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Laborers Help Georgia Church Grow ‘Inside and Out’

October 27, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

A church addition covered with graffiti sounds like a reason for concern. But for Bill Terrill, that Sunday when people of all ages penned Scripture on the new construction at Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, Ga., was part of what LCEF’s Laborers For Christ (LFC) are all about.

“It’s kind of a highlight of a project when the members of a congregation put their favorite Bible verses on wood,” said Terrill, LFC project manager. His team is building a new classroom and fellowship hall for Christ Lutheran.

Many LFC teams host some kind of gathering like a stud signing. At Christ Lutheran, “Holy Graffiti” Sunday on July 16 drew more than 100 people. Terrill calls it an opportunity for the congregation to show their ownership of the new addition they will use to share the Gospel.

“The ministry they’re doing in their community is wonderful,” Terrill said of Christ Lutheran. “With this new space, they can do even more.”

    

Back by congregational demand

Laborers are working for this young and growing church for the second time, back by congregational demand. Christ Lutheran also participated in the LFC program when they built their first permanent worship facility some six years ago.

“We love every aspect of Laborers,” said the Rev. John Lehenbauer, Christ Lutheran’s pastor. “We love how they come onsite and get involved with our church life. They add another dimension to our fellowship and the spiritual life of our congregation just by being here.”

Two LFC couples—Terrill and his wife, Nancy, of Cartersville, Ga., and Jim and Patti Adams of Bettendorf, Iowa—also worked for Christ Lutheran in 2011. Congregants are thankful Terrill could serve again as their project manager. Terrill was happy to return and renew friendships there.

“We meet special people wherever we go, and it’s these special people that help draw us back,” said Terrill, whose LFC team also includes Bill and Susan Silva of Kerrville, Texas, and Lee and Deborah Smith of Smithville, Tenn.

Many Christ Lutheran members are working alongside and joining in daily devotions with Laborers. Three congregants report daily to the construction site. “Those partnerships and friendships built on Christ’s love couldn’t happen if we had hired contractors,” Lehenbauer says.

Ministry to children

Since Terrill arrived at Christ Lutheran, he’s seen firsthand how outreach has grown. A Wednesday night children’s program draws 30 to 40 youngsters, numbers that overflow the current classrooms. This was true for the summer’s vacation Bible school (VBS), attended by more than 90 little ones.

Outreach to all ages, of course, is important, Terrill says, but ministry to children holds a special place in his heart. “They’re the future of our church,” he said of the young people. Soon Christ Lutheran will be better equipped to serve even more children with an additional 3,300 square feet. The extra classrooms also will serve adults, enabling new Sunday morning Bible studies.

The fellowship hall will benefit all ages. Instead of converting the back of the sanctuary with a curtain and turning around chairs, the congregation “finally will have space where we can have meals and fellowship all together,” Lehenbauer said. Expected to be completed in September, the expansion is another example of how LCEF investments are helping build ministry at Christ Lutheran and supporting the mission of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

         

Do you want to travel, meet people and, most importantly, spread the Gospel? Interested in becoming a Laborers For Christ member? Apply here or call 800-843-5233.

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