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Greetings to all of you who receive and read this weekly Life Community E-Letter.

Two days ago while apart and yet in some way together, you and I left 2020 and entered 2021.
While we may feel as if nothing changed as we turned to begin another year, could it also be true that at least one thing changed? ...we drew breath in a year we had never known.
You and I have seen the news as the number of deaths continue to rise each day. And yet, you and I are here, today you and I are breathing, today you and I have purpose, today you and I have hope.
What is breath? In the New Testament, the Greek word is pneuma which means spirit, which in turn means breath of life which we would define as vital breath
Breath physically allows us to be alive but according to the Apostle Paul in Acts 17, there is much more to vital breath. It is because of this that Paul writes; In him (Jesus) we live and move and have our being.
 
How will we open these initial days of a new year of life? Tomorrow we will be considering how life itself is meant to be lived One Day At A Time. Yet few among us practice living in the one day we are given: TODAY!
This weekend we'll be talking about how we can enter into this flow of the Breath of Life.
And after this past year of 2020, I believe a CHANGE is exactly what you and I need to move ourselves, our families, and Life Community forward.
I hope you'll be available Sunday @ 10:15. And why not begin this year by inviting someone else in your life to join you online @ LCC? Share our link or host a watch party when the service begins.
And one last thought here. Please take the time to check out the meaning filled poem and prayer from the book many of you are familiar with, Guerrillas of Grace by Ted Loder. You can find it above. Do yourself the favor of reading Ted Loder's thoughts again and again: they're that significant!
Blessings to each of you,
Pastor Mike
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Church and Coronavirus 3.18.20

Hello Everyone,

What a difference a week has made for each of our lives as we consider our World, our Country, our State, our City, and our Families.
The rapid expanse to a pandemic has caught most of us who are willing to admit it, wondering how to protect our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Coronavirus is a reality we cannot side step or ignore any longer as we readjust our day to day lives.
Words create worlds. The word surreal is a word that comes to mind at this time of navigating these uncertain days, weeks, and months ahead of us.
I read where someone asked is Coronavirus / Covid-19 in the Bible. Well Pandemics or what the Bible would call plagues are not new to modern society. They have been around throughout history. As one writer has noted; "This is not the time for panic but a time for wisdom in planning as well as wisdom in our prayers." 
Last Sunday in America, three out of five churches were open. It is estimated that this coming Sunday that number will drop to one in three
churches being open. Life Community will be a part of that statistic as MTC/OUAB where we meet for worship has closed for now and LCC fully supports that decision.
Allyson Lewis the studio founder whom many of you know shared this statement in her letter this past Monday ; "I am so thankful for a community that has the means and resources to stay connected when we have been asked to be physically distant."
As Pastor of Life Community Church I appreciate Allyson's words because they mirror our own values. Community is the word that  defined the first church plant in Acts 2 following Jesus' resurrection. You and I have a kinship with those 1st century followers of Jesus and we will maintain, as they did, the church plant God has given us in order to impact Mt. Pleasant.
I, along with Pastor Thomas, and Lauren (we can't do anything without her) as well as others on the CORE Team will be looking at how to continue to move LCC Forward during these days when we are unable to gather for worship together.
 Already, Shelby Magers has put together Sunday School Packets for our children that we'll pick up today. Tomorrow I will be sending you a Prayer Guide in hopes that you will join with others at LCC each day praying these specific prayers for action. I will include in that email a list of Bible scriptures for us to read and pray throughout the weeks ahead which will establish a foundation for trusting in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here's one which fits perfectly with Covid-19 ; James 4:8 - Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Wash your hands and purify your hearts, you double minded. No pun intended there!
 
Finally, nothing catches God by surprise. You and I have an opportunity in the midst of this Pandemic to trust God with us. Nothing ever happens in Community that hasn't first happened in the individual. There's no WE without ME. You are the strongest link in the Life Community chain!
I have been thinking of this song that Kelsey has shared with us in worship through her awesomely talented voice. It's from Kristen DeMarco of Bethel Music entitled - Take Courage
 
Slow down take time
Breathe in He said
He'd reveal what's to come
The thoughts in His mind 
Always higher than mine
He'll reveal what's to come
 
Take Courage my Soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting
Hold on to your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He's never failing
He's never failing
 
Lynda and I love you guys because you are our community.Together let's make the best of these days by trusting God with us!
Pastor Mike
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A Real-Life Easter Message

Pastor Mike's article on tragedy, the loss of Bryan and healing came out in the Carolina Compass earlier this year.  The article is not available online currently, but you can pick up a copy at church this Sunday.

Our continued thanks for the generosity the Mt. Pleasant community has shown our family and our church during this past year.  What a testament to the friendship God has forged, a friendship that never ends.

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Sunday Morning

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:15am for our weekly online gathering as together we pursue God, build meaningful relationships and embrace our local community. You can find our online service at our Facebook page.

 

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    Mt. Pleasant SC 29464

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