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2023 Valentine Banquet

Plan to join us for our
Annual Valentine’s Banquet
Friday, February 10, 2023
6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Featuring a Mystery Dinner Theatre
Entitled “Who’s Cookin?”
Tickets go on sale Sunday, Jan. 15th 
after services- Only $20 per adult
Free Childcare and pizza provided for 
children 5th grade and under.
6th grade and up youth are invited to help.
Check out the insert in the Sunday bulletin 
for additional help needed.
Don’t miss this fun evening!  
Be sure to invite a friend!
Andrea Openshaw, Director of Discipleship


I want to start off with a big thank you for all the gifts and notes!  AXIOS has finished our five-week series going through the “Life of Joseph.”  We put on a Christmas party that was a ton of fun.  We are now going into a 5-week series on Discipleship, which will be our theme for the year.  Our Winter Retreat will be Jan. 13th - 16th.  The theme of the retreat is “Holiness.” Please pray for our students to encounter God in a new way, to be willing to meet Him, and for them to be vulnerable.  Follow our Instagram to stay up to date: @Axios_lighthouse and don't be afraid to comment or direct message for more information.  Sunday mornings we are jumping back into Orange Curriculum XP3.  The goal of XP3 is for “students to experience a love for God that will inspire deeper faith, a love for themselves that will lead to wiser choices and a love for others that will build stronger relationships.”  Sundays are structured in a way that the students should leave knowing more about the Bible, and how to read the Bible better for themselves.  We switched rooms from room 11 to 5 & 6.  This allows us to have some bigger games and program a little better for young people.  Young Adults (LYA) has been meeting every Sunday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  We are either in rooms 5 & 6 or on the patio playing games with a bonfire.  We are still in a series through the book of Ecclesiastes.  We held a Christmas party for the Young Adults that was a lot of fun and stirred some great community.  We are excited for the new year and what it has in store for LYA. If you are 18-25 come join us for some fellowship and Bible Study. Stay up-to-date by following our Instagram @Lighthouse_YoungAdults
Christian Clark, Youth & Young Adults Pastor

Happy New Year!

We had a great Christmas with our family, and hope you had a good one, too!  We shared lots of food, laughter, and colds, but have recovered from most of that and are ready for a new year – how about you?
     But first I want to express my thanks to some of the many faithful servants who helped our church in significant ways, especially toward the end of the year.  It is appropriate to do so, as the apostle Paul thanked many supporters in his letters; it is also dangerous, as it is easy to unintentionally miss someone.  I would like to thank:
  • Ted Bruce for the refresh projects he managed earlier in the year, from the new sanctuary chairs, baptistery, roof, patio shade sail, and playground equipment (with help from Andrea); and to Paul Kandal for later projects, including repairs to our outdoor fire safety equipment, dropoff signs, and our handicapped lift.
  • Our many donors who generously gave over $200,000 (our goal) toward the Refresh fund, the new sanctuary chairs & other projects. One family recently gave $40,000 to more than cover the new solar lighting project for our newly paved back road, parking lot & dropoff area.
  • Electrician Shane O’Meara and concrete contractor Josh Blanc (both Lighthouse members) for using our reclaimed light poles (taken down by the Sunrise project) and erecting new solar lights in a matter of days before our nighttime Christmas Eve services (which were beautiful).
  • Kelly Brown, Lura Black, Hertie Wilson, Brenda Edgington, and the Adult Choir for all their support in leading our Traditional Worship service this fall; to Hertie and the Children’s Choir; to guest leaders Jeff Anderson, Elias Shamoon, Gabe Corpuz, Matt Thompson, and Dylan Alvarado for leading our Contemporary services; to our own Lighthouse band members Bud Martin, Greg Brooks, Jethro Montes, Marcelo & Esra Kim, John Saccoman, Drew Cacho, David Hall and our Youth Band; many guest musicians; and LCC singers Esra Chung Kim, Giselle Bone, Debbie Hall, and Dexter Degala; and to our dedicated AV Team of Bonnie Crane-Sullivan, Xena Crane, and Dan Sullivan.  We appreciate each of their contributions to our worship at Lighthouse!
  • Decorators Sue Cassidy, Erika Kandal, Georgia Allen, Leticia Estrada, Hortensia Pompa-Carson, and others for their beautiful decorating at Christmas and other times.
  • Nobuko Depew, Paula Langley and Lynn Myreck for preparing our communion each week; Nobuko and Sam Kim for keeping our kitchen clean; Rick & Pam Gaume for scheduling greeters & chair supplies; Wayne Jones and now Michael  Carvahal & team for opening up the church each Sunday and greeting everyone; and all our faithful deacons and ministry leaders who serve here; our dedicated staff; and our elders for their spiritual leadership and support.
  • Our many loving, faithful, and generous people at Lighthouse who have given your prayers and support in the ups and downs of life and ministry, including all the kind cards and gifts that we and others on staff received during Christmas time.  But I am going to have to put in extra time at the gym now after all the delicious goodies!
And now it’s a whole new year, with the theme: Have Faith! – something Jesus told us to do repeatedly.  And to help our faith, our first series is called I Believe in Miracles – do you?  If you have experienced a miracle from God, please write me a brief account at, and let me know if I can use your name.  I want to share some of the faith-building miracles from the Bible and from our own experience.  I invite you to join us – especially those missing for whatever reason.  Let’s join together in growing in our faith this new year!
Mike Openshaw, Senior Minister