What can you expect?

LCC Elders, staff, and volunteers have worked hard to make our building and programs safe for you and your children.

Watch and read below for some of the things you can expect when you return to church.


  • how are you feeling?

    Before joining us for in-person worship, please assess your current health. If you, or anyone you've recently been in contact with, are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, please stay home and worship with us online at 10:30am on Sundays:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • New loss of taste of smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
  • SHOULD I WEAR A MASK?

    Given the recent executive order from the Governor, we will begin strongly encouraging masks for all our volunteers during Lebanon Christian Church events. There will be a few roles where we require them. Your direct team leader will let you know. If that is something you are unwilling to do, then your team leader will direct you to a different role.

     

    While we are not mandating and requiring masks at Lebanon Christian Church for everyone as the Governor's executive order has an exemption for churches, we are encouraging those who are willing to do so as we strive to help and honor those around us.

     

    We continue to ask that each of us handles our disagreements and strong convictions with grace and love.

  • HOW DO I CHECK IN?

    The check-in hosts will assist with check-in. They will enter your name and check in your family, so there are minimal people touching the computers. You can tear off any labels that print for your children. 

  • Where do i sit?

    Rows are distanced in the auditorium, and we ask that you leave 3-4 seats between households. The student center is set up for social distancing, and the kids auditorium is equipped with floor circles to help the children keep an acceptable distance. We'll do our best with the little ones too!

  • How do i give my offering?

    In addition to the five simple ways listed below, there are giving boxes located on the communion tables. Feel free to drop in your tithe as you go through for communion, then sanitize your hands before taking the elements.

  • what about communion?

    You will be released from your seats for communion, where you will move to the nearest of six stations. You have the opportunity to give offering, take a Connection Card, sanitize your hands, and take communion back to your seat the take it in quiet reflection.


    If you need assistance or are unable to walk to a communion station, please raise your hand and a deacon will bring you a tray where you can take a double cup of the bread and juice.

  • can i get a bulletin?

    We will continue to email a weekly digital bulletin, available below each week. If you are not getting the weekly emails, contact the church office and we will update your information.


    If you would like to pick up a printed copy of the email, there will be limited copies available at the Guest Services desk on Sunday morning.

  • Can I get coffee?

    We will not have coffee urns available, but you are welcome to bring your own. We will have bottles of water at the coffee stations for your convenience.

  • I have a baby in the nursery. What do i need to know?

    Our nursery will be open as usual, but we will provide all the diapering needs for your child. Please leave all diaper bags and things from home out in the hallway. We will come out to get a bottle or pacifier if your baby needs it.

  • what about preschool children?

    Your children are always welcome to go to "big church" with you. However, we will have classes open for children. When you bring your child, please stop at the classroom gate to sanitize hands. We will be outside anytime that the weather is nice. They will do Little Hands Worship in their own classroom, rather than meeting together as a large group. Volunteers will be diligent about helping children wash their hands, use sanitizer, and cleaning common areas. If possible, please send only one adult to drop off and pick up your child to avoid congestion in the halls. Use the floor stickers to maintain social distancing in the hallways.

  • HOW WILL KIDS CHURCH WORK?

    Children will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the room. There will be sanitizer available in the room and in each small group. Children will be challenged to sit on a carpet dot to help maintain appropriate social distancing. Small group leaders will work to limit shared supplies and maintain distances between children. With all of that in place, Kids Church will look similar to what it has in the past. Children will come to stations to give offering and/or take communion. They will be loved, cared for, and have fun with their friends and small group leaders! If possible, please send only one adult to drop off and pick up your child and use the floor stickers to maintain social distancing in the hallways.

  • what about student ministry?

    Our students will be asked to sanitize on their way into the Student Center, and we will have life groups meeting in the large rooms upstairs to allow them to keep their distance. Students and leaders may be asked to help wipe down their area and furniture after use. The coffee bar will be closed, so make sure to eat breakfast before you come.


    During Overflow weeks (2nd Sunday of the month), we will have Overflow worship at 9am, hang-out time at 10am, and life groups at 10:30am with NO breakfast during hang-out time. 


    We will continue our digital programming for those who want to, or who cannot attend in-person services. You're always welcome to Zoom with us Sundays at 7pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:12pm.

  • How can i help?

    As you can imagine, these adjustments have created several new serving opportunities. Some are behind-the-scenes, if you are trying to avoid contact with people. Click here for a list of new opportunities or to sign up.

Current announcements

Digital Bulletin 9.24.2020

 

Kintsugi--The Japanese art of repairing with gold. I was introduced to this art form through a Q-Commons talk by Makoto Fujimura this past spring. Kintsugi is the treasured art of taking broken vessels (think a vase, plate, mug, bowl, etc.) and repairing the cracks or joining broken pieces with gold. The art form is one of Japan's most honored traditions. Why? Because it speaks of things finding new life and beauty; things that are broken or perhaps seemingly ready to be discarded.

 

This is me. I'm broken. I've sinned, and unfortunately still do from time to time (both unintentionally and more sorrowfully…intentionally.) While my name hasn't been listed in the paper or featured in a scandalous article, I am far from perfect. I am broken. 

 

Yet, I am beautiful. God made "him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." The radiance of God's righteousness is more beautiful than the cumulative beauty of thousands of sunsets, mountain peaks, beaches, and the soft cooing of babies. And in Christ, God brings that beauty to each of us who believe. I am beautiful. You are beautiful.

 

Beautifully broken. God takes our brokenness, even when it feels like our lives dropped to the tile and shattered into a million pieces, and He puts us back together with the gold of His love, mercy, grace, and indwelling Spirit. And we find new life, new service. Beautifully broken.

 

Even beyond the deeply spiritual implications, this has implications for a pandemic and eventually post-pandemic life. You have likely had moments of weakness, where your usual fortified resolve seemed frayed beyond recognition, where tasks and experiences that seemed to go so smoothly have become cumbersome. Many of you have likely felt that life is "broken." I'm guessing that there will be some things that we see greater beauty in on the other side of all this as we lean into the faithfulness of God.

 

Finally, looking out at our country. Protests. Riots. Deep hurt on so many fronts. We see brokenness. As we move toward election season, may we remember that the gold that will bring beauty will not come in a ballot. It won't come in a particular candidate. It will come through the power and beauty of God alive in and shining through His people.

Craig

 

Sunday Scripture Reference

9.27 – Luke 14:1-24

10.4 – Luke 14:25-35

 

Church Building Use

With COVID restricting our room capacity and requiring additional cleaning, along with limited custodial hours, we must restrict building use for non-ministry related events to groups no larger than 25 people. Please understand that we do our best to accommodate outside groups for both members and non-members, but we must abide by these rules as per our elders and government officials.

 

This week’s Monday Devotion from Philip Davis

Arguments

What a year it’s been, right? Here we are in the final quarter and nobody saw what was coming last year at this time. But here we are. For some, it’s been more normal. For others, it has turned the world upside down. For all of us, it’s new. And most of us are struggling. But not struggling in the way you would think. Where should followers of Jesus land in the wake of the current issues in our nation? How should we act about mandates, policies, fears, and candidates? How timely are the words of Paul in his 2nd letter to Timothy to answer these questions. 

2 Timothy 2: 23-25 says: “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servants must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth...”

Doesn’t really sound like the tone of the voices out there right now, does it? And if we’re honest, we all have added to the negative noise. But I sense Paul calling us back to a repentant heart. To remember to be kind to one another in our disagreements. And to remember that followers of Jesus are not to take our eyes off the main prize – Jesus and His grace extended to all who call upon His name. That’s why Paul advises followers of Jesus to not partake in foolish and stupid arguments. Followers of Jesus, let us remember his words and put them into practice in all we post online, the emails and texts we send, and the way we speak of others.

 

Sunday Distanced Seating

We’ve been thinking outside the box as much as possible to ensure socially distanced seating at church, as you can probably tell. Now that we’ve removed rows and spaced them apart, you have 6’ of space in front of each seat. It’s getting harder to keep 3-4 seats between households, however. If you have family, close friends, or people in your life group who you see regularly, would you consider sitting with them on Sundays? That will leave more space for people who don’t feel comfortable being close to leave seats between them and other households.

 

Mask Only Section

Part of the “new normal” of church is that we have a section for mask-wearers who prefer to only be near others who are also wearing masks. That section can be found in the right-hand side of the auditorium. There are signs at the front of the section to remind you to wear your masks, and also orange tape on the floor to let you know what rows are included in that seating section. Please be respectful and wear a mask if you sit in that section.

 

Volunteers Needed!

Check out the list of new volunteer positions and sign up here: https://www.lebanonchristian.org/connect/new-serve-opportunities or call the church office.

 

Wednesday Evening Programs

We so miss our mid-week programs and the relationships we make through them. However, COVID has changed many of our plans. We will not be having our Wednesday evening programs this year.

 

Worship

We hope you’ll join us for worship this weekend! If you are worshiping online, please check in here: https://lebanonchristian.elexiochms.com/external/form/0f6141e0-0c8f-4d15-a65b-db52bbb22284

 

Ways to Worship

  • In person!! You can come to worship at 9am or 10:30am on Sunday!
  • YouTube: LCC Worship channel. The service will be LIVE at 10:30am.
  • LCC Facebook – the service will be LIVE at 10:30am.
  • Lebanonchristian.org/messages - Available on Monday.
  • Podcast (search Lebanon Christian Church in your podcast app or click the link on lebanonchristian.org/messages) - available on Monday.
  • CD – email office@lebanonchristian.org or call 765-482-4673 to be added to the CD mailing list.
  •  DVD – if you know someone without internet, this is a great way for them to participate. Please email office@lebanonchristian.org or call 765-482-4673 to add someone to the DVD mailing list.

request a sermon cd or DVD

Sometimes the best way for people to engage in worship is to listen to a CD of the sermon audio, whether because of slow or limited internet or technical difficulty. If this is you or someone you know, please fill out this form. We are happy to mail audio CDs of the sermon to anyone who would like one.


We now have the ability to record DVDs of the entire service, to be viewed on a computer or DVD player. If you know someone without internet who would like a DVD of our services, please email office@lebanonchristian.org or call 765-482-4673 to add them to our mailing list.

Worship through giving

Church may not be meeting, but ministry is still happening and the needs are still great. There are still simple ways for you to do your usual giving.


By Mail

You can mail a check that you would normally drop in the offering plate to: Lebanon Christian Church, P.O. Box 664 Lebanon, IN 46052


Online

On the website, click on "Give" in the top menu bar. You can sign in to the database and give with your credit/debit card or add your checking account to your database account and give through automatic withdrawal. This method is preferred as there are no fees associated with it. If you have trouble with your password, click the "Forgot Password" button and retrieve it via your email address. You can also give here without signing in to your account.


Mobile App

If you have the LCC Elexio Mobile App, click on "Give" and you can go through the steps as above.


Text to Give

Text the word "GIVE" to 765-375-1LCC and follow the prompts. After you have done that one time to set up an account, you can text the amount you'd like to donate.


Drop off a Check

Stop by the Lebanon location of Home National Bank and drop a check at the drive-up window or in the night deposit box. The check must indicate the designations in the memo line and be in an envelope marked "Lebanon Christian Church Offering."