Sermon From 5-9-21

If you missed this week’s Zoom Worship Service, here are the resources still available to you.
 

Offering

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LSCC
P.O. Box 5645
Bellingham, WA 98227

Scripture Reading: Acts 27

Message: Acts 27:1-44–Salvation for the Storm-Tossed and Shipwrecked

*Communion and Song of Response included

Happy Birthday to:


Robin Sheehy (May 11)
Rachel Nelson (May 15)

Happy Anniversary to:


John ♥︎ Letha Kerl (May 9)

Announcements:

Update on In-Person Worship Opportunities Starting Sunday, June 13th!

By now you have heard that our Leadership Team, Staff, and Covid Response Team are moving toward offering the option of in-person worship on June 13th.

In an effort to serve the needs of our congregation and local community while being conscious of our witness of Jesus to the watching world, we have moved prayerfully, slowly, and in every way trying to weigh the guidance from the health department, school district, and our denomination. 

We know that some of our congregation are anxious about moving forward while others have been ready to try in person gatherings for some time now. 

No matter where you land on that spectrum, please know that our number one priority is to help point people to Jesus and to care for our church family and the community in which we live. 

Change, even positive change, causes fear and anxiety. Like we need more of that during a pandemic!

Part of overcoming fear is having good information. 

Allow us to clarify a few points in case we have miscommunicated in past announcements.

  1. Zoom church will remain an important option each Sunday, even after the 13th. The only difference is that instead of pre-recorded songs, sermon, and Communion, it will be live-streamed from the LSCC building. It will still be Live@5, it will just be more live. In fact, due to limits on how many can gather in person, Zoom is likely to be the way most of our church interacts with the worship service until new developments in the pandemic allow us to increase our numbers.
  2. We will offer kids church on Sundays for those who choose to come in person BUT you don’t have to participate. You are more than welcomed to keep your whole household with you throughout the service.
  3. Services will remain an hour or less both to minimize exposure for those in-person and because we know how difficult it is to do Zoom church at home for much longer than that.
  4. Please feel free to email pastor Chris with questions if you need clarification on things. Your input on the survey is extremely important but you may have more questions that need answering before you can make a good decision. Please reach out! We will be updating the church frequently as more specific plans take shape.

Here’s how you can be involved in this exciting new season for LSCC:

1. 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.

2. If you missed the Town Hall meeting last week, you can watch the discussion here. We hope to hold another meeting or two in the coming weeks so that you can hear more about what we’re planning as a staff and leadership team, and so that we can take your questions and ideas into consideration.

3. Fill out this survey 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. 

4. 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.

LSCC Congregational Meeting June 6, 6pm

Each year LSCC hosts two congregational meetings (in January and June) in order to reflect on what God has done in and through us, to consider what he is calling us to next, and to do the important work of electing officers and passing our operating budget.

On June 6, after the Live@5 Zoom service, we’ll take a brief break, then reflect together on the first half of this year in ministry together. LSCC Partners will have the opportunity to vote on our Lead Team and Nominating Committee nominees.

All are invited and partners should expect to participate if at all possible.

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:

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

Register Here to attend in person!

LiveStream will be available Here.

Combined Worship Service–May 30

On May 30, at 10am we will have the opportunity to worship together with other congregations in the back yard 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 and information available online here.

Topics and Speakers
Racial Righteousness: Jemar Tisby
Homelessness and Poverrty: Eugene Cho
Doctrine of Discovery: Dr. Randy 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!

If you invite someone to the Live@5 service, please inform Elizabeth of their name so the Zoom Master knows to expect them.

-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.

-If you need financial help during this crisis please contact our Lead Team Chair, Ryan Wasserman or Pastor Chris.