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Annual Pumpkin Patch is a Treat You Don't Want to Miss!

The Great Pumpkin Patch will open Friday, October 15th at 1 PM!!!! Come and get 'em!!!

Your favorite pumpkin patch will be 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. 

Annual Blessing of the Animals October 3rd
Annual Blessing of the Animals October 3rd

This year we blessed five dogs and one cat named Vincent! This yappy, happy service honors St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and is a chance for Pastor Kerry Hinkley to bless each one with holy water. All in the community are welcome to attend this service regardless of your faith. And in case you didn't know, you are welcome to bring your well-behaved and leashed pet to any Sunday service! Isn't that what a former stable, that's used as a house of worship is all about?!

20 Years Later: We Remember 9/11 Event
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
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

To register, email church council president Sheila Kolesaire at

Here's what you need to bring!

Head over to PV Arts & Crafts in Ponte Vedra Beach (288-1 Solana Rd in the Winn Dixiemall)
to buy an approx. $31 sketch package if you need a starter kit!

However, you can use copypaper on a clip board and your own supplies.
At least a 2b pencil, or a mechanical pencil with an eraser and a micron black pen .2 or small pointpermanent marker. An eraser.
Canson Mix Media Spiral Bound Sketchbook 98 lbs (inexpensive for practice) or copy paper on aclip board or clipped on a hard surface.
For better quality: Strathmore sketchbook at least 100lb weight.
Ruler or triangle.
Clips to hold bound sketchbook open.
for simple sketching and color mixing, a
small travel size is best.
Watercolor: Any kid's set, crayola watercolors or any little watercolor set. Optional water-solublecolored pencils, markers or watercolor soluble crayons.
Smaller synthetic round, such as a 2 or 4 and a larger round 8 or 10. Blocking in brushesa 1/2 inch. Water cup.
Don't forget
a travel chair, bag to carry stuff, two bottles of water (one to paint with and one todrink!); lunch or snack; sunscreen and bug spray if needed

Attention All Local Artists/Authors and More
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 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.

Local Author Reading Feb 6!

We were delighted to have Stephanie Connors of Ponte Vedra Beach kick off our local author reading series of 2021! 

Stephanie read about a dozen entries from her book of devotions, Fireside: Devotions for the Heart and Hearth, and answered questions. We also had a fire going and sipped hot cocoa and coffee while we listened to her.

Her books can be found on

Local Author Reading Feb 6!

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.

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

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    Part of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)