Group Connect and Gather to Scatter

It feels like summer has barely begun, but at Lighthouse, we are busy getting Fall preparations underway.

Here is an important announcement about Group Connect and the Gather to Scatter curriculum that all Home Groups are being asked to go through this Fall.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah or Ryan.

Gather 2 Scatter Group Leaders Retreat

 

The Group Leaders Retreat will take place Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 3pm. Please join us for a time of inspiration and encouragement.

RSVP by clicking this link: https://churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=337341~sgr=y

Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided. See you there!

Standing Firm: Leading From The Trenches

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It was wonderful to see so many of you on March 10 for our training called “Standing Firm: Leading from the Trenches.” We looked at what Scripture teaches us about “Spiritual Warfare” and how that influences the way we lead and encourage our groups. If you missed it, here’s a link to the training video as well as the notes. Thanks so much for your leadership! It’s a blessing to serve with you!!

Standing Firm video

Standing Firm handouts

Save The Date: Saturday, May 12 – Annual Group Leaders Retreat! Pastor Ryan will unveil the vision and direction for Groups at Lighthouse. There will be fun surprises and a taco bar lunch (it’s Cinco de Mayo after all). You won’t want to miss this!

Even In Our Darkness

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Next weekend, Group Leaders will gather together to discuss spiritual warfare. More about that in a minute, but first I want to tell you about a book I was invited to read before it was published called Even In Our Darkness, written by former pastor and theologian Dr. Jack Deere.

I had never heard of the author before, but the description of the book pulled me in: “A powerful memoir of finding beauty and friendship through the pain of loss, tragedy, and brokenness, Even In Our Darkness explores what it means to know God and be known by him.”

Before I began reading the book, I had was convinced that I would be reading about someone who had what I like to call “pastor problems,” not someone who had experienced real pain, loss, tragedy and brokenness, because pastors are favored by God to shepherd those of us with the real problems. Am I right? No. In fact, I couldn’t be more wrong.

This book left me speechless. At first, reading through his teen years, I thought, well that’s the difference of growing up in the south. But as I continued reading, my heart broke for Dr. Jack Deere. These are not “pastor problems.” This is real, hard, ugly, life. But through it all, Jesus was by his side, and Deere clung to that.

I hope that you join us next weekend for Pastor Ryan’s gathering. Click here to link to the post with more information about that.

For more information about Even In Our Darkness, visit the website www.eveninourdarkness.com.

Book Review by Sarah Biggerstaff

Save The Date – Leader’s Gathering March 10th

He’s just one month in to his new role as Pastor of Small Groups, and he’s already busy planning something special for leaders of home groups, learning groups and fun groups. Here’s Pastor Ryan to share more about this event:

The event is 9am-12pm. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Childcare is available. Please register online at

https://churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=325475~sgr=y

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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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Pastor Tony’s Transition Out of Lighthouse

Are you curious about Pastor Tony’s transition out of Lighthouse and the future of Groups Ministry at Lighthouse? Check out this video for answers to your questions.

 

Please join Lighthouse staff at any of the church services this weekend to pray for Tony, say goodbye and wish him and his family well. There will be a gathering in the coffee shop (in the new building) after each service where you can talk to him and enjoy a hot or iced coffee beverage.

Pastor Tony’s last day at Lighthouse is Tuesday, June 13.

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

What’s the Morning of Retreat all about?

So, you’ve been getting emails about a Morning of Retreat, but are you still a little unsure what it’s all about? Watch this video:

Now that you know what it’s all about, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to connect with God and be refreshed. Saturday, March 4 from 9am to 12pm at Christ Episcopal Church of Puyallup.

RSVP here: https://www.churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=282473~sgr=y

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Three upcoming dates to keep in mind

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As Group Leaders we spend so much time pouring into other’s spiritual lives, but often, we ourselves feel like we’re running on an empty tank. Here are three opportunities to have your spiritual life fed with inspiration and motivation. Sign up for one, two, or ideally, all three events led by Pastor Tony.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
9am-12pm at Lighthouse Christian Center

As leaders, we are called to equip the body of believers.  While this is related to passing on information, facilitating conversations and hosting gatherings, it is not the same.  In this training we will focus on the difference—what it means to equip and empower individuals within our groups to develop and use their gifts in the body (for both their growth and the group’s benefit).  Childcare provided for 0-5. Register here: https://www.churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=282470~sgr=y

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9am-12pm at Christ Episcopal Church of Puyallup

Sometimes, as leaders, we need a morning to be be refreshed in the presence of God.  That is what this Morning of Retreat is all about.  Too busy?  Well, maybe that is a sign that this retreat is for YOU!  Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you’d do with 3 hours.  We will provide ways to connect with Jesus and become present to yourself.  Come.  Be refreshed. Register here: https://www.churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=282473~sgr=y

Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 22
6pm Friday to 4pm Saturday at the Wesley Inn & Suites in Gig Harbor

Home Group Leaders are invited to an overnight retreat at the Wesley Inn & Suites in beautiful Gig Harbor. Lighthouse will provide the accommodations, just bring yourself and an eagerness to be immersed in spiritual guidance as we discuss how leaders can effectively work together to accomplish God’s mission.

Notes: Eat dinner before arriving on Friday. We’ll enjoy potluck-style snacks & desserts during our time. The hotel provides complimentary breakfast. Lunch will be on your own Saturday – eat with friends or find a spot to spend time in solitude.

RSVP here: https://www.churchteams.com/m/Login.asp?oID=6397&secID=aTBkVXk1T295V1hwRjhFdjd5UlJVdnU1S1AvTEovem8%3D&page=Register.asp?GroupID=284058~sgr=y