June 23, 2023


June 23, 2023




On Taking up the Cross

In his book, Loving Jesus, Dr. Mark Allan Powell tells a story about a deeply spiritual man whom he met at a Christian rock festival. The man was deeply faithful. He read his Bible every day and prayed multiple times a day. When Dr. Powell asked him about church, he said that he hadn't been able to find a church that wasn't boring or that spoke to him. The conversation ended with the man telling Dr. Powell, "Maybe when I'm older, I'll get more out of it, or maybe the church will, you know, lighten up or something."

Dr. Powell thought about it overnight and then got back to him:

"Do you love Jesus?" Dr. Powell asked.

"Yes, I do. I love him with all my heart." Replied the man.

"Would you die for him?" Dr. Powell continued.

"Yes, I would." The man answered.

"You would die for him, but you won't be bored for him?"

Jesus tells us to, "take up our cross and follow him." As disciples we often envision this to mean grandiose works of faith or martyrdom. But what if taking up our cross could be as simple as being bored at church? After all, Sunday is the Lord's Day and we come to the House of the Lord to give thanks and praise to the one who took up the cross for us and for our salvation.

In His Service

Pastor Brad




Teen Servant Camp

Registration Deadline Soon

A great way for your teen to spend time this summer is Teen Servant Camp. This day camp gives teens an opportunity to serve in the community every morning and then enjoy fellowship activities with the other campers in the afternoons. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The cost of the camp is $110 with scholarships available. Youth from rising eighth grade through twelfth are eligible to attend Teen Servant Camp July 10 - 14. Registration information is available at a display in the Narthex. The registration deadline is June 30. Contact Diane Thomas for more information.




Teen Servant Camp Volunteers

We are seeking two more adult volunteers for our Teen Servant Camp. One on Thursday, July 13, and one on Friday, July 14. Volunteers chaperone and drive the youth to service activities in the morning and fellowship events in the afternoon. The volunteer schedule is 8:30 - 4:30. Please consider if you can help the teens this year. For more information or to volunteer contact Diane Thomas through the church office.




Eidson Baby Shower

This Sunday

Between Services

Help us shower Pastor Brad, Lauren, and Will with gifts for their new baby boy. On Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 am, you are invited to stop by the fellowship hall with a gift for the new baby. Lauren is registered at Target (registry link here). Diapers, in any size, are also a good choice for a gift. There will be a few breakfast snacks and drinks to enjoy. Note: Pastor Brad will pause the adult class this week so that he can enjoy the fellowship during the shower. His class will resume on July 2.


Church Yard Sale


It is about time to get ready for the church yard sale. This event proves to be a great fundraiser for our church and members love donating their wares. Even the community eagerly awaits the sale each year. We are looking for a team of three to four people to plan, organize, and help run the 2023 sale. If you would like to assist the church with this event, please contact Diane Thomas through the church office.



Ladies Night Out

June 27

Adult ladies are invited to Ladies Night Out. The next event will be held at Lawrenceville Lawn on June 27. Bring your dinner, a drink, and a chair to sit on. The parking is off Luckie Street. RSVP to Kelli Robinson.



Men's Fellowship Dinner

July 13

All adult men are invited to gather for dinner and fellowship at Tooey's on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Email Jim Clark and your seat will be waiting .



Christ in Our Home

July, August, and September 2023

Christ in Our Home, a devotional, is available in the Welcome Center at church. If you wish to have one mailed to you, email Jenny Lanning (here) and indicate if you prefer a large print or pocket-size version. She will be happy to have one delivered to your mailbox.


Faith Formation News



Sunday Morning Classes for Children and Youth

Break for the Summer

Sunday morning classes for elementary students, confirmation, and high school youth are on break for the summer. Classes will resume on September 10, 2023. Watch for details in your eNews and Sunday news bulletin.




Faith Formation Director

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 (here)




Adult Sunday Morning Faith Formation

10:00 a.m. - Led by Pastor Brad

This Sunday, June 25th, Pastor Brad will be joining his family for the baby shower being held in the Fellowship Hall. The class will resume the following week, July 2.





Men's Tuesday Bible Study

Study of Philippians

Paul explains to the persecuted church at Philippi that living as a Christian means seeing our own story as a living expression of Jesus' story. Paul calls the people to imitate Jesus' way of life so that even in their suffering, they can find contentment and purpose through his example. Email Richard Burgess for more information

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.




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 at 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




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

July 14: The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier
August 11: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
September 8: Homecoming by Kate Morton






Domestic Violence Shelter

Boutique Work Day

A team is being assembled to help organize the clothing boutique at the domestic violence shelter. The boutique allows residents and their children to fill their empty closets after fleeing a violent situation. If you would be available and willing to serve on Sunday, June 25 between the hours of Noon and 4:00 p.m. email Lori Leberman We are Caring People, Caring for People




There is a Critical Need for Diapers at the Gwinnett Domestic

Violence Shelter

The domestic violence shelter is in critical need of diapers and pull-ups for the children who reside there. We are asking for donations to be brought in of diapers sizes 3,4,5 and Pull-ups sizes 3T, 4T, and 5T.




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


Canned or instant potatoes

Canned pasta


Canned chicken


Peanut butter and Jelly

Dish soap

Baby wipes

Size 5 & 6 diapers

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.



Eidson Baby Shower

Boutique Outreach Workday

June 25

Ladies Night Out

June 27

Men's Dinner

July 13

Book Club

July 14

Teen Servant Camp

July 10 - 14

Backpack Blessing

July 30

Blood Drive

August 18

Faith Formation for Children and Youth Begins

September 10




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.


In Our Prayers

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

their challenging times: You may submit prayers below:


Donna Anderson

Carole Baldwin

Donna Byron

Hannah Clark

Kenny Clark

Cora Collins and family

Jeff Dahlin

Peter DeJager

Mark Edwards

Ron King


Darleen Krautwurst

Hannah Johnson

Dottie Mack

Rozinka Family

Janet Schuman

Kelsey Slay

Nancy Sterrett

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd




Sweet Summertime

We know many families take advantage of the summer break from activities to travel or enjoy downtime. Stay connected while you are enjoying your family time.

Remember to support your church while you are away. The best way to help CTL stay on track with meeting our obligations is regular, consistent giving. If you haven't already done so, please take the time to make a plan for providing your offering.

There are several ways you can make your offering to Christ the Lord:

· Email Brandon Witt, CTL Treasurer and he will help you set up recurring giving using Simply Giving through Vanco.

· Use your bank's online bill pay feature to set up recurring giving.

· Mail a check to Christ the Lord Lutheran Church. We have a secure mailbox at 1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville Ga 30043

· Make it a habit to make an offering during online worship or drop it in the offering plate on Sundays.

· Or give by debit or credit card from our website here.



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