October 13, 2023

October 13, 2023

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43. 18-19

Most of us deal with the past in one of two ways: amnesia or nostalgia. I think we can agree that neither one of these is helpful. In amnesia, we have no memory of the past, or, in some cases, such as in “selective amnesia,” we conveniently deny some portions of our past. Amnesia strips a person or people of their identity. However, according to the prophet Isaiah, the people of Israel were not suffering from amnesia. Instead, they were suffering from nostalgia.

       We who dwell in nostalgia can ONLY remember the past. We cannot see the present or think about the future. It seems that the people of Israel were far too focused on their past. Isaiah bursts the bubble and says to us all, STOP IT! The prophet demands that the people not focus on the past (the former things) or “consider the things of old.” Instead, they are to look towards the future.

       Our past is a part of our identity. It tells the story of how we are where we are, but I believe the prophet Isaiah is speaking to us when he writes, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Our mission in the coming days is to perceive the new thing that God is doing so that we may become active participants in the Kingdom of God present amidst us today. Personally, I am excited about the new thing God is doing here at CTL. I hope you are as well.

In His Service

Pastor Brad

Program Note for

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Livestream of the 9:00 a.m. traditional service will not be available this Sunday, October 15, 2023. The live stream of the 11:00 a.m. contemporary service will be on Facebook as usual and it will be uploaded as a recording to our YouTube channel following the close of service. Livestream for the 9:00 a.m. service will resume the following Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Our Cup Runneth Over

Mortgage Campaign Update

To read the original electronic communication follow this link. We hope you will keep the church in your prayers during this exciting time.

Progress To Date:

Goal = $200,000.00

Received = $144,400.00

Pledged Gifts to Be Received = $ 10,000.00

Remaining Needed = $ 45,600.00

We are eagerly anticipating how God will move us in this community as we retire this debt.

Ladies Night Out

October 16

All adult ladies are invited to Ladies Night Out. The next event will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. Grab dinner and drink of your choice and meet the group at the home of Deb Karch.

Annual Yard Sale Huge Success

The Yard sale team did a fantastic job organizing the church sale. This year we raised $4428 to put toward the mortgage campaign. In addition, EBay items have sold for almost $1000. We are grateful for all who organized, worked, donated, and purchased at the sale. The congregation worked together to make great things happen.

Angel Tree 2012

Making Christmas 

Merry and Bright

Our Annual Angel Tree Ministry will kick off in November. Angel Tree is our annual holiday ministry project providing gifts to area families in need. Volunteers are needed to help organize and carry out the project. In addition to gifts, we collect gift cards for grocery stores like Kroger and Publix as well as Wal-Mart. If you want to provide a gift card we ask they be in $25 increments. Those can be turned in to a staff member anytime.

Save your Coats for the Annual Coat Drive

The church will be collecting clean gently used coats of all sizes during the month of November. The coats are donated to the Lawrenceville First Baptist Clothing Mission where

they are distributed to those most in need in our area. Any surplus coats are then given to those in the Atlanta area. Help us keep others warm this winter. Collection boxes will be in the Narthex and Education Wing.


Something New for

the Christmas Pageant

This year we are excited to add both youth and adults to the presentation of the Christmas story at the Christmas Pageant. The Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 6:00. Rehearsals will be on Sundays beginning October 29. If you would like to be a part of the Christmas play please contact Diane Thomas through the church office.

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church - Blood Drive


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Fellowship Hall

1001 Duluth Highway

Lawrenceville, Ga 30043

Sponsor ID: ctllc


For an appointment, please visit

Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Trunk or Treat

October 25

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.


Join us for a fun evening of games, costumes, candy, and fun. On Wednesday, October 25, we will host the children for a Halloween Bash. There will be indoor games, a blow-up obstacle course, a costume parade, and a safe Trunk or Treating in the church parking lot. Bring the grands, your neighbors, and your school friends. We will finish off the evening with dinner. Volunteers are needed to set up, help with food and games, and clean up. Sign up in the Narthex.

The Bible study topic is

A Better Way

New Session Begins

Tuesday, October 17

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

Email Deb Grier

with questions or for more information.

First Place For Health

A New Session is Beginning

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. If you are tired of going up and down on the dieting roller coaster, of not feeling confident in public or with your friends and family, of suffering from ill health, then we invite you to give us a year to discover a new way to healthy living. 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 this all-new inspirational book, you will read about the heart and soul of the First Place 4 Health program. You will experience real-life stories of people who learned to make healthy choices while following the program with trusted group members. Regardless of your current level of weight, fitness or spirituality, you will find motivation and inspiration to succeed with First Place 4 Health.

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Classes

All Classes Held at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday school at Christ the Lord is for children and youth ages four years through the twelfth grade. Class time includes Bible study, fellowship, and creative activities. Students can walk their faith journey with caring teachers and their peers in the loving environment of our church. Confirmation for middle school students is taught during the Sunday morning education hour. Registration is available online (here).

Chime Choir

Meets at 11:00 a.m.

Ms. Sue is back to help the young CTL ringers to make a joyful noise. Chime Choir is open to anyone who is in first grade and up. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in room 3 in the education wing. No experience is necessary we all learn together. Bring the kids to Sunday School and stay for Chime Choir

Save All Your Dates

Our youth will be selling 2024 wall calendars as a fundraiser beginning October 29. These always sell out fast.

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.

Join the Choir

Rehearsals Held Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.

The new CHOIR season is underway. We are looking for more singers to join us. The more, the merrier! If you like to sing or would like to try, please stop by! Rehearsals are every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. You can participate in just one project or more! There will be a Christmas Cantata!

If you have any questions about Music Ministry and how you can be a part of it contact Diliana Slavova through the church office.

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation

Study of Exodus

Pastor Brad leads a study of Exodus on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. This class meets in the fellowship hallway in room 10. Grab your bible, a cup of coffee and join us this Sunday. All are welcome.

Men's Tuesday Bible Study

Study of Acts

The Acts of the Apostles is the fifth book of the New Testament; it tells of the founding of the Christian Church and the spread of its message to the Roman Empire. Acts and the Gospel of Luke make up a two-part work, Luke–Acts, by the same anonymous author.

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

A Pastor-Led Study of The Gospels

The Thursday morning Bible Study has resumed.

The study of St. Luke has begun. Pastor Dale Sillik leads this popular mid-week study on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in room 7 in the education hallway. Bring your own bible or use one of ours. All are welcome.

Book Club


The book club meets in room 7 on the second Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates and Titles

November 10: The Maid by Nita Prose

December 8: The Holiday Meeting includes A special collection for the Co-Op goodies to share and everyone Everyone reads a Christmas book of their choice to share, a special collection for the Co-Op, and goodies!

 January 12: Someone Else's Shoes by JoJo Moyes

Christ in Our Home

October, November, December 2023


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

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.


Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Pasta,

Canned Fruit, Canned Chicken and Tuna


Laundry Detergent, Toilet Paper, Adult Diapers (M/L)

Feminine Hygiene Products

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

Wrapping Our Friends in Prayer

Attention crocheters and knitters get those hands busy by making prayer shawls to share with anyone needing a reminder that God is with them during a difficult time. Using your favorite material and pattern and neutral colors make them at least six feet long. All completed shawls can be brought to the office or given to a staff member. Contact Juanita Hood if you have any questions.

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 has the necessary forms at the welcome podium in the narthex. She would be happy to assist you. 

Ladies Night Out

October 16

First Place 4 Health

Begins - October 17

Children's Ministry Sunday

October 22

Red Cross Blood Drive

October 25

Trunk or Treat

October 25

Calendar Sales Begin

October 29

Youth Sunday

November 12

Advent Program

December 3

Children's Christmas Pageant

December 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

John Bacon

Shirley Beard

Kenny Clark

Jeff Dahlin

Gary Davis

Landon Doohan

Raquel Doohan 

Mark Edwards

Pr. Brad Eidson and family

as they mourn the death of his uncle David Shoberg

Judy Gaddis

Otto Hering

Barbara Hood

Ron King

Darleen Krautwurst

Dottie Mack

Kathy Morales

Janet Schuman

Denise Stahl-Robinson

Darlene Swaim

LaVonne VanDeWalle 

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