September 30, 2023

September 30, 2023

The Kingdom

of Heaven is Near

The good man's past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man's past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why...the Blessed will say "We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven, and the Lost, "We were always in Hell." And both will speak truly.” -The Great Divorce by CS Lewis

In Matthew chapter four, Jesus begins his ministry with these words, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” The verb "eggizo" is difficult to translate in this passage. It means "to come near". It can refer to space, as one person coming close to another person; or to time, as "it's almost time". Due to the ambiguity of the tense and translation, we could say: "Heaven’s rule has arrived and is arriving." The challenge for us is to live as Jesus calls us to live here in Matthew 4, “the kingdom has come near.” It is a present reality but something that is not yet fully realized. In order for us to live out our calling as Church, this reality must be true for us.


Pastor Brad


Adult Faith Formation

A study of the Book of Exodus

10:00 a.m. in Room 10 in the Fellowship Hallway

Led by Pastor Brad

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 = $112,100.00

Pledged Gifts to Be Received = $ 22,000.00

Remaining Needed = $ 65,900.00

We are eagerly anticipating how God will move us in this community as we retire this debt. WE WILL GO IN PEACE AND SERVE THE LORD.

Community Sunday

A Huge Success

This past Sunday was Christ the Lord's first Community Sunday. Our two services merged into one for this special day. We utilized traditional liturgy with contemporary music. The choir was outstanding under the direction of Diliana. There were over 175 people in worship.

Worship was followed by a potluck lunch complete with a barbecue cookoff. Entries into the competition included, ribs, pulled pork, smoked meatloaf, and chicken. Our chefs were Pastor Brad, Jim Clark, Donald Aldridge, Glenn Mierop, John Miller, Dave Mack, and Cathy Norton. Sides and desserts were provided by a number of attendees. We were well-fed.

Many thanks to Kelli Robinson for organizing the event. She had a team of volunteers who set up, decorated, served and cleaned up. Friends filled the fellowship hall and enjoyed overflow seating in the courtyard. There were games and activities for all ages. We can hardly wait until the next Community Sunday.

And the winner is..... Donald Aldridge

The voting was super close for the seven entries into the cookoff. Donald Aldridge won by one vote for his smoked meatloaf. What a great day of worship, fellowship, and food!

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).

The Bible study topic is

A Better Way

New Session Begins

Tuesday, October 17

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

Orientation will be held for new participants on October 10

at 6:00 p.m.

First Place For Health

A New Session Begins in October

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

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

Second Grade Bible Presentation

October 8

We are looking forward to presenting our second-grade students with a lovely hardcover Bible for their faith formation journey. The Bible presented is written at a third-grade reading level so it is easy for the younger students to read and grasp the meaning. Equipping our children with the tools they need to learn about God and His love is an important role of our congregation. Bibles will be given out on Sunday, October 8 at both services. Please the front office if you have a second-grade student ready to receive a Bible.

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.

Time for the Annual Yard Sale

Our annual Yard sale is quickly approaching. The sale will be held at the church on Saturday, October 7, 8 am to 2 pm. This year we are seeking many congregation members to help with the sale. The proceeds from the sale will be going toward the mortgage campaign We are looking for volunteers for the following jobs:


  • Pricing items
  • Work a shift on sale day, October 7
  • Set-up for sale on October 4th, 5th , and 6th
  • Promote the sale on your local social media 

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.

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

October 13The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski

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, Contact Jenny Lanning in the church office and 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.


Peanut Butter and Jelly, Applesauce, Canned Fruit, Oatmeal

Canned Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Soup, Canned Chicken or Tuna


Laundry Detergent, Sizes 3-6 Diapers, Baby Wipes, 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.

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. 

Synod Wide Confirmation

Camp at Lutheranch

September 29 to October 1


Yard Sale

October 7


Second Grade Bible Presentation

October 8

First Place 4 Health

Orientation - October 10

Children's Ministry Sunday

October 22

Red Cross Blood Drive

October 25

Calendar Sales Begin

October 29

Youth Sunday

November 12

Advent Program

December 3

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

Shirley Beard

Marilyn Cimarossa

Kenny Clark

Cindy Cormier

Jeff Dahlin

Landon Doohan

Raquel Doohan 

Mark Edwards

Judy Gaddis

Otto Hering

Barbara Hood

Family of Hannah Johnson

Ron King

Darleen Krautwurst

Dottie Mack

Kathy Morales

Tony Musone

Rozinka Family

Janet Schuman

David Shoberg

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