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 Bible classes for all ages, worship in our nice sanctuary, and Bible studies and group meetings throughout the week. Our offices will be fully open to the public again, and deacons, ministry leaders, and volunteers will be able to come in freely to help out and serve. Children and teens will be seen running around inside again, we will see each others’ faces without masks, and we can finally shake hands or hug each other again. Those days are coming! In the meantime, we need to be wise and careful and patient.
Jeff Roddy, one of our elders, asked our church elders and pastors to be praying about God’s vision and goals for our church for the new year, and God kept impressing on me: Renew, Rebuild, Reach Out. That applies to our ministries, many of which have lain dormant since last March; and to our facilities, which have aged and experienced much wear over nearly 20 years; and to our property, which is on the verge of having a piece sold and the rest needing revitalized; and to ourselves – all of which need to be renewed, rebuilt, and to reach out. What can you do to be a part of this? I’m glad you asked!
Stay connected. If you can worship in person with us, please do! We continue to rent equipment, hire AV techs, bring in instrumentalists & worship leaders as needed, provide a weekly Children’s Lesson & activity packet, and online lessons through our website, and to work all week to provide the best outdoor worship services we can, to keep as many as possible connected & safe (chairs are still distanced & sanitized after each service, or you can bring your own; people should wear masks until seated, stay distanced & not shake hands or hug; there are touchless hand sanitizers at entrances & exits to our patio; and new touchless faucets & soap dispensers in the main restrooms). If you cannot come in person, be sure to watch from home, as our messages continue to be posted to our website (www.lightcc.org), YouTube, and Facebook by 5:00 p.m. each Sunday, or you can watch KOCT (ch. 18 on Cox) from noon-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays if you live in Oceanside (3 weeks behind). The longer the lockdowns continue, the more effort it takes to stay connected, so don’t disconnect, and if you have lost touch, please re-connect with us so you can be a part of what God is doing at Lighthouse (we have a great sermon series through Matthew: The Messiah Has Come!). Be reading through Matthew, and if you can help with the set-up, disinfecting, or take-down crew, thanks!
Keep giving. Last year was the best financial year we have had at Lighthouse – even during a pandemic; even with a reduction of over 1/4 of our in-person attendance on Sunday mornings (esp. the last 2 weeks – come back!) – God still provided through our very faithful and generous people! So don’t let up – it’s making a difference! And if you can give online, it is the safest and most consistent way (contact our office if you need help).
Send in written goals for this year if you are a pastor, deacon, or ministry leader to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1. Please make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-sensitive (like “Recruit and train 3 new helpers by June 1″ or “Resume all classes by Sept. 12″). We need your plans to Renew, Rebuild & Reach out!
Pray for your church, its ministries, and its leaders, and for yourself – to Renew, Rebuild, & Reach out in 2021!
Mike Openshaw, Senior Minister