February 17, 2021

I don’t know about you but after hearing the word “unprecedented” for over a year now to describe everything from politics to pandemics I wasn’t really up for hearing it applied to this week’s weather disaster.

Nevertheless, I wanted you to know that in the midst of all this misery that the light of God’s love has continued to shine through the many offers that we have received this week to share everything from a warm room in your home to free firewood.

I just heard Bishop Edward Burns, who oversees the Dallas Catholic Diocese announce that they will not be doing services today and will be waiting till Sunday to do the imposition of ashes. That was a decision that we had made as well.

It’s going to be well above freezing by Sunday and the sun might even be out, so plan now to join us for our drive-in service this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we share with each other the reminder that “You are dust and to dust you shall return”.

In some ways, it feels like we have been “Living in Lent” for over a year now. You have already had to give up so much. And there has certainly been a lot of people suffering here in Texas this week. But we also know this, that beyond all this misery there is a hope that will never freeze and never break.

As we begin this year’s Lenten season today, may the power of that hope along with God’s unending promise to love and care for you provide the faith you need to get through the next couple of days and whatever else comes next.

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks this day for your son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose journey to the cross helps us to see and to know, deep in our bones, that there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to separate us from each other or you. Continue to provide for all those in need and help us to reflect to those around us the warmth of your love, both today and forever. For it is in your name we pray, Amen
Food Pantry Closed
Although we try our very best to hand out food every single week, we have decided to close Shepherd's Pantry this Thursday evening. With so many issues being faced by all of us -- electricity, gas, water, road conditions -- the most prudent decision is for everyone to stay home and keep as safe as possible. But we will certainly be back at it next week! -- Pastor Mark
Shepherd of Life Has a New Intern!
Well... sort of... Jonathan has now moved into an official time of Internship as a part of his growth in Word and Sacrament ministry. This usually takes place around the halfway point of the Candidacy and Seminary processes. With the way Jonathan's program is designed he will continue to partner in ministry and be rooted at Shepherd of Life while reaching into new areas. What does this mean? You may see him doing new things, doing some of the things that he has done already but more often, and taking on new projects or conversations that he hasn't before. The internship time lasts for 15 months and will conclude next May. Thank you for your continued support of his growth and learning! Thank you for continuing to help make Shepherd of Life a place where leaders are formed for ministry in Christ's church!
Sanctuary Communion by Appointment

Tuesday, February 23,
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Contact Intern Pastor Jonathan Lys for an appointment at
Sunday Worship Video

Sunday School Lesson - 2/14/21
For I am the Lord who heals you…
  • For Norma Hadley who is recovering from hand surgery and will be receiving radiation treatments in a few weeks
  • For Diana Osborn's friend Norma Frisini who is in the ICU with Covid-19
  • For Joyce Ryan's brother-in-law, Dennis who has been diagnosed with Covid -19
  • For Sharon Johnson's daughter, Natalie who is in treatment for breast cancer
  • For Joe and Midge Norris' son, Brett who was diagnosed with Covid-19
  • For Susan Raven's mother Frances who is in rehab after a fall
  • For Judi Christensen who is recovering from vein ablations in her legs
  • For Diana Osborn's sister-in-law, Kenessa Pratt who is hospitalized with Covid-19
  • For Judi Christensen's friend, Barbara Pool who has Covid-19
  • For Eddie Creel and his mother, Ann who was recently put on hospice
  • For Jessica McCoy's father, Paul who just tested positive for Covid-19
  • For Eddie Creel who is waiting for a heart ablation

Jordan Lee

Sara Thomas

Donnie Young

Alan Kohutek

Lynn Evenson

Happy Anniversary animated

Dave & Marcia Thomas

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Contact Information

For more information about Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church or this newsletter, please contact Andrea Wolz at andreawolzsol@gmail.com or at 817-658-8555.

Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church
715 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76011