Eva and Nando give a sneak-peak of what is happening on December 21 & 22 during A Life Church Family Christmas.
This week, we’re spotlighting one of the many amazing volunteers at Life Church. Meet Amy!
Where do you volunteer? Ministry/Campus? Resource Center, Guest Services, Greeting, Life Group Leader at the Germantown Campus.
By Ryan Coggins
I am so thankful to be a part of a church with such a strong conviction to see the great commission lived out in our world. This weekend we began some preliminary gatherings in Appleton, as we look to launch a new campus there in February.
Being on this side of the pew, I can tell you that it would be much easier to just have one Life Church location. There is a lot of time, energy, and resources involved in multiplying our efforts in a different city, let alone one that’s over an hour away. But God has not called us to go into all the world if it’s convenient, or if it’s not too much work. So we’re going to an area that is desperate for a mighty move of God: the Fox Valley.
Having lived in Appleton for 6 years, I can tell you that the need is a great for another life-giving church. With over half a million people living in the Fox Valley, there are not nearly enough churches to effectively reach that city for Jesus. The area of the city we’re going, Darboy, does not have a single evangelical church for the 25,000 people that live there. What an incredible opportunity!
It sounds an a lot like John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘It is four months yet until the time to gather grain’? Listen! I say to you, open your eyes and look at the fields. They are white now and waiting for the grain to be gathered in.” Now is the time to do something in Appleton and see a harvest of people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am so excited to be a part of it!
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- Where do you volunteer? (Ministry/Campus) – Life Kids - Check in Germantown Campus
- How long have you been volunteering?I’m approaching my 1 year anniversary in the Spring. Time flies when you’re doing something you love.
- What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? Honestly, it’s all memorable- meeting and welcoming the new families, greeting the old families, watching and witnessing all the little ones grow in their faith and their love for the Lord.
- What are you most looking forward to with Kids Fest? The interaction, the community, the family. Seeing children and families come together in faith and friendship and coming together in life, laughter and in love. I want to be a part of that. I want my children to be a part of that.
- What motivates you to volunteer It makes my heart happy to be immersed in something I love and to be able to share that expression with others. It’s a feeling like no other.
- What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? Just do it!! Throw yourself into it with abandon. The reward is immeasurable.
- What’s one thing Life Church doesn’t know about you? I “HEART” shoes, all shoes. Cute shoes, sassy shoes, high-heeled shoes, tennis shoes. And Mexican food – in that order!
In all seriousness, what Life Church may not know, is that I was little girl lost, angry, bitter, cynical and hurt by my circumstances at home, not sure if I had the courage or the strength to do what needed to be done. And it was through simple gestures and simple words, a smile, a hug, a handshake, an offer for coffee, beautiful sermons that spoke to my heart and to my soul, and an invitation to serve, that I was found. For it was because of those “simple actions” that I trusted the Lord, and that I did what I needed to do, and I finally felt at home. That ultimately, is what drives me.
Want more information on how to volunteer at Life Church? Just email Cassie at email@example.com.
Check out the latest video blog from two of our Student Life pastors, Stephen and Brad
This week, we’re spotlighting one of the many amazing volunteers at Life Church. Meet Dan Rauwerdink (pictured below with his daughter, Aubrei)!
- Where do you volunteer? (Ministry/Campus) - West Campus Audio/Visual setup team, lights and computer. And on the Greeting Team at the Germantown Campus.
- How long have you been volunteering?9 months
- What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? I have had many memorable moments, but I would say it is time with our Audio/Video team at West Campus. Every Sunday morning, we set up from 6am-9am and get the venue ready so everyone can enjoy the two services. It has been great to serve God with such a great group of people and I look forward to each opportunity I get to help.
- What motivates you to volunteer? Serving God in a way that you can see the impact in such a visible way. It still amazes me what all goes into one service and how much it all glorifies Him! I love it.
- What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? Step out in faith and try something new. Trust God. When I began volunteering, I knew next to nothing about what all goes into a Life Church service, but it blows me away all of things that I have learned as a result of serving God through it. Also it has been an amazing journey for me spiritually since I have begun volunteering at Life Church. I can’t even measure how much my relationship with God has grown in that time as well as all of the great people that I have been able to build relationships.
- What’s one thing Life Church doesn’t know about you? I love to eat the cores of pineapples!
Want more information on how you can get involved at Life Church? Contact Cassie Voisin - firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Phil Voisin
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of going to see the movie Unstoppable. It was a lot different than I expected. Going to a theater with a movie ticket in hand, you expect to see a movie. This was not the case. I would classify this as an illustrated sermon, one with a powerful message. An answer to the question: Why do bad things happen to good people?
The answer to this question is not an easy one to understand or swallow. The answer to this question is also extremely powerful.
God created this world perfect. A place where He and His creation can walk and talk together. It was good. Then sin entered the world. Sin corrupted everything: us and the world around us. Our very nature became flawed, broken, and empty.
Death, disease, and destruction are all around us. It’s in the news, in our neighborhood, and even in our own homes! Why does God allow this to happen? Surely God wouldn’t let the terrible things of this world to happen to His own people!
God is bigger than we could ever think or imagine. God doesn’t fix all the bad things. Why? First, the bad things that are happening are the result of sin entering the world and bringing chaos to a once perfect place. God isn’t a vending machine of “fix-all.” Until God creates a new heaven and a new earth, as spoken about in the book of Revelation, sin is and will be an ever-present part of our world.
Second, God is turning the result of sin on its back. God in His infinite wisdom is using bad circumstances, through His people, to bring an answer to this flawed humanity. What a powerful statement and mission! Grief, loss, and sadness are still a natural reaction to the death, disease and destruction. BUT, through our Savior’s strength and power we can use the circumstances to show a flawed, broken, empty world the love, hope and grace that God only can come from God!
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NIC