Time & Place
7930 E Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ 85209
phone // 480-986-6750
In May of 2018 our church partnered with the North American Mission Board in an effort to get support in Replanting Light in the Desert Church. This decision was driven by a sense of God’s movement here and throughout the entire United States to revive dying churches; to resurrect churches to a new life of gospel growth. We couldn’t be more excited to see how God is graciously breathing new life into Light in the Desert Church.
Yesterday was a glorious day of reflecting upon God’s grace that is so evident in our individual lives and certainly in our life together here at Light in the Desert Church. From our Sunday Gathering (listen here) to our Thanksgiving Meal, the Lord truly encouraged us all! I often think of Philippians 1:3-6 when I think about LITDC. I am confident the Lord will continue to do great work in our midst.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
We will begin this coming Sunday, December 1, a season of reflection called “Advent.” With that said, perhaps it would be wise to explain what the purpose of Advent is and why we are participating.
As a church family, we want to leverage the month of December, which can quickly turn hectic, to think and reflect on the coming of Christ. That is what “Advent” means; to come. So Advent is the season, taken up by the four Sundays before Christmas, we reflect upon Christ’s first coming and anticipate his second coming. So as we wait, we prepare our hearts and become thankful for his coming in a manger and anticipate his coming on the clouds.
Each Sunday will take up a theme (see schedule below) that defines the people of God that is only possible through the God-man’s birth. Along with our Sunday gathering, we are encouraging daily readings together with your families that will center your thoughts on Christ. If you did not receive that resource this past Sunday, we have a few more, but here is a link to a free downloadable PDF. Advent will build each Sunday and culminate at our Christmas Eve Gathering. Imagine what the Lord can do when his people center their affections upon Christ and give him an undivided devotion.
- December 1 – Hope | Matt 1-4, 2:13-14
- December 8 – Peace | Luke 1:26-38
- December 15 – Joy | Luke 1:39-55
- December 22 – Love | Luke 2:1-7
- December 24 – Christ | Luke 2:8-20 (Christmas Eve Gathering 4pm-5pm)
Grace and Peace,
What a great Sunday together as we gathered around God’s Word. I do hope that 1 Corinthians has been encouraging to you all. If you missed yesterday, click here to listen. Remember, brothers and sisters, our status in Christ is far greater than our external circumstances!
Yesterday we made everyone aware of an incredible opportunity to provide for a family who is in need. Traditionally, Light in the Desert Church has adopted families from Jefferson Elementary School to purchase gifts for them during Christmas. This year we have been asked to go beyond gifts. We have been asked to help a family who was homeless with essentials for their new home. Below is a list of the bigger items that you might have at home, and still in good working order, that you might consider donating to the family. If you have any of these items, fill out the form below and let us know what you have.
- Dresser to store clothes
- Dining Table with chairs
- Plates (different sizes)
- Cups and glasses
- Pots and pans
- Beds for Kids (bunk beds)
Grace and Peace,