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Newsletter for the Week of
March 13th, 2016

We love you Lord, we worship you. You are our God, you alone are good.

Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs
This week's Sermon: "Judges Part 1" (Judges 2:1-5)
 
Main idea:
 It is not only when circumstances are difficult that we do not obey God, but even when it is easiest to do so. Some of the easiest tasks The Lord gives us, the ones He tees up the most for us, are the most difficult.

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Year of Biblical Literacy


This week's New City Catechism Question # 10:
What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?


Answer: Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit. 
Announcements:
 
Welcome Lunch, Sunday, March 20th right after service. Excellent way for newcomers to get to know what Christ Church is about and how to get connected over a meal on the church. Email Michelle if you're interested!

Good Friday Service, Friday, March 25th 6 PM. Presidio Chapel. Please join us for our Good Friday Service where we will remember Christ crucified for us and worship together as a church family. It will be a short and intimate family service with prayers, Scripture readings, and hymns. 


Easter Service and Baptisms, Sunday, March 27th. Please join us for an Easter Celebration, Sunday, March 27th where we will celebrate the risen Christ who conquered death and sin and reigns supreme! We will be having baptisms as well, so if you are interested in being baptized, please email Toby by March 21st. 

Community Group Leaders Training. If interested please fill out the form! Praise God that we are growing and need more Community Groups and more CG leaders! For those of you who want to potentially serve and bless the church by hosting and/or facilitating discussion or at least learn what this will look like. 

Interested in joining a Community Group? Please fill out the form! For those of you who are new to Christ Church and have been attending but aren't connected to a Community Group, they are a major way we live out our mission and vision to make disciples in Christ, Together, for the City. 
Mission Highlight: Thank you Vanessa for sharing with us. Here is what she shared:

For today’s mission highlight it’s my pleasure to share about a community based organization that I’m involved with called Chinese Progressive Association, as well as how a part of my personal testimony connects with their work.

CPA was founded in 1972 and seeks to educates, organizes and empower oppressed low income communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

The people they serve are working class Chinese and other racial minority communities. Many are immigrants and non-native English speakers. CPA is based in Chinatown but also do a lot of work in Excelsior and Southeast San Francisco.

To provide a flavor of the work they're involved in, examples of their work include educating and organizing low-income Chinatown tenants to improve their housing conditions, a program for working-class Asian and Latino immigrant families in SE SF to address disproportionate environmental health risks for low-income communities, as well as voter education and mobilization programs.

Their work often has very powerful results individually and collectively. For example, last year I attended an event celebrating the success of workers at a famous restaurant  called Yank Sing. These workers had been experiencing wage theft for years, such as misappropriated tips, not getting minimum wage, and other labor code violations. It can be easy for businesses to get away with this kind of behavior because their workers are often immigrants who don’t know the labor rights they’re entitled to and who don’t have the advocates, language skills, or security in their immigrations status to be able to speak out. With CPA’s help in organizing the workers and giving them avenues to speak up, they won a $4MM settlement in the form of backpay and future benefits.

I was introduced to the Boston chapter of CPA while in school. I loved how it brought together people of varying socioeconomic, racial, and education backgrounds with the common goal of social justice for Asian Americans and working class communities. And although my parents did not immigrate to the US for working class jobs, I do feel connected with some aspects of the immigrant experience through them. Now for the SF chapter, I’ve volunteered at several events and have done some research and reports depending on their various needs.

Economic, environmental, and racial inequality is opposed to the Kingdom of God. CPA's not a Christian organization, but I saw value in highlighting the work they're doing because I see God glorified when justice is carried out on Earth.

To speak more specifically and personally about the effects of this kind of injustice, I also wanted to share about how God has performed healing in recent years of my racial identity.

As a person of color, especially growing up in a predominantly white community, I grew up rejecting and feeling ashamed of my race and ethnicity. I didn't have the vocabulary to articulate what I felt at the time. I also didn’t have the knowledge to be able to connect my experience with that of other Asian Americans throughout history. However, God used relationships and education to shed light on the lies I believed and to redeem the impact of silencing and shame.

Within the broad realm of injustices Christians are called to fight, I feel particularly passionate about racism and the imperative to address it on individual and systemic levels. Things have been heated on a national scale over the past few years, but it’s important to remember that racism does not consist of isolated incidents and is not a temporary crisis but a sinful reality.

It’s a difficult topic for anyone to discuss due to fear of conflict, guilt, and being misunderstood. My husband, Shane, and I definitely know how painful it can be to tread through racial reconciliation within the context of our biracial marriage. But we can confidently say that God uses that particular aspect of our relationship to bring about a greater unity as we draw near to him as His children and identify with that which is above all earthly identifiers.

I truly believe the Gospel has the power to break all division, and Jesus certainly challenged racial barriers when he loved and served Samaritans and Romans during his Earthly ministry. In his death he made the ultimate reconciliation possible between God and men and women, and Ephesians 2:14 says that "Christ Jesus himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility".

I am more than happy to share more of my personal experiences or about CPA. Would love to start conversation with anyone who feels called to bring the light of the Gospel into this particular area of darkness, or who simply wants to learn more or pray together. Please reach out!
Recurring Announcements
  • Please join us in A Year of Biblical Literacy. This year, we are reading through the Bible together as a congregation. We have a Scripture reading schedule (never to late to hop on!), videos, and other resources to help us along. 
  • Sign up for the online newsletter! You can go to christchurchsf.org/#newsletter!
  • Youth Group Discussions every Sunday after service, 12:00 - 12:30pm Older youth welcome and encouraged to join us in the "Chill out" section of the Cafeteria!
Have any questions, comments, thoughts to share? Please email us!
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