Volunteer Oppertunity - Host Team

By Courtney Etzel

I love trying new restaurants and going to places I have never been to.  With that though comes the uncertainty of not knowing where things are and where you are going.  It can be intimidating to walk into an unfamiliar place, trying to find something.  At Life Church we have a group of volunteers called the Host Team that serve to make sure guests feel welcomed.

These volunteers play a very important role during the weekend services.  Often times people will make a decision whether or not they like the church before they ever hear the worship or the message.

The Host Team is made up of friendly men and women that serve as greeters or guest services.  Greeters are those that greet people as they walk into the building and hand out communication cards on the way into the auditorium.  Guest Services volunteers are equipped with iPad minis and are stationed throughout the foyer to help answer any questions people may have.

Our Host Team is looking for more men and women who would like to be apart of making guests feel welcomed.  If you are interested in serving on the Host Team please contact me at cetzel@lifechurchwi.com or 262.251.5050.

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Working Hard to Rest

By Jim Sukup

 

We are all familiar with the 10 commandments found in Exodus chapter 20. For the most part I don’t have a problem with any of them, except for one…One I didn’t even realize I was struggling with until recently.  Verse 8 says “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. OK, I do that. I don’t go on a sinning rampage on the Sabbath, so I’m good, right?

Well, verses 9, 10, and 11 go into detail on what God really intended the Sabbath to be like. It tells us that it is a Sabbath onto the Lord, and on that day we should cease from work and make it a day of rest. After I considered what this verse was really saying I started to squirm. Certainly this is not for us in the 21st century! Maybe the original languages mean something different, or maybe there is a Pauline exception found in the New Testament! Now I don’t have anything against rest, but you have to understand I’m a busy man. I’ve got things to do, people to see, places to go, emails to answer, lawn to mow, a car to wash. Does it really mean what it says. Is it all right if I work like a madman and then rest when I’m done? Unfortunately, it does mean what it says. The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word Shabbat which implies to cease, desist, abstain and rest from all those things I try to cram into my Sabbath day.  

This lesson was taught early on when God rested on the seventh day after he created the world. It’s not just a good idea, God feels it is something that is vital to our life style, especially the 21st century life style.

In the devotional book, “Springs in the Valley” written by missionary Lettie Cowman there is a story about a traveler in the dark jungles of Africa. He hired coolies to carry all of his luggage and supplies. On the first day they made great progress and the traveler was excited expecting to arrive at his destination earlier than anticipated.

But on the second morning the tribesmen refused to move. For some strange reason they just sat and rested. When the traveler asked about their strange behavior he was told that the natives had gone too fast on the first day and were now waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies.

Lettie Cowman then writes, “this whirling, rushing life which so many of us live; does for us what that first days march did for those poor jungle tribesmen. The difference is: they knew what they needed to restore life’s balance; too often we do not.” Lettie wrote those words over 50 years ago.

We live in a time where more then ever we feel God like, in that we think we can do it all. We pride ourselves in our ability to create, manipulate and control the world around us. God is not impressed! Instead He invites us to cease, desist, and hand things back over to Him, allowing us to enter in His rest that will restore us physically, mentally and spiritually.

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Masquerade: How to Drop the Mask of Chaos

Does your life feel chaotic? Are you frantic and stressed? A recent study reported that sixty percent of Americans admit to living a life that’s out of control. Being “busy” has become a national status symbol.

But the Bible cautions against this kind of lifestyle. “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap,” (Luke 21:34). 

 You know you’re too busy, if you can’t finish the book you just purchased on stress.

When life gets chaotic, it’s easy to become scattered and not do anything well. It’s also easy to become reactive; suddenly what’s urgent takes the place of what’s important. You become frantic and stressed, which takes a toll both emotionally and physically.

Job put it this way, “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy,” (Job 9:25).

But God has a better plan.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” (Matthew 11:28-29).

God wants to help us make the most of our time. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12).

DROP THE MASK OF CHAOS: 4 STEPS TO SANITY

1. *Identify your unique values. Ask yourself what you value as a family and what you want to accomplish. “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…,” (Jeremiah 6:16).

2. Identify your single most important objective. What’s the one thing you could do during the next six months that would advance your family forward? Also, remember: You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything. What will last? “A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth,” (Proverbs 17:24).

3. Check your progress regularly. Evaluate where things are going. “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind,” (Proverbs 21:5, MSG).

4. Focus on the eternal.  At the end of life, nobody ever says, “I wish I could’ve spent another day at the office or one more night out with the boys.” Ask yourself: “What difference does what I’m doing make in light of eternity?”

The secret to living a life of intentionality and purpose is to focus on the eternal.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

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* Steps one through three taken from “The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family” by Patrick Lencioni.

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