Lifeline Online- weekly e-news of Lebanon Christian Church- February 15, 2017
WELCOME NEW MEMBER- We rejoice with Ana Davis who was baptized last Sunday!
Shelia Cejka, recovering from hernia surgery
Billy Donovant, Dwight Donavant's cousin, Parkinson's Disease
Johnny, Marie St. Clair's brother, recovering from surgery
James Lambert, cancer, starting new treatment
Katherine Martin, Barbara West's sister, stroke
Praise Band for Jr. Church
Gloria Rogers, fractured tibia, must stay off her feet for 6 weeks
Barbara West, tests ran, biopsy - biopsy delayed because Barbara has pneumonia
Death- we extend our Christian Sympathy and prayers to Vicki Prevattt & Linda Slaughter in the passing of their brother, Bruce Ryan, who died on Monday.
From Ongoing Prayer Concerns
- Jemme Gay, ongoing health issues
- Clarence Goodwin, non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver & heart related issues
- Hal Holland, cancer
- Steve Kuehnel, anxiety
- Joe Magyar, ongoing concerns regarding liver
- Carl Shelton, new cancer treatments & shingles
- Ed West, ongoing health issues
Pray for our College Students- Renee Denny, Eric Harp, Jordan Hudgins, Skyler Kuehnel, Cameron Neill, Casey Neill, Michelle Runnels, Alexis Terry, Brandon Terry
Pray for our shut-ins @ home- Rose Hall, Homer Purcell, Orpha Wright
Pray for shut-ins in care facilities- Howard Brown, The Gardens at Warwick Forest, The Monticello, Room 7
George Harlow, Walter Reed Convalescent Center
Dolores Ridings, Masonic Home, Richmond, Room 120
Phyllis Torr, Riverside Convalescent Center, West Point, Room 6B
Thank You Note- Church Family: Thank you for all your prayers, cards, visits and love shown to our family . Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all you have done. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful church family to help us through our time of grief. In Christian love, The Price Family.
Offering from Sunday- General Fund- $4,115.00; Build Up The Walls- $845.00
Thanksgiving Offering to date for new chapel floor- $5,707.00; Goal: $15,000.00.
VBS Donations- $530.00 has been received so far! Thank you so much! Please remember to return your donation in your envelope. There are only 6 more envelopes to be taken. The idea is to donate the dollar value of the number on your envelope. Even if you can't donate the specific dollar amount, any amount would be a blessing. Thank you for considering this & helping us to raise some additional funds for Vacation Bible School.
9:30 a.m.- Promised Land
10:45 a.m.- Jr. Church
4:00 p.m.-Awana Bible Clubs, pre-school-2nd grade
Tuesdays- Handbell Choir Practice, 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in learning how to play the handbells, please see Judy Goodwin or call her at 757-888-9677.
Wednesday Nights At the Oasis. 6:00 p.m.- Dinner. 7:00 p.m.- Ladies Bible Study; Adults Bible Study
Thursdays-Worship Choir Rehearsal-6:45 p.m. If anyone is interested in joining the choir, please see Bonnie Enderle or call her at 757-880-1747
Sunday- New Sermon Series- "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand How I Feel?" The schedule of sermons are as follows- Sunday- "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand My Depression?"; Feb. 26th- "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand My Doubt?"' Mar. 2nd- "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand My Discouragement?"
February 28th- Devotional service at The Gardens at Warwick Forest, 10:00 a.m.
March 3rd & 4th- Virginia Pre-teen Convention for 4th & 5th graders. Cost is $50. Please see Barbara West with questions, 757-877-0863
MISSIONS PROJECT-The pre-teen convention has a missions project to provide shoes for people in Uganda by using the denim from denim jeans. Please bring denim jeans (new or gently used) by Feb. 26th so our pre-teens can take denim jeans to help with this project. A bin will be provided in the foyer for your donated jeans.
March 26th- Youth Group (grades 6-12) will be going to Speed Club for an Indoor Go-Karting adventure following the morning worship service. Please bring a sack lunch and $10. Invite a friend.
THRIVE PENINSULA FOOD PANTRY DRIVE- In January Thrive Peninsula distributed over 6,000 lbs. of food! Their cupboards are bare. For Sunday, please bring spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.
EasyTithe- online giving available using EasyTithe via the church's website. It is easy, fast and secure. Go to:
Reflections- "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." -1 John 4:10
The Pastor's Perspective
Tuesday was Valentine's Day. In 1 Corinthians 13: 13, the apostle Paul wrote- "Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." The greatest love of all is God's love for us. God's love for us is unconditional. God doesn't love us because we are good or because we serve him. God loves us because God is love. It is God's nature to love us. God loves us in spite of our sins. Our love for others should not be conditional, "I love you because.......". Our love for others should mirror God's love for us. We should love others in spite of how they may have hurt or disappointed us.
Sunday I begin the new sermon series, "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand How I Feel?" This Sunday's message is "Dear Jesus, Do You Understand My Depression?" It is certainly my prayer that this message will be an encouragement to those of you who struggle with depression. Do you know someone who battles depression? Invite them to join you this Sunday.