the camp counselor, recognizing the all-too-familiar sound, leaves the group to investigate and finds Finn, a good kid who has been spending too much time with the rebellious Rigsby brothers, and the H.O. 2000 Time Machine. Wanting to impress his two new “friends,” Finn had activated the machine and lost the Rigsby brothers… back in the Garden of Eden! Ready to embark on an unplanned adventure, the campers jump into the H.O. 2000 to find the lost boys and end up traveling back through time, visiting the same campsite in 2000, 1995, 1978, 1955, 1808, and finally, making it all the way back to Creation!
Sunday, April Date TBD at 9am
Registration forms available at the Children’s Ministry table.
Questions: or 480-832-2449.