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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…

Men of the Ouachitas (MOO)

Men of the Ouachitas, also known as MOO, is a vital ministry to the men of Lake Valley. Over the past few years, we have shared the retreat process with several churches who are now hosting and leading their own retreats. Men of the Ouachitas remains the name of our Lake Valley retreat ministry. Our effort to reach men in other churches has transformed into For King and…

J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)

Kids need love…Kids need friends… Kids need adults to invest in them…Kids need pizza… Kids need play…Kids need Jesus! J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) was designed by parents for kids in K-5th grades. During each J.A.M. session, leaders strive to meet each of the needs listed above for every child present. We worship, pray, and eat. We learn, play…

Women of the Ouachitas (WOO)

Women of the Ouachitas (WOO) Over the last several years, we have seen the impact and transformation in the lives of literally hundreds of men who have attended a Men of the Ouachitas (MOO) retreat. After many months of prayer, planning, and preparation, Women of the Ouachitas (WOO) was launched with a pilot group of four women in March of 2018. Under the direction and…