19 years ago our world changed. 19 years ago, we watched in shock and horror, over and over, the replay of terrorists attacks on innocent lives in America. Our hearts were numb. Our thoughts; absent. What has happened? How could this happen? Will it happen again? Could it happen again?
I, like a lot of folks, can remember right where I was when I heard the news, and like a lot of people that day, time and space slowed and became eerily silent. Panic and fear was everywhere. But then, something began to rise from the ashes…people began searching for answers and they searched for those answers in churches across the country. People became more aware of the brevity of human life; how our life, our tomorrow, is not a guarantee. (Even today wasn’t guaranteed) How can one be better prepared for what might happen in a split second; something out of our control completely shattering our life and the lives of those around us. What can we do? Who can we turn to for help?
I can remember churches being packed, prayers sounding out across this nation; even from political leaders. In the midst of a terrible act of evil, people were crying out to God, seeking Him, reaching out to Him; desiring to be held by Him. Stories of God’s protection, His grace and mercy, were everywhere. In the middle of all the uncertainty, fear, and confusion, “In God We Trust” began to pull a nation together; healing our hurt; strengthening us; uniting us. Oh, for those prayers and packed houses of worship to rise from the ashes again; to unite us as “one nation, under God.”
It’s an exciting time to be at The Lake!
Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at The Lake and Live Online at mylake.church.
As a reminder for this Sunday at The Lake:
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.
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”.
And remember, 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; 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:
RED BOX OUTREACH PROJECT
For the remainder of the month of September, our Women on Missions Group is sponsoring the Red Box Outreach Project. This church-wide Project will impact the lives of women currently in our NC Women’s Correctional Facilities. This year’s donated item: Deodorants. They are requesting Travel-size; roll-on or solid deodorants; 2.0-3.5 oz. size. There are two collection tubs located just inside the main entrance double-doors. You may bring your donations and place them in those tubs on Sunday mornings, or you can come by The Lake and drop off your donated items, T-F, between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Our Women On Missions Group would like to thank you all in advance for your willingness to be a part of this year’s Red Box Outreach Project.
If you haven’t set up your personal account with RightNow Media, there’s still time. Actually, the door is always open to take part in this free resource from Lake Community Church to you. Expect another email invitation to be sent out this evening. When you get this email, simply click on the link in the email, and set up your own access account to 20,000+ videos and Bible studies on just about every topic imaginable.
If you have not received an email invite for RightNow Media, please contact us at The Lake (T-F; 9:30am – 4:30pm; 980-643-4200), or by email; email@example.com, or visit mylake.church and add your name and email information in the “Card” entitled, “I’m New”. My prayer continues to be that this added resource; along with our Sunday morning Worship Gatherings, Lake Kids, Lake Students, and Connection Groups, strengthens us all in our mission to be the church God has called us to be.
This Sunday morning at 9:30 and 11:00am, we begin a look into Psalm 23. This Psalm is considered one of the most popular Psalms in the Bible; if not one of the most memorized passages of the Bible. But, what it this Psalm all about? Is it about a shepherd? Is it about the sheep? Or, is it about something more? Join us this Sunday, In-person or Online at Lake Live Online.
LAKE STUDENTS HAVE RETURNED TO THE LAKE
Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, Lake Students are gathering 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. A new study begins this coming Wednesday evening. Find out more about Lake Students at thelakestudents.com, or contact Eric Doane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s happening! Next Sunday, September 20th, Lake Kids will be offered at the 11:00am Worship Gathering for children Pre-K to 5th Grade. There is still a need of just a few more willing Volunteers to join our Lake Kids Ministry to fully open Lake Kids every Sunday morning. So, 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.
This Sunday, September 13th, our 9:30am Lake Kids Ministry is still 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.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support The Lake financially with your tithes and offerings by choosing to give online. If you haven’t dome so, you may visit our website, mylake.church, and look for the round blue icon in lower right of the page. Clicking this blue icon will connect you to Rebel Give. May sound strange, but you are in the right place. This is the company that handles our online giving through our website. With your online contribution, you’ll receive a confirmation email so you can keep records of your giving. It is quick and simple. You can even set up a recurring gift to electronically be drafted from your account, and you don’t have to think about it each week, or month. You can also use your smartphone to make your contribution, tithe, or offering by texting your gift to 84321; enter an amount; choose Lake Community Church, and you’re on your way. Or, you can still mail your tithe, or offering to Lake Community Church, 7800 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146. Of course, if you attend either of our “In-person” Worship Gatherings on Sunday morning, you can place your tithe/offering in the baskets as you leave.
(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.)
See you this Sunday at The Lake…Live and Online!