Women’s Study Group // Sept 16

Law of Love SquareOur Women’s Bible Study will start up Tuesday, September 16th at 6:15pm at LifeBridge Church. We will be studying “The Law of Love: Lessons from the Pages of Deuteronomy.”  This is a 6-week video-based study from Beth Moore.  No homework is required and childcare will be provided.

Click Here to sign up or visit the Welcome Center on Sunday morning. For more information, please email Jill at jbloemker@mylifebridgechurch.com.

 

 

 



Men’s Study Group // Sept 6

MENS BIBLE STUDYThe Men’s Study Group will start up Saturday, September 6th, at 8:00am at LifeBridge Church.  They will be studying Warren Wiersbe’s book “Be Mature,” which  has practical advice on how to overcome temptation, controlling the tongue, effective prayer, and how to practice what the Bible teaches.

For more information, please contact Dan at dsks4@bellsouth.net.

 



Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Be in a Group

3 THINGS SHOULDNTI know joining a group is a big step. There are a lot of reasons you shouldn’t do it. I’ve even made some of these same excuses and I’m the pastor! Here’s my list of excuses.

Excuse #1: There are weird people.

You’re thinking something like this, aren’t you? If I join a group, there will be weird people in there. They will probably have cats and want to talk about the book of Revelation the whole time. I don’t know if I can handle that level of weirdness. Let me go ahead and confirm your fears. Chances are, there WILL be a strange person in your group. But if it’s any consolation, you’re the person everyone else is afraid of.

Excuse #2: I’m too busy.

On any given week, you work about 50 hours, drive about 10 hours, go to the grocery store, mow the grass, watch SportsCenter, grill burgers, drive the kids to soccer practice, and call your mom. Every time you check one thing off the list, another thing is there to take its place.  The pace is brutal, and you need all the hours you can. So the thought of taking a night in the middle of the week to go hang out with people and talk about the Bible isn’t really all that appealing. “This season of my life is just busy,” you tell yourself. But deep down you know this season of your life isn’t any busier than the last season of your life and is just as busy as the next season of your life. They are all busy seasons.

You don’t need a lecture to prioritize what’s truly important, so I’ll spare you. But I do want to give you permission. Permission to let something go undone. Permission to tell your kids they can’t do that activity because mom needs a night. Permission to eat out instead of make that healthy dinner.

Excuse #3: I’m an introvert.

I’m pretty sure 60% of the people in the world are introverts. It seems like less, but that’s just because the extroverts are loud and everywhere. I’m an introvert – I am renewed and relaxed by being alone. Whether that’s in a coffee shop with a good book or in a movie on Friday afternoon – I like doing things by myself. Large groups of people drain me. Too many conversations wear me out. Like a strong blue cheese, it’s good in small amounts, but too much isn’t good for me. If you’re an introvert like me, the thought of hanging out with people talking about life sounds miserable. But once you break the ice and get through some of the silly stuff, it will be worth it. If you want people to come to your funeral, you’re going to have to get to know some people while you’re alive. 

Those are three of the reasons I’ve given myself for not jumping into a group with others.  So, what are yours?

Your friend and pastor,

Aaron

P.S. If you’re ready to jump in, we’ll make it as easy as possible. Here is a link to sign up and a list of the groups meeting right now: Community Group Sign Up & Groups List.



LBC Property Purchase Update

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At our recent Partner Dinner, the LifeBridge partners took a huge step together to purchase our current meeting space along with the entire 22,000 sq. ft. building, 5 acre complex. We believe that this is a significant step to bridge the gap for more people in the Acworth/Kennesaw community from where they are to where God wants them to be.

We have signed a contract and the sale is in process. We are now accepting donations to our Building Fund to help cover $60,000 for bank required savings and closing costs.

Click Here to give online to the Building Fund.

 

Here is a Quick Property Purchase Q&A:

Q. What does the purchase include?

A. 22,434 sq. ft. building and 5.156 acres of land located at 3102 Loring Rd Kennesaw, GA

Q. What is the purchase price?

A. $1,930,000

Q. What are the advantages of Purchasing vs. Renting?

A. If we decide to purchase we could secure the property for future growth/expansion. We could not duplicate a similar facility in a similar location for the purchase price. The other tenants rent will help to offset part of the monthly carrying costs.

Q. What is the property value?

A. The property is valued at $2.2MM according to the Cobb County Tax Assessors office.

Q. What are the loan terms?

A. 6 year term with a 20 year amortization @ 5.5% with an estimated payment of $13,300 per month.

Q. What is the down payment to close?

A. Normally a lender will require 20% or more down payment. Our lender is counting the funds we have already put into the building as our equity. The only funds we will need to cover will be closing costs (approx. $20,000) and 3 months of payments in a dedicated savings account (approx. $40,000).

If you have further questions regarding the property purchase or how to give to the Building Fund, email our Financial Secretary, Tedi at tpetito@mylifebridgechurch.com. 



Men’s Retreat // Sept 11-13

be strong squareMen, plan on attending the “Be Strong: Man of War” retreat this September 11th – 13th at SnowBird Wilderness Outfitters in Andrews, NC. The Be Strong men’s conference will provide fellowship, great recreation, good food and in-depth discipleship just for men.  The cost is $125 and the deadline to register is August 31st. Scholarships are available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please email info@mylifebridgechurch.com

Click Here to register or stop by the Welcome Center on Sunday.



Group Leaders Training // Aug 23

group leader training-01All group leaders, co-leaders, group hosts and wanna-be group leaders are invited to attend our Community Group Leaders Training on Saturday, August 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm at the Keeler residence (5946 Old Stilesboro Road NW, Acworth, GA 30101). Please bring a side dish to share with everyone. Childcare will be provided.

 

 



4 Ways to Fight Temptation

4 ways to fight leaderblogbut each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. – James 1:14-15

 

James is laying out a “roadmap” for how we fall into sin. Sin doesn’t just happen by accident.


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Join a Group!

groups frontSince it’s next to impossible to get where God wants us to be without the help of others, we encourage everyone to join a GROUP. Joining a group is a great next step to start connecting with others at LifeBridge.

Click Here  to take a look at our Community Groups scheduled for this fall and to join a Group.



Resolve Kick-Off // Aug 13

Attention all parents and students! RESOL>E is kicking back off August 13th. We’ll be meeting at our building at our regular scheduled time, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. We’re excited about this year and have big expectations for God to move in power in and through our student ministry. Make sure everyone is inviting friends! Bring $2 for pizza and a drink (free for first time guests). See ya soon!



New Series: Step Up // Aug 3

The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan. The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical. It’s normal. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. It’s time to Step Up and experience the great privilege of sacrifice for the one who sacrificed everything for us. It’s time to Step Up, laying it all on the line to become the community of Christ followers God desires us to be.