As spring comes to an end and home group and learning group leaders prepare for summer break, here is a very special message for you (and fun group leaders, even though fun groups don’t take a break for summer, this message is for you too!):
If you lead a home group, here are a couple of reminders:
- Try to get a sense of who plans to return in the fall and if your group will have openings for new members.
- Let Sarah know when your group begins summer break so that she can turn off your email attendance reminders (they will be turned back on in the fall).
Leaders, may you be refreshed and renewed this summer and blessed in the season to come.
Be sure to stop by the office to pick up your gift the next time you’re at church.
Have a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This week, many of us will sit around the dinner table and discuss what we are most thankful for. Sometimes the answer is obvious, and sometimes we struggle. This video (less than three minutes) keeps it real. Watch.
From all of us at Lighthouse, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Hey everyone! I learned this last week over lunch with a friend of mine, Bill Bowers (a follower of Jesus and advocate of the poor in Puyallup) has found a house for three formerly homeless men. How exciting is that?! They will be moving into the home this weekend and are seeking donations of essential items to make their new home a little more comfortable. If you have any of the following items and would like to donate them, please contact Bill as soon as possible at (253) 606-9998 or firstname.lastname@example.org and he will arrange for pick-up.
- 3 twin beds
- 3 dressers
- End tables
- Kitchen table and chairs
- Couch and chairs
- Coffee table
- Pots and pans
- Coffee maker
- Bedding and pillows
- Dishes and silverware
- Cups and glasses
- 2 shower curtains
- 3 lamps
Puyallup Cares is an initiative of The One Another Foundation; promoting Caring, Serving, and Giving in the Puyallup community.
A FAITH IN ACTION STORY
Bruce and Lori Strand attend weekend services at Lighthouse, participate in the Harding Home Group and are members of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Lori has noticed a need in the Christian Motorcycle Association and God has put it on her heart to help. Here’s her story:
Bruce and I volunteer with the Christian Motorcycle Association in organizing bike rallies and sharing the gospel with people we meet. Some of the rallies that we attend are very primitive and bikers only bring what they can fit on their bike. Many bikers, especially women, do not have money or access to personal hygiene items they forgot bring or didn’t have to bring in the first place.
God has laid it on my heart to put together hospitality baskets that I can place in the bathrooms at motorcycle rallies so that men and women can help themselves to what they need. I have been purchasing and collecting items for baskets, but feel it is time to ask for help. As many of you know, Bruce doesn’t work due to a severe stroke that disabled him, and I have a limited income.
During the next three weeks, there will be a box in the Welcome Center where you can drop off personal hygiene items you’d like to donate. Here’s an example of what’s needed (preferably travel size):
- men’s & women’s razors
- combs & brushes
- shaving cream
- dental floss
- alcohol-free mouthwash (most motorcycle rallies are AA rallies)
- shampoo & conditioner
- body wash
- nail files
- feminine products
- sample size perfume & cologne
Anything you can give is appreciated, and I’ll gladly accept items not on this list that you think would be helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, Lori Strand, at (253) 381-3102 or email email@example.com.
Written by Keri & Gus Tarantino
Recently, a small group from The Haven participated in an afternoon visit with residents at the local Rainier Rehabilitation medical center. There were five families in our group, including 10 children ranging in age from 20 months to 5 years that joined in the festivities. We shared a time of Christmas caroling and connecting over holiday crafts.
Our time began with walking through the hallways to sing for residents throughout the facility. Some were unable to leave their room while others were able to join us in the hallway in song. As we were singing, many residents asked to be wheeled out, or waved to our children from their hospital beds. After walking through the halls, we joined the staff in doing a craft project with several residents in the dining hall. We enjoyed painting alongside folks there and had the opportunity to hear about many of their journeys.
Our time at Rainier Rehabilitation certainly seemed to provide holiday cheer and offered a time to visit with many folks who often have few people who come to be with them. However, it extended well beyond the physicality of being together. Some group members were able to join in prayer with residents, broadening our holiday visit to a spiritual one as well. Residents seemed eager to talk, to hear about Lighthouse and were grateful for the time to connect.
In reflecting back on the day, several of The Haven’s group members shared the sentiment of being struck by the simplicity of the time, and yet the profound way in which we were all impacted by the experience we had sharing in the holiday spirit.
Thank you for taking a moment to watch this message about giving.