Lake Valley Stories

Lake Valley Stories

Prospective Elder – Chris Menzies

The Menzies family had not been to a church in almost a year when we stumbled through the doors of Lake Valley in 2006. We were a little jaded about churches and the people in them. This church seemed different than the other places we had been and it felt a little awkward to us. But, as the people in this church began to love on us and show us grace we could grow in, we…

Prospective Elder – Tom Ed Simmons

The Simmons family came to Lake Valley in early 2011. Our kids were just starting junior high and they needed a place where they could find community and a place where we could grow in our faith together as a family. I remember knowing we were in the right place when we attended our first Ash Wednesday service. I was so moved by the service itself, but looked over and saw…

A Garden Story

Our family, the Jordans, became members of Lake Valley about six years ago. Since that time, Satan has played a part in trying to reek havoc on our family. However, we are headed back on the right course despite his attempts and we want to get more involved with our church family here at Lake Valley. Matt is the head occupational therapist at CHI St. Vincent’s Hot…

CASA

For over a year now, I have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. This is something God called me to do about four years ago at an event at Lake Valley Community Church. I was deeply called to be a voice, an advocate for foster children. You see, I was in foster care as an infant and was adopted into an abusive family. However, I told God this would be too…

Child Dedication

The children of believing Christians are holy – set apart under the Godly influence of parents who will teach them to follow Christ. These children will make their own faith commitments as they grow into adults, but today, our Lake Valley family will come together to pray in faith for their discipleship and to commit ourselves to nurture, teach, love and lead them…

Kenya Relief

In early 2006, Dru Dodson and Roger Stanage returned from exploring the work of KenyaRelief.org in Africa. Sue and I were among those invited to view pictures from their trip and to learn about the work there. Sue immediately knew, and I soon realized, that my heart had been captured by KenyaRelief.org’s mission and vision. I volunteered for my first KenyaRelief.org…

Family Values

Happy Easter, Lake Valley! As elders, leaders and staff, we want to welcome you and let you know that we are greatly encouraged that you have chosen to celebrate this day with us. Today marks the high point of our calendar as Christians because today we celebrate a God who cares enough to pursue us and is powerful enough to conquer the one enemy that haunts us…

4KK 2.0 – Destiny

During the first weekend of March, For King and Kingdom launched 4KK 2.0 at Tucker Lodge on Lake DeGray. This follow-up retreat to the original 4KK retreat focuses on Kingdom destiny. It is designed to equip men to better understand and pursue their specific Kingdom assignment and to be better prepared to deal with the obstacles that impede or distract them from this…

Taking Care of One Another

Many years ago, I prayed that God would place me in a church with a strong women’s ministry that would spiritually feed me and challenge me. I have found that here at Lake Valley. During my years at LVCC, I have been challenged to discover my God-given talents and to learn how to use them within my church and my community for the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Being…

GriefShare

In October 2015, I joined the first Embracing Purpose class offered at Lake Valley. I like to describe it as more of a journey than a class. Each week, I grew closer to grasping the depth of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” As a result of completing Embracing Purpose and…