You Are The Church; Thank You for All You Do

“Thank you” for your support of two recent special collections and a fund drive for a service project. 

  • You Dropped Your Pants! The crafters have been provided a gracious plenty pairs of jeans to be repurposed into God’s Pockets. Your donations will keep them busy for a long time. 
  • You Kicked Off Your Shoes! Karen Lee delivered a total of 340 pairs of shoes for her cause. Big and small, men’s and women’s, fancy heels and great running shoes! Her Tutus for Tata’s walking team will be turning in over 3,000 shoes! Thank you for spreading love and kindness!  
  • You Gave Your Money! We have received the money necessary to purchase everything for the 200 lunches the youth will take to the homeless. In just one week you stepped up and provided for our youth group, so that they might serve those in need.

Backpack Blessing

Starting Off The School Year With GodThis Sunday – All Services

Start the school year off right with the annual blessing of the back packs. We invite students of all ages and educators to bring their book bags, back packs and computer bags for a special blessing on August 4. At all four services, after the blessing, each participant will receive a token for their bag to remind them of God’s presence in their daily life. Join us for this special event. 

Sweeten the Beginning of School with a Sundae

We are kicking off the beginning of the school year with a Sundae Sunday celebration. Join us in the education wing for ice cream and all your favorite toppings. All are welcome. We will serve ice cream from 9:00 a.m. to noon so stop by before or after any service. While you are there check out the displays of the many activities available to our children and youth. Fall program registrations will be available. Don’t miss out on this sweet, sweet event. 

Calling all Sixth Graders Youth and Parents

Confirmation Meeting This SundayThere will be a meeting for all sixth grade students beginning confirmation and their parents on Sunday, August 4 at 11:15 a.m. in classroom #7. You will receive an overview of the confirmation program, schedule of events, and student requirements for completion of the three year program. There will be an opportunity for input on events and volunteer service. All new confirmand candidates should be in attendance.

Faith Formation Ministry 2019-2020

Teaching the faith, nurturing joy and security in all children from birth through high school.
Fall is a busy time in Faith Formation Ministries. Our children and youth have many opportunities to participate in church activities. Sunday School resumes August 11 at 10:00 a.m. for ages four through twelfth grade. Our middle school youth have confirmation classes during this time. Sunday morning Youth Worship Team will begin meeting on Sundays mornings at 11:00 on August 18. Youth Worship Team is for youth in grades six through twelfth. The team collaborates to plan and lead four services for the congregation throughout the year. Youth group for middle school and high school meets two Sundays a month at noon for fun and service. Wednesday evenings, beginning August 14, our Friends of Faithprogram (for kiddos from birth through twelfth grade) is back on the schedule. Meeting from 5:30 to 7:00, students enjoy music, crafts, Bible study and dinner. There is a $35 fee for dinners per semester. Registration and information on all of our programs is available during Sundae Sunday at the special Faith Formation Ministry Fair this Sunday, August 4 in the education wing.

Men’s Fellowship Dinner August 8

On Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m., the men of CTL will meet at Tooey’s Wings and Taps (2003 Riverside Pkwy Ste 201, Lawrenceville). All adult men are invited to attend Men’s Fellowship Events. Email Jim Clark if you plan to attend. 

Volunteer to Make a Difference

You can make a difference in the lives of our children and youth by volunteering in our education ministry. We are seeking adults willing to put in about two hours a week with our Sunday school program, Friends of Faith program, confirmation, or youth programs. Preparation is simple with easy to follow curriculum and team teaching. The time you dedicate will help form the faith path of the next generation. The opportunities for short-term volunteer roles are also available. Check out the display during the Faith Formation Ministry Fair this Sunday August 4 or contact Diane Thomas through the church office or by email.

Youth Weekend. August 16 – 18. Sign-up Now

Our youth grades sixth through twelfth, have the opportunity for some great fun and service during youth weekend. On Friday, August 16, we will have a lock-in at the church. Spend the night with your friends and even bring a guest. The fun begins at 7:30 pm. Bring a sleeping bag or bed roll and a snack to share. Breakfast will be served Saturday morning and we will be done by 9:00 a.m.. If you can stay a little longer, Saturday, August 17, we will be packing 200 lunches for homeless people from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. 
On Sunday, August 18, we will take the sack lunches to Trinity Table in downtown Atlanta. We will be setting up and serving a hot meal for about 250 guests at the soup kitchen. The to-go sack lunches (we prepare) will be given out after the hot meal is served. We leave from CTL Sunday morning at 9:30 am and return at 2:45 pm. WE NEED EVERYONE TO SIGN-UP FOR THESE ACTIVITIES SO WE HAVE ENOUGH CHAPERONES AND VEHICLES FOR TRANSPORTATION. 

Acolyte Training. August 25

We are asking all youth who have been instructed in communion to attend a hands on training for Acolytes. The training will be held Sunday, August 25 immediately following the 11:00 service. First time acolytes and veterans are encouraged to attend.  If your youth has been trained previously please sign them up to acolyte in August using Sign Up Genius  (here).
If you have questions about scheduling a date to serve or about this training please contact the church office.

“It’s a Small World After All”. A Tour of the Nations. Tour Guide – Pastor Julie Ehlers King

Join Adult Sunday School (Led by Pastor Julie Ehlers-King) for a tour of the world! Together we will seek greater understanding of several “in the news” countries. The first stop in our world tour is Iran. We begin in Iran.  Join us as we seek to better understand the religion, culture and politics of this influential Middle Eastern country. We will then head on to Russia, Indonesia, Kenya, Cuba and more! No passport needed! Departing Sunday, August 11 at either 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.! Experience the world’s people and God’s providential wisdom without leaving Lawrenceville! See you soon!

Men’s Bible Study. Tuesdays Beginning August 13

Men’s Bible study is a place for men of faith to come together and explore different biblically based topics. All adult men are invited to attend on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 beginning August 13.
The next session will be a study of the book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Patterson. As a society, we are obsessed with the immediate; new technologies have only intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson’s time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same-a long obedience in the same direction. Following Jesus in this way requires a deepening life of prayer, and throughout history Christians have learned to pray from the Psalms. Peterson finds encouragement for today’s pilgrims in the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134), sung by travelers on their way to worship in Jerusalem. With his prophetic and pastoral wisdom, Peterson shows how the psalms teach us to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community, and blessing.  Email Richard Burgess. 

“The Book of Daniel”. Ponderings with the Pastor – September 19

Daniel may not be a book that you have read recently. You may have never read it. The most you may know is that you have heard a story or a song about Daniel in the Lion’s den.  Well, the full story is very compelling for our time – for anytime to be exact. The heart of the story is about being faithful to God in a world that values power over love and obedience to God. It is a 10 session series. You don’t have to make all the sessions, but the more you make, the more you will know. You don’t have to read the material. But more you read, the more you know. We enjoy the company of each other and the presence of God leading us to places unexpected. This study led by Pastor Mitchell meets on Thursdays around 10:00 a.m. and will begin September 19..  Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come.

Music Ministry and You. Come Join Us

“Next to the Word of God,music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man thathe should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”  – Martin Luther- 
You’ve heard and seen what the Music Ministry offers up each and every Sunday.  The choir, handbell choir, dance team, solos, instrumentals, quartets and trios – these are all amazing gifts from God to us and through us.  Where will your gifts lead you this year?  Join us at choir practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:00.  Play with the handbells or chimers, dance with our dancers, all of whom practice Sunday mornings at 11:00.  Join the band!  Jump on board and find your place in the Music Ministry this fall.  Contact Laura Bryant for more information.

You Are Cordially Invited to The 40th Anniversary of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church celebration  on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Join us for music and a variety of activities for all ages along with a display of the history of the church.  Pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs will be provided. Bring your own “pot luck” side or dessert to share. Check out the flyer (here) for more details.
Indicate your RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the narthex, on the back of your attendance slip, or by calling the church office. Questions about the 40th? Contact Jim Clark.
There are volunteer spots for everyone!  Check out the volunteer sign-up sheets in the narthex. 
Volunteering will only take up a little of your time during the event.  Our most immediate needs are coordinators for the Cake Walk, Bingo, and Decorations. Sign-up in the narthex at church or email Kelli Robinson to be added to the sign-up sheet for the specific way/time slot where you’d like to help.

Share Your CTL History

A lot has happened in the last 40 years! Please share your CTL-related photos for a slide presentation at our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Don’t be afraid to go waaaay back! Digital copies are preferred. Only have printed photos? No problem. Just snap a clear pic of your photo with your phone! Send all photos to the committee by August 18 or earlier if possible.

Last Chance to Order Your 40th Gear!

There’s something for everyone! Anniversary t-shirts, polos, decals, magnets and tote bags available. Orders must be received online (here) by midnight on August 4. Not sure what shirt size to order? Check the Narthex for sample sizes from YXS to 4X. Items ordered by this Sunday, August 4 will be available for pick up at CTL on August 18.

Habitat Build. October 26

Christ the Lord Set Habitat Build Date Christ the Lord has set a date to help build a home along with other faith communities in Gwinnett. Thrivent has put up half of the cost of the house and churches will raise the rest. We have agreed to raise $1750 total ($200 has been received) to have 8 people participate in the  build on October 26th.  So we invite you to make a contribution between now and then or put your name in a drawing if you would like to be one the participants that day. OR you can do both. This is a privilege to be part of the larger faith community to help build a home for someone in our community. It demonstrates that we can come together in Christ for the good of all. 

We Support the Lawrenceville Co-Op

We support the Lawrenceville Co-Op food bank by collecting nonperishable food items and funds that are used to assist with utilities, medications etc. for families in the Lawrenceville area who qualify for assistance.
How can you help? Place donations of requested items or any canned food or personal care product in the specially marked bin located in the narthex. 
Most Needed Items as of July 30. Dried Beans – Dry Soup – Tomato Soup – Corn – Tomato Sauce/Paste – Chili – Beef Stew – Oatmeal – Feminine Needs – Laundry Detergent – Dish Soap – Deodorant
By the Numbers – 142 Households Seeking Help; 22 New Clients; 14 Clients Seeking Shelter (5 assist) $3370.44 Financial Assistance
The Lawrenceville Co-Op is always seeking volunteers. Please check their website for more information on how you can serve at the Co-Op.

Stretching Yourself – Yoga with Jill

You know you want to give a try? Why not come and see what it is all about, no long term commitment come for all the classes or just the ones that fit into your schedule. We love beginners. Yoga with Jill Knueppel meets at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall on Saturdays
Upcoming Dates include: August 10 and August 17September 7 and September 14Cost is only $10 per class. Bring a mat and water bottle. Have questions about the class? Contact the church office.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

  • Tuesday Book Club Panera Bread – Mall of Georgia. Next Meeting September 10, 6:30 p.m. (skipping August). Book: The Fallen by David Balducci. Have questions? Email Barbara Couillard
  • Thursday Book ClubNewk’s Eatery – Merton Walk. Next Meeting August 8, 7:00 p.m. Book: Summer Country by Lauren Willig. September 12, 7:00 p.m.Book: Crawdads Sing by Della Owens. Have questions? Email Kathy Friton

Red Cross Blood Drive This Sunday
Sunday, August 4, 20198:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.In the Fellowship Hall

GrapevineI hope you had a great time at Lutheridge and Lutheranch, Benjamin Stier, Amanda Robinson, Phillip Robinson, and Annabelle Colombo…Oh, and Amanda, thank you for keeping the church library in good order….Thank you Fred Linder, Eddie McGowan, Michael Penn, Jessica Towne, and Mary Coulter (Sorry if I have left a name out) for keeping our yard and parking lot in shape over the hot summer. More clean up to come before anniversary…Don’t miss this Sunday, August 4th. There is something (or everything) for everyone… Yea, a new Men’s Bible Study topic – Eugene Peterson’s, “Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” This will be a treat. Join the men beginning Tuesday, August 13th….A big hand of applause for all the adults who have and are helping with our children and youth programs. You make a huge difference…Carl Stier, Fred Linder and Mark Howard have made big strides in getting our church in good order for the last few months.  WE ARE BLESSED….The Red Cross reports that blood is really needed. If you can give, your donation this Sunday would be a big help to someone…School starts up next week. Let’s keep all involved in our prayers…Did you see Karl, Karen, and Tim Lee on the Today Show. “Love Like Amy” was very present too…The Co-Op has been very busy this summer and your donations have been a big help to families in need. Thank you…Also to all of you who donated gifts cards in July. Thank you. We give them out to people in the community and our own members as well. Thanks for helping someone with food and gas…Pastor Julie has some very good Sunday School topics for the fall. Check out her travel points around the globe…Pastor Mitchell starts up his new fall series with Ponderings with the Pastor on September 19 at 10:00 a.m. Come and explore and book few have read – Daniel…The 40th anniversary is going to be great. DO NOT MISS this event August 24 from 4 8 p.m.  Something special for everyone…To all our first year college students, YOU GOT THIS…..All this and more to the Glory of God