Month: December 2020

Beauty From Ashes (Guest post by Doris Evans)

Today, we have a special guest post from LWCC attendee Doris Evans. Doris was kind enough to share her story about how God has been working in her life in 2020. Thank you so much for sharing, Doris!

 

It had been a very long goodbye to my mother, age 91, who was suffering with dementia. For 4 years my husband and I would make the trip to Bedford, PA to clean, do laundry, and do whatever else my father, age 95 and living at home, would need before we all made our way to the nursing home to visit my mother. My parents were married for almost 70 years. They loved the Lord and spent their lives serving and giving to others. They also loved each other. For almost 4 years my father drove twice a day to the nursing home to visit my mother and make sure she was getting the care she needed. Rain, snow, ice—it did not matter, Dad was there. Every night before my parents went to bed they recited the Lord’s Prayer out loud for their entire marriage. Even with Mom in the nursing home, Dad would call her around 9:00 pm so they

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Christmas Gifts to Our Local Community

Despite some of the setbacks of 2020, we still moved ahead with the same generous spirit our church community brings to Christmas each year. Thanks to the generosity of LWCC:

  • Approximately 125 gifts were given for Community Progress Council/Head Start kids.
  • 1,262 shoe boxes were given for Operation Christmas Child.
  • 42 Young Lives moms and their kids were given gifts by growth groups, Merge groups, and some individuals.
  • 35 of the 48 opportunities for the Children’s Home Bedding Project have been taken; in other words, $875 has been received of the $1,200 needed (to purchase bed sets for all 24 beds).

We are so thankful that we can continue to model the love of Jesus for our neighbors, both locally and globally. All of these gifts are separate from the monies being raised for our Christmas Eve Offering. Thank you, Living Word family, for once again showing up to love those in need.

More opportunities on our Seasons of Service page »

Give financially with our annual Christmas offering project »

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A Pastoral Letter, Part 2

If you missed “Part One” of this pastoral letter, you may want to skim through that first. 

THE WORD OF GOD THAT SHAPES US 

When I was growing up, my dad told me, “Brianyou can do anything you want, if you want it bad enough to work hard enough for it.” Dad also said, “Brian, you can put up with anything for a while if you know there is light at the end of the tunnel.” When he said those things, my dad wasn’t follower of Jesus. Later, I would learn some biblical modification was needed. 

It starts with a promise from Jesus. With God all things are possible.  

Paul, who was lead follower and enthusiastic promoter of Jesus, applied this teaching: “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength. That comes directly from the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippian church (Philippians 4:13). 

Paul knew that God is at work in all things, to bring good out of them (Romans 8:28). And Paul was confident that God will complete in your life the good work

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A Pastoral Christmas Letter from Pastor Brian Rice

I had a number of things I wanted to share that were on my heart as we are so close to Christmas. So I reflected a bit and jotted down my thoughts. I will share some of them today and the rest tomorrow. 

There is light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, but we all know this December part of the tunnel is pretty dark. As If COVID-19 has not already taken so much away from us, now it has changed our holidays and some of our most loved experiences. My heart is heavy for all of us. And I, too, am in need of a renewed measure of hope, peace, joy, and lovewhat the Christmas season is all about. I don’t want those rich spiritual experiences to be taken away from anyone. 

COVID-19 has been (and still is) one of those valleys of the shadow of death described in Psalm 23. You may want to read that entire psalm in light of our 2020 season of the coronavirus. A lot of things have died this year, while others

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Hope for the Family Is What Christmas Is All About

The main biblical insight from Sunday’s message is this: Christmas is a season, a message, and a Savior full of GRACE. Because of the Good News of GRACE in the Christmas message, our families can have so much HOPE.

During the holidays, family is more important and perhaps more painful than any other time of the year. It gets worse when we compare our family with the social media versions of family. We need hope for the family. The Bible shows us real family.

There are two genealogies of Jesus. On Sunday, I used the one recorded in Matthew 1 and not the one in Luke 3. The genealogies are different and I cannot go into all the reasons (and meaning) of why. So, I’ll be reflecting back on Matthew’s Christmas ancestry.com list.

THE STORY

The Christmas story begins in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17.

Jesus is the name that means Savior, the one who forgives sin.

Christ is the title that means Messiah, chosen one, anointed one, special one.
Son of David is the role—the role of the King to rule over the Jews and the nations.

Son of Abraham is the purpose, the mission, the destiny—to …

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Giving the Best of Ourselves (Guest Post by Rebecca Rice)

Today’s guest post is from Rebecca Rice, Director of the LWCC Counseling Center. Here, Rebecca shares some practical tips for giving the best of ourselves in marriage.

We can all agree that marriage is complicated. Even though marriage can bring us great joy, it can also bring us disappointment. Too often spouses are preoccupied, annoyed, and/or distracted with the many demands of life. The very person who needs the best of us, gets the worst.

While we can also agree that we cannot change our spouse, we do have the ability to influence the emotional and relational tone of our marriage. Giving the BEST OF OURSELVES is a great place to start.

1. Make a plan: EVERY DAY set aside 5 minutes and consider how to give your spouse your BEST. Researchers tell us that the accumulation of small, daily changes can have a long-lasting positive impact. The investment of a little thought, a little time, and a little energy can make a difference.

2. Practice kindness: Find a way EVERY DAY to say a kind word and offer a kind act. Expressing a word of gratitude for the mundane tasks of life will go a long way.

Consider:…

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