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.
Little Free Library Now Onsite!
We are delighted to announce that we have a Little Free Library, joining the worldwide book sharing movement!
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! 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 the ones that Lord of Life Lutheran Church is currently chartering here.
The Faith Book Club's July pick
The community is invited to join us on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am at the church as we discuss a new faith-based book every other month.
In July we will be discussing this timely topic of a mass shooting that occured in 2015 at a Charleston Church where this author is the Pastor. Among the victims was his wife...The book is about the power to forgive.
The two meetings on this book will be July 7th and then on July 14. Please join us for a casual one-hour discussion over coffee where we'll hopefully have a thought-provoking discussion. While you are there, please check out our new Little Lending Library where you are free to take or leave a book.
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!
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 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.