Posts by lvadmin

Posts by lvadmin

WOO4

My WOO journey started before I was born. My story, with all its mess, failures, and beauty was fashioned by a loving Creator to be used to bring glory to Himself… wait… all of it? Seriously? That truth alone has brought me more freedom, healing, and joy, as I continue to learn how deeply I am seen, loved, and accepted. God allowed all of it, and He brings…

MOO & CR

Is it possible for you to see something through my eyes for a minute? Let me be real here and you just might see what I’m looking at… I’ve been at Lake Valley Community Church for well over a decade – something like 16 years. When I came here, I had been working on something that I had squirreled away in my brain. I was playing a mental chess game with myself…

Lake Valley Women’s Ministry

Fall is an exciting time of year! Summer is winding down, students are heading back to school, families are getting back into work and school routines, and maybe the weather will even begin to cool eventually. But there is also an air of excitement around Lake Valley as  we begin to come back together after the summer break and look towards our fall…

Introducing the Johnsons

I am a Hot Springs native and met my wife Kaley at my roommate’s wedding festivities. We have been married for ten years and have two little boys, Benson and Drake. Benson is a spark of joy and Drake is full of energy.  My degree in Religion is from Liberty University and Kaley has a degree in Business Information Systems from Henderson State University. I felt…

Back to School

This summer, Lauren Gilleran has been an asset to our LV Children’s Ministry. She has written lesson plans for Learning Center, planned events, organized a storage closet, and filled in for myself or Learning Center teachers on any given Sunday. I am so grateful for her help. She is wise beyond her years and Lake Hamilton Middle School is blessed to have her on their…

Elders

Both the Old and New Testaments repeatedly employ the metaphor of shepherding to describe the spiritual leadership of God’s people. As shepherds, the elders’ mission is to lead, teach, protect and love their church family, just as a shepherd would care for the sheep in a flock. For the last twenty-six plus years, God has blessed Lake Valley with great elders. This summer…

MOO37

If I had to sum up MOO37 in just a few words, I could probably do it in two….“Trust God.” Leading up to the weekend retreat, I was feeling overwhelmed with being prepared enough to facilitate the weekend of teachings and activities, not to mention the daily duties of family and career. I was feeling crushed by the weight, until God said, “Trust Me.” It was in that…

GriefShare

As I look back on the last three years of facilitating GriefShare here at Lake Valley, the thing that stands out most to me are the relationships. Each Sunday, I look around the room and see those who have lost loved ones and have attended our sessions. Some were already going to LVCC and some came as a direct result of GriefShare. What is interesting is that most of our…

Restoration Project Base Camp

“Like nothing I’ve ever felt before.” – 2019 BASE CAMP PARTICIPANT 4,360 miles traveled to attend, 3 states represented (Illinois, Florida, and Arkansas), 3 baptisms (on Father’s Day), 2 dads served on staff together with their sons, 15 father and son pairs, 2 acres of poison ivy, and some amazing weather for Arkansas in June. “Yes sir, you sir. No sir, not I sir,”…

From the Heart of a Servant

Thoughts from the following women who served at WOO3… “I was a substitute servant, the first time. After that, I never wanted to miss again! I wanted to serve in order to allow women the opportunity to experience WOO, but the bonus was that I also got to experience a lot of the weekend. And it was wonderful! Besides the benefit of being a participant during the…