IN THIS UPDATE:
THE YOUTH RESCUE MISSION OUTREACH IS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: Meet at the church at 3:45 pm, then drive over to the Rescue Mission to serve. Return to Gold Coast Church by 6:30 pm. Call Stuart Baker at 805.427.5528 for more information.
THANKS TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN MAKING THIS PAST SUNDAY’S PICNIC a fun and special time for the Gold Coast family! Special thanks to Jon and Kristy Bias and Darrell Foote for heading up the effort. It was a wonderful afternoon of connecting with the church family and making new friends in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
THIS SUNDAY we continue our series of messages on shocking statements made of Jesus by looking at Matthew 19:3–9. In talking about marriage with the Pharisees, Jesus says, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” What does Jesus teach about marriage, divorce and re-marriage? I encourage you to read the passage and come prepared to dig in as we tackle this teaching together. This would be a good Sunday to invite a friend to join you!
ANNUAL OXNARD CHURCHES SERVE DAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13: The annual“ONE CITY- ONE CHURCH” Serve Day will take place from about 9 AM to noon that day. Gold Coast is joining other churches in our area to serve the people of Oxnard through the love of Jesus.
The following are areas you can serve in during that 3-hour time period: Neighborhood/Alley Cleanup, Beach Cleanup, Sack lunch distribution, Homeless Care Kit Distribution, Shelter Care Resources (Foster Kids Fest), Prayer Team (Levite Ministry), Structure Painting, Flower Distribution, Water Distribution, Beach Cleanup, Gabriel House Cleanup, Convalescent Home Visit, Coffee Outreach and Laundry Love. (If you usually serve at Buddy Break, please continue to serve as a Buddy or for setting up or resetting rooms.) As you can see, there’s a place for every Christ-follower to serve that day so please put it on your calendar and plan to take part in this important experience.
Last year’s first event of its kind proved to be a powerful experience and display of unity in the name of Jesus and this year’s event promises to be even greater!
I’d love to see 100% of our Gold Coast family to participate that day and here’s why. This is the best opportunity we have all year to participate in something that helps fulfill Jesus’ prayer for unity among his people: “I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching. Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me” (John 17:20–21).
STEPHEN MINISTRY: 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:
Friday October 5 Est 3-8; Lk 18
Saturday October 6 Est 9-10; Lk 19
Sunday October 7 Ezra 7-8; Lk 20
Monday October 8 Ezra 9-10; Ps 131; Lk 21
Tuesday October 9 Neh 1-2; Ps 133-134; Lk 22
Wednesday October 10 Neh 3-4; Lk 23
Thursday October 11 Neh 5-6; Ps 146; Lk 24
Friday October 12 Neh 7-8; Acts 1
Saturday October 13 Neh 9-10; Acts 2
Sunday October 14 Neh 11-12; Ps 1; Acts 3
See you Sunday,