Tony’s Weekly Updates

 
 

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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Tonys LCC Update 11/9/18

Dear LCCers,
Pray! Our country needs prayer. The election perhaps settled some things, but our divisions are deep and passionate. Politically we need healing and peace. There was another mass shooting. There are many torn and broken people among us. There’s too much violence and too much rancor. Pray for healing.
Pray for your church. Josh and Ashley are going to the North GA Camp tonight to take a group of teens to the Deeper Life Retreat. Pray for our youth and the those from the other churches who will be there to grow in their relationships to Christ and to each other. Pray for our upcoming Thanksgiving Outreach. Pray for our Christmas Program (this year it will be on 3 nights, Dec 7-9). Pray for the Gospel to go out at these times and each Sunday when we gather for worship. Pray for the healing of our church flock. Pray for the salvation of souls. Pray for love to be shared among our people.
Thanks for your prayers! Pray for your church leaders. Soon it will be time to set a budget for 2019. We ask God’s grace and guidance and prayers as we do. May His agenda be our agenda.
Sunday I plan to begin a new series of messages called “The Lord Jesus Christ”. Sounds a bit odd at first, one might ask, “Aren’t all sermons on that general theme?” And indeed they are. But I’d like us to look at the specific things taught in that powerful Biblical description of Jesus. In the Gospels He is mainly referred to as “Jesus”. Even that name is filled with meaning! But by the time we get to Acts and the Epistles, He is again and again called the Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to looking at some marvelous passages of Scripture with you, and I pray that by the end of this series we will love and appreciate and worship Him all the more!
Thanks for continuing to share Words of Grace with others. I love and praise God for each of you–
 
Tony

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Tony’s LCC Update 10/26/18

Dear LCCers,
It’s been another busy and difficult week for our church hospital-wise. Many of our folks are home now, and that is wonderful. Both Mary Lakpor and Pam Morgan (hers today) had surgery this week and are in need of our prayers, as are those recuperating at home. Death touched our church again too, as Mac Scoggins went home to be with the Lord. A service for Mac is coming tomorrow at 1 pm at LCC.
Pray for all of these, and pray for our service on Sunday! Pray that the Gospel will be communicated by Word and Song and the Lord’s Supper as we worship together. (Pray for the old preacher, too). I appreciate your prayers for my mother, who had a nasty fall earlier in the week and is recovering at home.

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Tony’s LCC Update 10/19/18

Dear LCCers,
Some of you will remember that back in July I was supposed to go to church with my mother one Sunday, but the “shingles” intervened. Well, this Sunday we are going to try it again! I plan to go to church with my mother. Josh will be preaching for us at LCC, and I encourage you to be here to praise the Lord and be blessed by his message!
My Sunday School class, the Welcome Class, did a marvelous job this past Sunday at the Parents with Children Luncheon, and I thank them all!

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Tony’s LCC Update 10/12/18

Dear LCCers,
Last Sunday night at Ekklesia, Dwayne, our Choir, Orchestra, and Tech Crew did a wonderful job leading worship! A huge area-wide choir and orchestra joined in with ours, and our Lord Jesus was praised in an encouraging service. Thank you to all who helped and were a part of this effort!
This Sunday they will all be leading us, as they always do. I hope you will be here to be a part of it! We have a new series from Philippians 4:4-8 called “Anxious for Nothing”, and I ask for your prayers as we worship and study together.
On Sunday after the service we plan our Luncheon for Parents with Children (5th graders and under), and I hope all of them will be here and stay after for the meal and the fun. The Welcome Class is hosting this event.
I am really grateful for Richie Morgan and his crew leading our Livestreaming efforts with our service each week. I hear from people all the time who are blessed to see our worship online. In talking with Richie, he is thrilled with what they are able to accomplish, but more and better are in our future! He has plans to add more features to our efforts which will enhance what we can offer, and so if you’d like to make a financial contribution to help with this you may do so! Mark your gift, “Going Live”!
This has been a hard week for our church with grief and hospitalizations. As you know from receiving the steady stream of emails we send out with prayer info, we’ve had 3 deaths touch our church family this week, and as of this writing we have 5 people at Gwinnett Medical Center alone. Thank you for your ministry of prayer.
I am praying for all of you! Thanks for lifting me up. Hope your Friday is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday–
 
Tony

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