By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008
Lead Servant Jonathan Schultz has big plans for Lord of Life Lutheran Church despite the recent theft of their equipment.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church recently dealt with a disheartening situation when their six-by-nine-foot trailer containing all of the church’s holy items and video, audio and lighting equipment was stolen. More than $42,000 in equipment was lost, in addition to priceless items such as their altar, cross, communion ware and beautiful handmade paraments. “We have forgiven whoever did this,” said Lead Servant Jonathan Schultz. “If our belongings are returned, there will be no questions asked.”
During this period of difficulty, Lord of Life has been flooded with support by area churches, residents and businesses. Local churches have donated numerous items, including candles and a cross. One couple pledged money each month until Lord of Life regains financial stability. Even the audio equipment store that the church purchased from has loaned them new equipment. “Thanks to the generosity of the community, I believe we are going to recoup quickly,” said Jonathan.
To raise funds for Lord of Life, Broken Arrow Roller Sports, located at 551 West Oakland Place, is sponsoring a skate night on Sunday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $3, and all proceeds will go directly to Lord of Life. Every church in Broken Arrow has been invited to participate, and anyone else who wants to help is encouraged to join the evening of fun.
Lord of Life continues to meet Sunday mornings at the Broken Arrow High School cafeteria at 193rd East Avenue and 61st Street. Sunday school classes begin at 9 a.m. and contemporary worship services are at 10. The church is currently in the process of finding a permanent place of worship. They are also working on plans to open a coffee shop where church members and others can visit, do business, and hold meetings. Jonathan’s goal is to provide a relaxing, spiritual environment with a play area for kids, computer access, free Wi-Fi, and printing and faxing services.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church was established by the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod (LCMS) last year. The vision of LCMS is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with 100 million people in a 10-year period. The church body has already raised millions of dollars around the globe to establish 2,000 churches in the United States, six of which will be located in Tulsa.
Jonathan is thrilled with the positive response Lord of Life has received since it was initiated. “We’ve already performed seven baptisms this year,” he said. “A church is about relationships – with Jesus Christ and with the community – and I’m thankful so many people are able to find a spiritual home with us.”
Jonathan has been a minister for over 30 years. Before Lord of Life was founded, he served as Minister of Worship at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow. Last year he served as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for Shepherd’s Care Hospice of Wagoner in addition to his work at Lord of Life, to help the church get started. He continues to provide bereavement counseling through GriefShare, a 13-week program open to anyone who has lost someone in their life, whether it was 20 minutes or 20 years ago. The program is designed to help people deal with their pain and other issues with one-on-one counseling, group discussions, videos, and personal assignments such as writing grief letters and journaling. “I’ve witnessed GriefShare provide real healing to a lot of people,” said Jonathan. For more information or to sign up for a daily email, visit www.griefshare.org.
To learn more about Lord of Life Lutheran Church, call Jonathan Schultz at (918) 520-9829, or go online to www.lordoflifeba.org. You can also send an email to eat1@eau1eav1eaw1.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.