One of the most important things for our health as we age, and during a lockdown, is to stay active. Getting outside to go for a walk, a bike ride, or a car ride, or to work in your yard or garden is healthier than staying locked indoors all the time, unless you are bedridden or your health is very fragile. Getting outdoors for fresh air and sunshine and staying in touch with others is good for your physical and mental health.
August was an active month of ministry for many reasons: in addition to preaching and regular meetings, I conducted a graveside service (for Gene Prindle), an outdoor wedding (for Francisco Villegas & Ada Ramos), and gave the message at an outdoor memorial service (for David Dreier). In addition, we welcomed 4 new members and I was blessed to baptize 3 precious souls into Christ. There were more church property improvements to be made, including arranging the spraying & removal of weeds over most of our flat areas (thanks, Carolyn, and Neal Grant), getting new playground mulch installed (thanks, Andrea), improving our patio shade structure (thanks, Greg Marcon, Ted Bruce, Lester Otey, Pastor Scott, and others), and replacing a worn-out golf cart with a newer rebuilt one (thanks, Jim Bone, and Andy DeLashmit). Plus coordinating plans for our upcoming Fall Kickoff on Sept. 13. What plans?
• Guest Worship Leader Ryan Kennedy will be leading dynamic worship for both our 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service and our 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Service. Ryan is no stranger to Lighthouse, having led many of our Fall Kickoffs and Palm Sunday services, so we are excited to welcome him back after a couple of years. Ryan is a gifted musician and Christian recording artist from Houston, Texas, where he lives and serves in ministry. He has a genuine heart for worship and ministry that is evident whenever he visits. You will enjoy worshiping with him. Be sure to invite your friends & neighbors!
• New Sermon Series begins Kickoff Sunday on the Contrasts for living from the Letters of John: Light vs. Darkness, Life vs. Death, Truth vs. Lies, and Love vs. Hate. Don’t miss this timely series, and if you are unable to attend, be sure to join us online at lightcc.org, YouTube, or facebook.com/lccoo.
• New Growth Groups kick off the week of Sept. 13, with a variety of opportunities to grow in God’s Word and fellowship with others online. Check out the Bible book and sermon-based discussion groups and other opportunities to grow on our website or call our office.
• Free Cold Coca-cola drinks will be provided on Kickoff Sunday, so plan to enjoy an ice-cold drink on our patio.
• Wear your favorite jersey if you like, in keeping with our “kickoff” theme. Also, bring your own lawn chair and canopy or umbrella to sit on our lawn, if you can, to make room for our expected guests and seniors.
• Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join you for this special Kickoff service and reach out to any missing members – an excellent opportunity to help them get active in worship and fellowship again. Be watching and praying for who you could invite, and keep handy the invitations we are providing.
• Don’t miss the conclusion to our current Wise Up! series from James this Sunday with “The Power of Prayer.” Our pastors and elders will be on hand to personally pray with anyone who comes up to request it. If you or someone you know could use the help of God in your life, be sure to join us!
This is your opportunity to stay active in your church family. If at all possible, please join us!
Mike Openshaw, Senior Minister