I HAD LEMON MERINQUE PIE (12/17/17)

We had a special Christmas lunch on December 10th at Marie Calendars. We ate, we sang and we handed out some donated gifts to you. I know you enjoyed the time and we plan to get together again just after the new year.

I shared with you on December 3rd about the CHRISTMAS TRUCE that happened on Christmas Eve during the first World War in 1914 and the miracle that happened in the trenches in Europe. I have a copy of the book that tells that simple yet miraculous story which I have placed at the information Center today for you to stop and review.

Today is the third Sunday of Advent. Each Sunday before Christmas day one of you families will share the Advent theme of the week, share a Scripture portion and lead us in prayer. Don’t miss any of these Advent times with the final presentation being our Christmas Eve service. Matt Pompa, our worship leader, and Tori Bates, led us in December 3rd’s advent observance. Ben & Mariah led our advent time on December 10th.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

HANUKKAH IS EIGHT OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

This quote is shared in common by numerous Jewish folks world wide. Hanukkah runs from December 12-20, 2017. I have placed some flyers at the Information Center for you to take today that explain how Hanukkah is celebrated in many Jewish communities.

 

SECOND QUOTE OF THE WEEK

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Both Angie Garcia and Judy Fisher sent us these words in recent days to pass on to you.

CHRISTMAS EVE TRUCE (12/10/17)

I shared with you on December 3rd about the CHRISTMAS TRUCE that happened on Christmas Eve during the first World War in 1914 and the miracle that happened in the trenches in Europe. I have a copy of the book that tells that simple yet miraculous story which I have placed at the information Center today for you to stop and review.

I am looking forward to our Christmas lunch at Marie Calendars today. Claudia and I will meet you over there (La Serna Marie’s) after this mornings service.

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Each Sunday before Christmas day one of you families will share the Advent theme of the week, share a Scripture portion and lead us in prayer. Don’t miss any of these Advent times with the final presentation being our Christmas Eve service. Matt Pompa, our worship leader, and Tori Bates, led us in December 3rd’s advent observance.

Our Alanon group that meets on Wednesday evenings is having a dinner and speaker this Wednesday evening in our Plaza. Let me know if you want to join the gathering.

The pastors in our city meet here in our Plans this past Thursday for their monthly prayer meeting. Thank you to those of you who joined in and helped me set up for the event.

I enjoyed our gathering at Ed & Joyce Faranda’s Christmas yard light display (Gena also contributes) just last night. Put their house address on your LET’S GO SEE SOME CHRISTMAS LIGHTS list. The lights are co-ordinated with music and a message that you hear on your FM car radio. They live at 5203 Ashworth Street in Lakewood. If you can’t drive to see the dancing lights, then go to “dancing with lights” on Facebook and get a glimpse of what they are doing. The music includes songs that you will never hear at Starbucks because they proclaim the Savior’s birth plus a reading of the Luke 2 account and also a lighting of the Advent candles. All that in their front yard.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

SIGN UP TODAY (12/3/17)

Sign up today for our Christmas Luncheon on December 10th. We will be gathering at Marie Calendars. Our praise team will be with us leading carols.

Thank you for opening your hearts to Pastor Ed Trenner on November 26th while I was away at my family Christmas celebration. Pastor Ed shared with us about THANKSGIVING.

Put Ed & Joyce Faranda’s Christmas yard light display (Gena also contributes) on your LET’S GO SEE SOME CHRISTMAS LIGHTS list. The lights are co-ordinated with music and a message that you hear on your FM car radio. They live at 5203 Ashworth Street in Lakewood. If you can’t drive to see the dancing lights, then go to www.dancingwithlights.com and get a glimpse of what they are doing. The music includes songs that you will never hear at Starbucks because they proclaim the Savior’s birth plus a reading of the Luke 2 account and also a lighting of the Advent candles. Saturday evening, December 9th from 7pm to 9:30pm the Farandas are having what you might call an OPEN HOUSE for their light display (Everyone welcome. Bring a dessert to share if possible). But plan to come.

This coming Thursday morning you and I will be hosting the Whittier area pastors here on church campus for their monthly prayer gathering. I thank the Lord we have a place to share.

The special Sundays of Advent begin today and continue through Christmas Eve. Each Sunday before Christmas day one of you families will share the Advent theme of the week, share a Scripture portion and lead us in prayer. Don’t miss any of these Advent times with the final presentation being our Christmas Eve service.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING EVERYDAY (11/26/17)

One of my most special church gatherings of the year is our Thanksgiving service which we observed this past Wednesday evening. One of the prayers I share each November is in my quote of the week below.

Please welcome my friend, Ed Trenner, to our pulpit today. Ed has pastored here in Southern California over the years. I first met Ed when he was an area director with Youth for Christ many years ago.

Our Daily Bread booklets that begin December 1 are available today. Take one or more for the people you share these with.

The special Sundays of Advent begin December 3rd, and continue through Christmas Eve. Each Sunday before Christmas day one of you families will share the Advent theme of the week, share a Scripture portion and lead us in prayer. Don’t miss any of these Advent times with the final presentation being our Christmas Eve service.

THANK YOU GALS for how pretty our church looks today with the decorations of advent. A group of you came out the day after Thanksgiving to DECORATE.

Today, Claudia and I are out of the area for an early Christmas celebration with the Todd clan. Our families are involved in a number of churches and end up selecting one Sunday each holiday season to gather and celebrate.

Sign up today for our Christmas Luncheon on Sunday afternoon, December 10. It will be a good time to gather together.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

AT THIS TIME OF THANKSGIVING MAY THE LOVE OF GOD SURROUND YOU AND THE PEACE OF GOD FILL YOU AND THE JOY OF GOD ENRICH YOU

I shared this at our church Thanksgiving service this past Wednesday.

WHITTIER WELCOMES JIM HOCKING (11/19/17)

Plan to come with me today as we take our guest, Jim Hocking, to lunch after the service. This is a place where you can ask those one on one questions you often want to ask the speaker.

Bob Hetzler & I met up with our Grace Connect pastors and missionaries this past Tuesday. We meet monthly and our November gathering was in Simi Valley where Pastor Jordan Baker leads the team.

Our topic of consideration for the day was SABBATH DAY REST for Christians and especially leaders.

Pastor Roy Halberg announced this week that he is stepping down as the lead pastor of  Grace Fellowship Church in Alta Loma as of 12/31/17. Roy will then prepare  to drive across America on his bicycle (not his Harley) during 2018.

Our Bob Hetzler is co-ordinating prayer matters for our Grace Connect pastors and missionaries in this region of the country. Let Bob know if you are interested in keeping up to date with prayer requests.

November 26 we will be having guest speaker, Ed Trenner, open God’s Word with us. Claudia and I will be with our sons and their families to celebrate an early Christmas. I am not the only Todd who is on the staff of a church so we have to work our schedules carefully.

Pastor Eric Duros is part of the ministry team at Simi Valley Grace Church today. He and his wife and four kids are moving to Alta Loma to become lead pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Alta Loma effective January 1, 2018.

I shared a video with you on November 12th that explains the new face of our Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

http://charisfellowship.us/

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

IT IS GOD’S CHURCH

I was thinking about our church and it’s future when I heard these words from a speaker.

WE SEND OUR PRAYERS (11/12/17)

WE SEND OUR PRAYERS TO GOD’S PEOPLE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS as they are finishing up their November 12th worship service. Their tragedy began one week ago on November 5th as we were worshipping here at 8109 Greenleaf.

A group of our gals are down at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center at Murietta Hot Springs this weekend for a retreat. Pray for them as they conclude their final service now and then return home this afternoon.

We opened our church campus this past Tuesday to those people in our neighborhood that voted in the local elections. People came to our Plaza to vote. We trust that we are sowing seeds in the Spirit of Christ whenever we host a community event where we can share our church campus.

Carol Duran took a tumble at our Silver Palace dinner on October 29th. She took a second tumble a few days later. She is recovering now and hope to have her back with us soon if not today. Alexis also took a tumble in recent days and hopes to be back with us soon.

We observed the 500th anniversary of the reformation on November 5th. The three key passages we considered related to 1) the gospel as seen in Romans 1:16-17, 2) the Scriptures as seen in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 3) the priesthood of believers as seen in 1 Peter 2:9.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 19, when Jim Hocking will be with us. Jim had surgery earlier this month and is recovering now. His doctor has released him to travel out here from Indiana in November. Jim works with Water for Good in the Central African Republic. He will be sharing a report on the ministry and their goals for the next few years. Plan on hearing Jim at the 9:30 hour in the Chapel and then in Worship and then for lunch.

Mark your calendars for our Thanksgiving service which will be held on Wednesday evening, November 22 at 7pm in our chapel.

Sign up soon for our Church family Christmas dinner on December 10th.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

A PALATIAL LUNCH AT SILVER PALACE (11/5/17)

We had a nice lunch at Silver Palace on October 29th. It is always good to be able to share a time of fellowship with each other. My favorite is always broccoli beef. And love them fortune cookies.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 19, when Jim Hocking will be with us. Jim had surgery earlier this month and is recovering now. His doctor has released him to travel out here from Indiana in November. Jim works with Water for Good in the Central African Republic. He will be sharing a report on the ministry and their goals for the next few years. Plan on hearing Jim at the 9:30 hour in the Chapel and then in Worship and then for lunch.

Our fall gals retreat is this coming weekend at Calvary Chapel Conference Center at Murietta Hot Springs. A group of you will be attending. Pray for them and the ministry of God’s Word while they are away.

Mark  your calendars for our Thanksgiving service which will be held on Wednesday evening, November 22 at 7pm in our chapel.

God’s best,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN CHURCH TO INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR LIFE

One of you shared these words with a co-worker the other day. You pulled your car over to the side of the road and the sinners prayer was shared and prayed.

 

LET'S MAKE IT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY (10/29/17)

Turning our clocks back this coming weekend is one of the annual events I vote to make it a national holiday. We get to stay up an hour later. Just make sure you don’t come to church early or late on Sunday morning.

Today is the last day for me to remind you to use every day of the year to witness and share your faith, INCLUDING HALLOWEEN EVENING. Remember the Psalm that says THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S AND THE FULNESS THEREOF.

Sermon Summary: We all have hopes and dreams for our lives, and most of us work hard to achieve those dreams. Is that a good thing? Is ambition something to celebrate, or repent of? That’s what we considered on October 22 in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 19, when Jim Hocking will be with us. Jim had surgery earlier this month and is recovering now. His doctor has released him to travel out here from Indiana in November. Jim works with Water for Good in the Central African Republic. He will be sharing a report on the ministry and their goals for the next few years. Plan on hearing Jim at the 9:30 hour in the Chapel and then in Worship and then for lunch.

Pastor Jeff Bogue oversees a church of more than 7,000 worshippers in Akron, Ohio. Jeff was out here in Los Angeles a few days ago and shared with our group the core values of his church. He calls them THE VALUES OF GRACE CHURCH. I’ve placed some copies of these values at the information Center for your review. You will enjoy considering them.

Our annual Women’s Retreat is coming in two weeks. 

Mark  your calendars for our Thanksgiving service which will be held on Wednesday evening, November 22 at 7pm in our chapel.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

ARE WE STILL IN ECCLESIASTES?

We have been studying in the book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday mornings since Labor Day so the answer is YES. And the other answer is TODAY IS OUR LAST STUDY IN ECCLESIASTES.

REVIVE US AGAIN (10/23/17)

“REVIVE US2” is an event for Christians across our country that is being held in many locations this Tuesday, October 24. Look up the title on the internet for details of a local gathering in our area.

I met with Sally Rojas and her family this past Wednesday at Olive Lawn Cemetery in LaMirada for prayer in the passing of Alice Rojas.

This past Thursday I spent the day with a group of our California and national leaders in the city of Orange. We discussed outreach and church planting in Southern California. Pastor Jeff Bogue, who pastors 7,000 people in Akron, Ohio was part of the group. I met Pastor Jeff and Tom Avey at 9:30pm that same evening to show them our church campus. All they said was, “WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE!”

We tackled the tenth chapter of Ecclesiastes on October 15th and discovered the origination of the phrase of “a little birdie told me.” Today, we move on towards the end of the book.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

NOW IM A DODGER FAN

a friend ours has been a Cleveland Indians baseball fan for many years. After the Indians were eliminated from the baseball playoffs the other day she announced these words to her social world.

 

A WEEK FOR THE BOOKS (10/15/17)

It’s been another crazy week making it 5 tragedies in the space of 6 weeks. Tragedies both of the making of mankind and also nature. Once again God’s people have been gathering for prayers.

Nathan Bryant joined us in worship on October 8th and shared a message on GODS WORK CONTINUING from John 5. Nathan now leads the church planting organization known as ASSIST. We shared lunch with Nathan at Chris n Pitts after church before he headed out for other meet-ups.

This past Monday morning Claudia and I headed up north to the Morro Bay area to celebrate our anniversary….our 35th if you are counting. We enjoyed our time away and are glad to be back with you in worship once again. Nice time away and nice to be home. I’ve got a special photo to share with you this morning.

Plan to come together as a group on Sunday, October 29 after the morning service. We will go to Silver Palace for Chinese food.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

HE CAME HERE FROM CANADA (10/8/17)

The message today here at Community is being shared by Nathan Bryant who is from Canada. Nathan is both pastor and church planter and comes to us today as head of a new organization called Assist. I’ll have Nathan tell you about it. You are invited to lunch afterwards at Chris n Pitts on Washington Blvd.

You can give to Encompass Crisis Response and mark your gift for GENERAL RELIEF, EARTHQUAKE RELIEF, STORM RELIEF or REFUGEE RELIEF.

Jim Hocking heads up the ministry of WATER FOR GOOD in Africa. I shared with you that Jim was going to be with us on Sunday morning, October 22nd. Jim called me a few days ago and shared with me he has just been scheduled for major surgery on October 17. He will be in recovery and rehab through the end of this month so he won’t be with us until December.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

HERE COMES MY BEARDED PASTOR

I was walking along the hall here on campus last Sunday and was approaching one of you when I heard these words.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

PRAY FOR LAS VEGAS

I have heard these words from numerous Christian leaders this week about the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, October 1st.

 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW (10/1/17)

Kent & Judy Robinson visited our church family the other Sunday. Kent & Judy grew up here in Whittier and some years ago moved out of state when Kodak closed its facility here in Whittier behind Home Depot and they accepted a transfer to Colorado.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, October 22, when Jim Hocking will be with us. Jim works with Water for Good in the Central African Republic. He will be sharing a report on the ministry and their goals for the next years until 2030. Plan on hearing Jim at the 9:30 hour in the Chapel and then in Worship and then for lunch.

There is another Christian film being shown this coming week in theaters across the United States for several days only. Speak with me if you want the details.

If you weren’t able to attend thechurch family meeting on September 24th please speak with me to get a report.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

ANNIE NEAT WAS THE ONLY CHRISTIN I HAVE MET WHO PRACTICED WHAT THEY PREACHED.

Claudia and I did business with someone recently who worked with Annie Neat a number of years ago. This was the comment shared with us about knowing Annie.

 

ANOTHER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

I CAME TO FAITH IN CHRIST AND STARTED WORSHIPPING WITH THE FAMILY OF GOD HERE AT COMMUNITY. The person that first worked with me spiritually was Curly Dalke. I now worship with Pastor Miguel and the people of God and Word of Life Church.

 

GOD'S BEST TO YOU, MIKE & HEIDI ROMERO (9/24/17)

When I came and joined you folks as your pastor Mike & Heidi Romero were already part of the worshipping community here at Community with their growing family that ended up including four sons (Aaron, Matt, Devin and Jonathon). We celebrated Mike’s retirement recently and on September 17th we wished them GOD’S BEST as they worshipped with us for the last time here in Whittier before they headed out to their new home in Idaho. When they are with us next they will be visiting from their new home. I have put a “housewarming” card at the Information Centerfor you to sign that we will send them on their new home and church community and chapter in life.

Join our church family for lunch today after the morning service as we spend some time together. I will share an update on our church facilities and future together and answer some of your questions.

We have been studying in the book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday mornings here at Community in recent weeks. Our most recent study was in chapter four where Solomon shared the characteristics of healthy relationships.

Claudia and I headed out of town last Sunday for the week. We returned Friday afternoon and are with you today in worship. Both of us are back in touch with people starting today for me and tomorrow for her.

Rosh Hashanah has just past this week and Yom Kippur begins this coming Friday. I have placed brochures explaining each at the Information Center for you to pick up today.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

GOD JUDGES EVERYONE

This is the theme of the Jewish holidays ROSH HOSHANNA and YOM KIPPUR as explained by Jewish leaders.

I MET WITH A GROUP OF PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES THIS WEEK (9/17/17)

A group of us pastors and missionaries from this area of SoCal met up this past Tuesday at Grace Church in Orange, CA.   This area includes Southern California, Arizona and other states that have only a few Grace churches located there. This includes Nevada and New Mexico as of this writing. Tom Avey and his wife are visiting in the area so Tom shared a presentation.

SOCAL NEWS: Pastor Brian Zuniga has been on the staff at Grace Church of Orange in recent years. Starting October 1, Brian will be the lead pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Cherry Valley (next to Beaumont). Also Pastor Jeff Patton in Norwalk has left the church and moved back to his hometown in Peru, Indiana. If you want to know how to pronounce PERU then ask Mrs. Peak who grew up near Peru.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, October 22, when Jim Hocking will be with us. Jim works with Water for Good in the Central African Republic.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

GRANDPARENTS WHO BABYSIT LIVE LONGER

Read second quote of the week for an explanation.

 

FOLLOWUP QUOTE OF THE WEEK

WE ARE GOING TO LIVE A LONG TIME

My wife shared an article with me that made this claim. Of course we laughed and then she made this comment to me since we often spend time with our grands.

 

GROUP DECISIONS FOR YOU (9/10/17)

Our fellowship of churches in America met in July in Freemont, Ohio. During the week of meetings there was discussion that 1) we would rename our fellowship from the NFGBC to a name yet to be decided upon. 2) Encompass World Partners announced that decisions in their organization would be cast by their supporting churches. 3) Church planting will be accomplished by a new organization now called ASSIST. Want more details on this and other matters? Ask me.

A group of Christians have produced a film with a message of faith and are calling it THE HEART OF MAN. It will be shown one day on September 14 and only in select theaters in the Whittier area and across the United States. Consider attending with an unbelieving friend or family member.

Let’s plan on getting together as a church family on Sunday, September 24th after the morning service when I will give you an update on our church and the path we are on.  Sign up today at the information Center for what you will bring.

We continue our series in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes today. We have tackled WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE from chapter 1. Secondly, we have considered WHAT IS THE MEANING OF PLEASURE from chapter 2. Today we look at chapter 3 and consider WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF BREATH?

I met with the group of Whittier pastors this past Thursday at Plymouth at 7:30 am. We meet monthly to pray for you and one another.

Our Sunday lunch brunch group celebrated at Sizzlers on Rosemead on September 3rd.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

LET'S GET TOGETHER (9/3/17)

Let’s plan on getting together as a church family on Sunday, September 24th after the morning service when I will give you an update on our church and the path we are on.  Details on lunch coming soon.

Mike Romero just said GOODBYE to his career as a trucker. This phase of life is called RETIREMENT. You always knew when Mike was in town because he was in church or sick. I heard Mike has logged in more than 3 million trucker miles over the years of driving. Mike and Heidi are preparing for their upcoming retirement life move to Idaho. Congratulations Mike!

A group of Christians have produced a film with a message of faith and are calling it THE HEART OF MAN. It will be shown one day on September 14 and only in select theaters.  Consider attending with an unbelieving friend or family member.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

FIRST QUOTE OF THE WEEK

NO FLOOD VICTIMS NEEDING HELP HERE. BUT PEOPLE NEED KINDNESS EVERYWHERE.

The tragedy and now the recovery over in Houston, Texas can seem far, far away because it was over 100 degrees and dry, dry, dry here in Whittier much of this past week. Yet KINDNESS is always in short supply.

 

SECOND QUOTE OF THE WEEK

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING HAPPY HAPPENING LET US KNOW SO WE CAN BE HAPPY WITH YOU.

I didn’t say this but I wish I did. So I’m sharing this with you. And while I’m at it take note of Mike Romero’s life change in recent days.

FIRST PASTOR WAYNE AND NOW PASTOR TOM (8/27/17)

Pastor Tom Hughes passed away this past weekend. His military service will be at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, CA on Friday, September 1 at 12:30pm. All four prior pastors were with us not that long ago. Now just Yours Truly serves you.

Walking in the Word meets next today at 5:30pm. At that time we will be celebrating August birthdays.

Daily Bread devotional books are available in the lobby today. They begin in a few days on September 1.

I brought home a copy of the program that was handed out at Pastor Wayne Flory’s funeral service on August 13th. I placed it at the Information Center for your review.

I want to share with you today a few decisions that were made and announced at the recent conference of our Grace fellowship.

We tackled 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18on August 20th. These verses are shared often by people as their life verse. I called them Diamond Drops. Remember the three diamonds? 1) REJOICE 2)? and 3)?

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

HE LOST HIS RAZOR

One of my grandkids asked Claudia about my beard that has been growing since we were on vacation in July. This was her reply.

ANOTHER THING I LEARNED

The Global Leadership Summit was held August 10-11 in hundreds of locations around the world. I attended the local gathering at Whittier Area Community Church and sat with Navigator Missionary, Alex Mata. Much good spiritual meat was served up by church leaders from the USA and other countries on what God is doing in His church. I’ll share some of the good stuff with you along the way. I shared last Sunday that I want to be a WOW person rather than a HOW person.

Pastor Tom Hughes writes a little bit of poetry every morning based on the Scripture he reads. You can follow his poetry on his Facebook page. 

We walked through Scripture in Psalm 73 on August 13th and considered that GOD’S HEAVENLY PLAN DOESN’T ALWAYS MAKE EARTHLY SENSE.

Walking in the Word will meet next Sunday, August 27th, at 5:30pm. At that time we will be celebrating August birthdays.

The Faranda family was in Zion National Park this summer. Claudia and I also visited.

Daily Bread devotional books are available in the lobby today. They begin on September 1.

I brought home a copy of the program that was handed out at Pastor Wayne Flory’s funeral service on August 13th. I placed it at the Information Center for your review.

A blogger posted the following lyric recently. I shared it with you on a Sunday morning:

God is good

God is great

Go to church

Don’t be late

 

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

WE’RE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Claudia and I introduced the couple that purchased our former house to the uptown Whittier group of homeowners that live in historic homes a few days ago. I was so proud that the one person who is a Christian said this out loud for all to hear.

 

WHOSE AUGUST VACATIONS INCLUDED ZION NATIONAL PARK AND INDIANA CORN FIELDS AND OREGON COAST? (8/13/17)

Some of us have been on vacations this summer. Places visited included Zion National Park and Indiana corn fields and the Oregon coast. Who went to which places? See answers below.

I visited Pastor Tom Hughes this past Wednesday, August 9th up in Bakersfield, CA. Tom is now retired and lives with his wife, Wanda, and his oldest son, Thomas, and his family. I shared your greetings and he sends his love to you all.

Don’t come to my former house tomorrow night for Monday Night Concerts in the Park because the Summer 2017 Concerts in the Park have ended. 

The Global Leadership Summit was held this past Thursday and Friday in hundreds of locations around the world. I attended the local gathering at Whittier Area Community Church and sat with Navigator Missionary, Alex Mata. Much good spiritual meat was served up by church leaders from the USA and other countries on what God is doing in His church. I’ll share some of the good stuff with you along the way.

I shared one more message in my series on WHICH PUNCTUATION MARK ARE YOU MOST LIKE on August 6th. I shared from the book of Ruth the comma and five points from that book in the Old Testament: 1 a bitter beginning

2 a surprising encounter

3 a bold plan

4 a dramatic intervention

5 now concludes with a happy ending.

Today, we will be walking through Scripture in Psalm 73 and considering that GOD’S HEAVENLY PLAN DOESN’T ALWAYS MAKE EARTHLY SENSE.

Walking in the Word will next meet on August 30th at 5:30pm.

ANSWERS: Ed & Joyce Faranda and Carolyn Peak and yours truly and his wife and the Sapp family. You decide which family went to which spots.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

I'm home and not leaving anytime soon (8/6/17)

Claudia and I returned home yesterday from being up in the local mountains for the week at Forest Home family camp. Every day was full of fun and food plus great child care plus Bible teachers from all over the United States. Our speakers were Josh McDowell and his son, Sean. Josh taught from various passages on family relationships and Sean spoke on belief and unbelief then Dueteronomy 6. Some years a group of you families come with us. Speak with Claudia or myself if you are interested in attending with us in 2018. Forest Home is the same conference center that our Willing Workers and Men’s Retreats have attended.

The Memorial Service for Dr. Wayne Flory will be Sunday afternoon, August 13 at 1:30 pm.  It will be held at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church, 6565

Stearns Street in Long Beach. Dr. Wayne was the first preaching pastor we had here at Community when we started out all those years ago.

Pastor Tom Hughes was Lead Pastor here at Community during the 1980s. He is retired now and lives in Bakersfield with his son, Thomas and his family. You can mail to Pastor Tom Hughes at 1611 Howard Avenue in Bakersfield, CA93308. 

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard Todd

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY

Some believers from another assembly were going around sharing recently that a simple prayer to God would bring abundant blessings of good health and riches coming into your life. One of you heard this comment and responded sharing this thought.