Posts by Mike Openshaw

SPRINGTIME!

SPRINGTIME! Spring has arrived, and not a moment too soon!  Trees that were dormant are budding & leafing out, flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the grass needs mowing, and the lizards are hanging out.  Renewal is in the air! It’s springtime for our nation, as well, as we slowly […]

HOPE

HOPE In the dramatic ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as everything is falling apart for the resistance, a messenger delivers a transmission to Princess Leia, asking, “What is it they’ve sent us?” And Carrie Fisher’s character replies with one word: “Hope.” Hope is something we desperately need in times of crisis, like […]

HELP!

HELP! I hope each person who is part of the Lighthouse family reads this, prays about it, and responds as able. This is an open appeal to our congregation, as your help is needed in several key areas: 1)  Offerings.  We went from one of the highest offering months on record in December to one […]

RENEW, REBUILD, REACH OUT

Renew, Rebuild, Reach Out Our Ministries, Our Facilities, Ourselves Like most of you, I’m glad to see the last year over (although God really blessed us and taught us many things), and I’m excited about the possibilities for this year!  Sooner or later, we’re going to get back into our building again and resume in-person […]

LETTERS OF SUPPORT NEEDED

Letters of Support Needed:  Letters of support are needed for the Oceanside Planning Commission virtual hearing on January 11, 2021, concerning the proposed sale and development of a portion of our church property for development by Sunrise Senior Living into an assisted living seniors facility.  A sample letter is available at the visitor’s table on […]

THE MESSIAH HAS COME!

The Messiah Has Come! Fearing the next fiat from Dr. Fauci? Grumbling over the governor’s latest gambits?  Bummed over the steady barrage of bad news?  Here’s some good news: The Messiah has come! This has been a challenging year: There is the pandemic, where many have lost jobs, income, or even family members.  People have […]

WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS

When the Smoke Clears  Ever try navigating through thick smoke or fog, especially at night?  It can be frustrating, even dangerous, because you can’t see what lies ahead.  You move along slowly, cautiously, waiting for the smoke to clear. That’s what life in 2020 has felt like for many. Between the pandemic and the lockdowns […]

MOVING FORWARD IN DANGEROUS WATERS

Moving Forward in Dangerous Waters According to the U.S. Merchant Marine, 1,554 ships under U.S. flag or with American service members on board were sunk during WWII by torpedoes, shelling, bombs, kamikazes, or mines.  Many lives were lost in those dangerous waters. Guiding the church these days is like guiding a ship at night through […]