A) Welcoming visitors and helping them find ways to connect with the larger church body.
B) Providing opportunities for people to become more integrated through social events.
C) Continuing to grow the presence of LVHPC in the community of La Verne by providing information through the website, Vista, WH, and local newspapers.
Members of our team: Barbara Allison, Marcia Edmondson, Toddi Harlan, Marlene Linthicum, Gloria McLean, Ellie Miller, Judy Pfeifer, Joanne Salyards. We say good bye with thanks to Marcia and Gloria for their ministries.
Connect MG hosts annual social events. The Dinner 8’s, Progressive dinner and newly added Bunco event allow people to bring a friend or a spouse. This year over 70 people participated in these events. We also host Ladies’ Teas to provide ways for newcomers to get acquainted with others. We hosted a Meet the Staff event with yummy crêpes. Connect coordinates weekly coffee on the patio, the book exchange, (complete with donuts) and the Easter fellowship time. All the patio gatherings allow visitors as well as our LVHPC community an opportunity to linger longer and enjoy each other’s company after worshiping together.
We encourage a family-connecting atmosphere. We welcome visitors with a loaf of homemade bread. Our birthday card ministry has deepened as the current staff signs the birthday cards and prays for each person. It is an ongoing goal to get everyone’s birthday recorded. The monthly Vista “Mystery Person” helps us all know one another better. We are adding more columns in the Vista for people to share personal news and church history. We keep the web site current for our church family and as an outreach. Our current community outreach is limited. We provide outside welcoming banners for Christmas and Easter services. Activities specific in deepening faith was the My One Word and the summer video Bible series for women.
Serving often brings us closer to others and grows a heart for God. The above activities all depend on volunteer hours of numerous people. Some require more specific skill sets – maintaining the website (which includes the sermons and the photography), placing the banners in front of our church, writing newspaper articles. Other skills are good entry point. These include baking bread, making birthday cards, preparing and cleaning up the coffee, co-hosting the name tag table every other Communion Sunday, delivering bread to visitors, bringing treats for the patio Easter celebration, and hosting a Dinner 8 or a course at the Progressive Dinner. We as a team continue to be grateful for all God enables us to do and for the support of Session and the congregation. We have a strong team and supportive members at large who faithfully and creatively serve in their areas of ministry. Thanks to you, our wonderful LVHPC family. We welcome anyone to join us in our ministries.