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Sunday Recap for April 9, 2017:
Lord of All

Mission Highlight: Thank you Amanda for sharing about tutoring at City Academy! If you are interested in learning how to get involved, please email her! And if you missed what she shared, it is copied below:

Most of you are familiar with City Impact and the work they do in the Tenderloin, which is ultimately focused on bringing the light of Jesus into one of the darkest places in the city. City Academy is the K-8 private school for students living in the Tenderloin. City Academy’s vision is to revitalize the Tenderloin through education, recognizing that these children’s best way out of a perpetual lifestyle of poverty and crime is through education. SFCA’s mission statement is “to empower urban children and release them to excel academically, physically, spiritually, and socially.” And they have been doing just that - since 2008, 83% of the graduates have attended or are attending college.
 
City Academy relies a lot on volunteers and donations. I started volunteering with the Homework Club in March of last year. This was a time for students to stay after school once a week to catch up on their homework or receive help and there would be a few volunteers available to work with the students as needed.
 
This program sort of disappeared/morphed into something new at the beginning of the new school year when I was the only volunteer. So I was partnered with a first grade student, Amayran, who needed some help with reading. In the midst of working on her academics, we also became friends, sometimes spending the last few minutes before her parents came playing together. It is exciting to see her making progress in school.
 
This semester and especially over the past month, the program has expanded to between 5 and 7 kids, ranging in age from first to fourth grade, needing help in primarily math and reading. The first grade teacher, Mrs. Chea, organizes this after school tutoring program and she is amazing.  It is an inspiration to see her pour herself into the kids even when she has had a long day and still has lesson planning to do. Even still, we’ve gotten to the point where she and I cannot give the students the one-on-one attention they really need.
 
Will you prayerfully consider whether God might be calling you to volunteer with inner city kids? Not only is it making a difference in the lives of the kids - being a steady adult influence and helping them succeed academically - I know it is impacting me too. I am growing in dependence on God and he is expanding my heart for his people in all situations. Right after we took these pictures, one of the students prayed for me, about my sharing with all of you, and in her prayer she asked God to help me understand that they love me as family. I know that God is pleased with our efforts and he is at work in this place.
 
Logistically, the tutoring program is after school on Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm. A commitment up front is not required although ultimately, we are looking for people that could commit to a semester or a year at a time. Experience is definitely valuable but not necessary. I had never tutored before starting out with City Academy. All we are looking for is people who have a heart to love these students and a desire to see them grow. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me or Rebecca Hsu, SFCA’s Development Coordinator. Some other opportunities connected with City Academy include student sponsorship, which involves financial support for their tuition; mentorship; and the City Impact Conference coming up this summer.
Question #15: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
 
Answer: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.
This Week's Sermon: “Lord of All” (Mark 5)

“The gospel does say that through it you find your life, but that first you must lose your life. I must say to people, “Christ will 'work' for you only if you are true to him whether he works for you or not. You must not come to him because he is fulfilling (though he is) but because he is true. If you seek to meet him in order to get your needs met, you will not meet him or get your needs met. To become a Christian is not to get help for your agenda, but to take on a whole new agenda—the will of God. You must obey him because you owe him your life, because he is your Creator and Redeemer.”
(Timothy Keller)
 
Main Idea: Jesus is the Lord of all (Spiritual and Physical Worlds).

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