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.

I'M HOME TILL LATER TODAY (7/30/17)

Last Sunday after church I grabbed a burger at Carl’s Jr. before boarding my flight to Freemont, Ohio. Monday lunch was at Whitey’s Diner in Freemont (Billy is the cook there and NO, they don’t serve sourdough in the mid-West…white, wheat or rye only sad to say). You can see a picture of Whitey’s on my Facebook page.

I bring the greetings of many friends of this church family from the conference of churches/missionaries I just returned from in Freemont, Ohio. We stayed near Lake Erie. Ed Lewis sends his greetings. TK sends his greetings. Jack Brown sends his greetings. Bill Katip, President of Grace College, sends his greetings. Bruce Barlow sends his greetings. Dan Allan sends his greetings. Dan & Judy White send their greetings. Pastor Phil Sparling sends his greetings. Tom Julien sends his greetings along with numerous others.

Claudia and I are heading up to the local mountains after church today for this next week and will be at Forest Home Christian Conference Center. Every day is filled with family fun and Scripture input for both kids and adults. 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.

Our Grace Brethren leaders awarded the following recognitions at the conference this past week:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bob Fetterhoff, Wooster, Ohio

EXCELLENCE IN MINISTRY AWARD

Dr Randy Smith, Florida

PASTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Pastor Dan White, York, PA

Bob Hetzler is home with us from Momentum Youth Conference. I plan to have Bob share a report with us.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard Todd

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

ANYTHING I WANT TO DO

Joyce Faranda works at our Information Center in the church Lobby most Sunday mornings. She is one of the first people that greet you when you enter. Joyce retired from her weekday job after working for almost 40 years. I interviewed Joyce the other Sunday morning and asked her WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW THAT YOU ARE RETIRED? This quote of the week was her answer to my question.

THE THIMAGIGGY BROKE (7/23/17)

Sorry there was no church bulletin for you on July 16. One tiny part broke in our printer and we were unable to obtain that “thimagiggy” until after church services concluded on Sunday. We sent the bulletin out electronically on Monday morning, July 17th, so a group of you received it. Want to receive this bulletin weekly in a digital format? Send an email to us if you would like to receive it in your inbox each week during these vacation months.

Pastor Paul Hoffman opened God’s Word with you on July 16th with a message from his heart from 2 Chronicles 20. While Pastor Paul was preaching to you I was on a road trip to Zion National Park with my family. 

Our friend, Bob Hetzler, returns to Whittier from Indiana and his involvement in the Momentum Youth Conference in a few days. I leave right after church concludes this morning for Freemont, Ohio for our national conference of pastors and missionaries. I return to Whittier this coming Friday and will join you in worship on July 30th. Then I begin a week of vacation.

Concerts in the Park is tomorrow night at 7pm in the park across from our house at 6554 Friends Avenue. Come and enjoy the concert. 

Last night, Saturday, Claudia and I spent the first evening in our new single story home at 14437 Cullen (over near where Polly’s Pies used to be). Ok, it’s closer to Norm’s Restaurant.

We rejoice with David Fierro in the CLEAN SLATE the doctor gave him this week. Ask him about the details. He will be glad to share with you.

The Memorial Service for Dr. Wayne Flory will be Sunday afternoon, August

13 at 1:30 pm.  It will be at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church, 6565

Stearns Street in Long Beach. Dr. Wayne was the first preaching pastor we had at the start of our church.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

I'M ON A ROAD TRIP TODY (7/16/17)

Bob Hetzler has left Whittier and is at Momentum Youth Conference which is being held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana starting this coming Tuesday. Bob returns to us on July 26.

The theme for Momentum 2017 is The Comeback! Every one of us is in need of a "comeback!" Our current culture is filled with extensive distractions and endless temptations. It is so difficult to maintain any level of godliness and purity. We can easily feel like the pressure and expectations are just too much. Maybe you feel lost in sin and shame, knowing exactly where you've fallen short, or maybe you are exhausted from striving to be "good" and earning God's approval. 

Our own Carolyn Peak was in the hospital a few days this week. Claudia and I along with Betsy Morris had dinner with her at Corner Bakery on Wednesday evening. You will hopefully be able to greet her this morning.

We welcome Pastor Paul Hoffman to our pulpit here at Community this morning. 

My message of July 9th was one of my rare messages from the book of Revelation. I tackled Revelation 21-22. I asked the questions of WHAT WILL THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH BE LIKE and WHO WILL BE THERE?

Concerts in the Park is tomorrow night at 7pm in the park across from our house. We are returning from our road trip tomorrow afternoon and plan on arriving to join you for the evening concert. Join Claudia and I in the cool shade in our front yard.

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

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

GOD ALLOWED THE HORSE TO THROW ME TODAY. I’M GETTING BACK ON!

Pastor Paul Hoffman sent this out in his regular email a few days ago. Get him to share the rest of the story with you this Sunday.

What Did the Pastor Do On July 4th? (7/9/17)

Claudia and I drove our pickup truck to the parking lot at Mulberry and Carmenita around 8pm on July 4th.  All around us people living in LA County neighborhoods were lighting up the sky all around with fireworks. We enjoyed our donuts until 9pm when the good stuff began at nearby York Field. We didn't hear the music they played but we saw the fireworks being launched.  Nice evening worth returning to in 2018.

You may have heard us Todds are moving homes and that is correct. You can get all the details from my wife, Claudia. Our new address beginning July 24th is 14437 Cullen Street, Whittier, CA90603.

Several days ago on Thursday, we hosted the Lead Pastors from the churches in Whittier for morning prayer (7:30am). We meet in a different church each month. Several pastors have wives with serious conditions so our prayer focus was on them and their husbands. Our mayor, Joe Vinatieri, joined us asking for special prayer for our city.

Concert in the Park is tomorrow night at 7pm in the park across from our house. Join Claudia and I in the cool shade.

No news update on Pastor Tom Hughes for July 9th. Just a bit of summer pastor trivia: Our first part-time pastor here at Community was Wayne Flory and he is still walking with the Lord and lives in Lakewood, CA.

My message on July 2nd was from 1 Peter 2 on how to live in our world as it is today. I suggested that 1) God still reigns and 2) victory is certain and 3) the church is still precious amongst the 5 points I shared as we worked our way through chapter 2.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

WHO IS THAT NICE LADY? (7/2/17)

Ed Waken shared a special message here at Community on June 25 about BEING DIFFERENT ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Ed and his wife, Debbie, have been in Los Angeles in recent days on vacation from the Phoenix area (think HOT TEMPERATURES of up to 122 degrees) where Ed Pastors Valley Life Church. Ed was part of our pastoral staff in the 1980s and 1990s prior to planting Valley Life. Ed’s message is worth listening to and is posted at our church website at whittierbrethren.org

Want one more thought from Ed’s recent message? Read the second quote of the week below.

NEWS UPDATE ON PASTOR TOM HUGHES. Pastor Tom was Lead Pastor here in the 1980s and now lives in Bakersfield. His son, Tom attends church there with relatives of our Sapp family. Pastor Tom is not going to have spinal tap surgery because of his heart condition and age. The doctors recommended against it. Tom and the family both agree to LET GOD DECIDE WHEN IT’S TIME.

Today’s message relates to the upcoming holiday and our country: WHAT HOLDS US UP IN TROUBLED TIMES LIKE THIS? I have inserted an outline to assist your study.

There is no Concert in the Park July 3rd. The next concert is July 10th. See you then.

Hope you have a happy 4th of July.

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

BRING THAT NICE SWEET LADY WITH YOU THAT YOU BROUGHT LAST YEAR.

Claudia and I attend a neighborhood breakfast each year in Whittier only July 4th. We took one of you with us to the gathering last year and when the host family invited us for the 2017 breakfast they said these words. I love it when my unsaved friends speak so admiringly of my church family and I love it when I can say SHE IS PART OF MY CHURCH FAMILY. Many of the nicest people I know are church going folks.

SECOND QUOTE OF THE WEEK

I LIKED PASTOR ED’S MESSAGE

Ed Waken preached here at Community on June 25th. One of you discussed the message with your spouse and shared this comment during the week.

NOTE: you can listen to Ed's message on the MEDIA page.

HERE'S THE SECRET I WAS SWORN TO (ORALIA WAS TOO) (6/25/17)

I was sworn to secrecy after a man visited me in our church offices a few days ago. He was visiting California from Texas and and didn't want me to tell everyone on social media that he was in town. I promised and when Alex Bogdanoff showed up in church on June 18th he surprised quite a number of you. He shared his testimony during the service and stayed after to bring you up to date on his family and friends that live in Texas now.

Ed & Debbie Waken are in Los Angeles on vacation this week so I asked Ed if he would speak to us on making disciples today. And he said yes. This is one of Ed and Debbies’ passions in their ministry at Valley Life Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

A man challenged me when I first started following Jesus to read one chapter in the book of Proverbs every day. I have been doing that pretty consistently for more than 40 years now and still find this practice enjoyable. On Father’s Day, June 18th, I shared wisdom for fathers from the first ten chapters of Proverbs and verses that I know. I only shared one passage outside of those chapters and that was Proverbs 18:22. I shared that Proverbs tells us to teach our sons to 1) fear God and 2) guard our minds 3) obey our parents amongst several other items Solomon mentions.

Join Claudia and I at our house tomorrow night for the first Concert in the Park. These concerts will continue until mid-August. Ed & Debbie Waken will be coming to the concert tomorrow night also. Eat before you come or bring dinner or purchase it across the street from us.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

THANK YOU FOR WORKING ON FATHERS DAY

I don't remember anyone ever mentioning this to me on a Father’s Day in the past years until last Sunday when one of you said this to me in passing. Thanks. In fact, I don't often think of preaching as work.

I'VE GOT A SECRET (6/11/17)

A certain person came by the church office this week for a surprise visit with Oralia and then myself. This person swore us to secrecy (the good kind) so I can’t divulge any more information at this time. And no, I didn’t share the secret with my wife yet. I hope to be able to reveal the secret to you today.                                                   

We had a special gathering for Mrs. Peak on June 11th. Her sister, Shirley, who lives in Indiana, called in to our group at 3pm and shared birthday wishes to her sister and the crowd that was in our Fellowship Hall. We sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carolyn then ate birthday cake. Great day! How many candles did we put on her cake?

I shared a WHERE’S WALDO photo as I began the message on June 11th and yes one of you found Waldo. Remember who found him?  I guarantee you that I didn't find him. I have never found Waldo first or even second place in all of my years of searching. I then showed a photo of WHERE’S JESUS and no one found him in the photo. And yes, millions of people are asking today WHERE IS JESUS? We studied 1 Peter 4:12-16, 19 and looked for God in the suffering of His people. My observation was that in our suffering 1) God was nearer that we realized and 2) was stronger than we ever imagined.

Our Father’s Day message is Crucial Lessons for a Wise Father.

Celebrate Father’s Day with your Father if he is present on church campus today by taking a photo with him at the photo booth in the lobby before you head out. We will try to take a photo of you and post it to our church page today.

Concerts in the Park are my invitation to you to join me in the front yard of my house on Monday evenings from June 26 and July and continuing into August.  Arrange your schedule now to come for dinner or dessert or just to enjoy the different style of music that is presented each Monday evening.

And did you notice where our congressional leaders from both parties gathered for prayer this week? I will tell you that it was not at the National Cathedral.

Please take note that Walking in the Word will not be meeting today but will resume on June 25th at 5:30pm.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (5/28/17)

We say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to men and women serving in the armed services of our country. On Sunday morning, May 21st, we said THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE to Larry Olguin who has served the believers here at Community since soon after he and his family started here in 1975. I thought it was 1977 and that would have made his service 40 years. I was in error so his service total is now 42 years. Thank you Larry for your service and love and prayers and care for so many of us over the more than 40 years you have led us.

Our friend, Dylan Williams was married this past week (actually Monday, May 22nd) to Tori Newman. Congrats to the newlyweds. I have a wedding card we will send on your behalf to the couple after we make it available for you to sign. 

A birthday celebration is being given by some of the friends of Mrs. Peak in her honor on Sunday afternoon, June 11th and you are invited. See details in bulletin.

Daily Bread Bible reading guides are in the lobby for you to get today. June 1 is the start date.

Ronald and Danielle Rojas have in worship here at Community in recent weeks. Ronald had a motorcycle accident a few days ago while on Greenleaf. He is in the hospital recovering. I have a get-well card we will send on your behalf to Ronald and Danielle after we make it available for you to sign.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

THE PASTOR MADE ME CRY

I admit it. I don't know who said this but I heard someone say it after the service on May 21st.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

MANDO HAS NEVER MET A STRANGER HE DIDN’T KNOW

I took Mando to the Whittier Pastors meeting a few days ago. He knew more people there than me. 

 

THANK YOU MONA & TEAM (5/21/17)

Thank you Mona and team for the special corsages we shared with Moms on Mothers Day. Moms looked special. Tim Ramos shared from the New Testament on Timothy and his mom, Eunice (plus his grandmother, Lois). I shared from the Old Testament on the life of Hannah and her son, Samuel.

I shared a new prayer passage at Wednesday night prayer meeting from Isaiah 6:5-7 this past Wednesday. Each week I share another passage of Scripture. Come and join me this coming Wednesday at 6pm for thirty minutes of prayer.

Isaiah 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 

Isaiah 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 

Isaiah 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 

Please take note of the Sunday morning schedule for May 28th in your bulletin.

Serve Whittier is a project of the Christians in our city this weekend. A final closing rally and testimony time will be held today in Central Park (corner of Washington Avenue and Bailey Avenue) beginning at 5pm (the rally includes dinner).

What Bible translation do we use here at Community? We preach from the English Standard Version (ESV) and ask all our Bible teachers to use the same.

Walking in the Word will not meet today as we attend the Serve Whittier Rally service today at 5pm.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

DONT WORRY ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET, INVEST IN FAMILY.

A guy I know found this in his fortune cookie recently.

 

A CORSAGE FOR EVERY MOM (5/14/17)

We have special corsages for all the moms present with us today custom prepared with love by several of you.

We concluded our teaching series on GETTING STALLED IN THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY on May 7th by looking at John 21 and The Breakfast Club of Jesus. Today we take a break in our studies for Mother’s Day and consider THE KIND OF MTHER EVERY CHILD NEEDS.

Many Whittier City Council meetings start with a person leading in prayer during the public comment time. The schedule is planned by many of us pastors in our monthly meetings. Would you like to lead in prayer publicly at an upcoming meeting of our City Council? If so, let me know and we can get you on the schedule.

Serve Whittier is a project of the Christians in our city and will be held the weekend of May 19-21. A kickoff prayer will be held outside Whittier City Hall on Saturday morning, May 20 at 8am. A final closing rally and testimony time will be held Sunday evening, May 21 beginning at 5pm at Central Park in Uptown (the rally includes dinner).

I meet with a group of you for 30 minutes of prayer most Wednesdays at 6pm. Each week I share a new verse on prayer from the Bible that I have not shared before. During the summer time we review verses from the September-June school year. I shared on May 10 the following: Psalm 89:49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David? 

Colossians 2:6-7 is our church family verse for 2017. I will remind you of it periodically as we go through this year. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

This is our purpose as a church family: Community Grace Brethren Church is endeavoring to be the family of God together in joyful, Christ-centered worship and is committed to: leading men, women, and children to a personal saving faith in Jesus Christ; building ourselves in the faith on the Word of God; and serving others here and throughout the world.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

MOTHER'S DAY IS COMING THEN JULY 4th THEN CHRISTMAS (5/7/14)

MOTHERS DAY IS SEVEN DAYS AWAY AND THEN JULY 4TH COMES FAST

by Pastor Richard Todd

for the week beginning Sunday, May 7, 2017

Yes, Mother’s Day is next Sunday. I have to pick up 3 Mother’s Day cards this year as my son, Riley, and his wife, Bre, are in the midst of adopting a newborn baby, Ivar. Some months ago I purchased the first two cards so I just need to pick up one more this week.

Next Sunday we will have special corsages for all the moms present with us. Custom prepared with love by one of you.

Hundreds of believers from all over our city gathered at the Whittier City Hall steps this past Thursday evening for the National Day of Prayer. What did we pray for and about?  I’ve placed a program with the people who led us in pray and the topics of prayer at the Information Center for you to look at today.

I meet with the lead pastors in our city the first Thursday morning of each month to pray. We currently have two pastors whose wives have stage 4 cancer amongst other diseases other wives have. We met a few days ago for our month of May prayer time.

Many Whittier City Council meetings start with a person leading in prayer during the public comment time. The schedule is planned by many of us pastors in our monthly meetings. Would you like to lead in prayer publicly at an upcoming meeting of our City Council? If so, let me know and we can get you on the schedule.

We continued our teaching series on GETTING STALLED IN THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY on April 30 and studying Matthew 14 with GETTING STALLED BY A STORM. Today we turn to John 21 for our last message in the series.

Our next Church Family Business Meeting is today, May 7, after the conclusion of the morning service.

Serve Whittier is a project of the Christians in our city and will be held the weekend of May 19-21. A kickoff prayer will be held outside Whittier City Hall on Saturday morning, May 20. A final closing rally and testimony time will be held Sunday evening, May 21 beginning at 5pm at Central Park in Uptown (the rally includes dinner).

I meet with a group of you for 30 minutes of prayer most Wednesdays at 6pm. Each week I share a new verse on prayer from the Bible that I have not shared before. During the summer time we review verses from the September-June school year. I shared on May 3 the following: Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS MAY 4th (4/30/17)

The National Day of Prayer is this coming Thursday, May 4th. The largest group of believers in our area will be gathering at the Whittier City Hall steps for prayer at 6:30pm. Plan to attend. The theme for 2017 is based on Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...”. I’ve put some invite cards for you to share with friends at the information Center for you to pick up today.

Our Al Anon group meets on Wednesdays at 7pm at 8031 Greenleaf. The meetings are connecting us with people that live in our neighborhood but have no connection with a local church family or Jesus for that matter. Come this Wednesday to 8031 Greenleaf at 7pm and meet some folks you don’t know.

My message for today, Sunday morning, April 30 is from Matthew 14. I have titled it STALLED IN A STORM.

Mother’s Day is a few weeks away. We will have corsages on hand for the mom’s in attendance that day thanks to your labor of love.

Our next Church Family Business Meeting is next Sunday, May 7, after the conclusion of the morning service.

Serve Whittier is a project of the Christians in our city and will be held the weekend of May 19-21. A kickoff prayer will be held outside Whittier City Hall on Saturday morning, May 20. A final closing rally and testimony time will be held Sunday evening, May 21 beginning at 5pm at Central Park in Uptown (the rally includes dinner).

I meet with a group of you for 30 minutes of prayer most Wednesdays at 6pm. Each week I share a new verse on prayer from the Bible that I have not shared before. During the summer time we review verses from the September-June school year. I shared on April 26 the following: Job 1:20 -22Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. 

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

EASTER IS SHORTER THAN ADVENT (4/23/17)

We had all sorts of events in the space of seven days that began with Palm Sunday services including communion. Good Friday services included the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and our own Good Friday service at noon. Then Resurrection Sunday Sunrise Services to choose from and our own Easter service then it was all over. It passes too quick. I like the 25 days of Advent better.

Rejoice with me at those that turned to Christ in faith over this most recent Easter holiday.

Congratulations to Lucas Alexander Calvert and his parents, Brian and Annie, in the family dedication we had on Easter Sunday for their son, Lucas. I am most blest when the father and mother stands with me and shares their commitment to live a godly life as an example in their family. I also enjoy the father praying for his son. The family picture they took after the service included our own Aunt Mona Castro and Cousin Sarah and grandma.

Our church business meeting is today right after the conclusion of the morning service. Don’t go to lunch and come back. Come to the meeting in the Fellowship Hall then go to lunch afterwards.

National Day of Prayer is just around the corner on Thursday, May 4th. I usually gather with many believers at Whittier City Hall steps for prayer with a group of others at 6pm. Plan to attend. The theme for 2017 is based on Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...”. 

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO WEAR DODGER SHIRTS, POPPY.

One of you gave me and my son and Henry Pompa a LAS VEGAS RAIDERS shirt and we posed after Easter Sunday services wearing the shirts endorsing the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders. My grandson, Ryan, informed me with these words that I am a Dodgers fan for life. Right Angel Garcia and Mando?

MY FAVORITE EASTER SEASON SONG (4/16/17)

Even though bunnies, eggs and other commercial images saturate the marketplace, 55 percent of Americans polled identified Jesus as the most recognized symbol of Easter.  Even 41 percent of people who do not identify themselves as Christians associate Christ on the cross with the holiday.  Only 11 percent selected the Easter Bunny, eggs and jelly beans, while 16 percent associated Easter with family gatherings. The true meaning of Easter wins out over the consumer-driven aspect of the holiday.  Let’s get the TRUE STORY out there.

Our Easter celebrations began on Palm Sunday with Tim Ramos preaching from Matthew 7:21. Palm Sunday evening I observed communion with you in a very special time together. Add in a Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. Claudia and I continued with the Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Good Friday morning that some of you joined me at. We then continued at our Good Friday service. We started resurrection Sunday earlier today with a Sunrise Service and are now together with you in worship of our risen Lord. And this afternoon us Todd will be gathering in our back yard with family to celebrate. And I hope you also will be gathering with family and friends today.

Claudia and I have a painting at our house that we see every day. The title of the painting is RISEN. We’ve brought it to church today in the hope that you also will be blest by seeing it. Enjoy!

He is risen indeed!

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

IT’S MY SPECIAL EASTER SEASON SONG

We have several people that share special songs at different times of the year with us and one of those is Sheri Elisaldez who shared VIA DOLOROSA with us at our Good Friday service.

EASTER IS ONE WEEK LONG (4/9/17)

Easter is only one week away. Many of the churches in Whittier come together and sponsor the Sunrise Service which starts at 6:30am and meets at Joe Miller field (located at the corner of Mar Vista and Painter Avenue). I’ve placed some flyers at the Information Center in the Lobby for you to share with your friends that you invite.

Paul & Sherry White and their family want you to know that the memorial service for Paul’s mom, Eva, will be this Saturday, April 15th at 11am at Granada Heights Church in LaMirada.

The gals Spring craft day was yesterday. Thank you to Angela Pompa who headed up the day and event.

The sermon for today will be preached by Tim Ramos and is titled NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. Tim will be preaching from Matthew 7:21.

Join me today at 5:30pm today for our Easter Communion. I’ve placed some brochures at the Information Center for you that explains how we observe communion here at Community. 

Please plan your schedules to attend the Church Business Meeting on Sunday, April 23rd, right after the conclusion of the morning service.

HE IS RISEN!

Pastor Richard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

ITFDB

I went to the Dodger Home Opener this past Monday with two of my sons and a few of you. We had a great day and a great game that the Dodgers won. We hit a GRAND SLAM during the game (thanks Joc). I kept seeing these letters all over the place then finally it dawned on me what they represented….It’s Time For Dodger Baseball.

 

SECOND QUOTE OF THE WEEK

I HAD A DODGER FIG

My auto speller on my phone had a mind of its own as I kept texting some of you people that I had eaten a DODGER DOG at the baseball game last Monday.

I LOVE BREAKFAST ON GOOD FRIDAY (4/2/17)

Claudia and I have invited some of our Uptown neighbors to attend the Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with us on Good Friday morning. And they just accepted. Speak with Claudia if you would like details on how to reserve a spot for yourself and others. www.whittierprayer.org

Good Friday at noon we will be having a service here on campus. Tim Ramos will be preaching the message. Sheri Elisaldez will be singing the VIA DOLOROSA. A sign announcing the service will be put out covering our church sign in a few days.

Our sermon on March 26th was from 1 Corinthians 12. We walked through the first part of the chapter considering that YOU HAVE BEEN SHAPED BY GOD TO SERVE THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD IN A WAY ONLY THAT YOU CAN.

Many Wednesday evenings I grab a burger or chicken or soup and meet up with Claudia here on campus before Prayer Meeting and Alan meeting and Women’s Bible Study and Men’s Bible Study.  I was told that others notice when we have BBQ or onions or garlic fries and pizza, etc. Want to join us? Let me know and we can work out the details.

Make an Easter season craft this Saturday morning, April 8th, here on church campus. Angela Pompa will be the Craft Director that day. Activites start at 11am.  See announcement in bulletin for details.

Please take note of the Easter season events on the other page in this bulletin.

He is Risen,

Pastor Richard

 

 

WHAT IS AN EASTER CRAFT?

Make an Easter season craft on Saturday morning, April 8th here on church campus. Angela Pompa will be the Craft Director that day. Activites start at 11am.  See announcement in bulletin.

I had lunch with a group of Pico Rivera and Whittier Pastors a few days ago. One of the Pastors stood up and shared that the IMPACT PRAYER SEMINAR they attended this past week here in Uptown Whittier changed their life. Mine too. 

Bob Hetzler leaves Los Angeles this Wednesday, March 29 and heads out to meet with his employer, Grace College, in Winona Lake, Indiana. He returns back here on Palm Sunday.

On March 19th we opened our Bibles to Isaiah 58 and looked at SHARING GODS’s HEART on things that we don’t often consider. Isaiah’s message was about GOD’S CONCERN FOR THE DOWNTRODDEN.

Our message this morning is our final in the current series on PUTTING ROOTS DOWN. We will be looking at Scripture in 1 Corinthians 12 and considering “we have been shaped by God to serve the church and the world.”

Our annual men’s retreat April 28-30. Sign up with Adam Landrum or Sheri Elisaldez right away.

Claudia and I are involved with the outreach at the Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast that will be held on Good Friday morning at 6:45 just up Greenleaf at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. Andy Bales, Director of the Union Rescue Mission, is the speaker this year. Find out more about the Prayer Breakfast and getting tickets at www.whittierprayer.org

Please take note of the Easter season events on the other page in this bulletin.

He is Risen,

Pastor Richard

WHO WON ON GAME NIGHT? (3/19/17)

Who was the winner on GAME NIGHT two days ago? Check with Angela Pompa today (you can also ask Henry or Matt). HINT: Mando! Thanks to the Pompa Clan for organizing the evenings events.

Colossians 2:6-7 is our church family verse for 2017. I will remind you of it periodically as we go through this year. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Claudia and I are involved with the outreach at the Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast that will be held on Good Friday morning at 6:45 just up Greenleaf at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. Andy Bales, Director of the Union Rescue Mission, is the speaker this year. Find out more about the Prayer Breakfast and getting tickets at www.whittierprayer.org

Our annual men’s retreat April 28-30. Sign up with Adam Landrum or Sheri Elisaldez right away. And yes, Forest Home has a lot of snow right now.

Please take note of the Easter season events on the other page in this bulletin.

Max Henry is out of the hospital and on the mend. We mailed the GET WELL CARD from this past Monday. Max & Sharon are planning to travel tomorrow and be back in the Whittier area.

And our missionary partner, Kyle, is planning a brief report to you this morning.

Have you heard the saying that goes: MUCH PRAYER, MUCH BLESSING, LITTLE PRAYER, LITTLE BLESSING, NO PRAYER, NO BLESSING? Sign up for the Impact Prayer Seminar that will be held this week, March 21-22. Registration cards are at the Information Center in the Lobby.

God’s best to you,

Pastor Richard