Dear Lifers,

I love to hear people refer to our little community as “South Heaven”. I call it that sometimes. Not so much November through May. But we are getting to that time of the year where it gets a little easier to view this little corner of the world as an extension of Heaven on earth.

But let’s be honest, as beautiful as this little area is, it is NOTHING like Heaven. Even your favorite Caribbean island might only have certain characteristics of the weather and natural beauty in common. That’s what I’m envisioning anyway. But the truth is that every corner of this planet is plagued with things like hatred, bitterness, frustration, fear, prejudice, abuse, injustice, uncertainty and all sorts of brokenness. No matter where you go, this planet is…broken.

But Heaven is not…at all. And it never will be. But, what are we supposed to do for now – just wait til we get there? Hope that we make it there? Hope that it’s real and not just a pipe dream? Just be good and wait for “daddy” to come back and snatch us out of here?

I don’t think that’s what God has in mind at all. Although this planet in this age will never really be much like Heaven, I think God desires that it could become more and more like Heaven; that the Son would break through bringing the light, warmth and true beauty of Heaven to earth – as a sort of oasis in this world and a preview of hope for the next.

So, join us for the next several weeks as we unpack what this vision might look like…here…now. This Sunday we will launch the Saturate series where we will focus our attention on the first few chapters of the book of Acts. Maybe we will get just a glimpse of God’s plan for us NOW and His dream for our eternity together THEN.

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

Eight O’ Clock Encounter: Our last several weeks of Saturday morning prayer have been so powerful. I didn’t think it could get better, but it has. I love Sunday mornings, but there is a unique power in our prayer time. I sure would love for you to join us. If you are struggling, this is a time and place where your faith will be set on fire. Anyone is welcome. No one has to pray out loud. Everyone experiences a blessing. Saturdays, 8am at the church.

Mother’s Day THANKS: Hey, thanks to all of you who made it a point to spend part of this special holiday with us. It was such a great time. I just want to toss a thank you out there to Elise Zuber who shared her heart with us in the message. I also want to thank Kathy Wagaman, the real point person for that entire day. Wow, what an amazing job!! Huge thanks to Tom Renner and his wife for taking pictures. It will take us a couple of weeks, but we will let you know when they are ready for pick up. Thanks to those who made cupcakes – I don’t even know who you are, but God does. For Mary Rydecki who set lots of stuff up, for Ivan who blessed us with that beautiful and heart-felt song. And to all the people who serve week in and week out to make this the kind of environment where people are blessed to meet with God. And moms, we hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

Infinity Tour / Beacon Light Concert – Free: On May 22nd, our youth ministries will be hosting a concert at the church starting at 6:30pm. But it’s not just for teens. A year and a half ago Beacon Light came and inspired us with his music and his message. This year he will be joined by opening bands from the Infinity Music group. Click here to learn about Beacon and check out some of his music. Please help us get the word out. We want to pack this place. Click here to find our event on Facebook and then share it with all your friends. Hope to see you there.

Graduation Sunday: In just a few weeks we will be celebrating those who have completed high school or earned a new degree in college. We want to make sure we recognize all our graduates on Sunday, June 2nd in our morning worship experiences. If you know of a Lifer (regular LifeBridge attender) who will or has recently graduated high school or college, would please email contact@webuildbridges.org with their name? We have a running list, but we would hate to miss someone. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Right Now Media: Don’t forget, we have this amazing FREE video Library made available to you as a gift from LifeBridge Church. Lots of people are getting powerful teaching videos to help them grow in their faith. Just go to www.webuildbridges.org/RNM and follow the instructions. Then…enjoy.

Across our bridges:  These are not outside our walls because we don’t believe in walls at LifeBridge. Below are things happening across the bridges we are building:

We Care Golf Outing: Hey, if you are a golfer and want to enjoy a day and help a great cause at the same time, check out the We Care golf outing at Hawkshead on June 3. Click here for more info.