Pastor’s Column

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Small Groups and Lenten Study

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Dear Friends and Family, It all started with twelve.  Twelve ordinary individuals were called to drop everything and follow, and they did just that. Without hesitation they left their nets, their families and their lives to become disciples of Christ, and their lives were changed forever.  Today we hear the same call to follow, to […]

What will you be doing with a new year?

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Dear Friends and Family, Happy New Year!!  I send this message with wishes for a blessed year of good health, good family and good faith to each one of you.  I know that there were many rollercoasters throughout 2017 with struggles and challenges, but as I look at 2017 as a whole I see a […]

The Lighting of a Fire

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! William Butler is quoted as saying, “Education is not the tilting of a poll, but the lighting of a fire.” Education can come in the classroom, but ll also comes from the experiences In our life and our education does not stop when we receive a degree or certificate, […]

Readiness 360+

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! There are many things in life that excite me, and ministry is one of those things. I get excited when I see smiling kids running around the church for Vacation Bible School. I get excited for Filipino Heritage Sunday when the church comes alive with passion and praise for […]

Pentecost

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! This Sunday is Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church and it comes just a week after I celebrated both my girls’ birthdays. I have been neck deep in baking cupcakes, buying decorations, planning games, making goodie bags and wrapping presents. A birthday is not about any of these […]

Holy Land Experience

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! The difference between knowledge and wisdom comes from experience. We learn knowledge from books and classrooms, but we gain wisdom from living life. Week after week I teach and preach from the Bible, both from the knowledge I have gained in my training, and also from my experience of […]

Holy Week 2017

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! There are vivid memories in my head of Easter Sundays growing up. I remember the dresses, the tights, the hats and the gloves. I remember taking family pictures in front of my mom’s rose bushes. I remember egg hunts with my cousins and ham dinners with my family. All […]

Ash Wednesday 2017

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! The journey from ashes to lilies is almost upon us. Ash Wednesday is March 1 this year and Easter Sunday is April 16. Between those two days we are challenged in our faith and in our life to make sacrifices and become more disciplined in an effort to grow […]

It’s New Year’s Day!

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I recently found this poem by Aleena as I was reflecting on the meaning of a new year and wanted to share it with you. Read it and consider what possibilities are on the horizon for 2017. What goals do you have? How do you desire to grow and […]

Three simple words: Invite. Welcome. Disciple.

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Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Thanksgiving isn’t here yet (while I am writing this), but my brain, my desk and the church are already full speed ahead planning and preparing for the Advent and Christmas season. In the spirit of speeding ahead, I want to dedicate this article to the year 2017. In 2017 […]