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LCC Update

Issue 02

A Note from Dan, Lead Pastor
A Thriving Church

LCC family! What an exciting thing it is to be a part of the body of Christ. Jesus has saved us from our sin and has given us a reason to live and to thrive together!

1 Thessalonians 1:8-10  (ESV)

"For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."

What does it mean to be a church that thrives? Is it a nice looking building? Is it a worship encounter that excels above all others? Is it a powerful speaker? Or good attendance numbers? Is it successful financial numbers? Or having every ministry position filled with volunteers?

For the church is Thessalonica, none of these were the measure. Their reputation and impact came from something much simpler - they served and they waited. A thriving church is a church that is focused outward on serving. Its people have made the shift to know that a life devoted to the self is idol worship and without hope. It is lifeless and lacks purpose. But a life that is centered on serving Jesus - brings life and growth not only to themselves, but to all those around them. For us, this life centered on serving affects everyone. We live ready to help those new to feel welcome and loved. We move towards them and take them in as our own, leading them to Jesus. We lift up those who are hurting. We purposefully encourage others through storms. On Sunday morning, in group life, and in our circles we look outward - ready to initiate and serve. 

A thriving church is also a church that waits. It’s people regularly anticipate the return of Jesus. They talk about it. They remind each other of it. They choose life with Jesus now in preparation of His return. They have great hope because they are not planted in this world. They are eager for what’s next. 

In contrast, the “unthriving” church lives focused inward. Its people are centered on staying comfortable, isolated, and focused on their own needs being met. Instead of moving towards others, they opt for others to move towards them. The “unthriving” church is also not waiting for anything. They have everything they need in life on earth right now. 

Our impact as a thriving church is not about buildings, skills in worship or speaking, attendance, volunteers, or finances. It is about serving Jesus and others. And it’s about hopeful anticipation of His return. 

Let’s run this journey together continuing to serve and wait. We’ve got lots to opportunities to do that this month. Let’s not waste any of them. It’s an exciting time to be in the body of Christ!

In Him,

Dan

HONDURAS

JULY 4-11, 2020

We're headed ton Honduras this summer and want to take you with us! We will be able to meet the kids we sponsor, and maybe even some of their families. It is going to be a really sweet and unique opportunity to ‘be on the ground,’ with these folks, to see a snapshot of their day-to-day life. This team will get to be ambassadors for what our partnership with the Sowers can look like. We will have opportunities to hear of ways we can further partner with Pastor Marvin, the teachers and families there, in hopes of us coming back to LCC with creative ideas to further deepen our relationship with them. We're looking to finalize travel plans by the end of this month. Email Gabi Taylor, Youth Ministries Resident, (gabi@lifecommunity.com) if you're interested! 
 
I'm Interested in Going to Honduras
LADIES' CRAFT + SCRAP
February 21st (6:00 p.m. to midnight) and 22nd (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) at LCC

Are you ready for a couple of days with absolutely nothing to do, but eat, hang with your girl-friends, craft, scrapbook, or whatever seems to make your day? Bring a snack and your favorite beverage to share each day. We will order Pizza on Saturday night, so bring cash. Even if you don't craft or scrapbook, join us anyway! There will be plenty of hanging out together.
GUYS' GAME NIGHT
Friday, February 28 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Get ready for a night filled with fun group activities like Cards, Board Games, Jackbox.TV games in the Auditorium, Cornhole, and even Pickle Ball! Pizza will be provided, and all we ask is that you bring $10 (to cover food, drinks, prizes and contributing to small denomination gift cards that can be handed out to people in need as the need arises). 
Giving

Monthly budget: $59,206.00
January giving: $38,819.10
December final: $58,661.91
Building Fund so far: $37,251.71
 

Building Fund: Our roof is in desperate need of attention. We have opened a specific fund to replace it and are looking to raise up to $160,000. There are two ways to contribute to this extra giving.

1. Online - select the "Building Fund"
2. Any of the boxes located near each auditorium exit with a note of "Building Fund"

Did you know you can support LCC while shopping on Amazon? Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1441147 and Amazon donates to Life Community Church.

Thank you for faithfully giving to His work at LCC!
Want to start giving? You can here:
Giving at LCC
COMING UP:

2/6 or 2/8 - Group Life Training at the building
2/9 - Communion during service
2/9 - Prayer Night at the building, 6 p.m.
2/14-16 - Youth Life Winter Retreat
2/21-22 - 13th Annual Ladies' Craft and Scrap Weekend
2/23 - Final day to collect letters for sponsored kids in Honduras
2/28 - Guys' Game Night, 6 p.m.
2/29-3/6 - Team in Honduras handing out backpacks
2/23 or 3/1 - Baptism Info Meeting
3/8 - Hilliard Food Pantry Drive
3/15 - Baptism during service
Listen to our February Playlist: Click here
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LCC BLOG: My Heart Hurts
Written by the people of LCC

My heart hurts. Not in the “I’m about to keel over and die” kind of way. In the “why is the world so messed up” kind of way. Everywhere I look I see people hurting.

Politically the country is divided. Families break apart. Divorce happens all the time. Kids grow up without parents. There are wars, murders, terrorist attacks, car accidents, cancer, and fill in the blank of countless other things that bring pain and destruction.

If I think about these things too much I’m left on the brink of weeping. I’m left on the edge of this precipice of despair and I think “maybe I should just throw myself in. There is no hope. There’s no coming back from this.” I ask God, “why do you allow this to continue? Why not just end it and call your elect home?”

Then these thoughts make me more sad because I don’t want to admit I have them. I don’t want to admit the dark scary thoughts I have. I don’t want to admit the amount of anger I carry around with me every day. The anger I avoid at all costs because I’m scared of investigating what I’m really angry about and when I’m confronted by the underlying cause I’m afraid that there will be nothing I can do about it. I’ll just be left with no outlet. I’ll be left with all the anger and still have nothing to do with it.

So, I avoid my anger like the plague. I run and hide from it. But let’s be honest, all this anger is probably just a mask to cover over the sadness. The heart-rending sadness that leaves me weeping and broken.
  
I think that sadness is a small bit of what sent Jesus to the cross. He saw, and still sees, all the hopelessness and despair of His children. He gave us something to hope in, something to hold on to.

Maybe that’s more of my problem than anything, I’m losing focus. I’m so caught up in looking at the hurt and pain around me that I stop looking toward heaven. I forget the hope I’ve found in Jesus. I forget that even when I hurt, even when I see the brokenness around me, and in me, I’m not lost. I’m not alone. I don’t have to focus on it. I can turn my eyes to Jesus and let Him walk me through it. I can trust that even if my pain never ends in this world, I have been assured a place in heaven.
    
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS

Kinship: Issue One

The first annual LCC publication is here! We interviewed 6 people about taking risks, being with God and more. Filled with photos and conversation. For our people, by our people. $20/issue available in the lobby beginning this Sunday (accepting cash or Venmo).
 
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