Nobody asks me that anymore when I have a birthday.
It could be that I typically have to think about how old I actually am. I caught myself telling someone I was a youthful 37 the other day, when in fact I turned 39 last year. This past week we celebrated Lakeside turning 8 years old and it felt significant. Deciding how old a church is not straight forward, but we decided to celebrate it based on when weekly worship began eight years ago at Eagle Spring Elementary School.
We had hoped to spend the afternoon in the Texas sun, but we switched to plan B as the rain showed no signs of letting up. I was ready to call off the Youth vs Adult Volleyball game when a couple of our youth started trash talking about how we adults were scared. After some inspiration by our resident volleyball guru Kevin Miller, the adults were rallied to take the youth on even in the rain.
The games were fun and, not surprisingly, the youth were willing to get substantially more muddy than us. Despite pure domination by the adults :), there were shinning moments on all sides. Maddie Miller blocked her Dad, leaving him only smiling and saying "It was legit." Edmund Rodriquez, fresh off of surgery, defended his corner expertly without actually having to move. Youth dived for balls and painted their faces with mud as the adults tried to hold Brian accountable for bending the rules in the youth's favor.
After everyone had gone home, I left the church and reflected on the Sunday. I thought about giving Bibles out to four fantastic and smart young women who are growing up in our church and learning about God. I was overjoyed about the early stages of engagement with our schools we began this week by creating over 100 cups of candy to give to teachers at Lakeshore Elementary. I know God will use that relationship to change lives. My mind turned to the Girl Scouts who came to worship to tell us why they love Girl Scouts and show us a bit of what Lakeside helps happen outside of Sunday. I thought of our Sunday School hour packed during lent with several children's classes, two youth classes and three adult classes - the most I have ever seen at Lakeside. I smiled about a family that told me that they would be out for two weeks and did not want me to worry (I would have). I thought about the optimism in our finance committee meeting earlier in the week about how we are making progress faster than we expected. I considered our Vibrant Church Initiative Team reading and working hard to envision the next step for lakeside. I thank God every week for being so blessed to work with Linda, Sara, Steve and Brian. My heart was grateful for volunteers like Madison Wentworth and Megan Cawyer whose help in worship design is making Creed one of the most memorable series since I have come to Lakeside.
I don't know what God has in store for our 8th year, but I know I go into it with a grateful heart.
God is Good.
All the time.
Small Group Questions
1. Read Exodus 3:13-15 slowly do any words or phrases stand out to you?
2. This passage describes one of the great moments in the history of God’s people—the revelation of God’s name. Does God’s words to Moses surprise you? What point is God trying to make about who He is?
3. As Christians we are adopted by God and have become heirs to his promise in Christ. God has been working for his people for many centuries. Is there something in your life in which you need to be reminded of God’s loving care?
4. If we were to reveal your “Name,” who you are at the deepest level, what would it be? Finish this statement “I am ….. “
This week is a lighter week at Lakeside. After last week, we are glad! Here are our activities for the week:
Tuesday 12:45 pm Afternoon Women's Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 pm Refuel Youth Group Thursday 7:00 pm Praise Band Practice Friday 6:00 am Men's Fellowship (Topic "I believe in Jesus")
A few people asked me about the book on Wednesday. We have 2 copies left at church that cost $15. You can also order it from Amazon by clicking the image above.
VBS Volunteers 2017
Calling all Heroes, calling all Heroes! VBS is coming and we need your special skills & strength! We are currently registering our VBS helper heroes ONLY. "Helper Heroes" are youth (going to 6th-12th grade) through adults. Have a baby hero, 2 years old or younger? Have no fear, nursery is here all week for our VBS Helper Heroes! June 12th-16th 9-12pm.
Registration coming soon for the following camps: Art camp ($125) June 5th-9th 9:00am-12:00pm, VBS (free) June 12th-16th 9:00am-12:00pm, VBS extended day ($125) June 12th-16th 12:00pm-3:00pm, Science camp ($125) June 19th-23rd 9:00am-12:00pm. Discounts for church members and siblings, email firstname.lastname@example.org for discounted rates. All camps and VBS begin at age 3 years AND potty trained.
Surge kids (3-5 grades) are getting together with the Youth Group on Friday, March 24th, from 5:30-6:30 for a lesson, fellowship, and fun! Please contact Sara or Brian for more information.
Family Movie Night
March 31st 6:00pm-8:00pm we are watching TROLLS! Come as a family and enjoy the show with free lemonade and popcorn. We ask that you bring a canned/boxed food pantry item to donate to HAAM. You may also bring bean bags, pillows, blankets, etc. KIDS...if you bring a friend not affiliated with the church the you get a box of movie candy!
The Bunny Is Coming Soon!
Our annual Easter Egg hunt is on April 9th and we are now collecting FILLED plastic eggs for all ages! Please consider donating a minimum of 1 dozen eggs. The more eggs, the more fun! Also accepting bagged candy to fill the extra plastic eggs we have already!
Little Learners Enrollment
Our preschool still has some availability! We have 2's Wednesday class and 4's Tues/Wed/Thurs class. Church members receive a discount! Contact Sara Walsh at email@example.com for more information!
Donations, Donations, Donations!
We need your help with some common household items. We are collecting water/soda bottle lids, 16oz empty water bottles, paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for VBS. All items can be dropped off in the labeled boxes in the Narthex.