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Sunday Recap for October 15, 2017:
Fools for Christ

Membership Application Cards now due this coming Sunday, 10/22!!!

For those of you who are interested in membership, we provided a resource of how we view membership and its process. For an online version of our Introduction to Faith and Practices, please click here! Please let us know if you have any questions!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for leading us in prayer for the communities affected by the fires in the North Bay. Just 45 minutes away, 40 have died, around 300 are missing, over 5,700 structures destroyed, and over 200,000 people have been displaced. These are real people who are suffering, siblings in Christ or people who need Christ. God not only calls his people to intercede for others, but he also uses us to serve and love. If you are interested in getting involved, pastors from the region have gotten together to communicate to us the regions' needs. Please use this link to give much needed support!

We pray together, thanking God for bringing comfort in the midst of suffering, and calling us to grieve with those who grieve and mourn with those who mourn. We ask God--how would you have us serve? Even as our own air quality might clear up, please let us know forget the devastation, those who have displaced, and everyone in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino county that have been affected. Please use your people to point them to hope in Christ, and mobilize your children to love and serve in a way that puts God on display and shows them God cares. We pray for the rescue workers that God strengthen them and send more help. Let us all continue to pray for and be generous with our love and support for those who need it so much.
Question #39: With what attitude should we pray?
 
Answer: With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Fools for Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
 

We were blessed to have Pastor Kris Brossett from Refuge LA preach for us this Sunday. If you haven't had a chance, please check out, or re-listen to his sermon!


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Sunday Recap for October 8, 2017:
Christ, Crucified and Buried

Our next membership affirmation is on November 5th, 2017! If you are interested in membership please check out this link! The deadline for turning in the card has been pushed to October 22nd! If you have any questions, please email us!
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Mission Highlight: Thank you, Katelyn, for sharing this week's Mission Highlight. Katelyn works with InterVarsity, a Christian campus ministry, at USF and a few of the college students she mentors have visited and are attending Christ Church as well. Their Journey conference is coming up on October 20-22. The retreat is a great opportunity for college students to set the stage for the rest of the school year in terms of centering their lives on God. Katelyn shared a story about how one year, a college sophomore committed herself to following Christ for the first time during the fall conference and grew to help plant a community group on campus. Many of the students are from working class families, working to cover their costs. About 20-30 students are attending from USF.

If you would like to help and support financially, they are looking for ten more $100 scholarships for students to be able to attend the conference. Another huge way to bless these students is to loan your car for transportation that weekend. Please connect with Katelyn if you are interested in helping in one of these ways!

Please pray for the college students among us at Christ Church, at USF, and for the 200 other students who are attending Journey--that God would speak to them in powerful and mighty ways, and that they would be on the right track for the rest of the year. 
Question #38: What is prayer?
 
Answer: Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Christ, Crucified and Buried" (Mark 15)
 

“By six o’clock on the evening of the first Good Friday, the world had changed. A revolution had begun.” (N.T. Wright)
 
“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” (John Stott)
 
Main Idea: How does the crucifixion shape your life?

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Sunday Recap for October 1, 2017:
True and False Witness

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Vanessa and Hannah for sharing about Christ Church Youth Group! Christ Church youth group is made up of middle to high schoolers, meeting together after service for about 20 minutes to discuss questions and thoughts about the sermon. To illustrate some of its fruit, Hannah shared how she used to struggle to fully grasp everything preached on Sunday alone, but by going through the questions created by Toby and other preachers in a group closer to her own age, is able to dig deeper into the word and relationships with her peers. By having regularly scheduled get-togethers, she has been blessed by getting to know other young adults she would perhaps not see during service.

We are thankful to God for giving us this group and their desire to grown in relationship with him and each other. Our prayer is that they would be further equipped and knit together in love, as our congregation further encourages them to follow Christ.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “True and False Witness" (Mark 14:66-72)
 

“… when it comes to knowing God, we bring absolutely nothing to the table. Not even tried-and-true analogies can bridge the gap between us and the God who is beyond all analogies. For example, we see power in nature, and we use that as a starting point to talk about God’s unlimited power. God’s power, we assume, must be like nature’s power, only God’s power must be much greater, greater to an infinite degree. This is how the discussion of God’s attributes often begins. But the very category of power, like all human analogies … is merely a human construct and therefore inadequate to talk about God.” (Mark Galli)
 
“His first coming was in humility; his second will be in glory.” (Justin Martyr)
 
Main Idea: All of Him, none of us.

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Sunday Recap for September 24, 2017:
Sorrowful and Betrayed

Members' Gathering: Saturday, October 28th 6-8PM! Please mark your calendars, members!!! We will be sending out a separate email with the location. If you are not a member but are interested in becoming one, please email us!
Mission Highlight: Thank you, Rebecca, for summarizing this video for us about the importance of local church mobilization as a part of Hands at Work's strategy! If you missed the video or were interested in watching and listening to it, please click on the video above!
Question #37: How does the Holy Spirit help us?
 
Answer: The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Sorrowful and Betrayed" (Mark 14:26-52)
 

“The triple scene invites us to stop and ponder, once more, where we ourselves belong. Are we, like the disciples, full of bluster one minute, sleep the next, and confused shame the next? Are we ready to betray Jesus if it suits our other plans, or if he fails to live up to our expectations? Or are we prepared to keep watch with him in the garden, sharing his anguished prayer? We are not called to repeat his unique moment of suffering; he went through that alone on behalf of us all. But as Christian writers from the very beginning (i.e. Paul) have seen, it is part of normal Christian experience that we, too, should be prepared to agonize in prayer as we await our own complete redemption and that of all creation. The church is called to live in the middle of this great scene: surrounded by confusion, false loyalty, direct attack and traitor’s kisses, those who name the name of Christ must stay in the garden with him until the Father’s will is done.” (N.T. Wright)

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Sunday Recap for September 17, 2017:
Anointed

Mission Highlight: Thank you Jacob for sharing the Mission Highlight about Bags of Love this Sunday. Jacob and his community group joined wth City Church to make Bags of Love, which are bags of nutritional foods to the poor living in hotels or Single Residence Occupancies (SROs) in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. While it was challenging to think about what a small gesture of kindness it was to those who are struggling so much, it was encouraging to meet the people that were receiving these bags, and see how encouraged and appreciative they were, and to hear their stories. It was also encouraging to meet and talk with those who serve this underserved community, to learn from their challenges as well as how the love of Christ empowers them to serve and love the way they do. As this is a regular volunteer activity, if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jacob! Let's continue to pray for those living in SROs who struggle with poverty and loneliness. And let us also continue to be salt and light in our cities so that Christ's love may be known and received!
Question #36: What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?
 
Answer: That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Anointed" (Mark 14:1-25)
 

“Scripture is broad and deep, shallow enough for a lamb to wade, but deep enough for an elephant to plunge.” (Gregory the Great, 6th Century)
 
”It’s a deep human instinct – I believe a God-given one – that we mark significant moments with significant meals. Sharing a meal, especially a festive one, binds together a family, a group of friends, a collection of colleagues. Such meals say more than we could ever put into words about who we are, how we feel about one another, and the hopes and joys that we share together. The meal not only feeds our bodies; that seems in some ways the least significant part of it. It says something; and it does something, actually changing us so that, after it, part of who we actually are is ‘the people who shared that meal together, with all that it meant’.”  (N.T. Wright)

 
Main Idea: Jesus gave all, so we give all.

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Sunday Recap for September 10, 2017:
Son of Man

Mission Highlight: Thank you Toby for leading us in prayer for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We told our Father in Heaven that we were thankful for those serving victims of the hurricanes, and those bringing not only physical relief but messages of spiritual hope. We looked forward to the day God will put an end to all suffering and will renew the world.

We prayed that God would mobilize brothers and sisters to bring aid, and also lead us to respond rather than turning a blind eye to suffering. We thanked God that his love is predictable despite the world's unpredictability."
We read the Apostles' Creed this Sunday and confessed Question 35 last week. But since we accidentally sent out the Apostles' Creed last week, we are sending out Question 35 here!
Question #35: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
 
Answer: All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Son of Man" (Mark 13:1-37)
 

This week, Toby continued in the sermon series, "The Jesus We Know" through the gospel of Mark, and preached on Jesus' prophecy of the destruction of the temple, how significant this was then, and how it shapes our lives today.
 
Main Idea: Stay awake!

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Sunday Recap for September 3, 2017:
Beloved Son and Christ

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. That’s why Reality SF and Epic Church are hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

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– Friday, September 15th, from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
– Dolores Park Church
– Cost: $25 for individuals and $45 for a couple
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Mission Highlight: Thank you, Aidan and Rebekah for sharing about our church's trip to Spain this summer! Aidan shared about  the contrast between going to Malawi, a place that was spiritually rich but poor in every other way, and then Spain, which looks like it's doing well but was very spiritually poor. He shared about how much God transformed his heart to care for the people of Spain. 

Rebekah shared her journey about her family's roots to how much trouble she had finding a church there while studying abroad in Spain during college, until she realized years later that it was because the city she was in had no Protestant church, and the ones going to Catholic church were aging and few. More recently, she shared how Stephen Phillips shared that a woman's response to an invitation to church was, "I don't go to the true church, why would I go to yours?" Her heart for Spain grew on this trip, as she learned that the economy has also caused a lot of hopelessness among the youth who are dropping out of high school along with the lack of spiritual hope. In this context and background, she hoped that the English Camp would be an opportunity to love on the students, to show that Jesus loved them, and to show that they have meaning and purpose. It was also encouraging to serve alongside the missionary families, the Phillips and the Leightons, and she is very much looking forward to future Christ Church English Camps!
If you missed Eddie William's sermon on 8/27 "And You Shall Be My Witnesses", it's up on our website! Click here!
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Beloved Son and Christ" (Mark 12:1-44)
 

“The command to give God what belongs to God opens all kinds of further questions. Did he also mean that, because humans bear God’s image, all humans owe themselves, their very lives, to God, and should give those lives back, as one might give a coin back to Caesar? Did he mean, standing there in the Temple courtyards, that the sacrificial system, which was supposed to be the way of giving God his due, needed to be superceded by a more complete worship? Did he mean – against the normal revolutionaries – that if you really gave your whole self to God you would discover that using violence to fight violence, using evil to fight evil, simply wouldn’t do? I think he probably meant to hint at all of that, and perhaps even more.” (N.T. Wright)
 
Main Idea: Seeing Jesus leads to giving your all.

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Sunday Recap for August 27, 2017:
And You Will Be My Witnesses

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. Reality SF and Epic Church are hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

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– Friday, September 15th, from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
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Mission Highlight: Thank you, Brian, for sharing about District 8 and leading us in prayer for this neighborhood and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. As followers of Jesus, just as Jesus was sent to us, we are sent to our communities to share the love of God in Christ, and to serve as Jesus served.  

District 8 Prayer Sheet
  • District 8 encompasses Glen Park, the Castro, Eureka Valley, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, Diamond Heights, Corona Heights, Buena Vista, parts of the Inner Mission, and Mission-Dolores.
  • District 8 is estimated to be 76% White, 13% Hispanic, 9% Asian, and 5% Black.
  • Less than 20% of the residents of District 8 were born overseas.
  • Over 60% of the residents of District 8 have a bachelors degree or higher.
  • Ideas for prayer: Pastor Gordon Wohlers and First Christian Church in Duboce Triangle, Reality San Francisco’s ministry in the Castro.
Let's continue to pray for and love and serve our city! 
Question 34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?
 
Answer: Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.
This Week's Sermon: “And You Will Be My Witnesses" (Acts 1:1-11)
 

Thank you Pastor Eddie for sharing about being witnesses! For those of you who missed it, the sermon recording will be uploaded into the sermon series, Stand Alone Sermons next Sunday (9/3). 

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Sunday Recap for August 20, 2017:
True King

Intentional Parents Conference: The next generation of children can change the world. They matter—to God, to you, and to the church. That’s why we’re hosting the Intentional Parents Conference with Phil and Diane Comer! This is a two-day conference created to give parents an in-depth Biblical understanding of what it looks like to raise passionate Jesus followers. The Comers will come alongside parents to offer encouragement, hope, and practical tools for parenting. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories of others who have gone before you, and formulate your own plan for a successful road ahead in parenting.

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– Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30AM – 1:30PM
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Mission Highlight: Thank you, Jared and Sarah for sharing our Mission Highlight this week! Jared, who used to attend Christ Church, came back to visit with his wife Sarah, and they let us know what God has been doing in their lives, the vision he has for them, and the steps they are taking now, as well as ways we can love and support them in these next steps. (The following text is mostly from their handout, which was also what they shared!)

Sarah had been in Boston serving to interrupt systems of human trafficking through collaborative relational networks, and Jared joined her from InnerChange, San Francisco Outer Circle San Francisco, and eventually asked Sarah to marry him while working at a youth shelter and composting company. They have been married for 17 months now (yay!) and have a vision to be a part of a Christian community living on the land creatively sustainably, growing food in food forests/permaculture gardens, and a space of healing for folks on their journey of recovery from all kinds of brokenness--addictions, abuse, exploitation, burnout... They dream of a space where everyone has a valuable role to play, and through all of the daily life rhythms Jesus is known and glorified, and God's love brings healing and restoration.

They left Boston in early July on a road trip of exploring, living in their van, building networks, and learning more about permaculture and food forests through various work-trade opportunities at various farms. After about a year on the road, they will discern with God where He is calling them to put down roots in community and ministry, and to continue to learn and live in the vision God has put on their hearts. Let's continue to pray with Jared and Sarah for wisdom and discernment and for provision and safety as they travel. 

If you are interested in emailing them, here is Sarah's and Jared's email addresses. Here is also a link to their blog, and the button below is the link on our website to support them financially! 
 
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Question #32: What do justification and sanctification mean?
 
Answer: Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “True King" (Mark 11:1-11)
 

“In Jesus we find infinite majesty yet complete humility, perfect justice yet boundless grace, absolute sovereignty yet utter submission, all-sufficiency in himself yet entire trust and dependence on God. But in Jesus the result of these extremes of character is not mental and emotional breakdown. Jesus’s personality is a complete and beautiful whole. Watch this mighty King ride a little donkey into Jerusalem and deal with what he finds there.” (Tim Keller)
 
“Merely existing without yielding fruit is not the purpose for which human beings are given the gift of life.” (Augustine)
 
Main Idea: Have faith in God.

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Sunday Recap for August 13, 2017:
Son of Man and Servant

Mission Highlight: Thank you, Ryan, for sharing about what God has done in your life and the steps God is calling you to take next. For those of you who missed it, we sent out a separate email. For more information or to donate, please check out his GoFundMe page!
Question #30: What is faith in Jesus Christ?
 
Answer: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.
This Week's Sermon: “Son of Man and Servant" (Mark 10:32-52)
 

“Jesus understood that his baptism expressed his solidarity with sinful men and signified his willingness to assume the burden of the judgment of God (see on Ch. 1:2-11). The baptism which he anticipates is his death upon the cross in fulfillment of his messianic vocation. Applied to Jesus, the images of the cup and baptism signify that he bears the judgment merited by the sins of men.” (William L. Lane)
 
“There must be a solidarity between the Son of Man and his disciples, and this is expressed not only by their grateful acceptance of his protection and favor, but also by their following his example of humility and service, if necessary to the extent of death.” (William L. Lane)
 
Main: Jesus is actually who he says he is. Believe.

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Sunday Recap for August 6, 2017:
The Proof of Love

Mission Highlight: Thank you Paul for sharing about our church's Spain trip this year. In case you missed it, Paul used six pictures from Spain to talk about his time there. From top to bottom, left to right:
1 .The Phillips Family--Stephen Phillips is a missionary in Spain we support. This is from when they first visited Christ Church in 2015. After hearing him preach in 2015, and receiving his newsletters, this year Paul, and nine others, went to visit him and do an English Camp by hosted by the church he helped plant. He got to meet the Phillips family as individuals in the flesh. 
2. Cañete: A great restaurant we all ate at together. Paul talked about his favorite dishes.
3. Petit Moll, a beach closest to the church in Vilassar de Mar. The team frequently went swimming here.
4. Sitges: After the Kurths and Edsons went on to other parts of Europe, the remaining five ("the Remnant") went to Sitges. Sitges is a beach city near Vilafranca, where the Phillips family will move. 
The move has been a challenge, especially for his kids. Most of Stephen’s prayer requests to our congregation have to do with this transition. Please also pray for the two Greek courses he’ll be teaching at IBSTE, the main evangelical seminary in Spain. The name of our sister church in Vilafranca is Esglesia Evangelica Baptista. Sitges is a famously gay city.
5. Tap dancers in a rotunda in Barcelona. We went around with Brent, who has visited Christ Church in our old building. We prayed for him and sent him off to be missionary in Spain. He taught teens in our English camp, and moved to Barcelona with his new wife Ellie, the day afterwards. He took us around Barcelona. We went to church together (Ciutat Nova 22@), spent the day together, and Paul enjoyed meeting Simeon from the Basque region, who went to the church in Barcelona and accompanied us. This rotunda/gazeba where the tap dancers are is in Parc de la Ciutadella. in 1991, a transwoman named Sonia Rescalvo Zafra was brutally murdered by 6 people in this bandstand gazebo.  
6. Life is a sunset. This picture is from the last evening in Spain. It makes Paul think about how life is like a sunset, over as soon as it begins. He thinks about the Psalm that asks God to "teach us to number our days" and "establish the work of our hands."

Paul is wondering how to integrate his time in Spain to his life here. He remembers community and how we are bound to one another and encourages others to reach out and talk to those who went to Spain. He closed with a prayer that Stephen Phillips wrote in 2015 for Spain:

Dear God,

With the economy in shambles, the shallow veneer of apparent prosperity and self-satisfaction which characterized folks from our town has been unveiled for what it was: an empty hope. We know that there are thousands of people in Vilassar de Mar…whose lives are being held up by the tenuous scaffolding of momentary pleasures. And although we encounter rampant skepticism and indifference we also know that they are not an insurmountable obstacle for an almighty Savior like Jesus. This is why we consider it a great joy to join with our Redeemer in his mission & vision for Vilassar, Vilafranca, and every corner of the earth.

Please help us to think about ways we can pray for one another, including our fellow laborers in Spain. We like to pray for the impossible.

In your Name we pray, Amen.

This Week's Sermon: “The Proof of Love" (1 John 2:7-14)
 

Thank you, Pastor Kai, for visiting us from Grace Alameda to preach for us this Sunday! If you haven't had a chance to listen, please click on the title to hear a recording of the sermon. Links to resources to the sermon as below as well!
 
Main idea: Love is a person, Love is a command, and Love is a light.

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Sunday Recap for July 16, 2017:
Help My Unbelief

Mission Highlight: Thank you Rebecca for leading us in prayer for Holy Home Visits. Our ministry partners, Hands at Work,carry out Holy Home Visits to visit orphaned children twice a week in their homes for support and relationship, and to demonstrate how Christ himself came to us when we were orphans in need of hope and help. For more information, please check out this interview with a care-worker on the importance of these visits, or their website. Let's continue to pray for the care-workers, the orphans and their primary care givers. 
Question #25: Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?
 
Answer: Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.
This Week's Sermon: “Help My Unbelief" (Mark 9:14-29)
 

William Ames, Faith is "resting on the heart of God."
Main point: Jesus is a gracious savior, even when we doubt. 

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Sunday Recap for July 9, 2017:
Call and Acceptance

Mission Highlight: Thank you Leon for sharing about our mission trip to Spain. In case you missed it, here is what he shared:

Hi! My name is Leon. Today’s mission highlight is on Vilassar de Mar, Catalan, Spain. I am one of the team members from Christ church that went on the short-term mission trip to help out in the English camp.  The English camp was held at Esglesia Evangelicade Vilassar de Mar or translation in as English Evangelical Church of Vilassar de Mar. Vilassar de Mar is a suburb approximately 30 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. The population is about 20,000 whose main language is Catalan.

We had about 47 students from ages 5 – 14 from the local community come to the camp.
 
The reason I went on this trip because Vilassar with a population of 20,000 only has one Evangelical church and it was a great opportunity for me to visit the church. Steve Phillips, the former pastor, has come to Christ church to speak of the need of the Gospel in Spain and Vilassar. Most Spaniards though professing to be Catholic, do not go to church. Also, being a teacher, it was also a great opportunity to use my teaching skills to help out with the English camp.
 
At the camp, each of my team members worked hard to prepare the church with decorations and lesson planning. The students were split into 4 groups by age level. Each day we danced to contemporary English songs, play games, taught English vocabulary, did arts and crafts, took trips to the beach and swimming pool. The kids and volunteers had a great time with each other as you can tell by their smiles and laughter! The parents gave us good positive feedback each day of the camp.

We also had the opportunity to visit some of the parents’ homes as they invited a meal for us. The parents were grateful that we came so far and were very generous in their homes. This was a great opportunity to get to know the parents on a personal level. It was also a good opportunity to witness and share to the parents our personal lives.
 
The last day of the camp each group participated in the talent show. The talent show had performances of dances, a magic trick, and videos of the students during the camp. It was a fun night of performances and afterwards intermingling with the parents.
 
After the trip, I thought the English camp was a success! I was grateful that God gave me this opportunity to serve in Spain. I felt each team member made an impact on the students’ life even though we had a short time being there. I saw many smiles and laughter in our students and parents faces. Even though, I was very tire on the trip, I experienced God’s grace during the trip by seeing the students have fun, learn English, and interacting with them. God’s grace was also evident in our team by working and living with each other. I truly believe the local community of Vilassar saw God’s love and grace with each other!
A video from one of our days in Spain! 
This Week's Sermon: “Call and Acceptance" (Mark 2:13-17)
 

Thank you Tim Wiarda for preaching again for us this Sunday! This is the third and final part of a three-part series called, "Three Pictures of Jesus)

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Sunday Recap for July 2, 2017:
Priority and Authority

Mission Highlight: Thank you Lauren for sharing about District 7 in San Francisco! Here is what she shared:

Neighborhoods in District 7 include Twin Peaks, West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Balboa Terrace, Ingleside, Stonestown, Lakeside and Park Merced.

  • Estimated 54% White, 35% Asian, 10% Latino, 3% Black
  • 62% with bachelors or higher
  • 30% born overseas

A few populations in this district that we can be lifting up in prayer are the college students at SF State and City College, the young people in the Youth Detention Center, and the New Life Church of the Nazarene.

One population that I have personally had the opportunity to serve while living in District 7 is the patient population at Laguna Honda Hospital. Laguna Honda is a modern almshouse, dedicated to serving San Francisco’s poor. They offer long term medical care for seniors and adults with disabilities. Many of the patients there have had hard lives, facing struggles of homelessness and addiction, in addition to the chronic illnesses and disabilities that brought them to Laguna Honda. I have been volunteering on Saturday mornings doing one-on-one visits with patients on the Positive Care, or HIV/AIDS, unit. In addition to one-on-ones, I also am part of the “No One Dies Alone” team, which works to provide bedside companions to those who are dying without friends or family by their side. Laguna Honda has provided me a place to hear the narratives of those who are disadvantaged in our city, and has served to remind me on a weekly basis that every single person in our city is an image bearer of God.

Heavenly Father, we want lift up District 7 to you this morning. We pray that you will watch over the leaders who represent this district, Lord, that you might provide them with guidance and wisdom.

We pray for our brothers and sisters living in this district, that you might equip them to be a salt and light in their neighborhood. Father, we also want to pray for specific groups in District 7. We pray that you would look after the kids at the youth detention center, and that you would guide their paths. We pray for the university students as well - that you would provide for their campus ministries, and call student believers to bear witness to their peers. We also want to lift up New Life Church of the Nazarene. May you work through them, and bless them as they seek to build your kingdom in this city. And lastly, we want to lift up Laguna Honda Hospital to you. We pray that the patients would experience healing and humanity during their time spent in the hospital, and that they might realize that they are image bearers of You.

We thank you for this time of prayer that you have given us, Lord. We pray that you would be reminding us to pray for the welfare of our city as we go into the new week.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Question #24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
 
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.