Let me just go ahead and say…these past several weeks at The Lake, meeting together; even with all the mandates and guidelines designed to help us help others feel safe while attending church…these past several weeks have taught me a lot about the people of Lake Community Church. No matter what situation we may be facing; what changes we may have to make; no matter if we have to wear masks to attend church, or clean and sanitize areas in our building on a regular basis on a Sunday morning; no matter what adjustments we may have to make at the last minute…you, the people of Lake Community Church, step up and make it happen.
I’ve watched you each Sunday morning. I’ve watched as you come into the building, as you greet one another; as you help one another; as you converse in the parking lot before and after a service; as you welcome and teach children; as you worship in the Auditorium; as you lead us in worship each Sunday; as you pray…as you join us online; as you comment to each other, or echo a point in the message…and as we say “Good bye” to one another. What I am witnessing each and every Sunday at The Lake, Online and In-Person, is the body of Christ doing all it can to remain the body of Christ; even when separated for a while.
Each week I am encouraged by this body of Christ, Lake Community Church. People want to know how the church is doing; how things are going; how are we holding up in the midst of this pandemic… sure, it’s a struggle; not what we would have ever chosen to go through, but when I step back and look at the church; this church body; Lake Community Church…like the Apostle Paul…I thank God for each and everyone of you. May God’s love continue to bless us and guide us through every struggle we may face, knowing we are facing these struggles together. As Jesus said, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against my church.” I am thrilled to be a part of His church with you all. See you this Sunday.
As a reminder for this Sundays at The Lake:
(I’m sure you’re getting tired of reading this, but right now, this is our reality.)
The “LOBBY” will be 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; recommended at 11:00am. Disposable masks will be available before entering Auditorium.
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”, so please allow Guest Services Volunteers to help find adequate seating for you and your family (Preferably, seating would begin toward the front rows first.)
There are 75 seats in the Auditorium for each Worship Gathering. (50% capacity)
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.
All Scripture used can be found at “Message Notes” on mylake.church, and you can take notes there as well.
No Offering Baskets passed along rows. 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)
Dismissal will begin with back rows and gradually move toward the front rows to eliminate congestion and still respect “social distancing”.
If you have any hesitations at all about being in a crowd of people; even if it is a church service; or, have been around anyone with Covid-19 in the past two weeks; have shortness of breath or coughing; have a fever over 100; loss of sense of taste; or, just want to 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. We’ve added a Replay of our service at 6:00pm on Sunday evening.
Upcoming events at The Lake:
As a reminder, and as an apology if I have failed to mention this recently; when you do choose to give online; your tithe or offering, by using our website, mylake.church, and the round blue icon in lower right of the page, you may see the words, Rebel Give. You are in the right place. This is the company that handles our online giving through our website. With each online contribution, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You can also still make your contribution, tithe, or offering by texting your gift to 84321 on your smartphone; enter an amount; choose Lake Community Church, and you’re on your way. And, you can still mail your tithe, or offering to Lake Community Church, 7800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146.
(I do want to share with you that we will be closing down our original website, thelake.church, later this year. If you have been using that site for your Online Giving, please venture over to mylake.church and see how simple it will be to set up a new account through the “little blue icon” in the lower right corner of the screen. Once you set up your new account on mylake.church, you can then close your account on thelake.church site.)
“Goliath Must Fall”
Many of us may have grown up hearing, or even reading the story of David and Goliath, and we’re familiar with the basics of this Bible story found in 1 Samual 17; young shepherd boy kills giant warrior with a sling and a stone. But, what all can we learn from this historical event to help us face the “giants” in our life; the “giants” that seem to always intimidate us; taunt us; keep us from being able to live the life God has called us to live? What motivated David to face Goliath with such boldness and confidence, and how can we be motivated to do the same with the “giants” we may face each day? Join us this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00am for “Goliath Must Fall”, In-person at Lake Community Church and Online at Lake Live Online.
Mark it on your calendars. Until then, online gatherings during the week with Devotionals with Eric, Q&A events, and regular Wednesday evening gatherings via ZOOM for all Middle School and High School Students will continue. This week, our Lake Students begin a new study, “Source”. We tell our students that Jesus is the source of life, but do we know how to prove it Scripturally? In this three week series, we’ll study the passages of Scripture where Jesus explicitly claims to be the bread of life, living water, and the light of the world –– all elements that are essential for life.
Find out more about Lake Students, be sure to visit their website, thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Wednesday, August 5th, Lake Students Returns to The Lake!
Parents! This Sunday, July 26th, at our 9:30am Worship Gathering, our Lake Kids Ministry is open to all children; Nursery to 5th Grade. Be sure to visit our Lake Kids tab at mylake.church for all the details about checking your children into Lake Kids this 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. Simply click on the Tab, Lake Kids, and select your child’s age group; Pre-K or K-5 and you have access to all the games, stories, and videos any day during the week. 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.
** Our Lake Kids Bible Camp, ANCHORED, scheduled the end of summer, has been cancelled for 2020.
It’s almost time for our Red Box Outreach Project for Women in Prison, sponsored by our Women on Missions Group. This year’s donated item:
2.0-3.5 oz., Travel size, roll-on or solid deodorants. Collections will begin in September.
See you this Sunday at The Lake…Live and Online!