As I begin to write this letter several things come to mind. I want you to know that I very much appreciate the people of Lakeview. We have come a long way in our ministry to the neighborhood, the community and those who society views as the “Least of These.” Matthew 25:40, “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Who, we might ask, is the least of these? We might instinctivly think of the homeless or the near homeless. While that is certainly true in many cases, sometimes it might be each of these. We often feel afraid, lonely, angry, guilty or depressed. The church has a mission and that is to show love to those to whom love is a stranger. That’s why we do what we do. We are called to love one another, all the time That’s what I see in this church….a body of people who know how to love. Keep it up. Who knows the next person you meet might be Jesus.
Pastor Ray would like to begin a new ministry with and for men. We would meet monthly for fellowship, a devotional and prayer needs. Tell Pastor if interested. We are looking at the Hi-Way Diner.
For those who may not know, Lakeview Church has received a grant from the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation in the amount of $3,500 for our Outreach Ministry. We are evaluating what ministries might best serve the people of our community. We have been conducting free meals on the last Thursday of each month. However, we will also be evaluating that ministry as part of other possible events. We would also welcome you to be part of our Outreach Committee. If interested please talk to Pastor Ray or Bev. We very much need more persons on this committee.
Is your youth between the ages of 11 and 14? If so, Pastor Ray will begin Confirmation class in mid-March. We will try to set the day and time that will best fit your busy schedule. Confirmation will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 12. We will try to do some visits to other faith communities.
As I begin to write this note, I am not quite sure where to begin. The year 2019 certainly brought joy to many. Yet, it also brought sadness and pain. We may have cried out to God and in anger and asked, why? Sometimes there are no good answers to life’s twists and turns.
However, remember 2019 is in the history books. The New Year, 2020 mostly awaits us. Certainly there will be a mixed bag of things that impact our lives. But we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who speaks to us, encourages us, and loves us without limits. We are God’ children and he loves us without reservation. He speaks to us a message of hope and love. Listen….do you hear it.
As I began to think about my column this month many thoughts went through my mind. I had thought I would perhaps write a typical Thanksgiving message.
In a way, that’s what I am doing. I am thankful for the Great Commission that Christ gave the Church. If you would like to read that Commission it is found in Matthew 28:16-20 where Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.”
But, how exactly do we do tha?. First, we love one another as He
has loved us. Second, we must Go and Share.
How did Jesus make so many converts? He was humble, he fed the hungry and offered forgiveness. I would also suggest that the church needs to GO and TELL.
A contemporary Christian song begins this way, “I’m NOBODY trying to tell EVERYBODY about SOMEONE who saved my soul.
That’s the Church…..show and tell. Who have I told lately about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Not nearly as many as I should. But the showing is different.
Can others see Jesus through us? Through my words and actions? If not, that simply means we are flawed children of God. It means we are real.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving can others see Jesus in us? Do we put our faith out there for everyone to see or do we hide it under a bushel, as the song says.
The challenge of the Church is to tell others about SOMEBODY (Jesus) who
loves ALL of us so much He thought we were to die for. Jesus started with a
crew of fishermen who weren’t very religious. So will you be a fisher for Christ?
Because of the work Lakeview is doing in west Lincoln, we have been awarded a grant from the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation in the amount of $3,500. This money is earmarked for our local mission efforts and will certainly meet the needs of many families and children. Also, thanks to our awesome Outreach team and our chair, Bev Hulsebusch. This is one of the benefits of being part of such a strong connectional system through the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Ray is looking for 12 persons to help in a new ministry called “2×2”.
These 12 individuals will break into six teams to canvas the Lakeview area offering a simple letter of invitation along with some of the ministries we offer such as the Free Meals, Children’s Church and more.
Of course, we would love to have more teams to cover a broader area.
We would like to begin on August 10 or sooner. The goal is to complete the canvas before Labor Day.
Talk to Pastor if you are interested.
I’m not sure where the summer has gone. Seems like yesterday we were clearing snow. When you are having a good time the calendar seems to go
quicker. And I have had, and am having, a great time serving this wonderful, vibrant and invested church.
The last five years have indeed flown. Now God takes us into the future with many unknowns. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Surely some joy and some sorrow.
As I look back we have been faithful in serving God’s church, not only in Lincoln but far beyond. We have never failed to contribute fully to the mission.
Shares (formerly known as apportionments, a term I prefer). That’s because there is a portion for us and a portion for the church word wide. What awaits us in service to God’s children?
Whatever it is, I know we will rise up and do our share to meet the need of the lonely, the sick, the dying, the families in grief, the little children and the children within each of us. This is God’s church as we are honored to be part of that work.
“Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23.
Sign-up now for a fun filled evening at the Ball Park. The Salt Dogs will face off against the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. This is also Fireworks Friday. Tickets are just $10.00 each. If using a check make sure to mark it BASEBALL. In case of rain we will reschedule another night.