Weekly Newsletter – October 23rd, 2016
Talking About the Greatest Person
Is not Jesus Christ the most amazing person we have ever met? I think of all the great people I have known in my life. Ask me about my wife, she is so wonderful…I could talk your ear off. Yet none comes even close to the greatness, the love, the power of Christ. So how do we naturally talk to people about how great Christ is? The first two Sundays of October, some of us had a fun time gathering under the leadership of Brad Young (Minister to Young Adults) for the Developing Gospel-Centered Relationships class. We tackled the great question: how to talk to people we know about Jesus Christ. This was in preparation for the Open Circle Workshop coming in November. This interactive training time will look at how we can work together to reach people with the Gospel through our Small Groups (see announcement below).
A key passage we chatted over was Matthew 9:35-38. It’s about Jesus having such compassion for people who are ready to follow him as their Shepherd — if only they had people to show them the path. “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (ESV).
For me, I know I really need prayer, encouragement, and training for how to compassionately and effectively engage others in conversations about the Savior.
What a challenge, right? Christ commands us to do so…yep he did! People need a Savior from sin, they really do! The harvest is plentiful; look around! So Brad appealed to us not to let false assumptions about people’s lack of hunger for God blind us from being available to speak up for Christ. He shared that the Holy Spirit will give us the right word and courage at the right moment that could change someone’s life forever.
We laughed about how much voices in our culture have tricked us into thinking that compassionate evangelism has no place in world today. We realized how a few misguided believers targeted by media attention have dulled an entire generation into becoming silent believers. It was super-encouraging to hear some in the group talk about how they are learning to live each day guided by the Holy Spirit to build relationships with people they often would ignore – like the checkout lady or the mailman. They trust the Spirit that at the right time and place, God could use simple words of testimony to reach hearts for Christ. That was so refreshing!
I am very excited to see how the November workshop will help us come together to engage others through prayer, compassion, and simple conversations about the greatest person!
Written by Roy Bowery, Living Hope Deacon
1. Membership “Live” Classes: 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
We are completing the season of nominations for Deacon candidates at Living Hope Piperton. We are hoping for every small group to wrestle with the question of who in their group is called to serve the church in this way. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to serve as a deacon, please talk to that person first, then let the elders know by Sunday, November 6th. You can talk to any of the elders or email email@example.com.
Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, so we will be having one service on Christmas Eve at 5pm, and one service on Christmas Day at 10am. These will be the same service, so you can choose to attend either. There will be no Hope Park or child care; the service will be family friendly, and we will celebrate communion together. Make plans to join us at one of these services as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!
She Community Event
Thursday, November 3, from 6:30-8pm, we will gather
at LH:Piperton 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.
Fall Festival: Chips and Candy Needs
We are helping Neighborhood Christian Center with their Hallelujah Festival at Suggs Park in Collierville on October 30 from 3-5pm. This is a fun, family event and a perfect opportunity to connect with some of our nearest neighbors! We need Small Groups and families to provide large assorted candy bags and large chips variety packs. Drop them by during the week or bring them next Sunday morning and drop in the box at the Mission Workshop.
Discover Living Hope
Would you like to know more about who we are,
what we believe, joining a Small Group, serving, or membership? Then join us this morning during the 9am or 10:45am hours for Discover Living Hope. It’s a casual setting for you to meet 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 online or “live” during the 9am or 10:45am hours. We prefer you attend these classes in person, so you can interact with new people and ask questions of our pastors and elders. The next “live” classes begin next 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.
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.