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VBS 2013 SCC

VBS 2013, “Zapped”, was an incredible week for elementary age children at both our Stewarts Creek and Smyrna campuses. Numbers only tell part of the story. But, they do give a great glimpse of the impact of our faith community serving families in Rutherford County and beyond. Over 1200 children participated in VBS between our two Rutherford County campuses. VBS 2013 saw more kids worshiping, connecting, and serving than ever at a LifePoint children’s environment. 300+ adult and student leaders gave their energy and time to produce a caring and fun environment. Children heard about the love of Jesus, connected in relationships, and engaged in tangible activities to bless others outside the circles of our church.

VBS 2013 SMYHow wonderful for children to be setting the pace for mission. What an inspiration to see boys and girls embracing the beginnings to live sent. Read these accomplishments for the Kingdom by our children:

  1. Children decorated water bottle labels with verses and prayers that are being distributed to the homeless this summer (a partnership with LifePoint Room in the Inn).
  2. Kids assembled packages for foster care families with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brush, stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons, and a hand-made card. They are going to kids on their first night after being placed in a foster home (partnering with Rutherford County Foster Parent Association).
  3. We had such a great response from our school supply bags we gave out last year that many local schools asked for them again this year. Kids assembled bags with basic school supplies such as pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, and erasers.
  4. Boys and girls put together bags of snacks with hand-made cards for families at the Ronald McDonald home.
  5. Money was given for LifePoint’s mission trip to South Mexico. The money we donated went to purchase stoves for many Mayan families. Between both campuses the kids raised over $6800. The money is VBS 2013 Offeringgoing to support daily mission projects and the Mayan families.

Thank you parents for making the time and taking the effort to allow boys and girls to participate in activities that will shape their worldview. Leaders and volunteers, way to go!

The Lord is Faithful.

You have prayed for LifePoint Brussels to find the right place to call a home and God has answered. So many of you gave to the One Day Offering helping us reach our goal of a larger space so we can gather more men, women, and children to hear and respond to Jesus. Kyle Goen (LP Brussels Campus Pastor) and Daniel Christensen (LP Brussels Community Outreach Director) signed a lease this week on an office space that will become the new gathering place for our community called LifePoint Brussels. During the week LP BRU lives sent out across Brussels for ministry and outreach. They also gather weekly to worship as an expression of the body of Christ.

The LP Brussels community will begin weekly gatherings in the new place on June 16. As we prepare for that first gathering in our new place, the owners will build-out a kitchen area and a children’s meeting area for our growing Kid’s Ministry. Their current space is approximately 700 square feet for gatherings and ministry. The new location will allow LP Brussels to work with 1800 square feet plus common spaces and a restroom facility. We are the renting 4th floor office space for multi-use all throughout the week and weekend.

Thanks to our Heavenly Father for answering the prayers of His people. Thank you for praying on behalf of LifePoint Brussels and the team who are working hard to bring Glory to His name alone. Please continue to partner with us as a team as we seek to live for Him.

Brussels Space Outside

LP BRU will be on the 4th floor (top).

Brussels Space Inside

Dan is standing at the half-way point in the room. This space will allow us to accommodate over 100 people in the gathering after the room for the kids ministry.

A LifePoint Brussels First

Kyle Goen, LifePoint Brussels Campus Pastor

On Sunday evening, May 5, 30 people gathered from LifePoint Brussels to experience our first Baptism Celebration. Four people followed Christ’s example of baptism. All of the guys who were baptized—Jonathan, Ario, Ryan and Ross—have a personal relationship with Jesus and now have identified with Him through baptism.

Brussels BaptismIt has been with much prayer that we have anticipated this incredible moment. Each person that was baptized took another step on their journey toward a Christ-centered life. Their first act of obedience was a true testimony to those who were witnessing the historic event. We know there will be others who follow on the same path toward being baptized as a result of their obedience.

Please pray for our new brothers as they learn to grow and follow Christ more closely each day. Please continue to pray for LifePoint Brussels as we seek to be “sent-out” ambassadors for the name and the glory of Jesus.

New Disciples Baptized in Lynnwood

Dale Braswell, LifePoint Lynnwood Campus Pastor

One of the greatest images of the gospel at work in the life of someone is baptism. Baptism is a symbol and expression of men, women and children taking a new form of how to be human in Jesus. Watching someone publicly declare their faith in Christ through baptism is powerful; an example of the spiritual transformation that has taken place within their life.

LYN BaptismsOn Sunday, April 7, LifePoint Lynnwood once again celebrated two people publicly profess their new identity in Jesus. Lindsey, and her husband Jason, began attending LifePoint two years ago because of an invitation of another LifePoint family. The couple quickly joined a small group and soon after began serving. It has been exciting to watch this family grow so quickly in their faith.

Chris began attending LifePoint Lynnwood three years ago with his father and older sister. Over the past several months, Chris was obviously growing in his faith. He knew the next step in His journey was baptism. Already at a young age, Chris demonstrates a sincere and passionate love for Jesus and a desire to devote his life to Christ.

Continue to pray for these families and others in LifePoint Lynnwood who are growing in their journey with Jesus. Pray for lives that will be impacted by those in our Lynnwood faith family. We desire to live out our calling to make disciples with boldness and passion.

If you would like to discover more about baptism, read more and you can also make contact to take your step of expressing your identity in Jesus.

 

Last week, we shared the One Day Offering initiative to support and serve Foster Children and the families who care for them. This week we are focusing on our second initiative: Making Him Known in Brussels.

The impact of LifePoint Brussels is increasing in a nation where less than one percent of the population claims to know Jesus Christ. In Belgium today, grandparents may attend mass from time to time, parents are Catholic “culturally” but don’t practice the Catholic faith and students do not claim any religious affiliation.

Adults, children, students and now interns are living incarnationally to display the love and life of Jesus. LifePointer’s connect each day with people in Brussels as they are going throughout their day-to-day life and routines. The primary ways include each day in schools, neighborhoods, and markets. They are also purposefully creating spaces to meet with people as they host groups, meet-ups, and English conversation groups. In Brussels, LifePoint’ers serve refugees and people caught in the snares of human trafficking.

As a result, LifePoint Brussels is out of room and space for their Sunday Gathering. Would you give to the One Day Offering enabling new space to be created for more people to learn what it means to be a follower and learner of the life of Jesus.  Together, we can provide more room so more disciples can be made for the Kingdom of God.

You can follow LifePoint Brussels on Facebook and see recent photos showing their reach and impact.

One Day Offering

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! That is definitely true at LifePoint!

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On Easter weekend, LifePointers all around the world celebrated the freedom we have in our Risen Lord. The weekend began with the Smyrna and Stewarts Creek Campuses gathering together for a Good Friday Service. This was a special time as we focused on cross and the blood of Jesus and took part in a unique, staff-led time of communion and remembrance.

The Lynnwood and Brussels campuses held Easter egg hunts for their communities over the weekend. They each had amazing turnouts. What a great way to bring joy and reach out to people who need the Gospel.

Brussels Egg Hunt
LifePoint Brussels Egg Hunt
See more pictures from the LifePoint Brussels Egg Hunt.

Lynnwood Egg Hunt

For more info on the Lynnwood Easter egg hunt, check out this previous blog post, Going all OUT for Easter.

On Easter Sunday, we began a new series at LifePoint called Freedom – celebrating that not only has Christ set us free from sin and death, but he has set us free to live as a free people! Almost 5,000 people gathered at our five different campuses around the world. One way, we celebrated Freedom at the Smyrna Campus was to have a special time of baptisms during the service. Almost 40 people were baptisms throughout the three services. Check out this video to see all of the baptisms from that weekend.

Another way we celebrated Freedom was with the release of a brand new single by LifePoint Music called “Freedom.” The song is free to download from lifepointmusic.com and has already been downloaded by over 700 people around the world. If you would like to know about the song “Freedom,” check out the story behind the song below.

Thank you LifePoint, for making Easter weekend such a special time at each of our campuses. Let’s live in the freedom that Christ brings us!