Weekly News – 10/16/16
Louisiana Trip: Just the Beginning
Ryan Rehkopf answered some questions about our recent flood relief trip to Baton Rouge:
How did you end up going on the trip? I was approached by Brandon (Brown, Minister of Community Outreach) one Sunday. He asked if I was going, and I scrambled to find a reason why I couldn’t go. I told him I’d talk to (my wife) Karen, thinking I had skated out of it. But over the next couple days I knew that God was telling me I needed to go.
What were your fears and expectations going in? The same fears I have about serving anywhere – that I don’t have the skills or words to help. But Greg assured me that we were doing demo work and getting mud out of homes, two things I felt confident I could do. I also feared that I would miss things going on with my family back home. But I was confident Karen would use my trip as teachable moments with the kids; and FaceTime calls certainly helped!
What are the memories and people that will stay with you? In a smaller group of people I’m more likely to come out of my shell, so a group of a dozen people with a few that I already knew was perfect for me. I rode down with David and Emily Hayes who I’d never formally met. We talked about life, family and work. We listened to good music and shared stories. There were no awkward pauses or moments, just three like-minded people who have a heart to serve the Lord. When we got to the job site, I was paired up with 15-year- old Savannah Smith, who I’ve served with in Hope Park. I knew she worked well with kids but this was real work; I wondered what this teenage girl could possibly do? But I was blown away with how she learns and adapts.
She is definitely not afraid of getting her hands dirty. As a father of 2 girls, I hope that they grow to have a heart to serve like Savannah. The fruit of the Lord’s work is evident in her. I will also remember the hospitality and good local food we enjoyed in Baton Rouge. But I will try to forget that I lost at miniature golf two nights in a row!
How did you see the Lord work in and through you? Often, I don’t see at the time how the Lord is working in my life: I usually don’t recognize it until days or weeks later. But this was different! The whole time our team was down there, I could see the bigger picture. I could see an area devastated by floods, trash piled up on the side of the road, seemingly good cars with no cosmetic damage that didn’t run, nice houses with nobody home…but among all of that, I could see smiles, I could see people helping people. With everything going on in the world today, I knew the Lord was there in Baton Rouge, working in and with us.
Why do you think God wanted you to go? When I got home, it wasn’t unlike coming home from a long day at work. My family came out to greet me. This trip didn’t feel like me checking a box, which as a former Catholic, I have the tendency to do. It felt more like the beginning of more mission trips, maybe even some internationally. I’ve often talked to Karen about going on trips like this, but I know from this point forward, there will be less talking and more going!
1. Discover Living Hope: Next Sunday during both services in the New Members Classroom
2. The Open Circle Workshop: Missional Community Training, November 13 or 15 at LH:Piperton
3. Hub Weekend: November 18-20 at Country Place in Moscow, TN
4. Baby Dedication: November 19 at 10am in the commons. Limited space available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1 to register.
5. Fall Sunset Picnic: November 20 at 4pm on LH:Piperton grounds
Fall Festival in South Collierville
Living Hope is helping the Neighborhood Christian Center with their Hallelujah Festival at Suggs Park in Collierville; Sunday, October 30th from 3-5pm. This will be a fun family event and a perfect opportunity to connect with some of our church’s nearest neighbors! If you or your Small Group are interested in attending the event and bringing food/candy, please contact Brandon Brown by emailing email@example.com.
The LH360: REACH giving program began May 1! If you consider LH your home and have yet to pledge, please prayerfully consider joining us in REACH. You can find out more at lh360.lhchurch.com. Pledged giving continues over the next 36 months according to your pledge. Pledged and non-pledged gifts can be made online or by check and cash. Thank you!
Evening Ladies Bible Study
The She Community is offering Jen Pollock Michel’s “Teach Us to Want” Bible study beginning October 18. Cindy Taylor will host and facilitate this five week study. The study will take place at 9616 Mourning Dove Cove Germantown, from 7-8:30pm. Cost of the book is $13.00. Sign-up at the Welcome Center or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to bring a friend!
Discover Living Hope
Have you been attending Living Hope but would like to know more about who we are, what we believe, joining a Small Group, serving, or membership? Then join us next Sunday during the 9am or 10:45am hours for Discover Living Hope. It’s a casual setting where you can meet new people and ask questions of our pastors and elders. If you choose to pursue membership, this is also a required step in that process.
Becoming a Member of Living Hope
Along with attending a Discover Living Hope class, our membership process includes completing three classes (Gospel, Community, and Mission) either online or “live” during the 9am or 10:45am hours. We prefer you attend these informative Sunday classes where
you can interact with new people and ask questions of our pastors and elders. The next “live” classes begin Sunday, October 30. You can start the online process anytime by visiting lhchurch.com and clicking on the “Online Membership” link on the home page.
New Small Group in Arlington Area
Living Hope is starting a new group in the Arlington-Eads- Barlett-Lakeland-Oakland area for those that are Married/ Single and are age 50 and up. The group will meet on Wednesday nights and will be led by Keith and Debra Hamsley. Please contact Bill Christian at email@example.com if you are interested.
She Community Event
Thursday, November 3, from 6:30-8pm, we will gather at the church for a meal catered by Las Delicias, fun activities, and to hear from Cammie Carlson on ways to care for our souls during the winter months. Cammie received her Masters in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Cost of the evening is $12.00. Sign up at the Welcome Center or by going to lhmem.ch/cce2016.