Friday, August 19, 2016

Encounter Student Ministry This Sunday! 6-8PM

SW_Represent_157x157Encounter Student Ministry is designed for all 6th-12th Graders.  It’s mission to to create opportunities for students to encounter God in their relationships, in their service, and in their walks with God.  To this end, we strive to build relationships with mentors and peers that are encouraging and building up in a world that often tears down. We provide opportunities for students to explore the gifts that God has given them and to use those for God’s glory and the edification of the church.  As we do all this, we are all challenged to continue growing in our walk with God as we allow His Word to convict and transform our lives.

If you you have a student in this age group, now is a great time to join in!  Friends are always welcome!

Join us as we kick off the beginning of school with some fun and games, as well as taking some time to learn and share as we strive to be purposeful in the new school year.  This 2-week series will remind us that it is more about how we live than what we say that let others know how important God is to us.

Operation Christmas Child

School office supplies.Currently Collecting:

Personal Items & School Supplies

Operation Christmas Child is now collecting school supplies!  If you see those great deals popping up on school supplies, feel free to donate these wonderful items as well!

Please keep in mind that we cannot ship any liquids… so no nail polish, liquid glue, poster paints… you get the idea! Smile

#WeRememberGod This Week @Empower1More

AshleyAs a part of your walk with God, we want to challenge you to remember Him as you are posting on social media.  How?  Simple.  As you post an image comment, or status, stop and reflect on God for a moment… Remember His role… His blessings… Give thanks and add #WeRememberGod.  Share it with Life Bridge by adding @Empower1More.

As we go through this series, “Remember,” this passage reflects its heart.  We are looking at the Israelites who have left Egypt and are now wandering in the desert for 40 years because they have failed to trust God in the taking of the Promised Land.  They were preparing their kids to live in a new place without them… surrounded by strangers, even enemies.  What was important to pass along?  We find the answer in the first 5 books of the Bible.

What are you passing along to your family, friends, coworkers?  How are you building a faith in Christ and sharing the wonders He has done in the past and the ones that He is doing today?  Keep on sharing!

Here are just a few  posts from this week so far:

Ongoing Events

Check out what is Happening at Life Bridge this week!


  • Ministry Mondays 6:30-8pm meets to be purposeful in developing our serving skills and to coordinate ministry efforts. All are welcome.
  • dIVe (Intentional Valparaiso) is a small group for post-High School and young adults from all over Northwest Indiana. They meet at Life Bridge Cafe on Mondays from 8:00pm-10ish.


  • Tuesday Midweek Bible Study Potluck Dinner at 6:30 followed by studies for children, students, and adults! Current study: "Remember" Deeper


  • Faith-Based Cancer Support Group (regularly meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at Life Bridge 6:30-8pm)


  • Worship Arts Bible Study and Band Practice Thursdays 6:30-9pm
  • Hosting Men’s Shelter 7pm-7am (Friday morning)


  • Worship Service @ Life Bridge 9am & 11am!
  • Encounter Student Worship Sundays 6-8pm 


  • OCC is currently collecting School Supplies
  • #WeRememberGod on your favorite Social Media Site… Share with Life Bridge by adding @Empower1More

Friday, August 12, 2016

Recapturing a Garden Walk

It’s so easy to lose sight of God’s desire for our lives, especially when we get busy.  I’ve talked to many people this week who are just “tired” or “worn out” from all the activity over the past couple months.  Don’t get me wrong.  Porter County Fair and Turkeypalooza were fun and each was a great success in connecting new people to the heart of God.  These events, though, are both exciting and tiring at the same time.  When they are over, then, we need a time of Sabbath Rest.

View from Mom's DeckTraci and I don’t do a very good job of resting.  We both tend to keep working every day – even when we are supposed to take a day of rest.  (I’m not saying this is good.  I’m just being honest about our walk.)  That is why we took the last part of this week to come down to be with Cincinnati, spend some time with family, and let the circumstances here “force” us to rest.

Time with each of our moms has been a great blessing.  We anticipate tomorrow (Saturday) to be a mixed-emotions day as we say goodbye to a childhood neighbor who has gone home to be with the LORD.

More than anything, though, this time has been about backing up, looking at the bigger picture, and remembering what it means to walk together with God.

Thank you, LORD, for your Sabbath Rest.
Thank you, God, for such a beautiful design.
Thank you for walking with us in the Garden.
Thank you for a Garden Walk.

Circles Of Grace Dinner TONIGHT!

community-meal-clipart-1Friday, August 12th 6pm
Life Bridge Christian Church

Circles of Grace is a ministry out of Kouts Christian Church, which strives to serve the Hilltop community and those blessed by a meal on the second Friday of each month.

Join us as we work together with this ministry to reach out to our community. Come on down to enjoy dinner and build relationshipsdinner_8652c with our neighbors!

What better way to make a difference for Christ… food and new friends!!

Men’s Shelter Laundry Time

Laundry bagIt's time to do laundry!

One of the great things about this ministry is that there is something for everyone!  We have men who host throughout the night (sign up at the Ministry Counter to Host a time period), others who do set up and greeting, and still others who cook and serve breakfast (also sign up at the Ministry Counter to participate)!

Now there is an opportunity to do laundry!  Simply pick up a bag in the cafe near Vagabond Partner display, wash the linens, and return them to Life Bridge by Thursday evening.