Throughout September, we spent some time praying for our state and nation with the wildfires and COVID. This month we need to turn the focus towards home.
I know that each of us has things we need brought before God and I want to encourage you to reach out to other members of our faith family to ask them to lift you up in prayer, but right now we need to come together as a family and surround two of our family members going through some health issues.
Currently, Linda Hammill is in Enloe Hospital in Chico battling cancer that seems to have spread from a lung to her brain. Pray that the doctors can turn the tide against this disease and mend Linda’s body, but we also know that God is the great physician and He is the one that will ultimately heal her body. Please also pray for Linda’s family, one major downside to this right now is that Linda is only allowed one visitor due to COVID restrictions.
We are also praying for Lori Henderson as she is once again battling cancer. Eighteen years ago, God saw her through this battle, and we know God is still by her side. I was able to meet with her and learned about the advancements the doctors have made in battling cancer, and the glory for that goes to God. Please keep Lori and her family in your prayers for continued reliance on God, and also for the miraculous healing we know God can provide.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.1 Timothy 2:1 NLT
One of our commitments is to bear with one another, and our message last week reminded me how important this is. Before we get to that let me remind you of the commitments that make up the Bear with One Another part of our covenant.
- We commit to watching over one another in brotherly love
- We commit to being gentle and kind in word and deed
- We commit to reconciliation:
- Be slow to take offense
- Always ready to forgive
- Seek forgiveness without delay
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.Colossians 3:13 NIV
As we continue through this rough season, and head full steam into an election that has divided our country on political, racial, and economic lines, we must remember that we are the Church. We must remember that God has called us to bear with each other. If we do this if we can show the world that there is something bigger that binds us together, we will be worthy of the name Children of God. We will be the salt of the Earth.
Last week we talked about seeking forgiveness. If you know someone has something against you, first go to them then come to God. The other side of that is that we need to offer forgiveness. I know it is hard to sometimes get past some hurts caused by others, but we must offer the forgiveness that our Father has offered us. Then we can be the church.
As a Youth Pastor over the last couple of decades, I have seen several different youth groups, but the one thing they all had in common was that they were made up of teens that wouldn’t normally hang out together, except by the union God provided.
The Church should be the same way. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents each putting aside their own personal wants and desires to put forth the wants and desires of the Lord. Offering each other the forgiveness that they also should seek.
If someone mentions a pain that has been caused by you or by an ideology you hold, I know the first reaction to hearing it is to become defensive. Understand that maybe it is objectively true or maybe it isn’t, but for them it is real. Put aside your feelings and try listening to them and find a way to be reconciled. Then you can go to the Lord and stand together.
– Pastor Don
You may have heard the elders have decided through much prayer and consideration to update our stained glass window coverings.
In the coming months, you will see Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser workers on-site replacing the coverings and repairing/refreshing the stained glass.
If you were able to join us for our Outdoor Movie Night or church on 9/20, then you were able to experience our new outdoor sound system, not to mention the huge 20′ inflatable screen.
We are so excited to have these new systems enhance our ministries, especially right now as we must continue to meet outside as much as possible.
New Neighbor BBQ
We are sure you have noticed the houses going up across the street. Whether you like change or not, the houses are going in and we have a great opportunity to welcome the new neighbors.
We will be hosting a New Neighbor BBQ for this group of home builders. Our plan is to have some volunteers cook lunch for the neighbors and other workers on October 24th.
We also want to put together a welcome team that will put together welcome baskets for the neighbors and also continues by making sure all new visitors are welcomed to church and given a gift. If you would like to be considered for this committee you can fill out the form below.
|Youth Group||Fridays||5:00 pm|
|Movie on the Court |
|New Neighbor BBQ||10/24/20||Serve @ Noon|