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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever wanted to find a way to serve the community as a home group? To find a way to love your neighbor and be a light, not just by yourself, but as a group? Circles Ministry at Lighthouse starts next month and offers a unique opportunity for home groups to get involved. Please take a moment to watch this video:
If you’d like to give the blessing of a warm meal, please email email@example.com. For more information about Circles Ministry, visithttp://www.lighthousehome.org/component/content/article/20-get-involved/498-circles.
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.
Lighthouse Member Jay Milsten recently presented a unique opportunity to put our faith in action and practice Lighthouse’s value of Community Transformation. We thought it was worth passing on. Check it out.
Last year, his men’s bible study group committed to sending one local high school student to YoungLife’s Malibu Club summer camp. Each week they would add $5 to a jar until it reached $500. The cost for a student to attend camp is around $750, so the student must pitch in some money if he/she really wants to go. After camp, the YoungLife Leader that accompanied the local group of campers visited the men’s bible study group to let them know the effect that camp had on the kid they helped support. They never learned the name of the student they supported, but it didn’t matter, they knew they had made a difference in the life of one local youth and that was enough.
Jay’s hope this year is to get 30 groups to commit to sponsoring 30 local kids to attend the YoungLife camp. If you don’t know about Club Malibu, check out this video to catch a glimpse of what kids experience during what many say is the “best week of their life.” https://vimeo.com/36953209
There is no pressure to join Jay in his effort. But if it sounds like something you might be interested in, give Jay Milsten a call. He is open to visiting groups to explain the process and get you started. Call him at (253) 230-5433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About YoungLife and Malibu Club
YoungLife believes in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose.
This summer camp is a week that changes everything! A memory to last a lifetime created in just seven days of high adventure, laughing, meeting new people, hanging with friends, great food, incredible music and Young Life club with 350 other campers who get the opportunity to consider a relationship with God in the beautiful setting of Malibu Club.
Have you thought about doing a service project with you home group this year? For more than 10 years Lighthouse has partnered with the non-profit organization Step By Step to host a Christmas Dinner for young women and children in need. This event includes games, activities, crafts, and an incredible Christmas dinner. For many of those attending, it is the only Christmas dinner they will have.
Step By Step has specifically asked if home groups could put together gift baskets that can be raffled off to the women who attend the event (just like dinner, this is the only gift they will receive). If each home group puts together one basket we would collect 30 baskets. You’d just need each person in your home group to contribute one or two items to the basket and they could be exceptional! Here are some ideas (but feel free to get creative!):
- S’mores Gift Basket – everything to make s’mores
- Family Game Night Basket – board games, card games, wooden block games (like Jenga), dice games (like Yahtzee)
- Movie Gift Basket – family-friendly movies, snacks, popcorn, etc.
- Memories Gift Basket – disposable cameras, photo book, some frames, labels
- Chili Feed Basket – chili packet, canned beans, corn bread mix, bowls
There are other ways to donate to this event as well such as preparing decorations or baked goods, give your time at the event by serving dinner, supervising games or coat check, clean-up service, etc. More information is available at http://lighthousehome.org/component/content/article/20-get-involved/191-step-by-step. If you’re able to donate a basket, please delivery it to the church office by Thursday, Dec. 3.