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Tony’s LCC Update 8/3/18

Dear LCCers,
I really appreciate all of you praying for me the last couple of weeks as I’ve been confined to home because of the shingles. I am much improved now (and the pain was never at the level I have had many describe) and hope to be back with you on Sunday. But final clearance for that has not been given to me yet, so I continue to pray myself! Being able to work, to go to church, to be with friends, to do the things we want to do–is such a privilege and a gift! I never want to take those things for granted.
William Renshaw taught for me on Wednesday night, and I am grateful. But more than that, William had a real shingle made up for me which many of you signed–thank you all! I am humbled by and appreciative of the prayers and love expressed to me.
Speaking of Wednesdays, we are back 100% on Wednesdays with our church-wide program of activities. Allison and Josh had to reschedule some of the activities they planned this week because of weather. But the Back to School Bash is on again for this coming Wednesday! Youth activities start at 5 pm this week. Our meal is at 5:45 pm, and our regular crew, led by Patsy Gurr will be back! (By the way, many thanks to Paul and Rosie Bengtson, who led efforts for our meal this past week! They had many helpers too, and we are all grateful for everyone who pitched in and made this happen!) Our Choir and Orchestra are back in action now, and we hope you will join us on Wednesday nights–there is something for every member of the family.
I’ve enjoyed our series of messages on Not-so-Little Women and hope you have been blessed by them too. It’s been wonderful for our women to be reading the Scriptures each week. I appreciate Josh and Ashley bringing the message this past week. I hope you will join us Sunday as the series looks at Phoebe, Romans 16:1-2. I hope I get to join you, too!
Every day is a gift. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Friday. God bless you all–
 
Tony

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Tony’s LCC Update 7/20/18

Dear LCCers,
It’s been a rough week for many of our people health-wise. Both of Eddie and Carolyn Ballew’s sons-in-law have health issues. Diane Shelton’s son-in-law, Kevin Sturtivant, has been rushed to the hospital in Maine. Here, Betty Hubbard is at Emory in need of our prayers. Marie Cape is at Northside. Dorie Botteicher was just released from Gwinnett Medical Center after a stay there. Frank Umberger is now home after a knee replacement at Eastside. Geraldine Coleman is at a rehab facility in Snellville (and her daughter Jamila is at home in need of healing). I know there are many more beside these. Pray for our flock!

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Tony’s LCC Update 7/27/18

Dear LCCers,
The Bible teaches us in James 4 that we ought not to say how on this day or that we are going to do thus and so. No, things happen; life happens! And, we are not in control. “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'”(James 4:15) My family has been a part of Southwest Christian Church in East Point for many years. Now they have relocated and recently moved into a new building in Newnan. My mom has been wanting me to come and go to church with her, and this Sunday, July 29 was to be the day. Now it appears that I have shingles! Sorry, mom, my trip to be with you looks in doubt. Because of the shingles I haven’t been able to visit those in the hospitals and nursing homes this week, and I’m sure they are grateful! I hope to be well soon and out among you again. Thank you for your prayers for me.
Josh Cox will be preaching for us Sunday, and I know you will pray for and support Josh. We are grateful for his ministry among us!
We have plans for Wednesday night this coming week, Aug. 1, to be a big night–Lord willing! Our Elders will be cooking, and our children and youth have a Back to School Bash. I think the youth festivities begin at 5 pm. The meal will be at 5:45 pm, and our Choir and Orchestra will rehearse at 6:30 pm. Adult Bible study begins at 7 pm. I hope you will join us.
Many of our people remain in need of prayer, and I encourage you to lift them up today–among them: Betty Hubbard(at Lifecare of Lawrenceville), Frank Umberger, Geraldine Coleman, Jamila Coleman(now hospitalized at Emory), Marie Cape, Dorie Botteicher(hospitalized at Gwinnett Medical), Loetta Benton, Allison Cregger, Gensie McDonald, Kevin Sturdivant, both the Ballew’s sons-in-law, and Jim Saner. Pray!
I pray that today is a beautiful day inside and out for you and yours and that you will find an opportunity to love someone and lift their load and give them joy. God bless you all–
 
Tony

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Tony’s LCC Update 7/13/18

Dear LCCers,
It is wonderful to hear that Norah Nguyen (and her mom, Grace) is doing so well that she will be able to be in church with us Sunday! We praise the Lord for this and are thankful for this family. I look forward to seeing her!

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Tony’s LCC Update 6/22/18

Dear LCCers, Great things are happening at our church! Our Choir, Orchestra, and Tech Crew did a marvelous job Wednesday night preparing our meal and serving it to us (complete with beautiful dinner music, tablecloths, and a tuxedoed maitre de), and we are grateful. Josh Cox is working hard providing opportunities for our middle and high schoolers. He and Allison are working hard to provide Church Camp opportunities this summer for all ages of our young people. And our Classic Sunday Night on July 1 is drawing near!

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Tony’s LCC Update 6/15/18

Dear LCCers, Two of our church leaders are working hard to try to serve the Lord by serving others who are in need, and I wanted to tell you about it so that you could volunteer to help if these situations are in your ability to do so.
 

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Tony’s Update 6/1/18

Dear LCCers, VBS begins THIS Sunday! Our times are Sunday-Thursday, 6:00-8:30 pm each night. Please tell and bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and any child you know. Each night there will be Bible stories, music, drama, crafts, games, food and more. Pray with us about this, that Christ will be shared and young lives will be changed.
Speaking of young lives, Josh and Ashley Cox are here, and we are looking forward to Josh beginning his Youth Ministry here with us! Come Sunday and meet Josh and Ashley and their family.
Father’s Day is June 17, and Clark Cregger and I are planning to team-teach a special message, and I hope you will plan to be here! I’m really excited about this and appreciate Clark’s willingness to come and share with us. In fact, I’m going to ask all of you to email us pictures of your own fathers in preparation for this special day. You can email them to Clark at machobo@mac.com, or to Kandy in the church office at office@lilburnchristianchurch.org. Thanks in advance for doing this!
I want to give a “Shout Out” to my Sunday School Class, the Welcome Class–what a great job they did with the meal this past Wednesday night! We had a huge number from the Class turn out, and everyone worked hard and with a smile, and it was a real joy for me to be a part of it! I thought the meal turned out wonderfully well, and I am grateful for each one of these willing servants who made it happen! You are an inspiration.Thanks also for your prayers for our church. I will be looking for you on Sunday, God bless you–
Tony

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Tony’s LCC Update 5/24/18

Dear LCCers, We got word that Josh Cox, our new Youth Minister, will be moving in this coming Thursday! We need a crew that will meet them at the house they will be moving into to help them unload–see Paul Bengtson if you’d like to volunteer. I know you will join me in praying for and welcoming Josh and Ashley and their children as they come to LCC.

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Tony’s LCC Update 5/18/18

Dear LCCers,
Pray for your church! Here are some of the “people needs” that we can share together in prayer: We just received word that Steve Simon’s mother passed away in India, Steve will be traveling there soon to be with his family. I know you will join me in praying for Steve; Dorie Botteicher, Betty Hubbard, Jim Moore and Norah and Grace Nguyen are recovering from hospital stays at home; Loetta Benton is in a rehab facility in Newnan; Gensie McDonald and Beverly Underwood are undergoing physical challenges at home; and Larry and Connie Barefield just welcomed a new great-grandson into the world! I know there are many others–pray!
Jerry Scarbrough, one of the first ministers here at LCC, passed away last week. There is a celebration service for Jerry this Sunday afternoon at First Christian Church of Stockbridge.

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Tony’s LCC Update 5/11/18

Dear LCCers,

Sunday is Mother’s Day! Give your mom what she really wants: go to church! We praise the Lord for mom, and pray for strength and grace for all of them, that He enables them to keep doing what they’ve been doing. For their love and sacrifice and pointing all of us to Christ, we thank them and the Lord. I hope you can tell your mom you love her on Sunday, and if she’s in Heaven she’ll know, too.


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