IN THIS UPDATE:
QUITE A WEEK: With the fires and the mass killing at the Borderline, this has been quite a sobering week for our community. Many have been affected. It wouldn’t surprise me if everyone reading this has either been impacted personally and/or knows someone who has. Keep praying and looking for ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are suffering and impacted by this. We’ve been reminded just how fleeting and unstable this brief life here on earth can be. The world desperately needs Jesus- his grace, peace, and power as well as the hope that can only be found in him. A line in a song by Ryan Stevenson says, “You alone are the anchor when my sails are torn, your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.” How thankful I am that that is true.
THIS SUNDAY, we’re going to have a special time of prayer for our community, for those who are struggling over the events of this past week. The message is going to cover some essential principles for our life with Christ as well as how being focused on and passionate about Jesus can enable us to weather and survive any storm that comes along.
ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 @ 10:00 AM: The Sunday after Thanksgiving, let’s join together for one worship service at 10:00 am. (Our regular schedule of Sunday morning worship times of 9:15 and 10:45 will be suspended on that day). Mark your calendars!
CHRISTMAS DECORATING AT GOLD COAST FACILITY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27: Help set up Christmas decorations at the facility starting at 12:30 pm. Sign up by writing “Decoration” on your Connection Card this Sunday or sign up on our website.
MEN’S BREAKFAST & TOOL EXCHANGE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 8:30 TO 10:00 AM: Take advantage of this EOO (excellent outreach opportunity)! Invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. who need Jesus and/or a church home to join you. In addition, it promises to be a great time for fellowship, being encouraged and challenged in your spiritual growth, and enjoying a good breakfast! $5 per person or free to first time guests. Sign up at the table in the lobby by the Welcome Desk this Sunday or go online. Contact George Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302.8475, if you have any questions.
LADIES’ COOKIE EXCHANGE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 4 PM- Save the date, ladies!
NINOS DE BAJA SHOEBOXES & MISSIONS TRIP: It’s time to donate filled shoeboxes for the children of Guadalupe Valley in Mexico for Christmas! Last year, there were 1,700 children at the event. Boxes and lists are available in the lobby. Return deadline is Sunday, November 25. Donations are welcome, too. Just put “Shoebox” on the memo line of your check.
The missions trip to Ninos de Baja is to distribute the shoebox gifts to the children on December 8. Very limited space on this trip due to limited housing on site. Preference is for first timers. Passport required. Estimated $100/person, $50 deposit to a hold spot. Put “Mexico Trip” on the memo line of your check. Contact Michael Yeaman at email@example.com with any questions.
SERVE DAY, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17: This is an opportunity to do various service projects for seniors, disabled residents, and under-resourced families. Projects are based on those who sign up. If you are interested in participating, go to the Welcome Desk and fill out a Serve Day form or go online.
DISABILITY CHRISTMAS SHOPPE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8: You’re invited to be part of the fun at the 6th annual Disability Christmas Shoppe to benefit families who have children with special needs/disabilities! There will be new toys, kid’s clothing, and other items for parents to choose as Christmas gifts for all of the children in their family. It will be a festive day filled with Christmas music, refreshments, entertainment, childcare, gift wrapping, sharing the gospel and an opportunity for prayer.
You can be a part of this special event by:
Donating new toys, gifts, or gift cards by December 2nd
Collecting new toys at your home or place of work
Serving before, on the day of the Shoppe, or afterwards
Sign up at the table in the lobby or go online.
Volunteer online under the Get Connected tab on our website.
STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE AVAILABLE: In difficult times, God’s love is especially precious to us, and it is very important to know someone who cares. Our congregation has trained Stephen Ministers who offer a ministry of Christian caring. To find out more about being trained as a Stephen Minister or to receive a Stephen Minister’s care, write “Stephen Ministry” on your Connection Card and place it in the offering basket this Sunday or call Art or Rose Flatray at 805.987.1428 for more information.
PRAYER TIME EVERY SUNDAY MORNING: You’re invited to Sunday morning Prayer Time from 8:30-9:00 am in the Youth Room every Sunday! Come for a couple of minutes or stay longer. This is open to everyone! Prayer cards with suggested topics will be available – you can pray aloud or silently. You can contact Anne Romero if you have any questions at anne2grace@gmail.
DAILY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE:
Saturday November 10 Job 35-36; 1 Cor 7-8
Sunday November11 Ps. 122; 1 Cor. 9-11
Monday November12 Job 37, 38; 1 Cor. 12
Tuesday November13 Job 39, 40; 1 Cor. 13, 14
Wednesday November 14 Ps. 149; 1 Cor. 15, 16
Thursday November 15 Job 41, 42; 2 Cor. 1, 2
Friday November16 2 Cor. 3-6
Saturday November 17 2 Cor. 7-10
Sunday November18 Ps. 124; 2 Cor. 11-13
See you tomorrow!