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This Sunday (4/21) we will have collection boxes available for the funds we are raising for those affected by the heavy rains and cyclone in Mcheneke, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. See the reminder for online giving links below for more information! There are also buttons below to give online.
GoFundMe for Mcheneke Food Shortage and Rebuilding Fund
Christ Church Collection to Convoy of Hope (please specify in "Message" section)

Sunday Recap for April 14, 2019:
Gospel Patience

Mission Highlight: Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21John 17:18), including the workplace.”

Thanks Ed for sharing about accounting, finance, real estate, and law--the professional and business service industry. Currently, the professional and business services sector represents 28% of San Francisco non-agricultural Labor workforce. Ed shared about the joys of working in the industry, such as Financial Stability and provision; Exploring interesting content; Having the ability to make impactful decisions; and Engaging with others and building meaningful relationships.

However, on the flip side of this coin, there are also many challenges and difficulties that are faced in this sector such as: Money, Greed, Difficulty having compassion for others in difficult situations, Treating others with equal self-respect and dignity, and Being unable to be present amongst friends and family due to long working hours and heavy work loads. 

With this said, God continues to work through our various professions in this industry in both small and large ways, whether that is finding other Christians in the workplace to be salt and light in the industry, and also recognizing, as Seng preached last week, on how not just 10% of it, but all of it, belongs to God and should be used to glorify him.

Then Toby prayed a commissioning prayer for all those who work in the professional and business service industry, sending them out in the name of Jesus Christ, that God give them knowledge and sense of purpose in their work, knowing that God will use them for his will. Let's continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in this field and see how no matter where we are during the week, God has us there for a reason.
Question #16: What is sin?
 
Answer: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.
Link to this Week's Sermon: “Gospel Patience" (James 5:7-11)
 

Tim Keller, “There’s only one of two ways to respond when disappointments happen. Either you can trust God or you can trust yourself. You can either trust God’s timing, schedule, and wisdom or you can trust your assessment, schedule, timing, and what you think should happen. You can respond to the difficulty either by trusting God or trusting yourself.”

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Sunday Recap for April 7, 2019:
What's Mine?

Mission Highlight: Thank you Kevin and Sharon for sharing the Mission Highlight on San Francisco's District 3. They shared about District 3 with the understanding that followers of Jesus are sent out to love and serve the city and share the good news of Jesus Christ. And in order to love the city and neighborhoods that we live in, we must know the city. Here are some facts:
  • San Francisco’s District 3 encompasses the north east corner of the city and includes the neighborhoods of Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Embarcadero, Nob Hill, Financial District, and Union Square.
  • In terms of ethnicity, 46% are White, 44% are Asian, 8% are Latino, and 3% are African American.
  • 43% are foreign born and 50% of residents speak languages other than English.
  • In terms of education, 19% have a high school degree or less, 33% have a college degree, and 18% have graduate and professional degrees.
Kevin shared about how they moved to Telegraph Hill two years ago, and some of the most prominent features of their neighborhood include how polarizing it can feel. On a single walk around North Beach, they interact with folks across all socio-economic backgrounds--young millennials, reminding them of the city's transience, Chinese immigrants, whose primary language is not English, and their neighbor across the street who owns a Porsche and two Ferraris. However, there is still a strong sense of community in places like local cafes of people playing the same crossword puzzle, community centers where kids play together, and on the streets where families run into each other and catch up in the streets. 

They also see hope and God moving. They met a local community group whose mission was to intentionally and tangibly love their next-door neighbors as Jesus adamantly commands, and see churches being planted in the community, with at least two being planted since we’ve moved into the neighborhood – The Porch and Liberty Church SF. 

Then Sharon led us in prayer for this District. Let's continue to pray for our city and neighborhoods, and seek to love and serve our neighbors the way Christ taught us.
This Week's Sermon: “What's Mine?” (James 5:1-6)
 
“Most of the time, we are simply serving ourselves – pouring our energy and hope for happiness into the nurture of our own desires. But at each moment, we are serving either the desires of our flesh, or the desires of God … ‘Each of our lives is shaped by the war between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of self.’ The conflict is that we don’t want to be subservient to anyone else’s wants and needs. Not even God’s.” - Nate Palmer, Servanthood as Worship
 
Main Idea: Everything we have is God’s to assign for His kingdom


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Hello Church! We are still collecting funds for the rebuilding efforts in Mcheneke, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Please refer to last week's Mission Highlight for more information!
GoFundMe for Mcheneke Food Shortage and Rebuilding Fund
Christ Church Collection to Convoy of Hope (please specify in "Message" section)
-Spain sandwich fundraiser on 4/28 after service here at Roosevelt! There will be a sandwich bar where you can build your own sandwich and hang around for extra fellowship while supporting our Spain Team. We will have parking until 3pm so please stick around!

-Volunteers needed for Roosevelt MS "Spruce Up Day" on Saturday, May 11th from 9am-1pm. Roosevelt has asked for help and it's a great way to serve. There will be activities for adults and kids! If you can, please RSVP to the email that went out. If you didn't get the email, email us, or ask anyone with a green lanyard for help with that. 

-Members! Please turn in your elder affirmations by this Saturday (4/13). Thank you so much!!!
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Sunday Recap for March 31, 2019:
God-Sustained Work

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, as we emailed earlier this week, we shared about the natural disaster in the southeastern region of Africa. Some of you may have heard of Cyclone Idai which has devastated Mozambique, wiping out entire villages, destroying crops, and outbreaks of waterborne diseases like cholera and malaria have been confirmed. 

Although Mcheneke, Malawi--the community that we partner with through Hands at Work to serve--hasn't been directly hit by the cyclone, heavy rainfall has caused severe damage. 23 families of the most vulnerable children we serve have lost their homes. 71 homes in the wider community have been lost. Homes can't be built until the dry season, which is at the end of the year. Though it is time for harvest, all the crops have been wiped out, and the community foresees a year of hunger ahead. 

In Zimbabwe, crops and homes have been wiped out as well, and those in the Hands at Work community have lost family members. In Mozambique, we are concerned about the safety and protection of our community members and children that are seeking shelter in schools and churches due to their lost homes. The outbreaks of cholera and malaria threaten to close down the Hands at Work Care Centers, which would mean meal centers would need to be divided up into much smaller units, which would require great, logistical maneuvering to feed those who are the most vulnerable in the community.

Funds are needed to provide much needed assistance. There are two ways our church is mobilizing to support those impacted by this disaster. 

First, we will be taking up a collection to send to Convoy of Hope, which is great at logistics and has already served 200,000 meals on the ground. To donate, please go to our giving page, and in the "Message" section, please write "Convoy of Hope." 

Second, we have set up a GoFundMe, along with our sister churches--Wellspring and Grace Alameda--who also partner with Mcheneke through Hands at Work, to assist in the food shortage and rebuilding. These funds will go towards the longer term needs of helping Mcheneke rebuild in the year ahead. 

The buttons below will take you to these giving links.
Christ Church Collection to Convoy of Hope (please specify in "Message" section)
GoFundMe for Mcheneke Food Shortage and Rebuilding Fund
We also deeply need your prayers as well. Thank you all so much for your prayers and assistance, which are so deeply needed.

(Seng's prayer from this Sunday)
Dear Lord, it’s hard for many of us to imagine our own homes and neighborhoods destroyed; all our belongings lost; our family and friends suddenly and tragically taken from our lives; to be naked and hungry; with little possibility of escape; and with no means of our own for recovery or the prospect of a future, except for the intervention and help of others from outside. But this is just what millions of people across Mozambique and Malawi are experiencing, even now.
 
Father, we thank you for those who’ve begun to make the crisis known to the rest of the world. We ask that you would amplify their efforts so that it does not remain hidden from view, but that people all over the world would come to know the true extent of the disaster of Cyclone Idai. 
 
We thank you for working in the hearts and giving strength and ability to the local and international relief workers who’ve gone to bring help and hope to the victims of this tragedy. Sustain them, we pray.
 
We ask that you would comfort and strengthen the hearts of the sufferers and the bereaved in Mozambique and Malawi, and that they may know that it is you, working through your people, who has begun to answer their cries for rescue. Please protect those who are helping them now and stir the hearts of those who have not yet begun to help
 
Father, not only has the disaster left devastation and wreckage in its wake, but disease in the form of cholera and malaria have now followed. Even more lives will be lost. We ask for them: mercy, and healing for the sick and the injured.
 
Food will be scarce, distribution systems will need repair, and the will of politicians and government workers will be tested in ensuring that supplies and care are fairly given to all who are in need. The scale of problems is immense, but you are greater than all of these.
 
So we ask that you would preside, empower, guide, and help each and every person on the ground, and looking on from abroad, to respond with genuine concern, and sincere care and effort. May they be conscious that in your kingdom, each and every person has a role in loving their neighbor, their brother and sister – opening their hand, their cupboard, their purse, and their mouth and heart in prayer, no matter where they are.
 
And we ask that Your Spirit would move in us and lead us to help, both in the immediate crisis and in the long-term recovery effort. In Jesus’ name.
This Week's Sermon: “God-Sustained Work” (James 4:13-17)
 
“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever. That is what the Christian faith promises. “In the Lord, your labor is not in vain,” writes Paul in the first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15, verse 58.” — Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
 
Main Idea: Following Jesus requires integrating faith and work.


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-One to two slides volunteers needed! Once a month, you would help prepare the liturgy slides, help set up on Sunday mornings, and then operate the slides that Sunday. If you're interested, please email us

-Six Children's Ministry volunteers needed! Folks traveling during the summer and having babies has created a need in Sunday Coordinating, High School, Stand-by Parents, and Grade School teaching. An excellent way to serve the children and families at our church that they may know Christ. All of these roles are once a month:
-Two Sunday Coordinators: welcome families, check in kids, float around for assistance, preschool/toddler check out.
-One woman High School Volunteer: Facilitate sermon discussions after service, build relationships with teens, monthly socials.
-One Stand-by Parents: Be on call to help watch preschool/toddlers in case there are 13+ kids.
-Two Grade School Teachers: teach and lead grade school using lesson plan provided, build relationships, keep kids safe.

-Easter Baptisms are coming up! Baptism is one of the sacraments that Jesus commanded, a beautiful, public, symbolic act to show that you are dead to your old self and born again in Christ. If you are interested in being baptized or know anyone considering it, please let us know! The baptisms will be on April 21st, and we would like to know by April 7th. 
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Sunday Recap for March 24, 2019:
Build Others Up

Mission Highlight: Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21John 17:18), including the workplace.”

This week, Mel shared about the unique challenges and opportunities of being a parent. "Parenting is an all-encompassing responsibility that is ever-changing as your children grow and requires strength, flexibility, humility, wisdom--to name a few qualities--as you not only try to keep your kids alive but also train and disciple them day in and day out." She spoke about the unique and intense love and how it shows us about our relationship with God, as well as the joys, fears, anxieties, and sin we bring into our parenting. She also shared about the added stress and time management challenge of parents with jobs outside of home, and the sacrifice of income for stay-at-home parents in a society that tempts stay-at-home parents to feel less-than, isolated, and unproductive.

She encouraged dialogue on the topic, and also encouraged our congregation to get to know the parents among us, the children, to serve and to learn, and for parents to encourage one another. She also reminded all parents to hold onto the core of their identities--being followers of Jesus, loving God with our whole selves and our neighbors as our selves throughout our parenting. 

Then Jon-Paul prayed a commissioning prayer for the parents, asking God to remind us of our relationship with him, and that all parents be able to point their children to their perfect heavenly Father. Let's continue to pray for the parents in our congregation and take on the encouragement to support one another!
This Week's Sermon: “Build Others Up" (James 4:1-11-12)

“Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.” — Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
 
“Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They often impact people for decades, providing the courage to press on or one more reason to give up.” — Michael Hyatt
 
Main Idea: Build others up.
-One to two slides volunteers needed! Once a month, you would help prepare the liturgy slides, help set up on Sunday mornings, and then operate the slides that Sunday. If you're interested, please email us

-Seven Children's Ministry volunteers needed! Folks traveling during the summer and having babies has created a need in Sunday Coordinating, High School, Stand-by Parents, and Grade School teaching. An excellent way to serve the children and families at our church that they may know Christ. All of these roles are once a month:
-Two Sunday Coordinators: welcome families, check in kids, float around for assistance, preschool/toddler check out.
-One woman High School Volunteer: Facilitate sermon discussions after service, build relationships with teens, monthly socials.
-Two Stand-by Parents: Be on call to help watch preschool/toddlers in case there are 13+ kids.
-Two Grade School Teachers: teach and lead grade school using lesson plan provided, build relationships, keep kids safe.

-Easter Baptisms are coming up! Baptism is one of the sacraments that Jesus commanded, a beautiful, public, symbolic act to show that you are dead to your old self and born again in Christ. If you are interested in being baptized or know anyone considering it, please let us know! The baptisms will be on April 21st, and we would like to know by April 7th. 
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Sunday Recap for March 17, 2019:
Passion and Prayer

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we presented the team going to Spain this summer before the congregation. Those confirmed going (left to right) are Leon, Hannah, Jonah, Courtney, Jason, Jen, Vivienne, Alicia, Cristian, Seng, Kellan, Cameron, Rebekah, Ronan, Julie, Christina and Toby and Aidan (not pictured). Please encourage them and pray for them, engage with them in conversation to better understand the trip, why they are going, and how you can pray for them and support them.

The English camp (6/24-28) will be in Vilafranca, Spain, where less than half of one percent are evangelical Christian. By providing a service they want (English instruction), it is an opportunity to help the local church build relationships and love and serve the community. 

Let's remember to keep them in prayer!
This Week's Sermon: “Passion and Prayer" (James 4:1-10)
 

“Thinking, arguments, and beliefs are crucial as means of moving the heart, but ultimately we are what we adore. We are what captures our imagination, what leads us to praise and to compel others to praise it. Our inordinate anger, anxiety, and discouragement result from disordered loves. Our relational problems result from disordered loves, and our social and cultural problems as well.” --Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God  

“It is no use to ask God with factitious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with the desire for B. We must lay before him what is in us, not what ought to be in us … It may well be that the desire can be laid before God only as a sin to be repented; but one of the best ways of learning this is to lay it before God … If we lay all the cards on the table, God will help us moderate the excesses.” --C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer
 

Main Idea: Anger is pride that keeps us from peace with God.

-One to two slides volunteers needed! Once a month, you would help prepare the liturgy slides, help set up on Sunday mornings, and then operate the slides that Sunday. If you're interested, please email us


-Hands at Work Gathering this Saturday, March 23rd. Hands at Work is an organization we've been partnering with for almost a decade to hep serve the most vulnerable in Mcheneka, Malawi. Please join us on 3/23 for dinner, community updates and prayer. An evite has gone out but please email us if you didn't get it.

-Next Theology Uncorked next Sunday, March 24th at 5pm (location TBA). Come and grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a beer and be ready for some lively conversation. We will be working through Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology over the course of the year. The goal of this time will be to learn how to think theologically about our lives and our world. An email will go out!

-Seven Children's Ministry volunteers needed! Folks traveling during the summer and having babies has created a need in Sunday Coordinating, High School, Stand-by Parents, and Grade School teaching. An excellent way to serve the children and families at our church that they may know Christ. All of these roles are once a month:
-Two Sunday Coordinators: welcome families, check in kids, float around for assistance, preschool/toddler check out.
-One woman High School Volunteer: Facilitate sermon discussions after service, build relationships with teens, monthly socials.
-Two Stand-by Parents: Be on call to help watch preschool/toddlers in case there are 13+ kids.
-Two Grade School Teachers: teach and lead grade school using lesson plan provided, build relationships, keep kids safe.

-Easter Baptisms are coming up! Baptism is one of the sacraments that Jesus commanded, a beautiful, public, symbolic act to show that you are dead to your old self and born again in Christ. If you are interested in being baptized or know anyone considering it, please let us know! The baptisms will be on April 21st, and we would like to know by April 7th. 
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Sunday Recap for March 10, 2019:
Wisdom From Above

Mission Highlight: Thank you Chad for leading us in prayer for our leaders. Periodically we pray for our leaders in the country, the world, and our city. He reminded us about 1 Samuel 8, when God warned the people of the perils of human kingship. Though we can be disappointed in our leaders, the Bible calls us to pray for them. We are commanded to pray for our leaders in 1 Timothy 2:1-4. Chad asked us to reflect on servant leadership and told us a bit about Bill Scott, Chief of Police; Joanne Hayes-White, Head of the Fire Department; London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco; Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent of Schools; Harlan Kelly; General Manager of Public Utilities Commission. He also prayed for the family of the Public Defender who recently passed away. 

He asked God to help the leaders of our city, state, and country be wise and make godly judgments and make decisions on behalf of the people they serve. He asked God to help them mentor others and prepare them to serve, and to bring leaders together in time of social unrest and partisanship. He asked God help the leaders seek peace and justice and fairness, to seek justice for the poor and widow, to find the tools they need to face big challenges. He asked God to give leaders grace and rest, and the peace they need to serve, decrease their stress, improve health and help them deal with magnitude of their role in healthy ways, knowing that the joy of salvation can be a salve to their wounds. He asked that they see God in their work and have the truth of gospel permeate their thinking. He asked that God reveal himself to them in a way that through their leadership, people might see God's light and know him. He asked God allow his sons and daughters to be around leaders and influence them, and that the church would support leaders the way God would have us do. He asked that God would help us regularly pray for our leaders and seek their salvation, not to turn to anger but prayer and forgiveness, know them as real people. He asked that God would help us and our leaders look towards his kingdom. Let's continue to remember to pray for our leaders!
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: “Wisdom From Above" (James 3:13-4:3)
 

“To live a life of meaning is to have an interpretive framework for explaining how our significance relates to the rest of existence. Specifically, we desire to be oriented toward some telos, some ultimate purpose that provides coherence, moral guidance, trajectory, explanation, and vitality to our lives.”

— Alan Noble, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age


Main idea: Wisdom from above gives you peace and purpose.
 

-2 to 3 slides volunteers needed! Once a month, you would help prepare the liturgy slides, help set up on Sunday mornings, and then operate the slides that Sunday. If you're interested, please email us.

-Hands at Work Gathering on Saturday, March 23rd. Hands at Work is an organization we've been partnering with for almost a decade to hep serve the most vulnerable in Mcheneka, Malawi. Please join us on 3/23 for dinner, community updates and prayer. An evite has gone out but please email us if you didn't get it.

-Easter Baptisms are coming up! Baptism is one of the sacraments that Jesus commanded, a beautiful, public, symbolic act to show that you are dead to your old self and born again in Christ. If you are interested in being baptized or know anyone considering it, please let us know! The baptisms will be on April 21st, and we would like to know by April 7th. 
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Today is Ash Wednesday. Please use this lenten devotional to prepare your hearts and meditate on the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, before we celebrate the resurrection of Easter. This portion is found in the Seasons liturgical calendar we sent out a while back. 

Sunday Recap for March 3, 2019:
The Tongue

Mission Highlight: God has graciously designed the leadership of the Body of Christ to include pastors and elders (Eph. 4:11-161 Tim 3:1-7Titus 1) and deacons and deaconesses (Acts 6:1-71 Tim. 3:8-13) in the local church. We believe that elders are given by God as a gift to his church. We also believe that there is a Biblical pattern of the church being called to “select from among themselves” those leaders whom God has called, gifted, and affirmed. 

This Sunday, we presented the three candidates to the congregation--Jamin, George, and Carter. We prayed together asking God to guide this process. Emails will be going out shortly to the members of Christ Church to participate in the affirming process. Let's continue to pray together for our elder candidates and our church this week!
This Week's Sermon: “The Tongue" (James 3:1-12)

“The true Image has been revealed, and the true Image Bearer gave himself to rescue us from our broken images — but it also leads to the incomparably empowering gift of the Spirit, the indwelling, image-restoring presence of God. We cannot repair our broken image by our own well-intentioned efforts…Only when we know the name of the true Image Bearer and have his Spirit bearing witness with our spirits that we are children of God do we have any hope of living his dependent, obedient, faithful, and fruitful life.”

       — Timothy Keller, Loving the City

Main idea: If you can control your tongue, you can control your whole life.

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-On Saturday, March 23rd from 6-8pm, we will have a Hands at Work gathering. Dinner will be provided and we will share community updates and have a time of prayer. Please email us if you are interested!

-Easter Baptisms are coming up! Baptism is one of the sacraments that Jesus commanded, a beautiful, public, symbolic act to show that you are dead to your old self and born again in Christ. If you are interested in being baptized or know anyone considering it, please let us know! The baptisms will be on April 21st, and we would like to know by April 7th. 
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Ash Wednesday starts in one week: next Wednesday, March 6th. Please use this lenten devotional to prepare your hearts and meditate on the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, before we celebrate the resurrection of Easter. This portion is found in the Seasons liturgical calendar we sent out a while back. 

Sunday Recap for February 24, 2019:
A Pilgrim's Perspective

Mission Highlight: Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21John 17:18), including the workplace.”
 
This week Irene shared about the spiritual challenges and opportunities in the Advocacy, Non Profit and Social Services Fields, drawing from other members in our congregation who work in the vastly different roles in this field. 

She shared how people who choose this work are drawn by the opportunity to serve, the purposeful and meaningful work to strive to give a voice to those who are unseen and forgotten. However it can be overwhelming to think about people caught in complex webs of poverty, illness and injustice, where resources are so often limited by funding, staffing and services. It can be hard to remember they are not a savior but a humble servant.
 
Here are the challenges of Mind, Body and Spirit:
  • Maintaining Hope: It’s tempting to become cynical and feel like change will never happen and to feel helpless
  • There’s a danger of either depression or numbness because the stories of human suffering are too much and what is out there seems never enough—that we as helpers are never enough
  • There is physical safety to be ever conscious of, burnout/exhaustion.  Things are never finished or wrapped up.  There is always the next person or situation.  While there are successes that unfold over long periods of time, there are also failures
Spiritual Temptations include:
  • Helping others, even being thanked, can swell us with pride—we can believe we are “doing good works” and buying favor from God or those in our personal inner circle.  We can so easily forget God is at work here
  • There are also days when the work can feel meaningless and there can be a spiritual numbness. We can doubt that God is even out there or be angry and blaming because things don’t change, people don’t change fast enough.    
  • We must always It becomes take to heart God’s promises, but it can be so hard to remember them
As for The Opportunities--they are rich and nuanced. In our many different kinds of work places, our fellow co-workers and the people from different agencies we coordinate with—they may not be believers, but the work we do every day is profoundly Christ-like. Regardless of world view, we have an opportunity to share about how God is deeply at the heart of this. The work is humbling. We can embrace the brokenness of each client/patient as well as our own brokenness, knowing deeply that God values all of us.
 
Then Seng prayed for those in this field, praying a Commissioning Prayer over them. He thanked God for those who speak up for the overlooked and insecure. He prayed for the frustrations they face, asking God to remember his own heart for the weak and those who serve the weak, and his own leaving heaven to come to earth to keep company with and serve the lowly, and his identification to the least of these. He prayed against temptations and asked for sustained hope in his promise to make all things new and that every tear will be wiped away, that in their weakness his power is made complete. He asked for strength and grace, sending out those in this field in the name of Christ.

Please feel free to listen to the audio recording here!
This Week's Sermon: “A Pilgrim's Perspective" (James 2:20-26)

“It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love? We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.” — David Brooks, “The Moral Bucket List”
 
“God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.” — Timothy Keller
 
Main Idea: Live out your faith.

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-The Spain Mission Trip will be at the end of June this year. We will have an information session on Sunday, March 3rd at 5pm at the Jantz residence (an email should have gone out). We would like the team to be finalized on 3/17, so please come to find out more. Here is the form if you missed it. 

-On Saturday, March 23rd from 6-8pm, we will have a Hands at Work gathering. Dinner will be provided and we will share community updates and have a time of prayer. Please email us if you are interested!
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Ash Wednesday starts in two weeks, Wednesday, March 6th. Please use this lenten devotional to prepare your hearts and meditate on the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, before we celebrate the resurrection of Easter. This portion is found in the Seasons liturgical calendar we sent out a while back. 

Sunday Recap for February 17, 2019:
Real Faith Works

Mission Highlight: Every week we focus on a region where we can be intentional in bringing the gospel to the community we live in. We often highlight the different parts of San Francisco and  the  neighbors we are called to love and serve. Thank you Christina for sharing about your community, District 1.

District 1 starts right in this area where our church is and goes all the way down Geary to the ocean and includes the Golden Gate Park, The population facts that I am about to read include the diverse families, working singles, and students of the nearby USF and UCSF campuses- but they do not include the homeless population living throughout the par. However they are definitely a part of the community as it is not uncommon to see regulars make themselves at home on the streets.  
  • Population is 50% white 40% Asian
  • 50% of the homes are family households
  • 56% speak English in the home, 30% Asian languages, 9% European 5% Spanish
  • 22% have some high school education, %23 some college education, 34% have college degree 21% have a graduate degree
Christina shared about living just a few blocks away from church where we had the gas explosion fire last week.  Fortunately no one was hurt and damage was minimal, but it was a blessing to see how the community came together to help each other out.  Emails and messages were going across neighborhood forums on how to help the restaurant that burned down as well as the occupants of the houses that were damaged.  Among them, she knew believers who were intentional in their love and concern for the community but so many more were helpers that she did not know personally. Her heart was challenged to understand that God uses these times of crisis for His people to come out and meet others in their needs and take every opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. My hope is that we all who make up Christ church as the Christian neighbors here, would be known to the community as the first responders for people in times of spiritual and physical need.

Then Christina prayed for the people of District 1, including Outer Circle, which serves people living in the park, taken over by our sister church Citizens. Let's continue to get to know, pray for, love, and serve our city and our neighbors for Jesus!
This Week's Sermon: “Real Faith Works" (James 2:14-20, 26)

There is a distinction in James between real faith and false faith. Listen to see how real faith works in obedience to Christ.

Main: Real Faith... Works.

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-If you haven't already, please take the anonymous Christ Church survey in the cafeteria after service. We will have some iPads and laptops available, or you can just sit with some snacks provided on your phone. It's a way for our leaders to get an honest snapshot of our church to help us grow spiritually. 

-Next Sunday, February 24th, will be our first Theology Uncorked, where we will meet at The Plough and the Stars at 5pm. 

-The Spain Mission Trip will be at the end of June this year. We will have an information session on Sunday, March 3rd at 5pm at the Jantz residence (an email should have gone out). We would like the team to be finalized on 3/17, so please come to find out more. Here is the form if you missed it. 
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In case you missed Mission and Vision Sunday on January 20th, the recordings and brief summaries are up here. Please have a listen to them if you missed it!

Sunday Recap for February 10, 2019:
Love Without Prejudice

Mission Highlight: We have accepted the invitation to lead an English Camp in Spain, and it will take place from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, with a couple days before and after for travel. The base cost will be $1,500, but please don’t let cost deter you, as fundraising at our church has been very effective. We would like to present the team before the congregation on March 17th, and so have a team set in about a month. An email will go out with interest forms.

Most Spaniards are agnostic; many are atheist. Evangelical Christians make up less than half of one percent of the population. It is no surprise most Spanish Evangelical churches are few, very small and struggling to survive. In Spain, Protestant churches are seen as weird cults that are not to be trusted. An English camp is an effective way for the church to reach out to the local community and fight some of these misgivings against Evangelical churches.  By offering something the locals want, English instruction, for extremely cheap at high quality, without the bait and switch, helps the community get to know the church and for the church to get to know them.  By merely having the neighbors inside church walls and witness that we Christians are normal and friendly, is a huge help to the local church and their mission there.  After we leave, the church then continues to build on the reputation and relationships that we helped them start or deepen.
 
In the months leading up to the trip, we will prepare our hearts and minds for the work, and also prepare all the curriculum, materials, and visual aids. Together with Steven, we are still deciding whether to do another English camp geared to children in Vilafranca or an English camp for a wide range of ages in Barcelona. If we do the one for children, we can re-use some of the curriculum from last time, but it could definitely benefit from some improving. If you have any experience in teaching English language learners, please contact us!
 
It will be a great opportunity to help the church in Spain reach their neighbors, because it is extremely difficult to do so there, to be connected with the missionaries we support and the other missionaries we get to meet there, to encourage Christians in Spain, to be aware of God's global kingdom, and deepening relationships with other team members from our church.

Then we prayed for God to raise up a team from our congregation and to equip, unify, and prepare us and the church in Spain, so that Jesus might be known to be God. Let's continue to pray for and the team and ask God if we are being called to go. 
Question #6: How can we glorify God?
 
Answer: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.
This Week's Sermon: “Love Without Prejudice" (James 2:1-13)


“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”
 
       — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
 
Main: Prejudice is incompatible with faith. Jesus is the only way forward.

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Sunday Recap for February 10, 2019:
Love Without Prejudice