HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome to 2021!! I pray you are as excited about a new year at The Lake as I am. I know 2020 was probably not the best year in recent history, but I also know that God was not silent in 2020. There were so many times I witnessed God’s love and mercy shine through all the struggles of this past year, and I believe I haven’t been the only one who has witnessed the same. I always look forward to the end of a year, because it gives me an opportunity to look back at what all God has done and then share that with The Lake in the days ahead in an email.
But, before that happens, there are a few important things I need to share with you today.
1 – This Sunday evening is to be our Annual Meeting to share a Proposed Budget for 2021, but with the Christmas and New Years holidays, and with the potential that several people may have traveled during these holidays, I feel it best we reschedule this Annual Meeting for the following Sunday, January 10th at 6:00pm. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone, but I do hope you can join us next Sunday evening.
2 – Beginning this Sunday, January 3rd, Lake Kids will be offering a fully staffed Ministry at our 11:00am Worship Gathering only. If you could help us staff for enough teachers and volunteers for a 9:30 Lake Kids, please contact Amanda Stone at soon as you can, so we can again offer Lake Kids for multiple Gatherings. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
3 – And…we are back in the building this Sunday morning to begin the New Year worshipping at The Lake. We are offering two “Masks Required” Worship Gatherings at 9:30 and 11:00am. So looking forward to worshipping together as enter 2021 together. I hope you can join us In-Person or ONLINE this Sunday morning.
We will still have our Covid precautions in place for everyone’s safety this Sunday morning:
The “LOBBY” is still the area outside the building between parking and front doors for the time being.
Use only Middle Double-Doors to enter and exit the building.
Masks are required at both our 9:30 and 11:00am Worship Gatherings. We ask that you please wear your mask for the entire Worship Gathering you attend. And, if I may, please wear your mask so that it covers your nose and mouth. Disposable masks are available if you forget to bring yours.
Doors will open at 9:15am for 9:30 Worship Gathering and 10:50am for our 11:00am Worship Gathering.
Lake Cafe` remains closed. (You may bring your own coffee and water)
Restrooms will be open but we request only 2 people in there at a time.
Seating in Auditorium is still “LIMITED” (75 seats in the Auditorium for each Worship Gathering; 50% capacity), so please allow Guest Services Volunteers to help find adequate seating for you and your family, and be prepared to maybe offer a seat next to you to a family that may need an extra seat for the service. (Please help us with our seating by choosing seats toward the front of the Auditorium as you come in, so we can help any who arrive later to not have to be guided through seats to the front, possibly interrupting your worship.)
No Connection Cards will be handed out. All notes, prayer requests, and 1st Time Connections and Prayer Requests can be shared at “I’m New” on mylake.church.
Everyone can use “Message Notes” on mylake.church, to follow along with the Scripture passages and take notes as well.
No Offering Baskets will be used to collect offerings. You may place your tithe or offering in baskets as you leave Auditorium, or Give Online at mylake.church.
No pens in seat pouches. (BYOP – Bring your own pen)
As you leave the Worship Gathering, please try to observe and respect “social distancing”.
If you have any reservations at all about being in a crowd of people; even if it is for a church service; or, if you have been around anyone with Covid-19 in the past two weeks; or, have shortness of breath or coughing; have a fever over 100; loss of sense of taste; not feeling well or, would just rather wait a little longer before returning to The Lake, then please join us online this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00am at Lake Live Online.
Upcoming events at The Lake:
“I’ll Do It Tomorrow”
When people come up against a difficult project, the tendency is to either avoid it, or put it off until tomorrow. And, after the year we’ve just been through, I’m sure there are some who are a little leery of what 2021 may bring our way. And, if we could just put it off a little longer, then maybe it won’t be a carbon copy of 2020. This teaching series “I’ll Do It Tomorrow,” will help us prepare for a New Year with a new energy, and a new anticipation of what God can do through us in the new year; how we can “find the power to change” what had been to what can be. Join us In-Person at 9:30 or 11:00am, or Online at Lake Live Online for “I’ll Do It Tomorrow.”
LAKE STUDENTS AT THE LAKE
Lake Students will resume meeting on Wednesday evenings, January 6th. To keep up to date of Lake Students happenings, or to learn more about Lake Students, please visit thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you this Sunday at The Lake!