Advent and Christmas
Please join us each Sunday during Advent and for our special candle light service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. As you likely know, we worship in a former stable so it is quite the appropriate setting for baby Jesus coming into the world in a manger.
We wish you and your families a very blessed Christmas and welcome you to the little humble home of Lord of Life, where all are welcome as they are.
20th Annual Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkins Galore! We are excited to have our annual Pumpkin Patch and Family Fun Days! If you live nearby you know that we carry a great selection of pumpkins in an assortment of colors - spread across the front lawn of Lord of Life.
The Patch will open Monday, October 14th! Hours are Monday through Friday from 2 pm until dusk; Saturdays from 9 am to dusk and Sundays from 11 am to dusk.
The famous fresh baked pumpkin ‘pies from the patch’ will be on sale along with other homemade baked and canned goods. Inside there will be raffle baskets, gourds and mini pumpkins, and a concession stand on weekends.
The Pumpkin Patch’s Family Fun Days Weekend is Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm. There will be a Bounce House, slide, crafts for kids, face painting and games. All proceeds this year from the Pumpkin Patch will go towards the church’s Building Fund.
First Lord of Life Roscoe Rummage Sale!
Thank you to everyone that came out to our first annual Roscoe Rummage for Riches Sale! 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!
See you next spring! The date will be announced shortly!
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.
The Great Pumpkin Patch is Over for another Year!
Thank you for attending our famous Pumpkin Patch! With all the frontage our church has on Roscoe Road, there really was a 'patch' to wander through to select the perfect pumpkin(s). We had white, orange, grey/green pumpkins as well as bumpy 'warted' ones (great for a witch design) as well as two-tone. Inside we had wonderful selection of minis in orange and white, swan gourds and more.
Best of all, we'll had our famous 'PPP' - Pumpkin Pies baked from scratch from our Patch! We sold 150 of them last year and we are waiting to find out what this year's tally was!
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 recently 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.
Blessing of the Animals Oct 7 @ 9:45 a.m.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Blessing of the Animals! We had lots of licks, tail wagging, heavy breathing and various howls from our four-legged friends who attended.
The hybrid service include communion, a blessing of the animals, a handout of the Rainbow Bridge poem and tasty treats for dogs (courtesy of our Ponte Vedra neighbor Pet Supermarket on A1A). We also had a drawing for a beautiful dog bone and a portable water bowl that were won by dogs Bella and Beau!
Lord of Life welcomes therapy dogs in training the first Sunday of every month; and has a few parishioners who occasionally bring their dogs to church. The church recently had a ‘lost’ dog wander in and quietly attend the full service before Lord of Life was able to locate its owner!
“Given that we currently worship in a stable, we think this is a great location to celebrate the wonderful role pets play in our lives,” said Cindy Tanton, Lord of Life Church Council President. A Harris Poll found that 95% of pet owners consider their pets to be members of their family, and 45% of pet owners frequently or occasionally buy birthday presents for their pets.
This picture is of one of our congregant's dashchunds named Dixie that attends church occasionally!
The New Lord of Life Sanctuary Footprint
The footprint of our new sanctuary that will be built shortly - we were delayed last Fall and required to look at the plans again following hurricane Irma. While under construction, our current pavilion will serve as our sanctuary.
If you would like to donate towards our building fund, we would be delighted! Due to the structural changes now required, we have had to modify our plans, and it's increased our costs. We want to install a glass front window as you can see on the design below, and because of the requirements for it; we are looking at a cost of about $100,000. You can see the list of needs for the church under the Building Update tab. Thank you!
The Steel Has Arrived!
The steel has arrived for our new sanctuary! 23 tons of steel was delivered on February 24th to much excitement! Please go to our "building update" for a group of pictures!
Here is a link to an article in the Ponte Vedra Recorder about the shipment! (Click on the word Recorder).
Future worship home: We broke ground on June 11, 2017!
We will build a new 75-seat sanctuary on our property, and it will be climate controlled. This will be the first permanent building in the church's history! We hope to be more relevant for the community and will have room for Sunday school, or other classroom use, and more. This is the architect's rendering to give you a feel for how we plan to build, respecting the natural beauty and community of Ponte Vedra Beach. See our Building Updates page for more information.
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.
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!