Tuesday, April 27, 2010
And as a "family church" we have had Family Camp for decades now. It's a chance for us (over Labor Day weekend) to get together in the woods, to wear our camping clothes (also known as our grubby jeans) and just relax and enjoy. We worship together. We play games. We have competitions. We look at the stars. We hike. We enjoy the fire (when the fire danger level is green instead of red). We share with one another and grow closer in a way we don't often encounter in church on Sunday mornings.
And, for us, family camp seems to have a "season." We begin in May with a big BBQ and auction (to raise money for scholarships) and we end the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
Well, this Sunday, May 2nd is our kick-off. We will have Family Camp style worship (that means no bulletins, our favorite camp songs, worship in the Fellowship hall instead of the sanctuary, and "Family Camp style communion") and then at 4:00 in the afternoon we will all come back for an amazing potluck BBQ (bring food if you can, but know there will be plenty to eat if you can't!) and our "blind" auction. We will bid on already wrapped gifts...not knowing what's inside...what you get is always a surprise!
It will also be the first day of official registration for camp. So come ready to sign up!!
See you there!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
All 50 volunteers from Pasadena/Riverside Conferences in Mississippi!
* i hope you enjoyed looking at some pictures from our mission trip so far... im sure you've heard so much, but now you get a chance to SEE...
see you all SOON!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The weather has been extremely pleasant. The humidity is low with a continuous breeze. The temperature is averaging about 78. Today was the first day thunder clouds were forming, but no rain was expected.
We really feel that we are accomplishing our mission as the Hand and Feet of God.
Bless everyone at home. We will see everyone Sunday.
Cesar & Bonnie
I'm sorry that we missed Susan's sermon on Sunday. We are all coming home with great stories for next week.
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to take this journey.
My prayers are with the people here of the gulf coast, my church family at Wesley, and those that are struggling with so many things.
Sending my love to Dave and Kathy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I'm trapped here in Mississippi once again with United Methodist Christians (California type) from Pasadena & Riverside Districts. We represent 12 different congregations. Another great team!
All are working hard as we serve the people of the Gulf Coast. No it's not over yet. For some it may never end. Many clients today are individuals who could not finish the job on their own and others who have been hoodwinked by crooked tradesmen. How sad that is.
Thanks for caring and sending members of your congregation. You are the Cup Overflowing!
Peace & Love
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tonight we will have orientation, get our job assignments and meet the rest of our group who is coming in tonight.
Please continue to pray for us and this trip. We are SO grateful for your support.
And, please check back with us as we will be posting throughout the week to tell you about our work.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Hopefully these forty days have been a blessing to you, a chance to learn, a chance to empathize, and a chance to grow spiritually.
Throughout these 40 days you have made various sacrifices: convenience, privilege, and even food. These are only a glimpse into the vastness of what God sacrificed on our behalf. Ultimately, God gave everything, even God’s own Son.
Take time today to think of how your life would be different if Christ had not sacrificed for you—if you did not have forgiveness, peace, or eternal life promised to you because of Jesus.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1
About one in seven people worldwide do not have enough food to sustain them; 350 to 400 million children are hungry right now; and every five seconds a child dies of causes related to malnutrition, according to the World Food Program.
And yet, enough food is available on our planet to adequately feed each of its 6.7 billion inhabitants … if only it was evenly produced and distributed. For twenty-four short hours, you can choose to taste the kind of hunger experienced by millions on a daily basis by opting not to eat anything between dinner Wednesday and dinner Thursday. During your time of fasting, be sure to drink plenty of water and juice, but more importantly, let your groaning stomach remind you to pray for others around the world whose stomachs are also empty.
Eat a simple dinner tonight, and in place of breakfast and lunch tomorrow, spend time with Jesus asking how He can use you to bring His Kingdom on this earth. Conclude your fast at dinner tomorrow by giving thanks for God’s great provision, and rejoicing in His presence and grace.