Last week I met with Veronica Mendoza and her children Desma and Vincent in preparation for the kid’s baptism on Sunday. I talked about how God is present with us always and how the more we pay attention, the more we notice his presence. I shared my experience with asking God to show me where he was when I was at the LA Zoo (I have shared this story before here).

Last Sunday in my sermon, I also spoke of how God is with us in all arenas, including at work. Well, this week I am so encouraged as Veronica took these teachings immediately to heart.

Veronica works in construction and sent me this text message and photo.

“Good morning, Pastor. I thought you might appreciate this. I was praying on my way to work this morning and asked God to show me something and I got to work and found this.”

Jesus at work

Yep, God is everywhere, including right there on the job…Praise God for showing up at work!

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.

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We will serve a full Christmas dinner@ 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Day.

There is a signup board for the meal@ LIFEhouse.

If you would like to serve, we will be preparing, beginning 10:30 a.m., serving@ 2, and cleaning up afterward.

Come to IMPACT on Wednesday Night, December 19@ 6 p.m. as we will put together decorations and place-settings.

We are collecting toiletries and new socks, along with clothing, outerwear and shoes in good condition. You can bring these to LIFEhouse on Sunday or during the week.

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This month, we begin a series on Loving our Neighbor. Like the Gospel Primer Series we followed in the Spring, we will use a book in group and individual studies to help us all make progress in connecting with our neighbors.

We launch this series on Sunday, September 16. Everyone, teen-adult, will receive a copy of Pastor Lynn Cory’s book, “Neighborhood Initiative and the Love of God.” Pastor Lynn will preach on this day to kick things off. Then each week, the theme for Sunday will have to do with loving our neighbors.

What:

The Gospel Primer

When:

Starting the week of April 1

Eight weeks

Who:

Teens and up

A group of close friends whether it is a current small group or Bible study group, or you may invite some friends to join you in a new community for the next eight weeks. There are no size limitations, though 4-12 range is a good place to start. A good number to accommodate meeting in a home, apartment, or quiet restaurant, as you will come together once a week for simple meal and community building. Long time Christians, new Christians, and those who are interested in exploring faith. 

Resources:

The Gospel Primer Journal is the guide. These will be available Easter Sunday.

There will be a sermon connecting with what we did that week on the following Sunday.

Cost:

Suggested $15 for the book. If that is an issue, give less. We want no one left out.

Time:

20-30 minutes a day for eight weeks

Eating with friends once a week

God is Good… is a new series on the good news of Jesus from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. It is interesting how much we have in common with the Colossians. As Paul shares the gospel with them, we too are invited into the same good news. And who doesn’t need good news?

This week we see how God saves us from too much separation and too much striving in our lives. It’s about receiving grace and peace…Colossians 1:1-2

(With some key insights from my friend, David Housholder)

God Time for Colossians 1:1-2

Walk for Life

Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic is one of the outside ministries LIFEhouse supports with our offering benevolence dollars. This non-profit ministry is local and brings such a wonderful service to our local community.

Open Arms offers these professional services at no cost:

  • Medical Grade Urine Pregnancy Testing
  • Ultrasound to Confirm Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Options Information
  • Pregnancy and Parenting Skills Classes
  • Support For Men and Families
  • After-Abortion Support

You can find out more about Open Arms here.

One of their main fundraisers each year is a walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness in the community. This year the Walk for Life will begin and end at LIFEhouse. The walk will take place from LIFEhouse to the Open Arms offices at 9535 Reseda Boulevard and back.

From their website:

“The Walk for Life is a peaceful, positive event giving people a way to apply their pro-life convictions, raise support and increase awareness in our community.

During the walk,there will be an interactive educational experience to help you understand the situations and emotions our clients are facing and how Open Arms helps them.

For those who are unable to do the walk portion of the event, there will be a gentle fitness class offered.

After the walkers return, we’ll enjoy a burger lunch (available for purchase at the event for $7) and we’ll have lots of fun activities for the kids.”

You are invited to support and participate in this great event!