November 26, 2022 News

November 26, 2022

When the fullness of time had come,

God sent his Son, born of a woman,

born under the law, in order to redeem

those who were under the law,

so that we might receive adoption as children

So, you are no longer a slave but a child,

and if a child then also an heir, through God. Galatians 4:4-5,7

Dear Friends of Christ the Lord,

How are you going to get ready for Christmas? That question may bring a wave of excited anticipation or a tidal wave of dread. Some dread the Christmas season because it is a marathon of frantic preparation work and/or it dredges up memories of Christmas’s past that left wounds. For others "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as sung by Andy Williams. So…

How can preparations for Christmas be joyful this year? Perhaps we should start with this prayer: “Lord, what can I do this year, so my preparations are centered on You? As you have given me hope, grant me the joy of giving hope to others on their life journeys.”

How did God get ready for Christmas? That is a wondrous epic given to us in the Bible. It is an adventure packed with prophets, kings, women, and men, young and old, poverty and riches, birth and rebirth, filled with shocking twists and turns. Above all, God is the Director of this greatest story ever told. This old, old story is a Christmas gift from God for you and me as we search for hope and peace in this world.

Thank God we don’t need to save the world! That is God’s work, and this is the story of how God is doing it. Our God is very, very different from us. Yet, we are God’s beloved children, created in the image of our heavenly Father. Our identity as children of God is a gift to cherish in every season.

Our Lord Is Making All Things New! New life is God’s gift for CTL church and God’s gift for you, too.

O, Come, O, Come, Immanuel!

Pastor Scott Peterson

Interim Pastor

Have You Pledged

Stewardship 2023

Pledges for 2023 Continue to be Accepted

There is exciting energy building as we plan for 2023. If you have pledged thank you. If you haven't please do so soon. Pledges can be made in person at church or online (here). Behold God makes all things new through you. Should you have questions about stewardship email Mike Johnson.

Congregation Meeting

Sunday, December 11

to Vote on Calling CTL's

Next Pastor

All Are Invited

Sunday, December 11, 2022


A special day with a different schedule


  • Before Worship - Open House with Meet and Greet
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship - Contemporary Service with Communion including a devotion by the Pastoral Candidate
  • 11:00 a.m. - Congregation Meeting will convene at about 11:00. 
  • In that meeting voting members in attendance may cast a ballot.



  • Prior to worship, the congregation will have an opportunity to meet the Pastoral Candidate and family. (The candidate was recommended by the Call Committee and approved by the Council.)


  • Worship time will be different: Only one Service at 10:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.

  • At the Congregation Meeting confirmed members in attendance may cast a ballot to extend a Letter of Call to the Candidate to be the next Pastor of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church.

“A Handbook of the Christian Faith”



"John Schwarz writes as a layman, and he writes so that laypersons can understand. However, what he writes shows the result of serious Biblical scholarship. This is a good read for those who want to know what the Bible is all about." --Tony Campolo.


The subtitle of the Handbook explains: “What you need to know about its scriptures, its history, its beliefs and practices, and what distinguishes it from other religions”.


The book has 10 chapters; each about 25 pages long. Each chapter can stand alone as an individual class. Used books are available at church for $5. This Sunday, November 27, we begin with “The Bible”. Hope to see you there. –Pastor Scott

Sounds of the Season

Christmas Cantata

December 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas is a season of celebration, gratitude, and giving…This cantata focuses on the ultimate Christmas gift….Jesus. Brimming with beloved carols and exciting new songs, “The Gift” traces the ageless Christmas story through the lens of gratitude and our response to the Greatest Gift. This musical presentation will be Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. Grab your friends and neighbors and come enjoy an evening of beautiful music with a message.

Christmas Pageant

Don’t Miss the Kids

Christmas Pageant

The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be held on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are invited to come and support our budding actors as they tell the story of Christmas. The Chime Choir will play a few holiday pieces and a dessert reception will follow the event. Please join us for this entertaining evening.

Blue Christmas Service

Feeling a little blue this season?

Join us for this gentle night of worship

Wednesday, December 14

6:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve

Service Schedule

4:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

5:30 p.m. Children's Service

8:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

*Nursery Available at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday Morning Faith Formation

10:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Classes

Sunday School  - Prek to Grade 5 and High School

Confirmation Grades 6, 7 and 8

11:00 a.m.

Children's Chime Choir

First grade through 8th grade

Thanksgiving Break

We are grateful for the many volunteers we have working with the children and youth on Sunday mornings. There will be a Sunday school break for the holidays on November 27. Sunday school will resume on December 4. Thank you to our teachers: Amy Schroer, Mike Johnson, Janice Johnson, Amon Whitfield, Vanessa Wilson, Sue Schroer, Nancy Khashan, Rebekah Spratlin, and Donna Anderson.

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 December

All adult ladies are invited to the Annual Christmas Ladies Night Out event. This fun fellowship event will be held on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Sandy Vanags. Our hostess resides at 2101 Hamstead Court in Suwanee. Bring a white elephant gift., a dish to share – Hors d’oeuvres or something fun. This event is BYOB – soft drinks will be provided. RSVP to Sandy by text at 770-910-3559 or by email at. 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

  • December 9: Christmas book of your choice to share and a special collection for the Lawrenceville Co-Op Food Bank
  • January 13: America's First Daughter by Laura Kamoie
  • February 10: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Men's Bible Study

The Book Of Job

A study of the book of Job will continue each Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Named after its central character Job, the Book of Job attempts to understand the sufferings that engulf Job and bring him everlasting Hope. The reason for this study is - We all need Hope. Our only true Hope comes from God, who has given us His Son Jesus, to save us and bring us to Him, for Joy everlasting. Email Richard Burgess for more information.

Angel Tree 2012

Angel Tree 2022


Show the love of Christ to our community through one of our Angels!


Streetwise Angel (Toy Drive) - CTL has been challenged with collecting toys/gifts for Streetwise Georgia, located here in Lawrenceville. As a part of their family support ministries, Streetwise works to provide Christmas gifts to the 250-300 families they serve locally. We will be providing toys/gifts for kids ages 3 to 5. The budget is $30 or less per toy and cannot be electronic (aka no batteries required). Games, dolls, blocks, crafts, cars, dinosaurs, etc. are all great options. Bring your unwrapped toy to the church and place it in the collection box! The deadline for drop-off is December 4th.

Legacy Angels - Thank you for again supporting these families. All items have been sponsored. Please have those gifts returned with the angel tag attached by December 4.


Golden Angels - These gift cards are used to help those who come to the church looking for assistance. They are shared with a local ministry that works with the homeless in Lawrenceville.  Only a few remain! Gift cards can be put in the offering plate or given to a staff member.


Want to volunteer with our Angel Tree Team? 

Email Kathryn Gibbs Here

 Coat Drive Through the

End of November

The youth are collecting clean, gently used, or new coats, and winter accessories. These items are shared with families in need. In our first week, we collected 40 coats. Great job! Let’s keep the coats coming in all month.


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.

Greatest Pantry Needs

Dry Pasta, Pasta Sauce,, Applesauce, Jelly, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter

Canned Chicken, Baby Wipes, Adult Diapers, Laundry detergent

Special Needs

Empty and Clean Egg Cartons

Clean 1/2 Pint Mason Jars

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

Advent Begins - November 27

Christmas Cantata - December 4

Ladies' Night Out - December 7

Men's Fellowship Dinner - December 8

Congregation Meeting - December 11

Children's Christmas Pageant - December 11

Blue Christmas Service - December 14

Christmas Eve - December 24

Ladies Night Out - January 16

Men's Fellowship Dinner - January 12

Annual Congregation Meeting -January 29

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. 

We continue to pray for these friends to feel God's presence during
their challenging times: You may submit prayers below:

Terrell Anderson

John Bacon

Laura Bacon

Wanda Bacon

Riley Casteel

Kenny Clark

Jeff Dahlin

Mark Edwards

Family of Chris Houck

Donna Howard

Ed Kennedy

Jack Landgren

Dottie Mack

Lloyd McArthur

Family of Charlene Minter

Kathy Morales

Pollock Family

Gert Rhein

Steve Rozinka

Janet Schuman

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd

Robin Traeger

Beverly Upton

Leroy White

Evelyn Wragg

Linda Yeargin

Joel Ziegler


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