What's Happening @ORLC

November 24th - November 30th

Contact Information

Office Hours: Tues-Fri 9-2pm

Pastor: James Baumgartner 907.310.0342

Office Admin/Youth Leader: Ericka Stoltenberg 907.440.0367

Family Life Director: Britt Baumgartner 907.310.0341

Faith Community Nurse: Sally Coburn

Online Tithing

Checks can be mailed to: ORLC Po Box 670150 Chugiak AK 99567

Sunday Worship

10am In-Person (with masks)

10am Live via Facebook or watch it anytime using the link on our website.

To view ORLC's mitigation plan and other guidelines for in person worship click:

ORLC Mitigation Plan

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service November 25th @6pm

Hold That Feast!...just a bit. In the book of Deuteronomy, the Lord humbled Israel for just a time by not giving them the kind of feast they wanted. This year, our Thanksgiving celebrations take on a new look - with distances between friends and family. But in that delay of what we desire, we remember all good gifts come as blessings from the cross of Jesus! Join us for worship, Thanksgiving Eve @6pm.

Canned Corn Food Drive

Thank you all who donated corn to the Love Inc. Thanksgiving Blessing food drive!

Christmas Decorating November 28

Please sign up for an area to decorate. Note that decorating times are different for each area to reduce the number of people in one area. The minimum number of adults needed is also noted.

9:30 a.m. Bring Decorations in from the garage. (3 Adults)

10 a.m. Christmas Tree: assemble, hang ornaments, place decorations on floor around tree base, store decoration boxes downstairs. Vacuum floor after decorating. (6 Adults)

11 a.m. Decorate Narthex: Christmas Tree, Stairwell, Bible Study tree, swags on posts in entry way, store decoration boxes downstairs. Vacuum floor after decorating (4 Adults)

11:30 a.m. Garland and Swags hung in sanctuary, store decoration boxes downstairs. Vacuum floor after decorating. (3 Adults)

This sign up is located at the Connections Table, feel free to call the office Tuesday through Friday to check what's left on the list.

November 28th Moonwalkers

November Moonwalk will be in Eagle River along a higher elevation, lightly traveled road with views of Eagle River Valley and Anchorage.

Meet at 7 PM at the Mile High Saddle Trail parking lot (directions below). Wear weather-appropriate gear (including headlamps or flashlights, masks) and bring some hot cocoa/tea/coffee for after-walk-distanced-parking-lot- fellowship. Friends are welcome—furry or otherwise!

Directions: From Eagle River, take Eagle River Road to about Mile 3. Turn left onto Stewart Drive (Hylen Crest Subdivision sign) across from P&M Gardens. Proceed up switchbacks on streets named Stewart-Mile Hi, Lower Canyon, Wilson Way, Upper Canyon, Sheppard, Lynx, Brownie, Barclay until you see a small turn off/parking area to the right, with a gate. There is a “No Parking Beyond This Point” sign, so this is the spot! We will walk the mostly uphill road beyond. Questions? Contact Ingrid Roelfs Home: 694-8144, cell: 382-3662, roelfs@gci.net

Advent Worship Series

O Come, Emmanuel-Our worship services for the Wednesdays of Advent (7pm), and Christmas will walk through the O antiphons that declare who Christ is to us and that he has come to each one of us. We're reminded that Jesus is our Wisdom, our Lord, the Root of Jesse, the Key of David, our Dayspring, our Emmanuel and the King of Nations!

Wednesdays in Advent:

December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd

Christmas Eve:

6:00pm & 10:30pm

Christmas Day:


Children's Lunch Box 'Pantry Pack' Donation Drive

ORLC & River of Life are teaming up again to help the Children's Lunchbox Pantry Pack program. There are two ways that you can help....

1. Build your own pantry packs, now until December 20th, and drop them off at ORLC.Attached below are instructions on how to make those.

2. Donate food off the Food Wish List and drop it off at ORLC until December 20th.

Either way you contribute, you are making a tremendous impact on helping that no child goes hungry.

The lists will also be available at the Connections Corner.

If you would like to make the boxes but can't drop them off at the church please contact Ericka for porch pick ups. 907-440-0367

Men's Bible Study

Jesus is our perfect sacrifice and our perfect priest, the fulfillment of all imperfect Old Testament figures. Join us each week as we walk through the book of Hebrews together, Tuesdays @7pm, beginning Nov. 3rd.

Join Zoom Meeting


Passcode: hebrews

Offering Envelopes Update

Council has voted not to order new envelopes for the upcoming year 2021. The decision was made to find generic, unnumbered envelopes, with a line for your name, for those wanting an envelope.

River of Life and ORLC

ORLC is blessed to welcome River of Life Lutheran Church into our facility during their time of building displacement due to a fire. Their worship service will be each Sunday at 1pm, with various meetings or studies throughout the week. The office at the end of our upstairs hallway will be theirs during their stay. If you see some new faces around here, be sure to welcome your brothers and sisters in Christ!

Walkin' at the Mac

"Walkin’ at the Mac” is generally at 9AM Mon. and Thurs. (free for seniors or $2per visit/ $1.50 with punch card). If you are interested or have questions contact Ingrid Roelfs at 907-382-3662.

Alaska Mission For Christ GivingTuesdusy 2020

Thanks to some pretty generous brothers and sisters in Christ, we are thrilled to let you know that all donations made now through December 1st will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,200!

Isn't this amazing news!? Your gift of love can be doubled! Praise God!

You can click the button below to make your donation now, or send a check to our office with "GivingTuesday" in the memo line.


General Information

Scholarship Fund

  • We're forming an exploratory group to see what it would look like to offer educational scholarships for young members of our congregation. This wouldn't be limited to church work scholarships as we've done in the past, but would be open to any career direction. If you're interested, talk to Pastor James!
2022 Tour of the Holy Land
  • New Dates!!! ORLC is hosting a 10-day tour of the Holy Land, January 11-20, 2022. More information coming soon to the Connections Corner or you can download the brochure on our website Israel Tour.

Alaska Mission for Christ

  • To learn how you can serve, email TELLMEMORE@AMCLCMS.ORG or call the AMC Servant Event Coordinator, Jan Bruick @ 402-461-9691.

November Calendar of Events

Full Month Printable Link Below

Tuesday November 24th
  • 6pm Confirmation
  • 7pm Men's Bible Study (via zoom)
Wednesday November 25th
  • 6pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Saturday November 28th
  • 7pm Moonwalkers
Sunday November 29th
  • 9am Pastors Bible Study
  • 10am Worship Service 1

December Calendar of Events

Tuesday December 1st

  • 7pm Men's Bible Study (via zoom)

Wednesday December 2nd

  • 7pm Advent Worship Service

Sunday December 6th

  • 9am Pastors Bible Study
  • 10am Worship Service
Tuesday December 8th
  • 6pm Confirmation
  • 7pm Men's Bible Study (via zoom)

Wednesday December 9th

  • 7pm Advent Worship Service
Thursday December 10th
  • 7pm Council Meeting

Sunday December 13th

  • 9am Pastors Bible Study
  • 10am Worship Service

Tuesday December 15th

  • 7pm Men's Bible Study (via zoom)

Wednesday December 16th

  • 7pm Advent Worship Service
Sunday December 20th
  • 9am Pastors Bible Study
  • 10am Worship Service
Tuesday December 22nd
  • 6pm Confirmation
  • 7pm Men's Bible Study (via zoom)

Wednesday December 23rd

  • 7pm Advent Worship Service
Thursday December 24th
  • 6pm Christmas Eve Worship Service
  • 10:30pm Christmas Eve "Midnight" Service
Sunday December 27th
  • 9am Pastors Bible Study
  • 10am Worship Service

Serving the Lord in November

Full Month Printable Link Below

November 29th

Altar Guild: Gaye Sarvela & Ingrid Roelfs

Pianist: Steve Eng

Lector: Matt Jacobson

Serving the Lord in December

December 6th

Altar Guild: Marianne Dabbs & Christy Andrews

Pianist: Carol Shearer

Lector: Vern Roelfs

December 13th

Altar Guild: Marianne Dabbs & Lauren Johnston

Pianist: Carol Shearer

Lector: Kathy Simpson

December 20th

Altar Guild: Marianne Dabbs & Mary Losey

Pianist: Praise Band

Lector: Martha Wilkins

Christmas Eve 7pm

Altar Guild: Gaye Sarvela


Lector: Jane Walker

Christmas Eve 10:30pm

Altar Guild: Marianne Dabbs


Lector: Kathy Simpson

December 25th

Altar Guild:

Pianist: Carol Shearer

Lector: Geri Wacker

December 27th

Altar Guild: Jane Walker & Lauren Johnson


Lector: Carol Shearer

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

Full Month Printable Link Below


1 Jane Walker

6 Mark Johnson

7 Suzanne McCarthy

8 Todd Knutson

9 Bryce Hattenburg

10 Katie Losey

12 Rylen Schroll

17 Ernie Stoltenberg

17 Barbara Bell

20 Britt Baumgartner

23 Kathy Wallman-Hidek

27 Annika Roelfs

30 Ryan Enlow


12 John & Jessica Della Croce

14 Justin & Nicole Farr

19 Al & Karen Nyback

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Are you a Fred Meyer Customer?

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Fred Meyer Website