We have some big, exciting news we’d like to share with you today!
For some time now, we’ve been diligently seeking God’s heart and plan for the next phase of Living Word. After seeking, knocking, and asking, we have received God’s directive and blueprint.
We believe it is wise with today’s volatile economy and our small congregation to leave the building and broaden our borders for a greater focus on outreach, discipleship, and evangelism in lieu of using the financial resources for rent, utilities, building supplies, etc. This would allow us to have a greater impact in our outreach efforts.You see, this transition is about the Nations rather than maintaining what is familiar and comfortable to us now. As a result, we will be transitioning the ministry into a discipleship and outreach ministry outside of the walls of the church building.
Although we still don’t know entirely what this will look like, below is an outline of the initial plan as we leave the old infrastructure behind and build according to the new plans God has given us:
- Every 2nd Saturday of the month beginning in October, we will gather in a home,restaurant, park, etc for a time of food, fellowship, outreach and evangelism planning, and discipleship.
- Every 4th Saturday of the month we will continue to hold outreaches to the homeless.
- As additional resources become available, we will outreach locally in the community to the poor by going into specific neighborhoods with food, clothing, toiletries, etc. while also offering prayer
- As Holy Spirit inspires, we will hold special worship events to gather corporately for worship and ministry time
- We will make ourselves available to minister with our core team at other ministries
You may be wondering when all of the changes will take place and where things will be happening. Below is an outline of the schedule for reference. Our final service at the building will be Aug 21. We will reserve the first two weeks of September for moving out of the building.
Aug 14, & 21
Church at Living Word Worship Center 10:30 am
Homeless Outreach 11 am – 2 pm (meet at and leave from Living Word)
Minister at Ignite Ministries, Ashland, OH at 11:00 AM; please plan to join us there in lieu of a service at Living Word
Soaking Prayer 7 pm as we pray into this next phase
Moving out of the church building
Homeless Outreach (more details for this outreach on meeting location, etc to follow closer to the date of the Outreach)
We are also excited to announce that a local business in Plain City, OH, ProPower, located at 214 S. Jefferson Avenue has partnered with us to donate storage space to house our outreach supplies and to be a drop off location for any new donations of goods. They will be open Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm for items to be dropped off.
Be sure to stay connected!
In order to stay informed of where our gatherings and various activities will be held, be sure to subscribe to our text messaging system which allows us to send a text to multiple people simultaneously. The nice feature about this is that when you reply to it, we are the only ones to see your reply in lieu of the entire group receiving it. You may opt out of it at any time: https://LWWC.flocknote.com.
Also be sure to like and follow our Facebook page. We will be making changes to this page in the coming months as things unfold with the ministry, so be sure to check back often. (https://www.facebook.com/CJandLanitaGaul).
We want to say thank you to each one of you reading this, as we have had some very intimate, holy moments in the Lords presence together in the building for which we are very grateful and hold dear to our hearts. We praise God for all of our supporters, whether in ministry of helps, encouragement, leadership, finances, etc. Each and every one of you have played an important role in our lives and we can’t thank you enough! We are excited to see what unfolds before us in the coming phase and hope you will continue to journey with us as friends and partners in God’s Kingdom.
If you would like to partner with us, you can support our efforts with either a one time monetary donation or a monthly partnership by following this link. We will also continue to announce our outreach needs each month as they arise for those of you who would like to contribute food, clothing, or specific items needed for the outreaches.
If you are not already involved, we invite you to join us in our outreach efforts and gatherings. There is a lot of work to do as a team behind the scenes and in the forefronts. We are better together! There will be a variety of areas to serve in and we would love to have you come be a part and welcome your participation should you feel called to do so.
We know this may leave you with questions and we encourage you to contact us. This is an exciting change but we understand it also brings mixed emotions. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions we can answer for you! We love you!