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Attend Presentation on Identifying Invasive Tree at Your Home

When: June 9, 2024 at 11 am - 11:45 am

Where: Lord of Life Lutheran Church 

Who: Nicholas Storm, Eagle Scout, Troop 277

What: Presentation on how to identify the Chinese Tallow - a now banned tree in Florida - and short walkabout

Local Eagle Scout Nicholas Storm, who has done other conservation work including building a native plants Prayer Garden at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, recently identified the invasive Chinese Tallow tree on our property with his conversation mentor Ginger Feagle. She is the North Central Regional Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

How many? There were 203 trees and saplings on its property! Nicholas organized a weekend BSA Troop 277 work event, fittingly around Earth Day, to mark, cut down or use an ax to put hatch marks into these trees, followed by applying an herbicide, that will eventually kill them, using state guidelines.

“I found out that it was Ben Franklin who brought this tree to the United States, and while they look pretty, it’s now recognized that they spread really quickly and will overtake native Florida vegetation,” Nicholas said, adding “its leaves when they drop can even change the chemistry of soil.”

Other states including Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana have followed Florida’s lead. This is a good time of year to identify these trees since new growth starts around February and these trees will bloom until May.  The tree has a heart-shaped leaf that is rosy colored when new, light grey rough bark, and will have a white flower with no petals, that resembles popcorn. 

“We are grateful for Nicholas’s genuine interest in helping our church and being such a good steward of our local Ponte Vedra Beach environment,” said Sheila Kolesaire, Council President of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. “We had no knowledge what these trees were on our property, but we will now be on the lookout for new seedlings.”

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day!

Start Mother's Day off with thanking God for your Mother, step-Mother, friends and family who are mothers, and those who act like mothers to children they know! We always have refreshing sermons by Pastor Karen Biggerstaff, and we have a small lovely thank you for the first 30 Moms who are joining us tomorrow for our 9:45 a.m. service. 

The Bible says "You shall each revere your mother and father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19: 3

Happy Mother's Day!

BSA Scouts Provide Support
BSA Scouts Provide Support

We are very pleased to have two troops and a pack chartered with us! Troop 288, 9291, and Pack 291. They assisted with the service on Scout Sunday, February 4th (seen above). We have also recently had two Eagle Scout projects done here. Eagle Scout is the highest level you can achieve in Scouting and projects must be done before age 18. Less than 5% of all Scouts ever achieve this rank.  One of the projects was to build us two tables for refreshments and paint four interior doors, add new weathersripping and put on new bronze hardware! Thank you Marshall from Troop 277!!

The other recent project was painting our large storage shed white to match the building as well as putting in a paver ramp to make it easier to pull things out and put things in the shed that are on rolling racks!  Thank you Gavin from Troop 288!!

Since 2022, (in addition to the above) we have had:

  • a beautiful prayer garden with memorial bricks installed - thank you Nicholas from Troop 277!!
  • a flagstone walkway built to the entrance of the church - thank you Sofia from Troop 9291!!
  • five farm house style tables in the Narthex where we meet after service to have refreshments and meals - thank you Jake from Troop 277!!
  • a Little Lending Library just inside the church on the wall - Thank you Landon from Troop 288! And please feel free to drop by to take a book or leave a book! We have a selection of faith-based books and fiction.

Prayer Garden is Growing

Please drop by in the early morning or at dusk to enjoy the prayer garden we have at the front of the church that is growing with all the rain and sunshine. We have a tree at either end of the garden now that are growing and will eventually provide more shade for us! There is a bench at either end to sit and reflect.

We have a flagstone walkway into the church!

We were delighted to have Sofia from BSA Troop 291 at our church in mid-December to create a beautiful new flagstone walkway for us as her Eagle Scout Project! We have been blessed this year with three Eagle Scout projects from area BSA Troops. This walkway is a great enhancement to the church as we have had to walk over grass into the sanctuary and this presents issues for people with mobility issues or ladies in high heels!

It was great to watch her and her team of about a dozen work together so considerate and focused and understanding the importance of this project to the look of the exterior of the church and its definite functionality!  Thank you so much Sofia!

Come Find a Book at our Little Free Library!
Come Find a Book at our Little Free Library!

We are delighted to announce that we have a Little Free Library, joining the worldwide book sharing movement!  We are only the 2nd public Little Free Library in Ponte Vedra/Ponte Vedra Beach area!

This new faith-focused library will hold children's books on the left and adult books on the right, including copies of the books we read in our faith-based book club every other month! Please feel free to drop by to take a book or leave a book! The 'library' is right inside on the front left of the church!

This great project was done by Boy Scout Landon McIntosh, as his Eagle Scout Project with other Scouts from BSA Troop 288 using designs from the Little Free Library. This Boy Scout Troop is one of several that Lord of Life Lutheran Church is currently chartering here.  To learn more about the Little Free Library movement, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org

Thank you Yosemite Irrigation and Landscaping!
Thank you Yosemite Irrigation and Landscaping!

Blessings have continued to flow since Boy Scout Nicholas Storm of Troop 277 here in Ponte Vedra Beach installed a prayer garden for us. After dutifully watering it every day for it to take hold, we started to wonder if we should have an irrigation system to protect all the hard work and delight this garden is bringing us.

After approaching several companies, we reached out to Yosemite Irrigation and Landscaping, who one of our congregation uses.  After hearing of our requirements, this company came back to the church to say they would do it for free!  They wanted to do it, given the blessings they have received as a company. We were and are so surprised with this true gift and thank God for the blessings bestowed upon us. Not only did they put in an irrigation system, but they ripped out and replanted the garden beds around the entrance into the church which were overgrown!

Please consider this company for your home or business needs. We could not be more pleased and feel very fortunate they felt our church was worthy of their time and energy. Click here to link to their site.

 A Little Bit About Us


About the church: This church is part of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and it has been located in Palm Valley for more than 20 years. We gather for worship at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday at 276 N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 
 
About the people: One of the greatest strengths at Lord of Life are the people who are welcoming, friendly, and truly care. We are a little church with a big heart! Our congregants range in age and profession from principal and realtors to retirees living the good life. Most of us have relocated to Florida from other states, with diverse interests and hobbies. We live in Ponte Vedra Beach or surrounding areas (Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and some snow birds who are with us during the winter). 
 
About the building: The church property was formally a horse farm and we still worship in the stable! It's a wonderful casual environment to listen to a sermon, and be joined occasionally by a bird or anole! This structure has been renovated to include handicapped accessible restrooms and a full commercial kitchen. It is open-air and we use ceiling fans to cool us down in the summer or heaters in the winter. We love this rustic, humble, come as you are, place to worship. And we invite you to bring your well-behaved family dog with you too, if you like!

 
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    Lord of Life Lutheran Church
    276 N. Roscoe Blvd. | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

    PH: 904-285-5347   email: info@lordoflifepvb.org
    Part of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)