There are a lot of things on the calendar at The Lake for October, and we’re already in the middle of the month. So much to hare with you, but I really don’t want to use up a lot of space, or take up too much of your time in reading about what’s coming. I’ll try and make this as brief as possible:
We are in the starting stages of “Fall Semester Connection Groups,” and if you are interested in joining a Group, you can visit our website, mylake.church, and learn more about available Groups for this fall. Maybe, you’d like to get some close friends together and start your own “Connection Group.” That would be great. If this is your plan, could you please contact Eric Doane at email@example.com and let him know. He will be more than happy to help you with any questions you may have and point you to some possible resources for your Group. Of course, now that we all have access to RightNow Media, you may be able to find all the resources you need for a Group. (More information about RightNow Media below).
We are still in our 30 Days of Prayer; 30 Days of reading Scripture together and praying together for our country, our leaders, and God’s church. I pray you will join me, our Staff, and the Leadership of The Lake as we pray together as one for God’s presence to be made known in this land. If you have not received an email, but would like to be included in the remaining 17 days of the 30 Days of Prayer, please visit our website and click on “I’m New”. There you can share your email and request to be included in the 30 Days of Prayer which will continue until Monday, November 2nd.
TRUNKZ O’ TREATZ DRIVE THRU, OCTOBER 31st
Yes, it’s probably going to look a little different this year, but we are making plans to offer a night out for families in our community with our Trunkz o’ Treatz Drive Thru on Saturday evening, October 31st. The “Drive Thru” will be open from 6:30-7:30pm. If you would like to include your “decorated vehicle” in the “Drive Thru” please visit mylake.church and click on the “Trunkz o’ Treatz” Card to register. Our goal is to create a pathway of decorated vehicles so families can “Drive Thru” and their children experience “Trunkz o’ Treatz” from the right and left. Also, if you would like to donate CANDY to be used for refills at “Trunkz o’ Treatz”, there will be tubs located in the Lobby to collect your donations of CANDY!! We will be collecting candy until Sunday, October 25th. (That’s this Sunday and next Sunday) You are also welcome to drop off your candy donations at The Lake during the week (Tuesday-Friday; 9:30am-4:30pm).
We are just a few weeks away from a Presidential Election and you may have questions about which way to vote, who to vote for, or you may have already decided. Early Voting has already started in NC. If you have already cast your vote in this election, Thank you. If you still have questions about where all candidates stand on the pressing issues of our day, the Family Research Council has made it possible to educate voters through their site PrayVoteStand. You can find incredible amounts of information about all candidates seeking election in 2020, and where each political party stands on today’s issues and the future of America. If you would rather have a “hard copy” of information to read through; those will be available at The Lake this Sunday.
We 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 9:30am; not just for entering and finding a seat, but required to be worn for the entire Worship Gathering. And, if I may, please wear your mask so that it covers your nose and mouth. Disposable masks are available.
Masks are recommended at 11:00am. Disposable masks will be available before entering Auditorium for 9:30 and 11:00am Worship Gatherings.
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:
This Sunday, is Week 2 of “Following Jesus.” And, after being challenged by Psalm 23‘s opening verse, “The LORD is my shepherd,” our question for the basis of this teaching series is: “Is the LORD my shepherd?” “Am I following Jesus the way I should be?” Last week we explored reasons why some “Christians” prefer a distant relationship with God; because of how they see themselves, or how they see Jesus. But, we learned that God longs for a close relationship with His children; so much so He gave His Son to draw even closer to us. Are there any keys to helping us on this journey in “Following Jesus;” tools to help us become a more passionate follower? Join us this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00am; either In-person or Online at Lake Live Online.
LAKE STUDENTS HAVE RETURNED TO THE LAKE
Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, Lake Students continue to meet at The Lake…In-Person, and via ZOOM for those who can’t make it and still want to be included the Middle School-High School Boys and Girls Break-Out Sessions. Masks are required as we follow the Rowan Salisbury School District guidelines. The ZOOM sessions will begin at 7:00pm. Each Wednesday, our Students are learning about some “Wild Stories” in the Bible; surviving a fiery furnace; a talking donkey; stories you may have never read in the Bible, or never knew were in the Bible. To find out more about Lake Students, visit thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday, Lake Kids is still offered at the 9:30 and 11:00am Worship Gathering! Our 9:30am Lake Kids Ministry is open to all children; Nursery to 5th Grade. Our 11:00am Lake Kids Ministry will be open to Pre-K to 5th Grade. (No Nursery provided just yet at 11:00am)
Be sure to visit our Lake Kids tab at mylake.church for all the details about checking your children into Lake Kids for Sunday, and other information about Lake Kids. Our Lake Kids Director, Amanda Stone, will continue to share all the lessons and projects online for Lake Kids each week on our mylake.church website. And, our age appropriate Lake Kids Pack will still be available for your child if you choose to have them sit with you in our Auditorium. There is also an added resource on your phone for your children in the Bible App for Kids.
If you would like to be a part of making a difference in a child’s life, please contact Amanda Stone at soon as you can. Her email is email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RightNow Media is still open for you to create your own account, giving you access to thousands of videos and Bible Studies for you and your family and friends to use. One of the main reasons The Lake has partnered with RightNow Media, is to make every effort we can to help connect you with God…and in the process, offer yet another way to connect with other believers. I encourage you to click the link RightNow to continue your journey in becoming all you have been called to be as a follower of Jesus.
RightNow Media is a free resource from Lake Community Church to you.
See you this Sunday at The Lake…Live and Online!