Dear Lifers,

Easter is right around the corner!

Did you know that the crucifixion of Jesus is the most pivotal point in the whole story of God? At least for us as humans. Our entire hope for salvation rests on the crucifixion of Jesus…the Son of God…laying down His life as a ransom, an offering for your sin and mine. Without that, we would all still live under the weight of our own sin with no hope of restoration in this life or the next.

And did you know that without the resurrection, the church would have never gotten off the ground? It was the eye-witness accounts and the evidence that Jesus was actually alive that inspired a band of men and women who had lost all hope to be so filled with hope that they would risk and give their very lives to make sure the whole world KNEW the truth about Jesus.

So many people, right here among, us don’t live with that hope. How much will you risk? How much will you give to let THIS world know about Jesus? Over the next few weeks you have an opportunity to make sure your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your loved ones know the whole story. For the next three weeks we will be looking at Jesus coming to Earth, His crucifixion, and the REASON we have such hope in His resurrection.

Jesus was and is no ordinary hero. Reach out to someone TODAY and invite them to come to LifeBridge with you this Sunday. Click here to go to our Facebook invite and share it on your timeline, then hit the share button on the invite and send an invite to all your friends. The first apostles did an amazing job getting the word out. Let’s make sure we do our part to show our world the real Jesus.

Take a look below to see more great things happening that we don’t want you to miss.

Eight O’ Clock Encounter: Above, I talked about our part in people meeting Jesus. We do our best to introduce them…but the Holy Spirit is the one who REVEALS Jesus to each person’s heart so they can truly KNOW Him. It’s a team sport and we have to spend time with the coach. Join with us at 8am on Saturday mornings for a powerful huddle with God. No judgment, no obligation to pray out loud, no pressure. Just an amazing time seeking God together.  

Teen Dodgeball: You’re invited to a night of Dodgeball Mayhem on Monday, 4/8 from 6-8pm at Hope Church. This is a free event for 6-12 graders and there will be snacks!! A short message will also be given by Kyle Brush. Please reach out to Barrett or Erin Mills (crossover@webuildbridges.org) for more information.

Community Good Friday service: The South Haven Area Ministerial Association is inviting everyone from all churches to come together to contemplate the events of Good Friday as we remember the seven last words of Christ. Several local pastors will be leading the service which will include beautiful music and meaningful reflections. Gather with us to remember the love of God demonstrated for us in the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. Friday, April 19th from Noon til 1:00pm at LifeBridge. Click here to go to the Facebook invite to share on your own timeline.

Easter At LifeBridge: NOW is the time to begin preparing for Easter Sunday at LifeBridge. Begin thinking and praying about who you should invite to come and celebrate or maybe just hear for the first time that Jesus IS the resurrection and the life. Easter is usually one of our biggest days of the year and this year it doesn’t land on a spring break weekend so it may be even bigger from an attendance standpoint. I encourage you to be here a little early and consider coming to the 8:30 service if you can to make room for our new guests at the other two services.

Baptism: We are gearing up for another baptism. We EXPECT that people will come to Christ over the next few weeks as we present the Gospel. We know there are others who have given their lives to Jesus who have not yet been baptized. Set April 28th on your calendar for another celebration of changed lives. If you have questions about baptism, click here or reply to this e-mail.

Camp Scholarships: Thanks to those of you who have already contributed toward the $1,200 or so that has been raised. If you have not yet, we want to give you a few more weeks to help us get ALL 45 students to camp by making a contribution to our camp scholarship fund. You may donate by dropping a contribution in the Blessing Boxes on a Sunday (make sure it is designated for camp) or by using our easy Pushpay tool  through either the website or on the app. Make sure you select “Camp Scholarship” camp in the “fund” menu.

Needed – Preschool Leaders: We are so excited about the progress happening in the front building. This week drywall installers came in to start finishing the new hall and rooms.  We are getting close to opening the new spaces that will soon be used for Bridge Kids. With the opening of the new space, we need more preschool leaders.  It is our policy to have two adults in each room where minors are present.  Our new space is going to bring new opportunities with these kids and their families. Will you be one God uses to love and bring the Gospel to these kids? If this opportunity excites you, please reach out to David at david@webuildbridges.org and he will contact you.

Outside our walls:

Chamber of Commerce Community EXPO: The Expo is an important part of the Chamber’s Think Local program, which is intended to inspire residents to THINK LOCAL when shopping, banking, getting insurance, buying a car, or planning their charitable giving. This event provides an opportunity for residents to learn what goods and services are available in their own community and to interact one-on-one with business and community leaders. Many of the businesses also present job openings that day. Come and see us at the LifeBridge booth for free coffee or a high five while you are there. The Community Expo will be held on Saturday, April 13th at South Haven High School from 10am-2pm.

Speaker Series of South Haven: Want to get more involved in the local “conversation”? The South Haven Speaker Series strives to provide speakers who will bring innovative ideas and perspectives surrounding issues or concerns associated with our own community. On Thursday, April 11, Ryan Kilpatrick will address obstacles we are facing and discuss possible solutions to providing affordable housing in the South Haven area. The presentation will be held in the Integrated Learning Center at South Haven High School. Doors open at 6:45 and the presentation begins at 7:30.