Category Archives: Events

Moving from the cheap seats to the front row

Can I make a simple observation that I think has profound implications?   How big something looks doesn’t depend on how big it really is.  It also depends on how far away you are! In other words, our perception of things depends on our distance from them.

A couple years ago we took our kids to the circus, but we had the cheap seats. They had a fun time, but were more caught up in the cotton candy and $10 dollar swords that would light up than they were interested in the circus, and I’ll tell you exactly why. The Elephants looked like ants. We were so far away that the elephants were unimpressive. If we’d been on the front row it would have been a totally different story. I’m pretty sure the kids would have been in awe. Why? Because size isn’t the only factor that determines how we perceive things. Distance is a huge factor.

Here’s my point. God is huge! But some of us are so far away from God that we’re non-impressed. Our problems seem so big and our God seems so small because we’re in the cheap seats! Let me tell you what sin does. It takes us further and further away from God until we’re in the last row of the top balcony. God seems smaller and smaller as we get farther and farther away from Him.

Fasting does the exact opposite. It brings us closer and closer to God so He gets bigger and bigger. God has a front row seat reserved for each of us.

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Growing People = 3 Services

As God continues to bless us and Life Church continues to grow, we are expanding our services to be able to reach more people.  Our vision has always been to grow people. As we concentrate on people, we notice that they begin growing in their relationship with God, their marriages become closer, their families are strengthened and they find their place to serve in ministry.  As we concentrate on loving people they become healthy. The byproduct of a healthy church full of growing people becomes a growing church.
Over the last several months our two services have both been near capacity, and our desire is to see other families begin growing and flourishing just like you have. In order to make that happen we are going to begin a third Sunday service.  Our new service times are 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30.
Our uniqueness in each service will continue to be our ability to be tightly connected with each other. To make the most of our intermission time to catch up with friends and meet new ones.  As the pastor of an amazing church, I love the fact that I can hug and shake hands with just about everybody each service! One thing we never want to loose is our desire to be tightly connected with our relationships and constantly open to making new friends.
As we move to Three Services, we want to challenge you to find a place to serve.  We can’t effectively serve others in three services without your involvement and commitment to service. From once a week to once a month – we need you! You can complete this quick form to sign up to volunteer!

Back 2 School Bash Reflections

It’s been nearly 48 hours since that 2PM start time for the Midlothian Back 2 School Bash and I’m still all giddy like a kid in a candy store with a $100 bill. We wanted to share a message of Hope, Help and God’s Love to our community – and I think they heard it … loud and clear. We were able to connect with over 2,000 people who attended the Back 2 School Bash! Here are some of my reflections from the day:

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY! That’s not what most people in Texas were hoping for, but when I woke up Saturday morning and it was raining I had flashbacks of last year’s Mud Fest and that was the very one thing I had hoped not to repeat. Let’s just say God had an earful from me that morning, I prayed for the rain to stop over Midlothian and the more I prayed, the more the drizzle continued. It rained incessantly right up to our 2PM start time and within 10 minutes the ground was completely dry, the crowd came out, the cloud cover stayed over us all day, a nice north breeze was blowing and it never got above 84*. I think the whole time I was fretting, God was smiling saying, “Jason, I got this. Trust me.”  What a beautiful day we had in Midlothian for the Back 2 School Bash, I think God just wanted to show off for us!

VOLUNTEER REVOLUTION! One of my favorite things to see at our events are our volunteers. They were there in shifts from 8am until midnight – many there the entire time. There is absolutely no way we could have had the success we had without the hundreds of volunteers that gave their most expensive asset … their time. It humbled me to see families volunteering together, teenagers serving, kids helping kids. Everywhere I looked a sea of Panther Blue Volunteer Shirts represented people that smiled and helped and loved people. Our coordinating team was fabulous and you guys made me the proudest pastor in the world!

COMMUNITY SUPPORT! What made the Back 2 School Bash impressive to our guests who attended was the community support.  Our goal was to provide an avenue for our community to donate school supplies to Manna House who  will do the distribution. Sissy Franklin and her team from Manna House were thrilled at the truck loads of school supplies and cash donations given to make this the best start to a school year ever. It was spectacular to see Midlothian’s Top Hair Stylists all working side by side for six hours cutting children’s hair. Hope Clinic came our with 500 immunizations and with the volunteer support of nurses from all over Ellis County their helped provide immunizations for kids going back to school. The Back 2 School Bash was successful because of our community support!

CORPORATE DONORS! When large national corporations and local business owners heard what we were doing, they couldn’t let an opportunity like this go by without investing. Thousands of dollars were given by businesses and thousands more were represented in the prizes and give-a-ways. We value our corporate donors and than you from the bottom of our hearts for investing in peoples lives!

CITY OF MIDLOTHIAN & MIDLOTHIAN ISD! What a fantastic city we live and what a great school district we have.  We appreciate the open door MISD gave us for the use of the parking lot and field at the Midlothian Multi-Use Stadium. And we thank Mayor Boyce Whatley for his support both prior to and out at the Back 2 School Bash. The Parks & Recreation Department and Jim Berman ended a great day with their Movie in the Park. Thank you guys for your investment in Midlothian!

100 HOURS OF PRAYER! God had a huge part in this. In February God birthed the idea to provide help to students going back to school and God continued to open doors as we dreamed and walked in faith. The last 7 days prior to the Back 2 School Bash we challenged our church to invest 100 hours of prayer on top of the hours of prayer that had lead up to this event. We give  God the glory for the success the Back 2 School Bash was and the lives that were impacted.

 

 

I Mean Seriously FUN!

Are really ready to have some fun? Check out PICS of all the fun stuff coming so that you and your kids can have a great time on Saturday, August 13th at the Midlothian Multi-Use Stadium starting at 2PM and going until the City of Midlothian Parks Department Movie in the Park!  By the way … it’s all FREE!

BIG TEX WATER SLIDE with 150 feet of wet sliding distance!

 

 

 

 

 

EURO BUNGEE JUMP strapped in to this bungee trampoline you will jump 2-stories high!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POWER MOUNTAIN a 24 foot tall Rock Climbing wall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANA JONES navigate through two levels of obstacles in this 2-story obstacle course!

 

 

 

 

 

DRY GULCH get harnessed in to ride a Zip Line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOTCAMP so everything else is easy, hu? Not this, race against your friends on this military themed obstacle course!

 

 

 

 

BATTING CAGE come see how good you really are in this inflatable batting cage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOAH’S ARK designed for some of our smaller kids and toddlers, this obstacle course will leave them laughing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREEHOUSE our little friends will jump and jump in this bounce house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to help you and your kids have the best Back 2 School ever – so we have some of Midlothian’s Best Hair Stylists coming out to give free haircuts and Hope Clinic coming to give immunizations.  Please provide two copies of your child’s shot record.

Help MANNA HOUSE by bringing School Supply Donations, Non-Perishable Food Items and Cash Donations to help provide school supplies for students in the Midlothian area. All donations will enter you into drawings to win one of 12 amazing Prize Packages!

Come out and enjoy the Life Church Back 2 School Bash, we want to see you!

 

100 HOURS OF PRAYER

LET’S LOG IN 100 HOURS OF PRAYER TOGETHER THIS WEEK!

For months our staff and event planning team has been praying for our Back 2 School Bash – but we don’t want to stop there – will you join us in logging in 100+ hours of prayer this week?  If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at info@lifeunusual.com so we can stay in touch.

Imagine the prayers that will be prayed this week? Can you imagine the throne room of God filled with over 100 hours of concentrated prayer – not about our needs, but about life transformation that will occur Saturday at the Back 2 School Bash. You can help us by praying for 1 hour this week!
Maybe you’re thinking, what do I pray about for an entire hour? Here is a list to help you start with:

  • Great weather
  • Timely set up with all of our vendors and deliveries to arrive in time
  • Volunteers full of excitment serving in love
  • Volunteers needed for licensed positions: stylists and nurses
  • Funding through corporate donations and personal giving to meet goal
  • Cooperation with key role players outside of Life Church
  • Marketing and event awarness to spread rapidly – the word to get out
  • Safety of our guests
  • School supplies to be donated in a grand proportion
  • Great connections and open doors to share God’s love with our guests

The Church Auditorium will be open from 9AM-4PM each day this week. We will have some of your favorite music to pray to playing as well as some prayer guides. You can pray at church, you can pray at home, you can walk the field at the Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium. You choose your hour and your location to pray!

Prayer is not weak. Prayer is not anemic. Prayer is powerful. It’s a nuclear weapon that disarms the enemy’s attack. Prayer acknolwdeges God’s control over nature, over circumstances and over people’s hearts.

If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at info@lifeunusual.com and let us know. We would like to keep a log of our prayer warriors this week and stay in touch with you!

 

 

 

Open Letter to Midlothian

For the past three years Life Church has sponsored FREEDOM CELEBRATION, a family-friendly activity leading up to the Amazing firework display provided by Citizens National Bank on July 3rd each year.  From our first year with just an inflatable slide and bounce house, we witnessed the desire of Midlothian families to come together for a large scale attraction.  Each year our FREEDOM CELEBRATION grew and attracted a greater crowd. It has provided to be a great festive time in our community as we celebrate our nations freedom. It wouldn’t have been possible without the strategic partnership of our vendors, the Midlothian School District, the Midlothian Police Department, the hundreds of volunteers from Life Church, and of course CNB’s firework show.

Maybe you are asking, where is Life Church this July 3rd? And where are all the great attractions, competitions and events? I’m glad you asked. Each year we spend time praying and seeking God’s will on the best investment of our time and resources. After weeks of prayer it seemed the more people on our staff and leadership team that we talked to, the more we were in agreement about a change to this summer’s event. After much prayer and planning, we want you to invite you and your family to join Life Church for the biggest end-of-summer blow out ever at our Back 2 School Bash!

After speaking with Dr Stewart, MISD Superintendent, and gaining the support of Boyce Whatley, Midlothian Mayor – we are moving full steam ahead. On Saturday, August 13th we are planning a 6 hour long Back 2 School Bash at the Midlothian Panther Football Stadium.  Check out everything that is going to be happening:

  • Largest Inflatable Water Slide in Texas with 150ft of sliding distance
  • 2 Story Obstacle Course
  • 2 Euro Bungees
  • 24ft Rock Climbing Wall
  • 30 ft Dry Slide
  • 2 Obstacle Courses
  • Bounce Houses
  • Batting Cage
  • Games & Competitions
We’ve also been granted permission from the Texas Rangers to host a city-wide tailgate party and view the Rangers game that afternoon in a public viewing.  Does that sound like fun yet? Allow me to let you in on one more secret that really has all of us pretty excited – we are also teaming up to provide free hair cuts, immunizations, health screenings so that all of our kids are ready to get back to school.
Here is the deal, we are working hard to make this the best back to school year ever so we are asking for your support in gathering school supplies and bringing them with you on August 13th.  We will have large collection bins for the school supplies.  All of the school supplies that you bring to the Back 2 School Bash will be given to Manna House, our local food and service organization to distribute to students in need of school supplies. You’re going to hear a lot more about the Back 2 School Bash and you may even want to volunteer to help with your time or support this event financially.  For more information email us at info@lifeunusual.com.
Praying for you to have a great summer!
Pastor Jason

Summer to Remember at Life Church

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Stay connected this summer!
We are obsessed with connecting people with people at Life Church and we’ve provided some of pretty fun and crazy activities to help you stay connected this summer! For more information you can email us at info@lifeunusual.com

FathersDay_SMBRING YOUR RIDE TO CHURCH – Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19

Whether you have a classic you’re working on, a hot rod you love to drive, a motorcycle you cruise on, or a man-truck. Bring your ride to Life Church and stay around after second service for our Family PicNic, games and awards!

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    Saturday, June 25

    Meet at the church at 9am to carpool to Frisco to spend

the day at Ikea.

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    GUYS SUNDAY DRIVE – Guys Activity
    Sunday, June 26

Jump in your car or motorcycle and join us for a leisurely

Sunday drive down to the Hill Country eat at a great place

and return on some back country roads.

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    GIRLS DINNER EVENT – Ladies Activity
    Friday, July 15

Join other ladies for a Dinner Extravanganza. Several

restaurants to choose from. Call a friend and join us for

out Girls Night Out.

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    DEEP SEA FISHING TRIP – Guys Activity
    Friday/Saturday, July 15,16

Gulf Coast fishing trip, we need your deposit quickly on

this to secure our charter boat.  Contact Sam at

sam@longhornlockers.com.

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    TEXAS RANGERS GAME – Family Activity
    Sunday, July 24

We have 100 tickets in the Lexus Club Terrace for the

game against Toronto. Tickets are $15 ea. It is Josh

Hamilton Jersey night and $1 Ice Cream for 13 yr and

under. Tickets for sale in the lobby.

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    GUNS & BEEF – Guys Activity
    Saturday, July 30

Bring your gun and your own beef to grill out for a man

card carrying kind of day. Ranges set for hand gun and

rifle, plus hang around to grill out and make friends.

PLUS – all the fun stuff going on with Zone6.12, Fifty6, The Awakening and VITA. With all the exciting stuff going on, the summer will be gone before you know it. Mark you calendar today and join in all the fun!

Let’s get connected this summer!

Pastor Jason

Father’s Day at Life Church

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Father's Days is Bring Your Ride to Church Day and we want you to bring your Garage Toy with you to Life Church on Father's Day!

So here is the deal – whether you have a classic you're working on, a hot rod that gets you in trouble with speed limits, a motorcycle you love to cruise on, or a man-truck you love to take rock crawling and mudding – we want to see it!

Bring your ride to church with you on Father's Day and stick around after second service for our Family Pic-Nic.  We will have hot dogs and chips, games to play, and everyone gets to vote on their favorite vehicle.  
 


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TROPHIES:
  • People's Choice – voted on everyone after service
  • Overall Best Paint Job – voted on by our judges
  • Loudest Engine – Motorcycle Division voted on by our judges
  • Best In Class – Motorcycle Division voted on by our judges
  • Best In Class – Automobile Division voted on by our judges

 

Looking forward to our conclusion of One Generation Away this Sunday as we focus on "Father's Who Lead." Don't miss this Sunday at Life Church at 9am and 11am.
PS – Texas Rangers Tickets go on sale this Sunday for $15 ea

Easter 2011 in Review

Easter Egg HuntWhat an incredible Easter Weekend! I was reflecting on all of the hours of logistics that went into this past weekend and was amazed at the sheer volume of volunteers and man-hours invested. Renee and I would like to say Thank You to everyone who volunteered during our Easter Weekend!
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On Saturday, we had 200+ volunteers in our California Blue Life Church Shirts dispersed around our campus as we hosted over 1,600 people in Midlothian’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt with 30,000 candy-filled eggs and tons of prizes.  You help make that happen!

On Sunday, we had ordered 100 folding chairs for our Sunrise Service and we had 207 people show up – I think we learned a valuable lesson for next year! The Bauman family had come prepared to feed 60 people (because that is what I told them), in an amazing effort they fed 200 people.

Our total Sunday attendance was 692 people in three services – as I got home and started reflecting – Life Church began five years ago with 10% of this year’s Easter attendance.  This has been such an incredible journey and you helped make it possible.  Thank you for the investment of your life!

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Midlothian's Largest Easter Egg Hunt

Midlothian's Largest Easter Egg Hunt

Midlothian’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt is happening Saturday, April 11th from 1-3PM at the Midlothian Panther Football Stadium located at the intersection of 14th Street and Hwy 287.  The Hunt will be located in the Grassy Overflow Parking located North of the Stadium.  

Don’t miss this opportunity for your kids to come out to the Largest Children’s Event in Midlothian filled with fun attractions for your children including a Bounce House, 30-foot tall slide, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Prizes and even an Easter Bunny walking around.  Registration is required for your child’s safety.  Please come early to register or go to www.midlothianeasteregghunt.com to pre-register!

We will have 5 Egg-Hunt Fields for ages:

  • birth-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-7
  • 8-9
  • 10-12

And plenty of prizes including:

  • Toddler size bicycles 
  • youth size bicycles
  • teen size bicycles
  • scooter
  • rip stick
  • ipod shuffles