The following is a synopsis of the journey we will be on in April:
Sunday, April 7: The Lord our God makes all things new. God promises it. Mary anticipates it. We recall the transformation of Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle. In baptism, God’s new person (you!) rises daily from the deadly mire of trespasses and sins.
Sunday, April 14: We are invited into the agony of our Lord in the extended reading of the story of Jesus’ passion. In the second reading, we who have put on Christ in holy baptism are urged to let the mind of Christ be our own. Lent leads us to this holy moment. Embrace it.
Sunday, April 21: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has indeed raised from the dead the one who was put to death “by hanging him on a tree”. Alleluia! God allows Jesus to appear “to us who were chosen by God as witnesses” in holy baptism and invites us to eat and drink at the table of the risen Christ. Alleluia!
Sunday, April 28: In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter mystery for fifty days (a week of weeks). Because it is hard to believe, John the evangelist will provide sign after sign celebrating Jesus’ victory over death. Because it is hard to believe, the Lord Jesus will return to us again and again in the mystery of the holy communion, inviting us to touch and taste his presence, and offering us his peace.
Consider this starting now:
Through this month, we will witness the baptism of two baby girls at Living Lord Lutheran Church. The parents will make a covenant with God and with this Body of Christ to raise these children up in the faith and hope of their baptism. You, the congregation, will be making a covenant with God and with these parents and children to absolutely guarantee that we help them, teach them, hold them accountable, and to continuously celebrate this journey of faith with them – “Non-Stop!”
Baptism is not a “one and done”. Baptism is the door we come through into a life of faith that is continually and constantly evolving, growing, strengthening, challenging, feeding, and nourishing us. Remember your baptism and the covenant you swore to live out with God and this world. Never walk away from and break the hearts of the community who swore the same covenant to walk this journey with you.
Lenten Evening Worship Service & Soup Supper…Our Lenten Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm followed by Lenten Evening Worship Service at 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church will continue through April 10.
Military Identification…In order to honor all Living Lord members, past and present, that have served in the military, we are beginning an effort to identify those members. A master alphabetic list of all members will be available to help do that. The list will be available between services beginning on March 24. Please help identify those members by putting an oval around the name of the person(s) that you know served in the military. Please do not guess. When in doubt, consult with others, family members, or those that may have factual information. Every effort will be made to identify everyone by May 31. Questions can be directed to Rich Baringer, Rollie Walters, or Pat Was.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.
Camp Frederick Dinner Dance Benefit…Camp Frederick will hold a “Sock Hop” Dinner Dance Benefit on Saturday, April 6, at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511, Doors open at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The cost is $40.00 per ticket. Contact Camp Frederick at 330-227-3633 or see Pastor Bill.
Designer Bag Bingo…The Shepherd’s Foundation will be hosting their 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday, April 26, at 6:00 pm. The event is intended to provide financial support, grants, and investment contributions directed to promoting and improving the lives of the residents, their families, and the employees. A gift basket auction will take place during the Designer Bag Bingo and the money raised will benefit the Shepherd’s Foundation. If you have any questions, see Pastor Bill.