A Thursday Update from Living Hope Church

"For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." - 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18 (NLT)

This scripture isn't telling us to ignore the challenges we are facing. It instructs us not to fixate on them to the point we lose sight of God's plan. The ultimate plan is for us to share the love of Jesus with all and keep our lives committed. If we can do that, the troubles and challenges we face will feel smaller and pass. Every day we need to do our part to continue our commitment to Jesus and share His love with all we come in contact with.

This Sunday is our final sermon in the Re-Acclamation series. Join us in person, and online Sunday at 10:30 am as Pastor Bill Cumbee shares a message from his heart. This Sunday is the final week for utilizing our seat reservation system. Starting Sunday, July 5th, you will be able to select the seat of your choice when you arrive. We ask our church to safely social distance and that you leave two (2) seats open between you and your family and the next person or family in your row. You can make reservations for this Sunday, June 26th, here.

Last night our LHC Youth Ministry returned to church for their first service since March. We are very excited to welcome the youth again and proud to see them safely social distancing while enjoying their times of worship and fun. LHC Youth meets every Wednesday at 7:00 pm at our church. A Livestream of their service through their Instagram page remains available as well

Next Sunday, July 5th, LHC Kids ministry will begin welcoming kids back in phases. The goal is to have all children's classes available by the end of July. Our leadership and volunteers are working diligently to keep everyone safe during the re-opening phases. You can get all the details on LHC Kids returning here.

We are looking forward to an exceptional Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 5th. Starting at 6:30 pm, we will have tailgating in our parking lot along with FREE FOOD from Mission BBQ. We have invited the 20th Century Missionary Baptist Church of Gary to celebrate with us, and any monetary donations received throughout the evening will be used to bless this congregation. Please welcome them, and let's celebrate TOGETHER! Our Fireworks show will begin at 9 pm. You will want to have a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on to enjoy the show.

LOVE WEEK 2020 starts Sunday, July 12th . Love Week looks a little different this year with COVID-19 safety measures in place, but we have worked diligently to provide creative ways to be a blessing in our community. Be here Sunday, July 5th, to learn all the details on how you can be a part of LOVE WEEK.

Finally, Saturday at 9 am, we have our Facebook Live prayer meeting. Join Cindy Sheehy as she leads us in prayer for needs, our church, and our nation. You can e-mail prayer requests to prayer@LHCweb.org or type them on Facebook during the LIVE prayer meeting.

See you Sunday, in church, and online!