Crowded House — September

This month marks seven years since I first stepped through the doors of LCBC. Although pretty outgoing, I came a bit timid, unsure of what to expect, and far from God. For almost two years I came to LCBC each Sunday, went to one of the main gatherings, and promptly left. On the rare occasion I would run into someone I knew I’d stop for a minute to chat and then quickly find my way to the car.

LCBC, I felt, was great for hiding…hiding my poor choices, hiding my doubts, hiding my brokenness, hiding my story.

But God wants so much more than to provide a place for us to hide.

I wholeheartedly believe that God has provided a place, through LCBC, where he calls us to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to speak into each other’s lives, to impact our communities, to gain a better understanding of who He is and wants for us to be.

And the cool thing is…we don’t have to do that alone.

Friday, September 21st is our next Saturate Crowded House event. Crowded House is just that…a house full of 20somethings who are excited about connection. We’ll take some time to hang out, have meaningful conversation, be challenged through teaching and Scripture, and have an opportunity to jump into a LIFE Group if you’re interested. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to check one out, I’d like to personally invite you to come and be a part. And, if you’ve been a part of the Saturate Community for a while or have been to one of our Crowded Houses in the past, know that this one will have a different feel and flavor to it.

It took me a long time to know that my choices don’t define me, that everyone doubts, that God works through brokenness, and that my story is definitely one worth sharing…and all that finally clicked for me when I began doin’ LIFE with others.

Click here for more details and to let us know you’ll be at Crowded House.

Grab A Seat

 

GATHER. Connect. Serve.

Join us for one of our weekend gatherings.

Gather. CONNECT. Serve.

Connect with others relationally in a LIFE Group.

Gather. Connect. SERVE.

Pick one environment or opportunity at LCBC that gets you excited.

The heartbeat of the Saturate Community is really connection…to God, each other as 20somethings, and LCBC. And if you’ve been around LCBC for any length of time, you’ve probably heard us talk about LIFE Groups and the LIFE Group Link. The LIFE Group Link is a  mass connection point for any and all folks who come to LCBC on any given weekend. Meaning, lots and lots of people converge at their LCBC campus, walk through some guided conversation, eat some good food, and make a decision to test-drive a new LIFE Group. (Test driving is just what it sounds like…checking out a group for six-weeks to make sure it’s a good fit).

Now I’ll level with you…this can sound a bit intimidating. Why would someone intentionally want to walk into a full room where they know few people?! Rest assure that it’s worth the risk to have the opportunity to then walk out of the room with people that will potentially become like family to you, encourage you, inspire you, and cause you to be more like Jesus in your daily life. LCBC is a big place and might remain feeling like a big place unless you take a step, take a risk to get plugged in relationally with others.

So, now’s your opportunity…Grab A Seat and join us! LIFE Group Links are coming up in September and October (dates/times vary per campus).

 

August.

August.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but August is officially the last full month of Summer.

But let’s not focus on how gloomy it can be as our tans begin to fade…

I don’t know about you, but I plan to embrace these last few weeks of warm-weather bliss and take advantage of every opportunity to celebrate one of my most favorite things about the Summer months…having space in my calendar to spend time with people I love (many thanks to you, Mr. Day-Light-Savings, for those extra hours of sunshine).

Because let’s face it…with the changing of seasons usually comes new opportunity (and a full calendar).

So, won’t you consider joining me–and other 20somethings from LCBC–and spend some time together? Here are a few things on the docket for the next few weeks:

And, as always, stay tuned for what’s next…

Do You Remember to Share?

This weekend I was thinking through some of the people I know and things they’ve had going on in their lives recently:

One of my best friend’s dad’s recently passed away. Another family I know well had to move unexpectedly. A girl I’ve known for quite some time just said goodbye to her fiance as he deployed overseas for an unforeseeable future. The neighbor down the street lost his job. Another friend is dealing with the loss of a significant relationship, while someone else I chat with frequently just simply has an unsettled feeling about life.

Then there are friends who have recently welcomed a new baby. A friend across the country just landed her dream job. Good friends from college just got married. Another friend who was dealing with significant health issues was told a few weeks ago that she’s now completely healed. Others have been traveling around the world taking in amazing sites.

It would probably be fair to say that at one point or another we could plug ourselves into one of those lists above…seemingly great things happening in life, or the exact opposite where it all seems like it’s crashing down on top of us.

It’s in these moments, though, that the Church has the opportunity to be the Church–to actively step into each other’s lives and care, to grasp a new perspective and reach into someone else’s loss or triumph, to provide love and support in creative ways, to get messy with our friends and neighbors as we try to figure out what God’s up to, to intentionally venture through the good and the bad together.

Share each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

So, who around you needs some help carrying the weight of life? God has uniquely placed each of us in the lives of others for such a time as this…

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Hot Stoves and Big Wheels

I was the kid who touched the hot stove. I was the kid who climbed too high in the tree. I was the kid who raced my Big Wheel too fast–and all just to prove that I could. My dad would say that I’m  fearless. My brothers might say I’m a show-off. My friends would probably classify me as stubborn.

Regardless of the drive behind all of this, as I’ve gotten older I continue to see these same patterns in my life. Time and time again I challenge, I instigate, and I often have an unsettled spirit about things I see, hear, and experience. This isn’t always bad, but it needs to be leveraged and carefully dished out.

There’s a time to lead. There’s a time to follow. There’s a time to act. There’s a time to be still. There’s a time to listen. There’s a time to speak.

Over the past several months I have been finding out (sometimes the hard way), how this plays out in my own life. So, in a moment of vulnerability and in no particular order…here are a few things that God has been teaching me (or re-teaching…remember, I’m stubborn!):

  • Jesus really is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) Living, acting, or responding outside the will of God creates an utter disturbance in our soul for a reason…we can’t ignore this. Take time to be attentive to this.
  • Don’t just speak the Truth (Zechariah 8:16)…be willing and ready to receive it. Our friends and family can be our greatest assets and Truth speakers in tough or stressful moments if we are just willing to give them a fair shake.
  • Prayer and faith can alter the course of someone’s life…but aren’t  tools to be used for manipulation for our own selfish ambition. God knows our motives and is probably most satisfied when we’re just real with him about them.
  • God is always bigger than what we might be facing…sometimes it’s ok or even best to not get caught up in the details. Stay focused on who God is and who he is shaping you to be in the midst of adversity.
  • Handle your business and lead well. Our choice to walk in obedience or to not can alter not only your own life, but the lives of others, too. (God doesn’t need us, but chooses to use us.)

God is stretching me and growing me in so many ways. Take time to think about what he’s doing in your life, too.

What’s He been showing you lately?

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July’s Saturate Connect Event

The Saturate Community is built on connection… always striving to influence each other to grow in our relationships with God, with each other and atLCBC.This happens in many ways.

This summer we’re taking time to connect at events each month. It’s been fun to hear some of the stories of how 2osomethings at LCBC are getting plugged into doin’ LIFE with others through LIFE Groups, connecting into serve opportunities around the church, and getting to know others better.

On Saturday, July 28th, the Saturate Community will have another opportunity to pull together for our next Saturate Connect event. We’ll be hanging out at the Warren’s House in Hummelstown for a cookout, swimming, disc golf, and other summer fun. If you haven’t yet checked Saturate out, are looking to meet other 20somethings from all of LCBC’s Campuses, or know friends who are…we’d love for you to plan to join us.

For more information, directions, and to let us know you’ll be there, checkout SaturateOnline.com.

Embrace the Crowd

Central Pennsylvania tends to be a hot spot for tourists and day-trippers in the summer months. Between the local amusement parks (Hershey Park being a childhood favorite of mine!), the beautiful scenery and rolling hillsides, outlet shopping, and the infamous horse-and-buggies that litter the roadways, one of the things that we tend to grow accustom to (ahem, adjust our attitudes to accept) is the influx of people that takes place in and around some of our local favorite hang-outs.

Wait times increase at the local restaurants. Lines grow in our favorite coffee shops. And our back country roads (where I tend to ramble listening to twangy country music I wouldn’t dare let tickle anyone else’s ears) get snarled with detoured traffic and people looking for shortcuts to their next destination.

Not fun. But when you can’t beat ‘em, join em. Right?

So…I would like to invite the 20somethings community at LCBC, Saturate, embrace the togetherness that comes with having a lot of people in a tight space. We’re going to come together and once again, crowd some local houses.

The next Saturate Connect event takes place on June 26th. Crowded House will be an opportunity to hang out with other 20somethings from your area, eat some good food, and be a part of a unique simulcast experience as we go live in conversation from multiple locations.

Crowded House. June 26th. 3 Locations. Check out the details and let us know you’re planning to join us!

 

So You’re Getting Married…Advice From Newlyweds

I’ve known Travis and Judy (Glanc) Lehman for a couple of years now. They are some of the most encouraging, wise, kind people I know. They were recently married, so we thought it’d be cool to hear from them about advice they have for other 20somethings who are going through the same wedding planning season.  –Emily

Trav and I have been married for 3 weeks now and here’s a few points of advice that helped us prepare:

- Let your friends help! (Like with bringing extra dancing shoes to the reception or making whatever DIY thing you found on Pinterest.)

- Don’t worry about traditions our culture says you “need” to do, just focus on preparing to be married.

- You can’t make everyone happy, and that’s okay!

- Only choose to do as much as you can afford. Avoid being in debt to your wedding.

- Pray together. This adventure will only be better with Christ at the center.

I Went to Church Twice This Weekend

This past weekend I went to main gathering twice. I don’t say this to imply I’m some spiritual giant or to make you think that attending more than once in a weekend is a necessary discipline. It just kinda happened that way…

What I found to be incredibly enlightening (again) was the way I felt like I engaged the worship and Scripture differently with my two experiences. Saturday evening I sat mainly by myself and was deeply challenged by the Truth that was shared as I contemplated how it applied to my own life. Sunday morning, though, as I stood singing words like You are peace, You are peace when my fear is crippling next to one of my very best friends who is literally fighting for her life, I found that I was engaged with the heart of a God in a new way. As she sung out with everything she had, I began to look around me and recognized several folks whose lives and stories had at some point mingled with my own and I was reminded of God’s faithfulness, his enduring love, his grace, and his compassion.

Connection is vital. Vulnerability is essential. The intersection of lives is critical. Without these, we potentially miss out on these precious moments to see more of God revealed to us and others.

Not sure where to get started with connection at LCBC? Check out some upcoming opportunities to connect with other 20somethings:

Hope to see you there!

What’s Next? — So You Graduated.

So you graduated (or will be shortly). I imagine that there are few times in your life that you feel such a conglomeration of emotions…and uncontrollably all at the same time. It feels desperately un-natural.

Happiness. Sadness. Excitement. Anxiety. Accomplishment. Uncertainty.

And as if all these emotions aren’t enough, you find yourself living in the tension of two worlds: Who you are and who you want to be.

Then, people fill your mind with thoughts like the world is your oyster and random lines from a Robert Frost poem that are all-of-a-sudden supposed to impact you at a soulful level as you depart from the familiar and mundane routines of academia.

But what does all this mean, really mean? And your head spins…mine did, too.

Graduation, regardless of the level or what degree you’ve worked diligently to obtain represents the turning of a page, the closing of one chapter and the beginning of new one. For some it represents a fresh start–the old is gone, the new is here–and an opportunity to engage unseasoned experiences. For others it means a frightening swim in the depths of the unknown without having a working navigation system in tact.

For all, though, graduation can be a moment of awakening…but only if you allow it.

What’s around the proverbial bend in the road that awaits you? In all my infinite meager wisdom, I can’t answer that. But what I can tell you with confidence and certainty is that engaging the heart of God in the midst of the inner chaos will take you places you’ve yet to even consider. Clinging to the promises of Words that are themselves alive will allow you to inherit new life and encourage the same for those around you.

So step boldly. God knows.

And, be the change that you wish to see in the world. (Thanks, Gandhi).

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