LoveFirst Coast Update

This Sunday is the Super Bowl.  It’s pretty much an unofficial holiday around here.  If you have the chance, connect with neighbors.  You go no where by  accident!

Put These Dates on Your Calendar

  • Sunday Feb 16 – Worship gathering – 6-8pm – Place TBD
  • Fri-Sunday Feb 21-23 – LFC Retreat  – What does it mean to live sacramentally?
  • Sunday March 8 – Worship Gathering – 6-8pm – Place TBD
  • Saturday March 14 – Unity Day Party at Davis Pond Park
  • Weds March 18 – LFC Annual Meeting
  • Sunday March 22 – Dinner and Worship at the Comernisky’s w/ Young Life Leaders

What’s been happening?

January has been so full!

Hollman and Carellia Mendoza met with us on January 11.  It was wonderful to share a meal with them at Kent and Kris’s house sit and talk, ask questions, and learn what God is doing in Central America, and how the ministry of Vida Joven has been growing an expanding – even through challenging times.  Some of you know that Young Life (Vida Joven) was started when Jim Hornsby left Jacksonville to work in Nicaragua in the 1980’s.  How cool is it that they return here to bless and encourage us!  Personally, I came away encouraged to keep focusing on building relationships, loving our neighbors, and investing in anyone open to discipleship and life on mission. Thank you, Hollman and Carellia.  (And thank you, Ken Remsen for the photo, and thank you Kent and Kris for hosting us that evening!)

hollman and jesse

Sunday Brunch and Worship.  We held a Sunday morning at the Wehmeiers on January 26.  Kent and Kris have been reaching out to their neighbors, building relationships, and looking for opportunities to serve.  We can learn a lot about connecting with neighbors from their work.  They found doors were opening.  (Keep praying!)  Sunday morning was a big step.  Thanks to all who adjusted their usual Sunday morning plans to join in with  food and encouragement.  Your presence really and love for people, even people you don’t know, really helps!  Wherever LoveFirst Coast shows up, it seems like a party!  And some neighbors came, too!  Let’s do it again!

Sacramental Living Retreat at the ECO Lodge in Fargo, GA: What does it mean to live sacramentally?  In certain acts, the grace of God always seem to be present.  We tend to call those acts sacraments.   Traditionally, baptism and communion are protestant sacraments.  Roman Catholics have five more – confirmation, confession, anointing of the sick, marriage, and baptism.   Many people, through those experiences, will describe experiencing something holy.  In sacramental moments, there often seems to be an intersection of heaven and earth.  But the experience of sacraments invites us to a holy way of life.  When we say we are called to represent Jesus, when we agree with scriptures that we are “a royal priesthood”, we are being invited to live sacramentally.  What does that look like?  How do we live it out?  We’ll explore that in our time together.  (The retreat begins about 4:00pm on Friday and is over Sunday morning.  Cost of the retreat is $0.  We just ask that you help out with food.)

Unity Day Party at JCP follows on March 14 from 11am-3pm.  This is a party: good food, good music, and good company.   But its more.  It’s a party with a purpose.  We will be loving one another across the lines that divide.  We’ll be proclaiming Christ in word and song.  We’ll be inviting people to place their trust in him!  Please be in prayer for the people of Jullington Creek Plantation and for Unity Day!

About Pastor Jesse

I am someone loved by Jesus - a disciple, husband, father, pastor, and engineer. God has a mission and invites us into it. I want to do my part to encourage and equip people for life on that mission!
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