“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” For the past few weeks, we have used this statement as a sort of theme for our current teaching series, “I’ll Do It Tomorrow.” But, what I have noticed, or better yet, learned from the past several months of working around and adjusting to mandates and restrictions brought on by Covid, is that there are always challenges in life that will change us. And, most of you know it’s true.
Sometimes; not all the time, but sometimes we are dealing with challenges and we don’t even see them. They are subtle challenges to the way we live out life, but we quietly and quickly make small adjustments and it’s like nothing has really changed. We just adjusted to the challenge. But then, after a few events begin to change the way we’ve always done things, we start to recognize that a change has taken place in our life, and it’s not really what we were ever planning to adjust to; not something we would have thought we’d be doing now. I know this sounds a little confusing, but let’s take a step back and revisit where we are now as opposed to where we thought we’d be.
As a follower of Jesus, has the mission changed? Has the call on our life changed? Are we still as passionate about sharing the love of Jesus as we were when we experienced His love for us the first time? Are we still as curious about God’s plan for our life as we were when we realized He had a plan and purpose set for us from before we were born? Are we still doing all we can to spend time with God in prayer, reading and applying His Word to how we live our life, going about each day as a reflection of His presence in our life? Are we still as obedient, committed, dedicated, honoring, glorifying, and worshipping Him for who He is and what He has done for us through His Son’s death and resurrection?
Or, have the subtle challenges over the past several months changed us; gradually distracting us from where we were supposed to be in our journey as a follower of Jesus by this time in our life? Now, I’m not saying there is a specific place in our journey; a specific season in our journey that we are supposed to be at by a particular date in our journey, but what I am asking is this. Am I further along on my journey to become all God has called me to be than I was at this time last year; last summer; last month; last week?
Have the challenges; the subtle challenges, changed me for the better, or slowed me down? Has my sprint become a crawl? Is God closer than He’s ever been, or seemingly further away; harder to hear? Hmmm. How did that change happen?
2020 Contribution Statements
I wanted to remind everyone that, if you have made a contribution to The Lake; either by cash or check in an offering envelope, or used Online Giving through Planning Center, or the Church Center App on your phone, you should have already received your 2020 Contribution Statement by email. If you used Rebel Give for your Online Giving, you can still visit your Rebel Give account and download your personal 2020 Contribution Statement. And, if you used both, Planning Center and Rebel Give in 2020, you will need both Contribution Statements for your entire year’s contributions to The Lake.
If we do not have an email address for you on file, but only a street address or P.O.Box, then your 2020 Contribution Statement was mailed out yesterday. If you do not receive your 2020 Contribution Statement by the end of next week, please contact us at 980-643-4200 and we will help you with getting your Statement. One more reminder…Rebel Give will be deactivated January 31st.
We are offering two “Masks Required” Worship Gatherings at 9:30 and 11:00am this Sunday. 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, or use the Church Center App on your Smartphone.
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”
This Sunday morning, we finish up our current teaching series, “I’ll Do It Tomorrow.” The main theme for this series has been the phrase, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” What we have learned through out our past three weeks on this topic is that our life is filled with challenges; challenges that God can use to change us and make us who He has designed us to be as a follower of Jesus. This Sunday we expose one more obstacle to us accepting any challenge to change. Join us this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00am In-Person or Online at Lake Live Online.
LAKE STUDENTS AT THE LAKE
Lake Students continues this coming Wednesday evening, January 27th at 6:30pm with a new study about relationships called, “Don’t Get It Twisted.” To learn more about Lake Students and to keep up to date on the latest news with Lake Students Happenings, please visit thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane by email at email@example.com.
This Sunday, January 24th, we are still offering a fully staffed Lake Kids 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. We are just a few Team members away from being fully staffed in Lake Kids. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Our Pre-K children will continue their teaching series, “A Baby and a Bush.” It’s all about the Birth of Moses and the Burning Bush. They will be learning how, “I can do big stuff for God…when I do a good job each day!” Their Bible verse is Luke 16:10(NIV) “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…”
Our K-5 children are continuing their new study on “Truth.” This study is to help our children learn “How to be kind when you disagree.” Their Bible verse is Colossians 4:6(NIV) “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
See you this Sunday at The Lake!