October 2019 Newsletter


Welcome to the monthly news. There are many ways for you to connect with God and with our neighbors at LCOC and beyond.  You are invited to share this news with new neighbors and others who may be interested in hearing what God is doing through the people and ministry of LCOC. Also bring others to come and be a part of these various ministry opportunities!  


Pastor Darcy

Looking back---2019 has been a year where we have connected with the past as we celebrated 50 years of God's faithfulness through the ministry of LCOC. I invite you to take another look at the story boards in the hallway leading to and in the fellowship hall. The pictures tell some of the stories of the people and experiences that God has used equip people to grow as committed disciples of Christ.

Moving forward---2019 is also a year where we connect with the future as we begin our New Connections campaign. Through this initiative, over the next three years, we plan to engage at least 50 new people in the joy and privilege of serving in God's mission through LCOC and to raise funds 
to support people in their faith development and to equip LCOC in ministry.

As we embark on these exciting possibilities, I invite you to remember what God wants FOR you. God wants to be in relationship with you and for you to know of God's love, peace, mercy, forgiveness, joy, hope and more. God wants FOR you to set your hope on "...God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life" (1Timothy 6:17-19)

What does LCOC want FOR you? We want YOU "take hold of the life that is really life" (1st Timothy, 6:19). This life is about knowing, living, and sharing the story of God's love, peace, mercy, forgiveness, joy, hope and more. To support you growing in this life that God and LCOC want FOR you, each family will be given a four-week devotional called Whole-life Generosity Devotional: Living in Relationship, Gratitude and Release. Then beginning on October 20th, we will begin a special sermon series that will focus on this devotional:

                              October 20          Living with God
                              October 27           Living with Gratitude
                              November 3        Living with Faith
                             November 10       Living with Generosity

Praying for you and LCOC as we grow in the life that is really life!

Ideas? Questions?  Email the council  

Cou n cil President

In our world today, we have special days for a variety of causes and celebrations and October is no exception with special days set aside for Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Healthy Lung Month being just a few.

October 2019 brings another special time with LCOC kicking off our New Connections Campaign. This three-year campaign will be focused on engaging 50 new active people and raising funds to carry on our ministries into the future. This will allow us to connect even more with others, and share God's love to grow in faith and serve by offering more education and development and enhancing our facility to make it even more welcoming.

There will be many opportunities to invite others, pledge your support, and get involved not only in parts of the New Connections Campaign itself, but the ministries both old and new that we will do as we move forward.

Remember, people matter...you matter...the fact that God created us in his image is a testimony to that. So, as we kick off New Connections, reflect on God's word in John 3:16, 1 Peter 5:7, and Psalm 55:22 about how much he cares for us and all our brothers and sisters in this world. And remember that to be a connection is to be not only a contact and a messenger, but also an ally, a friend, a mentor.

Review all the ways that LCOC invites and nurtures you (Bible study, prayer groups, education hours, worship, fellowship, and community service ministries), and share that with those around you.

Thanks to all those who have been connecting and giving over the last month, especially all those who were a blessing on God's Work/Our Hands Day and at the Bull Run Troubadours Concert -both benefiting ACTS.

In thanks,

to worship God and fellowship with the community

Prayer Breakfast
Men's Prayer Breakfast

Striving each week to look to the past, present and future watching and waiting for the return of our savior.  The next Prayer breakfast is scheduled for October 12th.  Please join us.

Community Prayer Group
The LCOC community prayer group meets the seco nd Saturday of each month from 7:30 am to 9 am in the Work Room. All are welcome to this time when joys, concerns and hopes are lifted in prayer.
Next gathering: September 14 at 7:30 am.

Matt. 21:13 - My house will be called a house of prayer,.....

Worship Committee  
Oct 16 Healing Service at 7:00 p.m. This is a quiet service of prayer, readings and hymns. For those of you who sense the need for God's healing in any aspect of your lives, for yourself or for others you love, may receive the gifts of prayer and the laying on of hands and anointing with oil.  

Oct 25 -   Reformation Sunday - 8:30 and 11:00 am
All are invited to wear RED

Nov 3 -  All Saints Sunday - 8:30 and 11 am
Service will include lifting up the names of loved ones who have died in the last year. Please submit names to office@lcocdalecity.org  by October 31st

Come and check out the new special space for children in the sanctuary! A comfortable rug featuring Noah's ark is on the floor next to the baptismal font, along with bag full of colorful cloth tiles featuring animals and letters of the alphabet.

The search continues for a new choir director. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this position please have them send their resume to resume@lcocdalecity.org
In the meantime, Mickie Krause has agreed to serve as interim choir director - Thank you, Mickie.

Choir rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:30.
The next meeting of the Worship Committee is Saturday, October 19 at 9 am in the work room. All are welcome to join us as we plan future worship services. We look forward to hearing new ideas on how to make LCOC worship time more meaningful as we praise God and hear His Word.

in our relationship with God through prayer, Bible Study, and service
Fall Education Series:
Come and be a part of the engaging conversation as we explore the Biblical understanding of stewardship with Dr. Mark Alan Powell who is a New Testament Professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio.

Stewardship means "belonging to God" - all that we are and all that we have comes from God. We are grateful to God for it all, and responsible to God for how we use it. There is a connection between stewardship and spirituality: generous giving as a spiritual discipline helps us to grow in Christ.
October 6 : Biblical Stewardship: Motives for Giving

October 13 : Biblical Stewardship: Duty & Delight

October 20: New Connections Kick-Off Brunch

October 27: Biblical Stewardship: Cheerful Sacrifices

The LCOC council has been working to develop several policies to create best practices. We invite everyone to come and learn about these policies that will be voted on at the November 17th annual meeting:

November 3: LCOC gift policy - Special Guest: ELCA Regional Gift planner, Yvonne Lembo

November 10: Child Protection Policy

The Tuesday morning Bible study has resumeed at 10 AM with the study of Luke.

All are welcome!

of our resources, time, and talents in response to 
God's extravagant generosity towards us

The Lord delights in blessing his children and wants us to share that delight in giving and being a blessing.  Thank you for living generously and being part of God's work here at LCOC and beyond.

Additional Ways to Give:
Giving when you shop online through:  Amazon Smile  or  GoodShop

Vanco online giving:  
Thrivent:  Benefit Members are eligible for two action teams/year which provides $250 of seed money for various projects.  Associate Members are eligible for one action team/year.  

forth to serve others and share the story of God's love for all
Youth Group


Mark your calendar:
Thrift Sale - November 2nd

December 6-8 - Chrysalis


God richly blessed the cooperation between LCOC, Mustard Seed and Iglesia Palabra Viva congregations for God's Work/Our Hands Day where many folks went out and helped clean up Cloverdale Road while another group decorated bags and boxes for children's snacks and household items for those in the ACTS shelters (234 pounds of materials!).

The projects were preceded by a joint worship service and followed by food and fellowship time with the three congregations which were very uplifting. Thanks to all who brought in items for ACTS, helped with the luncheon, participated in the service projects, and offered support in a variety of ways!

We will continue to find more ways to connect and serve as we kick off the New Connections Campaign on October 20th. We still need some folks to join in on creating exciting visual images that will capture this campaign's purpose: developing the faith of our members and those we meet, connecting with others to share God's love and serve him by serving them. We are working on an awesome video to help us visualize how we have been blessed and how much more we can accomplish as we move forward.

Please make the services, events, and opportunities to serve offered part of your plans and pledge your support of time, talents, and resources. New Connections is not just a campaign-it is a way of thinking and living.
God's Word says: "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." 2 Corinthians 9:11

With thanks,

Treasurers Report

October  Treasurer's Report
This month at a glance
2 Colette L
8 Bailey Z
9 Pam M
14 Michael E
15 Kaley P
18 Troy S
22 Ruth J
29 Joan H
29 Jean Z
31 Gudrun A
31 Les B
5 Diane and Mark DeGroodt
8 Richard and Kendra Shock
22 Steve and Cyndi Wichelt
26 Brian and Wendy Ward
5 Cody K
16 Arianna R
17 Heather H
18 James M  
Homebound Members
Ruth J.
Jean J.
Mary S.
Virginia S.
Linda S.
Members in the Military
Tyler R
Tom M
Ryan L
Samuel B
Xavier  D

Please remember to keep our service members and their families in your prayers as they serve our country. If you have someone to add to this list, please contact the office.

Flower Calendar
The altar flowers for this month are given to the glory of God and contributed by: 

October 6
The Sweatman family in celebration of Tim's birthday &
The Owusu family in celebration of Alelia's first birthday.

October 20
The Sweatman family in celebration of Troy's birthday &
the Adams family in celebration of Gudrun's birthday.

October 27
The Burroughs family in celebration of Les' birthday &
the Rudy family in honor of Linda Dunn.


October 5, 2019


October 5 -  ACTS IWalk
October 12 -  Installation of Metro DC Bishop,
Leila Ortiz
October 16 -  Healing Service
November 17 -  Annual Meeting
December 11 -  Advent Service of Hope

The Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America requests the honor of your presence at the installation of The Reverend Leila M. Ortiz as Bishop of The Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.
The Reverend Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop , Evangelical Lutheran Church America

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am.
University of Maryland - Memorial Chapel, 
7600 Baltimore Avenue 
College Park, MD 20742.

Reception to follow immediately after the service.  


OTLWB Book Club
The book club resumes meeting on October 14th at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion of Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict. November's selection is  Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce. 

If you would like more information, 
please see Sandy S. or Diane D.
God's Work, Our Hands

Blessing the Pets

Prayer Opportunities

              Prayer List Ministry                 

Prayer Chain Ministry: 
Please send an email to prayerchain@lcocdalecity.org 
or call the Prayer Chain Lead at 571-210-1979      
 Free Ceaseless Prayer App: 

One way that we connect and have fun at LCOC is through Fellowship opportunities.  Dale Gallentine and I are developing a Fellowship team and we invite YOU to come, have fun and meet to plan some upcoming events. Sign up in the Narthex to be a part of this team or email us at fellowship@lcocdalecity.org with questions or ideas. We would greatly appreciate your support for this team!  We look forward to working together to create new connections through fellowship. Thank you!

Blessings on you,
Darla Ferris

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