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.

January, 2015

January Retreat! January 30-31 at Country Inn & Suites in Covington, LA. The focus will be on six discussion videos based on Timothy Keller’s New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. The retreat begins on Friday at 6:00 PM with a catered supper, and ends on Saturday at 12:00 Noon. There will be a small cost. Please register by January 15th!
Church Family Night—Red beans and rice, 6:00-7:30 PM, and catching up with the Mennonites from 7:00-7:30 PM.
Prayer Walk, Tuesday, January 20, 10:30-11:30 AM
Discipleship Plus Sunday, January 18th, 12:00-1:00 PM, and Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30-7:30 PM
Youth Event: movie, “Unbroken” after church on Sunday, January 11th—more information is forthcoming.
How Do I Get to Church on January 25th? The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon will cut off access to the church by way of Robert E. Lee Blvd. and Spanish Fort Blvd.  The race route also cuts off both sides of Lakeshore Drive  at Paris Ave. The best way to come to the church is to go down Canal Blvd. to Lakeshore Drive, take a right on Lakeshore Drive and then take a right on Rail St., followed by your first left on Tern St..  Follow Tern St. to the cul-de-sac parking lot on the east side of Lake Vista UMC.

Woody 2015

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A Word from Woody. . .

"A Prophetic Word"

There are times we read things that refresh us by the realism. I.e., what is said is truth, no matter how convicting or negative it may seem. We realize that this is a truth we need to hear from someone mature in the Lord.

That is how I felt as I read from my friend Dan Young, a missionary in La Paz, Mexico, in his email newsletter for the close of 2014. I would like to share some of his words with you. Dan insightfully writes:

With continual changes swiftly carrying the world almost daily towards a redefinition of good and evil in the global arena of politics, ethical values, moral beliefs, and newly established laws which oppose the Judeo-Christian values, it seems to me that the signs described in the Biblical prophecies pointing to the end times are here now or just around the corner. I admit that I am sometimes an alarmist, and it may very well be thousands of years before Christ’s second coming, but it sure seems like the major events of the end times are quickly falling into place right before our eyes today. 

I so look forward to Christ’s victorious reign when in the end he will make all things right. As I read Scripture, it appears tough times await the church and the world before Christ’s return and God tells us to persevere to the end.  

Revelation 21:1- 7 is probably my favorite passage of all of Scripture. I so look forward to those ‘days’ when it will all be new. God will dwell with us and we with him. What glory and wonder and joy. . . No more death, mourning, crying or pain. . . Everything will be new. WOW, now that will be awesome!!!

When I read Scripture, it seems to me that Mathew 24: 9-14 is what awaits us next in the line up of coming events. We will be hated by all nations because of Christ, betrayed by family and friends, with the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold. False prophets will deceive many people. (Though this has begun world wide, it is not ‘fully experienced’ yet.) We know God is in control, but it does appear some rough waters are on the horizon awaiting God’s people. May we be willing to suffer for Christ’s sake and stay true to God and may we share the message of Christ’s love and salvation while there is still opportunity. 

There is much here for us to heed. As we enter the New Year 2015, may the Lord prepare us for whatever is in the future—suffering, joy, or glory. And may we prepare ourselves spiritually so we stand strong in the faith. Sunday worship, small group Bible studies, daily devotional times, and this month’s January Retreat (January 30-31; please see article inside) are great ways to accomplish this!

Yours in Christ and for Christ,