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

June 2014

Meet the Johnsons


urrently Lord of Life has 8,297 baptized members (many of them children) which corresponds to 3,084 households. Among those, we have 139 Johnsons. The name may be pretty common in the Midwest yet this Johnson family is anything but common. Ron & Kim Johnson, along with their seven (yes, seven!) children, two dogs, and three cats, call Lord of Life their church home. Let’s learn more about this unique Johnson family— What are the names of everyone in your family? Kim: Our family is myself, Ron, Zachary, Tucker, Elle, Emmi, Cooper, Jake, and Max. Our children range in age from 2-17. We also have two dogs: Bandit and Buddy, along with several cats: Whiskers, Stripes, and Puffball. Ron and I both come from smaller families and were raised in a suburban neighborhood. Our families are still close to us. Today, we make our home in a rural setting where we raise longhorn cattle. How did you decide to make Lord of Life your church family? Ron: I was raised Lutheran and Kim was raised Catholic. We decided when we started our family we needed to decide on one denomination.

We went “church shopping” as we tagged it with family and friends. We wanted a community that was open to working together with families in their faith journey...and so we made our church home at Lord of Life. We also wanted an environment where the Bible was taught from a perspective of our living today. It is important to us that our children understand how God’s word relates to living our lives today. We approach life with an attitude of gratitude and want our children to understand how that relates to their everyday living. With such a large family, how do you handle day-to-day tasks? Kim: Here at home we each do have some assigned responsibilities. For other daily responsibilities we encourage the idea, if you see a job

that needs to be done just help do it. We remind each other that it takes all of us working together to help all run smoothly. We all take our turns from dishes, laundry and the 20-minute clean ups around the house. We do laundry daily just to keep it manageable. We cook our meals together daily and do enjoy dinners out as well. Is there time available for each child to develop their own interests or hobbies outside of school? Ron: We do encourage individual interests, and we encourage them to always support each other. It varies on the time of year. Cooper enjoys snowboarding in winter. Jake likes birding and football. Tucker is into stop-motion animation. Zachary is involved in working with our cattle

Taken at the top of Harney Peak, Custer State Park, SD are (left to right): Kim, Zachary, Elle, Ron with Max, Tucker, Emmi, Jake and Cooper (front).

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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 Mondays at 7 pm with Holy Communion during the months of June, July, and August Third Sunday worship at 9:30 am on June 15 at Ambassador - Good Samaritan Society in New Hope Healing Services in June/July/August: There will be no healing services; however, appointments may be made directly with Pastor Karen Sue Greimel. May 31/June 1/2 Preaching: Pastor David Lippitt (see article on next page on retirement celebration) Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Brava! Women’s Chorus Monday: Val Lari, Soloist

adult children youth family (cyf) 7-11 12-14 contact info 15 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,

June 7/8/9 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music: Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: North Star Boys’ Choir Monday: Abby Arp, Soloist June 14/15/16 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Lee Fuchs, Soloist Monday: to be announced June 21/22/23 Preaching: Pastor Todd Buegler Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Older Wiser Lutherans (OWLs) Monday: to be announced June 28/29/30 Preaching: Pastor Karen Sue Greimel Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Dana Brinton, Soloist Monday: to be announced

Congratulations to Pastor Peter on 30 years of blessings at Lord of Life! On May 3 the council presented him with a beautiful new stole. Councilmembers around Pastor Peter include (left to right): Adam Bunge, Beth Kanthak, Laura Dirks, Jeff Mason, Lisa Gedker, Tom Campbell, Merle Waldron, Susan Listberger, Gwen Denninger, and Larry Pivec (Richard Heller and Barb Lindberg not pictured). New councilmember Missy Benson is introduced on Page 6.


Please note worship and music schedules may be subject to change.

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Our Ultimate Baggage Handler


by Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren


ecently I was on a flight from Minneapolis to Boston. The plane was filled to capacity with passengers and the luggage bins were close to bursting. Ever since airlines started charging for every bag a person checks, passengers have responded by pushing the limits of their carry-on bags. Dealing with baggage (one’s own and everyone else’s) has become more and more of a burden for everyone who flies.

As I sat waiting for my fellow passengers to get all of their bags squished into the overhead bins and under their seats, I began to wonder about all of the other kinds of baggage those of us flying east that day were carrying around. Our physical baggage is a hassle; but it’s the baggage no one can see that is really a burden for each of us. We all have it—emotional baggage that we carry around with us. Some of us carry the heaviness of guilt or shame; others a load of resentment and anger; still others the weight of fear and anxiety. The good news for those of us who know Christ is that we have the assurance that we do not have to face our burdens alone. There are so many places in the Bible where we are comforted, reassured, promised, and reminded that whatever baggage we are carrying, God is with us, sharing our load, healing our hurts, forgiving our sins, and giving us hope for the future. When you are feeling weighed down by emotional baggage, I invite you to hear these words of scripture, take them to heart and feel their power, for they are meant for you: Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. Psalm 55:22 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Physical baggage may continue to be an annoyance, but when it comes to our emotional burdens, we know that God is the ultimate baggage handler and we can trust Him to see us through whatever we are facing.

celebrate recovery Pastor Karen’s article speaks of emotional burdens or ‘baggage’ in life. Celebrate Recovery is a great place to be every Tuesday evening to work on your own hurts, habits, and hangups. Childcare is provided. Programming is available for adults, teens, and children. More details are shared at

monday worship As a reminder, Lord of Life adds a Monday worship service with Holy Communion at 7 pm during the months of June, July, and August. It is a special opportunity, particularly for those who may be out of town on weekends, to worship during the summertime. All are welcome!

Pastor David’s Celebration!


his past December, Rev. Dr. David Lippitt announced his retirement on June 1 from Lord of Life as pastor of congregational care. And the time has arrived—a celebration of Pastor David’s ministry will be during all worship services the weekend of Saturday, May 31, and Sunday/ Monday, June 1/2. Everyone is welcome to share stories, say thank you, and offer best wishes to Pastor David and his wife, Linda, for many retirement years ahead. God’s blessings to you, Pastor David!

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I am the vine . .


Lord of Life Lives Christ Together what is via de cristo?


Via de Cristo originated as Cursillo© in the ’40s in Majorca, Spain. It is a structured threeday weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians, bringing them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace. The Lutheran movement is called Via de Cristo meaning Way of Christ in Spanish.

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

What’s a weekend like? A Via de Cristo weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. Participants live, study, worship, and commune together daily. Via de Cristo gives attendees a living understanding of basic Christian truths. There is time for prayer and laughter. It also includes singing, food, and fellowship. Who should attend? Via de Cristo is intended for adults from every walk of life. It’s for church leaders and lay people who live strong and active lives in Christ. It is also for those who want to be renewed and strengthened in their relationship with Christ. When is the next weekend? June 19-22 is for men and June 26-29 is for women; it is being held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.

What if I am interested in attending? Please contact Tony and Diane Sjolander,, or Merle and Michelle Waldron,, or visit

Deb Loppnow and family at the death of her uncle Darlene Morrow and family at the death of her husband Yvonne Myster and family at the death of her husband Larry Stokes and family at the death of his mother

April 5 Logan John Pierson

Corey Thompson and family at the death of his mother

April 6 Eleanor Jeanne Ebersviller

Chris Tollefson and family at the death of his grandfather

April 12 Madison Joselle Graham Eric Thomas Grant

Kris Torreson and family at the death of her mother

April 13 Beckham Liem Belair Arden Lynn Welter Jack Michael Halbe

weddings Amanda Forslund & Robert Locke

April 19 Ava Jean McCoy

welcome new members


Bill & Lillian Fraley

Dan & Amber Eichten

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

Douglas & Terry VanOrden

Colleen & Larry Anderson and family at the death of her brother-in-law Cheryl Gilbertson and family at the death of her husband Jim Hautala and family at the death of his mother Bob Lind and family at the death of his father

. .you are the branches.

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 You are invited to become a part of the Lord of Life family of faith.

If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV)


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and anything outside. Elle is our art girl and looking at taking some music lessons. Emmi is working on a project to raise chickens this summer. Max loves a Bobcat® (skid steer equipment) and big trucks. As a family, we enjoy biking, hiking and camping together—anything outside! What are your family’s favorite Bible verses? We each have at least one favorite Bible verse. They are as follows: Ron: But for God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26b Kim: Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Zachary: Be thankful in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Tucker: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

All in the family—including three cats and two dogs!

Elle: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

yield nothing? From this day on I will bless you. Haggai 2:19

Emmi: Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. Revelation 3:20

Jake: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

Cooper: Is there any seed left in the barn? Do the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree still

A special thank you, Ron & Kim, for sharing your unique family with the Lord of Life family of faith. May God continue to bless you all!

(left to right) Cooper, Jake, and Emmi are in Lord of Life’s After School Program. Recently they selected items for the college care packages. Gathered together with their Children’s Hospital donation of stuffed animals and knitted hats. The hats were knit by everyone in the family and the service project was headed up by Zachary.

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april 2014 budget year-to-date





Total member contributions $1,029,722 $1,068,722 ($39,000) All other


Total receipts

A Warm Welcome


s announced during the May 4 congregational meeting, Lord of Life members Gwen Denninger, Merle Waldron, and Larry Pivec are returning councilmembers along with a new councilmember, Melissa Benson.

My name is Melissa Benson but I go by Missy. I’ve been a member of Lord of Life for just over 20 years and was confirmed at the former Lord of Life location. I have three sisters and two cats. I grew up in Maple Grove and am a graduate of Osseo. I currently reside in Plymouth and in my spare time, I love to golf. I’m also a Vikings, Twins, and Wild fan. Lord of Life has blessed me with many opportunities in the past and currently to grow in my faith. These include being a part of 20/30 Vision Bible study, leading a group of eight wonderful C3 girls, helping lead the landing (Celebrate Recovery teen group), traveling with the Junior High Mission Trip to Rockford, IL, plus Acts 29 to Minot, ND, and being a temporary representative for our sister church, Bethany Lutheran in Minneapolis. I’ve also attended several L5 courses: Intro to the Bible, Prayer School, and Pastor David’s Letters to the Romans, Galatians, and Philippians classes. Let’s offer a warm welcome to Missy, Gwen, Merle, and Larry as well as a sincere thank you for their service on Lord of Life’s council. See Page 2 for a photo of councilmembers presenting a new stole to Pastor Peter in celebration of his 30 years of ministry at Lord of Life.




$1,119,871 $1,147,128 ($27,256)

We Did It by Chick Lane


y two-year-old granddaughter loves to complete something and then say, I did it. After she finishes a painting that in my eyes rivals Renoir, she says, I did it. When she builds a tower with blocks, she announces, I did it. At Lord of Life, we have every reason to say, We did it. Not only have we built a wonderful addition to our building, we have filled it with ministry. We did it. At the end of the current “Because of God’s Great Mercy” capital appeal, we will have paid for it in five years. This is almost unheard of—for a church to build as much as we built, and to have it paid for so quickly. We did it. Hundreds of Lord of Life members and friends have already turned in commitment cards for “Because of God’s Great Mercy.” If you are one of these, thanks for your generous response. If you aren’t, there is still time for you to make a commitment and help Lord of Life say, We did it even more quickly. Commitment cards are available in the church office, at the welcome desk at every service, and, of course, online at The importance of paying for the new addition as quickly as possible is that doing so frees up more money to do the ministry that is so needed in our world. If you want to know exactly how much has been pledged to “Because of God’s Great Mercy,” visit capitalappeal where the number is updated regularly. We did it. Lord of Life Weekly Giving — April 2014 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0

4/6 4/13 4/20 4/27

Actual $70,972 $62,952 $99,272 $47,967 Budget $80,344 $80,344 $80,344 $80,342

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Older Wiser Lutherans—

OWLs Events

Thursday, June 5: OWLs annual picnic with Barbary Coast Dixieland Band. The fun begins at noon with a freewill donation lunch. You won’t want to miss this toe-tapping summertime fun—invite your friends! Thursday, June 19: Join us for a selfdirected tour of historic Fort Snelling with guides in period costumes. Learn about Fort Snelling’s history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade, slavery in MN, US-Dakota War of 1862 and more. Leave at 9:30 am and return by 3 pm. The all-inclusive cost of $25 includes a lunch buffet at Q-cumbers. No worship services at Rose Arbor or Arbor Lakes. Friday, June 20: LifeTIMES labeling in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am; coffee is always on! And at 10:45 am in the sanctuary is rehearsal for OWLs choir. Sunday, June 22: OWLs sing at all worship services. Everyone is welcome to come and sing praise to the Lord and enjoy the fellowship and treats between services.

save the dates Thursday, July 10 (note date change): Faith, Food, and Fellowship begins at 10 am with special guests from the Hennepin County Sheriff K-9 Core. A freewill donation lunch follows. You won’t want to miss it! Thursday, July 17: Cruise on the Spirit of the Water - We will depart from Treasure Island Casino for a leisurely cruise on the Mississippi River. While on board we will enjoy the Little Italy Buffet. Leave at 10 am and return at 4:30 pm. Cost is $40 including lunch.

Great saddle shoes, Joan!

Faith, Food, & Fellowship on May 1—

Rockin’ the House by Joyce Martin


ressed in appropriate period attire of neck scarves, bobby socks, and even saddle shoes, the OWLs arrived excited about the appearance of Elvis! Elvis was indeed “in the house.” He entertained the OWLs with Elvis’ popular songs ending with familiar gospels. Pastor Todd reminded us that we are to be imitators of Christ and not impersonators. Thanks to the Thrivent Action program and donations, the OWLs also assembled 33 hospice kits for Global Health Ministries.

Old Log Theatre by Joan Holmes and Joey Lindblad


n April 17, after another heavy snowfall, the OWLs headed for Old Log Theater where they enjoyed a ‘southern flavor’ lunch in the dining room. They saw the play, “Steel Magnolias,” which is set in a beauty shop in Louisiana and is a story of the friendship between six women through happy and sad times. The OWLs left the theater glad to see sunshine melting away the snow.

See the bulletin board for more details on these events. For more information, stories, and photos of this vibrant seniors’ ministry, please visit

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June 24-July 9: Lift Up Tanzanian Missionaries in Prayer—

Tanzanian Mission Trip


ord of Life’s 2014 One Mission One World: Tanzania missionaries will be led by Marty Sager. This will be Marty’s 7th trip to Tanzania. During this trip, the missionaries will visit our partner parish of Ifuwa, located in the Iringa Region of the southern highlands. Here’s an overview of their objectives during this mission.

clean water

Tanzania and Uganda on this page, Dominican Republic and St. Olaf Lutheran Church on the next page— all are ministries under the umbrella of One Mission One World. For more information, visit lordoflife. org/onemissiononeworld. Questions? Contact Pastor Dave McCarty.

We will visit wells in Udekwa, Ifuwa, and Watalasoli as well as conduct needs assessments for additional wells. We are particularly excited to visit Ifuwa, as we have spent years on their well hoping to finally see it working and productive. We will meet with Ilula Hospital representatives to learn more about their needs for a well to ensure fresh water.

companion village project Lord of Life has been supporting a crop development program since 2010. This program teaches and encourages new, more productive ways to farm and grow crops. Each year we learn of crop yield increases and are encouraged by the semi-annual updates.


Electricity Brings Excitement

—excerpts from Kingdom Preparation Ministries newsletter in Juba, Uganda


od makes a way where there seems to be no way! There is lots of excitement in Juba, a suburb of Tororo, Uganda, after they have seen light at last after empty promises by the politicians and the government. The coming of electricity in this village has already attracted many people to buy plots of land, and there is no doubt that this village will soon be transformed. This powerful transformer can run several machines and serve over 200 homes. All classes and hostels now have lights. The community is very happy for this and thank God for direction and using Pastor Peter Obbo. Our sincere thanks goes to God above all for having used His children from Lord of Life church to make sure that the life in this village of Juba is changed by donating a 25KVA step-down transformer. Thank God for His providence through good Samaritans. We pray God rewards you abundantly for your love and generosity.

We plan to stay at the orphanage’s guest house to learn more about the outreach programs of Ilula Orphan Program (IOP). IOP supports 30 girls and provides foster care to over 1,300 area orphans. We will learn more about how we can support the children of Huruma Orphanage-Iringa orphanage also.

house construction/memorial photo book Over the past few years we have provided funds to help support the building of a brick (vs. mud) home for Pastor Nziku and his family. We may be staying in the new home on this trip. However, this will be a sad visit. Pastor Nziku’s wife Momma Nziku passed away mid-April. She suffered from pneumonia and malaria. A photo book of previous 1M1W: Tanzania trips to Ifuwa Parish will be presented to the family as a memorial to this wonderful lady.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ as they transition to electricity in their village.


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Dominican Republic Word for Women wrapped up the year with a cozy project for the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Dozens of fleece blankets were tied and piles of love were shared.

Gifts to Share


omans 12:6-8 says: “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” AND if it is sewing, let us bless many girls in Uganda and the Dominican Republic. A number of faithful and wonderful Lord of Life women have blessed literally hundreds of girls in Uganda and the Dominican Republic with the beautiful dresses they have made from pillowcases and scrap fabric. Their gifts have brought smiles to the many girls who have been the recipients of the love, time, and talents of these wonderful women. God has given each of us special and unique gifts to share; may we give according to the grace given us.

—Pastor Dave

St. Olaf Urban Ministry

Minnesota Twins Game



For more information, contact Suzanne Olson at

Questions? Please contact Al Peterson at

ord of Life’s 2B Real Men did yard work and clean-up for five members of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, our partner congregation in Minneapolis, in May. You can get involved with our One Mission One World partnership with St. Olaf. Volunteers are needed at the annual neighborhood carnival on Saturday, July 19.

he men are going to a Twins vs Indians game on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 pm; meet at church at 5:30 pm to carpool. Sign up and pay online at -or- sign up on the bulletin board and pay in the church office. Please sign up and pay by July 8. Tickets are $18.50.

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Lutheran Social Service (LSS)—

Events on the Horizon by Sandy Munson, LSS Ambassador


t’s that time again when we plan for LSS volunteer projects. Both LSS clients and staff have made such nice comments about the projects and our volunteers; and they look forward to the events this year. Thanks are due to all who participated and made a difference in their lives!

Friday, July 18—

thursday, july 24, family day at como park

Relay for Life!


he night starts off with a rousing celebration for cancer survivors; we all line the track and cheer them on as they take their first lap. From that point on walkers fill the track and each team is to have one person on the track at all times. At dusk, over 2,000 luminaria bags are lit with candles, beautiful music fills the air and a devotion will be given by one of our own pastors, followed by a personal story from someone in the community. Then everyone walks a lap in silence and candlelight looking at each lovingly decorated luminaria bag that represents a life touched by cancer. This is a great family activity for all ages—even babies in strollers like to “walk around the track” on a beautiful summer night. Many participants pitch a tent and spend the night. There is great music and many activities planned during the evening. So what are you waiting for… sign up now, be part of the fun, and help support finding a cure for cancer.

This event will again be very special to 120+ LSS Housing clients. Clients come from a long history of homelessness and are now working very hard to turn their lives around. LSS Housing and their partner, Simpson Housing, have planned another fun day for families who otherwise couldn’t afford to spend a fun day together. There’s a nice picnic lunch (that’s our part), a dance and karaoke contest, and some casual sport games at the Como Park Zoo and Como Town. They were thrilled last year and so appreciative of our friendly involvement.

saturday, october 11, children’s clothing store It’s the Fourth Annual Children’s Clothing Store! In late September, we’ll collect gently used fall/winter clothes from infant through high school (some adult sizes). Think of this as you clean out your children’s closets from the change in seasons. Winter outerwear, pants, shirts, new underwear and socks are always needed. We’re also looking for school uniform pieces for children grades 4-8: white, black or navy polo shirts (plain, no logos or designs), and khaki pants.

cleaning kits Our ongoing project is the Cleaning Kits. We are totally out of supplies except for two buckets and six bottles of toilet bowl cleaner. We need oval buckets, dish soap, all-purpose cleaning spray (like 409®), window spray cleaner, bathroom and shower cleaner (foam-type), rubber gloves, sponges (large and mediumsize), floor sponge mops, wet sanitizing wipes (75 ct.), paper towels (2 packs are best). Donations may be left in the LSS bin in the Service Center. Volunteers will be needed for the July and October events; keep these in mind. Thank you for helping to make life better for these LSS clients. They really appreciate all you do. If you have questions, contact LSS Ambassadors Sandy or Bob Munson at 763.416.4636 or

Women’s Cancer Support Group

Questions? Please contact Michelle Welinski at or 763.420.5015 x118. Ready to register? Visit relayforlife.



hey will meet on Monday June 2, at 7 pm here at Lord of Life. Whether it’s a recent diagnosis or you have been traveling this journey awhile, it is important to know you are not alone. Come find, laughter, love and support. Questions? Contact Michelle Welinski at or 763.420.5015 x118.

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Hunger Ministries


ord of Life generously supports several hunger ministries. Here is an update on how we can serve and share within our own communities. For more details on these ministries, please visit

emergency foodshelf network (efn) Donate nonperishable food items; you can make a difference. Save on groceries at Fare For All at Lord of Life on Thursday, June 5. Volunteer at EFN; they welcome individuals, groups, and families with children 12 and up. EFN is located at 8501 54th Avenue North, New Hope. Sign up to help on Monday, June 2, from 4-7 pm. Visit or contact Jane Bergstom at

cross (christians reaching out in social service) CROSS serves Maple Grove, Osseo, Corcoran, and parts of Champlin and Rogers. They serve approximately 100 families each week. CROSS is dependent on 31 sponsoring churches, grants, and other community donations. Lord of Life is one of the major contributors to CROSS, including fresh produce from LifeGARDEN during the summer months.

riverworks foodshelf RiverWorks Foodshelf serves the communities of Rockford and Greenfield. Many seeking assistance are coming for the first time and never dreamed they would need a foodshelf. Among those served are the unemployed, the underemployed, seniors, and those facing large medical bills. In addition to providing food, other things happen: relationships are made, a listening ear is given, families are cared for, and volunteers give hundreds of hours.

...and a reminder Donation bins in our Service Center are clearly marked for these hunger ministries. Before donating food, please check the expiration dates on the packages. Outdated food is not accepted and the organizations have to throw it away. Remember, if you wouldn’t feed it to your family, don’t donate it. Thanks for your caring and generosity. Also, if you are dropping off large quantities of donations, it may be easier to take them directly to CROSS at 12915 Weinland Circle in Rogers. They accept donations 9 am-3:30 pm on Monday and Friday, 9 am-6:30 pm on Wednesday, 3 pm-6:30 pm on Thursday. They are closed on Tuesday. Or items may be dropped off at any of the Goodwill locations; there you will be given a receipt.

Friends Welcome by Shar Moseng


astor Todd’s sermon in late April reminds us that we are oftentimes good at dividing ourselves, “but, at Jesus’ table... there is no division. There is no in and out; everyone is in.” These words remind me of Hope Lodge where we welcome friends to serve, even if they are not Lord of Life members. Two of our friends, Denise Jensen and Heather Tramm, share their views on Lord of Life’s Hope Lodge ministry. Denise (at left in photo) heard about Hope Lodge through a lifelong friend who is a member at Lord of Life. This friend volunteered for the last two years because she wanted to give back to the community, build cancer awareness, and work with other volunteers to make a difference. She finds her time at Hope Lodge to be very rewarding and enjoys spending time with the patients, their caregivers, and other volunteers. According to Denise, she “feels fortunate to be included in the opportunity to volunteer at Hope Lodge with all the Lord of Life volunteers. They are all remarkable in the service they provide. Their positive approach and smiles make a difference!” Heather (at right in photo) just recently learned about the service opportunity at Hope Lodge when she attended her first worship service at Lord of Life a few months ago. Since Heather lost both of her grandmothers to cancer, she knew right away that she wanted to be involved in the Hope Lodge ministry. Heather found her very first trip to Hope Lodge to be inspiring, especially to see “how positive all of the people are...even when they are going through something so physically and spiritually challenging as cancer. It is such an important reminder to be grateful for everything in your life, count your blessings, and remember what really matters.”

For more information on Hope Lodge, visit or contact Paula Thomas at

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children youth family

SummerTIME for Club 56 June 24: Venturing to Big Thrill Factory with laser tag, mini-golf, trampolines, bumper cars! Cost is $30. July 15: Heading to Valleyfair! Cost is $30 and includes the water park. Big Thrill Factory in 2013!

jr. & sr. high summer nights

All junior and senior high youth are welcome to come hang out at church for a bonfire, games, friends, snacks and fun. We’ll meet from 7:30-9 pm. See you there on June 9, July 7, and August 4.

a work of love (awol)

August 12: On our way to Cascade Bay Water Park and mini-golf! We’ll also tie-dye Club 56 t-shirts! Cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt to tie-dye. summer stretch

AWOL: Marquette, MI – June 14-24

For those who have completed grades 6-9, you are encouraged to be a part of Summer Stretch! It’s a weekly program where junior high youth experience service, recreation, Bible study, and worship. It is throughout the summer from 8:45 am-5 pm. Bring a friend!

AWOL: Philadelphia, PA – July 12-23

Wednesdays (June 11, 18, 25, July 16, 23, 30)

This summer Lord of Life sr. high youth and adults will be traveling across the country to build houses, share our faith and grow as disciples of Jesus. Please pray for us as we travel, work and have fun! To follow our travels, visit

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C3 & sr. high summer volunteer opportunities Want to volunteer this summer? We’ve got lots of opportunities for you to serve God and others at Lord of Life! Here are the dates: Adventure Week – June 9-12 (sr. high only) Preschool-Kindergarten VBS Week 1 – June 23-26 Preschool Kindergarten VBS Week 2 – July 7-10

Thursdays (June 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31) Valleyfair day is August 7. Register for Summer Stretch at

Club 56 Adventure Day – July 15 (sr. high only) VBS Week 1 – July 21-24 VBS Week 2 – July 28-31 VBS Week 3 – August 4-7 Please sign up online at

jr. high mission trip

For June 15-21, we currently we have 25 jr. high youth going on the jr. high mission trip. There is still room for you. Invite a friend and register online:

jr. high bible camp

On Sunday-Friday, July 6-11, we’ll venture to beautiful Danbury, Wisconsin. Camp week is an awesome time of adventure, with wacky activities, Bible studies, and hanging out with cool counselors while learning about your faith. For youth who have completed grades 6-9. Register directly at or you can pick up a registration form at the Youth Booth.


Summer Stretch 2013!

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Why Malaria?


alaria is a leading cause of death in Africa. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito for a person to contract malaria. Almost 9 out of 10 of the 655,000 people who die from malaria each year live in Africa. Most are young children. Malaria is preventable and treatable. We know what it takes to stop malaria. The disease was virtually eradicated from the United States in the 1950s, but more than 100 countries worldwide still face the routine threat of the disease. Malaria perpetuates poverty. Malaria makes children too sick to go to school and adults too sick to work. Families have to spend money on medicine instead of food, school fees and other necessities. Malaria makes poor communities even poorer. You are invited to join our children and youth this summer as we take a stand to help end malaria. Visit our display by the main office to see how you can help. And find more information on the church-wide campaign at God’s work. Our hands.

The lesson was about Doubting Thomas. The words and images were written in white crayon on white paper and these Church School children had to reveal the message with watercolors. The message was always there but they had to see it.

vacation bible school There are still spots available for Vacation Bible School (VBS) for all children entering 1st-6th grade. VBS is held three identical weeks: July 21-24, July 28-31, and August 4-7. Our theme this year is Living in God’s Time! We will celebrate a different season of the church year each day and explore our faith through play, music, games, crafts, Bible stories, and so much more! For registration and more information, visit

When Is Confirmation? First Communion? Bible Distribution?



ilestones are special occasions in one’s life. Some center around life at home, others mark points in one’s faith journey. They are part of the rituals and traditions that define our individual families. They often include caring conversations and a family devotional piece. Milestones are named. They involve a gathering of family, friends, and/or the faith community. There is a blessing given, as well as a memento to mark the milestone. Discover when these important events are celebrated at Lord of Life by going to

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June Bible Verse: Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve. Matthew 20:28a

Happy June!

by Angie Schiebel, Director of Karing Kingdom Preschool

W June Book Picks

The Usborne Little Book of Stories from the Old Testament Retold by Heather Amery Well-known and loved stories from the Old Testament, staying close to traditional text yet presented in a way for young listeners and readers to understand and enjoy!

e hope you are enjoying the first taste of summer and having FUN! As our June Bible verse states, Christ came into the world to serve not to be served. At Karing Kingdom Preschool we work very hard to follow that example. We work with the Ronald McDonald House of Minnesota to help meet the needs of the children and their families who stay at the house. We do this by collecting pop tabs (which are converted to cash), making donations of personal care items and items from the house’s “Wish List.” We also, as part of our Christmas program, give gifts to the children to help brighten their holiday. Our two Usborne Book Fairs, one in the fall and one this spring, earned $1,650 worth of books which were given to the Ronald McDonald in-house school. Thumbs up to all our Karing Kingdom friends and families for their kindness and generosity.

karing kingdom preschool Angie Schiebel, Director, x127, kingdom@ Teachers: Jennifer Ellingson, Maureen Murphy Hanson, and Carly Tappe

Just a gentle reminder for those enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, enrollment packets are due Monday, June 23. Please note that we continue to take registration for the 2014-15 school year. For more information about Karing Kingdom Preschool, please call 763.420.5015 x127 or email us at

Super Preschoolers— capes and all!

Learning about the life of a butterfly

A special blessing from Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren in Chapel Chat


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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

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Just outside of Kruger Park, South Africa finds Susan Mainquist, Sally Mainquist, and Janette Peterson.


? ? Taylor & Julie Wilson are caught reading LifeTIMES during their honeymoon in Costa Rica!


Where will you be this summer? You are encouraged to ‘pack a LifeTIMES’ and send photos to

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