Dear Church Family,

“How has my relationship with Jesus made my life greater?” This is a question we’ve been asking ourselves and each other as staff and lay leadership at Lovers Lane UMC. We have found that each of us has varying answers, but it’s been gratifying to articulate and hear the ways in which Jesus makes all our lives greater.

For over twenty years, I have had the joy of watching Jesus make life greater here at Lovers Lane. I have personally witnessed stories of changed lives and transformed hearts as we love ALL people into relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to share with you some of the ways in which our church has made life greater for those touched by the ministries you help support.

Here you will find stories of persons impacted by the Spirit of God moving through Lovers Lane. I hope you will take a moment to watch these testimonies, and like me, I pray you are reminded that the work God has set before us at 9200 Inwood Road is needed and celebrated throughout the world.

It is wonderful to see these stories and to know that God is so mightily at work through our shared ministry, but God has not called us to only celebrate what has happened. We are also called to consider what greater things God has set before us in 2019 and 2020 as we move forward together in pursuit of God’s kingdom. Now is the time to consider how we can best support our church through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness so that greater things will be possible.

stan

God > Me

As we count up the cost of discipleship, we should also ask ourselves, “What do we stand to gain?”

Community > Self

Life was meant to be lived in relationship with others. How are we creating intentional community in our home, office, and neighborhood? The Good News for some is that they are not alone.

Generosity > Greed

What would we stand to gain if we could lose a greed-mentality that is never satisfied with what we have?

Growth > Comfort

In Hebrews 12, the author is arguing for a life of growth, a growth that costs us our comforts but offers us a greater comfort in growing more like Christ.

Risk > Safety

When we offer all that we have and all the are in a risky way, God will honor our investments and increase the love in our lives and the world.

Hope > Despair

It can be easy to grow cynical in a world that seems full of despair, but our faith in Christ reveals a greater hope in the kingdom of God.