How to Sniff out a Scam

16 December 2018

Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams Revealed at Lifetree Café

How to avoid being fooled by fake charities will be discussed at Lifetree Café, “How to Sniff Out a Scam: Practical Tips for Giving Wisely,” features a recorded interview with a woman who rallied her community to raise money for a friend who lied about needing cash for cancer treatment.

When I learned I’d been lied to, it was like getting hit in the gut with a baseball bat,” says Michele Beck.

Lifetree participants will get tools that will help them tell which charitable appeals are legitimate and feel comfortable giving to worthy causes.

Come Together: The Healing Power of Friends and Family

9 December 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)

Come Together: The Healing Power of Friends and Family,” features a German film about the heartwarming—albeit unorthodox—efforts of a grandfather to bring his family together during the holidays.

“Time and energy can run in short supply around the holiday season” said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This Lifetree program offers an hour of conversation dedicated to reminding us all of the importance of slowing down and enjoying relationships.”

My son is gay

2 December 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)

A couple’s journey with their son’s announced homosexuality will be examined at Lifetree Café.

This Lifetree event features filmed interviews with a couple who faced various challenges from family, friends, and church after their college-aged son announced his gay lifestyle.

According to Lifetree Café representative Craig Cable, “This is one family’s story of a situation with all sorts of questions and consequences. We’ll have a chance to talk about family, faith, values, and love.”

Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues

25 November 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)


Features a filmed interview with Delisa Mayer, a woman whose family took part in an ill-fated university study during her childhood.

The outcome of that study—which introduced a newborn chimpanzee into the family and asked them to raise it as a human child—shaped Mayer’s childhood and led to her parents’ divorce.

Our family was very torn up by this,” says Mayer. “It was a hard thing to live through, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t often tell this story.”

During the program participants will discover key steps to help recover from the scars of past experiences.

The Bible with Eugene Peterson

18 November 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)


Features a filmed interview with Eugene Peterson, translator of the best-selling The Message, who died on 22 October. Is the Bible real, relevant, reliable?

The Bible forms the basis of many of our laws and is constantly quoted,” says Lifetree Café representative Craig Cable. “Yet many people wonder about its true authority and if it still matters.” 

Breaking Through—Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen

11 November 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)


Screening of the award-winning short film Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen. The film includes interviews with surviving airmen and shares the story of their struggle, as black Americans, to serve their country as pilots during World War II.

It’s a story of pride and prejudice, and we’ll use it to stimulate exploring gratitude.

Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters Into Opportunities

4 November 2018

6:00-7:00pm (come early for refreshments)

Screening the award-winning short film Dancing Outside the Box. The film features Ray Leight, whose near-fatal motorcycle accident left him permanently in a wheelchair.

You’re 20 years old and think you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. The next thing you know, tubes are sticking out of you, and doctors are telling you they know how you feel. Let me take a baseball bat to you—then you’ll know how I feel,” Leight said.

Leight’s months of depression turned toward hope when a friend invited him to attend a ballroom dancing class.

Participants in the Lifetree program will explore how to overcome the challenges in their lives by applying the principles Leight has learned.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free