This weekend we’re starting a new sermon series on 2 Timothy. Sermon discussion questions for the first three messages of this series are available in a printable PDF file that you can download by clicking here.
The fourth weekend of February is a Milestone Weekend, and please save the date for Monday, February 26th to attend the Annual Meeting where members will have the opportunity to vote to affirm Pastor Brandon Sales as Senior Pastor. To read more about the pastoral transition at Lighthouse, visit www.lighthousehome.org/transition.
Also, if you haven’t done so already, please RSVP to attend the group leader gathering called “Standing Firm” on Saturday, March 10th. Pastor Ryan will share about himself as well as a message on Spiritual Warfare. RSVP by clicking here.
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
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
Last year, Lighthouse presented the first in a series of workshops focused on its purpose to be a Christ-centered community, reaching out every day to make more and better disciples. This time, Pastors Art and Tony will lead a workshop focused on disciplining and hot topics.
Have you thought about what you would do as a home group leader in a situation if a difficult subject came up, and you really don’t know how to handle it? As a learning group instructor, how would you handle the topic of evolution? As a fun group facilitator, would you be prepared to talk about Christianity and the LGBTQ community?
Maybe you would have no idea what to say – no knowledge base at all about the topic. Or maybe you have some knowledge about the topic, but don’t know how to communicate about it. Whether a subject is hot, cold or lukewarm there is an approach to take that will help you help your disciplee move ahead spiritually. And it won’t be based primarily on your extensive knowledge base, but on your ability to have a good spiritual discussion as a spiritual friend. More & Better II will help you learn how to handle conversations around hot topics with those you are discipling.
Imagine this: you take the picturesque drive to Mount Rainier National Park. You leave all electronics behind and venture into the woods, listening only to the sounds of nature. As you make yourself comfortable on a rock overlooking a majestic landscape, you hear something else. Or maybe it’s not so much hearing as it is a feeling in your soul. The voice of God. Embrace the rest, the wilderness and rejuvenate your spirit on The Silent Wild.
There will be two opportunities to participate this summer. The first is Saturday, July 9th and for those who prefer a weekday option, the second takes place on Monday, August 22nd.
You are strongly encouraged to sign up for one (or both!) of these opportunities. A sample itinerary is below and carpools can be arranged. Encourage members of your home groups to sign up as well. RSVP by clicking your preferred date below.
As we enter a new season I’d like to remind you of a couple of important upcoming dates.
The More & Better Discipleship Workshop is Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This workshop provides a practical plan for every leader who wants to help the people they serve to take the next step of spiritual growth. Discipleship will be demystified, offering a clear design for helping someone grow as a disciple. If you serve at Lighthouse – whether you’re an experienced leader or someone who has never discipled another believer – More and Better is for you. This two-and-a-half hour workshop is a practical resource, spurring one another on, to a life of love and service to God.
BONUS – the first 75 people who register and attend the workshop will receive a free copy of Multiply by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving. This book is one of the resources we will recommend at the workshop and is specially designed to use in discipleship relationships. Childcare is available for children through Kindergarten age with pre-registration. Register online here.
Groups Leaders Retreat is Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Details coming soon, save the date!
I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year celebration!
I invite you to join Pastor Art, Pastor Paul and myself for two half-day training workshops about discipleship. As a group leader, I strongly encourage you to attend. Our goal is to equip you with skills, encouragement and confidence to be a disciple to your peers in the groups you lead and in the community.
Mark your calendars for:
Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday , February 20th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We’ve also selected a date for our 2016 Group Leaders Retreat! Save the date for:
Saturday, April 9th from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin famously said “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” I look forward to learning with you!