Pastor’s Column

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Advent Study

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grace

Dear Friends, Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is before us, leaving us in the craziest part of the year. Decorations will.go up, trees will be trimmed presents will be bought and everythIng will happen at church. We will find ways to celebrate the season in style, through worship and parties alike, but through it […]

Considering the Four Reasons People Choose Not To Go To Church

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grace

Dear Friends, Fall is officially upon us with a new school year in full swing and Christmas just around the corner. My pastoral brain is trying to put all the pieces together for the rest of the 2014 year of ministry here at Torrance First and I am realizing that there is so much to […]

Looking at the Next Six Months of Ministry

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grace

Dear Friends, I am not one who lives with hidden agendas or sneaky ways, but I am often looking at a bigger picture to see how pieces can fall into place for an eventual goal. Ministry is the most rewarding chess game I play. Pieces slowly move with a goal of finding ways of bringing […]

Discovering Critical Values Within the Church

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grace

Dear Friends, In my first few weeks here at Torrance First I have discovered what I believe to be the two critical values within the church (outside of God and Christ). First, is family and second is food. If you took either of these elements out of a Sunday morning or any church gathering it […]

This Time of Transition

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I am looking with anticipation to the conversations I will be having with you, the wonderful meals we will be sharing, the time we will spend studying the Bible and discovering how it applies to our lives, and seeing how Christ is shining through your ministry.

Farewell Message from Pastor Bob and Marlou

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Dear Friends, Over the next few weeks, Marlou and I will be sorting and packing stuff; and that goes for the emotions and memories as well. When I sort through the wonderful activities and events in my mind, I’ll bring with me many remembrances—outreach lunches, Filipino heritage and Christmas feasts, recycling Saturdays, confirmation and membership […]

Reflections on the past year

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Dear Friends, By the time you receive and read this El Portal article, we will be in between Christmas and New Year. Before celebrating the New Year, let’s reflect on the past year. How would you characterize 2013 for you and your family? Below are some of my thoughts in review. In the latter half […]

Decorating

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joy

Dear Friends, Last Saturday, several folks came to the church to decorate the sanctuary, social hall, and Friendship Room; and to hang the “joy” sign, and the large wreath on the front of our entrance. For the next three Sundays our church will be adorned in greens, and purple paraments, purple candles, Christmas lights, ornaments, […]