Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-21
Message: Genesis 15:1-21–Faith, Doubt, and why God can be Trusted
*Communion and Song of Response included
Happy Birthday to:
Candice Kennedy (April 26)
Elizabeth Holland (April 28)
Declan Milsten (April 30)
Chad Bengen (May 1)
LSCC In-Person Worship Gatherings to restart on Sunday, June 13th!
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10.23-25)
During the pandemic, our Leadership Team and Staff have worked hard to help LSCC love God and neighbor by staying committed to worship and service while recognizing that part of doing so, would involve forsaking large group gatherings in an effort to best love the most vulnerable among us and in our community. Weekly we weighed input from federal and local health experts, the Bellingham School District, and our denominational conference to inform our practices.
With the increasing levels of vaccinations and new allowances for religious gatherings in Phase 3, we are excited to get back to worshiping in person on June 13th!
Over the next several weeks we’ll be working hard to be prepared for a safe and well-organized re-opening while also working to ensure that those unable to attend will have a good experience with our new live streaming capabilities.
Here’s how you can be involved in this exciting new season for LSCC:
1) Attend our Town Hall Meeting this Tuesday, April 27, at 7pm via Zoom. Look for a Zoom link on Monday or Tuesday. Pastor Chris, Ryan Wasserman (our Lead Team Chair), and Josh Burdick (Tech master) will share some of the preliminary plans for how the new worship format will look and function. They will also field questions you may have.
2) Be on the lookout for a survey from Morgan Lingbloom with regard to your thoughts and feelings about starting back up in person. The more information we have, the better we can try and meet the needs of our congregation.
3) Consider how you might be willing to serve. Starting back up in person is likely to involve extra labor. We may not be doing meals for a while, but we could use extra help with the technology side of things (we’ll train!), with helping people find seats and safety equipment, and helping with set up and clean up. We’ll also need volunteers to help with our Kid’s Church! We are so excited to see our family of all ages get back together for worship.
4) Please be in prayer over this process. We’ll need the wisdom and grace of Jesus and we’ll need to be gracious with one another for the inevitable difficulties that arise when trying new things.
Come enjoy an evening with friends in the park! Protocols prevent sharing of food, so be sure to bring a picnic dinner if you want to eat at the park.
We plan to meet:
Friday, April 30 @ 5:30 at the Lake Padden Playground area
Sunday, May 30 @ 5:30 at Squalicum Creek Park
Friday, June 11 @ 5:30 at the Lake Padden Playgoround area
Friday, July 23, 4:00-6:30pm at Marine Park in Fairhaven
We will observe current mask and physical distancing protocols.
Masks and Sanitizer will be available.
Check out our Event Page for more information
A memorial for Lori Turley is scheduled for May 1. Because of Covid restrictions, it will not be open to the public. However, if you are looking for ways to honor Lori and support Keith during this time, consider giving toward the “Lori Turley Memorial Fund.”
Lori and Keith had a dream of visiting every US National Park and this fund will help Keith accomplish that goal to honor Lori’s legacy.
Please check the weekly LSCC Update email or contact us for information about how to give.
Save the date!
On May 30, at 10am we will have the opportunity to worship together with other congregations outside at Bellingham Covenant Church. Seating will be limited, but there will be a Live Stream option available for everyone. We will not have our Live@5 service that night.
Since we are uncertain when social distancing will cease, the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic has decided to again make this year’s Walk/Run a virtual event. So, how do you start? Check out the WCPC Walk/Run for life event page!
Save the date 9-Noon on Saturday June 5 for a one day conference focusing on justice issues for the Pacific Northwest Conference! Registration coming soon.
Topics and Speakers
Racial Righteousness: Jemar Tisby
Homelessness and Poverrty: Eugene Cho
Doctrine of Discovery: Dr. Rnady Woodley
Recovery: Sheila Wise Rowe
We will be continuing to connect at 5pm Sundays via Zoom each Sunday, (except May 30) to all gather at one place at one time to participate in worship together.
If you want to join our congregation on Sunday but haven’t been receiving our Sunday emails, please register here!
-Morgan is coordinating care within our congregation. If you need help, or even someone to make a grocery store run, please contact Morgan.
-If you have prayer requests, please submit those HERE.
-If you would like to set up a time to talk with Pastor Chris, contact him directly HERE.