We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Perfect Bible verse for Valentine’s Day, don’t you agree? Be sure to go out and spread some love this month. In keeping with the theme of love, we have two engagements in the LCPC family. Our talented Choir Director Gary Woodward and Jeanette Draney are planning a March wedding! Megan Doeding, our missionary in Guatemala, recently got engaged to Austyn Harrah. We are so happy for both of these wonderful couples!
Parents – start making your Valentine’s Day date plans because Children’s Ministries is offering a Parent’s Night Out from 5:30-8:30 PM. Just drop your kids off down in the Student Center, donate whatever you would pay a babysitter, and enjoy a night out with your sweetie!
If you happen to get any Valentine’s candy in a heart-shaped box, CFC would love to have the box once you empty it. They use these fun boxes for games and to trace heart shapes. If you are having trouble eating the candy, send it my way!
Can you believe this year marks the 17th LCPC mission trip to the Dominican Republic? Even though the trip is not until June, the registration deadline is here. If you’re lucky, there might be a spot or two left. Contact Mary Wilson at to see if she can squeeze you in.
If you can’t wait until June to participate in a mission trip, don’t fret. Andy is taking a group down to work on the Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico in just a couple of weeks. All you need is a passport, $95 for the fee, to be in high school or older, and be ready to work! Contact Nancy in the church office to get signed up.
Big thanks to Josh, Austin, and their amazing students for treating us to another inspiring Youth Sunday. We always love having our students lead an entire worship service with their musical talents, their heartfelt testimonies about what it means to follow Jesus, and their creative videos.
Thank you also to everyone who donated their precious blood during the Deacon’s Blood Drive, headed up by Dave DePaoli. This is one lifesaving act of service that is easy to do and makes a huge difference for so many people.
And one last round of thank yous to our new class of Elders – Carleigh Fernandez, Cindy Guenther-Williams, Betsy Heckmann, Rebecca Lessley, Judy Trumbo, and Randall Wetzel, and our new class of Deacons – Jennifer Clem, Noel and Elaine Collins, Karen Hayhurst, Lou Lu, Armineh Manookian, and Linda Winfield. We are grateful for your commitment to LCPC, your leadership, and your service.
We’re looking for some friendly faces to join the Sunday morning greeter team. It couldn’t be easier – just show up about 15 minutes before service, stand at the door and give smiles, hugs, handshakes or a sincere good morning wish, and then scoot on in to worship a bit after it begins. Talk to Darrell Fernandez if you’re interested.
We are also looking for someone who can head up the ushering team. It’s another easy job of coordinating the schedule and communicating with the team. If you are interested in leading, please contact Nancy Coler at nancoler@ gmail.com.
The 2019 Sunday flower chart is up on the Narthex bulletin board if you’d like to provide flowers for worship. You can pick a day that’s special to you, or just pick any old day because you feel like it. Nancy will contact you the week prior, ask what message you would like in the bulletin, and take care of all the ordering. The cost is $50.
It’s been exciting to hear about the LCPC strategic plans for 2019/2020 – “All Eyes on God: 2020 Vision.” Love that title! We will have opportunities in the coming months to attend town hall style meetings to get more details and give input on how to implement the plans for discipleship growth, projects around our church campus, and reaching out to our community and beyond.
Be watching the bulletin for an All-Church Work Day coming up in April. The property committee can use all hands on deck to participate in decluttering, cleaning, and repairing all the nooks and crannies on the church grounds in preparation for the new projects coming our way.
I’m happy to report that baby Carter Pollock is doing well, is just as cute and smiley as can be, and looks a lot like his beautiful big sister! Continue to pray for him and the Pollock family, as they eagerly wait for him to come home from the hospital.
Also keep our missionaries in your prayers as they spread God’s message around the world. Some are in very dangerous areas where Christians are presently being persecuted for their faith.
CFC celebrated Kindness Week at the end of January by writing thank you notes to the hometown helpers in our community. I’m sure those dedicated people loved receiving the sweet letters from our CFC kids. Did you know that February 17 is “Random Acts of Kindness Day?” You too, can do something creative and kind to make someone’s day better and spread the love of Jesus.
See you next month!