Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church

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Thank you for visiting. We hope that you'll join us for Sunday morning worship at 10:00am and for other fellowship and activities during the week. We have recently redefined the focus of our church's ministry, and the key words are:

  • Connecting with God
  • Community with others
  • Caring for the world
Lisha’s Kill is a community in which we seek to know Jesus Christ and follow him in mission in our world. We offer a variety of opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, worship and service. As you browse our site, we hope that you will find a place you can call home!

We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.

In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

Calendar Highlights

  • November 29: First Sunday in Advent
  • December 6: Second Sunday in Advent
  • December 13: Third Sunday in Advent with Christmas Program “Journey to Bethlehem” during worship and Christmas Dinner at 11:30am
  • December 20: Fourth Sunday in Advent
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Worship Service at 7:00pm

Pastor's Ponderings for November

Dear Friend,

November is the season of Thanksgiving. Of course, as Christians we have reason and direction to give thanks to God at all times and in all places in life. 1 Thessalonians 5 gives such direction: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

But sometimes that’s difficult to do. We’ve all been there: money’s tight; the family is experiencing troubles; health and mobility are failing; local, national and global news is frustrating and frightening. In the midst of this, how do we “give thanks in all circumstances”?

There’s an old proverb which says, “I had no shoes and complained, but then I met a man who had no feet.” There is something profound in this simple proverb, for how often do we recognize that the things we complain about are a function of having things about which to complain? How often do we stop to think that while we might complain about having enough, there are people around us who have little or nothing?

The same may be true about the church. We might be concerned about a tight budget or too few people in the pews, but the reality is that God has blessed us with more than enough of each to continue the work and ministry God calls us to do in this community called Lisha’s Kill Reformed Church. We continue to worship God each Sunday, we continue to be able to learn God’s Word and pray together, and we continue to be able to reach out both within and outside of our walls in ministries such as Kids Hope, Camp Days, the NEAT Dinner and so much more.

We have so much for which to be thankful. God continues the ministry here in this fragile and wonderful thing called the church: fragile in the sense that relationships must be treated with care, and wonderful in the ways that God uses us to make a difference for Christ in the world.

Which leads me to another aspect of thanksgiving: being thankful to God for what we have received naturally leads us to give in return. As we think and pray about how we might pledge our time, talents and treasure in the coming year, may we give generously because we have generously received.

This year you as a church have walked with me through “Project Hospitality,” part of my Doctor of Ministry program. We have examined many passages and concepts relating to the Hospitality of God—God’s unconditional love, grace and acceptance, despite anything we have done. We have also considered our hospitality to others—how we extend love and acceptance to others, as well as kindness and compassion, just as we have received these things from God.

Because you have walked this journey with me, I invite you to join me and the Covenant Group (who have helped with me through this project) for a “Thank You” Hospitality Lunch on November 22 at 12:00pm. That day is also our Congregational Thanksgiving Sunday as well as Stewardship Sunday, so I hope you will accept the invitation to celebrate all of God’s good gifts to us both in worship and the lunch afterward.

Let’s together give thanks, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Joyfully serving with you,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal

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