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Tony’s LCC Update 2/9/19

Dear LCCers, As you know if you’ve been around our church for awhile I tend not to speak out much about political matters. We have a diverse group of people in our church family, and many different points of view are here. But sometimes I must speak. The recent national disturbance concerning abortion, particularly so-called late-term abortion, is one of those times. The law recently enacted in NY, and the one considered (but I think for now tabled) in VA strike me as being wrong and immoral. (This seems like a fair summary of both the NY and VA legislation:https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/new-york-and-virginia-push-expand-abortion-rights/581959/). I am pro-life. I believe we must protect the lives of innocent children. We should not ridicule or shame women who, under pressures or circumstances we know little about, may have had abortions. I am thankful that the love and grace of our Lord Jesus is available to all and any of us, whatever our issues, and whatever our brokenness. I wanted you to know how I feel. I think we should speak out to our elected representatives. I think there are times when Christians must speak out, whether the culture wants to hear what we have to say or not. I think we must “speak the truth in love”(Ephesians 4:15), even if it is hard or costly. Life is precious. Life is a gift. Our Father has given us life, and it is valuable. All lives have worth. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”(Psalm 139:13-14) I love you all and look forward to seeing you Sunday– Tony


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Tony’s LCC Update 1/25/19

Hello LCCers,
I hope you are reading through the Gospels with us in our year-long plan of reading all the way through God’s Word in 2019!

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Tony’s LCC Update 1/18/19

Dear LCCers,
Its been another busy week of prayer for our people, and I encourage everyone to pray for your church family! Here are some of the more pressing needs: As you’ve heard, Geraldine Coleman passed away, and we remember her daughters, Jamila and Jasmine in our prayers.

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Tony’s LCC Update 1/5/19

Dear LCCers,
     Happy New Year! I pray it will be a Spirit-filled, Christ-led, happy and joyous year for you and your family.

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Tony’s LCC Update 12/28/18

Dear LCCers, This is the last Update in 2018! Every day is a gift, isn’t it? A constant theme in Scripture is the soon return of Jesus. It could come at any moment, and all of us should best be ready. I pray we will all “run through the tape” at the finish line of 2018 and be running when 2019 hits.

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Tony’s LCC Update 12/21/18

Dear LCCers,
Christmas is coming! I pray that the joy of the birth of the Christ child, with all that He means to us (salvation, joy, peace, real love, life’s genuine purpose) will be yours this Christmas!
I hope you will join us Sunday morning, as we gather to worship and sing the glorious music of Christmas. Our message will share another wonderful Bible character and the gift they brought to Jesus. I look forward to sharing it with you!
Our efforts to Livestream our services are bearing fruit! Each Sunday, on a typical week, 300+ will click on our website or Facebook page and watch all or a portion of our service. Our Livestreaming crew recorded the Sunday night, Dec 9th presentation of “A Christmas to Remember”, and so far over 1,200 have watched all or some of that! I am grateful for Richie Morgan and the others that have worked so hard in this area to provide this new way of sharing the message of Jesus. (When you see Richie, Austin, Eric West, or Chris Elkins give them a thanks!) Your financial contributions to this have really helped! (And you are welcome to keep giving–mark your contribution “Going Live”!)
On Dec 24th, this coming Monday night, we plan one of the most special services of the year, our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service, at 6 pm. I hope you and your family and friends will join us for this!
Deb and I thank you for your partnership in serving our Lord here at LCC for another year. We are grateful for your love and prayers and kindnesses to us, and appreciative to you and to our Lord for the opportunity to serve Christ here. We love you all.
Merry Christmas!
 
Tony
 

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Tony’s LCC Update 12/14/18

Dear LCCers,
Last Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night our Christmas program, “A Christmas to Remember”, was presented by our Choir, Orchestra, Tech Crew, Drama team, Greeters ministry, and Parking lot helpers. The temp was in the 30’s, and the rain just kept falling. But a total of over 1,100 people came anyway, and it was a true blessing!

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Tony’s LCC Update 12/7/18

Dear LCCers,
Tonight is the night! I urge all LCCers to make plans to be here tonight at 7:30 pm for the first presentation of “A Christmas to Remember”! This is a marvelous program of music and drama, which presents the thrilling story of God’s sending us a Savior in a powerful and meaningful way. Our Choir, Orchestra, Tech Crew, and Drama people have been working and praying about this for a long time! I hope you and your friends and family and guests will plan to join us tonight! This is an “All Hands on Deck” event! You are needed!
We plan to present “A Christmas to Remember” also on Saturday and Sunday nights at 6 pm each night. I hope you’ll come and support this program all 3 nights! You will be lifted spiritually and be glad you came.
I’d like to ask each one of you as you read this e-mail to stop and take a minute to pray for this program–that those who need Christ or a church home would be here and be touched; that the program go well, and that all who participate in it and witness it would be blessed; and that, above all, Christ would be glorified.
Speaking of prayer, plenty of LCCers need some. I know of a family in distress right now that need the power of the Lord. Jamila Coleman, Wayne Starling, and Paul Macheski are recovering from surgery this week. Others are grieving, or awaiting test and treatment info, or in need of a job opportunity, or are in need of a fresh touch of love and grace from our Lord. Thanks for your prayers!
Thanks for your prayers for our church. Our 2019 Budget was approved last Sunday. Now all we have to do us support it with our giving! I look forward to great things being accomplished for our Savior in 2019. Our message series, “My Gifts to Jesus”, is a reminder that we all have received tremendous blessings from our Lord, and it brings joy and fulfillment when we have opportunity to give to Jesus. It is His birthday.
Thanks for your prayers for me. I’ll look to see you tonight, Saturday, and Sunday–
 
Tony

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Tony’s LCC Update 11/30/18

Dear LCCers,
It is almost time for our Christmas Program! As you know, each year we are treated to a wonderful program of music and drama which tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a powerful way, and this year, our Lord willing, will be no exception! What a blessing it is to have so many gifted people in our congregation, and we praise God for Dwayne’s leadership and all of the singers, musicians, actors, tech people, stage construction people, and etc. that are a part of this! If you haven’t seen the Sanctuary since last Sunday, you are in for a surprise–the place looks exciting.

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Tony’s LCC Update 11.23.18

Dear LCCers, I pray that everyone had a safe and joyful and Christ-filled Thanksgiving. We all certainly have plenty for which we can give Thanks! I thank our Lord for LCC, and the opportunity I have to serve here with all of you. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving Outreach event went wonderfully well! The Lord provided all the food that was needed, all the workers needed to prepare it, and plenty of people who were hungry and needed to be fed! The last count I heard (from Richie Morgan, who computerized all of the requests for meals and deliveries, and Cathy Wade, who was fielding phone calls and calling people back who needed meals) was 1007 meals! This enormous project could only happen with God’s help! For all who came, cooked turkeys, prayed, contributed, or helped in any way, we say, “Thank you”! In addition to Richie and Cathy, Ana Smith worked hard behind the scenes fielding calls from Spanish-speaking people, Paul Bengtson was acquiring food and equipment and organizing the kitchen, and Richard Morgan was helping provide oversight and direction, and we thank them all. And Paul Pipkin was our Director over the whole project, and Paul’s efforts and guidance were huge in making the day a success! Thank you, Paul. I could be wrong, but I think someone reported to me that over 180 workers were here on Thursday and that didn’t count others who were dropping turkeys off, and etc., so we praise God for all who helped. A large number of people came from other churches and organizations outside of LCC. These want to serve others and Christ as we do, and it was wonderful to have them. If you would like to help, you still can! Financial contributions are still needed to cover the costs of the food. If you would like to make a contribution, you may place an offering in the plate and label it “Thanksgiving”, or you could go on-line to our website,  http://www.lilburnchristianchurch.org, and make a contribution there. I hope to see you all on Sunday! May God bless you and your family, I love you all–   Tony


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