Below is our archive of public news and announcements:
Meeting With Zack Lee
Coming up quickly is our weekend gospel meeting on the theme of discipleship and trust. Zack Lee of the Charlestown Rd. Church of Christ in New Albany IN. will be with us May 28, 29 presenting a total of four lessons. Please pray for Zack and for the success of this event.
Discipleship and Trust
Our theme for 2012 is discipleship. For the first part of the year, we are focusing on the importance of TRUST as it relates to discipleship. We will not follow a person we do not trust. Therefore, it is very important that we consider the trustworthiness of Jesus.
I heard of a woman the other day who came from a bad home. She had been abused by every man of any significance in her life and as a result was deeply depressed and terribly paranoid about getting close to any man. She said her life began to change when she learned about Jesus, because He was the first man she had ever met that she felt like she could trust completely.
Men also, need a leader to show them the way. We need to witness the courage, valor, commitment and strength that Jesus demonstrates. He is truly a leader of men, who can inspire us to step up and take responsibility for ourselves and for the lives of those who God places under our care.
Discipleship begins with trusting Jesus. Have you put your trust in Him?
Theme For 2012
Happy New Year to all! The new year always brings a sense of enthusiasm and hope. This is consistent with a Christian outlook on life. We serve a God who forgives the past and because of this, we can look toward the future without the burdens of our past dragging us down.
This year our theme of special emphasis at Lost River will be "Discipleship." The most important aspect of being a disciple is the question of, "Who is your Leader?" As Christians, we look to Jesus as our leader, our teacher, our lord. This is good news because it means we can follow Him with absolute confidence. He is supremely competent and utterly trustworthy.
Begin the new year by renewing your commitment to follow close in the footsteps of Jesus.
New Lost River Survey
We assemble multiple times each week to worship God, to receive His blessings and to encourage each other in the Lord (1 Corinthians chapters 11-14; Hebrews 10:24-25). Some of the things we do when we come together are fixed in scripture, and we are not at liberty to change. There are other matters we are at liberty to do as we believe best serves the general purposes of the assembly. While the elders are determined to continue to maintain the elements of the assembly that God regulates, we are also willing to arrange the things we are at liberty to alter so that the spiritual needs of the church are best served.
In order to help us get a better grasp on how the church might best be edified, we are conducting this survey. We earnestly desire your input and encourage everyone’s prayerful participation. To do the survey on line please click here. The final day to submit your survey will be Wednesday Dec. 14th.
Life's Toughest Challenges
When writing to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul responded to questions the church had submitted to him. The gospels also record Jesus response to numerous questions people asked Him. What better way to minister to people’s needs than to ask, “What’s on your mind?”
The Lost River leadership recently asked the church to tell us about their toughest challenges in life. We took the 177 answers we received and grouped them into twelve categories. We narrowed that down to five of the most frequently mentioned categories and Lawrence Kelley is preaching lessons on them this Fall.
The topics to be addressed in this series are:
Maintaining my Priorities, Sexually Integrity, Managing My Money, Keeping my Tongue and God’s Silence.
We are grateful to everyone who participated in the survey and pray that God will use this series of lessons to glorify Himself and to bless all of us.
Gospel Meeting With Phil Robertson
We are excited about our gospel meeting with Phil Robertson the week of Oct 23-27. Phil comes to us from Gainsville Florida. Phil is married and has two children. This will be his first time with us at Lost River. The schedule and topics for the meeting are as follows:
10:00am - Jesus and a Samaritan Leper
3:00pm - What God Says About Dating
11:45am - The Prodigal Son I
7:00pm - Our God is Awesome
11:45am - The Prodigal Son II
7:00pm - "A King and a Cripple"
11:45am - The Prodigal Son III
7:00pm - Choosing Success over Swift Satisfaction
11:45am - A Hospital for Sinners or Hotel for Saints
7:00pm - Living a Spiritually Balanced Life
College Age Lectures
We are blessed to have a strong group of college students with us again this Fall at Lost River. Several of our College aged young men will be leading the services and giving the lessons on Saturday the 15th at 6:30pm and on Sunday the 17th at 5:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend!
Announcing New Sermon Series For The Fall
Life can be really tough at times. In fact, apart from the grace of God and the encouragement He provides through His people and His word, we would never make it.
This Fall, we will have a sermon series on the theme of "Life's Toughest Challenges." We invite everyone who attends Lost River to help decide what specific challenges will be addressed in the series. All you have to do is click on the link below and answer the one question survey. We will take the most commonly mentioned challenges and present lessons on what God's word has to say about them. Your answer will be anonymous.
Here is the link to the survey:
Thanks for your participation!
One of God’s purposes for the church is to break down dividing walls and form one new humanity (Eph 2:14-22). The new race that God has established in our world is not marked by color, gender, or age, but by faith. The new race of humanity that God is forming is simply the Christian race. However, it is easy for us to forget this and form cliques and sects. One of our goals as a church is to overcome division everywhere it tries to intrude itself. One of the places this can happen is between College students and the permanent members of the congregation. So, as the annual influx of new students begins, we offer a double exhortation.
To the students: Work hard to break out of your circle of fellow students. Get to know the families in the church; look for opportunities to serve them, as well as to be served by them. This will not come naturally. It’s the easiest and most comfortable thing in the world for students to keep company only with students. Don’t let that happen. You will benefit greatly from the stability and accountability that relationships with established families provide.
And to the families: Welcome students into your lives and homes, look for opportunities to serve them and show them hospitality. Don’t let them stay in their comfortable circle of fellow students. Break out of your circle, and break into theirs. You will benefit greatly from their freshness and enthusiasm.
Having recently appointed additional elders to help shepherd the flock at Lost River, we are not engaged in the process of appointing more deacons. The names of several good men have been submitted and will soon be announced to the church for consideration. The elders ask for everyone to be in prayer that God would be glorified in this process, and that men would be appointed who will be earnest in helping the work of the Lord to move forward at Lost River.
The New Testament tells us that each church is to have its own leaders. The scriptures use three terms to describe the same office: elders, overseers, and shepherds all refer to the same group of men. These men are to provide the spiritual leadership and oversight for the local church. We were blessed on Sunday the 17th of April to appoint four men to join the six who were already serving. The new men are Don Dew, Scott Gary, Lawrence Kelley and Ken Marshall. We believe that the addition of these good men will be a great help to the work of the Lord at this place and we ask for everyone’s prayers in their behalf as they undertake to shepherd the flock of God at Lost River (1Peter 5:2).
Good Things Are Happening!
Visitor's Day was a great success. In spite of having many of our members away for Spring break we still had a great turnout. Many of our members brought friends and many more extended invitations. We really appreciate the effort and the love that your actions reveal.
We are nearing the home stretch, in our effort to install additional elders here at Lost River. The names of five good men were submitted to the church Sunday. If all goes well, these men will be ordained on Sunday April 17th. Please continue to pray that this process will go well, and that God will be glorified.
Bring A Friend
While visitors are always welcome guests here at Lost River, we occasionally provide a special opportunity for members to bring friends. On Sunday morning April 3rd we will have such a service. The theme of the service will be “Finding Purpose In Life.” We hope that everyone will make the effort to bring a friend with them.
E-Team Training To Begin Soon
We will begin training the first couple of evangelism teams Sunday night March 27th. We are very excited about the number of people expressing an interest. It will take some time to get everyone into a group, so be patient as we go through the processes. We want to keep the training sessions small, so as to maximize their effect. The downside is that some will have to wait a few months to get placed into a group. In the meantime keep doing what you can to spread the good news. For an explanation of how the evangelism teams will work, listen here.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
As we move toward Spring, there are several things blossoming into full bloom here at Lost River. We are in the process of seeking additional men to serve the congregation as elders. If you are a member at Lost River and would like to see someone serve in this capacity, please talk to them first. If they are willing to serve, you may submit their name on the forms that are provided in the church foyer. You will also find a detailed explanation of the process we are following for this appointment process in the foyer.
We are also working to form evangelism teams that will combine diverse skills to assist each other in the work of spreading the gospel. In order to participate you need to fill out a self-evaluation form. These forms must be placed in the baskets located in the foyer by Sunday evening March 13th.
Finally, we are designating Sunday Morning April 3rd as “Bring a Friend Day.” We’ve done this in the past, but it has been a few years. It is simply a day we ask everyone to make a special effort to bring a friend with you to the worship service. More details to come.
Something To Do
As I write this update it’s snowing outside (again). After promising an early Spring, It’s becoming clear that the groundhog is either incompetent or a liar. So, what can we do with our extra indoor time on cold winter days and long winter evenings? Here are a few suggestions:
- Invite a neighbor over for desert and get to know them better.
- Have a Bible study with your family.
- Download a sermon.
- Have some college students over for dinner.
- Read a faith building book.
- Talk with your spouse about ways your family can reach someone with the gospel.
Any of these will leave you feeling better than just watching tv all evening. So commit to something positive and follow through. You will be glad you did.