Spirit of Life's annual report for 2022 is out! In it we celebrate the work that God is up to in South Kitsap and beyond. We are thankful for the ways in which the Good News is shared in and through this place. To read the entire report click here.
If you are a voting member of the congregation, the congregational meeting will be held Sunday, January 29, after worship. Please check your email for the materials pertaining to this meeting. If you have not received the materials, please email Pastor Marietta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stories, scriptures, and traditions of Christmas have passed down through the generations. At Spirit of Life this year, we are remembering those who have taught us the stories, who have shown us unconditional love, who have enacted their faith through loving others. You are invited to slow down, ponder, rest, and remember. Each week on Wednesdays at 6 pm we will gather for a simple meal of soup and bread, following by a short, contemplative worship service. On Sundays, we gather at 10 am for worship and fellowship. We will sing familiar Christmas carols, celebrate the people who were part of Jesus' birth story and be assured that we are part of the story that God is telling about the world. We will remember that God meets us in our fears and that we can choose a better way, especially when we see God in each other. This Christmas, amid the hustle and bustle, the concerns of our modern life, and the joy that we find in the little things, come to Spirit of Life to rest and remember.
All events take place at Spirit of Life Lutheran Church
8730 Phillips Road SE, Port Orchard WA 98367
Wednesday Advent Soup and Worship at 6 pm
November 30: There is Room
December 7: Love Comes Running
December 14: Instructions for a Hard Choice
Sunday Advent Worship at 10 am
November 27: There is Room for Your Story
December 4: God Meets Us in Our Fear
December 11: With God, We Can Choose a Better Way
December 18: A No-Rehearsal, Quite Silly, Almost Accurat-ish Christmas Pageant
Christmas Eve at 4 pm
December 24: We Tell This Story
Christmas Day at 10 am
December 25: God Dwells With Us
From Pastor Marietta:
On the day of the shooting at Uvalde Elementary School in Texas in May, we had to go into lockdown here at Spirit of Life and Little Doves Children's Learning Center due to police action in the area. As that day unfolded, I was met again and again by the reality that gun violence is something we are collectively experiencing and that we can collectively work to unpack. Thankfully, our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has created a resources that will help us begin: The 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence. These free materials can be downloaded at this site: elca.org/60days. I invite you to join in this study with me on Wednesday nights on Zoom. We will meet at 7 pm from September 21 to November 16. The Zoom link is provided in your weekly email, or by contacting me.
The study is an individual, daily reflection that lasts for 60 days. Over the course of the study we will be informed, inspired, and invited. We will gather once a week to share our thoughts, discuss what we are reading and to pray for an end to gun violence. I look forward to this time together. I have also invited our siblings in Christ at First Lutheran, Elim Lutheran and St. Bede's Episcopal to join us. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out at email@example.com or (360) 876 5094.
RECORDINGS OF SESSIONS
If you miss a session and would like to watch a recording of it, let Pastor Marietta know either by calling her, 360 876 5094, or emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit of Life celebrated snow days by sharing their best photos and videos of God's beauty. We may have been stuck at home for a few days, but we celebrated by getting outside and enjoying the peace. Our dogs and kids definitely had a good time! Click here to watch the video on our YouTube Channel.
Our theme for this special season leading up to Christmas is:
We're excited to begin the season of preparation for Christmas with midweek worship services and a simple meal at Spirit of Life. We will hold worship services on Wednesdays, Dec. 8th, and 15th, at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Our 11:30 a.m. service will be held on Zoom. Click here to join. The gathering at 6 p.m. will be held in the sanctuary. You are invited to bring a pot of soup or a loaf of bread to share.
11.28.2021 Anticipating the One Luke 21:25-36
12.5.2021 Preparing for the One Luke 3:1-6
12.12.2021 Expecting the One Luke 3:7-18
12.19.2021 Illuminating the One Luke 1:39-45[46-55]
12.24.2021 The One Incarnate Luke 2:1-14[15-20]
Our book group will review the book "The Chosen" on December 7th at JoAnn's house, 6 pm. Meal will be baked potatoes. Bring your favorite toppings or a side to share. You are welcome to join the group even if you haven't read the book and there is still a copy available in the church office.
Please plan to join your friends from First Lutheran and Elim Lutheran on Tuesday, November 23, for a Thanksgiving Eve Eve service. The service will be held at 7 pm at Elim Lutheran, 5911 E Hillcrest Dr, Port Orchard, WA 98366. The full worship service with communion will include a variety of music and a good word shared by Jeff Faucett, a retired South Kitsap fire chief. You are also invited to bring a donation of nonperishable food. There will be Covid-safe refreshments after the service. Questions? Check with Vicar Marietta by emailing email@example.com or calling the church, 360 876 5094.