2023 was a year of hope and excitement for what God is doing with LGCC, but it also had its challenges and even times of burnout. I have been in my position for three and a half years, and it amazes me to see how far we’ve come in such a short time. I’m so thankful for God and His faithfulness through this time and I am excited for what He is doing with our church!

As I reflect on 2023, and look forward to this year, I think through each of our values and how we have lived out each one in Digital Ministries.

Love God and Others

Sometimes it can be so easy to go, go go, but not stop and take time to be alone with God, to listen to him. In tech and communications, so much happens behind the scenes and things are constantly changing, making it easy to fall into the trap of “doing”. Looking back at this past year, I am aware of how I have allowed the “doing” to take over, leading to times of exhaustion.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I take comfort in that verse, because I am reminded that even when I get overwhelmed with ministry that God will give me the rest I need. I am thankful for the encouragement and example from various ministries, leaders, and members of our congregation of what it means to Love not only God, but others as well.

Live Life in Relationship

One of the things that I miss from being in the sound booth every Sunday is the opportunity to connect with each of you in our congregation, and while my husband does a great job of encouraging me to step out after the service, sometimes it’s hard if I am praying with someone online, or troubleshooting some technical issue that came up during the service. That being said, I am so thankful for the new friendships that have started to form and continue to grow outside of Sunday mornings. We are so thankful for everyone who has taken the time to share a meal with us or have welcomed us into their homes.

Last year I began to work on connecting with women in the church, another thing that I have missed. I have been able to share lunch with a few of you throughout the week, and this year I look forward to doing that more! If you don’t see me after the service, don’t hesitate to come find me in the sound booth!

Give It Away

Giving doesn’t always have to be financial, it can be of your time as well, and I want to say a huge thank you to all of our AV volunteers who regularly GIVE of their time. Every Sunday you show up! Bert, Bill, Dennis, Jo, Noah, RJ, Tom & Travis, THANK YOU for serving faithfully!

If you’re looking for a way to give of your time, we have many opportunities! A simple way would be to take 30 seconds and leave us a review on Google, or to follow and interact with us on social media! More and more people continue to find and connect with us online, and we need your help to get the word out! Another way is to volunteer! Throughout 2023 I have worked on creating different job descriptions for various volunteer roles within Digital Ministries and communications. These roles include administrative work, to graphic design, to photography and more technical! If you can type, we have a role for you! As we begin to carry out our vision and strategic plan as a church, I look forward to filling those roles!

Go To The Lost

One of my goals for Digital Ministries and Communications is to use it as a tool to connect with people who may never step foot into a church. We learned at our Vision Team presentation this past fall that people are struggling with loneliness. How much of that is due to so much digital consumption? How can we use the digital tools that we have to share the Gospel with people, and to be a light in their lives? Currently, we primarily use our various digital platforms to promote events, but how awesome will it be to make them more relational, to point people to Jesus?! I get excited just thinking about it!

While technology and social media can be a distraction, and hinderance, it can still be used for good. Currently, every Sunday we have a private chat available for anyone watching online to request prayer. When they request prayer, a private window will open and our volunteer will listen to what is going on, and not only pray with the person, but also be an encouragement to them as well. My prayer for this year is that our communications become more Christ centered than event centered, and I can’t wait for what God will do with it!

We continue to reach people locally and globally through our digital platforms. Using Instagram and Facebook Reels, we share short clips from sermons each week. Through our website, people are able to join us for worship every Sunday from anywhere around the world! This year, we will use those tools to Love God And Others, Live Life In Relationship, Give It Away and Go To The Lost!