Lake Vista United Methodist Church will be a lighthouse for Christ in the heart of the lakefront, drawing seekers from the Lake Vista neighborhood and beyond. We will provide a spiritual haven for all desiring a personal relationship with God and opportunities to be anchored in biblical truths and to grow toward Christian maturity.
 
 


September, 2014

 

Church Family Night, September 3.  Dr. Hingle will discuss the upcoming CROP Hunger Walk

  Prayer Walk, Tuesday, September 16, 10:30-11:30 AM.

  Discipleship Plus will meet on Sunday, September 14th, from 12:00-1:30 PM, and Monday, September 15th from 6:30-8:00 PM.

 Youth Corner: CROP Hunger Walk: We'll meet at 8:30 AM on Lakeshore Drive, Shelter #1, (not far from Landry's Seafood and the Walk starts at 9:00 AM. Be sure to get the t-shirt - only $10! Please invite a friend

  Stewardship Sunday will be September 28th. The Stewardship Chair is Randy Roberts, and the theme is "Running the Race to Win for the Lord!"  from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul says in this text, "Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it."(v 24).





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A Word from Woody. . .

"Let's Walk the Talk - On the Hunger Walk."

 

Church World Service (CWS) has contacted us and a number of other local churches for an important event—the first CROP Hunger Walk in the Greater New Orleans area. After some consideration, I felt like this would be a meaningful event for us.
          Let me explain what is a CROP Hunger Walk. The acronym CROP stands for Christian Rural Overseas Program. CWS holds these Walks throughout the United States. These Walks are, in a sense, an opportunity to empathize with those in developing world nations who have to walk as many as six miles a day to get clean drinking water. The Walks are also a way to raise awareness of the needs in the world and to raise funds to support the ministry of CWS (which I’ll discuss in a minute). There are eight other churches which are, along with us, sponsoring this walk: Central St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian, Grace Lutheran Church, Lakeview Presbyterian, Parker Memorial UMC, St. Charles Baptist, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. But everyone in the Greater New Orleans area is invited! The Walk will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 9:00 AM on Lakeshore Drive, beginning at Shelter #1 (not far from Landry’s Seafood restaurant). We have the choice of walking either a mile or three miles.
So, why should we walk the Walk? First, it shows we walk the talk of the Christian faith locally. Jesus said, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). 25% of all donations collected from this Walk go toward a local mission—the Desmond Project, which prepares food at First Grace UMC to be served at New Orleans Mission. The New Orleans Mission is a Christian organization which provides food, shelter, discipleship, and exposure to the gospel to the homeless.
Second, it shows we walk the talk of the Christian faith internationally. On their web site, it says, “CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs.  From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs – something CWS has learned through some 67 years of working in partnership around the world.”
And third, doing the Walk shows we walk the talk of the Christian faith inter-personally. There are probably many among our acquaintances who are searching for truth and meaning in life outside of Christianity, and this would be a great event to invite them! Not only would this event deepen relationships with them, but also expose them to the beauty of Christianity lived out—doing something selfless for others who cannot repay us, all in the name of Jesus.
There are many ways to participate in this Walk even if you cannot walk on Saturday, September 27th. Prayer for this event is very important, especially since this is the first Walk we’ve done. There is the hope this will be an annual event. We can sponsor someone walking. We can make a donation at church (checks should be made to “GNO CROP Hunger Walk”) or online at cropwalk.org. We can bring non-perishable goods to the Walk, and Second Harvesters will collect and distribute them. And we can participate by purchasing a t-shirt for the Walk—they’re $10 and guaranteed to enhance our looks!

Yours in Christ,

 


Woody Walks the Talk
 

 

Woody