Pumpkin Patch over for its 21st season
Our renowned Pumpkin Patch was open Monday, October 12th through October 31st. We had a variety of colors, shapes and sizes across the front lawn of the church and smaller gourds including the popular swan gourds inside the open-air pavillion.
Thank you to everyone who made it such a successful year for us! We especially want to thank the various Boy Scout Troupes and Facebook followers who came out to help us unload a trailer full of pumpkins that came all the way from New Mexico. Part of the proceeds from this year's Patch will be going to support BEAM in Jacksonville Beach, for people in need.
Go Fund Me!
We have started a Go Fund Me Campaign! We encourage you to go to our Go Fund Me page to find out why we are seeking funds this way to build our new sanctuary pictured here. We worship in the open air which is great right now with COVID-19, but ideally, we would like a climate-controlled building to worship in that would be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's consistently been a reason people tell us why they tend to avoid church during the hottest and coldest months.
As you'll read in our story, we have tried multiple ways to raise funds for our church, but our small congregational size has resulted in banks declining to lend us money to build despite owning the 7 acres of land we are on. Please consider supporting us - with any amount you can afford to help us build to serve you and our community better. Please come any Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and see why this place is so special!
Join us for in-person worship in the open air!
Lord of Life is holding worship services in its open-air pavillon. Come enjoy the fresh air with its natural surroundings and sound of birds in the air. As it cools off we will use portable heaters in the Pavilion.
To ensure the health and safety of our congregants we:
First Lord of Life Roscoe Rummage Sale!
Thank you to everyone that came out to our first annual Roscoe Rummage for Riches Sale in 2019! While it was hot, it was a terrific first sale, with many interesting items including furniture, clothing, jewlry, books, home decor, kitchen and bathroom goods, and more. Among the more interesting items was a 1950s toy kitchen set for a child along with a bed for dolls; a wood bedstand; glass coffee table, a large dog crate, and a fine selection of golf clubs.
We'd also like to thank a generous local artist who wishes to remain anonymous, who kindly donated his own framed and unframed prints for us to sell!
We will hold another Rummage Sale once we know what can safely be done to keep everyone at a distance. Anticipated date is Spring 2021.
Funeral for former church council president
The church is mourning the passing of one of its beloved congregants, Mitch Kolesaire. He died Feb. 21, 2020 of cardiac arrest, at age 64. He was an active member of the church overseeing property maintenance, and serving on the Church Council as Vice President and President. He participated in the music ministry, the first rummage sale, building a new shed for the church and a myriad of other activities. His love language was acts of service.
His funeral was held here on Saturday, March 14th and presided over by the Rev. Kerry Hinkley.
Community Paper Shredding Event!
Thanks to everyone who assisted with our shredding event or who came out to lighten their paper load at home!
We had the award-winning destruction company Iron Mountain in our parking lot. What could be easier than pulling up, and watching your papers go up in a bin and into the truck and seeing them destroyed on the tiny computer monitor on the side of the truck! Easy peasy!
About $1,000 was raised towards our building fund! Thank you.
Pastor Hinkley celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination!
We recently had a great pot luck lunch to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ordination of our kind, warm-hearted, funny, dear Pastor Hinkley! We all value the clear insights he provides on our faith journey each week and a peek at his own with his stories! Listening to his sermons is life-affirming and refreshes the soul for the week ahead!
We also said farewell to dear Pastor Kris Kramer, who has filled in for us when needed, lead Bible Studies and Lenten discussions. We will truly miss his smile, warmth and kindness but know he will enjoy being with his family that has recented moved a few states north.
A new cross for our new sanctuary
We are grateful to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Jacksonville for their kind donation of this cross which hung in their sanctuary for many years. It will look beautiful when it is properly hung in our new sanctuary! We love its simplicity.
St. Matthew's approached us and informed us that their building had been sold to another church that had their own cross, and would not therefore need the one in their santuary. While St. Matthew's is still worshipping at the same site right now, it is downsizing its belonging. Again we are thankful to have this Cross that so many prayed before and held a place of special importance in a fellow church.
Current worship pavilion
If you've recently moved to Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Valley or Nocatee, and are looking for a Lutheran church home, or simply a place to visit, we invite you to be our guest. Experience a casual worship service in God's natural surroundings. This rustic open-air pavilion was formerly a horse stable (very fitting for our Christmas season) so we hear birds sing - in fact, we had a bird nest in one of the Easter lillies last year that was a great sign of new life!
A Little Bit About Us
About the church: Worship is central for our life together, for that is where we celebrate the love and forgiveness we receive from our Lord, Jesus Christ. We gather for worship at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday at the Lord of Life Pavilion at 276 N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. This church is part of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
About the people: One of the greatest strengths at Lord of Life are the people who are welcoming, friendly, and truly care. Our congregants range in age from elementary school children to seniors age 80+. Most of us have relocated to Florida from other states, with diverse interests and current (or former) careers in real estate, global communications, orchestra members, a horse owner, a flight attendant, a principal of a high school and others. 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 Pavilion: The church property was formally a horse farm and when the congregation first acquired the property over two decades ago, they worshiped in the stable, however it is not climate controlled - and occasionally we have a bird or anole join us! This structure has been renovated to include handicapped accessible restrooms and a full commercial kitchen.