We thank God that the LIFEhouse Church community continues to be faithful in funding God’s mission through his church. Offering is coming in through mail, folks “delivering” their offering, and online. We are a bit behind what is “budgeted” but what is inspiring is our response as we face these times together. For everyone, please remember to partner with us in our ministry of providing physical, spiritual, pastoral, and emotional care and support for our congregation and our community. Your continued faithful financial support makes all of this possible.

Remember you can give online by clicking this link or sending your check to the LIFEhouse.

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Let me highlight one of the exciting opportunities we have to serve our community is Meals of Love. We are being used to God to bless our neighbor across the street with prayer and delvering hot and delicious meals for the staff. We are ordering these from small local “mom and pop” restaurants in order to bless those neighbors, as well. Thus far, we have raised about $3000 for this! God is good! If you wish to contribute to this, simply write love offering at bottom of the check or online, click “Love Offering” in the dropdown menu.

 

 

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God is protecting you and wrapping you with his power and care! Pray, Pray, Pray!

As you know, we have an online live Zoom Bible Study Monday through Friday 12 Noon-1 PM. This is hosted by me. I let the group know today that we are working on the CARES Act programs and said I would pass on the information to everyone, especially those who are self-employed or own their own business.

We received some information sent to us as a church and I included other links which I think are helpful.

Remember to keep checking out this church website, emails sent out, and our Facebook Page for the latest news from LIFEhouse.

Blessings,

PD

Link sent to churches that has helpful information for small businesses also

US Chamber of Commerce CARES Act Guide

Paycheck Protection Program links from the Treasury Department

Fact Sheet

Application

Covid-19 Disaster Load Assistance

 

Last weekend, we had a wonderful meal with friends from Pacifica Institute and Valley Vineyard. A great opportunity for Christians and Muslims to share fellowship and learning together.

Following dinner we had a very interesting presentation on “Mary in the Quran”, by Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University. We learned of the similarities and differences between Muslim and Christian teachings on the mother of Jesus.

Here are some pictures from the event.

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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.”

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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