Welcome to Crown of Life Lutheran Church!

To joyfully introduce people to Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life. We invite you to come and worship with us.

Our current 9:00 a.m. worship service has a customized service introduction, prayers, and responsive readings based on each week of the Church Year. Music selections may come from Lutheran Service Book, The Lutheran Hymnal, Lutheran Worship, Christian Worship, and other sources. Some music is brand new, specially commissioned for Creative Worship.
Our service is family friendly, incorporating a children's message. Activity bags are available for use at your seat or a child's room, with speakers and a clear view of the sanctuary.

Education opportunities are available through a regular bible study offering and a weekly children's education program (Sunday school).

There are also many opportunities to serve in the name of Christ through the partnerships we have with various local, national and international partner organizations including Gifts for All God's Children, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Rochester Area Neighborhood House and Lutheran Heritage Fund.

Established in 2015, Crown of Life Preschool offers early childhood education programming to children from 3 years to 5 years of age. Our preschool and young fives programs are fully licensed by the State of Michigan. A thriving outreach ministry, we are blessed to be located in the heart of this neighborhood and to offer this exceptional Christian education opportunity. Click here for Preschool.

Beliefs

We are a Christian community that teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

What does it mean to be "Lutheran"?

Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phases:
Grace alone (Sola Gratia): God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith alone (Sola Fide): By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura): The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

What does it mean to belong to the "Missouri Synod"?

The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Our congregations believe the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine.

Core Values

Growth in Christ. We will remain grounded in God's Word, offer joyful Christ centered worship for all, and prayer in all things (Ps 95:6, Ps 100:2, Jn 4:23-24, Ro 12:1). We will enable our members to meet the needs of our members, families, community, and the world, serving each other as our Lord has served us (Lk 12:35, 2Co 9:12, Ep 4:12, 1Pe 4:11).

People and their Gifts (Rom 12:3-8, 1 Cor 12:12-26). We will provide a quality Christian education and opportunities to participate in ministry through every stage of life to encourage spiritual growth. (Ps 32:8, Ps 78:5, Ps 119:33, Ps 143:10, Lk 12:12, Jn 14:28, 2Ti 2:2, Heb 5:12. Mt 19:14)

Community and a Sense of Fellowship (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Heb 10:25, Matt 18:20, Acts 2:42) We will share the Good News that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior through Missions and Evangelism (Matt 28:16-20, Eph 4:11, 2TI 4:5)

Excellence in all things. Matt 25:14-30, 2 Cor 9:6-7, Col 3:23 Luke 14:28 While we strive for efficiency and effectiveness in our mission, we will courageously teach the joy-filled message of Biblical Stewardship.

Staff
Intention Interim Pastor:
Pastor Norm Koy

One of my favorite Bible Passages is from Philippians 4: "4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

We often think, "How can I rejoice in all circumstances?" On the surface it seems impossible, but that is because we confuse “rejoicing” with “happiness.” Rejoicing is based on an inner confidence. And that confidence is that we are dearly redeemed children of God, and He is with us no matter what the circumstance. Happiness is based on an outward influence, ie. something good happens to us. Things happening in our lives are not always good. So you see, we can rejoice in all circumstances because of the grace of God and what Christ has accomplished for us. As your Intentional Interim Pastor I look forward to serving you and helping you discover each day that it is truly possible to rejoice in all circumstances.

I have served the Lord in ministry since 1974. My ministry started in Cleveland, Ohio where I served as a third and fourth teacher, DCE (Director of Christian Education), music educator, and choir director. After 11 years there the Lord led me to our Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Upon graduation I was called to serve as an associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Napoleon, Oh. I served them for almost 20 years, the last 17 as their Senior Pastor. I was then lead to Trinity Lutheran Church and School where I served as their Senior Pastor for 12 years. I retired in June of this year.

I am humbled that the Lord as blessed me with many ministry opportunities for 43 years. It has been a joyful learning experience to watch God’s plans unfold in my life, plans that were never in my thought process, but always in His. Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

nkoy@crownoflifechurch.org

Preschool Director and Lead Teacher:
Allison Piasecki

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-10 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

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Music Director:
Pia Broden Williams, MM

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 150 and Psalm 23 in their entirety.

As music director, I play the keyboard instruments, sing, and direct the choir at Crown of Life. I count it a joy to share my love of Christ through the gift and ministry of song each week! My background is musically diverse. I have played the piano since age 4, but my formal training is in voice. I grew up singing and playing gospel music in the church and studied classical voice and jazz in college, while continuing my involvement in multiple groups and choirs -- including an all-female gospel jazz a cappella group.

I am happily married to my wonderful husband of 11 years. We reside in Lake Orion and have three young children, two of which are Crown of Life Preschool students.

pwilliams@crownoflifechurch.org

Crown of Life Church Office – Office Assistant:
Karen Hart

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17

Hello, my name is Karen. I recently retired and now serve as Office Assistant. I am delighted to use my administrative skills to help the office run efficiently. My husband Rick and I started visiting in 2016 and officially became members in 2017. We have a daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons. We are blessed they live close so we can see them often.

khart@crownoflifechurch.org

Crown of Life Church Office – Administrative Assistant:
Melissa Bachelard-Rochford

Favorite Bible Verse: "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

Hello, my name is Melissa and many people know me as Mel. I have been a member at Crown of life since 2012 along with my two sons, Aiden and Cole Rochford. My employment at the church started in the May of 2013 when I cleaned the church once a week. In December of 2013, I started working in the office as a part-time secretary. Some of my duties include making the worship service bulletins, creating the worship presentations, advertising and making sign-up sheets for upcoming events, and much, much more. I have also served the church in various volunteer roles including Altar Guild, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School, assisting in the tech booth, among other things. Once in a while, you may see me and my sons playing guitar during worship service. As our talent improves, we hope to perform more often (despite my nerves! LOL). I certainly love spending time at the church and with the congregation. There are so many amazing, friendly, loving, and giving people here at Crown of Life! It makes the church feel like a second home!

mbachelard@crownoflifechurch.org