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

May 2013

A Sanctuary for Those in Need

by Pastor Todd Buegler Moonie squealed. Loudly. It was a sound I’d never heard her make before. It was a sound of excitement and joy. Moonie is a young woman with profound developmental disabilities who lives at Westhaven Children’s Home in Jamaica. Her real name is Tamieka, but she is called Moonie because of her smile—it lights up a room. Moonie’s disabilities don’t allow her to leave her bed (see photo above); she has spent her whole life horizontal. And she is non-verbal. She cannot communicate with speech. Instead, she communicates with her eyes and her smile. Cottage #5 was finally complete. After 8 years of construction (things in Jamaica move at their own pace, and when construction only happens when volunteers are there, that pace slows even more), the cottage was finally ready. Lord of Life’s team worked hard to complete the house. We had hoped to move the girls on Wednesday, but it wasn’t ready early enough to make it happen. So our team gathered outside the new home, prayed, and dedicated the home to be

a place of God’s love, joy and grace. The next day—the team’s day off—they returned to complete the job. With deep joy, the girls crossed from their old cottage into the new. There was laughter, smiles, and even dancing. The team escorted those who could walk, rolled wheelchairs, and with a team member on each corner of the bed, picked up and moved the bedridden to their new space. When Moonie was set down, and told that this was her new room, her face lit up, and she squealed. Loudly. I’ve known Moonie for 14 years, and I’ve never heard her make that (Continues on page 7)

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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 spirit 2-5

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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 Monday Healing Service at 6:30 pm on May 13 in Lord of Life’s Prayer Chapel Third Wednesday worship at 2 pm on May 15 at Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Maple Grove Third Sunday worship at 9:30 am on May 19 at Good Samaritan Society - Ambassador in New Hope

May 4/5 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Canticle Choir and Joyful Noise

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Council Corner a monthly update of Congregation Council major events by Tom Campbell, Congregation Council President At its March meeting, the Congregation Council approved a succession plan for the position of Senior Pastor. This plan has been several years in development and deals with 3 potential phases—an emergency phase if something sudden were to happen, an interim pastor phase, and a call committee phase. The plan will be reviewed and updated annually by the Council. This was done to be prudent in long-term planning, not due to any imminent need. The annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, May 5 just prior to the 9:45 am service. The meeting will include election of Council Members.

May 11/12 Preaching: Pastor Todd Buegler Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Bel Canto (all services); Canticle Choir (8:30 and 9:45 am) May 18/19 Preaching: Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: New Life Ensemble, Preludes May 25/26 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: To be announced

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

pastoral staff Rev. Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren, Senior Pastor, x105, Rev. Todd Buegler, Pastor, Children Youth Family, x109, Rev. Dr. Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren, Pastor, Adult Ministries, x104, Rev. Karen Sue Greimel, Pastor, Pastoral Care, x144, Rev. Dr. David Lippitt, Pastor, Congregational Care, x122, Rev. Dave McCarty, Pastor, Outreach and Mission, x147,


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spirit I Love Chocolate This year’s mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica used the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 as each week’s guiding text: “The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” You may be asking what chocolate, fruit, and mission trips could possibly have in common. Fair question I’d say, and worthy of an explanation.

Pastor Dave McCarty

I shared with the groups how much I truly LOVE chocolate. Many nodded in agreement, giving me the sense that I wasn’t alone in my passion. I shared candy with the group, and we all enjoyed our favorite flavors as I explained that chocolate tasted great and made me feel great. Many faces smiled in agreement, and I could tell that I was not alone in my pure LOVE for chocolate… and then I asked the group to give their candy to the person sitting next to them. Oops. That’s hard for those of us who had been relishing this “I love chocolate” moment. I explained that this is how God intends the Holy Spirit – He gives us the Holy Spirit, feeds us and fills us up, and fully expects us to share His Spirit with others. The Fruit of the Spirit is our response to God’s love and is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as God works in us and through us. The Fruit of the Spirit - LOVE - is not love like we hear in the movies, and is one of those instances where the English language is simply too limiting to translate the Greek text. Instead of a multitude of English meanings for a single Greek word, we have several Greek words, and only one English word for them all. Love in this text is not “I love chocolate” type of love. Rather, the love that Galatians is talking about is the same love in John 3:16 when Jesus says, “For God so LOVED the world that He gave his only Son…” This was not a love that made God feel good - He watched His only Son hang in agony from a cross with spikes hammered through his hands and feet. Rather, this was the type of love that made God feel good because of what it meant to you and me. The Greek word for this type of love is agape, and it’s this word that is used in Galatians to explain to us what a Christian looks like. Agape love is an action that is given away so that someone else may benefit. Ultimately when God’s agape is in us and flowing through us we feel a different type of emotion. It’s a feeling that is hard to explain, but so much more enjoyable than the self-satisfying feeling we get from chocolate, or the emotions that come to us as a result of short-lived experiences. On the last night of each mission trip, our groups talked about their next mission trip – except this next mission trip is back home where we are all called to share God’s AGAPE with our neighbors.

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Celebrate Recovery Pentecost — May 19 Pentecost is a Jewish festival that falls on the fiftieth day of Passover. In biblical times, Jews from all over the Roman Empire gathered in Jerusalem for the festivities of Pentecost. On the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection—ten days after Jesus had ascended into heaven—the apostles and other believers were gathered together in one place, when they were suddenly empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel. They went out into the crowds and attracted attention by preaching in the native languages of all the people present. This created quite a stir. Peter seized the opportunity to address the crowd, preached Jesus’ death and resurrection, and won several thousand converts. These events are recorded in Acts 2:1-41. Accordingly, Pentecost is celebrated by Christians as the birthday of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Since the Jewish Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Passover, the Christian Pentecost is the fiftieth day of Easter. Pentecost is not the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit made His first appearance in Genesis 1:2! Rather, Pentecost is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh to give birth to the Church. Copyright ©1995-2013 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. Reprinted with permission.


Are You Stuck in a Bad 3D Movie? Have you noticed there are a lot of 3D movies lately? Many of us have a bad 3D movie playing out in our lives: depression, despair and discouragement. Where do these 3D’s come from? Possibly from a life characterized by bitterness, resentment and anger. This type of hurt can jump into our life, just like the scenes from a 3D movie. They become so much a part of us that they can cripple our soul. As long as we keep playing these scenes over and over in our minds, we will remain stuck. The only way for us to get rid of the 3D’s is to let go of the pain from our past. It is important for us to understand that when we hang on to the hurt that was done to us or if we are unwilling to forgive those who hurt us, it allows them to continue hurting us. Letting go does not happen overnight, but working through the 12 steps of Celebrate Recovery gives us the tools to stop the bad movie. Now isn’t that good news! Before faith came, we were held prisoners…locked up until faith should be revealed. Galatians 3:23 Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we do not have to be held hostage by our own personal 3D movie. While we can’t change the past, we can change how we allow it to affect us. Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday night with dinner beginning at 5:45 pm, followed by worship, teaching and small groups. There is programming for children and teens through Celebration Station and the landing, as well as childcare for children under age 5. For more information, please contact Michelle Welinski.

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spirit Lord of Life Lives Christ Together baptisms March 3

Maren Elizabeth Fahlin Macey Elizabeth Porter


Ken Derrick Knight Grace Ann Marie Nelson

March 16

Magdalena Josefina Segedy

March 23

Scarlett Grace Sheely

Jeff Bourbonais and family at the death of his grandmother

Lynne Jakubic and family at the death of her mother

Soren Christen Brown

Sue Feinstein with Cameron Shawn and Annie Hoellein with Aiden Kelly and Jodi Piller with Hannah, Maddy and Charlie Nick and Megan Reinking Jeff and Jill Vakoc Craig Zinter

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

Shar Moseng and family at the death of her father

March 31

Lucas Anderson and family at the death of his grandfather

Rollie Henning and family at the death of his mother

Hadley Irene Miller Lily Ann Miller

March 30

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

Diane Criswell and family at the death of her father

March 24

Shelly Erickson-Cody with Ellie

Wayne Mills

March 12

March 16 Lisa Duffney and Dan Devitt

Jai Burton Nandi

March 10

welcome to new members

March 23 Emily Peel and Mitchell Morinec

March 9


Tegan Ryan Beltrand

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

Would you like to share an original photo or artwork or 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.

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generosity March 2013 budget year-to-date Actual

Total member contributions All other Total receipts

Budget Difference

$825,222 $772,692 $69,807


$895,029 $852,096

$52,030 ($9,597) $42,933

What Happened to Those Dollars? On March 16 and 17 I preached a sermon on the rich man and Lazarus. My idea for that day was that I would have a sermon that talked about money without asking for money. Not only that, everyone in worship was given a $1 dollar bill. I challenged people to use that $1 to think about how they spend their money and to do something special with their small gift. What would they do?

used to solicit donations for CROSS. (She eventually raised $225.)

Many people put their money back in the offering plate. But here are some emails I received that told of other people’s experiences.

I took my dollar and added $49 more and bought Easter goodies and toys to put into baskets. I will drop these things off at CROSS tomorrow.

Pastor Peter, receiving the dollar bill was a good reminder that we are blessed with the money from God. I donated $10 to the campers fund on Sunday. Then I gave my co-worker $100 this week as he needs a kidney.

The experience reminded me of how lucky I am to have a good job, children committed to doing well in school, a community that is safe, friends that I can reach out to when needed, and most of all a church that supports myself and my family to share what I have in mind, body and spirit. This was a wonderful experience and I appreciate you bringing this to Lord of Life.

I just made a donation (with additional money from my own wallet) to a MADD walk. What came to mind for me was what can I do to generate more money? I used that dollar to buy postcards which I have

I donated the dollar along with a few more dollars to “KidPack”. A program through Good Samaritan Society to pack food for kids at Neil elementary school in New Hope to take home on the weekends so they will have food to eat.

Pastor Peter

Lord of Life Weekly Giving — March 2013 $100,000 $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0

3/3 3/10 3/17 3/24 3/31

Actual $54,996 $66,047 $52,162 $59,204 $100,139 Budget $58,305 $58,305 $58,305 $58,305 $58,305


finance staff Colleen Anderson, Finance Director, x103, Lenora Little, Finance & Stewardship Assistant, x139, Lisa McCarty, Finance Assistant, x151, Sandie Saar, Finance Assistant, x101,

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A Sanctuary for Those in Need


(Continues from page 1) noise before—the sound of joy. After the girls, came furniture, clothes, equipment, and fixtures. It all came over. But mostly came the love. Westhaven is a sanctuary for those in need. Those children’s very lives would be in doubt were it not for that place where God has done so many amazing things. It has been a blessing to be a part of this place; a gift to know those who live and work there. And to watch Cottage #5 go from an idea to a home…it changed the lives of those who

live there. And it changed my life and the lives of all who have served there. I will always remember Moonie’s squeal, and the power of that moment. I’ll remember that home. I’ll remember the love and the grace. And I’ll remember how God works in the lives of those most in need, and the rest of us too.

One Mission One World: Jamaica Reflections from a Family Sally Mainquist – One Mission One World: Jamaica was a family event for us. I was fortunate enough to be able to have my two adult children go with me on this trip. What a treat for a parent to watch your kids give back. Pretty amazing opportunity that I would recommend to any parent. I went 8 years ago with Susan when she was a freshman at Drake University. We both loved the experience and said we wanted to go back. Well, time flew and 8 years later we went. This time we brought Reed and it was so fun for me to see him embrace the trip, write the blog, share at devotions, etc. We have so much in the U.S. that we don’t really need. How many rooms in your house do you really use? Remember when the kids were small, and they loved a huge empty cardboard box to make a hut out of? The store-bought toys paled next to a huge cardboard box. Reed Mainquist - In America, I see people with disabilities and never really knew how to react around them. Being at the orphanage really opened my eyes. The children loved having people around to spend time with them and show them unconditional love the way Jesus has shown his love to all of us. Some of the older children could hardly walk or talk, but would take care of the other children like one large family. When we went to church with them I could not believe how aware they were of everything going on around them. The church we went to was Pentecostal, which is a little different experience than Lord of Life, and the children were energetic and dancing being moved by the Holy Spirit. Susan Mainquist - It was also a wonderful feeling to arrive at the orphanage on Sunday and see so many kids that we worked with 8 years ago. So many of them don’t have a long life expectancy— I was so happy to recognize some of the kids and see they were healthy and happy.

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Build a Cheesy Tower at Lord of Life Each month one in ten people will miss 15 meals due to lack of food at home. This multiplies when school is out, and kids don’t receive their school lunch. Let’s see how many boxes of mac and cheese we can collect, and how high we can make our tower. Kids can help too! Bring your boxes of mac and cheese to the hallway by the main office, between May 4 and May 19. After we’ve completed our tower, these donations will be given to the local hunger ministries we help support: Emergency Foodshelf Network, RiverWorks Foodshelf, and CROSS Foodshelf. Just a reminder… the next time to volunteer and help pack food at EFN is Monday, May 6 from 4-7 pm. Contact Jane Bergstrom to sign up. Your support is appreciated!

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2013 Lord of Life’s Military Family Support Ministry, One Mission One World: Tanzania and 2Be REAL Men Ministry invite you to be our guests for the 6th annual Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 12 from 9 am1 pm. Come and enjoy a gourmet breakfast, and let us do the cooking for you! No reservations are needed for this extra special meal, just treat the women you care about to a lovely breakfast.

Mittens in May?

All women are invited to learn firsthand about Mittens on a Mission from ministry leader Donna Rizner on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 am at Word for Women. Following Donna’s presentation we will cut mittens and assemble mitten packets that may be sewn at home over the summer. Please bring a good pair of sharp scissors. You may support this vital ministry by donating clean, used wool sweaters and yards of fleece. Please bring your donations to the Service Center—just look for the bins marked Mittens on a Mission.

Via de Cristo

Via de Cristo is a 3-day spiritual retreat, designed to encourage and deepen your faith. Activities include worship, singing, listening to 14 different talks, fun, food and fellowship. The next set of weekends is at Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley. Dates for the men are May 23-26 and May 30-June 2 for women. If you would like to attend or want more information, please contact Merle and Michelle Waldron at Via de Cristo’s website is

adult ministries Jane Bergstrom, Administrative Assistant, x142, Karen Nelson, Administrative Assistant, x138, Michelle Welinski, Missions/Ministries/Pastoral Care/Wedding Supervisor, x118,


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adult OWLs Events Thursday, May 2, Faith, Food and Fellowship: Bring a friend to see the humorous one-act play “You won’t get a pill by asking Dr. Jill” presented by “In the Groove.” We begin at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall with a freewill donation lunch.

...older, wiser, or Lutheran? Even if you are not, you will be warmly welcomed at all of the OWLs’ events. Sign up for all activities is 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 grjsmartin@ or 763.497.7355.

Wednesday, May 15, Rose Arbor: Worship beginning at 2 pm. Thursday, May 16, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Sorry, but this event is already full. Friday, May 24, Service project: Labeling LifeTIMES in Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30 am.

save the dates Thursday, June 6, Annual Picnic: “Big Band Swing” with the 70-member Synod Senior Band (Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA). The fun begins at 12 noon with a freewill donation lunch. Thursday, June 20, Minnesota Twins Baseball Game: Seats in the Home Run Porch section, cost is $25 for Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox. Leave church at 10 am and return about 4:30 pm. Lunch is on your own at the stadium. Thursday, July 11 (note the date change), Ice Cream Social: We will assemble “Grab and Go” bags for Hope Lodge beginning at 10 am. Thursday, July 25, Lake Pepin cruise: Take a leisurely cruise on beautiful Lake Pepin on the Pearl of the Lake, a replica of an 1800’s paddle wheeler. Soup, salad and sandwich buffet lunch (including beverage) at the Skyline on Pepin restaurant before the cruise. Leave at 9:15 am and return at 4:30 pm. Cost is $29 including lunch.

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SUMMER! All ages: 3rd Annual Lord of Life CYF Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, June 1. Last year, over 75 people ran, walked or volunteered at our run/walk. It was so fun to see youth, families and adults come together not only to support our CYF summer trips and camps, but also to participate in a healthy, fun event. Preschool-K: Children learn what it means to “Stand Strong for God,” as they rotate through stations: Epic Bible Adventures, Royal Theatre, Imagination Station, The King’s Kitchen and Tournament Games. Kids, ages 3–entering kindergarten, are invited to this royal adventure. MondayThursday, June 24-27. Get Involved! VBS is run by many caring volunteers! Parents, caring adults and jr./sr. high students – sign up to be a part of this exciting event. Club 56 (5th-6th graders): Basecamp on Tuesday, June 11, 8 am-5 pm. $20. What is basecamp? It’s an experiential education program offering a unique environment for


Preschool-K: Children learn what it means to “Stand Strong for God,” as they rotate through stations: Epic Bible Adventures, Royal Theatre, Imagination Station, The King’s Kitchen and Tournament Games. Kids, ages 3–entering kindergarten, are invited to this royal adventure. MondayThursday, July 8-11. Get Involved! VBS is run by many caring volunteers! Parents, caring adults and jr./sr. high students – sign up to be a part of this exciting event. Grades 3-6: Elementary Camp at Shores of St. Andrew, July 7-12. A great week of growing in faith, forming new friendships, and having loads of fun!

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visitors to engage in team-building activities, rock climbing, archery, and more. It’s located just east of MSP international airport (that big building with the rock climbing wall outside, that’s it!). Grades 6-9: Summer Stretch, a weekly program where jr. high youth (completed grades 6-9) experience service, recreation, Bible study, and worship. The Thursday option is full. Wednesday dates: June 12, 19, 26; July 17, 24, 31; August 1 (Valleyfair). Grades 6-9: Jr. High Mission Trip to Rockford, IL, June 16-22. If you’re in grades 6-9, there is still time for you to register! To see what we do on the mission trip, visit lordoflife. org/jhmissiontrip and click on last year’s daily blogs. Jr. High Mission Trip Parent Meeting is Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 pm.

Grades 1-6: Vacation Bible School – Our theme this year is FAITH ALIVE! Let all you do, be done in love. Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 or July 29-August 1, 9 am-3 pm. $45. Club 56: Valleyfair Amusement Park on Tuesday, July 16, 8 am-5 pm. $30. Grades 6-9: Jr. High Camp at Luther Park Bible Camp, July 7-12. Camp is an amazing place to meet friends, worship, play games, be silly, have fun, get to know more about God, swim, tie-dye a shirt, eat amazing food and hang out with awesome college-aged counselors. Nervous about camp? Check out the camp webinar at

Grades 1-3: Half Pint Camp at Shores of St. Andrew, July 8-10 or July 10-12. A wonderful introduction to camp for younger children.


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Families of all ages: Family Camp at Shores of St. Andrew. Friday-Sunday, August 2-4. A fun and relaxing weekend, with time to meet other Lord of Life families, swim, sing, enjoy campfires and much more! Grades 1-6: Vacation Bible School – Our theme this year is FAITH ALIVE! Let all you do, be done in love. Monday-Thursday, August 5-8, 9 am-3 pm. $45. Club 56: Cascade Bay Water Park in Eagan on Tuesday, August 13, 8 am-5 pm. $20.

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May Bible Verse: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.” Genesis 28:15

Happy May! by Angie Schiebel, Director of Karing Kingdom Preschool As our school year draws to a close, there’s still a bit more fun in store these final weeks! We begin our month with a field trip to Stages Theater to see the production “Zen Shorts,” from the Caldecott award-winning book by the same name. Next we will make and decorate our own boats (we’ll even see if they float) as we learn the lesson of how Jesus calmed the stormy waters. We continue the month of May with a celebration of our wonderful mothers, which will be topped off with a special Mother’s Day Tea. Our final week of school the Maple Grove Fire Fighters will visit us as we complete our G.L.O.W. (Giving Little Ones Wisdom) Safety Program sponsored by the Maple Grove Fire Department. Our End of the Year Student Recognition and Family Night is Thursday, May 16, at 7 pm. We continue to take registration for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, please call 763.420.5015 x127 or email us at Wishing you all a safe, happy and fun-filled summer!

Karing Kingdom May Book Picks Mama, Is it Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure Celebrating the joys of family and the outdoors.

How You Got So Smart by David Milgrim A celebration of growing up. Encouraging and funny!


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Thanks! Thank you for your generous donations to ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Banks are still being returned as of press time. Look for the total in the June issue of LifeTIMES.

Attention Lord of Life Children, Youth and Family Ministry Teams We appreciate all that you do! If you’re a volunteer in Church School, C3 or any of our Children, Youth and Family Ministry programs, you and your families are invited to join us for lunch at Broadway Pizza in Maple Grove on Sunday, May 5. Stop by anytime between 11:30 am-2 pm for pizza and pop and fellowship.

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Church School Church School ends on May 18/19. Summer Church School begins Sunday, May 26. Children ages 3 to entering grade 3 in the fall have the option of attending Summer Church School on Sundays at all three services. Families go into worship together. After the Prayer of the Day, children follow a Lord of Life pastor to continue worshipping in the Samaritan Hall. Worship includes a child-friendly message, Bible reading, prayers, and music. Parents are always welcome to join us!

Fall Registration Opens May 1 Visit to register online Church School

runs concurrently with worship services on Saturday nights (5:30 pm) and Sunday mornings (8:30, 9:45, 11 am). Church School is available for 2 year olds through 6th grade.

C3 (Community, Confirmation and Christ) - all jr. high youth, even returning C3ers, need to register every year. C3 is offered Sundays at 6 pm and Wednesdays at 4:30 and 6:30 pm.

Be Involved! Join a ministry team We need adults to encourage young people to seek, live and share an active faith in Jesus Christ! Prayerfully consider how you can serve on a ministry team this fall from leading large groups, working with a small group of kids, or greeting families as they arrive, to serving as a team lead to everyone who is helping. We need your gifts! Talk to Kirstin Delp (, Julie Hagen (, Amanda Clancy ( or Raul Garcia III ( to get involved.

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End of the Year Bash! Friday, May 17, 6-10 pm 4th graders invited!

C3 for May for 7th-8th Graders Sundays 6-7 pm May 5 Your Word Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm or 6:30-7:30 pm May 8 Your Word

C3 for May for 9th Graders Sundays 6-7 pm May 5 Spiritual Gifts Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm or 6:30-7:30 pm May 8 Spiritual Gifts C3 9th grade photos will be taken on Wednesdays, May 22 and 29, from 5-8 pm in the Trinity Room. Please sign up at the front desk for your time. A reminder for all C3 Parents: WE WILL NOT HAVE C3 ON MAY 12 and MAY 15.

The End of the Year Bash is a celebration of an awesome year, a time to welcome new 4th graders to Club 56, and prepare the 6th graders for their next adventure. This year we are going to have a blast with hip hop outreach AGAPE* (get this—he’s a Christian rapper!), different activities going on all over the church, and of course, plenty of pizza! Cost is $12. Please register and pay at Can’t wait to see you there!

7-8:30 pm Sundays Start with Ecclesia Worship from 7-7:30 pm 7:30-8:30 pm Games and Fun May 5: Cinco de Mayo End-of-the-Year Party. Get ready for nachos and cheese, plus churros!

Sr. High Youth Small Group Leaders for Summer Stretch We are in need of sr. high youth to help as small group leaders for Summer Stretch. It’s a great time to learn how to lead a small group and have fun during the summer. If you are interested in helping out, contact Raul at

May 5 Sunday nights @ 7 pm

Graduation Recognition Sunday Graduating this year? Please join us with your friends and family on Sunday, May 19 at the 11 am service as we congratulate and bless you on this important milestone. Afterward we’ll have a reception with cake in Fellowship Hall.

Sr. High Sundays! Join us on Sundays at Lord of Life for worship, building friendships and living our faith—all are welcome! 7 pm—Ecclesia worship 7:30 pm—Express sr. high youth group

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contact info WEB PHONE 763.420.5015 FACEBOOK ADDRESS 7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove, MN 55311-4313 PRAYER NETWORK FAX 763.420.7286 Visit for more specific contact information plus photos of all Lord of Life staff.

Lord of Life is on Instagram Thanks to all those who participated in our Lord of Life Instagram Holy Week Photo Challenge! Pictured here are a few of the over 180 photos that were posted that week. Each day a different word was highlighted—for example, Palm Sunday was blessed, and Good Friday was broken. People then posted images they felt represented that word using #LOLHolyWeek (this is a “hashtag” that allows you to search for all images posted with that same tag). If you’re on Instagram, follow Lord of Life @lordoflife, and watch for more Instagram fun in the future!

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The One Mission One World: Dominican Republic team is caught reading the LifeTIMES with their DR friends.


A C3 group is caught reading the LifeTIMES while donating fleece tie blankets they made to Gillette Children’s Hospital. They were featured on Channel 12 news! Thanks for your service: Sierra, Mary, Maria, Sarah, Morgan, Bailey, Nicole, Paige, Emma, Rachel.

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May 2013 Lord of Life LifeTIMES magazine  
May 2013 Lord of Life LifeTIMES magazine  

Monthly magazine of events and stories for Lord of Life Lutheran Church