The Servant - January 2016
I hope that you were able to put the prayer calendar to good use in December. I know that the weeks before Christmas are a busy time, but we must never be too busy for prayer. We had a much better turnout for the Taize prayer services during Advent this year than in the past, so I hope both of these opportunities led you to a more prayerful preparation for Christmas in 2015.
I also hope that it was meaningful to everyone to know that your Lord of Life brothers and sisters were praying for you!
This month, I have a new calendar for you. Sometimes I can think of so many people or organizations or situations that need prayer, it can be overwhelming. So this month, the prayer calendar is focused on faith communities (churches), including our churchwide and synodical expression of the ELCA, our companion synod in South Africa and churches experiencing persecution. Congregations that are listed without a town are located in Canfield.
If youâ€™d like more specifics about these groups, especially the churches, you can search for a website on-line. I know what is happening at most of the ELCA congregations if you have questions. You can pray for their pastor(s), musicians, administrative and other staff, leadership, members, outreach ministries, finances, pastoral vacancies or other concerns they may be facing. If you have friends in these churches, let them know you and our congregation will be praying for them and if they have any concerns for which you can pray.
The week of January 18th to the 25th is the Week for Prayer for Christian Unity. During that week, we pray for our sister congregations in Canfield that are of other Christian traditions. That would be a good time to pray for stronger ties and better relationships between Christians of all different denominations as well as praying for these congregations specifically. I pray that prayer becomes an important part of all of our lives in 2016.
Happy New Year!
The History of Lord of Life Christmas Tree Decorations.
A tradition adorning our Sanctuary from the second Sunday of Advent through the Season of Christmas.
As you look at our tree, you will see a lot of beautiful ornaments on it. These ornaments are called Chrismons. Over thirty years ago, some of the ladies of our congregation lovingly handcrafted these beautiful ornaments. These ornaments, made of felt and counted cross-stitch boast several different shapes and each shape has special meaning. Take a look at the poster in the narthex and feel free to browse the books to learn the meanings of the different shapes.
Undecorating the Sanctuary
Please plan to join us immediately following worship on January 3rd to help take down the decorations in the Sanctuary.
There are tasks for all ages and all helping hands are appreciated.
Adult Education Opportunities
Wednesday Bible Study: We will do a brief study to help us better understand the book of Revelation. Join us at 10:30 am starting on January 6th.
Adult Sunday school: We will study the gospel of Luke through the appointed gospel passages for each Sunday. Join us at 11:30 am on Sunday mornings beginning on January 3rd.
The festival of Epiphany will be celebrated through worship on January 6th at 7:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman. Our local cluster of Lutheran churches will come together on that night to celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord. Come and worship!
The Annual State of the Church meeting takes place on Sunday, January 17th, following worship. The meeting reviews and recognizes events of the past year as we look forward to the coming year. A Fellowship Meal is planned following the meeting. Please plan to stay and share a meal with your church family.
The Gathering Place will be held on January 11th, at 11:30 am. Please join us as we play Grocery Bingo! Woodlands will provide lunch.
All Committee Night will be on Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 pm. Please join us we discuss the various programs at Lord of Life and share fresh, new ideas.
Knitting and Quilting comes off their hiatus on January 14th, beginning at 12:30. Join us as we tie and pin quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Updating the Directory We will be updating the church directory in the near future. Forms will be available in the Fellowship space to update your address, cell phone, or email.
Dear Lord of Lifers,
Thank you once again for your generous Christmas gift! I greatly appreciate your kind hearts thinking of me at Christmas. Thank you so much!
Grace and peace,
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for the generous Christmas gift! I am humbled by the thought. It is so comforting to be a part of this wonderful congregation.
In His service,
Thank you again for your generosity. The Operation Blessing Toy Drive was very successful. They had to make two trips to take all the toys!
Christmas Giving Tree
Thank you again to all who took a tag from the Giving Tree. What a generous and caring congregation. The folks at Big Brothers and Big Sisters are very grateful to you all.
A very special thank you to two very talented young ladies of our Church Family. Abbey Eash (viola) and Caroline Griswold (clarinet) provided special music at our 5:00 worship on Christmas Eve. Thank you ladies we truly enjoyed your performances and are very proud of you both.
Womenâ€™s Spirituality Retreat
Just when we need it, in the middle of winter, Camp Mowana offers a few days away from daily responsibilities and pressures. In the comfortable Adult Retreat Center , surrounded by peaceful woods, women of the faith share in Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Each woman chooses for herself what she needs and finds most helpful, whether it be quiet time alone, participation in the program, or wonderful conversations. This yearâ€™s retreat will be February 5-7 (Friday evening through Sunday morning). We will carpool. For details contact Vangie McDorman at 330-726-8020. Ladies, do consider giving yourself this time, close to God and other Lutheran women.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service