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

March 2013

Holy Week Services Palm Saturday/Palm Sunday, March 23/24 Worship at 5:30 pm Saturday and 8:30, 9:45, 11 am Sunday. Church School children ages 3-grade 4 sing during worship; Palm Sunday breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall. Maundy Thursday, March 28 Worship with Holy Communion at 7 pm with soup supper from 6-7 pm Good Friday, March 29 Family worship at 10 am and evening worship at 7 pm with special music by Canticle Choir and Orchestra Easter Saturday Vigil, March 30 Worship at 5:30 pm Easter Sunday, March 31 Worship at 8, 9, 10, 11 am, and 12 noon with Lord of Life Brass and Canticle Choir Christ is risen—He is risen indeed!

Beneath the Cross


ach Thursday during Lent, join us for soup supper from 6-7 pm followed by worship at 7 pm. Midweek worship will be based on the hymn, Beneath the Cross of Jesus. We live our lives beneath the cross of Jesus, beneath God’s manifold love and grace that reach to us even from Calvary. This Lenten series will explore what it means for us to abide at the foot of the cross, to cling to the rock of our salvation, to dwell in the house of the Lord, and to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness. February’s Lenten preachers include Lord of Life members Pastor Roger Herfindahl (February 21) and Pastor Marlo Miller (February 28); and in March, Ina Barton (March 7), Pastor Donna Rohrer (March 14), and Pastor Chick Lane (March 21). Midweek Lenten services will be held in Samaritan Hall.

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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

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 March 11 Healing Service at 6:30 pm in Lord of Life’s Prayer Room Third Sunday worship at 9:30 am on March 17 at Good Samaritan Society - Ambassador in New Hope

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Third Wednesday worship at 2 pm on March 20 at Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Maple Grove

March 2/3 Preaching: Pastor Karen Greimel Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Joyful Noise (8:30 am), Canticle Choir (9:45 and 11 am) March 7 Midweek Lenten Worship with Ina Barton, 7 pm in Samaritan Hall March 9/10 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Canticle Choir (8:30 and 9:45 am)

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March 14 Midweek Lenten Worship with Pastor Donna Rohrer, 7 pm in Samaritan Hall March 16/17 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: New Life Ensemble March 21 Midweek Lenten Worship with Pastor Chick Lane, 7 pm in Samaritan Hall

Tom Tipton shared stories with just a few of his friends on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

March 23/24 Palm Saturday/Palm Sunday Preaching: Pastor David Lippitt Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Bel Canto (all services), Canticle Choir (8:30 and 9:45 am) Holy Week at Lord of Life (see cover)

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 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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Happy Endings


by Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren


like happy endings. If I go to a movie, a happy ending is one of the criteria that impacts whether I have a shot at liking it. The same goes for books and plays and television shows. My penchant for happy endings is one reason why I am such a huge fan of the TV show, Perry Mason. I really love the oldest shows from the late 50s and early 60s. In fact, the older, the better. I like the fact that defense attorney Perry’s clients always have all sorts of circumstantial evidence against them, but then Perry cleverly gets the person who is really guilty to admit what they have done and Perry’s client is proven innocent. And then in the last two minutes of the show, Perry tells his secretary Della Street and private investigator Paul Drake how he figured out the case and then they all go out for a steak dinner. There is always drama and excitement—but at the same time I can relax and not get too worried, because I can pretty much count on a happy ending. I like happy endings in fiction, because it seems that in real life there is no guarantee of a happy ending—at least not on the surface. Sometimes a couple gets married and the marriage ends in divorce. Sometimes a person has a medical test and they get really frightening results. Sometimes sickness leads to death. Sometimes life gives us anything but a happy ending. And that is why it is so important to remember that this life is not all there is. As we experience Lent and prepare for Holy Week, we are reminded that Jesus is victorious over death itself. For those of us who know Christ as Lord we can be confident that Jesus has the final word… and that word is love and forgiveness and an eternity spent in the presence of God. As we celebrate The Resurrection on the last day of March, we can be certain that one day each of us will truly experience the ultimate happy ending. Happy Easter!

Spiritual Mentoring—A Discipleship Ministry

How Spiritual Mentoring Opened My Eyes! by Becky Clement


began my journey with Spiritual Mentoring Ministry being nervous and somewhat intimidated. I wanted a deeper relationship with God. I wanted to be more than someone who attended worship services and participated in some programs. As with almost everyone who has gotten to my age, I had had some really good periods in my life, and some that were much more challenging. Yet as I looked back on the challenging times, I realized I was not alone, that I had been guided through these times by God. I wanted to learn more and be better in touch with this God who had been with me when I wasn’t paying attention. However, I had no idea where to begin this on my own.

share encouraging words Share your gift of encouragement by writing cards to members who have submitted prayer requests. This is an easy yet powerful way to enhance your personal prayer life while supporting members. All cards and stamps are provided and you can do this from home. Card writers are needed for the months of March, April and May. Contact Michelle Welinski (michellew@ or 763.420.5015 x118).

Lord of Life’s Spiritual Mentoring Ministry has guided me through this process and opened my eyes to many amazing things. Working with my mentor I have found that this is not hard, nor intimidating. It is just a process and a commitment. It is ok to ask questions, search for deeper understanding and at times to be confused. That is why there is the Spiritual Mentoring Ministry and our greater Lord of Life community for resources. Working one-on-one with my mentor, I am able to see the gifts we all have, how often God is there, that He answers my prayers and how to truly have a relationship with Him. It is what He desires, and what will make me complete. To begin your faith journey with a spiritual mentor, contact Jan Sower ( or 763.421.1524) or visit

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Lord of Life Lives Christ Together bereavements Prayers of sympathy for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one; may they be comforted in the promise of the resurrection.

Luke Anderson and family at the death of his grandmother


Jan Barber and family at the death of her mother

January 5 Julianna Miriam Vesely

Stephanie Beyer and family at the death of her friend

January 12 Nathan Russell Palmer

Karen Buellesbach and Nick and family at the death of their husband/father

January 13 Mason Pat Hofius Dante Adriano Leier

Nancy Carlson and family at the death of her uncle Diane Criswell and family at the death of her mother Gladys Leerhoff and family at the death of her brother

January 20 Quin Jacob Kulda Aiden Sterling Peterson

Diane Marx and family at the death of her uncle Jeanne Myrkle and family at the death of her mother

January 26 Jersey Evelyn Liljequist

Diane Sjolander and family at the death of her aunt and uncle

At Lord of Life, we baptize individuals at any age. The next baptism class is on Saturday, March 9, from 10-11 am; no preregistration is necessary. To schedule a baptism, please call the church office.

Daryl Sulander and family at the death of his father Patricia Tigner and family at the death of her father Theresa Webber and family at the death of Carlos Alberto Alvarez and Joshua A. Kalvser Susan Waananen and family at the death of her mother

welcome to new members Jeff & Kim Bjustrom with Benjamin Brent Gorham & Kristina Lentz


Ryan & Rachel Janssen

January 26 Ashley Osterberg & Ryan Hickey

Tange Ladhani with Andrew & Anna Jeff & Carol Lentz with Jacob Laura Lentz Tim Lentz Michael & Becca Lewis with Lily

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


Ryan Liljequist & Melissa Loberg with Brooklyn, Caden, Jersey, and Makaia Margaret Nelson Mike & Cynthia Wilson

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spirit A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22

A Happy Heart by Pastor Karen Greimel


first glance at the Proverbs passage above begs the question, “How can we have a happy heart and a cheerful mind when something difficult is going on in our lives?” When I’m dealing with an issue, I can become almost obsessed and neither my heart nor mind is a happy place. Normally, I tell myself that I will be better when I am healed from this. Unfortunately I assume that unless I am healed or relieved first from whatever is causing me trouble, I cannot have a happy heart or a cheerful mind. That is wrong thinking! Original watercolor by Bev Mello

We must remember that we, as Christians, have a powerful source of happiness within us: the Holy Spirit! By the power of the Holy Spirit we are given the ability to live above our circumstances. It’s vital to remember that when our hearts are heavy we can ask for His help knowing that God takes great pleasure when we entrust ourselves to His loving and capable care. I love what Sarah Young tells us in her book, Jesus Lives: “Your heart and mind are intricately connected. It is impossible to have a happy heart, when your mind is full of negative thoughts.” When this happens we are being pulled away from the healing strength of the Lord. This is the perfect time to ask the Holy Spirit for aid, inviting Him to help you take captive all thoughts and make them obedient to Christ. You can find Jesus during your difficult times. All are welcome to this month’s healing service on Monday, March 11 at 6:30 pm; individual prayer appointments are also available. If you have any questions about Lord of Life’s Healing Ministry or to schedule a prayer appointment, please contact Pastor Karen Greimel directly ( or 763.420.5015 x144).

Lenten Prayer Experience on Saturday, March 2—

Spending Time with God by Joni Tardiff, Prayer Ministries Leader


ord of Life’s Prayer School, Prayer Ministries Team, and Word for Women are hosting a Lenten Prayer Experience on Saturday, March 2. What is the Lenten Prayer Experience? It is taking time in our busy lives to be with God in quiet reflection and prayer. It is a time to say thank you to God, to share thoughts and worries, to ask for forgiveness, to lift up the concerns of others, and to be still in the presence of God. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 9:30 am, and the Prayer Experience will be from 10-11:30 am in the sanctuary. We will provide an atmosphere conducive to prayer along with written guidelines and suggestions for directing your prayer time. Prayer ministers will be available to pray with you (intercessory prayer) throughout the prayer time. Written prayer request cards will also be provided. All ages are encouraged to attend this event. There will be special resources available for children. No pre-registration is required. Come and be refreshed and renewed!

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“Hola, Americanos!” by Jean Campbell


ola, Americanos!” is what we heard as we drove along dirt roads of Dominican Republic (DR) mountain communities. The local families remembered the friendly Americans and were glad to see the 12 returning and 10 first-time volunteers.

The focus of our spiritual journey for the week was the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, and faithfulness). During evening devotional time, Pastor Dave McCarty reminded us how each of those fruits is a tool to use in our own faith journey—and in our work in the DR. Each fruit was important as we interacted with our DR neighbors. Verbal communication efforts with two languages proved challenging but gestures, smiles, and handshakes or hugs (plus our ever-present translators) worked to fill in the gaps. Part of our physical journey was working on the community center that will serve the surrounding communities. It will be an education center (electrical technician training, nutrition and diet, vegetable gardening, children’s programs, etc.). In addition, medical and dental volunteers will continue to set up temporary clinics there so the residents can receive needed care. And, it will still provide housing and meals for volunteers. We were able to pour the last 25 cement columns so the third/final floor of the facility can be built.

We also spent time out in the community. Three families who had been living with dirt floors now have cement floors. Two families who were trying to grow vegetables received help in weeding and replanting those gardens. The first phase of a demonstration garden at the center was created. We visited three schools to have fun with the children with playground games, songs, craft time and acting out a Bible story. Pastor Dave, with the assistance of a translator, was the guest preacher at a local church. Ask any member of our team—we each felt the Holy Spirit working alongside the efforts of our “team.” We could feel the Spirit giving us energy and patience to serve, giving us joy because we were serving, and watching over us all the while. We left the DR tired but with a feeling of peace. And, with the question: How will we be faithful servants after leaving the Dominican Republic?

In a Suitcase

The One Mission One World Jamaica mission team is packing suitcases for the upcoming March mission experience and would like your help. Our mission partners in Jamaica—West Haven Children’s Home, medical ministries, Clifton Boys’ Home, Copse Basic School—are in desperate need of a variety of items from bandaids to tshirts and so much more. Please consider donating items to fill up the suitcases to help our partners in Jamaica. For a complete list of items requested, visit or a list may be found in Lord of Life’s Service Center. Donations can be placed in the identified bins in the Service Center and are accepted until March 10. Questions? Contact Rhonda Hofer (


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Time Again for the Men’s Retreat!


by Merle Waldron


his is a great time to renew friendships or make new ones. It is a time to do absolutely nothing in the north woods of Wisconsin or to do so much over the weekend that you have to go back to work to rest. It is up to you, you pick what you want to do and for the most part when you want to do it. Again this year, we’re headed to Heartwood Conference Center in Trego, Wisconsin. I encourage you to take a look at their website ( to see all there is to do. In the Pines Village Duplexes each cabin will sleep 13 guys in 4 bedrooms. They even supply bedding and pillows. All meals are provided except for Saturday lunch; we are on our own for that. As in the past, we’ll golf on Friday and Saturday during the day. However, Heartwood has many things that we can do in place of or in addition to golf—with over 700 acres of trails and the Namekagon River. You may choose to canoe, kayak, mountain bike, play basketball, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, or go boating, fishing (remember you are in WI), hiking, swimming, plus many other games, or sit in the hot tub. Canoeing, kayaks and mountain bikes are at an additional cost. Dates are May 17-19; cost is $180 with golf on Saturday ($130 without golf). Limited spots are available (78), so sign up and reserve it online at Signups close on May 1. For more information, contact Merle Waldron (612.839.1934 or

OWLs Events

Faith, Food & Fellowship, March 7: Beginning at 10 am in the sanctuary, “Make a joyful noise...sing away the winter with David Frank.” Don’t miss a fun morning learning interesting facts about hymns. Worship at Rose Arbor, March 20 at 2 pm

...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.

101 Market, March 21: Get ready for spring by planting a 12-16” pot with instructions from gardening experts. Bring your own pot and soil provided—pay only for garden plants used. Pots will be stored at the greenhouse until mid-May when you pick them up and put outside. Cost is $2; leaving at 10 am. Lunch on your own at Rockwoods Grill. Service Project, March 22: Beginning at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall labeling LifeTIMES There is no Faith, Food & Fellowship in April due to Easter. Skyrock Farm and Organ Museum, April 18: Hear several dance organs, see hundreds of carousel horses and a full-size working carousel and learn about the restoration process. Lunch on your own at The Depot in Delano.

save the dates Thursday, May 2: Come for a freewill donation lunch and enjoy the comedy, “You won’t get a pill by asking Dr. Jill.” Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, May 16: Enjoy acres of spring flowers and woodlands on a narrated tram tour. Visit the gift shop and art exhibit. Lunch on your own in the Arboretum restaurant. Minnesota Twins Baseball Game, June 20: Details to come! March 2013 “For me to live is Christ” Philippians 1:21a



Faithfully FIT!

by Beth Kanthak, Health & Wellness Leader


ith the arrival of spring this month and the celebration of Easter, this can be an ideal time to review and reflect on your spiritual health. Spring is a time of new beginnings, growth, and renewal of your commitment to be faithfully fit and the perfect time to incorporate heart rate zone training to get our hearts in shape for Christ. For my physical health, I really enjoy working out. It makes me feel great, it gives me energy and lifts my spirits. While I enjoy all different types of exercise, there is one regimen I like the best—heart rate zone training. It’s absolutely the most efficient and effective way to achieve my fitness goals. I can burn more calories and see results faster. It takes my workout to a whole new level! Now this isn’t a marketing ploy to go out and buy a heart rate monitor…what this is however, is a calling…Christ is looking for disciples and this will require some heart rate zone training: physical and spiritual.

Have I “spiked” your curiosity? Let’s keep this zone training explanation simple, with physical exercise:

For spiritual growth and maturity, you must incorporate zone training. By following this regimen, you will be an efficient and effective disciple for Christ. It will take your life to a whole new level:


This zone prepares your body for exercise.


This zone prepares your heart for Christ. Be still, be present, and connect with Christ.

Light Activity:

This is a little more intense, just a slight bump up from the warmup zone.

Light Activity:

This prepares your mind and attitude for the day. This requires reading your Bible, meditating on His Word and prayer…asking God for strength, guidance, and wisdom.


Strengthen your heart muscle— this zone is preferred for an endurance event.


This zone is for being a doer of the Word. First feel the power of Christ surging through your heart giving strength to love and serve God; the second phase is going out and working for the Lord. This is doing God’s work over and over and over…continually exercising love, compassion, gentleness, kindness. This strengthens your heart, giving endurance for your lifetime journey with Christ.


Requiring you to push through and love unconditionally, push through and pursue righteousness and godliness, push through with forgiveness and push through pursuing peace and harmony. This zone will test you and when tempted to give in to selfish and prideful ways you are required to push through and choose to exercise Christ-like character. In exercising these push phases successfully, you will develop very strong spiritual muscles.

Red or All-out:

This zone requires maximum effort during your most intense challenges or trials. It’s an all-out surrender with trust in God. It may even require short spurts of prayer on your knees. This zone is mandatory in reaching your full potential as a disciple of Christ.

Push/Anaerobic: This zone consists of short duration, high-intensity muscular activity that develops stronger muscles. This zone helps endurance and fights fatigue. Red or All-out:

This zone is maximum effort and the most intense—only for short spurts of time. Training in this zone helps you reach maximum potential. Red or all-out zone is a give it all you got!


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Luke 9:23 says, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. God is looking for all-out disciples; qualified Christians must be obedient to heart rate zone training for transformational change! And let me not forget to mention a cool down phase. Just as a cool down is essential after an exercise routine, so it is with your spiritual exercise…your spiritual cool down will occur as you rest in the loving arms of the Lord. Happy Spring! Keep your FaithfullyFIT! momentum going—stay tuned for more health & wellness wisdom from Beth Kanthak. If you would like to contact her directly, she may be reached at or 763.229.4896. March March2013 2013“For “Forme metotolive liveisisChrist” Christ”Philippians Philippians1:21a 1:21a

adult SESSION 5 Week of April 7 - Week of May 5 SUNDAY MORNING

still time for L5 There is still time to catch the excitement of L5 by taking a class in the last session of this academic year. There is something for everyone: prayer, humanity, introduction to the Book of Mark, discover the Bible, Old Testament and “why Jesus?,” music, and parenting. All wonderful ways to get on board with Life Long Learning at Lord of Life! Register online, sign up with a friend, make a plan—it’s not

8:30 1. Prayer School Pastor Karen Greimel and Larry Pivec 2. Humanity in the Midst of War—An Introduction to Humanitarian Law Bob Munson 9:45 1. Introduction to the Book of Mark Ina Barton 2. Discovering the Bible, Conquering the Fear Renae Larson 11:00 1. Why Jesus? The Thread through the Old Testament Pastor Donna Rohrer 2. Faith + 1: How Christianity Informs Our Music Choices and Vice Versa Adam Bunge


6:45 1. Why Jesus? The Thread Through the Old Testament Pastor Donna Rohrer 2. Discovering the Bible, Conquering the Fear Renae Larson


6:30 Transitions: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Jr. High or Middle School Members of Lord of Life’s Children, Youth & Family Ministry Team 7:30 Introduction to the Book of Mark Ina Barton

It’s time to register for LifeGARDEN, Lord of Life’s community garden. Anyone may have a plot (or more than one) in the garden. There is a fee of $30 to help cover operating costs. Every plot holder is required to help in the mission portion of the garden, which produced over 10,000 pounds of vegetables for CROSS foodshelf last year. To register go to or visit the church office. The first meeting of the year for LifeGARDEN will be on March 25 at 7 pm. Questions? Contact Alice Woodard at

too late! Session 5 is April 7-May 5. More information may be found at lordoflife. org/L5. We welcome suggestions for future class offerings; contact Donna Rohrer (prdonnarohrer@gmail. com) with your ideas.

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emergency foodshelf network We are always looking for volunteers to help out at EFN. The next opportunity is March 4 from 4-7 pm. Sign up at efn or contact Jane Bergstrom.

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



january 2013 budget year-to-date Actual

Total member contributions

$282,501 $271,131

All other Total receipts

Budget Difference





$326,080 $311,698




ratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie

Mark Crea, executive director/CEO of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), accepts Lord of Life’s donation check for Adopt-An-Orphanage. Thanks to all who gave donations or packed food at the Coon Rapids site, for all your prayers for safe delivery of the cargo shipped to Jamaica, and for the One Mission One World Jamaica missionaries who will deliver the food to children in Jamaica.

Having an attitude of gratitude may transform everyday disappointments and frustrations. It can provide a valuable perspective when facing difficult problems. Gratitude can be an antidote to today’s sometimes frenzied lifestyles, helping to reconnect us with what’s truly important in life. We can be grateful for the everyday blessings that are everpresent and ever-sustaining.

—Denny & LaVerne Kinvig (shown with Mark Crea and Pastor Peter)

You will be enriched in every way so that

Lord of Life Weekly Giving — January 2013

you can be generous on every occasion, and


through us your generosity will result in


thanksgiving to God. —2 Corinthians 9:11




$60,000 $40,000

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


$20,000 $0

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Actual $154,467 $55,995 $62,124 $53,493 Budget $77,925 $77,925 $77,925 $77,925

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children youth family Come be a part of this time when we explore stories that Jesus told and wanted us to learn lessons from—

Sr. High Sundays!

Sundays @ 7 pm

March 3, 10, and 17 Start with worship from 7-7:30 pm then fun, lesson, devotion, group game and challenge question from 7:30-8:30 pm

March 3 - Raul preaching March 10 - Pastor Karen GeisendorferLindgren preaching

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

March 17 - Pastor Todd preaching

7-8th Graders: Sundays (6-7 pm) / Wednesdays (4:30-5:30 or 6:30-7:30 pm) March 3/6 March 10/13 March 17/20

Party On!! They are not the Ten Suggestions! Work, Work, Work, Work Work, Work, Rest!

9th Graders: Sundays (6-7 pm) / Wednesdays (4:30-5:30 or 6:30-7:30 pm) March 3/6 March 10/13 March 17/20

Jesus Ethic: Environment Jesus Ethic: Stealing Jesus Ethic: Sexuality

C3 Saturday is April 20 from 9 am-7 pm. If you are still looking to fulfill a retreat for C3 this is the place to be. Cost is $52.

Hey, Senior Highers! If you are a sr. high youth and want to be involved in Summer Stretch—we are in need of some sr. highers to help as small group leaders. It’s a great time to learn to lead a small group and have fun during the summer. If you are interested in helping out, contact Raul at Hey, Junior Highers! Plan now for the seventh annual jr. high mission trip June 16-22 and camping at Luther Park July 15-20. Visit for more details on both events. Questions? Contact Raul. It’s going to be an awesome summer!

C3 Service Project at Build-A-Bear! Connie Burkholder’s C3 group went to Build-A-Bear and each made one or two bears (with their own money and parents’ help). Then the whole group will be taking a tour and donating the bears to Ronald McDonald House. Shown here (left to right): Carly, Shelby, Chase, Alaina, Claire, Christy, and Ellen. Missing from photo: Jordan and Shanon

children youth family (cyf)

Amanda Clancy (“Clancy”), Grades 5-6, x106, Kirstin Delp, Early Childhood, x113, Raul Garcia III, AiM, Confirmation (C3) and Grades 7-9, x121, Julie Hagen, AiM, Grades 1-4, x129, Heather Hjelmstad, Ministry of Inclusion, x143, Lynn Leisen, Faith in the Home, x107, Elizabeth Pedersen, Grades 10-12, x130, Kim Pietrzak, Childcare, x124, Pennie Soppeland, CYF Support, x132, Debbie Zaic, CYF Office Manager and Registrar, x128,

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First Communion


oly Communion is one of two sacraments observed in the Lutheran Church; baptism is the other. Communion instruction is an extremely important part of a child’s Christian education and a milestone in their faith journey. Fifth graders and their parents will attend First Communion preparation this month. Sixth through ninth graders (and their parents) who have not received communion instruction are also invited. If you have not signed up, please do so now at The dates are Saturday, March 16 or Monday, March 18. First Communion weekend is April 6 and 7. Visit or contact Lynn at lynnl@ for more information.

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.”

Club 56

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring with over 577 cans of soup! All donations were given to the CROSS (Christians Reaching Out in Social Service) foodshelf.

Club 56 is for all 5th and 6th graders and their friends. March’s event will be at Brunswick Zone on Thursday, March 28! There’s bowling, laser tag, arcade, pizza, and tons of fun. Cost is $20 per child which includes bowling, laser tag, $5 game card, 2 slices of pizza and soda, and transportation. Check-in is 9 am with pick-up at 4 pm. The service project is to beautify our community by helping to clean up a local park along with devotions and Bible study in the afternoon. Visit for more details and to register. Questions? Ask Clancy!

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New Life Plantings (not just for kids!)

by Lynn Leisen, Faith in the Home


s Easter approaches, be reminded of the new life we have in Christ Jesus. Use one of these ideas to create new life plantings.

sweet potatoes:

Put a whole sweet potato in a glass jar with the small end down. Use toothpicks to hold the potato up. Add enough water to the jar so that the bottom of the potato is kept wet. Place jar in a sunny window and watch the roots grow down while the leaves sprout up.

good friday family worship Mark your calendar today for the family Good Friday worship event: Friday, March 29, 10 am. This worship event is appropriate for all ages.

fruit seeds:

The dried seeds from fruits such as oranges, lemons, apples, grapefruits, or pumpkins will sprout when shallowly planted in a paper cup of potting soil. Water every day, but don’t overwater. Soon small plants will begin to grow.

lima beans:

Line a glass jar with a paper towel. Place dry lima beans that have been soaked in water several hours between the paper towel and the jar so that you can see them. Put a small amount of water in the jar and add enough each day to keep the towel damp. Place in a sunny window. Watch God’s creation at work!

easter grass:

To grow grass seed in a dish, fill the dish with potting soil. Sprinkle fast-growing rye grass seed in the soil. Place the dish in bright, indirect light and water to keep the soil damp. Cover loosely with plastic wrap until the seeds germinate. Remove plastic wrap when the grass begins to grow, in about one week. The color is beautiful and it’s fun to “mow the lawn” when there’s still snow on the ground outside. If you plant grass in a large enough dish or lined basket, you can place a few Easter eggs in the grass on Easter morning!

lenten service project

ELCA World Hunger provides relief, helps people help themselves, advocates and educates. During Lent, Church School children are collecting money for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Families may place special banks on their dining tables to collect change each time they share a meal. The banks are returned to their Church School classes or to the CYF office any time in April. Your gifts provide food, clean water, seeds, tools, trees, animals, education, life, and hope. Thank you!

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Blessed be God, who is our bread; may all the world be clothed and fed. Amen.

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


children youth family

Shaving cream painting!

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

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37b-38 (NRSV)

Happy March!

by Angie Schiebel, Director of Karing Kingdom Preschool

March Book Pick: “The Very First Easter” in the Beginners Bible by Zonderkidz; Illustrated by Kelly Pulley Sharing the story of Jesus’ amazing life on earth and His resurrection.

Packing peanut fun!


aring Kingdom begins the month of March celebrating Lutheran Schools Week from March 3-9. Our theme for this special week is Teaching...From the Heart. Our daily example of Jesus coming to this world to serve, not be served will be emphasized as we use Lutheran School Week to highlight special service projects for The Ronald McDonald House. Next, St. Patrick’s Day festivities will be filled with leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. As our month draws to a close we will begin the celebration of Easter and learn about the impact of Jesus’ life on earth and resurrection with crosses, butterflies, and Easter lilies. Karing Kingdom Preschool wishes you all a blessed Easter! Karing Kingdom will be closed for Easter break from March 25-April 1. Classes resume beginning April 2. Registration continues for the 201314 school year. For more information, please call 763.420.5015 x127 or email

Cowboy fun!

Pajama day!


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

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.

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

Be a Good Samaritan at Good Samaritan by Georgia Helvick


ood Samaritan Society - Ambassador residents and staff started assembling food packs for the KidPack program in December. The center needs about 10 volunteers per assembly with assemblies done twice a month throughout 2013. Please consider volunteering on any of these dates: March 12 or 26, April 16 or 30, May 14 or 28. Two volunteers are needed every Friday at 8:30 am, to deliver the food packs to students at Neill Elementary in Crystal. To volunteer or inquire about dates and times, please contact Jackie Dale (763-417-7132 or The KidPack program provides a weekend food program for low-income children to provide nutritious, kid-friendly food to children who may not otherwise receive adequate nutrition. There are also many other volunteer opportunities available at Good Samaritan Society in New Hope. Pet visits, third Sunday service musicians/singers, visiting one-on-one with residents, playing games with residents, and more. This is a rewarding experience for young and old! Try it—you might find yourself enjoying making a difference in the elderly residents’ lives. Questions about this ministry partnership? Contact Georgia Helvick at 763.416.4577.

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 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

Third Annual LOL CYF Fun Run/Walk! Saturday, June 1


ll are welcome to participate in a 1 mile or 5k+ run/walk around Rice Lake. Proceeds go to support our summer trips and camps for children and youth. Registration opens March 1! For more details, visit Questions? Contact Elizabeth Pedersen (763.420.5015 x130 or

Servant of all.

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


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 April issue is March 1. Copyright 2013 Lord of Life Lutheran Church

caught reading lifetimes

Back: Lauren, Jacob, Palmer, Jonathan, Jack, Sam Front: Sarah, Katie, Kendall While waiting to tee off on number seven at Pebble Beach, Larry & Jan Barber are caught reading LifeTIMES.


Jonathan & Lauren’s C3 group Christmas party when the group made tie blankets donating them to Sharing & Caring Hands.

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

Lord of Life LifeTIMES March 2013  

The monthly newsletter featuring information and stories about Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN

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