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Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday

Please join us on February 22nd at 7 p.m. for our moving Ash Wednesday service and the start of Lent.

We use ashes from our own palm trees that we saved from last year's Palm Sunday!  Ever wondered why this area is called Palm Valley? It used to be one of the key sources of palm fronds for Palm Sunday church services! Ashes are applied with the minister's thumb in the form of a small cross on the forehead of each person with the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Ashes remind us of God's condemnation of sin, as God said to Adam, "Dust you are and to dust you shall return." (Genesis 3:19).  Ashes also suggest cleansing and renewal. They were used anciently in the absence of soap. Even on Ash Wednesday, this most penitential day, we receive ashes in the form of the cross, the same symbol placed on our bodies with water in our baptism. Even in this ashen mark of death, we anticipate the new life of Easter. Ashes remind us too of the shortness of human life, for it is said as we are buried into the ground or as ashes are placed in a columbarium that "We commit this body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”.

We have a flagstone walkway into the church!

We were delighted to have Sofia from BSA Troop 297 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.

Prayer Garden with Memorial Bricks

We are very excited that Boy Scout Nicholas Storm of Ponte Vedra Beach Troop 277 has built us a Prayer Garden as his Eagle Scout project! The memorial bricks were put in the first weekend of June and the finishing touches are being done to this pretty garden! 

Nicholas worked with many local businesses who kindly gave donations in kind including Kathy's Creative Garden on Roscoe Blvd. N, Ace Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, Stones Plus.  He also worked with the St. Johns Audubon Society to plan out the types of Florida-native plants and shrubs that would be drought-tolerant, and attractive bees, pollinators, and birds.  The new church-shaped bird house already has a blue bird couple in residence!

The walkway in the garden is the shape of the cross and is filled with crushed shell. There are benches at each end to sit and reflect on the lovely garden beds. This is our first garden, and we could not be more delighted. We are planning to put a tree at each end to provide some shade over time. Please come over and sit a while and reflect on this great and beautiful community we live in and the wonders of the earth that the Lord has made!  

 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!

 

Go Fund Me!

We have 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 improve our building pictured here. We worship in the open air, 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!

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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)