April 14, 2023 News

April 14, 2023

Cruel Sight

A Word from Pastor Brad

 “I’ve seen him hanged a thousand times now as his sacrifice spreads across the world, city by city. Yet each time, it strikes me like a physical blow, never-ending shivering in my chest, heart beating fast, neck tight just under the jaw. How cruel a world, that the sight of my dead son means hope.” -Mary’s Thoughts


Upon hearing this, I wondered if God ever thought, “How cruel a world, that the sight of my dead Son means hope.” I have rarely wondered what it must’ve been like for God to watch Jesus be brutally tortured and crucified. I was forced to watch my own son endure terrible things. His cry, the pain he endured, almost broke me. And there was no one to blame for his pain. But God has someone to blame. We, our sins, and our brokenness are all at fault for the death of Christ. But instead of our God destroying his enemies, God saves us. When Christians look to the cross, we find hope. We find hope in what the cross represents, the Good News in a nutshell: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” How cruel is a world that the sight of the death of the Son of God means hope. Yet we must let that hope bring change to our broken world. Knowing that because of our crucified Lord, we can bring forth God’s Kingdom, a kingdom that is the furthest thing from cruel.


Pastor Brad

Faith Formation Classes

Resume this Sunday

Let's close out the last few weeks of the Faith Formation year

with strong participation.

Classes resume this

Sunday, April 16, 10:00 a.m.

The Bible study topic is

The Joy Adventure

Orientation will be held for new participants on April 18 at 6:00 p.m.

New Session Begins

Tuesday, April 25

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Email Deb Grier with questions or for more information.

First Place 4 Health

New Session Beginning Soon

Based on proven techniques and 25 years of experience, First Place 4 Health invites you to try the most complete, Christ-centered healthy living program available. Not simply another diet plan, First Place 4 Health will show you how to create balance in the four core areas of your life—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. The results? Weight loss and positive life change.

In The Joy Adventure, we’ll explore what it means to experience joy.  Is it an emotional feeling or something much deeper? And where do we find it? How do we sustain it? Happiness is based on circumstances and perception. As high as we can feel when we are happy, we can also experience enormous depressing depths when happiness fades.

Attention Knitters and Crocheters Prayer Shawls Needed

We are collecting handmade prayer shawls to share with anyone needing a reminder that God is with them during a difficult time. Use materials and a pattern, of your choosing. Please utilize neutral colors and make the prayer shawls at least six feet in length. Completed shawls can be brought to the church office or given to any staff member. Email Juanita Hood if you have any questions.

Our Toilet Paper Drive is

Scheduled for April

On April 30, Christ the Lord will collect toilet paper for the Lawrenceville Co-Op. This obviously needed item is seldom donated at the co-op. They depend heavily on drives like ours to supply the needs of their clients. In the past, we have contributed enough TP to last months at the co-op. Let’s make this a great year and TP drive to top the others. Our goal this year is 2023 rolls. Can you help us reach our goal? Bring in Toilet paper on Sunday, April 30.

College Student Care Ministry

Make a difference in a college student’s life this year by sending words of encouragement as they pursue their education. The last letter-writing opportunity of this academic year will be Sunday, April 16th between services (10-11 AM). All supplies will be provided. If you wish to contribute towards the purchase of gift cards, please speak with Jenny Lanning or see posters in the narthex. Have Questions? Email Jenny Lanning

Class of 2023

We would like to recognize the class of 2023 in an upcoming issue of our eNews. If you have a high school or college student graduating as the Class of 2023 email their name and the school they attended to Janice Aldridge in the church office.

Faith Formation News

Registration for Vacation Bible School Opens on April 23

Plans for vacation Bible school have begun. Join us for Food Truck Party VBS as we get On a Roll With God. We are seeking a leader for science and a co-teacher for our PreK group. We also need several youth volunteers to complete the team. Visit the display in the narthex. This year Vacation Bible School is June 5 – 9, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Serve, lead, and HAVE FUN at VBS. Contact Diane Thomas for more information or to volunteer.

Youth Summer Camp

Registration is Open

We will be hosting two weeklong servant camps for our youth this summer. Each gives the youth an opportunity to serve in the community every morning and then enjoy fellowship activities with the other campers in the afternoons. Both camps run 8:30 – 4:30. Both camps are $110 with scholarships available. Rising fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade students are invited to attend Preteen Servant Camp June 19 – 23. Youth rising eighth grade through twelfth go to Teen Servant Camp July 10 – 14. Registration information is available at a display in the Narthex. Contact Diane Thomas for more information.


for 3rd-5th GRADE YOUTH!!!

We invite ALL 3rd-5th grade youth to register by April 15!!!

 Are you looking for a place where your children can learn of the love of God as seen in Creation and in one another? Then consider having your 3rd-5th grade children sign up to join other Southeastern Synod participants from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, at Lutheranch,

June 25-30, 2023!  

Scholarships are available through the synod and Lutheranch.

For help with Lutheranch scholarships,

contact Pr. Michael Jannett


If you have any questions about Faith Formation Ministry and how you can be a part of it, contact Diane Thomas through the church office or by email

Ladies Night Out

for April

Adult ladies are invited to Ladies' Night Out. The next event will be held at 5 Spot Cafe on April 20. We will gather for dinner at 6:30 p.m. 5 Spot Cafe is located at 555 Progress Center Avenue. RSVP to Lori Leberman (here) Grab a friend and join us. 

Book Club


The book club meets in room 7 on the second Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Email Kathy Friton if you want to join (link here).

Upcoming Dates and Titles

May 12: The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

June 9: If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende

July 14: The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier

August 11: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Adult Sunday Morning Faith Formation

10:00 a.m.

Room 7 in the Education Hallway

Men's Tuesday Bible Study

Study of Job

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Email Richard Burgess for more information

Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Gospels

All are Welcome

The class is an informal discussion of the Gospels. We are currently studying the Gospel of Matthew. Pr. Dale Sillik leads the discussion each Thursday t 10:00 a.m. in room #7. When time permits, Pastor Brad joins the group, so two Pastors for the price of one. All are welcome. We hope to see you there

Denim, Tees, and Formals

Oh My

As you're doing your spring cleaning and seasonal wardrobe changeover, please donate your gently used jeans, t-shirts, and formal attire for the domestic violence shelter. Many women, men, and children who arrive at the shelter have nothing but the clothes they are wearing. With prom and wedding season upon us and homecoming in the fall, we'd love to have a great selection for the residents to choose from so they can feel comfortable attending these events. You may leave your donations in the bin located in the narthex. If you have any questions, please mail Lori Leberman. Thank you!

Join the Care Team

The Care Team is being rebuilt. This group of servants will be on call to provide meals, send cards, provide rides or sit with folks experiencing hardship. They will also help to stay connected with members who are unable to attend services in person. If you have served in the past or if you would like to join the team, please email Lori Leberman, Outreach Ministry Chairperson.

We support the Lawrenceville

Co-Op Food Bank

The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is a Christian organization providing food assistance for people in need in Lawrenceville and Dacula.

Most Needed Food Items

Macaroni and Cheese, Oatmeal, Canned Fruit, Canned pasta, Jelly, Canned chicken, Applesauce, Dish Soap,

Most Needed Personal Care Items

Deodorant, Tampons, Diapers size 4-6

Visit the Co-Op Website (here) to learn all the ways to volunteer

Make Christ the Lord Your Church Home

We would love for you and your family to become an active part of our congregation. If you have been visiting for some time and feel comfortable with joining, why not make it official? The process is easy. Simply complete a one-page membership form with your family profile (name, address. etc.) to be entered into the church database. Jenny Lanning, our Director of New Member Ministry, has the necessary forms at the welcome podium in the narthex. She would be happy to assist you. 

Red Cross Blood Drive

April 14

Ladies Night Out

April 20

Men’s Retreat

April 20-23

Toilet Paper Drive

April 30

Women’s Retreat

May 5 - 7

Book Club

May 12

Spring Play - The Mousetrap

May 19 and 20

Vacation Bible School

June 5 - 9

AFFIRM Youth Camp

June 11 - 16

Preteen Servant Camp

June 19 - 23

Teen Servant Camp

July 10 - 14

Google Calendar


Keep up to date on all the events and activities happening at Christ the Lord. Access the google calendar on our website by clicking on the icon on the left side of this article. 

Visitors, Want to Know More

About Our Congregation?

It’s easy…

Worship with us on Sunday mornings

Attend a monthly Meet the Pastor gathering

(generally held the 1st Sunday of the month at 10:00 a.m.)

Visit the CTL website (

Visit the Welcome Center for info on faith & ministries

Speak with Jenny Lanning, Director of New Member Ministries

Attend a Sunday morning or weekday Bible Study

Check out a book from the Church Library

Have a cup of Coffee & check out the Narthex Displays

Watch the PowerPoint presentation in the Narthex

Sign up to receive our e-newsletter

All Are Welcome!

In Our Prayers

We continue to pray for these friends to feel God's presence during

their challenging times: You may submit prayers below:

Carole Baldwin

Donna Byron

Kenny Clark

Jeff Dahlin 

Charles Dispain

Mark Edwards

Jim Greene

Dottie Mack

Janet Schuman

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd

Mariana Valcheva

You may mail checks to 1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043
Set-up electronic funds transfer by emailing our Treasurer, Brandon Witt (here).
Reminder: No one on staff will ever contact you one-on-one through email or text for help with any ministry needs.... Be alert and vigilant to scammers' attempts to take advantage of our kind nature. We have had some reports of suspicious text. If you ever have questions we encourage you to call the church office.

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043


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Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 1001 Duluth Highway (State Route 120) at McKendree Church Road in Lawrenceville, GA. We are between University Parkway (State Route 316) and Interstate 85. Our phone number is 770-963.4499.

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Office Hours are Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Worship Times
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service

Education and Fellowship
10:00 a.m. Adult Fellowship/Coffee Available
10:00 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages
10:00 a.m. Confirmation (6th ,7th and 8th grade)

Nursery is available for children birth – 4 years, 9:00 a.m. to noon