Weekend Update

Matt Jensen  06/10/21

Hello LACC!
We are looking forward to meeting together this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Once again we will have seating both in the main auditorium and outdoors on the back patio. We hope to see you there. 
 
I came across this article on The Gospel Coalition’s Website and thought it was interesting. Here’s the beginning of the article…
 
When the pandemic began in early 2020, stay-at-home orders changed almost everything overnight. The rhythms of our lives fell off the beat. Instead of experiencing life in 3D with all five senses, we were stuck at home: working, learning, worshiping, mourning, celebrating, and even marrying via screens.
 
We’ve all had our resilience tested and creativity stretched, and we are collectively exhausted. But there is reason to hope. As we begin to see glimpses of a return to normal after an accelerated rollout of vaccinations, churches must answer an important question: how do we call our people back to gathered worship?
 
Digital-worship experiences have helped us get through this, but beneath the success stories lies an increasingly troubling trend: people are comfortable staying home, especially on Sunday mornings. Articles about “hybrid church” suggest that perhaps the model of livestream in tandem with gathered worship is here to stay. 
 
In September 2020, Barna reported that over 20 percent of American churchgoers had not attended any type of worship service since the pandemic started (online or gathered), and over 30 percent of Christians said they were watching other churches online rather than their home church.
 
This suggests that people are choosing to worship in “in spirit” rather than in person. After all, if Paul—from prison—could be present in spirit with the Colossians (Col. 2:5), then don’t broadband internet, Zoom, and streaming services make it easier than ever to be present in church? No. In fact, Scripture illustrates our need for embodied, gathered worship in three ways.
 
To see the full article go to:
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/return-church/
 
Here are a few announcements:
 
Ladies Dessert Social- Ladies & Girls of all ages are invited to join us for a fun filled night of games, fellowship & sweets! It will be Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. here at church. Please RSVP to Holli at hollidae35@gmail.com or (530) 567-2145.
 
Children’s Ministry Help                                 
Becca is looking for some extra help this summer with our Children’s Ministry program on Sunday mornings and VBS July 12-16. If you would like to help, talk to Becca or send her an email at becca@lakechurch.life.
 
4th of July  
Since July 4th falls on a Sunday this year, we will be having church in Chester at the Truman Collins Field before the parade. This is the field just next to the Chester Park. Join us at 9 am! 
 
Church Workday                           
We have scheduled a church workday for Saturday, June 26. Meet us here at 8 am. Bring eye and ear protection and gloves. We appreciate your willingness to help!  
 
Ladies Dessert Social- Ladies & Girls of all ages are invited to join us for a fun filled night of games, fellowship & sweets! It will be Thursday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. here at church. Please RSVP to Holli at hollidae35@gmail.com or (530) 567-2145.
 
Blessings,
Matt & LACC staff!
 

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