March 17, 2023

March 17, 2023

The Basics

A Word from Pastor Brad

“Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more ‘religious’ (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here,” -CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

In The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis imagines the journey of life and faith, with all its temptations and failings, from the devil's point of view. Screwtape, a demon that holds an administrative position in the bureaucracy ("Lowerarchy") of Hell, acts as a mentor to his nephew Wormwood, a young tempter new to the business. It is a wonderfully instructive book that highlights how easily humans can be led astray. The observation by Screwtape quoted above is one that I think is especially true today. The church is not about championing causes but about experiencing the living God embodied in Jesus Christ. The disciplines of the church such as prayer, scripture, worship, and the sacraments are the foundation of our life and the basis for all we do. Lent is the season to get back to the basics of spiritual practice so that we are not led astray by even the noblest of causes. 

In His Service

Pastor Brad

It is Official

This past Sunday, Pastor Bradley Eidson was installed as the Pastor of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church. Church member, Pastor Dale Sillik offered a sermon, and Brett Swartz, Chairperson of the Call Committee on behalf of the congregation extended the call. Pastor Jonathan Hemphill, assistant to the Bishop was on hand to make it official. Pr. Brad and his family were overwhelmed with the attendance and support of so many from the congregation. If you were unable to be here in person we invite you to watch the recording of the service on our YouTube channel (here)

Holden Evening Prayer

Midweek Lenten Service

The Humanity of Jesus

Tuesdays during Lent at 7:00 p.m

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Maundy Thursday Service

April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Services

April 7 at Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8

We are excited to invite you to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Christ the Lord. We will have planned fun games, crafts, brunch, and of course, an egg hunt. Bring your family and friends to join in the excitement on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. We are looking for a few youth and adult volunteers to help out with the morning’s event. Please contact Kelli Robinson to volunteer. Sign up to attend the hunt at the narthex or on children’s ministry bulletin boards. Looking forward to a great time with our church friends.

Easter Worship Schedule

Sunday, April 9, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive


Friday, April 14, 2023

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Fellowship Hall

Make an Appointment at the

Red Cross Website


Sponsor ID: ctllc

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.

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.

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.

Prayerfully Consider a Role

Vacation Bible School

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 leaders for crafts, science, and teachers for our PreK group. 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.

Spring Work Day

Workdays have been scheduled to address some projects around the church building and property. A team is gathering on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Some projects include:

  • Ceiling repair in the fellowship hall
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Install weatherstripping on some of the doors.

Some other projects needing attention include;

  • Repairing the door on the storage shed
  • Adjust and repair the gate on the dumpster enclosure.
  • Spruce up the flower beds and islands

Can't come those days but are still willing to serve? We are happy to have you work on projects outside of these dates. Contact Carl Stier or email the church office here if you are available or have suggestions for improvements.

Lutheran Summer Camps

Now’s the time to consider attending summer church camp. A variety of week-long camps for all ages are offered throughout the summer in 4 locations; Lutheridge (Asheville, NC), Lutherock (Boone, NC), Lutheranch (Tallapoosa, GA – the newest and closest!), and Luthersprings (Hawthorne, FL). Camp is a terrific opportunity to experience faith development, Christian community, nature, new friends, campfires, summer fun, and more… Interested? Registration materials are available in the narthex. For more information visit the webiste

 Behold, I Am Making All Things New

Holy Trinity House

All adult women are invited to gather for the 2023 Women’s Retreat at Lutheranch. The retreat is being held May 5 through May 7. Lutheranch is located in Tallapoosa Georgia. We have reserved the Holy Trinity house. Download an information packet and registration form here. Check out all that Lutheranch has to offer by downloading a list of onsite activities here. Completed forms with deposit attached can be mailed to the church office or turned in on Sunday morning at the display in the narthex. For more information contact Robin Eggleston by email (here).

Sunday Morning Faith Formation

Join Us This Sunday

10:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Classes

Faith Formation Classes - Prek to Grade 5 and High School

Confirmation Grades 6, 7 and 8

11:00 a.m.

Children's Chime Choir

First through 8th grade

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)

If you have any questions about Music Ministry and how you can be a part of it contact Diliana Slavova through the church office or by email (here)

Ladies Night Out

for March

All adult ladies are invited to the Ladies' Night Out. The next event will be held Monday, March 20 at Marlowe's Tavern located at 1950 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097. We will gather for dinner at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Sandy Vanags. Grab a friend and join us. 

Men's Fellowship Dinner

Join the men of CTL at Tooey's on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Email Jim Clark (here) to have a seat saved for you. 

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

  • April 14: The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts
  • 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 Study

10:00 a.m.

Room 7 on the Education Hallway

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

Men's Tuesday Bible Study Group

Will Attend Lent Services

We will resume the study of Job

on April 11 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 16 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

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. 

1st Communion Class

March 26

Easter Egg Hunt

April 8

Easter Sunday 

 April 9 

Men’s Fellowship Dinner

April 13

Book Club

April 14

Red Cross Blood Drive

April 14

Men’s Retreat

April 20-23

Toilet Paper Drive

April 30

Women’s Retreat

May 5 - 7

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 noon)

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!

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 & Lois Dispain

Mark Edwards

Jim Greene

Doris Gustavson

Donna Howard

Erin Hutto

Hannah Johnson

Darleen Krautwurst

Dottie Mack

Lloyd McArthur

Nancy Miller

Chris Moore

Kathy Morales

Steve Rozinka

Janet Schuman

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd

Leroy White

Kathy Weidman  


You may mail checks to 1001 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville, Ga 30043
Set-up electronic funds transfer by emailing our Treasurer, Brandon Witt 
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