This has been a crazy week, to say the least. And, it would be so easy to get distracted by all the events of this week and in the coming weeks. But, this Advisory is not a platform for focusing us on what is going on in the world, as much as it is a platform for where we can find the encouragement we’ll need for what’s going on in the world around us. Jesus told His disciples, and His words speak clearly to us, “In this world you will have trouble. Take heart. I have overcome the world.” (John16:33)
I can’t say how much this one passage has meant to me in these past few days, or even through 2020, but I can tell you that I will continue to cling to these words of Jesus as I live each day of my life. I mean, we all know this to be true. There will be days, weeks, months; even years filled with trouble during our lifetime, but we also know the truth of God’s Word. He is faithful and true. He is always with us; walking with us; leading us; protecting us; guiding us; correcting us; encouraging us; loving us; forgiving us; and, waiting for us to call upon Him when trouble does come our way.
My prayer for all of us this year, 2021…is that we no longer wait for the trouble to come. Jesus says it will come. We will have trouble. May we prepare ourselves for the trouble by calling out to God in prayer, lifting our hands in constant adoration and praise, consuming His Words and applying them to how we live our life…daily. This may be a year filled with trouble, but we can make it a year of giving God glory in how we live in the midst of the trouble.
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:
Annual Lake Partners Meeting
This Sunday evening, January 10th at 6:00pm, will be our Annual Lake Partners Meeting to approve a Proposed Budget for 2021. We will also be introducing our Lake Leadership Team Members for this year, and sharing what 2021 has in store for The Lake. I do hope you can attend this Annual Meeting and help us set a course to honor God in all we do through Lake Community Church.
“I’ll Do It Tomorrow”
This Sunday morning, In-Person and Online at Lake Live Online, at 9:30 and 11:00am, we continue our teaching series, “I’ll Do It Tomorrow.” Last Sunday was all about how God uses the challenges of change in our life to draw us closer to Him and strengthen us for our journey as a Follower of Jesus. This Sunday is week 2, and we’ll discover that the changes we go through in life, the challenges we face in our life, are all a designed and planned part of life. I do hope you can join us this Sunday for Week 2 of “I’ll Do It Tomorrow.”
LAKE STUDENTS AT THE LAKE
I apologize for any confusion I may have caused last week by announcing that Lake Students would resume meeting on Wednesday evening, January 6th. That was a mistake on my part, and I am sincerely sorry if this caused anyone any inconvenience. But Good News! Lake Students IS scheduled to meet this coming Wednesday evening, January 13th at 6:30pm 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.
This Sunday, January 10th, and for the rest of the month of January, we will be 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. Her email is email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Pre-K children will begin a new 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 my parents trust me!” 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 also beginning a new study on “Truth.” This study is to help your children “learn and see the truth God is teaching them.” Their Bible verse is John 17:17(NLT) “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
See you this Sunday at The Lake!