Fall is inching in upon us, and that means that Community Groups have returned as well. Hurray! Our kickoff day is in two Sundays on August 28th. Obviously, if your group is not meeting on Sundays then the date of your first meeting will be different: Monday the 29th or Wednesday the 31st.
For those of you who are not yet in a community group but want to be; I’d love to help you find the one that best fits your schedule. We presently have 5 groups, 4 of which meet in the homes of other LCC people, and one, which meets Sunday mornings @ 9AM @ Shayne Elementary. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me if you want to get involved.
This semester (from August till Christmas), we will be reading and interacting with a book, “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. Our goal in reading and discussing this book is not simply to fill up our calendar with more stuff to do. We believe that Keller’s book provides the careful reader with a right perspective on a well known story, and consequently, it clearly and simply lays out the teaching of Christ both in the historical and modern context. So, the goal of each community group is to work together at understanding and applying the truths behind this biblical parable to our lives. And all the while, building friendships with each other for support and prayer that will continue to exist outside the structure of Church-planned functions. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions; I’ll be glad to answer them.
Calendar for Fall Community Groups:
Even though we go to a small church, we don’t all know each other very well (or, in some cases, at all)! This fall, we are going to be more intentional about doing life together and building new relationships. In September, we are going to introduce something called “Dinners for Eight.” The idea is simple: Eight adults who don’t know each other very well will eat dinner together! (Profound concept, isn’t it?) Hostesses will coordinate the meal, help figure out child care, and provide a place for everyone to eat.
There will be sign-ups available at church beginning this Sunday. There will only be room for about 32 adults to participate in September, but if there is enough interest and we can find more hostesses, we will provide more opportunities in October. Please sign up to get to know some families you don’t know very well. Let’s break bread together and build some new, God-centered relationships!
Women’s Ministry celebrated its final event of the summer by gathering with our kids at the Governor’s Club swimming pool. Five women and eleven kids got together for some basic, old-fashioned fun, and a good time was had by all! There are no photos to share because the ladies did not appreciate having their pictures taken. 😉
As we prepare to start our fall schedule, we are going to do things a little differently than we have in the past. Instead of simply sending a mass email with a list of events, we are going to gather together to properly kick off the new season. This is an opportunity for everyone to gather together at the same time to worship, plan, and have some fellowship. Save the date for Saturday morning, August 27th, as we will have a women’s brunch to kick off a new year. There will be delicious food, surprises, a speaker, and several opportunities to learn about the direction women’s ministry is taking in our church and how you can be involved. We only have two big events per year: the women’s retreat in the spring and this fall kickoff brunch (which we hope will become a tradition), so we want to have as many women from the church there as we can. Put it on your calendar right now and invite all your friends. We hope to see you there!
In light of the fun and success of our community pool party in June, we decided that the perfect way to hang out with friends and beat the heat for July was to host a community slip-n-slide! Last Friday evening we rented out the land next to the Nolensville Tennis Courts and set up a huge slip-n-slide complete with sprinklers and lots of… VEGETABLE OIL! It was a super fun evening and the students had a lot of fun hanging out with friends. This was our first event after dividing up our ministry into two meetings on Sunday nights: one for the High-schoolers and one for the Middle-schoolers. We are excited to see growth in our Student ministry and are excited to host many more events this school year for both age-groups!
July 3-9 the student ministry travelled to Orange Beach, Alabama to participate in summer camp through Student Life Ministries. Along with about 1,000 other students our students learned about the word Devoted and how we are called to be Devoted to our walk with God. It was an exciting week for our students as they were challenged to learn about how God is first and foremost devoted to us and how our love for Him is to be in response to that. The camp pastor was JR Vassar and worship was led by Aaron Keyes. It was an awesome time for our students to come together as a youth group and be challenged in teaching.
It’s been another exciting summer in the student ministry at Life Community Church! In addition to our regular Sunday night bible studies, a fun week of camp at Orange Beach, AL and students being involved in helping with the children’s ministry’s VBS, we’ve had some exciting events of our own. Part of our goal in the youth ministry is the train and equip students to engage their friends for Christ. Challenged by the church’s motto of Know, Grow, Do, we decided to step out and DO in a way that could reach out to the community.
June 24 we hosted a pool party at the Nolensville pool. We had over 70 students at our “It’s Not Just A Pool Party” where we watched a movie pool side, feasted on snacks and hung out with friends from all over. The students did a phenomenal job inviting friends and we were able to reach out to the community and build relationships with students who may have never been involved with a church before! The success of this event was an exciting beginning to the summer and a great way for our ministry to engage with students outside of our church!
We’ve been talking a lot at LCC about “KNOW. GROW. DO.” The “DO” component includes reflecting God’s love by serving others. Many of us want to teach our children to serve, but organized opportunities where young children can participate are limited. This summer we started an initiative at LCC called “Kid’s DO!”, where families can serve together.
On July 28, families from LCC served at Second Harvest in Nashville. The service program at Second Harvest provides an opportunity to learn more about hunger issues followed by sorting food for Second Harvest’s Emergency Food Box Program or packing backpacks for the Children’s Backpack Program.
Volunteers helped sort and box donations that will be sent to over 400 partner agencies in Middle and West Tennessee.
Volunteer duties included:
*Bagging and boxing bulk food products such as cereal or produce
*Filling bags for programs like the Backpack Program
*Sorting, weighting, and boxing dry goods or perishable food items
This is a fantastic family service project! Be watching for more Kids Do! opportunities next summer!
For more information about Kids Do!, contact Meredith Graham at email@example.com.