Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) is a regional program that has been the foundation of the congregation’s youth program for several years, but perhaps more importantly it is a tool that parents and children can use to promote personal and group spiritual growth. On December 2, members of the youth group met with congregational leaders and adult volunteers to register and to plan for the Heart of America LTC convention in Kansas City this coming spring. Time still remains to for children in third through twelfth grades to register to participate.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” LTC participation helps a child to grow in individual skills like writing an essay or poem, speaking or reading the Bible publicly, or artwork, but also gives opportunity to engage in a group project like puppet theatre, drama, singing group, Bible quiz team or a banner project. The group participation builds a sense of belonging, but also teaches responsibility to others when working together to achieve a goal.
The hallway in our education wing is adorned with banners, artwork, and photographs produced by our youth group in previous years of LTC. In 2016, a picture of our Bible quiz team appeared in Christian Chronicle, an international newspaper for Churches of Christ. Although our team was inexperienced, studying together for the quiz increased Bible knowledge and cohesiveness.
LTC provides an avenue where children can grow in confidence as they learn and master skills that will equip them to serve as leaders for the church in decades to come. Future preachers preach short sermons and write essays. Future preachers, elders, deacons, and Bible class teachers study together for the Bible quiz and work on projects together. Future song leaders learn that skill and also learn to sing better by singing with a group.
For more information about participating, contact the church office or one of the elders.
Veterans Day fell on Sunday this year; Leavenworth Church of Christ honored its military veterans with a slideshow at the conclusion of the morning worship assembly. We were blessed to have a group visiting that were in town for a reunion of an air cavalry unit with which they had served during the Vietnam Conflict. The sermon, from Romans 13:9-14, addressed “Combat Readiness in the Kingdom of God.” You may find that sermon by clicking on the Video Sermons tab and going to our YouTube page.
On Sunday, November 18, the congregation will have a fellowship dinner after the service. We invite you to visit us for worship and stay afterwards to eat with us.
We’re having our annual Fish Fry at the church building (3911 10th Ave) on Saturday, September 29th. We’ll begin at 4:00, eat at 5:00, and then follow on with a Game Night. Marvin Francisco and Jeff Cannon are supplying abundant fish that they caught themselves as well as cole slaw, hot dogs, and French fries. If you can bring a side dish or dessert, that would help greatly!
As the accompanying pictures suggest, Hawaiian Shirt Sunday was a joyous event. Even some visitors came dressed for the occasion! The sermon was from 1 John 5:1-2 about loving the family (ohana) of God. Mahalo nui loa to those who participated.
Sunday, September 23, is Hawaiian Shirt Day at Leavenworth Church of Christ. As we consider what it means to be part of the family of God, we will focus on how love for that family plays out in our relationships with one another. We will talk about laughter, listening, and responsibility for one another. We will remember that how someone is dressed should not determine how they are treated when they worship with us. We invite you to worship with us Sunday. Bible classes begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the worship assembly at 10:30.
A huge “Thank you!” to all our visitors on Friends and Family Day last Sunday. It was great to meet you. We hope you will keep on coming back!
Friends and Family Day is this Sunday, September 16th. We invite you, your family, and friends to study, worship, and eat with us. The day will begin with coffee, tea, and donuts at 9 am. Bible classes for all ages will begin at 9:30. Our worship assembly will begin at 10:30. It will feature spirited singing, fervent prayer, participation in the Lord’s Supper (Communion), and thought-provoking preaching. Children who ages 2-8 will have the option to go to our Sonshine Express Children’s Service after the Lord’s Supper. After the assembly, we will move to the church’s fellowship room for one of those legendary church dinners. No need to dress up, but you can if you wish.
The past few weeks have been exciting for the congregation. Last Sunday we appointed a new elder, Wallace (Wally) Rachford. Wally is a dedicated student and able teacher of the Bible. He will work closely with the other elders and with our preacher to care for the spiritual needs of the congregation. Our Monday night Bible Study group continues to help hurting people heal and more have come to Christ in baptism through it. Our Wednesday night Men’s Group began a study of the Gospel of Mark on June 12th, and the Women’s Group continues to focus on Prayer. We have well-prepared classes for children as well on Wednesday night.
Challenging Bible studies. youth group accomplishments during Heart of America Leadership Training for Christ (LTC), and fellowship activities have highlighted March and April at Leavenworth Church of Christ. Six of our Youth Group members participated in drama, small chorus, Bible Reading, and art production during LTC and won recognition for the outstanding quality of their achievements. The Men’s Bible Study on Monday nights has continued to grow as an evangelistic and fellowship opportunity as the group has delved into the book of Galatians. Michael Summers has preached about “Who Is This God We Serve?” in April, joining 150 other preachers from across Churches of Christ in preaching from four passages about the nature of God and what it means for us. Sunday night assemblies continue to focus on prayer, devotion to God, and meditation on the power of God’s word through a prolonged and prayerful study of Psalm 119. Fitness and crochet groups have provided opportunities for fellowship.
Our Food Pantry brought food and a devotional opportunity to more than seventy families in April. We invite you to join us in our goal of following Christ by practicing love in 2018.
March has begun with great opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship at Leavenworth Church of Christ. The youth group is working hard to prepare for LTC, which will take place in Kansas City at the end of the month. Small group Bible studies are taking place at the building on Monday afternoon and evening. A crafts group is learning crocheting and other skills while having fellowship and discussing how to serve others on Thursday evenings. An exercise group meets on Monday and Thursday evenings. These supplement the worship assemblies on Sunday and Bible classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. On Sundays, Michael Summers is in the midst of a short sermon series on Foundational Concepts for Discipleship from Luke chapter 6 on Sunday morning at 10:30 and is teaching “Loving the Law of the Lord,” intensive study of Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Click on the links below to learn more about our recent March Singing Night and our weekly Men’s Bible Study.
Love for Christians means more than emotion. Love means action to help others and forgiveness to repair relationships. Love means helping those who hurt to heal. Biblical teaching related to current trends and fashions, classes that give opportunity to ask tough questions in a safe place, training in spiritual disciplines like Bible study and prayer, all form key building blocks for this congregation that seeks truly to be Christ’s church, a place for healing from emotional and spiritual scars.
The Leavenworth Church of Christ welcomes fellow strugglers to walk along with us as seek healing by loving God with all we’ve got and by learning to love other people more. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:24,25 that a primary reason that Christians gather together is to “stir one another up to love and good works. Among the ways we practice love and stir each other up are our Food Pantry, our work with a local homeless shelter, and Bible study groups for all ages. We invite you to learn with us at the Leavenworth Church of Christ how to be the man or woman of love that God wants each of us to be. We will pursue this focus of practicing love in the context of renewing hope and sharing our faith, remembering the words of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
What do we believe and why do we believe it? In our society, conflicting beliefs about climate change, the value of individual life, and how to help the disadvantaged provide fuel for arguments, protests, and gridlock in legislative assemblies. A multitude of religious groups voice a cacophony of doctrines, rituals, and methods to meet spiritual needs, while atheists and agnostics scorn religion.
We often believe what we believe because people we trust or organizations we respect have taught us those beliefs. We trust them, so we accept what they give us. Several of our members come from families who have worshiped with churches of Christ for multiple generations. Others heard what our preachers proclaimed or our members taught with initial doubt, then after consideration and varying degrees of inner struggle, converted to what for them was a different system of beliefs. Many were as the Bereans were when they heard the teachings of Paul about Jesus, searching the scriptures (and whatever reliable evidence was available) to see whether these things were true (Acts 17:11).
In 2017, our congregation will focus on “sharing faith.” This focus will include evangelism, but quite urgently will examine what we believe and how our identifying ourselves as Christians should influence how we speak, act, and treat others. We will focus on how sharing faith builds bridges between generations and heals fractured friendships. We will ask what it means for us to believe in a God who wants us to be holy as he is holy. We will pursue this focus in the context of renewing hope and practicing love, remembering the words of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
We hope you and your family will enjoy a uniting and joyous Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. If you are in Leavenworth, join us on Wednesday evening for an uplifting service of praise and song at 7 pm. On Sunday at the 10:30 service, Michael Summers will begin a new sermon series from the first two chapters of Luke entitled “Are You Preparing the Way for the Lord?” Leavenworth members have gathered for a Chili Cookoff and a Ladies Night Out during the last two weeks. Check out our Facebook pages for pictures from those events and other up-to-the-minute information about our congregation!