Freezing Nights at Lighthouse

In case you missed it, we wanted to share the announcement with you that Lighthouse is partnering with Freezing Nights, a Christian ministry here in Puyallup that gives the homeless a warm place to stay from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the months of November through March.

Please watch this video with more information from Pastors Art & Brandon:

For more information, visit http://www.lighthousehome.org/freezing-nights.

 

Contacting Versus Connecting

This article, Contacting Versus Connecting, is from the Church and Culture blog.

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One of the great myths of relational life is that community is something found. In this fairy tale, community is simply out there – somewhere – waiting to be discovered like Prince Charming finding Cinderella. All you have to do is find the right person, join the right group, get the right job or become involved with the right church. It’s kind of an “Over the Rainbow” thing; it’s not here, so it must be over there.

Which is why so many people – and you’ve seen them and probably flirted with this yourself – go from relationship to relationship, city to city, job to job, church to church, looking for the community that they think is just around the corner if they could only find the right people and the right place. The idea is that real community exists somewhere and we simply must tap into it. It’s not something you have to work at; in fact, if you have to work at it, then you know it’s not real community.

This mindset runs rampant in our day. If you have to work at community in a marriage, you must not be right for each other. If you have to work on community where you are employed, you’ve got a bad boss or bad coworkers or a bad structure. If you have to work at community in a neighborhood, you just picked the wrong subdivision. If you have to work on things with people in a church, well, there are obviously just problems with the church or its leadership or… yep, its “community.”

I cannot stress enough how soundly unrealistic, much less unbiblical, this is. Community is not something you find; it’s something you build. What you long for isn’t about finding the right mate, the right job, the right neighborhood, the right church—it’s about making your marriage, making your workplace, making your neighborhood and making your church the community God intended. Community is not something discovered; it is something forged. I don’t mean to suggest any and all relationships are designed for, say, marriage. Or that there aren’t dysfunctional communities you should flee from. My point is that all relationships of worth are products of labor.

This is why the Bible talks about people needing to form and make communities, not just come together as a community or “experience” community. It’s why principles are given – at length – for how to work through conflict. It’s why communication skills are articulated in the Bible and issues such as anger are instructed to be dealt with. It’s why the dynamics of successfully living with someone in the context of a marriage or family are explored in depth. As the author of Hebrews puts it so plainly:

        So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your

        feet… run for it! Work at getting along with each other.

        (Hebrews 12:12-14, The Message)

James Emery White

Summer Prayer

Please take a moment to watch this video message from Pastor Ryan:

Please send your prayer requests to ryan@lighthousehome.org. We look forward to joining together in prayer.

Are You Qualified to Lead?


Ever feel like you’re not qualified to lead? Scripture is filled with the beautiful stories of men and women who were called to make a kingdom impact. Often times, it’s the imperfect that perfectly fit into His plan. As Groups wind down, where have you found His strength in spite of your weakness? How can we celebrate His faithfulness this year?

News For Home Group Leaders

Next week, home group leaders Dutch and Sharon Bylsma are hosting an exciting event at Lighthouse and all home group leaders are invited! Missionaries Dave and Jen Bell will be sharing a testimony about their baby rescue and adoption ministry in Kenya. This special event will take place on Tuesday, September 12th from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 321 in the new building. If you plan to attend, please send an email to shrnbylsm@yahoo.com.

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If your home group would like to jump right into a service project this year, Lighthouse can use your help! As you know, Lighthouse was blessed with a new building without undergoing much debt. To keep costs low, Lighthouse relies on volunteer cleaning teams to serve for just three hours on a Saturday morning. Since the opening of the new building, all of the cleaning shifts have been filled. However, after this month (September), there are very few volunteers scheduled to help. If your home group is willing to serve our church in this capacity, please sign up online at http://lighthousehome.org/cleaning-team.

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It’s the Great Planting, Charlie Brown!

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Just kidding. But in all seriousness, if this rainy weather has had you cooped up inside for far too long, join us this Saturday morning for an all church, family-friendly event. We’ll be planting over 1,000 plants and trees around the Lighthouse property beginning at 9 a.m. Rain or shine. Coffee and pastries will be served in the morning and pizza will be provided for lunch. Bring a shovel, your gloves, and the members of your home, learning and/or fun group for a wonderful chance to gather with friends while helping spruce up the church property. Register here (for food planning): www.lighthousehome.org/planting

The People of God

What does it mean for us to be the people of God? I have some thoughts, and suggestions on how you can shepherd your [home, learning and fun] group members to not just learn about God, but to really become people of God. Check out the video.

If you’d like more information about becoming a Circles Ally, click here: http://www.mtviewcommunitycenter.org/circles.

Could You Be A Circles Ally?

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Are you positive, patient and a good listener? Are you willing to learn about the struggles facing low-income families? If so, we invite you to become a Circles Ally.

Circle Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty. Circle Allies work with Circle Leaders to figure out how to accomplish their plan. You’ll walk side-by-side with the Circle Leaders, challenging poverty, barriers, race, injustice and hope, and build new friendships along the way.

Circle Allies commit 4-10 hours each month to be in relationship with their Circle Leader and the larger Circles Group community. The first meeting of each month is the “matched Circle.” On this night the Circle Leader and Circle Allies work specifically on the goals of the Circle Leader – these goals range from getting a bank account, to filling out a FAFSA form, to moving towards home ownership. Circle Allies are also encouraged to attend the third meeting of each month which is called “Big View.” On Big View night, the collective Circles Group of Leaders and Allies work together to address poverty issues and barriers that affect the group as well as the larger community. You also meet once a month outside of the formal Circles group at a coffee shop or other casual place to work with your matched Circle.

Circles Ministry meets at Lighthouse on Monday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. To get involved as a Circles Ally, complete the application and email it to Programs Director Mary Neff at maryn@mtviewcc.org.