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.
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.
March Singing Night
Monday Night 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.”
Leavenworth Church of Christ members enjoyed an uplifting afternoon of fish, fellowship, singing, and laughter at an elder’s house this past weekend. One of the three anglers from the congregation who had captured the fish deep-fried them, along with jalapeno-infused hushpuppies for the more adventurous. The event is just one of several recently that have testified to ever-growing sense of community in the congregation. Several generations are working together to restore a youth group fire pit and devotional area behind the building. Groups from the church have traveled to other congregations for area-wide singings. Members manned a table at a Fort Leavenworth event that introduced newly arrived soldiers to local attractions and distributed hundreds of the congregation’s “Building Hope With Friends and Family” brochures. The congregation’s monthly Food Pantry supplied food for ninety-seven local families in one day. For more information about these and future events, check out the link to our Facebook page on the Menu. You may also want to watch a recent sermon or Communion meditation on the “Video Sermons” link. The best way to get to know us, of course, is to visit one of our worship services or Bible classes. We hope to see you soon.