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A monthly ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Maple Grove, Minnesota

Advent and Christmas at Lord of Life—

His Name Shall Be Called by Alice Woodard, Director of Worship and LifeGARDEN


hat’s in a name?” Juliet famously asked, continuing, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” —Romeo and Juliet II, ii, 1-2. In Shakespeare’s play about two lovers from warring families, Juliet tells Romeo that a name is just a name, it’s the person of Montague she loves, not the Montague name, and not the Montague family. In other words, names don’t matter so much. This December we will ask the question, “What’s in a name?” as we discover and explore the many names of Jesus. These names do matter, because there are dozens of names for Jesus in the Bible, and each reveals a distinctive and fresh picture. Consider a few: Little Lord Jesus, Sun of Righteousness, Bread of Life. What do these names bring to mind? Although they all describe Jesus, each describes a unique way of knowing Him. This exploration of the names of Jesus will begin with the December devotions, each focusing on a name for Jesus, beginning with Wonderful Counselor on December 1, and concluding with The Word Made Flesh on December 25. The December devotions can be accessed at




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At all worship services December 21 and 22, His Name Shall be Called: A Musical Celebration of Christmas will bring many names of Jesus together in a service featuring Joyful Noise, directed by Dana Brinton, and Bel Canto, Canticle Choir and Orchestra, directed by Lee Fuchs. Over 100 musicians will contribute, employing names from Emmanuel to Christ the Apple Tree to describe Jesus. Earlier in the month, David Frank will direct the children’s Christmas musical, Ring, Christmas Bells!, at 5 pm on Sunday, December 8. Approximately 50 Lord of Life youngsters will participate in this favorite event. More details on this performance are on Page 13. Celebrate the coming of our Lord with the ringing of bells and children’s voices raised in song! Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, December 24, will celebrate the birth of our Savior at 11 am and 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 8, 9:30, and 11 pm. Services at 11 am and 1, 2:30, 4 and 5 pm will include a children’s sermon; those at 8, 9:30, and 11 pm will feature candlelight. On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, a service of Holy Communion at 9:45 am will continue the celebration of the newborn King. It has been said that the person of Jesus is multi-faceted, and that there are many ways of knowing Him. This December discover some of these facets through His many names, each equally sweet.

Son of God Son of Man— December 2013 “For me to live is Christ” Philippians 1:21a

Lord of Life exists to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ and for its faith community to witness and serve God gratefully in daily life. —Lord of Life’s Global Ends Policy

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worship Saturdays at 5:30 pm with Holy Communion Sundays at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am with Holy Communion the first and third Sundays Third Sunday worship at 9:30 am on December 15 at Ambassador Good Samaritan Society in New Hope Third Monday healing service from 6:30-7:30 pm on December 16 in the Prayer Chapel Third Wednesday worship at 2 pm on December 18 at Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Maple Grove

God’s Work. Our Generosity.

November 30/December 1 Preaching: Pastor Dave McCarty Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Jonathan Rundman December 7/8 Preaching: Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Joyful Noise (8:30 am), Canticle Choir and Bel Canto (9:45 and 11 am)

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pastoral staff Rev. Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren, Senior Pastor, Rev. Todd Buegler, Pastor, Children, Youth & Family Ministry, Rev. Dr. Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren, Pastor, Adult Ministries, Rev. Karen Sue Greimel, Pastor, Pastoral Care, Rev. Dr. David Lippitt, Pastor, Congregational Care, Rev. Dave McCarty, Pastor, Outreach and Mission, Pastoral Intern Taylor Wilson,

Affirming their baptismal promises in the Rite of Confirmation, these confirmands make the cross of Christ on their foreheads to always remember they are a child of God.

More photos are on Page 12, on the website (, and on facebook ( lordoflifelutheran).


December 14/15 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: New Life Ensemble December 21/22 His Name Shall be Called: A Musical Celebration of Christmas (see cover article) Christmas Eve, December 24 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music 11 am: Amy Cerepak 1, 2:30 pm: Joyful Noise and Dana Brinton 4, 5:30 pm: Soloist Kelly Jordahl 8 pm: Lee Fuchs 9:30 and 11 pm: Canticle Choir and Lee Fuchs Christmas Day, December 25 Preaching: Pastor David Lippitt Special Music: Val Lari December 28/29 Preaching: Pastor David Lippitt Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Lee Fuchs Please note worship & music schedules may be subject to change.

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Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes

Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,

And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,

No fairy tales, nor witch hath power to charm,


The bird of dawning singeth all night long;

The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike, So hallowed and so gracious is the time.

Last Times!


o hallowed and so gracious is the time—this last line from the first scene of Hamlet truly says it all. Christmas is a hallowed and gracious time for all who believe in the wonderful promise of God made manifest in the Infant Child. Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of our preparations for Christmas we so often fail to experience the time itself.

Pastor David Lippitt

It’s fascinating to me that we should receive the greatest gift of all during the last days of the year.

I’ve been thinking a lot about “last times” lately. In fact, unless the rotation changes, this represents my last LifeTIMES article as your pastor. After nearly 22 years of parish ministry, I have decided to “hang up my vestments” and retire. My last day as your pastor is scheduled for June 1, 2014. It’s mind-boggling to think that I started here more than 20 years ago. I had been out of the parish for nine years working as a licensed clinician and wasn’t quite sure how the transition would go. In retrospect I’d have to say it went very well. Lord of Life offered me the opportunity to use my gifts—both the ones I was aware of as well as those I discovered along the way. From day one this community has been a place of uncommon relationships—a place of joy—of love—and of the Spirit. The next 5-6 months will be a series of “lasts” for me as your pastor starting with the celebration of our Savior’s birth. There will be that last sermon…last baptism…last communion…last L5 class…last men’s retreat…last blessing of the bikes…last listening time…last staff meeting…last chapel chat…last visitation…last Celebrate Recovery teaching…and so on. You may be wondering what retirement will mean for me. First of all, I will be retiring from parish ministry, but not life. Professionally, I plan to keep an active clinical practice 2-3 days per week, establish a family mediation practice, and teach in one of a growing number of online graduate degree programs in psychology. I hope to learn Spanish, to increase my proficiency playing blues guitar, and to take an art class or two. Of course, Linda and I plan to travel to all those places we’ve only dreamed about, especially in Latin America. I look forward to reminiscing with you over the next 5 months about our hallowed and gracious times together these past 20 years. May you have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! Power and Peace,

Stay tuned this spring for more information about a celebration recognizing Pastor David’s ministry

Pastor David

with Lord of Life.

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Lord of Life Lives Christ Together baptisms


October 6 Maxwell James Holmgren Cooper Leo Irving

Prayers of sympathy for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one; may they be comforted in the promise of the resurrection.

October 12 Lucy Marie Berube Ruby June Steinkopf Paisley May Telste October 13 Graham Thomas Anderberg Hannah Jean Anderberg Owen Dennis Anderberg James Robert Biberdorf Isla Marie Buker Avarie Mae Fargo Easton Nicholas Reinking Margot Rae Thompson October 20 Jace Daniel Liddicoat

At Lord of Life we baptize individuals at any age. The next baptism class is on Saturday, December 14, from 10-11 am; no preregistration is necessary. To schedule a baptism, please call the church office at 763.420.5015.

Debbie Thein and family at the death of her mother

Leesa Avila and family at the death of her brother-in-law

Michelle Welinski and family at the death of her brother-in-law

Nancy Bourbonais and family at the death of her uncle

Bill Zaier and family at the death of his father

Jim and Claire Lambrecht and family at the death of their son-inlaw


Caroline Larson and family at the death of her friend

October 5 Dinah Martin & Jason Kmetz

Lynn Leisen and family at the death of her mother

October 11 Jennifer Helleen & Mike Moren

Peter Leisen and family at the death of his grandmother

October 12 Melinda Haines & Scott Gramsey

Andy Lindsay and family at the death of his father

October 27 Easton Charles Darth

Stephanie Perron with Ashley, Mary, Teddy and family at the death of their husband/father

Rae Morgan and family at the death of her sister

October 18 Kristin Rick & Daniel Hampton

Thank you to Susan Manrodt for sharing with us this peaceful watercolor in a muted palette. Lovely!


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spirit welcome new members Elijah Bosire & Kelli Montgomery with Sydney, Nicole, Natalie, Jaiden and Tré Mark & Lindsay Gray with Madelyn Kim Issacson Pam Juaire David & Krista Kuhnly with Noah, Makenna, and Grant Derek & Amy Lamb with Piper G.J. & Suzy Lempe with Brendan, Dylan, and Cody Corey & Katie Nelson Jennifer O’Neil Brian & Dina Peck with Dylan, Avery, and Jack Brad Powell & Stefanie Staley with Ashlyn, Bryn, and Lauren Dave & Kyra Quam with Avery and Jax Membership at Lord of Life means you make a commitment to be an active participant in congregational life. The expectation of not only new members— but all members—is to worship regularly, grow in faith, serve others, and support the church & its programs financially. Contact Lori Schwartz or Karen Klevar or visit newmembers for more information. You are invited to become a part of the Lord of Life family of faith.

Would you like to share an original photo, artwork, poetry, or a God moment with your Lord of Life faith family? We would love to share it in a future issue as space allows; you are encouraged to contact LifeTIMES Editor Bev Mello at

A God Moment by Ann Sack


have been a critical care nurse for over 20 years and work in an ICU (Intensive Care Unit). One of the many privileges I encounter is being with patients before and during their death. A phenomenon that occurs many times is that the patient starts talking to friends and loved ones who have already died. They seem to see them as clear as day and have been known to carry on quite lengthy conversations with them. When I was new at being a nurse, I oftentimes found this to be somewhat “creepy.” As the years went on, I have found this to be quite comforting. I now feel that our deceased friends and family are coming to help us along in our journey. One cold February night, my coworker Nicole and I admitted an elderly gentleman from up north to our unit. We’ll use the name “Frank” for him in this article. He was a bachelor farmer with only a nephew listed as family. The nephew was contacted and would be arriving later that day. It was about 2 am when the patient arrived, and as is customary with all admissions, the physician came in and asked the gentleman about code status. In other words, what kind of resuscitation did he want if his heart were to stop beating or he had difficulty breathing, i.e., compressions, shocks, ventilator, etc. At first Frank said he wanted everything done, and then a few seconds later, throwing his arms up in the air, rescinded and said, “Oh heck, I’m 89, I’ve had a good life, if something happens just let me go, I don’t want anything extra done.” We verified his wishes, and his code status was listed as DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).

I now feel that our deceased friends and family are coming to help us along in our journey.

A short time later, as Nicole and I finished the admission process and settled him into his bed, Frank started talking up a storm totally out of context to what was going on. He was answering questions, nodding, and seemed to have a whole other conversation to attend to. Nicole asked him, “Frank, who are you talking to?” Frank replied, “Oh, those are my fishing buddies over there,” as he pointed up toward the ceiling. He would talk to them, and then answer our questions as if his fishing buddies were all standing right there, looking on. As I left the room, I felt that Frank was not alone and comforted in knowing that not only are there angels, but there are “fishing buddy angels.” Frank died peacefully 12 hours later. Thank you, Ann, for submitting this touching and reflective God moment with the Lord of Life family.

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Announcing a new ministry at Lord of Life—

The Marriage Ministry by Linda M. Tripp and Joy Todd

A counseling Lord of Life welcomes Sharyn DeZelar, MSW, LICSW, a mental health professional connected with Lutheran Social Service. She will be providing counseling on Thursdays from 1-5 pm at Lord of Life. Sharyn has a special interest in counseling of families, adolescent females, parents of youth, special needs, working with veterans, and working with the elderly. She is also Medicare credentialed. For an appointment during the 1-5 pm timeframe on Thursdays, please call 612.879.5320. Times may expanded based upon need within Lord of Life.

re you one of the 2,000 member couples in our congregation? What do you do on an ongoing basis to maintain and strengthen your relationship? We all know it can be challenging to build and maintain a strong marriage. In fact, data shows that the average couple spends only 4 minutes a day alone together. Yet, if time can be found to change the oil in our car and advance our education or career, we must invest time and energy to grow and celebrate as a couple. Strong marriages benefit all of us by building and strengthening relationships within the home and beyond. They promote the health, education, and wealth of a community. They are the foundation of our families. They are a calling from God. The newly-created Marriage Ministry at Lord of Life endeavors to nurture stable, loving, Christian relationships through marriage enrichment. This new ministry formed following last year’s L5 The Marriage Course and is focused on continuing education for couples.

In addition to The Marriage Course available in L5 Session 3, we are offering Marriage Time, an informal marriage series on Sunday nights at 6 pm led by the Marriage Ministry team, along with Pastor David and his wife, Linda. Sharing and discussion will occur within couples, group discussion is not anticipated. We are looking for couples to join the ministry team, as well as a social event committee. All couples are invited to participate in marriage enrichment and social activities, regardless of age or marital status. To learn more details and to register, visit We all have a role in supporting marriages, regardless if we’re young or old. As you head into the New Year, make it a priority to focus on your relationship!

Word for Women is weekly on Wednesday mornings—

Author Ruth Bachman

Celebrate Recovery


e will not meet on December 24—however, we will meet on Monday, December 23, at the same time which is 5:45 pm for dinner and 6:30 pm for programming. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind by attending. Programming is also available with the landing for teens and Celebration Station for youngsters.

ring in the new year Join the fun as Celebrate Recovery sponsors a church-wide New Year’s Eve celebration! Dinner will be served from 5:45-6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 31. A freewill donation will be taken for dinner. If your last name begins with A-M please bring an appetizer to share, N-Z bring a dessert to share. Following dinner, watch the movie Home Run, play some games or maybe even sing a little karaoke—activities for everyone! Be sure to mark your calendar!



n Wednesday, December 4, at 9:30 am, Word for Women is excited to welcome author Ruth Bachman. She has written Growing Through the Narrow Spots, and here is an excerpt from that book: Moving through life’s narrow spots is challenging and requires a balance of many things. It is in those very narrow spots that we find the possibility to discover the very best part of ourselves that can bring us transformation. If you are interested in a copy of the book, please stop by Lord of Life’s Reflections of Faith to preorder a copy. All are welcome on December 4.

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L Classes Enrich Relationship with God 5


by Becky Kormann


was really excited when I read the descriptions of the L5 classes. Over the past few years I have been striving to enhance my understanding, deepen my faith and strengthen my relationship with God. The classes seemed a perfect and convenient way to do that. I initially thought I wouldn’t have the time. We have three young children and I am involved in Church School. I took a closer look at my week and realized that I was easily able to make time in other areas of my life despite my busy schedule. I decided that God and my faith should be more of a priority than all the other “things” that keep me busy and made time. Now I leave for church an hour earlier than my family and everyone is actually surviving without me! I meet my family in Fellowship Hall after class, we have a donut and head to worship and Church School. I am now starting my fourth class and still feel it is a valuable part of my week. What I take from each class helps me to stay focused on my blessings, what is truly important, and that Becky Kormann, Adult Confirmation 2013 God is with me all the time. I am so fortunate to be part of a faith community that puts a value on not just coming to church, but also enhancing and deepening our understanding of Christ, His wonderful gift to us, and how He can assist us in achieving the abundant lives He aspires for us all to have. Hope to see you in class.


ord of Life’s 20/30 Vision ministry had a great time at a bonfire on October 18. The weather was perfect and the s’mores were delicious. Missy Benson had to keep her s’more out of the reach of Penny, Susan and Jason Listberger’s dog who enjoyed the festivities as well. Jordan Lippitt, Kate Reiman, and Amy Van Schepen also enjoyed the bonfire in the great outdoors. Are you in the 20/30 age group? We’d love to have you join our next gathering or service project. December’s dates are the 11th and 18th. For more details about this ministry, visit

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Photos courtesy of Brittany Herbeck

20/30 Vision

For more details on upcoming L5 classes in Session 3 and 4, visit


october 2013 budget year-to-date




Total member contributions $2,383,110 $2,345,960 All other

Difference $37,150

$199,770 $214,613 ($14,843)

Total receipts

$2,582,880 $2,560,573 $22,3070

God’s Work. Our Generosity. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

update on CAT Thanks to all of the 1,084 members who took the time to complete the CAT (Church Assessment Tool) this October. This assessment will allow leaders to know the perspectives, experiences, and aspirations of our members as we look to make decisions about the future of Lord of Life. The report generated by the assessment is called Vital Signs. This report is over 20 pages long and requires a professional interpretation. The results of this interpretation will be shared in great detail with the Congregational Council on January 18 at its annual retreat. A shorter summary will be shared with the congregation at the January 26 congregational meeting. A written summary will be posted on the website following the congregational meeting.


s we look forward to the coming of the Christ child this Advent season, it’s also a great time to reflect on the blessings of this year. Thank you for the generosity you have shown Lord of Life with your time and with your financial gifts in 2013. Your generosity has allowed God’s work to be done in our church building, throughout our community, and around the world. Thanks to all who have turned in their pledge cards for 2014. If you haven’t turned in a pledge yet, you may still do so by completing the form online at generosity or by mailing or bringing your pledge card to the church office. During this season of giving, please also consider a special gift to Lord of Life. You have many options for year-end giving: • Complete an online gift at by midnight on December 31 • Call the church office at 763.420.5015 to give a gift via credit card by 4 pm on December 31 • Bring your cash/check donation to the church office by noon on December 31 • Mail your donation, postmarked by December 31 • Contact Colleen Anderson at with any questions about stock donations All of these options will be credited to your 2013 statement for tax purposes. Thank you again for your generosity! Lord of Life Weekly Giving — October 2013 $120,000 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0




Actual $84,960 $53,209 $59,057 Budget $58,415 $58,415 $58,415



$52,432 $58,415

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Christmas Craft and Bake Sale

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upport Lord of Life Missions and Ministries by shopping at the Craft and Bake Sale. Sweets, treats, and gifts will be available during and after services on December 14 and 15. For information on donating items or fundraising for your ministry or mission trip, contact Connie at ‘Tis the season!

Reflections of Faith


s announced last month, Lord of Life’s faithbased resource/gift area has opened in the Caring Community area of our building. You are encouraged to stop by before and after worship services; additional hours during the week may be added. A new shipment of beautiful angels and advent calendars has been recently received. Come in and browse and see what’s reflective of your faith.

The Joy of Giving

Beautiful advent calendars, angels, and more are available in Reflections of Faith. You are invited to come in and browse!


re you looking for ways to simplify your gift giving and support the ministries that Lord of Life serves in our community and around the world? Check out the ornament gift tags that will be posted in Fellowship Hall November 30 through December 24 (great for last-minute shoppers!) after all worship services. Take an ‘ornament’ from the wall, and purchase a $10 or $25 gift card or make a cash donation to your favorite ministry. Below is just a partial list of participating ministries with a description of how your gift will be used. Be sure to check for a complete listing of gift-giving opportunities. • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Good Gifts Program: Your gift may include a chick, duck, tree seedling, or hymnal and Bible given to a third-world country. • Hope Lodge: Your financial gift will help to purchase a sign for the back entrance of their building and exercise equipment for the guests and caregivers to use. • Inspired Images: Your gift may include a cash donation or a gift card for supplies used to make cards which support many of the ministries of Lord of Life. • LifeGARDEN: Your gift will help in purchasing vegetable seeds and plants. The harvest of fresh produce will be donated to the local foodshelf. • The Sandwich Project: Your gift will provide a simple yet nutritious sandwich to those who are homeless on the streets and those in shelters. If you are giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, upon receiving your financial gift, you will receive a gift card that you may give to your recipient sharing the gift you have given in their honor. To learn more, contact Michelle Welinski at

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October Outing

On October 17 the OWLs visited Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. With its steeple prominent next to I-94 this limestone church also has an interesting art gallery of large religious paintings donated by lumber baron T. B. Walker. The church sanctuary contains several colorful stained glass windows, wood and sandstone carvings and an impressive 4500-pipe organ. After having lunch, the group visited the Basilica of Saint Mary. Its impressive sanctuary contains many beautiful stained glass windows and several plaster and stone carvings. The organist, who was practicing, graciously played Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God for the visiting Lutherans. In both churches the guides were excellent, helping to make the day a wonderful experience.

Upcoming OWLs Events

Thursday, December 5: “Journey to Bethlehem” with guest author Dr. Chuck Tindell. Dr. Tindell received the National Mature Media’s coveted Gold Award for his first book, Seeing Beyond the Wrinkles. In addition, he has written mysteries such as This Angel’s Halo Is Crooked. With Pastor Peter leading us in devotions and Tom Tipton singing carols, you and your friends will not want to miss the party. We begin at noon in Fellowship Hall with a freewill donation lunch. Please bring a donation of mittens and/or scarves. Wednesday, December 18: Worship at Rose Arbor beginning at 2 pm Thursday, December 19: Tour the National Historic Landmark… the James J. Hill Mansion in St. Paul. Mr. Hill was the founder of the Great Northern Railway. The tour will give us a glimpse of servant and family life in the mansion. Leave church at 9 am and return by 2 pm. Cost is $11 plus lunch on your own. Friday, December 20: LifeTIMES labeling in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am. Coffee’s always on!

...older, wiser, or Lutheran? Even if you are not, you will be warmly welcomed at all of the OWLs’ events. Please sign up for all activities on the bulletin board near the welcome desk in the narthex. Visit for more photos as well as stories of recent events. Questions about this vibrant seniors’ ministry? Contact Joyce or Gordy Martin directly at or 763.497.7355.


save the dates Thursday, January 9 (Note date change): Warm Hearts for Cold Hands is the theme and the fun begins at 10 am in Fellowship Hall. Plan to stay for a freewill donation lunch. Representatives from Mittens on a Mission will share about their ministry. We will help prepare mittens for the needy. You are welcome to bring preshrunk, 50% or greater wool-blend sweaters and fleece items for cutting. Thursday, January 16: The Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake is a nationally-recognized reseach and education center specializing in wolves and other predators. Visit a colony of captive gray wolves and learn about wolf ecology, biology, and behavior. Part of the event will be outside so dress warmly. Lunch on your own at Norman Quack’s restaurant. Leave church at 9 am and return at 3 pm. Cost is $13.

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adult Thank you to all of these special folks for making sandwiches in support of The Sandwich Ministry.

Feed My Starving Children Emergency Foodshelf Network


ou can make a difference for starving children around the world by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children (FSMC). Join the FMSC packing session on January 11, 2014, from 9-11 am, at their location in Coon Rapids. Share your time and energy to help feed God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. As you package meals for the world’s hungriest children, you will discover a deep sense of service and community. Volunteers lovingly package a formulated nutritional mix of rice, soy, vitamins, and vegetables into a dehydrated “Minnesota hot-dish.” For more details and to register, visit

fare for all

It’s a great way for everyone to stretch their food dollar. Lord of Life’s next Fare For All is on Thursday, December 12, from 4-6 pm. Learn more at

service opportunity The next monthly opportunity to sort or pack food is Monday, December 9, from 4-7 pm. EFN is at 8501 54th Avenue North in New Hope. To sign up visit or contact Jane Bergstom. Questions on EFN? Contact Jane Bergstrom by phone at 763.420.5015 x142 or email at

In October, Lord of Life’s Inspired Images stamping and scrapbooking ministry met with Bethany Lutheran’s Creativity & Conversation ministry.

Photos courtesy of Jenni Mueller

As mentioned in Pastor Jo’s note below, it was a wonderful time!

Sharing and teaching, Inspired Images’ co-leader Lynn Anderson (above at left), Ellen Sanko (top photo at left), and Bonnie Hewitt (right photo at right) with new friends from Bethany Lutheran in south Minneapolis.

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Senior High

Sr. High Sundays! Every Sunday night, sr. highers gather for worship, and community at church. All are welcome! More info is at srhighsunday. 7 pm—Ecclesia worship in Samaritan Hall 7:45 pm—Express sr. high youth group

Sundays nights @ 7 pm 7-8:30 pm Sundays Explore dates are December 1 and 8 Come check out Explore and hang out. It’s a fun time with worship and games and just exploring our faith together.

sr. high sundays

Sr. highers! Join us on Sunday nights for Ecclesia worship at 7 pm and Express youth group at 7:45 pm. All are welcome! More info is at

sr. high ski/snowboard retreat

Let’s go to the mountains! 10th-12th graders are headed to Bozeman, Montana over President’s Weekend, February 13-17 for three full days of skiing/snowboarding at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. It’s going to be an amazing weekend! More info is at

sr. high summer 2014

Watch for this summer’s AWOL (A Work of Love) mission trip sites/dates later this month. It’s going to be a great summer! More info is at

Junior High jr. high family ski retreat Congratulations to 134 confirmands who affirmed their baptismal promises in four services during Reformation Weekend, October 26/27. Another photo is on Page 2.

Let’s have some fun in the snow at Afton Alps! Save the date—families are welcome to come ski/snowboard all day on February 15, 2014. Don’t miss out! Visit juniorhighskiretreat for more info and to register.

jr. high ultimate lock-in

For grades 7-9, save the date for January 24, from 10 pm-6 am at the Maple Grove Community Center. Registration opens on December 1 at Cost is $25 plus bring a canned food item.


C3 Sundays on December 1, 8 5-6 pm: Pizza Plus! 6-7 pm: C3 Groups and L5 7-7:45 pm: Ecclesia Worship 7:45-8:45 pm: Explore C3 Wednesdays on December 4, 11 4:30-5:30 pm: C3 Groups 5:30-6:30 pm: Pizza Plus! 6:30-7:30 pm: C3 Groups and L5


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1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

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On Saturday, December 7, 9 am-4 pm, we’ll see a theater production of Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Stages Theater Company PLUS take our own acting class from professionals! Cost is $18 and includes production ticket, acting classes, lunch and transportation.

October 2013 Hayride Fun

Release day for grades 1-6 is on January 20. Save the date and check the website for more details!

An Advent Event for Everyone

Ring, Christmas Bells!—the Lord of Life Children’s Musical will be Sunday, December 8, at 5 pm in Lord of Life’s sanctuary. No tickets are necessary and you don’t have to have children in the musical in order to enjoy the production. The performance is immediately followed by a freewill offering dinner. Celebrate the coming of our Lord with the ringing of bells and children’s voices raised in song!

Ring, Christmas Bells! Cast List Prophet Band Angels Mary Lullaby Mothers Caravan Carol Trio Caroler One Caroler Two Chorus Set Design

Abby Arp, Evan Fryxell, Sophia Kosobud, Corrin Pallansch, Gretchen Pallansch, Marta Pendergast, McKenna Quam, Kalli Smith, Brianna Sullivan, Penelope Vertin, Benjamin Walker Grace Bunge, Cheyenne Christie, Hannah Kahl, Sarah Kahl, Grace Kohuth, Katelyn Kohuth, Brooklyn Manning, Sonja Pendergast, Annika Pendergast, Maddie Slyter, Mae Tygum, Gabi Webb, Mallory Webb Grace Garcia Morgan Burkum, Alexis Faller, Callie Goodman, Camryn Goodman, Emily Hill, Emma Kaiser, Gabbie Kaiser, Hailey Petrie Abby Beaudry, Luther Bunge, Amelia Ehlers, Hanna Grace Griep, Luca Mele, Skyler Mele, Natalie Molnau, Leo Olson, Heather Sheedy Victoria Brinton, Kate Kapsner, Alexandra Trudeau Mavis Sachs Kate Ostaffe Paige Conlon, Olivia Johnson, Becca Paulson, Sophie Tollefson, Olivia Warcken Steve Fretheim

Parent Night Out

Parents can have a night out with safe childcare provided on Friday, December 6, from 6-10 pm. Children from birth-6th grade will be part of a night celebrating Advent, a season of preparation for the birth of Jesus. We invite parents to return early for complimentary dessert and coffee, served from 9-10 pm. Your generous donations (suggested minimum of $10 per child) will benefit Lord of Life’s Adult Ministries and Sr. High AWOL Mission Trips. Register at lordoflife. org/pno. Please note that a light snack is provided and dinner will not be served.

Church School

December 14/15: Children ages 3-Grade 4: Pick up/drop off in regular Church School classrooms. Grades 5-6: Sit in worship with families. All children, ages 3-6th grade will be participating in worship during their regular Church School time. Words and music (plus sign language for the 5th/6th graders) for their songs may be found at December 21/22: All children worship with families. Special family activities will also be available in Fellowship Hall and Samaritan Hall. December 28/29: All children worship with their families. January 4/5: Regular Church School classes resume. Two-year-olds begin weekly classes! It is never too late to join a Church School ministry team! Contact Kirstin, Julie, or Clancy to get involved.

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December Bible Verse: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17

Merry Christmas!

by Angie Schiebel, Director of Karing Kingdom Preschool

December Book Picks


ur observance of Christmas begins with celebrations from around the world. From Mexico to Germany we will be learning about the traditions that are held dear by other countries. The merriment will continue as Santa and his elves transform Karing Kingdom into a workshop of fun! We conclude our month with the “Reason for the Season” as we remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the most perfect gift! Karing Kingdom will be closed December 20, 2013-January 1, 2014. Have a blessed, happy and safe Christmas!

Stable in Bethlehem by Joy N. Hulme From 12 drowsy doves to 7 soft sheep to 4 shaggy camels, this beautiful book celebrates the wonder of Christmas with a counting concept built right in. Gentle rhymes with softly hued pictures perfectly capture the spirit of the season.

Karing Kingdom Preschool continues to take registration for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, please call 763.420.5015 x127 or email us at karing kingdom preschool Angie Schiebel, Director, x127, Teachers: Jennifer Ellingson, Maureen Murphy Hanson, and Carly Tappe

Registration for the 2014-15 school year will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014 for currently enrolled families, alumni families may begin enrolling on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 and open enrollment will begin on Monday, January 13, 2014.

During the month of October, Karing Kingdom Preschool participated in “Make a Difference Day” which is a national day of service. Karing Kingdom Preschool collected personal items for the Ronald McDonald House. The Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado Two tiny mice set off to see the new king of Bethlehem. But what king has time for small creatures? It’s Halloween Fun!

Tuesday/Thursday Morning Class


Monday/Wednesday/Friday Afternoon Class

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contact info WEB PHONE 763.420.5015 FAX 763.420.7286 ADDRESS 7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove, MN 55311-4313 V isit for a full staff listing with photos. PRAYER NETWORK FACEBOOK

Third Graders Received Bibles

In fulfilling a baptismal promise, Lord of Life parents placed the Holy Scriptures into the hands of their third graders. During all worship services on October 27/28, 154 Bibles were distributed! You are invited to see more photos at

1978 Lord of Life Lutheran Church Charter (ELCA) Lord of Life is a community of people called together by God’s Holy Spirit who confess Christ as Lord. We wish to be a church whose door is open to all people. And with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will strive to educate, comfort, aid and spread the word of love in Christ’s name. We believe worship is of most importance in our life together as we receive God’s love through Word and Sacrament. We will be involved with seeking justice in our community, state, nation, and world. We hold high the dignity and worth of

Mittens on a Mission Sew-A-Thon


alling all sewers—save the date! Mittens on a Mission needs your help on Saturday, January 11, from 9 am-1 pm. We have had a couple cutting sessions that have resulted in tons of mitten kits ready to be sewn; then they are distributed to those who are homeless in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Please bring your machine and we’ll provide the rest of the supplies. It will be a fun-filled sew-a-thon. Please RSVP to Donna Rizner ( or 612.720.9801) so we can have enough tables set up and goodies to share. Thanks “sew” much! —The Mitten Sisters Donna Rizner and Vicki Dixon

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every human being as created in God’s image and forgiven in Christ. We hope to be a serving church, in the name of Him who came as Servant of all.


Nonprofit US Postage Paid Maple Grove, MN


Permit #14

LifeTIMES is a monthly ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church (ELCA) printed by Wallace Carlson using ecofriendly inks. To receive LifeTIMES in the mail or electronically—call 763.420.5015 or stop in the main church office or email with your name and address. We invite you to share faith stories, Lord of Life ministry events, photos, poetry & artwork. Submissions may be edited. The deadline for the January issue is December 1. Copyright 2013 Lord of Life Lutheran Church

caught reading lifetimes

This past August Rick and Maggie Eberle were caught reading LifeTIMES while visiting the Santa House in Alaska!


In September after blowing their horns keeping to snare & bass drum beats, the Jack Brass Band took a break between worship to read LifeTIMES.

December 2013 “For me to live is Christ” Philippians 1:21a


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