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. Read more…

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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! Read more…

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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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Tony’s LCC Update 9/23/18

Dear LCCers,
All the political wrangling going on this week has been exhausting. In Heaven: no politics! Everyone will be on the same team! “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Cor 13:12) Read more…

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Tony’s LCC Update 9/21/18

Dear LCCers,
Many thanks to all who came and brought food and worked hard to make our Homecoming meal such a joyous experience! Read more…

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Tony’s LCC Updates 9/7/18

 

Dear LCCers,
I ask for your prayers for me and Deb on Sunday, we plan to be in Monroe preaching for that church’s Homecoming. Deb and I served there for 23 years before we came to Lilburn. As you pray for us, pray for Josh, who will be preaching here on Sunday! Read more…

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Tony’s LCC Update 8/31/18

Dear LCCers, I pray that all of you are well and that our Lord is blessing you spiritually. I’m sure you pray that for yourself, too. Now, how would He do that, bless us spiritually? Perhaps a passage of Scripture is uplifting to us. Or maybe something good happening (the check is in the mail, a close parking spot was available). Maybe an inward peace from His Holy Spirit. What about a car accident? Or a pain that drives us to the doctor? Or a project we’ve worked on for several days at work being rejected? “No”, we think, “those are bad things; those are not blessings.”  Read more…


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Tony’s LCC Update 8/10/18

Dear LCCers,
I hope you enjoyed our series on “Not-so-Little Women”, as we looked at some of the outstanding women from the pages of Scripture! I particularly enjoyed hearing our women read the passages–many thanks to Debbie Dyer, Jamie Renshaw, Pam Morgan, Ashley Cox, Trudy Daffron (who did it “in character”!), and Francine Jones-Snead, all of whom did a wonderful job. Many thanks, ladies. Read more…

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