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LifeTIMES

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

November 2012

“ ‘...for I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ ” Matthew 25:35, 40

Hunger Ministries

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any Lord of Life families will celebrate in abundance on Thanksgiving later this month—tables laden with tasty turkey, delicious dressing, and maybe a traditional pumpkin pie for dessert. Our community is so blessed, and yet we continue to see a great need to support hunger ministries. It does not matter if you live in an urban, suburban or rural setting—hunger has no boundaries. Lord of Life’s congregation is in partnership with organizations feeding the hungry across the world and across the street. Among the hunger ministries we support on a regular basis are the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN), Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), RiverWorks Foodshelf, The Sandwich Project, and Christians Reaching Out in Social Service (CROSS).

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Visits to Minnesota’s foodshelves are 20% higher than a year ago according to EFN. Sharon Krogman heads up Lord of Life’s partnership with EFN. How can you help? From November 3-11, bring healthy food donations to Lord of Life. Large bins will be in the Service Center for your food donations which will help stock foodshelves. Bring a bag full or bring just a few items. No donation is too small—every item helps! However, we do ask that there are no glass containers, please. Last year over 800,000 pounds of food was distributed to our community through EFN—let’s do what we can to help. Also on November 5 from 4-7 pm, you can volunteer to sort or package food at the EFN location in New Hope. Any C3 students who need to earn service hours? It’s a great place to earn those service hours. EFN is located at 8501 54th Ave. N. in New Hope. If you need suggestions for healthy food items to donate during November 3-11 or to sign up, visit lordoflife.org/efn or contact Jane Bergstrom. —continues on Page 10

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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 2-8

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worship Saturdays at 5:30 pm with Holy Communion Sundays at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am with Holy Communion the first and third Sundays Third Sunday worship at 9:30 am on November 18 at Good Samaritan Society - Ambassador in New Hope Third Wednesday worship at 2 pm on November 21 at Rose Arbor Assisted Living in Maple Grove Third Monday Healing Service at 6:30 pm on November 19 in Lord of Life’s Prayer Room November 3/4 Preaching: Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Joyful Noise (8:30 am), Canticle Choir (9:45 & 11 am) Service of Remembrance, Sunday, November 4, 7:30 pm (see article on Page 5)

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Cris Carr’s inspirational message on September 29 drew an attentive audience of almost 200 men, boys, nephews, fathers, cousins. For more photos from this REAL Men ministry pig roast kick-off event, visit lordoflife.org/ realmen...

November 10/11 Preaching: Pastor Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Canticle Choir (8:30 & 9:45 am), Bel Canto (all services) November 17/18 Preaching: Pastor Todd Buegler Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: New Life Ensemble and Preludes Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service, Wednesday, November 21, 7 pm November 24/25 Preaching: Pastor David Lippitt Special Music Saturday: Praise Band Sunday: Canticle Choir and Lord of Life Brass Please note worship & music schedules may be subject to change.

...the back of this young man’s tshirt says it all!

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Congratulations on Finishing— So You Can Start by Pastor Dave McCarty

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am excited and humbled to be called to serve as Pastor of Outreach and Mission here at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. My ordination and installation at Lord of Life on September 9th was a wonderful experience that came at the end of 8 years of seminary study. My seminary journey occurred at the same time I have continued to work in the insurance industry and included contextual ministry at Jordan New Life Community Church in north Minneapolis, a year of chaplaincy on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview, and two years of internship here at Lord of Life. I have often reflected on Paul’s message in 2 Timothy 4:7 where he writes,“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Finishing is certainly important but a handwritten note from a friend in one of my ordination cards brought that verse and these past years of my preparation into focus. The note said, “Congratulations on finishing, so that you can start.” With this note I realized my journey is continuing and everything that has happened thus far has been for a purpose—God’s purpose.

(left to right) Bishop Ann Svennungsen, Lisa McCarty,

My wife Lisa and I have lived over half our lives in Maple Grove and and Pastor Karen Geisendorfer-Lindgren presenting stole during Dave’s ordination service. have raised our family here. Today our three children are all in their 20s. Stephanie is 29 and working at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. Michael is 27 and is a consultant in the actuarial area of Deloitte Consulting; he is married to Nikki who is a high school English teacher. And our youngest child, Laura, is 22 and finishing her social work degree at UW Eau Claire planning to graduate this December. Here at Lord of Life, I will be serving and supporting our outreach efforts to new members and also the ministries and mission partners who make up the One Mission One World program which includes Acts 29, Bethany Lutheran in south Minneapolis, the Dominican Republic, Global Health Administration Partners, Jamaica, St. Olaf Lutheran in north Minneapolis, Tanzania, Uganda, and the World Mission Prayer League. Lisa and I have participated and led a number of mission trips over these past years and I am excited about serving the Lord of Life missionaries who are giving of their time and using their gifts to help others, in whatever location that may be. I am looking forward to the many outreach opportunities in our own community. Many of us know people who for any number of reasons never had, or no longer have, a faith community they feel they can call home. What’s more, some of us may have friends and neighbors who have not heard the salvation promise the Gospel offers. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we have a great story to share with everyone and we can do that in word and action by serving others here and around the world, and I am excited to be a part of what Lord of Life is doing in this area. With the note from my friend, I now know that I haven’t finished the race and I’m looking forward to starting it each and every morning alongside the many faithful members of Lord of Life, and now I can reflect on another quote from the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24b, “If only I may finish the course and the ministry that I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.” I’m looking forward to the future and everything God has planned for us! Grace and Peace to You (G+P2U), Pastor Dave

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spirit Celebrate Recovery on Tuesday Evenings and a Breakfast on November 18—

Healing As A Family

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e all know that families hurt together. The good news is, that families can heal together. Through the ministry of Celebrate Recovery, find hope and healing for the personal situations you may find your family ‘stuck’ in. Each and every week on Tuesdays there are children, teens, and adults gathering for a meal together then they move on to their specific age group for programming. Learn more…

celebration station (elementary age children) Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 New International Version (NIV) Celebration Station is designed to inspire kids with hope, joy, and friendships while they learn to rely on God. Celebration Station is not recovery for kids, rather “pre-covery”, kids learn tools and resources to overcome the patterns of hurts, habits and hang-ups. Throughout the evening, kids experience Jesus in a fun way! If your household is going through a difficult time, you are encouraged to check out this ministry for your children. This is not a drop-off program for children. If children are participating in Celebration Station, the parents or caregivers need to be active in Celebrate Recovery.

the landing (teens) Do you ever feel stuck in life? Do you wonder “How will I get through this?” Join others who are feeling the same way as you at the landing. It’s a place for youth who want more out of life than what they’re getting. For some it means dealing with pain, addictions, family issues, or any other curve ball life throws their way. Whatever the reason, healing can be the result at the landing as a safe, anonymous place to share thoughts and feelings while you explore the 12 Steps. Dinner is served from 6-6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall then join in on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm in The Gathering downstairs. Questions about the landing? Contact Don C. at 763.245.4064 or Carly T. at 763.286.2342 or Michelle Welinski.

celebrate recovery (adults) Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program that helps us navigate through life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12 Steps. We open the door to healing by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems. The result…life-change!

All three of the ministries described above run simultaneously on Tuesday evenings beginning with dinner from 6-6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. Childcare is provided for children under age 5. To learn more, contact Pastor David Lippitt or Michelle Welinski. There’s no better place to be on Tuesday night! Another upcoming opportunity is planned for Sunday, November 18 from 9 am-12:30 pm. This will be a breakfast with delicious pancakes on the menu to support Celebrate Recovery, the landing, and Celebration Station.

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Service of Remembrance

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night to remember…All are invited to the Service of Remembrance on Sunday, November 4 at 7:30 pm. Whether you have lost a loved one days, weeks or years ago, you are invited to attend this service. Pastoral Associate Karen Greimel will be preaching. Beautiful music, candles, communion, and a message of hope will fill the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided.

daylight saving time We are all fools for the falling back, the sky outside stays dark. The template of light is muted into black and white. Methodical, we set

Good Samaritan Worship

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ood Samaritan Society - Ambassador is a seniors’ home and rehabilitation center located in New Hope. Many Lord of Life members or their family members following surgery have spent time at Good Samaritan in their beautiful rehab center. Lord of Life is excited to provide a Lutheran worship experience on the third Sunday of each month at 9:30 am. Sunday, November 18, will be our next opportunity to lead worship—how fitting it is right before Thanksgiving. If you or your family would like to serve by reading Scripture or providing special music, contact Georgia Helvick at ghelvick@comcast. net or 763.416.4577. Perhaps you have stayed there or a family member has stayed there. What a great way to give back. This is a great family service opportunity.

Women’s Cancer Support Ministry

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e will be going to the Oilerie for a “Girl’s Night Out” on Monday, November 5 from 7-9 pm. We will learn about the history of olive oil, balsamics, and their uses along with tastings. Appetizers, entrée, salad, and dessert will be served; cost is $10. Please feel free to invite a friend! Contact Jessica Nord at nordj@me.com for more information or to sign up.

our mechanical time backward, lay down, sleeping in cold edged air against a background of light darkness. I wish for time to be mine. A single hour to be culled from setting a mechanical clock, cradled gently in my hands, blown upon and watched as the feathers curl and float softly away. —Margot Storti-Marron Lord of Life Member Margot Storti-Marron’s first poem was put in a place of honor; her elementary school hallway. She has been writing poetry and essays ever since at the intersection of interests in psychology, nature, and science. Margot feels inspired, nurtured, and encouraged in her writing life by a strong faith foundation which comes through in her work and shares, “Going to Lord of Life helps me continue to grow as a Christian.” She has been published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lake Country Journal, Sierra Club, therapy publications, as well as in previous issues of LifeTIMES. To enjoy more of Margot’s work, visit margauxessays. blogspot.com.

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Lord of Life Lives Christ Together

baptisms

weddings

September 2 Edythe Sophia Long

September 1 Holly Swanson & Ryan Melchior

September 16 Peyton Joy Nordstrom

September 8 Alison Bateman & Aaron Dahl Victoria Hall & Kevin Fairchild

September 22 Katherine Anne Quello September 23 Brittyn Louise Stedman Everly Marie Stedman Lexie Ann Taintor September 30 Levi Mons Merrifield Annika Marie Winter At Lord of Life, we baptize individuals at any age. The next baptism class is Saturday, November 10, 1011 am in the downstairs Theater; no preregistration is necessary. If you have previously attended a class and have another child to be baptized—there is no need to attend the class again (unless you would like a refresher!). To schedule a baptism, please call the church office.

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.

Paul Banitt and family at the death of his mother Pamela Broman and family at the death of her father Diane Davey, Brianna and Taylor, and family at the death of their husband and father Joan Field and family at the death of her father Terry Grossman and family at the death of her father Jason Listberger and family at the death of his cousin Brian Smith and family at the death of his father Larry Smith and family at the death of his father

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September 14 Joy Recker & Mark Todd September 15 Leah LaVal & Evan Duncan Courtney Krogman & Rob Brazier Alex West & Matthew Steinman September 22 Megan Monson & Travis Feuerhake Kristen Loney & Joshua Holmstrom September 28 Jacqueline Behr & Richard Peck September 29 Nicole Nowariak & Justin Albers

welcome to new members Aaron & Leah Barber with Nick, Jacob, and Michael Robert & Jenn Bloomquist with Anika and Britt Jodi Cook with Cade John & Luann Ferguson with Connor Heidi Hustoft with Joanna Mary Remes Chris & Amy Tukua with Ashlyn, Kylie and Brice 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 lordoflife.org/newmembers for more information. You are invited to become a part of the Lord of Life family of faith.

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A God Moment by Ellen Hanson

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n our roles as parents and grandparents we find ourselves looking for teachable moments to impart to our children and grandchildren our love for Jesus. Having great growth in my own prayer life, I wanted to share with my grandchildren what prayer can mean to their lives. When I was a very young girl my mother taught me to kneel by my bed and to say my prayers and sing ‘Sweet Songs’. As I got older I remember sitting on the edge of my bed and leaning on the windowsill so full of love for Jesus that I was sending my prayers via the wind. My daughter Andrea and husband Tony have always brought their children up in a home with God as the center. When I would visit the grandchildren in California, my evenings were filled with Bible stories, prayers, and singing as I put the little girls to bed. Being a busy mom—Andrea hadn’t had time to kneel and pray with them so I decided to teach this to them. They were small, in retrospect, way too small to understand. I figured you had to start sometime so when they were all cozy in their pajamas, I showed them how to kneel by their bed and explained to them why you did that. They looked at me with big brown eyes twinkling. I told the girls we’d shut our eyes, fold our hands, and pray for our family. When they were stumped with what to pray I continued praying, my heart weeping with joy at this precious moment. When I opened my eyes they were gone! I hadn’t even heard those little stinkers sneak off. As they flew around the house they leaned into the bedroom and asked if I was done—oh well, I’d try again another year! This past spring as I was planning activities for their summer visit, I was reminded of Lord of Life’s prayer path, also called a labyrinth. I made a puzzle and sent them one piece each week with words to look up related to the path, spelling ‘prayer path’. They were quite intrigued with what this all meant. I was able to go to Lord of Life online and show them the pictures of the path there and what it meant. I prayed that this experience would be meaningful to them. The girls had told me that they learned to just ‘talk to God’ in their Bible study like I’d taught them to. I knew they were ready for this experience at ages 10 and 11. It was a gorgeous Saturday morning in July when we left for church. I prayed the whole way there. Alexa and Halle were so very serious about this; the three of us began our journey. We stopped at each corner to pray. No one spoke. They folded their hands all on their own and bowed their heads. Each person moved on as they were ready. It took us about 20-25 minutes. When we reached the cross in the center the girls grabbed me, and we huddled in a group hug. They said the experience had meant a lot to them. Now as I continue in my prayer life, at the top of my list daily are two of God’s children beginning their own prayer journey. For more information about Lord of Life’s labyrinth, visit lordoflife.org/prayerpath.

Alexa & Halle at Lord of Life’s Prayer Path

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

When It’s All Too Much—God is For Us by Pastoral Associate Karen Greimel

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ave you ever heard someone say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle?” Where does it say that in the Bible? Over and over in the Bible we see men and women who are given far more than they can deal with. This is true for us today; there are times when it’s obvious I have more than I can handle. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God won’t give us more than we can handle. This is a misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” This verse in 1 Corinthians is responding to temptation not suffering. God promises to give us a way out (if we choose it) when we are tempted. In this fallen world we are continually faced with issues that we cannot handle. We can turn to the Lord in prayer. Our difficult circumstances are the perfect opportunity to move into a closer relationship with the One who can guide and heal us, a time to focus on God and not on the situation that is beyond our control. When things are too much there is a place to turn. Lord of Life offers many ministries for teaching, support, encouragement, and healing. To learn more, please contact either Karen Greimel or Michelle Welinski directly.

Spiritual Mentoring by Michael Zwick

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hat does Lord of Life’s Spiritual Mentoring Ministry mean to me? The desire to begin or continue a faith journey can be both overwhelming and intimidating. Where do I start, how do I begin, and what path do I take? How do I know if I am on the right path and who can help guide me along the way? As a child of God, I am called upon to be a disciple and spread His word, but I feel ill-equipped and lack confidence. The Bible is a large book filled with parables that are sometimes confusing. It has names in it that are impossible to pronounce and difficult to remember. Are we to read the Bible from cover-to-cover or do we start with John, as some recommend, then pick and choose other books that sound interesting or are less confusing? I had some reservations about committing to being mentored. Could I admit to my mentor that I was not an avid reader and found the Bible to be intimidating? Could I admit that I did not understand His word and was at times confused by it? What would my mentor think of me when I told him I once began daydreaming and went on a mental vacation during Pastor Peter’s sermon? Imagine my relief when my mentor said the same thing had happened to him once! My mentor is a regular guy. There is no Bible thumping and if he has a soap box, it is left at home. Spiritual Mentoring Ministry is a process of mutual sharing and accountability. I have learned that it is OK to admit that I have questioned my faith and the existence of God. It is not a sin to have not read and memorized the Bible. It is OK to say I don’t understand and sometimes I am confused. My spiritual mentor has expressed that, he too, experienced this and that is one of the purposes of this ministry. This is a wonderful ministry which provides the opportunity to live and grow my faith, together with someone who can help me on my faith journey. If my mentor does not have the answers to my questions, we can find them within our faith community. Not only is my faith growing through this ministry, but I cherish the friendship that has developed between my mentor and me. To begin any journey, you must take the first step. Spiritual Mentoring Ministry is a great place to start!

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september 2012 budget year-to-date Actual

Budget Difference

Total member contributions $2,102,766 $2,086,984 All other Total receipts

$15,782

$177,290 $175,615

$1,675

$2,280,056 $2,262,599

$17,457

Lord of Life’s 4G Network

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ow connected are you? Did you stand in line for the new iPhone 5? Do you have the latest version of the Kindle Fire or iPad? Are you constantly updating your favorite social media outlets? Lord of Life wants you to be just as connected here. The church is a network—a 4G Network:

God Grace Gratitude Generosity Strengthening your relationship with God (through amazing learning opportunities like L5 classes, mission trips, Church School and C3, and local service opportunities) will then allow the other G’s to flow throughout your relationships, work and life. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This year’s Generosity Campaign materials will arrive in your home after November 9. Please read through the stories of those whose lives are being impacted in an incredibly positive way through their connections with Lord of Life’s ministries. Spend some time in prayer and conversation as you consider both your connection to Lord of Life’s 4G Network and your pledge for 2013. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. —2 Corinthians 9:11

Generosity Campaign FAQs Here are some frequently asked questions about the Generosity Campaign: Where will the Generosity Campaign pledges go? Every year, Lord of Life’s congregation council prepares the budget for the upcoming year. The budget includes staff, operational costs, ministry programs, benevolence, etc. This pledge is for January 1 through December 31, 2013. When will the Generosity Campaign information arrive? A packet of information and a pledge card will be mailed November 5. If you do not receive a packet by November 20, please contact the church office to request one. How should pledges for 2013 be returned? Please return pledge cards to church or complete the online pledge form at lordoflife. org/generosity. How does direct debit giving work? Pledges may be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account on the 15th and/or month end. Sign up for this opportunity at lordoflife.org/ directdebit. Information about direct debit giving will also be in the packet.

Lord of Life Weekly Giving — September 2012 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000

Thank you for your continued support of God’s work through the many ministries and programs here at Lord of Life!

$30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0

9/2

9/9

9/16

Actual $43,826 76,864 70,779 Budget $54,588 54,588 54,588

9/23

9/30

53,506 48,442 54,588 54,590

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adult Lord of Life’s Service Center is the collection point for many ministry needs.

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Partnering with FMSC since 1997, Lord of Life helps to feed the hungry both in body and spirit. The approach is simple. Volunteers handpack meals specially formulated for malnourished children. Today there are three formulas which provide complete, nutritious food for a child to grow and thrive. Then FMSC works with mission and human service agencies in nearly 70 countries around the world. The food which is prepared goes to meals in schools, orphanages, hospitals, ministries. This is also a great service opportunity for a C3 group, family, or group of friends. You really can make a difference against hunger in our global village.

the sandwich project

The Sandwich Project’s mission is to feed homeless and those in need in our community EVERY day of the year. Some organizations put together programs with a remarkable amount of time, energy, and money for two days out of the year: Thanksgiving and Christmas. An honest question is what happens during all the other days of the year? The Sandwich Project was established with the other days in mind. The starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis every day of the year. Today, this ministry is helping to feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and foodshelves! How can you help? It is easier than you might think. Six people can prepare 150 sandwiches in about 30 minutes. The cost would be no more than $80-$90 total. This has also been a great service project for many businesses and corporations with their employees.

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riverworks foodshelf

RiverWorks opened in 2010 and serves around 160 families (about 500 individuals) a month. On November 12 & 13 they are sponsoring Empty Bowls at Rockford Elementary School. For more information, visit riverworksonline.org.

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CROSS is the local foodshelf serving Maple Grove, Osseo, Corcoran, and parts of Champlin and Rogers. They serve approximately 100 families each week. Forty-three percent of foodshelf clients work, 35% are retired or have a disability that prevents work. Our partnership with CROSS includes donating over 6,000+ pounds of fresh produce from Lord of Life’s community LifeGARDEN. Over 15 crops were planted and harvested by crop teams during the 2012 growing season. This donated fresh produce was in addition to numerous canned and boxed food staples given by our congregation. CROSS is dependent on 31 sponsoring churches, restaurants, and other community donations. We also collect food, clothing, and small household items in the Service Center to deliver to CROSS. Lord of Life is excited to walk alongside these organizations that serve the hungry in our local community and around the world. For more specific information about these ministries and our involvement with them, visit lordoflife.org/hunger.

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Service Center

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opefully by now you have found your way to the new Lord of Life Service Center located on the main level of the new addition. This is where you will find bins clearly marked for your donations to the various ministries supported by Lord of Life. Current ministry needs are also posted in the Service Center (see photo at left of neon-colored paper handouts). For a complete list of ministry needs—including donations gratefully accepted by other community organizations—visit lordoflife.org/ donationcentral. Questions? Contact Michelle Welinski.

For I was Hungry and You Gave Me Food...

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tudying Scripture may be particularly illuminating when comparing different translations or versions of the Holy Bible. Lord of Life’s pew Bibles are in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). Using the cover story verses on hunger and with the Holy Spirit providing insight, what version below speaks to your heart of Jesus’ words from Matthew, Chapter 25, Verses 35-40:

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The Message (MSG)

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ ”

New International Version (NIV)

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.”

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”

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Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, “When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?” The king will answer, “Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”

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...older, wiser, or Lutheran? Then you’re an OWL! Questions about this Lord of Life ministry? Contact Joyce/Gordy Martin at 763.497.7355 or grjsmartin@embarqmail.com.

Train Ride with OWLs

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Thursday, November 1: “Travel to Italy” with Pastors Peter and Karen plus Mert Dresser for Faith, Food & Fellowship beginning at 12 noon-2 pm (note time change) in Fellowship Hall. An Italian lunch (freewill donation) will be served. No packing...no passports...just come and enjoy a no-hassle trip!

by Dolly Bentson

n a beautiful fall day in September, forty-three OWLs boarded the bus to Spooner, Wisconsin for a 12-mile excursion train ride. Along the highway, we spotted a small black bear cub scrambling in the ditch. He looked like he intended to cross the road, but with Oly at the wheel of the Blue Bus, he thought better of it and scampered down into the ditch and the safety of the woods. Once seated on the train ride, we looked for the beginning color changes in the red sumac and orange maples. More compelling was the delicious box lunch and the cacophony of multiple conversations. Following the train ride, we stopped at the Museum of Woodcarving which houses the world’s largest collection of woodcarvings created by one man, Joseph T. Barta. My favorite was the Last Supper but they were all quite amazing. We made an unscheduled but exciting stop on our way home for some delicious Wisconsin cheese and ice cream cones, topping off another eventful OWLs’ trip with good food, fellowship, and fun.

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Thursday, November 15: Start the holidays right by enjoying beautiful Christmas decorations and delicious food at the Swedish Institute. Enjoy a guided tour and Scandinavian Smorgasbord. Browse or shop in the enlarged shopping area. Cost of $33.50 includes transportation, admission, and meal. Leave at 10:15 am, return about 2:30 pm. Friday, November 16: Service project at 9:30 am in Samaritan Hall labeling LifeTIMES. Coffee & treats! Wednesday, November 21: Worship at 2 pm at Rose Arbor Assisted Living

save the date Thursday, December 6: Christmas Party (freewill donation) at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall, “Away in a Manger” with guests Pastor Peter and the Benson Family Singers of southern Minnesota. Pete & Rachelle Benson and their four boys share faith and barbershop/bluegrass music. Donations of mittens and/or scarves will be collected. Invite a friend— don’t miss it! Thursday, December 13: New musical at Plymouth Playhouse, Christmas on the Ranch, starring Monica Heuser with familiar Christmas classics and new music—said to be a “Hootin’ Hollerin’ Good Time!” Cost is $23 including transportation and play, lunch on your own at Green Mill. Leave church at 10:30 am. Thursday, January 17: See Perfect Wedding at the Old Log Theatre. Cost is $34 including transportation, lunch, and play. Leave church at 11 am.

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Where Were You on 9/11? by Joyce Martin

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ob Munson was on his way to work when he first heard the news of a plane crashing into a tower in New York City. Upon arrival at work and as Executor of the Red Cross Crisis headquarters in MN, Bob was then summoned to New York City to help the families of victims from foreign countries. In addition to describing experiences with these families, he relayed the conditions and tight security which changed every day plus his journey to the sight of the disaster. Grateful for Bob’s servant heart in New York, we were challenged to appreciate each day and its blessings.

Veteran recognition events include a musical medley during worship on November 10 and 11 and a dinner on November 16—

Honoring Our Veterans by John and Lucy Rodvik

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ord of Life’s Military Family Support Ministry would like to invite all veterans and a guest to our Third Annual Veteran’s Day Dinner on Friday, November 16 from 6-9 pm. This dinner is our opportunity to spend an evening honoring those who have given so much to their country and to enjoy fellowship with fellow veterans from World War II to present day. Also, all veterans will once again be recognized at the services on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 with a musical medley performed by Lord of Life Canticle Choir. So please join us for those services when all of Lord of Life will have an opportunity to extend their gratitude for your selfless service to our country. Dinner invitations will be handed out to veterans during the musical medley and please stop by the Military Family Support Ministry’s table in the narthex to learn more.

Attention All Veterans— We want to honor you! November 10 or 11 and November 16

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FreedomWorks

F parent night out Parent Night Out is Friday, November 2 from 6-10 pm. This is an opportunity for parents to get out with safe childcare provided for their children birth-6th grade. Children will split up into age groups and rotate to different faithbased activities. A light snack is provided, however, dinner will not be served. Your generous donation (suggested minimum of $10 per child) will help benefit Lord of Life’s international mission partners. Register at lordoflife.org/pno.

reedomWorks is a post-prison ministry that has been helping former offenders reconcile to God, family and community since 2004. FreedomWorks believes in comprehensive life-long aftercare that transforms predators into courageous peacemakers, hardcore criminals into upstanding citizens and absent fathers into loving dads. Please join us for an upcoming volunteer event at FreedomWorks. We will be continuing a project that Lord of Life members started last spring to provide each resident a freshly painted and updated apartment. When: Saturday, November 3, starting at 8:30 am (stay as long as you like or as your schedule will allow) and lunch will be provided. Where: 3559 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55412. Please bring painting supplies such as brushes, rollers, tape, etc. Call or email us if you would like to volunteer or have any questions regarding this event or the FreedomWorks ministry: Greg and Cheryl Myhr, 763.424.3537, gcmyhr@embarqmail.com.

I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas Sunday, December 2 at 5 pm You are invited to Lord of Life’s annual Children’s Christmas Musical with dinner in Fellowship Hall following the performance.

blood drive Give the gift of life! Memorial Blood Center bloodmobiles come to Lord of Life three times a year. The next blood drive is on November 13 from 2:30 to 7 pm. Sixteen-yearolds are able to donate with parental permission. Details and instructions on making an online appointment are located at lordoflife.org/blooddrive.

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Joy of Giving

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his Christmas season you will again have the opportunity to give meaningful gifts while supporting Lord of Life ministries. Joy of Giving will feature affordable options to share the true meaning of Christmas with others. For a $10 or $25 donation, you will be able to choose a specific gift from many options such as towels for Hope Lodge or school supplies for children in the Dominican Republic. Gift tags will be posted beginning November 24. Be thinking about gifts for teachers, friends, babysitters, and others on your list. Watch for more details in weekly bulletin inserts, enewsletters, December LifeTIMES, and at lordoflife.org/joyofgiving. Questions? Contact Michelle Welinski.

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Giving Thanks

by Lynn Leisen, Faith in the Home Ministry Use the Four Keys for practicing faith this Thanksgiving:

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At the dinner table, ask a question that everyone can take turns answering. Try this one: If you had never smiled before in your life, what is it that might finally make you smile? Thank God for that blessing.

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Use Psalm 100 as your Thanksgiving dinner prayer: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures for ever, and His faithfulness to all generations.

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When you shop for your Thanksgiving dinner, purchase enough for a second meal and donate those nonperishables to CROSS. There is a collection spot in Lord of Life’s Service Center in the new addition (see article and photo on Page 11).

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Start a new tradition or honor an old one. Take a family walk before or after dinner. Marvel at the blessings of nature.

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undreds of thousands of children are coming to know Jesus through the Operation Christmas Child program. The Greatest Gift of All is a colorful Gospel storybook that tells stories from the Bible and introduces children to Jesus, the Greatest Gift of All. This booklet, written in their native language, is given to each child as they receive a shoe box gift. So you see, not only are these children receiving toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, they are receiving the message that someone far away loves them and so does Jesus! Lord of Life is collecting shoe box gifts through Tuesday, November 13. Still need some ideas for your boxes? A can of tennis balls provides three inexpensive gifts that boys and girls can enjoy. Stretchy gloves are cheap this time of year. Often they come in pairs—two gifts in one! There are many ideas to be found at a ‘dollar store’ and pick up a plastic shoe box or two and fill them as you shop. You can usually find multi-packs of toothbrushes, combs, and hair accessories. Pens and pencils (with sharpeners) are always easy to pack. Remember, boxes do not have to be stuffed. Try packing two nicely filled boxes rather than stuffing one so full that it will hardly close. Two children receive a gift rather than one! Have fun packing!

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As a reminder for adults with young children— please hold hands for love & safety while walking from our busy parking lot to the building for worship and other activities!

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Sr. High Sundays! Every Sunday at Lord of Life, sr. highers gather for worship, hanging out, having fun and talking about Jesus. Join us!

Sundays @ 7 pm: November 4, 11, 18

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

Wednesdays @ 6 pm: November 7, 14, 28

November 4: Small Group Olympics

7 pm is Ecclesia worship then 7:30 pm is Express sr. high youth group time.

November 11: Laser Tag November 18: Bonfire & ‘Smores Start with worship from 7-7:30 pm then games & fun from 7:30-8:30 pm

sr. high ski retreat

Ready for snow?! Maybe not yet, but be sure to save the date for Lord of Life’s yearly Sr. High Ski Retreat! We’re headed to Bozeman, Montana over Presidents’ weekend for three full days of skiing and snowboarding at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. Don’t miss out—dates are February 14-18, 2013. Registration opens November 1. See the website for more info and to register: lordoflife.org/ shskiretreat.

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Registration opens on November 1 for the February 15-17, 2013 trip to Lutsen Mountain Ski Resort! Cost is $285 and includes transportation, place to sleep, two day ski lift tickets, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, swimming pool pass, and a whole lotta fun! See the website for more details and to register: lordoflife.org/ jrhighskiretreat.

Nearly 250 people took part in the fall retreats for 7th and 8th graders in October. Both events were wonderful as we took a closer look at the Beatitudes, played some great games, and enjoyed the fall colors near Kathio State Park. For those who still need to complete a retreat the single-day options are still available: December 1, February 2, April 20. Register and find more information at lordoflife.org/c3retreats.

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live chat

On Sunday mornings in The Gathering from 9:45–10:45 am and 11–12 noon come for coffee, juice, and to chat with Elizabeth and/or Raul! Let’s go through the Sunday newspaper and see where God is in our society and go through various issues of suicide, technology, eating disorders and more that jr. & sr. highers deal with on a day-to-day basis. We want this gathering to be where we can seek, live and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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This fall we have been covering Lutheranism and the Small Catechism with the 7th and 8th graders. We’ve learned about Martin Luther and the Reformation, talked about grace and salvation, and now in the weeks to come we’ll be discussing the Apostles’ Creed. There have been some excellent conversations happening around important faith topics as groups pose questions regarding the differences in Christian denominations and other religions. For instance, “Does God really forgive all our sins (even those really big ones)?”, and also “If you are a really good person— but not a Christian—can you still go to heaven?” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gerad Remus.

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

club 56 Club 56 is for all 5th and 6th graders and their friends.

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Join in as we head to SKY ZONE on Sunday, November 4! Check in at 12:15 pm in the Youth Room. We’ll start our day with pizza and a service project then head together as a group to Sky Zone.

december 8:

Mark your calendars for Narnia performed by the Youth Performance Company in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 8. Visit lordoflife.org/club56 for more details and to register for these events. Questions? Ask Clancy!

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The reason I think we give thanks is because it’s a way to show that we are grateful and it’s a way to worship God. –Gage Knutson, grade 5 We give thanks to God because He is very helpful and kind. He really does a lot for us and He really deserves to be thanked. He forgives us for our sins, and helps us not fall into temptation. Those are just a few of the many things He does for us. –Jada Growell, grade 6 We give thanks because our Lord does a lot and the least we can do is thank Him for doing it. If we stop giving thanks, the Lord might think we are not grateful for His sacrifice for us. That’s why we give thanks! –Alex Drake, grade 5 Why we give thanks is because we are thankful of all the love we have from God and what we are in the inside. We also think what a great life we are living. –Analea Poppe, grade 6 We give thanks so we can thank God for everything He has done for us. If you think about one, think about all the good things He has done for you to be happy. He loves us all! –Molly Rosaaen, grade 6

2012 Blessing of the Animals ...more photos on our facebook page!

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November Bible Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

Happy November!

by Angie Schiebel, Director of Karing Kingdom Preschool

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November Book Pick: Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

Thanksgiving is about Pilgrims and history and turkey, of course! But most importantly, it is about everything that we are thankful for. This book is a celebration of family, friends and the holiday that brings them all together.

e begin our month with a hands-on, minds-on field trip to The Works Museum. This is an introduction to engineering, science, and technology in a fun and understandable way. Next, we’re off to the bakery as we explore the world of baking and creating with the letter ‘B’—we may even get to meet the Muffin Man along the way! A celebration of Thanksgiving with turkeys and a feast with all the trimmings are all part of our holiday festivities using the letter ‘T.’ Last but not least, our Karing Kingdom castle will be filled with would-be Kings & Queens as we introduce the letters K and Q. Please note Karing Kingdom Preschool conferences will be Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20 (no regular classes on those days). School will be closed November 21-23. Happy Thanksgiving to all our Karing Kingdom preschoolers and their families! Fishers of Men

Introducing Sue

by Heather Hjelmstad, Ministry of Inclusion and Childcare

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hildcare is available for nearly every activity at Lord of Life. Whether you are attending or volunteering—be sure to request childcare when registering for each event. We welcome children to join us for faith-building activities in the Lord of Life Childcare! Our staff is experienced and trained to care for your child during all worship services and many other activities for ages birth to 3 years. In order for us to get to know you better and for you to know us better— we’re continuing to introduce childcare staff. Please let us know how we can serve you and your child better. Hi! I am Sue Skaalerud, a retired teacher who just moved to Maple Grove. Over the years I’ve taught fifth and third grade with my most recent work in early childhood. I am CDA-approved and have worked with preschool, toddler, and infant care. I retired two years ago from Head Start after 12 years. I was a home visitor working with at-risk moms and moms-to-be. I was also a Church School teacher for 30 years. Born and raised in Hopkins then married after finishing at the U of M, my husband Dave and I raised our family in St. Louis Park. We had three children, David, John and Jeanne. Jeanne (Schulte) and family are members of Lord of Life. We were blessed with 8 grandchildren. They are the greatest gifts and are, of course, perfect. My husband passed on in February, and I decided to leave our lake home and move closer to family. I am now settled in Maple Grove with family support and ready to get involved with things again. I am enjoying my welcome and experiences at Lord of Life. It is good to be here.

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

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Margo Helvick & Sweetness To Be at the Minnesota Pinto Horse Show at Red Horse Ranch in Fergus Falls

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In Chicago, Josh & Kara Hoag on the SkyDeck Ledge in Willis Tower

In the dining room of Hogwart’s Castle in Oxford, England, Dolly & Gordy Bentson are caught reading LifeTIMES

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