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January 2006
January in the church year calendar begins the season of Epiphany, also known as the Season of Light. It’s symbol is the Star of Bethlehem which guided the wise men from the east to worship the young Jesus. The significance of the star which gave witness to God’s gracious activity, is that it shone not only for the people of Israel, but for the whole world. Through it’s light it led people outside the faith to come and see Jesus and to worship him. January is certainly an appropriate time to focus on that light. As we pass the Winter Solstice in December, the darkest time of the year, gradually the light of the sun begins to shine a little longer and a little stronger each day, bringing with it the hope of spring and the promise of warmth and light and new life. So too the Light of the Epiphany season comes to us in the cold dark places of our lives, to shine the light of the “Son” Jesus upon us to bring hope and forgiveness and the promise of new life in the Kingdom of God forever. Throughout the season of Epiphany the lessons on Sunday Morning will focus on how that light of God’s love spread to the Apostles, and on throughout the surrounding towns and villages and out into the rest of the world. The challenge to us today is to continue to be bearers of that light; to let it shine brightly for all to see; and as the Star invited the Wise Men to come and see Jesus, we too are called to invite others to come and see. As we say at the Sacrament of Holy Baptism when we present the Baptismal candle, “Let your so shine before others that they may see your good and glorify your father in heaven.” Pastor Ed

DISCIPLE OF THE MONTH
One of the Old Testament passages that we lift up every season of Advent comes from Isaiah “and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). This past Christmas we celebrated God’s fulfillment of that promise with the birth of Jesus who came to be our Lord and Savior. Also this past Christmas, that passage was fulfilled for us in a different way as one of our youth led us in celebrating Christmas in a variety of ways. If you attended the 8:15 service, there was Matthew Littig in the Chancel Choir leading us in singing the Christmas hymns and anthems. During the service, there was Matthew leading us in worship as an acolyte or communion assistant. If you came to the Christmas Cantata there was Matthew again leading us in celebrating the birth of Jesus in song. And if you came to the Christmas Play by Laugh Out Loud Rejoice, there was Matthew, up on stage helping to tell the Christmas story. Through Matthew’s discipleship this past month, he reminded me again of how God fulfills his promises again and again, and thus fills us with a sense of hope. I thank God for this “little child” who led us, and am therefore proud to name Matthew Littig as this month’s Disciple of the Month.

Taste of Lord of Life
January 29th
On Sunday, January 29th, between our morning worship services and following the 10:30 service we will hold our annual Taste of Lord of Life. Each of our Ministry Area Coordinators (MAC’s) and Church Council members will set up special tables in the narthex to describe the wonderful ministries and opportunities for ministry in our congregation. It’s a great opportunity to sample all that our congregation has to offer. In addition, each table will provide some special taste treats for you to sample while you browse the different ministry offerings. Please be sure to join us and take the time to see what all we are doing together to serve our Lord Jesus, and see what exciting opportunities are available to both receive and do ministry.

MUSIC NEWS

Happy New Year! Those of you who know me know that I have a Celtic heritage (Scottish/Irish). Heck, I even had a Scottish wedding (and yes, my husband did wear a kilt; he claims he “wears the skirt in the family” hehe). The reason I even bring this up at the beginning of my article here is because you all probably just heard a song that comes from Scotland: “Auld Lang Syne.” I did a little research, and I found an interesting article: The most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s Eve, “Auld Lang Syne” is an old Scottish song that was first published by poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. It is often remarked that “Auld Lang Syne” is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to. “Auld Lang Syne” literally translates as “old long since” and means “times gone by.” The song asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness, “For auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet.” The lesser known verses continue this theme, lamenting how friends who once used to “run about the braes, And pou’d the gowans fine” (run about the hills and pulled up the daisies) and “paidl’d in the burn Frae morning sun till dine” (paddled in the stream from morning to dusk) have become divided by time and distand – “seas between us braid hae roar’d” (broad seas have roared between us). Yet there is always time for old friends to get together – if not in person then in memory – and “tak a right guid-willie waught” (a good-will drink). But it was the bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year’s tradition. Lombardo first heard “Auld Lang Syne” in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song

became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year’s Eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. Speaking of all things Celtic, I would like to announce the birth of a new music ensemble here: the Lord of Life Celtic Harp Choir. Rehearsals will be every Monday, 6:00-6:45 pm in the sanctuary (January 9 – May 29). For the first several sessions, I will be giving master classes on hand/finger technique. We have 2 church-owned Celtic harps, and I am willing to loan out 3 of mine, but it is on a first ask, first receive basis. I also have information on where to rent harps as well if interested. All ages are welcome. I would like to say thank you to everyone who participated and attended our annual Christmas cantata, “Carols and Classics” (Tom Fettke) December 3. Check out the Lord of Life music ministry website: http://www.lolmusic.com You will find all of our current ensembles listed along with dates and information about our programs. 8:15am: If you would like to suggest a hymn not found in the LBW that you would like to have sung, please write down your request or email me (BeckyB@fuse.net), and I would be happy to include that in our service. We celebrate the season with special music: January 1: January 8: 8:15am Becky Bromwell, Celtic Harp 10:30am “O Holy Night” (Barlowgirl) – Mercy *EPIPHANY SUNDAY* 8:15am “Mary Rocked the Little Baby” – Chancel Choir 10:30am “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (Third Day) – Mercy 8:15am “Hosanna, Hosanna!” (Larson) – Chancel Choir 10:30am LOL Jazz Combo 8:15am Bob Burnette, Organ 10:30am “You Raise Me Up” – Mercy 8:15am “My Jesus, I Love Thee” (arr. Sjolund) – Chancel Choir 10:30am Joyful Noise

January 15: January 22: January 29:

I hope everyone has a great start to the New Year! See you on Sunday. Slainte (Scottish Gaelic for “Cheers”), -Becky Bromwell, Music Director

What’s Going On In The Garden?
Pastor Deb Dingus

The garden is covered in snow right now and the soil is taking a brief rest. However January is the time to start planning the spring garden. There are lots of questions to be asked and decisions to be made. What will be planted this year? How much will be planted this year? In what part of the garden will things be planted? What grew well last year? What improvements will be made this year? What experiments might we try this year? When will things be planted? How is the soil doing? Will nutrients and minerals need to be added for optimum growth? During the cold snowy days there are many garden dreams feeding my head as my heart waits for the return of growing season. If you feel gardening dreams tugging at your heart and you would like to be a part of the winter planning process just give me call and we can dream together. I would like to know what you would like to see growing this year out in the garden. Happy Gardening Dreams, Pastor Deb

Sunday School News:
Kathryn Gruver The Prodigal Son
Tax collectors and other disreputable people were crowding around to listen to Jesus. The Pharisees (devout Jews who followed the law very closely) and teachers of Jewish law started grumbling, "This man is friendly with sinners. He even eats with them." So Jesus told this story: Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, "Give me my inheritance now.” So the father divided his property between his two sons. The younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living. After he had spent everything, a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat. He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. (Feeding pigs would be the lowest, most despicable job for a Jew. Pigs were considered unclean under Jewish law.) He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing. Finally, he came to his senses and said, "My father's workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death! I will go home and say, `Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.' " The younger son started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him.

The son said, "Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son." But his father said to the servants, "Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has come back to life. He was lost and has now been found." And they began to celebrate. The older son had been out in the field. But when he came near the house, he heard the music and dancing. So he asked one of the servants, "What's going on here?" The servant answered, "Your brother has come home safe and sound, and your father ordered us to kill the best calf." The older brother got so angry that he would not even go into the house. His father came out and begged him to go in. But the older son said to his father, "For years I have worked for you like a slave and I have always obeyed you. But you have never even given me a little goat, so that I could give a dinner for my friends. This other son of yours wasted your money. And now that he has come home, you ordered the best calf to be killed for a feast." His father replied, "My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we should be glad and celebrate! Your brother was dead, but he is now alive. He was lost and has now been found." Memory Verse: “ Be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Ephesians 4:32 What      we will learn: God loves us always, even when we do wrong things. God forgives us when we ask. Making bad choices can hurt you and others. God doesn’t want us to be jealous even when things don’t seem fair. God wants us to be thankful for what we have.

What is happening in the Workshops?  Movie - watch the interactive DVD “Prodigal Son” (3rd – 6th).  Games - play a game using the Big Game Wheel (3rd – 6th)  Art - make a wire sculpture (All grades)  Puppets - perform and/or watch a skit.(PreK 4 – 2nd)  Kitchen –lesson of jealousy and forgiveness (PreK 4 – 2nd)  Drama – act out the main points of the story. (All grades)

Family Time and Prayer Read: Luke 15:11-32 Reflection: Who has the Prodigal Son hurt by his actions? How did the father show grace towards his son? How does your family show grace towards you?

Prayer: Gracious God, who loves and forgives us even when we have done wrong things, help us to follow your example to love and forgive others. Thank you for sending Jesus to tell us the parables that teaches us about God’s love. Amen. Offering: Heifer Project

K.O.O.L Starting January 4th, 2006
I want to remind everyone that K.O.O.L will be starting up again on January 4th, 2006, 6:00 p.m. our potluck dinner begins. 7:00 p.m. our K.O.O.L. opening is in the sanctuary. If you have already registered great …we’ll see you there with your K.O.O.L. T-shirt on. If you haven’t registered don’t worry, we have plenty of registrations available or just let us know you are interested. See you next year! Pastor Deb

Star Trek Fellowship Join us for dinner, an episode of Star Trek, and discussion. When: Jan 26th

HOW TO READ THE BIBLE BEGINS JANUARY 20
Beginning Tuesday, January 10th there will be a new 5 week class on “How To Read The Bible”, led by Pastor Ed. The class will meet in the library from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Topics covered include how the Bible is organized, what are the various types of literature in the Bible; Prophecy: Prediction or Analysis; what is going in the Book of Revelation; why did Jesus teach in parables; and many more. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to ask those questions about the Bible that they have always wondered about, plus hopefully the discussion will spark new questions and thoughts for discussion. If you would like to join us, RSVP the church office at 777-8449 or lolwc@fuse.net. Friends and neighbors are always welcome so bring them along with you.

Dear Friends, I want to express our greatest “Thank You” to the congregation’s mission committee for the Christmas donation. Jackson Area ministries each year provides clothing, toys, and food for families that we discover are being “left out” from various programs we have. The office last week was expressing a concern over our Christmas supply. Lord of Life Lutheran Church has relieved our fears/concerns. Your donation has come to the rescue in a significant way. Please convey to everyone who contributed to this project that each gift is greatly appreciated. If there are other ways Jackson area ministries can assist you in fulfilling the mission enterprise please contact our office. Thank you very much, Rev, Bob Davis, Director

Dear Friends. Thank you for your gift towards the care of the children at One Way Farm Children’s Home. This time of year children have many concerns and often want someone to talk to. The children often feel the abandonment of not having anyone. We try to take them to all the places their friends will talk about on their return to school. I walked through the shelter the other night just to see all of them asleep and at the reflection of the light upon their faces. The children who maybe hours before were complaining and crying, sleep has finally overtaken them. I request that you choose One Way Farm Children’s Home as your charity of choice and keep the lights still glowing. God Bless you. In service of the children, Barbara J. Condo, Executive Director/Founder

January Adult Fellowship When: Saturday, January 21st, 2006 Where: Art and Patty Hupp’s house West Chester Maria (our stain glass artist) will be back in town. She will be here to finish the south window. On Saturday we want to welcome her back with a belated Christmas Party, check up on what she has been doing and try to convince her that an Ohio winter is really not all that bad. Everyone is welcome. Please bring an appetizer to share and BYOB if you like something out of the ordinary. It will be a very casual evening. An RSVP (through the church office) would be greatly appreciated.

Please remember in your prayers the following members of our Lord of Life family & their friends:
Frank Sanoica - Friend of the Jurkiewicz's Terry Heyman – Requested by Kathy Frye Thelma Hylton – Mother of Denise Krallman Darlene Morgan – Requested by Ken Moore Irene Brown - Mother of Danny Brown Ethel Wilson - Mother of Cindy Campbell Steve Murrah - Requested by the Todahl Family Mary Thompson - Friend of Diane Armstrong Diane Shirley - Requested by Joan Grigger Dody - Friend of Kathy Frye Cindy Hilderbrand - Friend of Bill Harvey Jeff Hodge - Brother of Brenda Sietsema Diane & Steve - Requested by Joan Grigger Jeanne Prowls - Requested by Jill Brown Nathan Tyahala - Requested by Barb Mackey Becky Thompson - Aunt of LaVonda Moore Edith Krallman – Mother of Ken Krallman Kayla Horning – Cousin of Rick Fiorenza Cindy Hogman - Requested by Susan Smith Paul Holmstrom - Father of Janet Littig Josh Moore - Cousin of Randy Sagraves C. Michael Doan - Brother-in-law of Jeanne Doan James Suer - Requested by Rick & Kathy Fiorenza Aunt Loraine & Family - Requested by Kathy Frye John Hupp - Brother of Art Hupp Debbie Skuggen - Requested by Rick Fiorneza Mia Johnson - Requested by Jill Brown Lindsay Ash - Requested by Scott Hinrichs

Kathy Eberling - Requested by Deanne Dalhart Mary Held - Mother of Shannon Mihal Christina D’Agostino - Friend of the Farrar Family Danielle Gerth - Requested by Gayle Paljieg J.R. Blevins - Step Father of LaVonda Moore Mrs. Ward - Friend of Kipp & Laura Gailbraith Eric Frye - Lord of Life Member Beverly Ludwick - Requested by Beth McClary Jim Biddle - Brother of Jane Parfitt Susan Massey - Friend of Leah Devin Justin & Christopher Pierce - Req. by Susan Smith John Vossler - Friend of Becky Mastalerz Patty Chapman - niece of Lisa Kraatz Michael Becker - Nephew of Lynn Shake Gary Gruber - Husband of Cherise Gruber Hurricane Katrina Victims & Volunteers Jeanne Suchanek - Friend of Leah Devin Jim Ladig & Family - Brother of Judy Seader Wanda Melford - Lord of Life Member Danny McClary - Lord of Life Member Bobbie Griswold - Requested by Danny Brown Patricia Doan - Mother in law of Jeanne Doan Ruth Dunaway - Friend of Scott Hinrichs Nathan Cramer - Lord of Life Member Eddie Thompson - Friend of Roger & Wanda Melford

Adrian Martin - Friend of the Mackey Family Nancy - Sister of Kathy Frye Marshall Otte - Cousin of Nate Herkamp Richard Loewel - Father of Monica Hinds Tyler Galbraith - Lord of Life Member Glen & Juanita French - Aunt & Uncle of Kathy Frye LaJama Perry - Sister of LaVonda Moore Joe Faigle - Friend of Wanda & Roger Melford Ambrosia Kruis-Brown - Niece of Lynn Shake Dick Gibbs - Lord of Life Member Charles & Betty Craig - Relatives Wanda Melford Don Chapman - Brother in law of Lisa Kraatz Gail Becker - Sister of Lynn Shake Matt Redder - Cousin of Emily Closson Frank Jurkiewicz - Husband of Marie Jurkiewicz Emma Finke - Lord of Life Member Cindy Rosser - Cousin of Donna Harvey Jenna Burnette - Lord of Life Member Sarah Anderson - Requested by Pastor Deb Gretchen Breeding - Requested by Kathy Frye The Family of Bob Melzer - Former Member of LOL Tom Everhart - Friend of Scott Hinrichs Bernard Zwarg - Father of Eric Zwarg Doris Liberto - Friend of Patti Paulett

We pray for all men and women in the military
Dave Hinz- Cousin of Patti Paulett Steve Lockard Mark Hagan - Requested by Corie Bland Justin Gilbert Matthew & Alex Schroff - Sons of Susan Zwarg Donnie French - Brother of Kathy Frye Howie Medina - Cousin of Rick Camacho Jim Royster - Father of LaVonda Moore Tony Spears - Friend of the Milbradas Billy Russell - Nephew of Wanda Melford Ed Robinson - Friend of Danielle Williams Robb Brown - Friend of Danny Brown Joe Armstrong Jon Bollmaer - Requested by Corie Bland Arthur Singletary - Requested by Corie Bland Mark Mata - Cousin of Cassie Camacho Tom Krugler - Lord of Life Member David Douglas - Requested by LaVonda Moore Michael T. Zarella - Friend of Carolyn Anderson Gary Milbrada - Son of Ed & Jean Milbrada Jason Elmore - Friend of the Grigger Family Zach Melampy - Friend of Danielle Williams James Savage - Friend of the Burnette Family Vic Riley - Friend of Mark & Jeanne Doan

And for those who have given their lives
Timothy Bell, Jr. David Kreuter Michael Cifuentes Brett Wightman Christopher Dyer


				
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