On the first Sunday of July five years ago July 7 I began my ministry with you. Notice I did not say “my ministry to you.”
That’s because ministry is always a joint effort between the laity and the clergy. On that first Sunday I stood in the pulpit and looked at 17 dedicated servants of God. Today you are getting close to 60 persons. How did that happen?
It happened because you love the Lord first and you also love His people. But more importantly you are feeding the hungry, you are providing clothing and other essentials to persons in need. Today, you even offer Live Streaming for persons unable to attend in person.
I have seen you give extra food, money, and mostly your love to people you have never seen before. Just what if one of those persons were Jesus? “Whatever you did to the least of these, you do it also unto me.
I am proud to be your pastor and I look forward to more years of service with you.
At Lakeview we take seriously the words of Jesus, “Whatever you do to the least of these, my brothers and sisters you do also unto me.” Matthew 25:40. It is our goal to have open doors, open hearts and open minds. We remember that Jesus told the disciples, “You give them something to eat.”
We provide a nutrious meal to anyone who is hungry or just needs some fellowship on the last Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m. As long as there is one hungry person we will be there, not only to offer physical food, but a kind and welcoming hand.
Pastor Ray would like to start a small pantry which would include soups, pasta, canned vegitables, etc. Non perishable items only.
Congratulations to Jonathan Jenkins on his graduation from Lincoln High Jonathan plans to continue his education at SEC.
As I think about what I might say to you in this brief article, there are a number of things that rush into my mind. Yet, one thing keeps crowding out everthing else.
That one thing is the war we are fighting with evil. The evil I am talking about isn’t a foreign army or terrorists. This evil is about a battle for the hearts and minds of people. People are not inherintly evil. People are not born to commit murder, rape, selling drugs to children, etc.
Every person is created by God and what God creates is good. So, what happened? Well, it’s the enemy of God, and we can choose to be bystanders or join in that fight for our families, our children, and our souls. If the Church of God does not rise up, then who will?
We cannot allow eveil to have our families our children and our lives. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have, so let’s all pray without ceasing. And let us show the world that love is more powerful than evil.
As I think about what I might say to you in this article, Psalm 97:10 keeps coming to me. It simply, but powerfully, says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil.” What we have in this world today is too much hatred and not enough love. As Jackie DeShannon sings, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the one thing we have too little of.”
I believe in the power of God, as I am sure you do, but I also believe in the power of evil. But love always conquers evil. It is the antidote for evil.
You cannot open the morning paper or turn on the television without reading of shootings, high speed chases, child abuse, and a host of other things. It is easy to blame it on gangs, which does play a part, but mostly it is just plain evil. What can I, or we do, you might ask. First and foremost, we have to love the unlovable, we have to shine a light in the darkness. We have to let people know that God cares for them and so do we. Show love to those whom love is a stranger. AND PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. God is great.
After a brief children’s message from the pastor, the children will be invited downstairs to enjoy their own Easter experience.
The children will rotate through activity stations including, crafts, baking, and a game while focusing on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
Soon we will be offering a training class for those interested in being part of an Emergency Response Team through the United Church. Teams are called to a variety of emergencies from floods to fires, and others. Be watching for more.
Lay Servant Training April 27
Currently both Nestor Perez and Johnnie Jones have been through some of the courses offered for Lay Persons. The church needs your gifts and graces. If you are interested the classes being offered are: The Basic Course, Leading Bible Studies and Leading Worship. You must have the basic course first. Training will be held at St. Luke’s in Lincoln.
Walking the Walk
Now that the weather is getting warmer, Pastor Ray is inviting you to be part of “Walking the Walk,” which means we will be visiting every home within several blocks of the church. Pastor has written a letter about the church which will be given to each home. It talks about our ministries and more. If nobody is home we will leave the letter in each door. If interested please talk to Ray.
We are pleased and excited to welcome Judy Reiber to Lakeview Church. Judy was received March 25th.
As we continue our journey of Lent andHoly Week it’s important to rememberwho, what, when and why. Perhaps that’sthe old journalist in me, but it is true.
Of course, when we ask WHO, we automatically think Jesus. Of course it is all about him. But the who is also you. We know the journey He took on the ViaDolorosa which is simply translated “The Painful Way.” From His very birth he wasdestined to rejection, hatred and suffering. We have to remember WHAT he did for you and I and a world of people, many of whom reject Him. The world rejected Him, but he never rejected us.
In fact, He has called us his brothers andsisters….children of God. The WHEN isdifficult to put in a few words. The when, however, is His entire ministry. The when is the wilderness experience. The betrayal of those closest to him. The WHEN is ultimately his beating, his suffering on the cross and the resurrection, the WHY is simply that he loves us and thinks we are still to die for. The WHY is also to show us that this life is basic training and there is a new life awaiting us. All we have tosay is “Yes Lord.” The WHO is also you and I.
Lakeview’s worship services are now live! You can view the service each Sunday by visiting the website, and clicking the “Lakeview Live” link in the top-right corner.
If you are unable to watch it live, but still wish to watch the service, click the “Worship Services” link to see an archive of prior recordings.
We are very excited to offer this new form of worship.