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Greetings all,

Last Sunday we talked about of the Power of Hope which, for those who follow Jesus, is found most profoundly in his resurrection.  As we have often noted, a dead Savior was of no value to a world in desperate need of life.

As we continue to experience this pandemic, there are those who have been hopeful that a silver bullet, will emerge and this whole Coronavirus will disappear. But for you, me, and many others, these days actually draw us into a unique opportunity as we seek to locate a hope filled life.
Now, it is true, that when life begins to go bad for us we attempt to make a new beginning in order to distract us from our reality. Eugene Peterson, in his book Living The Resurrection, has a different idea, one which does indeed give us that unique opportunity as Christians. He calls it - Recovering Our Resurrection Center.
 
We live the Christian life out of a rich tradition of formation-by-resurrection. Jesus' resurrection provides the energy and conditions by which we "walk before the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 116:9). Peterson's point here is living responsibly in a world in which Christ is risen. 
 
Our lives, yours and mine, have the capability of giving life to others as well as having life given to us by others. This is what we at Life Community call, Sustainable Relationships (SR). We’re spending the next several weeks exploring how each of us can install an amazing upgrade to all of our relationships as we look at Acts 2:42-47.
The credibility of Jesus' life and message to this world was and remains dependent on how you and I relate to one another. And as a plus, inside of this series, we should also expect to find hope for this unknown pandemic journey.
My hope is that many of you will join us as we move through May and into June locating what we have been longing for our entire life -  how to connect well through relationships that sustain.
This is 3rd Sunday, so we will be celebrating Communion. Get your elements of bread and wine at the ready so you can participate. Follow along with the liturgy and expect God's Spirit to be available to your life.
Two Zoom events we encourage you to be a part of while we are apart this week are
Life Group on Tuesday @ 6:30pm and Prayer Component Wednesday morning @ 9am.
You will not regret the time you spend in these days of uncertainty with your friends @ Life Community!
Blessing to you all,
Pastor Mike
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4.4.20 Update on our LCC Online Worship Service for Palm Sunday

Hey everyone,

It's another long LCC E-Letter because I miss being with you all and we have a lot to talk about. I hope you'll continue to the end and if you have questions give me a call @ 843-754-9361. Lynda and I are hunkered down on Indian Street in the 29464.

I recall this old joke that used to be popular with preachers. A devout Christian lady was awaiting news from her husband's surgery. When at last the surgeon came out the lady asked him how her husband had done and the surgeon replied; "we have done the best we can, now it's up to to God" ... To which the devout Christian lady responded, "Oh my goodness is it that bad?"
I share this hoping for a laugh but the truth of this joke should not be lost on any of us. In times of crisis, many of us want to want to want to trust God, the question remains; Will we trust ourselves with God?
If you watch the news you know daily that for now Covid-19 continues it's advance. We all want to trust medical science, and thank God we can and should trust our doctors and nurses on the frontlines, but just as that opening joke reminds us -  faith in the God of Creation is our hope in life. Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who (what) can be against us?
Each day seems to be a reminder of the day before. It's like Phil Connors the weatherman (aka Bill Murray) in Groundhog Day. But this is real. This is our reality in 2020. How we handle it, how we come through it will reveal what is inside of us. Psalm 91; I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
 
Tomorrow morning we will be online once again.We've been working out some kinks this week and are learning more about how to do Church OnLine. We have had 363 people tune in to LCC Online last Sunday's message! Thanks to each of you who answered my call to boost our numbers by simply pushing that share button. Even those of us who are sheltering in place can do that!
Couple of things about tomorrow morning - Palm Sunday
1. We start @ 10:15
2. Our Message: There Must Be a Connection to the Context of our Lives
3. We're Celebrating Communion. Therefore, get you a cup of wine or juice as well as a pinch of bread to join in the Sacrament.
 
One last thing before I go. This Tuesday evening at 6:30 you all are invited to Life Group made possible by ZOOM. Life Group @ LCC is about me reading a question then randomly asking someone in the audience to answer it. Just kidding, I used to do that and we lost all of our Life Groupers, not sure why. So now it has become an awesome, laid back, relevant hour of conversation and connection around several questions I will post on our website from Sunday's message (lifecommunitychurch.cc) Monday afternoon. We  will email out the ZOOM link to you gals and guys as well.
Blessings to you all. Lynda and I love and miss you,
Pastor Mike
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Proverbs, Participation, & Prayers 3.22.20

Good morning all,

It doesn't just seem strange on this morning absent of worship and fellowship with you guys, it is strange. I miss the Connection which we have seldom had to sacrifice and pray for God's grace during this time of separation.
While we may not fully admit the fear and anxiety the Coronavirus pandemic has had upon us, it is nonetheless a normal response to the information most have received over these past several weeks.
How do we turn from fear? I want to suggest that we all try the simplicity of practical theology found in Proverbs 3:3-5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. 
 
We have long encouraged one another with this simple statement here at Life Community Church - Trust God With You. Now, perhaps more than ever, those four word are prescriptive when it comes to overcoming fear and anxiety.
Your heart  is the executive center of your life. It is, among others things, the place where your thoughts, emotions, and desires connect. To acknowledge our Creator during times like these doesn't show weakness on our part, rather it shows trust in the strength of our God. The result then is that the path of fear and anxiety is eased, and ultimately it is made straight.
Justin Whitmel Earley whom I have mentioned often in my messages @ LCC, said this past week - "We are living in an unprecedented day....everything about your daily rhythms is now disrupted and like it or not you are rapidly forming new rhythms." Early has posted on his website a Habit of Hope for a Moment of Fear. I want to challenge all of us to go there now. Google - Justin Whitmel Earley - Spiritual Rhythms for Quarantine and download an awesome tool to overcome the fear and anxiety this pandemic carries.
 Even if you have not admitted to fear and anxiety, my guess is that it lingers somewhere within all of us. The Coronavirus can kill more than our physical bodies, ask the families of those who have lost loved ones to this disease.
I believe we'll find our answers inside of our spiritual relationship with the God who is deeply in love with every one of us. If you haven't already, begin today to bring God into the equation of life in the midst of quarantine.
Take Courage, Trust God,
Pastor Mike
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Prayers for Today and Tomorrow:
* Pray that God would calm fears and that his people would be reminded we have a different identity, one of boldness not fear.
* Pray with researchers and biologist as they work to develop a vaccine
* Pray for first responders around the world who are tasked with triaging, testing, and treating patients. Ask God to give them wisdom and understanding.
* Pray for those who have or will have their jobs lost here in Mt. Pleasant, that Life Community would reach out to those who are in need and help them financially and spiritually.
* Pray for our National, State and Local leaders tasked with the responsibility of fulfilling their calling to lead us
* Pray that we as followers of Jesus will show compassion through action as opportunities present themselves in our area of influence.
* Pray for those who have yet to take the Coronavirus seriously so that they too may become a part of the solution by flattening the curve of this disease.
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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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Next Steps...

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

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Life Community Church Pastor, Mike Cooke

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    547 Long Point Rd.
    Mt. Pleasant SC 29464

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