Month: May 2018

Welcome Bryan Doersom to Staff

We are excited to introduce Bryan Doersom as the newest member of our Worship Arts team here at Living Word. As Production Associate, Bryan will be helping us in both the audio and visual realms, serving as a sound engineer and assisting with video production. Bryan recently graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Music Business and Technology. He has attended Living Word all of his life with his family and contributed in many different ministries over the past several years. You have probably seen Bryan playing electric guitar a number of times on Sunday mornings, at Nights of Worship, Liquid, Fusion, Men’s Life…well, pretty much every venue that has some sort of music!

Outside the A/V world he enjoys hiking and exploring, snowboarding in the winter, trips to the beach in the summer, and just generally being a goofy guy with tons of energy. His favorite movie is Rio Bravo and he is currently loving the song “Reckless Love.” He is very excited about his new role on staff and being a part of creating “thin spaces” where people can encounter and experience God in transformative ways.

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Welcome Donavan Bratton to Staff || guest blog by Garrett Lowe

I’m excited to introduce everyone to our new Youth Director, Donavan Bratton!  

Donavan Bratton grew up in Harlem, New York, with his lovely mother and two younger brothers. His mother being a woman of faith, prodded Donavan to go to church at a young age. As he got older, he moved away from the church. His hurt, mistaken identity, anger, and hopelessness weighed on his heart. In an attempt to find joy, he searched for other ways to find fulfillment. This left him empty and more confused. The Lord was actively working in his life and it became apparent to him on his 15th birthday when the Lord captured his heart. On that day, Donavan gave his life to the Lord and was never the same again. 

Since then, he has graduated from Lancaster Bible College with his bachelor’s in Student Ministry and is currently working on his master’s in Leadership Studies at Capital Bible Seminary and Graduate School. He has also served in youth groups, camp ministries, and other para-church organizations. His desire is to see people grow to be who the Lord intends them to be. Building relationships, caring, and challenging others is how the Lord has …

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Welcome Summer kid::life Interns || guest blog by Garrett Lowe

Living Word is blessed to have Kali and Sydney as interns working with Cass and the kid::life team this summer. They are both going to be wonderful additions to our Next Gen team and I am excited for you to meet them!

Sydney Hammond grew up in York and has been attending Living Word her whole life. She is the oldest of seven children and enjoys chaos. Sydney is enrolled at Lancaster Bible College as an Intercultural Studies Major. She hopes to use this to bring communities and cultures together to have more of a global focus and impact in ministry. She enjoys people, reading, smiling, and learning new things. Sydney has a passion to see people become involved as the hands of feet of Christ and serve others wholeheartedly.

Kalihan (Kali) Sensenig grew up in Lancaster County and is the oldest of four children. She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School and previously attended Akron Grace E.C. Church. Kali is currently enrolled atPennsylvania State University, starting at the Harrisburg campus, with plans to graduate in 2021 with degrees in criminology and neuroscience. She hopes to one day impact the world within

the criminal justice system. In her free time, …

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Welcome Lynne Martin to Staff || guest blog by Cass Delp

 I’m excited to share with you that Lynne Martin has joined our kid::life team. As the new Preschool Director, she oversees our Bumblebees, Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Grasshoppers rooms. Lynne comes to us with several years of experience as a school teacher. She and her husband, Greg, have been married for 31 years and have four grown children and three English springer spaniels. Lynne recently went to Disney World to run a 5K race for Make-A-Wish, was in Ohio last week on a bird watching trip, and enjoys horseback riding each week. She is also actively involved in Merge and growth groups. Lynne has a heart and passion for children, and loves and sees value in every stage of their development. Most of all, Lynne loves Jesus and sensed the call he placed on her life to be part of the kid::life team. We’re so glad she is with us.

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Mother’s Day Tributes

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers and the wonderful women that have impacted our lives! Aunts, grandmothers, sisters, friends, teachers, and the list goes on! The most wonderful women weren’t “perfect” but were perfect in our lives and a blessing.

Friends, let’s make this the day that we notice the wonderful women in our lives and honor them. Express gratefulness to these women, and to God for planting them in our lives.

Please enjoy this video of thanks from members of our church family to the women that have been a blessing. We included so many submissions, thank you to everyone who shared!

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 5:1-2



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Some Hard Things About Mother’s Day || guest blog by Connie Milchling

As Mother’s Day approaches, we would be remiss in not acknowledging that this day is not a joyous occasion for every woman. For some, it is a hard day. For others, it is a very difficult day.

Maybe it’s because you have (or had) a mom who was less than ideal, and the pain appears each year without relief.

Or perhaps you had a terrific mom, but she is no longer around for you to hear her voice.

Or maybe you are longing to be a mom, but that dream remains unfulfilled, so Mother’s Day appears like a billboard shouting, “YOU DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN!”

Or it lingers like a sympathy card, reminding you of your loss.

Infertility, miscarriages, stillborn births, high-risk pregnancies.

We understand and are so sorry for your heartache.

This article from Christianity Today may be helpful:

6 Ways to Survive Grief of Childlessness

I googled “hard things about Mother’s Day” and received 37,300,000 results in .57 seconds.

Women hoping for healing, waiting for marriage, undertaking adoption.

The list goes on and on.

Whether you are waiting for parenting, or parenting, step-parenting, foster-parenting, or grand-parenting, it often includes some serious challenges.

There are no easy answers to …

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Night of Worship Recap || guest blog by Chris Smith

Several times during the year we gather as a church family for extended singing and to enjoy God’s presence together at our Night of Worship. These evenings are opportunities for us to turn up the temperature of our collective worship through song (if you recall what Pastor Brian said a few weeks ago about hot and cold cultures). We want the reality and experience of knowing God to be the jet fuel that causes our hearts to respond in worship.

Thank you for coming out to this past Friday evening as we focused on the knowledge that we worship a God who is triune – one God who eternally exists in three persons – God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Long before we existed there has been a family – the family of the Father, Son, and Spirit. This family, the Godhead, has been in eternal fellowship and love with one another. Out of the overflow of their love and fellowship we were created in their image and meant to know and enjoy them forever. Through Christ, we can be restored into that fellowship, filled with the Spirit, and approach the Father as his sons and …

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