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Developing Kinship…One Meal at a Time.

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By Shay Case
LighthouseIf you’ve ever volunteered at the Lord’s Lighthouse, then you know what it’s like to serve lunch to 200 friends and neighbors from our community on Sundays after church.  The upper terrace bustles with energetic guests, busy volunteers, engaging 
Bible studies and homily messages and live music.  The time can fly by quickly as we scramble about to serve lunch, offer coffee refills and pass out dessert before folks head out the door and we start breaking down tables and loading up carts with pots and pans for cleanup.
Part of what makes the Lighthouse unique in Hollywood is that we serve a home cooked meal made in our church kitchen by volunteers.  Offering a meal meets a very real and practical need on the spot for many of our neighborhood friends. 
But, what makes it even more special is being able to offer a great meal in an atmosphere that feels like home and seeks to build connection.  Where we greet familiar faces by name as we find our usual table spots, sit down together and guess with each other about what’s on the menu. It’s where trust and a sense of kinship and belonging can start developing when we remember to slow down and focus on connecting. 
It’s in these connecting moments that trust and friendship are born – often carrying over to Wednesday mornings when healthcare professionals are on campus providing services for our friends.  It’s these trusting relationships that allow us to work with case managers to help facilitate housing and other services for our friends.
262As human beings, we all share a similar longing to be known and to belong.  Scripture reminds us frequently-- we are known by God, we are His people, we belong to Him.  He calls us by name.  We are at home in His presence. 
At the Lord’s Lighthouse, we don’t want to hand out meals to strangers. We want to know each other by name as we share a meal together with our friends in our little corner of Hollywood.  Slowing down and making connections takes practice and being able to trust the Holy Spirit to guide our interactions…it’s all part of the journey, learning how to walk together with Jesus.
About the Lord’s Lighthouse:
We meet every Sunday of the month (except for the first Sunday) in Upper Terrace to share a meal, Bible study and homily together with friends from the community.  Three ministry teams rotate food prep, room setup, clean-up and engagement activities.  In addition, we have Bible study leaders who nurture our friends in scripture.  If you are interested in learning more about the Lighthouse or ways to be involved on one of the teams, please contact: Shay Case at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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