October 14, 2022 NEWS

October 14, 2022

God Is Making All Things New,

Through You!


Dear Friends of CTL Lutheran Church, 


‘PLANNING FOR MISSION’ is a NEW NAME for what will happen on November 13 at CTL. In the past, this has been called ‘Commitment or Pledge Sunday’. Why change the name? Because when we pledge our plans for financial giving to CTL for 2023, that is not primarily about accounting. We are taking a critical step toward preparing for what CTL will do in mission during the coming year.


OUR PRIMARY MISSION IS WORSHIP. In worship, we hear God’s Word for us, and we receive Christ our living Lord in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From these Word and Sacrament foundations, the mission of CTL expands with ministries of teaching, outreach (in our area and in the world), and fellowship. To fulfill that mission in 2023, we do the planning. Part of that plan includes asking us to share a portion of the gifts God has entrusted to us which will enable our Lord’s mission to move forward.


“IN THE CATALOGUE OF HUMAN REGRETS, I have never heard anyone say, ‘If only I had not given so much.’” Those words were spoken by an elderly pastor who had heard many death-bed confessions. We are created in the image of God. Our image of God shows when we give of ourselves because our God gives us everything. Our God gives us everything: That is good news for us and for us to share.


BRIEF TEMPLE TALKS WILL BE GIVEN by CTL members during worship on Sundays, October 23, 30, and November 6. "Planning for Mission Sunday" will be on November 13. How fitting that November 13, will also be Youth Sunday. CTL’s mission includes raising up new disciples. 


A NEW PASTOR IS COMING. The Call Committee has been encouraged by the interviews they have completed. The Holy Spirit is at work now in the process of revealing who will be CTL’s new pastor. Let’s keep praying and looking forward.


Thanks be to God for the new life and abiding faith our Lord has given for us to share,


Pastor Scott Peterson

Interim Pastor

Come Grow With Us

All Are Welcome


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/or feel comfortable with joining, 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.

Looking for a Meaningful

Way to Serve?


Consider being a greeter on Sunday mornings. Greeters serve for 15 minutes prior to the service providing a sense of welcome with a simple handshake, smile, or kind word. Choose one or more Sundays and a time on the schedule posted outside Jenny Lanning’s office. Have questions? Email Jenny Lanning (here).

Our Youth

Will Sell Calendars

Our youth will sell beautiful inspirational wall calendars for 2023. Sales begin October 30. The calendars have plenty of space for writing important information on each date and lovely photographs of nature. Calendars will sell for $9 each and proceeds will benefit the 2024 National Youth Gathering trip to New Orleans. They make great additions to the home and are wonderful gifts.

Christ in Our Home

Daily Devotional 

October, November, and December

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). She will be happy to have one delivered to your mailbox.

Prayer Shawls Needed

Prayer shawls are available for anyone who would benefit from the reminder that God is with them during a difficult time. If you knit or crochet and would like to share your talent, we invite you to create a prayer shawl. You may use materials, patterns, and colors of your choosing. We ask that you utilize gender-neutral color schemes and be sure to make the shawls at least six feet in length. Once completed you can bring them to the church office or give them to any staff member. Should you have questions please contact Juanita Hood at 770-598-8410.  

We Are Equipped

CTL has been gifted an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). This life-saving tool has been set up and is available for use should anyone experience a cardiac event while on church property. At present, the device is openly stored and located in the office hallway in the volunteer room. This AED Plus guides rescuers in performing high-quality CPR and will deliver a shock if needed. All supplies are stored in the unit. In the coming weeks, the device will be moved and stored in a cabinet mounted in a high-traffic area. We encourage you to take time to notice where it is located. We are incredibly grateful to the donors whose generosity made this purchase possible.  

What’s New in CTL Church Library?

Church Library

Now available: Adult Sunday class

DVDs used this year:

Did you miss Adult Sunday School and are interested in viewing DVDs from these classes? These are available in CTL Library for your free checkout:


  • When You Pray -- The Lord’s Prayer with Dr. James Nestingen: 9 Sessions on DVDs with presentations of about 25 min. each
  • The Prodigal God – Finding Your Place at the Table with Timothy Keller 6 Sessions with DVD introductions corresponding to the chapters in Keller’s book on Jesus’ most familiar parable: The Prodigal Son. Also in the library: The Prodigal God class book.
  • Luther And the Reformation with Rick Steves. DVD on PBS on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. This DVD includes: Rick Steves’ European Christmas and European Easter
  • The Life of The Apostle Peter with Rick Steves DVD 
  • The Life of The Apostle Paul with Rick Steves DVD 


Reformation Day is October 31: See books and other resources on Martin Luther and the Reformation. When you enter the library, they are straight ahead on the top shelf

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

Trunk or Treat

October 26

6:00 -7:15

Join us for a fun evening of games, costumes, candy, and fun. On Wednesday, October 26, we will host the children for a Halloween Bash. There will be indoor games, a blow-up obstacle course, a costume parade, and 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 in the fellowship hall. Sign up in the Narthex or outside the Faith Formation office. Can’t wait to see you there.

Calling All Youth

Fun and Fellowship

Middle school and high school youth will meet Saturday, October 22, at the church for games, dinner, and a corn maze. We will kick off the evening at 4:00 in the fellowship hall. After a couple of hours at church, we will head to the Buford Corn Maze for a night of fun. We will return to the church at 9:00. There is a cost of $17 per youth. Scholarships are available upon request. Sign up on the youth bulletin board or contact Diane Thomas at church.

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)

Join the Worship Band

Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.



Have Your Voice Heard

Choir Practice

Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m.


Join the Handbell Choir

Rehearsal are

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Fellowship Hallway 

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

Lawrenceville Lawn

Time Change

Grab a friend and join the ladies of CTL for Ladies Night Out. We will meet at the Lawrenceville Lawn, Bring your dinner, a drink, and a chair. We will meet by the Volleyball courts In the event of inclement weather this event will be moved to LaCazuela n the square in Lawrenceville. We will meet on October 19 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Gin Fitzpatrick to say you will be 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

  • November 11: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • 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

Adult Sunday School

Where God Meets Man 

 Where God Meets Man by Gerhard Forde. The book’s subtitle is “Luther’s Down to Earth Approach to the Gospel”. The class meets in the Fellowship Hall beginning shortly after the 9:00 a.m. service is completed. You may find the book at your favorite book retailer online.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

The Gospels

Pr. Dale Sillik leads this informal study of the Gospels currently studying the Gospel of Matthew. This class is held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in room 7. All are welcome. We hope to see you there. 

 Coat Drive Coming Soon

Hold on to those winter coats to donate during the youth group's annual coat drive during the month of November.


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

Mac n Cheese, Applesauce, Beef Stew, Jelly, Oatmeal, Canned Pasta, Snacks (granola bars, fruit bars, sandwich crackers), Canned Chicken, Feminine Pads, Shampoo, Dish Soap, Toothpaste, Deodorant

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

Video Viewing Event Case for Christ Part II - October 18

Ladies Night Out - October 19

Youth Fellowship Event - October 22

Elementary Sunday - October 23

Trunk or Treat - October 29

Men’s Fellowship Dinner - November 10

Book Club - November 11

Youth Sunday - November 13

Advent Begins - November 27

Christmas Cantata - December 4

Children's Christmas Pageant - December 11

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:

John Bacon

Laura Bacon

Wanda Bacon

Kenny Clark

Jeff Dahlin

Mark  Edwards

Jack Landgren

Fred Linder

Dottie Mack

Lloyd McArthur

Marsha McCutchen

 Charlene Minter

Kathy Morales

Gert Rhein

Steve Rozinka

Janet Schuman

Rebekah Spratlin

Darlene Swaim

Jean Todd

Beverly Upton

Leroy White

Linda Yeargin 


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