When we gather together during Holy Week and Easter it is a time of beauty and meaning for us all. It is also a time we really focus on our own campus to make it fresh and inviting for our community and guests.

This year, we had so many people give time, resources and energy to brighten up our church home. With the refurbishing projects and work projects, both inside and out, It looks about as good as we have ever seen it since we built the hall over 25 years ago! Thank you to all of you for joining together as a family on a mission!

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter were wonderful times of gathering and worship, Easter Breakfast was truly our family meal, and we had over double the people we usually do making sure all of these preparations were possible! The highlight was the cleanup which was done before second service had ended about three hours earlier then last year!

While giving thanks for all the people who chipped in, we give special thanks to those who led the refurbishment project, Donna McLeod, Ray Leinhard, Tom Lee, Duane Cirks, and Don and Sheryl Lautenschlager. The outside refurbishment led by Buzz and Donnice Brown’s Lifehouse group. The Easter Breakfast led by Paul Yaros and Ed and Robyn Vega. All of the decorating and liturgical art preparation done by Barbara LeStrange. O, and it can’t go unnoticed that the whole Cirks family was running all over the place getting stuff done:)

The only thing we missed we’re photos of the weekend! I (PD) only took two pictures, one of the sanctuary, one of the hall in the calm before the festivities! If you have any photos send them to me!

Happy Easter!

IMG_1550 IMG_1551

Forgiveness and new life are the order of the day with Easter. The power and authority of the Resurrected Jesus makes it possible for us to bring the things of heaven on earth. We pass the baton from those who have gone before us as we continue the race to transform all of creation.

The final part of our series, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, based on the model prayer Jesus teaches us, the Lord’s Prayer.

For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen…
A life lived in the presence of God is life itself…

God uses Paul to begin expanding his Kingdom like never before. A large part of the world comes to know about Jesus resulting in the continued transformation of humanity. All this from the “little” man who surrenders to Jesus…

IMG_1335

John 14

21 Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest my life within you.”

22 Then one of the disciples named Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, why is it you will only reveal your identity to us and not to everyone?”

23 Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”

In my Ash Wednesday message I invited the LIFEhouse community to try out an experiment during Lent. Let’s take Jesus at his word in John 14 and show our love to him by obeying his commandments. Each week we will look at two commandments from the Ten Commandments. We will practice those for the week. Each Sunday we will get two new commandments. I include Luther’s explanation as a helpful guide. Let’s see how we can connect with Jesus in this way.

Following Jesus-

Pastor Dana

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.