Covid Update 3-2022

We are following the CDC’s updated guidance which currently puts our area at “Medium Risk” for transmission.
 
We encourage all our members to take appropriate precautions for their health and the well-being of the community.
 
As always, if you are feeling unwell (cough, sneeze, fever, etc.) please stay home and take advantage of the live-stream of all our worship opportunities and most of our adult education courses.
 


Pastoral Response to Ukraine and Transgender Youth

2/24/22

Dear Siblings in Christ,

This morning we faced two crises developing in our world that a few weeks ago we may well have thought to be unimaginable.

First, we awoke to the news of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. I will not pretend to be an expert in the geo-political situation that is at play in this war and these acts of violence. I will stand as a disciple of Jesus and say that we are called to stand with the poor, the oppressed, and those suffering at the hands of political powers. I encourage us all to be in prayer for the people of Ukraine. Those fleeing their homes. Those hiding in shelters. And those fighting for their country. I will also remind us that as followers of Jesus we are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. So, we are also in prayer for President Putin and the Russian leaders that they would turn away from their violent actions and seek a path of peace. As far as it is possible for us, we pray that God would make us instruments of peace in our own lives and for our communities.

Second, in our own community new directives were handed down by Gov. Abbot regarding policies for the Department of Family and Protective Services and children/teens who identify as transgender. Again, I do not claim to understand all the legal implications of the Governor’s directive. But I do understand what a parent would feel if they told that caring for their child who identifies as transgender is now a crime. I do understand how teachers, counselors, social workers, doctors, and others who are considered mandatory reporters would feel if they now have to choose between following a law or providing a safe and loving environment for a child who is already facing innumerable challenges in society.

I don’t know what will come from Gov. Abbot’s directive, but I want to say as clearly as I can that when we at Lord of Life say in our mission statement that “we seek and welcome all” we do not put an asterisk after “all.” All truly means ALL. We believe in a God who loves, embraces, welcomes, and redeems ALL people. And so, as God’s people on the corner of Panther Creek and Glen Loch, we follow God’s lead to do the same. If you identify as transgender, you are welcomed and loved at Lord of Life. If you have a child, grandchild, neighbor, friend, co-worker who identifies as transgender, they are welcomed and loved at Lord of Life.

In times such as these, when so much pulls our focus away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it can be tempting to curl inward. To build up our walls and try to protect ourselves from outside dangers. But our call as followers of Jesus is not to stay hidden in the upper room; it is to be led boldly by the Spirit to proclaim God’s reign of justice, peace, love, and healing for all of creation. May God grant us the strength and wisdom to be instruments of this proclamation. May we endlessly pursue the vision of our community, “That ALL have life through the love of Christ.”

God loves each of you and I do too,

Pastor David

Senior Pastor
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
The Woodlands, TX 
Lord of LIfe Lutheran Church, 3801 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Telephone: 281-367-7016


Note From President Joe Cox

February 10, 2022


Dear Lord of Life,

I am writing to re-cap and summarize what I heard in our recent round-table and Congregational meetings.  First, it came across clearly to not reduce our current level of ministry at Lord of Life and to move forward with calling an Associate Pastor as soon as regular giving is sufficient. In addition, the majority of the meeting participants believe that starting a capital campaign soon to cover replacement costs for some of the roof and HVAC equipment is a good idea.

You will recall from our discussion that the average monthly giving through December in the current budget year has averaged $87,000  (12 months). Adding a second pastor, together with accounting for expected inflation will require average giving to be $100,000 per month (a 14 percent increase).  We are up for this challenge, but it will take everyone’s participation. To that end our Stewardship team will be reaching out to you to see how we can partner together to meet the challenge over these next weeks and months. We should all view this as an opportunity for Spiritual growth.

Likewise, watch for some scoping and planning meetings for a capital campaign later on in the year.  This is an exciting time to be a member of Lord of Life.  We have the opportunity to set our church on a solid course for next 50 years.

Yours in Christ,
Joe Cox
Council President


Veterans Update

Year-End Veteran’s Update
 
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who supported our burger fundraiser in November in coordination with the veteran’s group at Del Webb Retirement Community. Our friend Joe Welge and his family, plus Thrivent Financial supplied the food and cooking equipment. We were able to raise our most significant amount ever: $7,500, which was presented to the folks at Tri-County Healthcare in support of veteran mental health. Nearly $1,000 was included from Lord of Life.
 
During these difficult times, it was heartwarming to see the turnout for those great cheeseburgers and a great cause.
Tri-County vets are so grateful.
Thanks again for your support and a happy and healthy new year to all!
Jim Meszaros
USMC veterans and member at Lord of Life
 
 


Covid Update

12/29/21

Dear Lord of Life,

Your congregation leadership continues to closely monitor information related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As has been true since this all began in March of 2020, this continues to be a fluid situation and we hope to respond appropriately as new information becomes available.

 
At this time we are seeing a high positivity rate for COVID testing (above 19% at the time of this writing). This percentage is approaching the rate that we were seeing last fall. The death rate in our area remains low but we are also learning that the Omicron variant is more easily transmissible, though less likely to result in death. We continue to follow the CDC website for up-to-date statistics regarding our local county.

 

We are currently recommending that all people attending worship or other events in the building wear masks while indoors and especially when in close proximity to others. We are also reminding our entire community of the importance of maintaining social distance even when in worship. Ushers will be reminding us to space ourselves out as we are seated for worship. As always, if you are feeling unwell (cough, sneeze, fever, etc.) please stay home and take advantage of the live-stream of all our worship opportunities and most of our adult education courses.

 

We deeply value being able to fellowship, worship, and serve in person. In order for this to continue to be a possibility, we all share a responsibility for protecting one another. We thank you for your faithfulness to our shared life together and our mission to seek and welcome all to connect celebrate and serve in God’s love.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor David Bauser, Senior Pastor

Joe Cox, Congregation Council President

Linda Nicolosi, Congregation Council Vice President
 


Tammy Fincher Retirement

We write this letter with a mix of sadness and celebration to inform you all that Tammy Fincher, Coordinator for Worship Support, has announced her retirement effective September 1, 2021.

 
She assures us that she will still be around Lord of Life but will not be serving in the same official ca
pacity. Tammy has been a gift to our staff team and to our entire congregation throughout her five years at Lord of Life. She has been instrumental in helping us cultivate the meaningful worship life that we have all come to appreciate. While we will certainly grieve her departure, we want to celebrate her many years of ministry as she moves into this new stage of life!
 

To that end, we hope you will join us in worship on August 29, 2021 to celebrate Tammy and to bless her as she follows the Holy Spirit into the next steps of her life. We hope these next two weeks will provide all of us with time to thank Tammy and share the ways she has impacted our own faith.


The Personnel Team and the Congregation Council will be working to determine the best path forward for the Coordinator or Worship Support role. We will keep you updated as information is available.
Grace and Peace,

Pastor John VanHaneghan
Pastor David Bauser


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