Weekly News – 2/25/18

Weekly News from Living Hope – 2/25/18

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Elder Nominee Biographies

Matt Smith 

Matt and his wife, Laurel, have been at Living Hope since the beginning. They have four adopted children and are both involved in training and counseling adoptive and foster families through Memphis Family Connection Center. Matt works as a psychologist at Germantown Psychological Associates, where he has been since 2006; he also directed the counseling ministry of Germantown Baptist Church for 12 years. Matt and Laurel have both helped LH families with issues related to foster care and adoption; Matt has also used his skill as a counselor to serve many of our people, particularly marriages in crises. Matt sees possibly the most crucial role of an elder to be that of a servant, “one who is willing to make personal sacrifices to display love toward God’s people, thus encouraging them to do the same so that God’s church will grow and spread.”

David Lewis

David has served in the local church leading worship since High School and was one of Living Hope’s first pastoral staff members; he and his wife, Tara, have been with LH almost from day one, with David serving as our worship pastor for 11 years. They have two daughters, have led multiple Small Groups, and do Crossfit together. Tara works as an accountant for Perkins Restaurants. David has served a prior stint as an elder. Speaking of his time at LH, David says, “Having been a part of Living Hope from the very beginning, it excites me right now to look around at the community that God has built here, to celebrate his faithfulness in so many changed lives, and to see so many new people eager to join us in our pursuit of worshipping and following Jesus.”

David Hayes 

David and his wife Emily have also been with Living Hope from its earliest days. He and Emily have 4 adult children, 2 of which are currently in school at the University of Memphis, and are discovering what God has for them in the empty-nest years. They have served Living Hope in many ways through the years, as deacons, Hope Park teachers, Small Group leaders, and more. David has also served a prior term as an elder. When asked about serving as an elder now, he says, “Living Hope is my family, and I believe I can offer my time, my heart, and my gifts to join in a season of leadership. Since beginning to pray about serving, I have become more keenly aware of the pain within our body; the heaviness of failing marriages, families in crisis, and substance abuse grieves my heart. Though I haven’t the power to fix the broken, I can love them well and pray for them.”

Upcoming Events:
1. Small Group Connection: February 18 and 25 at 10:45am at LH:Piperton
2. One Night Membership Intensive: March 22, 6-9pm (sign up at lhmem.ch/membership-night2018)

Year End Contribution Statements
It’s that time of year again! 2017 contribution statements are now available in CCB. To login, you’ll need to go to lhchurch.ccbchurch.com and use your email address as your username. If you are not sure what email address we have on file for you or if you have any trouble logging in, please contact the church office at office@lhchurch. com or call 901-313-0007. Once you are logged in, you will need to click on the Financial tab and then click on Giving Statement. It is recommended that you select “Family” from the Type dropdown and select the quick date range of “Last Year” then click Run Report. That’s all there is to it!

She Retreat 

On April 6 and 7 the women of Living Hope will have a Spring She Retreat at Country Place in Moscow, TN, led by former Living Hoper, Mackenzi Groff. Mackenzi is a wife, mom, and blogger that lives life in light of God’s glory. Her love for Jesus penetrates every aspect of her every day life. Sign up at lhmem.ch/sheretreat2018. (Sign up by March 13 for a 10% discount.) Details are available at the Welcome Center. (To learn more about Mackenzi follow her on Instagram at mackgroff)

MLK50 Conference 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King here in Memphis. The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are hosting a special event in Memphis, April 3-4. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. Key speakers include Matt Chandler, Jackie Hill Perry, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, John Piper, John Perkins and many others. Get more information at mlk50conference.com; sign up at the Mission Workshop or email Greg Jackson (gjackson@lhchurch.com) if interested so that we can get a group rate, experience the event together, and discuss the implications for us personally and for Living Hope. There is also an opportunity to host some friends from out of town in our homes for the two-day event.

Engage Global 2018 

Are you ready to join God’s global mission in 2018? Grab a flyer at the Mission Workshop today or click on Engage Global on the front page of the website (lhchurch.com) for info about this year’s mission trips. Please prayerfully considering joining a trip; fill out a form at the Mission Workshop or email gjackson@lhchurch. com if interested. Kenya: July 18-31. March 31 is the sign up deadline. *Saturday, March 3, @10:30 a.m. Interest meeting at the home of Alan and Pam May, (2184 Idlewood Cove, Germantown). Brunch will be served. RSVP 901-652-8526. Mexico: June 6-12. March 31 is the sign up deadline. Memphis/City Serve: June 28-July 2. May 6 is the sign up deadline.

Serve a Church Plant 

One of Living Hope’s Church Plant residents, Broderick Connesero, has launched a new church in Orange Mound called the Common. The new church is meeting at Cherokee Elementary and is seeking to bless the school in numerous ways. Join us on Saturday, March 10 (8:30am-1pm) as we join forces with members of the Common to paint a hallway at Cherokee (3061 Kimball Ave, Memphis). Our last project at the school was received with much gratefulness, giving the church plant more credibility with the teachers and faculty – so let’s do it again! Email Greg Jackson (gjackson@lhchurch.com) if you can join us. Lunch will be served.