Annual Congregational Meeting
Ash Wednesday and Mid-Week Lenten Services
Blood Drive
Dinner/Silent Auction, 2020
Endowment Fund Launch
Grief Processing
God's Work, Our Hands
Good Gifts
Los Tres Tenores
Musical for Kids
Picnic - Inter-generational Fellowship Event
Sock Hop 50's Concert - Live Music
Talent Show
Umbrella of Care
30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Pictures

  

 

 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

   

2020 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, FEB. 16, 11:30am in our Sanctuary

Love of Christ members, staff and our Board will gather in the sanctuary for our annual meeting to celebrate and give thanks for the 2019 ministries and missions and the 2020 business of the church. The Annual Reports will be available *early February in the Sanctuary and COC narthexes for you to pick up prior to the meeting.  You can also view and/or download the report by going to our website “loveofchristchurch.net” “What’s Going On”, “Special Events”, “Annual Report” when available.*

 

 

 

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 do give between now and March 1, considering giving in the name of Love of Christ. For more information contact Dianne Oien (480) 681 0941 or  www.bloodhero.com.   

   

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50's Concert - Sock Hop Dance, Live Music & Retro Style Dinner

Friday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Sock Hop Dance, Live Music, & Retro Style Dinner Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. Tired of the same old flowers, candy and cards for Valentine’s Day? So is your significant other!  Here’s something different that has a real spark! Love of Christ Lutheran Church’s Sock Hop and Retro Style Dinner is exactly what you’ve been looking for to replace those worn-out Valentine’s Day clichés. If you like to dance, this is for you! If you DON’T like to dance, this is for you too! Come and reminisce with friends, dance, watch, or listen to The Rockin’ Baby Boomers play favorites from the ‘50s and ‘60s. If you still have your outfit, break out the poodle skirts, saddle shoes and white T-shirts as we return to the days when we danced on the gym floor.  If you DON’T have a 50’s & 60’s outfit, don’t worry… dress casually and comfortably and get ready for fun.  Come kick up your heels on a real wooden dance floor in the Center of Compassion. The sounds of the Rockin’ Baby Boomers will refresh your musical memory in no time. Dinner will be Sloppy Joes, cole slaw, and root beer floats served the right way - in paper drive-in baskets.  Rumor has it there will be a hula-hoop contest complete with prizes plus a few other surprises! Tickets are $20.00 each and will benefit LoC’s Music Ministry. Get your tickets in advance by purchasing them after each Sunday service, stop in the church office, or go online at www.loveofchristchurch.net<http://www.loveofchristchurch.net Sponsored by the Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa.

 

 

March 13, 2020 at 7:00pm- Community Youth Talent Show, in CoC

FRIDAY THE 13TH COULD BE YOUR LUCKY DAY!!

Community Youth Talent Show
March 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $5 ea.

-For grades 1st – 12th-

 If you can sing, dance, play a musical instrument, have a comedy act, or have any other unique talent you’d like to share on stage, you’re perfect for the Love of Christ Lutheran Church’s First Annual Community Youth Talent Show. Not only will you amaze your friends but you just might win a prize. It’s free to performers, so give it a try!

 You need to be in grades 1 - 12 and have an act ready to bring on stage. We welcome all kinds of acts! You can perform alone or with a small group. If you have something you'd like to present but aren’t sure about it, please email our Music Director, Jung Csuy at  or call her at (480) 832-2449.

Acts will be judged by a panel of volunteers consisting of professional singers, real actors and great musicians.  Money prizes will be awarded for the three best acts. The Third Prize winner will be awarded $100, the Second Prize winner gets $150 and – get this! – The First Place winner takes home a whopping $200!

 Performances need to be kept to an absolute maximum of four minutes and performers need to come prepared with all their own props, costumes, CDs/music, etc.  Everyone who’s interested will need to audition with Love of Christ Lutheran Church’s Music Director, Jung Csuy   Wednesdays between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Be sure to contact Jung Csuy to reserve your audition time. Email her at or call her at

(480) 832-2449 and let her know what kind of act you have.

 Although performers get in free, tickets to see the performances are $5.00 per person. Light refreshments will be sold during the event. Come and make the First Annual Community Youth Talent Show part of your legacy!

  

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020!!      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.

ELCA Good Gifts

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.

 

   SAVE THE DATE! December 4, 2020 at 6:00pm-  DINNER/SILENT AUCTION, in CoC

 

 

Umbrella of Care at Love of Christ Lutheran Church

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

Pastoral Staff

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.

 

Have you or someone you know suffered the loss of a loved one?

On Wednesday, January 29, 2019 (Fellowship Hall) 10:00-11:30AM  our Umbrella of Care will be hosting an opportunity to learn from each other how grief is being processed, what has been or has not been helpful, what might be beneficial for the journey ahead and how our Umbrella of Care at LoC can best be supportive.  Facilitating our time together will be Dr. David Schuff. Non-LoC members are welcome to attend.  If you are interested in being a part of this event, please sign up at the sign-up tables outside the Sanctuary or at the back of the CoC, or contact Dianne Oien at .

Dr. David Shuff is a native of Arizona and has over 20 years of clinical experience as a licensed therapist. During his career, he has worked closely with Mesa Public Schools, police and fire departments, and faith based communities to strengthen their crisis response and "wrap around" grief support services. He has taught at ASU, UofA and is currently an adjunct professor at NAU. As part of his own selfcare and having completed a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, he recently checked-off one of the secret journeys on his bucket list, the 88 temple Henro, in Japan.

 

 

Ash Wednesday services

 Wednesday, February 26, noon and 6:30pm

and Mid-Week Lenten Services, 6:30pm
See schedule below.

 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. 

  

Discovering the Gift of Spiritual Disciplines

As we continue to seek to grow disciples of Jesus who form faith and live out their faith in daily life, like those who have traveled the past 2,000 years before us, we are given the gift of Spiritual Disciplines.  During our Midweek Lenten Services, 6:30pm  we will look at the following:

                                              2/26 The Discipline of Prayer

                                              3/4 The Discipline of Study

                                              3/11 The Discipline of Simplicity

                                              3/18 The Discipline of Solitude

                                              3/25 The Discipline of Service

                                              4/1 The Discipline of Worship

 

 

Love of Christ Endowment Fund
Re-Launches in 2020

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 in February and March.

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.

 Wednesday, February 19, 6:00PM—Fellowship Hall

Sunday, March 29, 9:00AM and 12:00PM—Leadership

 

 

A Musical for Kids in April!

Come join the Musical (4 years~8th grade)

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!

Drama & Solo auditions
 (The list of the cast and the soloists will be up on Jung’s office door on Sunday, January 26th.  The selected cast and the soloists need to pick up the CD and the script).

Rehearsals- Green Room

Start on Sunday, February 23rd

10:20a.m.-11:15a.m. (7th~8th grade)

11:15a.m.-12:00p.m. (4 years~6th grade)

12:15p.m.-1:00p.m. (Cast rehearsal/7 weeks)

Dress Rehearsal(CoC stage)

*For the Soloists & Drama team will have an extended rehearsal on Sunday, April. 5

3:00pm~6:00pm

Saturday, April 18th from 9am ~ 12pm (All)

Performance in the CoC

Sunday, April 19th at 9am

Call time: 8am

Registration forms available at the Children’s Ministry table.

Questions: or 480-832-2449.

 

Yee-Haw!

It’s our 2nd annual

Intergenerational Fellowship Event!

SAVE THE DATE!!

Who:   Our LOC Family of All Ages!

When:  Sunday, March 1, 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Beautiful Usery Mountain Park

                Exact Location to Be Announced in February

What:  An afternoon to gather and enjoy fellowship in God’s creation, option for a short hike, games for kids of all ages, and a simple cookout. Hot dogs, condiments and bottled water provided by LOC.  If attending, please bring lawn chairs and a side dish to share (chips, salad, dessert).

*Carpooling from the church is encouraged.  Entrance to the park is $7 per car with the option for $5 pre-purchase pass.