Month: September 2016

Thanks Guys!

Over two years ago, the men’s group of our church decided they needed to clean out their garages, storage units, and backyard sheds and have a “tools and toys sale. They invited others to do the same. After a few knee replacements, snowbird migrations, and calendar issues, the guys pulled it off. They picked up items, stored them, displayed, and sold them. They promoted the sale on the radio and through flyers and word of mouth. Their dedication was an amazing thing to watch!

Just over a week ago, they held a hugely successful tool sale that will benefit all of us in great ways!

This group continues to amaze me at the way they are dedicated to this church. Through parking cars and other fundraising efforts, they provide funds for our youth and kids, our building, and our outreach to those in need. I am proud to say that ours is one of the most dedicated men’s groups I have seen in my 27 years in ministry!

Thanks, guys, for all you do!

Next up: Our women’s group holds their annual rummage sale! Let’s show our support!

Gary

Making Ourselves Available

Last Wednesday evening we had our LOCC Kidz kickoff and registration event.  The theme for the evening was “Banana Night”.  Our children and adults were asked to wear yellow, and activities included real bananas.  We even went a little “bananas”!

When the banana games were over, we closed our time with a prayer circle in the middle of the gym.  There, in darkness, by only the light of the yellow “glow sticks” we had given the kids, we talked about how the scriptures remind us that Jesus is the “light of the world”.  Even in the darkest times of our lives, we receive the light.  Some shared joys and concerns from their lives.   At the end of their sharing, each participant said “Lord”, and the group finished by saying “Hear our prayer”.

There, in the darkness of our gym, in the yellow glow of those glow sticks, we encountered God.  Although everyone didn’t offer a joy or concern, these kids made themselves available to the presence of God in community.  In other words, they were doing “church”.

Our worship time is about making ourselves available to the presence of God through community.  That is how we are called to “do” church.  The idea is that we are amazing individuals who experience ministry better when we do it together… We gather here, and then go into the world to live, love, and serve.

Our kids get what being church is about.  I pray that we, as adults, can get it too! 

That we can show up and make ourselves available to God and each other in Christ’s name…..

“Lord…..   “________   Our _________”   (Fill in the blanks)

Peace!

Gary