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   STUDENT AID: Last month our Bd. of Education granted $4,800. from the Elinor Kyte Educational
   /Scholarship Fund to 8 of our members. Monies were allotted to 7 families with students at our
   Elementary School and 1 family with a child at Arizona Lutheran Academy, Phoenix. Usually those
   further along in their Christian education receive a greater % of the monies, but this year “a family’s need”
   was taken into consideration and the largest gift went to a grade school family. We thank the Lord for
   Elinor’s generous gift. While she is now enjoying the presence of being with her Savior, we’re enjoying
   her presents which further Christian education until our Savior returns.

                    “Family Bible Hour” starts up on Sunday, September 14th
                                      10:30 – 11:15 AM !!
                                        Superintendent: Sharon Wollenzien
                                 Sunday School : “Come and See Jesus”
                              Teachers: Mrs. Angie Kirchner & Mrs. Eileen Lincoln
                                   Teens : Video: “Walk in my World”
                                       Teachers: Dave & Veronica Wilson
                Adults: “Why do bad things happened to God’s people?” Book of Job
                                              Teacher: Pastor Stern
                                             All are welcome !!

       Our sc     Our theme this year centers around the encouraging words of the Psalmist 119:18:
                       “O Lord, open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things in your Word. ”
                  May the Lord use our school, our Sunday School, our Teens class and all Adult Classes to
                  discover, behold and believe “God’s sacred and saving secrets” contained in His Word.

       Our school year began with 34 youngsters ready for action. You can get the break down by classrooms
from Principal Mueller. Add about 16 pre-schoolers to that number and you have “lots of action”!!
                         Pre-School - Mrs. Hannah Mueller, Mrs. Priscilla Sneezy,
                                             James Mueller, Brittany Morales
                            Begindergarten/Kindergarten – Mrs. Jill Williams (11)
                            Grades 1-4 – Miss Joelle Tjernagel (13)
                            Grades 5-7 (no 8th Graders) – Mr. Kurt Mueller (10)
     Please keep our school, faculty and students in your prayers. If you’re able to, please join us for our
“Chapel Chats” each Friday at 8:15 AM. Parents, grandparents and friends are all welcome!

                September 21st - CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY,
                       ALL CHILDREN SING @ 9:00 AM !!
  May the words of the Psalmist 139: 23-24 always ring true in our hearts and homes:
            Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts
       See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me and my children in the way everlasting. !!
 (Bits & Pieces from around Mt. Calvary continued….)

   LACE approved our loan of $750,000        for the new chapel. To borrow
    this amount members & friends of Mt. Calvary will need to INVEST - not
    give – but invest $375,000. with LACE. This can be done in the form of
    IRA’s, TSA’s and/or dollar amounts as minimal as $250. The investor
    chooses an interest rate from 0-5%. For example, if the mean of all investors
    is 4%, our payment back to LACE will be 5%. We’re still looking for more investors in the weeks/months
    to come. You’ll find the necessary forms on the table in back of church. Help yourself, or ask Pastor or
    Keith Moore for help.

                               Choir has      already started up this Fall. Would love to have you join us on 2
                                Wednesdays/month @ 6:30 PM. Our next practice is on the 24th. This year
                                Joelle will be introducing the new hymnal supplement to the choir, so we in
                                 turn can teach some of the songs to the congregation. All voices are needed
                                 and welcome. NO previous experience is necessary. It’s fun for teens and
                                 adults alike “to sing praises to the Lord!”

                                We’d love to have you join us !! Those who play an instrument also add
                                much to our choir.

                                  COLLEGE STUDENTS !                      Sharon Wollenzien meets with all
                                       college-age students who wish to be involved in singing, playing,
                                       accompanying contemporary Christian songs for worship.
                                       Rehearsals usually take place right after the Sunday services. Listen
                                        for the announcements at the end of our service.

                                      For rides to/fro church, please don’t hesitate to call Mark Breiling, 928-
                                      899-4007 and he will arrange to have you picked up.

                  For social activities involving college students, feel free to contract Kurt & Hannah
Mueller, 744-4686 or 774-8811. They will plan activities on a regular basis. On September 14 , there will
be an outdoor service and picnic at the Narrows by Lake Mary hosted by Lord of Life. Food and beverages
will be provided and boats will be available for paddling and skiing.

                                  CAMPING:           For all who enjoy the great outdoors, mark your
                                     calendars for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27 at Sunset Crater.
                                      There’s a sign-up in the back of church. The cost is $16.00/night, plus
                                      your National Park Pass. For more info, please contact Kurt
                                      Mueller. All campers will be encouraged to join Lord of Life
                                      for their 10 AM Sunday morning worship service. They meet in the
                                      music room at Cromer Elementary School.
       (From now on, we’ll be communicating this information
        through President Schroeder’s bi-weekly bulletin insert.)

           The world-wide gospel work that we could not do separately,
we are able to do together with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the
world. Together we send and support missionaries in 24 foreign lands;
together we open and support mission congregations throughout the U.S;
together we maintain a worker-training system where young men and
women are in training to bring the gospel to the next generation; together we
can produce Christ-centered materials and hymnals for young and old alike.
Together we can help people in need around the world. Last year our people
gave $750,000. to aid victims of disasters. May we recognize the wonderful
blessings and privileges we have in being members of the WELS !
         And continually give thanks to God for our spiritual mother !!

                              The New Chapel !!            “Praise the Lord and sing His praise” is what we did
                              on September 7, as we broke ground for our new chapel. This day was 10 years
                              in the making and planning; many hours have been invested by Ron Boyer, the
                              chairman of our Building Committee; by Keith & Debbie Moore, Dave
                              Williams, Charlotte Schmidt and Betty Riepe. Keith Moore will serve as the
                              General Contractor of this project; bids are coming in and when the permits by
                               the city are received, the landscape at 2605 N. Fort Valley will begin to
                               change and a building where God’s people will gather for worship will begin to
                               take shape. To God alone be the glory !!

 “What if” Headlines: (submitted by a member)
                          If Biblical Headlines were written by today's liberal media:
                                               On Red Sea crossing:
                                 WETLANDS TRAMPLED IN LABOR STRIKE
                                       Pursuing Environmentalists Killed

                                          On David vs. Goliath:
                                HATE CRIME KILLS BELOVED CHAMPION
                                 Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock

                                      On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:
                                              400 Killed

                                           On the birth of Christ:
                               HOTELS FULL, ANIMALS LEFT HOMELESS
                            Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple

                                         On feeding the 5,000:
                                   PREACHER STEALS CHILD'S LUNCH

                                Disciples Mystified Over Behavior


         August:          Totals:    Worship         Bible Study              Offerings
      (5 Sundays)                   411 (124)             63                 *$15,258.50
                                          ( ) = communed

                Thursday Eve Totals: 119 (41)             18

*In addition Missions: $ 1,458. ($ 977. to WELS & $ 481. to ALA)      Building Fund: $ 1,227.

                       Our adopted budget for 2008:     $181,000. in envelopes and loose plate
                                   Our weekly needs: $ 3,480.
                                  Our monthly needs: $ 17,400 .
                            Our church’s operating budget for 2008 is $ 180,934 ($ 3,480/week income).

       !!           YTD we are $ 8,994. behind in our budget.                                !!
                               Financial Secr., Juergen Burmeister

                           Average Thurs./Sun. Bible Class attn: 27
                                    Average Sunday attn: 82
                                  Average Thursday attn: 24
                                    Average weekly attn: 106 (56% of our members)
                               Average communion attn: 82 (73% of our members)

            Official Acts: (Voters’ meeting of 8/10/08 – minutes are attached.
                                      Secretary is Mark Williams)

             Transfer: 5 M/M Greg Beck & family (3) to Rock of Ages, Payson, AZ
              Release: 3 Ms. Katie Bogs; Tammy Cochran & son;
        (“Transfer” means they have joined a congregation of our fellowship;
         “Release” means they have joined a church not of our fellowship; and/or no longer
                    desire to be under our spiritual care;

         New Members: 4        8/31 Richard & Andrea Barone & family (2)
                             (son, Derek, was received into membership in May)

       Total Membership, 8/31/08:            189 Baptized,          113 Communicants

                                       The Bell
                                          I KNOW WHO I AM
                                      I am God's child ( John 1:12)
                                    I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)
                                 I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
                               I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
                              I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
                             I am a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)
                           I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt. 5:13-14)
                         I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
                         I am free forever from condemnation (Rom.8: 1-2)
                        I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3:20)
                       I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31-34)
                      I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor.5:17-21)
                     I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18)
                    I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
                    I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom.8:35-39)
                   I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
                  I am assured all things work together for good ( Rom. 8: 28)
                 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit ( John 15:16)
                 I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)
               I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
             I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
            I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
        I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
     I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
    I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col. 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
                                             I belong to God
                                     Do you know
                                     who you are!?
                                 Keep this bell ringing...
 Working for God on earth does not pay much, but His Retirement plan is out of this world!!


                       GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU!!


              Date: Worship           Family Bible Hr.     BIC     Offerings:
               6/6      71                       32                  2,845.27
               6/13     81 (64)                  27                  3,525.25
               6/20     60                       15           3      2,477.00
               6/27     117 (9)                   -           4       2.339.00

            Totals:    329 (73)                   74          7   *$11,186.52

                                  ( ) = communed

        Thursday Service: 4    6/3 - 22
                              6/10 - 22
                               6/17 – 28
                                6/24 – 14
                      Totals:          86

                *In addition: Missions: $ 762. (WELS - $510. ALA- $252.)
                          Building Fund: $ 493.

Our adopted budget for 2004:       $176,000. in envelopes and loose plate
                               Our weekly needs: $ 3,400.
                               Our monthly needs: $ 13,600.

               Average Sunday attn: 82 Average Thursday attn:       23
                Average weekly attn: 104 (44% of our members)
            Average Communion attn: 64 (42% of our members)
                          Average Bible Class attn: 25

(The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Prov. 9:10)

        P.S. This summer I plan to preach a sermon series from the OT Book of Proverbs.
               The series will kick off towards the end of June with Jesus’ Parable of:
                                      “The Wise and Foolish Builder”

            Our summer Family Bible Hour topic on Sundays after fellowship will be NT Bible Heroes. This
              will be for the entire family. Hope you and yours will take the time to attend.

                            OUR STEWARDSHIP STATS FOR APRIL
                          Date: Worship            SS Teens       Adults      BIC    Offerings:
                              4/4     188           -        -        -        3       4,077.55
                              4/11    246 (66)      (Easter)                   2       4,281.65
                              4/18     90            6         5      23        2      2,637.00
                              4/25    101 (65)       (Voters’ meeting)          2      1,294.77

                          Totals:     625 (131)      6      5        23         9   *$12,290.97

                                                 ( ) = communed

                     Special Services: 3 3/31 - 110; 4/8 – 77 (50);        4/9- 92; Total 279

                              *In addition: Missions: $ 528. (WELS - $354. ALA- $174.)
                                         Building Fund: $ 613.

           Our adopted budget for 2004:            $176,000. in envelopes and loose plate
                                             Our weekly needs: $ 3,400.
                                             Our monthly needs: $ 13,600.
                                      ‘03 AZ Tuition Tax Credit received: $33,973.00

                             Average Sunday attn: 156        (66% of our members)
                          Average Communion attn: 60         (40% of our members)
             Average Bible Class attn: 23

 Official Acts:
      Taken to glory:   Joshua Daniel McElfresh      4/21/04
                          Memorial Service           4/26/04
       Received into communicant membership via Adult Confirmation: 2       4/25/04
                             David & Leah Veschio & children, Connor & Taylor

     8th Grade Confirmands: Examination was on 4/25/04
                            Confirmation was on 5/2/04

                   Lias Alan Hastings, son of M/M Tommie Hastings
                              Proverbs 3: 5-6
                   James Andrew Mueller, son of M/M Kurt Mueller,
                              Romans 1: 16
                   Wyatt Morgan Stang, son of M/M Jeff Stang
                               Revelation 2: 10

         Released from membership: 6        4/25/04 Alisha McLintoch
                                                  Kevin & Pat Corbiere & family

Total Membership, 4/30/04:          234 Baptized,         151 Communicants

Some Info on Iraq…
           (an email from a friend in MI)
                                                           OUR STEWARDSHIP STATS FOR JANUARY

                                                           Date: Worship      SS Teens Adults, BIC Offerings:
          IRAQ -- VERY INTERESTING –                       1/4    76           -   -     29     10 3,120.00
            DID YOU KNOW??????                             1/11   89 (62)      8 5       24     10 2,605.00
                                                           1/18   83           4 5       20      5 2,690.00
 1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq.                        1/25   91 (58)      7   5      17      6.. 2,021.25
 2. Mesopotamia which is now Iraq was the cradle
     of civilization!                                      Totals: 339 ( 120) 19    15      90     31 *$10.436.25
 3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
 4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.                                    *In addition Missions: $ 389.
                                                                                Building Fund: $ 620.
 5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern
                                                                       ( ) = communed
 6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor which is in
    Iraq.                                                                Our adopted budget for 2004:
 7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.                                        $170,000. in envelopes and loose plate
 8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq.                           Our weekly needs: $ 3,700.
 9. Assyria (in Iraq) conquered the ten tribes of                           Our monthly needs: $ 14,800.
10. Amos cried out in Iraq!                                 Average Sunday attn: 85     (47% of our members)
 11. Babylon (Iraq) destroyed Jerusalem.                    Average Communion attn: 60 (37% of our members)
 12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq!                  Average Bible Class attn: 22
 13. The 3 Hebrew men were in the fire in Iraq              Percentages are based on the figures as of 1/31/04
        (JESUS was the 4th person in the furnace!)                                222 Baptized;
 14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the                                   143 Communicants
      "writing on the wall" in Iraq.
 15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the
       Jews captive into Iraq.                             Official Acts: 1/25/04
 16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
 17. The wise men were from Iraq.                          Dropped: David & Rachel Birmingham and Anna
 18. Peter preached in Iraq.                                             moved back to NY. They left no
 19. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation                              forwarding address.
       is called Babylon which was in Iraq!

 So, was Iraq important in centuries past, today and       Total Membership:       222 Baptized
     in the future in the fulfilling and completion                              143 Communicants
     of God's Word and
plan? I sure think so.
      What do you think?


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