Vacation Bible School 7/12 to 7/16, 2021

Posted

Mark your
calendars for Rainforest Explores VBS Monday,
July 12-Friday, July 16, 2021
. Come learn more about how Jesus
leads the way! Check out rainforestexplorers.cph.org to find out more. This
year’s VBS will not include dinner due to COVID restrictions and will be 100%
outside. Click here for additional Registration Information.

We will also be
heading back to Kentfield Park this summer on Sunday, July 11 from 1PM-3PM. We will
be leading one day of VBS here as a way to invite the children to join us for
our week-long VBS here at the church. 

Words of Encouragement

Posted







*|MC:SUBJECT|*






Words of Encouragement 

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
As the days get shorter, and the temperatures drop, even if it’s just by a few degrees, Christmas gets closer and closer. Our Savior is coming, a bare child, wrapped in rags, nestled amongst hay, laying in a feeding trough. For our lives today, and maybe even for the lives of all sinners, God’s plan of salvation for humanity seems silly, and maybe even hopeless. A useless answer to the situation we are living in. COVID is still ravaging our communities, and maybe even your own family has been affected by it as well. Death, the loss of a job or income, or even just the isolation that comes when people fail to meet together, they all pull us away from Jesus. The holidays, Christmas and New Year’s, they seem to be a little less full of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love this year, don’t they?

            Malachi 3:7 says “Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’” and right now, in the middle of COVID, you may be asking yourself, “How will we return back to normal? How will my life ever be the same? How will we ever recover from this? How will I return to the hope I have in Christ?” As the world wanders about, afraid of the future, and awaiting the end of this horrible virus, Christmas is still getting closer and closer. And Jesus promises you: “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O Children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6).

            This Advent, and maybe especially during it’s third week, we remember the Joy that Christ has given us, not only through his birth, but through the many promises that He gives. The promise of everlasting life. The promises of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. The promise of forgiveness. And the promise of Family, the Body of Christ. Jesus is the Lord who does not change, and because of that, what He promises you remains true forever. As Advent comes to a close and Christmas gets closer and closer, we at Saint Andrews pray that you are inspired by the gifts God gives you, and that you do not fall into sadness this Christmas. Christ is for you, and He is born, a babe in a manger, for you! 

            And so, keep up those holiday traditions! Bake something for your neighbor. Talk to one another and see how you all are doing. The Hope you have in Christ is not gone. In fact, it calls you outwards towards others! Christ is coming and His promises remain sure. He defeated sin, death, and hell. And the same God that was crucified came down from heaven as a baby for you. Do not lose hope at the end of 2020. Why? Because Christ. Is. For. You!
 


Inspiring our Community to live out the Hope found in Christ
 



We Want to Hear from You!

We want to hear about the new and exciting things going on in your ministry and lives. Click here to find our contact information and tell your stories and updates to the church. 


Our Contact Information:
4910 Claremont Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207
209.957.8750

www.stalc.org  /  Words of Faith Blog

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 



LCC WELCOMES ST. ANDREWS, STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, TO THE K-9 COMFORT DOG MINISTRY

Posted


LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rahab will serve as a bridge for St. Andrews to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. Rahab Comfort Dog’s Bible verse is Joshua 2:11: “When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is one of presence. When the Lord calls, we must go and serve Him. Isaiah 6:8 tells us, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’” St. Andrews team has heard the call and has said “Here am I. Send me.”

The following new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry handlers have heard the call:
Top Dog Deb Rider, Bonnie Centers, Pastor Dan Deuel, Miriam Deuel, Brianna Kleinert, Amy Lapointe, Phillip Lapointe, Bobby Moore, Marybeth Muldowney, Ann Marie Rehbein, and Michael Rehbein
The following Ministry Partners have heard the call:
Barbara Britton, Justin Centers, Cathy Pauley, Laura Moore, Dustin Moore, Jeff Kramer, Pastor Brian Muldowney, Nancy Harrison-Werner, Brooke Kelly and Debbie Stamos
God is with them as they begin this new journey as part of the LCC K-9 Ministry. Please pray for God’s guidance for this new team as they go out to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those that are suffering and need.

Home Worship Resources

Posted

There’s nothing like confessing, praying, and singing along with a large group of people, all worshipping the Lord in the same place. In fact, the book of Revelation describes a beautiful scene where “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” will worship the Lord at the foot of His throne (Revelation 7:9, 10). But is being in a large group the only way to enjoy praising God? Of course not!

King David wrote some of his prayers and worship songs while hiding in caves (see Psalms 57 and 142). Paul and Silas sang hymns together in a dungeon (Acts 16). Daniel prayed alone in his house every day (Daniel 6). Jesus told His followers  that it’s better to pray inside your room with the door shut than to show off with public prayer (Matthew 5:5, 6). Jonah even sang a prayer while inside the belly of a fish!

As Americans, most of us are used to the gift of being able to regularly worship in a group on Sundays and during the week. Right now, it’s best not to do that, so what can we do? In addition to joining St. Andrews for live-stream worship on Sundays at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., here are some worship-at-home ideas for you and your family!

Click Here to follow along.