Annual Blessing of the Animals October 3rd
The public is welcome to bring their pet to church on October 3rd at 9:45 am for our annual Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals!
At the conclusion of the service, each owner can bring their pet forward to be blessed by Pastor Kerry Hinkley. There will be treats to eat for the pets (and humans too), and a pet giveaway. This is always a fun, noisy, joyful service with our furry family members!
Email email@example.com with questions or the church council president Sheila Kolesaire at Skolesaire@gmail.com.
Annual Pumpkin Patch!
Your favorite pumpkin patch will be here starting Sunday, October 10th at 11:00 a.m. until dusk. Open each day up to and including Halloween Day! Daily from 1 p.m. to dusk; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to dusk and Sundays from 11 a.m. to dusk. There will be a photo area set up in the patch for selfies or pictures of your children/family! On the weekends, there will be hay rides and face paintings.
This year the church is receiving 3/4s of a semi-truck full of pumpkins from the native New Mexico supplier! We also will have a tremendous selection of mini pumpkins, swan gourds and more inside the Pavilion.
Fresh baked pumpkin pies and other baked goods will also be available for sale. This is the church's largest fundraising event of the year. We also give 10 per cent of proceeds to a local charity, this year it will be K-9 for Warriors.
20 Years Later: We Remember 9/11 Event
Lord of Life Lutheran Church will hold a special service called “20 Years Later: We remember 9/11” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th inside its open-air pavilion featuring its member, Linda Schuessler, who on that day was Manager of the FAA's Air Traffic Control Command Center located just outside Washington D.C. She made the decision to shut down US airspace.
“Although the decision to execute the first unplanned shutdown of the United States airspace was unprecedented, we make real-time decisions daily, and sometimes under very trying conditions,” said Ms. Schuessler. “We, at the Command Center, coordinated these unprecedented efforts on a national level with the FAA facilities, all aviation companies, other countries, and more,” she added.
Schuessler will give a half-hour presentation about these critical activities to the community which will be preceded and followed with prayers from Pastor Kerry Hinkley for those who perished that day as well as those who aided the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. Lord of Life Lutheran Church will hand out US flag pins to those attending this fascinating talk from a key decision-maker.
The years after September 11, Ms. Schuessler became the FAA Operational Focal Point for Security working with DOD, NORAD, the Secret Service, the CIA, and the White House.
There will be a Questions and Answers period, and refreshments served afterwards. The church seats up to 70 people. Please consider wearing a mask.
Sketching for Mindfulness with Eve Albrecht
We had a great time learning how to be mindful while sketching and using watercolors with local painter Eve Albrecht on June 2nd! Thank you for attending this event!
June 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We are very excited to have local Ponte Vedra Beach artist Eve Albrecht conduct a free 1-hour workshop Sketching For Mindfulness followed by a paid 2-hour sketching class with her in the lush land behind the pavilion! The $20 for the private sketching class will be paid directly to Eve by cash, Venmo or Zelle and the class size is limited.
Eve's works are in private collections in the US, UK and Germany. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America; Portrait Society of America; St. Augustine Art Association; the Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists and the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra.
Eve’s landscape paintings are painted Plein Air (outdoors) and in the studio. She works in primarily in oil, pastel however, enjoys watercolors and other mediums. She also does portraits, still life and abstract works.
Check out her works at http://evealbrecht.com/
To register, email church council president Sheila Kolesaire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Attention All Local Artists/Authors and More
Lord of Life Lutheran Church would like to offer its open-air Pavilion on two Saturdays each month for Community Events. Are you a local artist, photographer, weaver, etc. that would like to hold a show or talk in our open-air pavilion? Are you a local author that would like to host a reading and Q&A about your book? Are you a local Girl Guide Troop looking to sell cookies here? Or maybe a singer/songwriter who would like to perform for an hour to local residents?
If you are interested in using our Pavilion, please contact our church secretary Alice McCrory at email@example.com and inform her of your interest. We will be looking at the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Those using the church will be responsible for leaving it clean and surfaces disinfected. We ask for a small contribution for your use of the space.
We want to support our community during COVID and believe our open-air pavilion offers a unique setting for socially distanced events.
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!
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.