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Sunday Recap for June 16, 2019:
Wisdom and Money

Mission Highlight: This Sunday, we prayed for the Spain Team, who are traveling this week to Spain to run the English Camp in Vilafranca del Penedés for Esglèsia Evangèlica Baptista. Let's continue to pray for the team! Here is the prayer:

We pray for our Mission Team as Paul did for the Ephesian church, that they would grow in spiritual wisdom and discernment, and depth of love for those whom they will serve and serve with (Eph. 3:14-19).
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you that You are the One who is working in the world to build your church, and that you grant to us the privilege of participating in Your work.
 
We ask therefore that you would help us to trust in You, turning to You often in prayer to ask for what we need, for provision, wisdom, strength, joy, rest, and peace. We ask these things now, for the team members who are going to Spain to conduct the English Camp, which is the platform and the opportunity for the mission.
 
The mission you have given all of us is to make disciples, and in this context, it is to show others what it means to be disciples who love and serve others in self-giving ways. Because that’s what You Yourself came to show us. You not only preached the kingdom of heaven, but you showed it to us, by using your power and ability to heal, to give life, and to wash the feet of your disciples. We pray that you would invest those standing here with that same desire and sense of purpose, because they love you out of the love that You first loved them with, and they want others to know Your love.  
 
Father, we pray that while meeting the need of those who come to learn at the English Camp, the mission team would make this the true focus of their trip: to show those coming to the English Camp – and one another – the practical love of Christ by serving joyfully, agreeably, and well, and so give to all who come a faithful testimony of Your goodness and mercy. May this be the measure of success they use, and may it be what their English students remember most: their interactions with loving servants of Christ, whose deepest trust, whose highest joy, and whose greatest reward, is in their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Would You provide the opportunities and spur the questions in people’s hearts, that they would desire to know what it is that has led these, Your servants, to serve them in this way. And would You then give Your servants the wisdom to answer and demonstrate in simple and convincing ways that it is because they believe Your living Word and abide in it. Would You open blinded eyes and soften hardened hearts in such moments, Lord, so that people would feel the desire to draw near to You and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Father, we pray that Your Spirit would help the members of this team to prepare themselves spiritually, and help them to also grow spiritually, both during and after this trip. Help them to recognize the spiritual war that Your church is facing, including Your church in Spain. As they begin each day between now and their return, help them to put on the whole armor of God, and at their daily debriefs, help our Lead Pastor, Toby, to tend these members of Your flock. May they encourage, help, and strengthen one another, and wash one another with the water of Your Word. May they especially encourage, help, and strengthen our Spanish brothers and sisters in Christ, and all those leading Your church in Spain.
 
Would you lead this team and its members to be flexible and adaptable in their ongoing plans. Help them to trust the plan that You have for this trip, and to discern and respond to what it is You wish to accomplish through it. May they see that You have gone ahead of them to make provision through Your people who are in Spain, and that You will sustain them and their efforts.
 
We pray that You would protect, preserve, and enhance the health, energy, patience, safety, and travels of the individual team members. May they be salt and light not only to those coming to learn English, but also to those who are of Your church in Spain. Would You help them to encourage, commend, challenge, and pray for Pastor Gabi and the members and leaders of his church to find their strength, growth, and hope in You.
 
And for the rest of us who are not going on the mission team, Lord, would You cause us to remember these servants of Yours often in prayer, and by our continuing material, physical, and spiritual support of them.
This Week's Sermon: Wisdom and Money" (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12)
 
“The only thing we all belong to is the global market, an encompassing entity that contains all political organizations and their citizenry, now redefined as consumers.” — Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed
 
“When used with wisdom, money is a gift from God—a tool for worshiping Jesus and honoring God. How that plays out is the subject of this book. Without wisdom, we’re likely to fear, worship, and live for our money, making it our god.” -- Jamie Munson, Money: God or Gift? 

Main Idea: How does money function in your life?

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Open invitation to Pre-Service prayer every Sunday in the hallway outside auditorium at 10am. We have been praying for the service at 10am mostly with the volunteers serving but we would like to extend that invitation to whoever is interested in joining! It happens every Sunday at 10am. No rsvp needed. 
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Sunday Recap for June 9, 2019:
Life From Death

Mission Highlight: Thank you Andrew and Amanda, for updating us on our fundraising efforts and what is happening on the ground in Mcheneke, the community we partner with through Hands at Work. We raised around $2,000 for immediate on the ground relief to be sent to Convoy of Hope, particularly in Mozambique which was the hardest hit. 

We also raised around $22,000 for the Mcheneke community. Half has been released for construction of new housing. The rest will be released to Hands as other needs arise through out the year. 

Royie (Service Centre Coordinator, Hands at Work, Malawi) and his team identified 25 houses as being top priority to be rebuilt. As of this week, 7 of these have been rebuilt with temporary bamboo sticks and poles (first picture). Bricks are currently being made to complete rebuilds for the remaining houses.

14-year old Daniel* (name has been changed, second picture) is one of the children benefitting from this response. Before the cyclone, Daniel lived with his Gogo (grandma) in a house, next door to his 5 other half siblings and mother. Devastatingly, both houses were completely destroyed, along with all of the family’s belongings. Left in an extremely vulnerable situation, the family set to work building a small, temporary shelter that all 8 of them stayed in. The surrounding community joined the family to begin rebuilding a home - family, neighbors and the Hands at Work team - all generously bringing materials to complete the build.

We want to thank everyone for lifting up the people of Mcheneke in prayer and giving so generously. God is definitely moving in the community as you heard from the story of Daniel. 

This cyclone really exposed the vulnerability of communities across Eastern Africa and the community of Mcheneke specifically. The children that we support there have no disaster plans and little support when things like this happen. What has been really beautiful in the midst of the destruction and pain is the response of the care workers and the community as they sacrificially step up to care for those that were most impacted by the cyclone.

One of the goals of our partnership with Hands at Work and Mcheneke is to build resiliency as we support the development of income generating activities for care givers and encourage a sense of ownership for the whole community for the care of the most vulnerable among them. And it’s happening! But they have a long way to go before they no longer need outside aid and we have the privilege and opportunity to support them along the way in numerous ways, not least of which financially. If your heart has been stirred by these events, we invite you to consider making a long term commitment to support the community and the ongoing work through monthly donations and regular prayer. 

If you’ve been at Christ Church for any length of time, you have likely heard us talking about the teams that we also send periodically to Malawi to learn from and encourage the care workers, the children and their families. Our sister church, Grace Alameda, is sending a team next month. We know that God will use this team to speak life into these Malawians who have so much reason to despair but we know they are also going to learn a lot from them as, in our experience, they have a depth of faith and hope in spite of circumstances that is, frankly uncommon in our context.

The Baumanns will be hosting a prayer gathering on Sunday July 7, the weekend the Grace Alameda team arrives in Malawi. We will have stories from past team members about their experiences as we pray for the team and the people of Mcheneke.

Then we prayed for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and those impacted by the cyclone. Let's continue to pray for them:

God over all creation, you have heard the cries of your people in Eastern Africa and you have turned your face toward them. Thank you for organizations like Convoy of Hope and for the individuals who have willingly stepped into someone else’s messiness to bring hope and tangible help to the hurting. Thank you for positioning a Hands at Work to respond to the crisis in the communities they serve. And thank Father for allowing us to participate in their healing from across the world and for stirring the compassion of this body to act on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We know the effects of the cyclone are not over. The world has moved on but the people devastated in Eastern Africa have not. We ask that your spirit would draw near to the hurting. Give wisdom and integrity to those who have been entrusted with the task of distributing donated goods and funds. May the reach the most needy. Sustain the relief and rebuilding efforts. Protect the people from disease and exposure this winter.

Father, be with each individual that you hand selected to be a part of the Grace Alameda team. As they visit one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest nations in the world, some for the first time, 3 months after a natural disaster, we know the suffering will be evident but we ask that you would also help them to see and fuel the small fires of joy and hope and love that you have already lit there. Grant them safe travels and rest and enable the team to fully engage with the community that there would be mutual building up in you. May your great name be glorified in their fellowship and service of one another. "
Question #20: Who is the Redeemer?
 
Answer: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
This Week's Sermon: Life From Death" (Genesis 18)
 
Thank you, Pastor Eric, for visiting us from Virginia and sharing the word of God with us!

"The resurrection empowers us to be brutally real and also fully persuaded...God, through His resurrection, can give you faith to stop avoiding and stop avoidance and stop running to unbelief and run to promise."

This sermon series: Pursuing a Meaningful Life

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Sunday Recap for June 2, 2019:
Wisdom and Power

Mission Highlight: Thank you Phil for sharing about Foster the Bay. Foster the Bay started when Phil's family became a foster family to take in kids who have been abused or neglected. While wanting to get his church involved, social workers reached out and asked if they could get multiple churches involved because the crisis and need are so great--there are far more kids entering the foster care system than there are homes. In San Francisco, 62% of kids entering the foster care system are sent out of county due to the shortage. 

So Foster the Bay became a coalition of 75 churches, committed to supporting foster kids and families. The two main reasons are 1. These kids matter to God, and God has a special love for the orphan, widow, and immigrant--those without protection, those who are vulnerable, and 2. their story is our story; we were lost and hurting, beat up and alone with no hope, but God showed up and rescued us and brought us into his family. Now we have the chance to do that for someone else. 

Another statistic is that 50% of families do not continue after one year, and that number jumps to 80% after the second year. The reality is that foster parenting has its challenges, which is why it is so essential that foster families have support, friends, and allies to help them. We can get involved and help by becoming a foster family or an ally to a foster family.

Then we prayed for the Baumanns, who are in the process of becoming foster parents in our church. Phil challenged us with a vision of foster kids at our church, running around in our Children's Ministry. If you are interested in learning how to support the Baumanns or other foster families, we are having an information session this coming Sunday (June 9th) after church at the Jantz residents. Please email us if you are interested! Let's also continue to pray for the Baumanns and foster kids and families, asking God if he is asking us to get involved.
This Sunday, we also prayed for the Pyons who will be moving to San Diego. We thanked them for all their years of friendship, fellowship and dedicated service, and prayed for their transition in San Diego, knowing God would go with them, asking him to provide for them and lead them there. Thank you Pyons for everything, and we will miss you very much!
This Week's Sermon: Wisdom and Power" (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3, 5:8)
 

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” — Lord John Acton

“Understand that this is a conflict in which God takes sides. He is not for injustice, but stands against it with all His power. We see this again and again in the biblical prophets.” — Phil Ryken, Why Everything Matters

“When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent on recognizing the humanity in others.” — Desmond Tutu, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time

Main Idea: What is power for?

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Next Church Family Picnic after service next week on June 9th at Off the Grid in the Presidio (we will meet at Rick's Tree; see map below). Great time to get to know one other better over a meal! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there!
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Sunday Recap for May 26, 2019:
Wisdom and Work

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.”

Thank you Cory for sharing about the tech industry - engineers, software developers, product managers, product architects, and similar roles.

Cory shared about how working in tech here isn't just a job, it's a whole ecosystem and lifestyle - with celebrity CEOs, crazy perks, and a whole host of challenges. He shared about the exciting opportunities right now to create products and services (both physical and virtual) used by millions of people, shape society in real ways, but also the temptation to make those pursuits into idols and put work and success above everything else. 

He shared about the perks, such as unlimited paid time off, flexible hours, free lunch, huge holiday parties, etc. and how ti could grow into a sense of entitlement, staying at the office all day, isolating themselves from the rest of the world. He also shared the challenges of a lack fo diversity in the industry with race and gender, creating echo chambers or unwelcome or oppressive environments for those who are not in the majority group (white, male). 

He shared how conversations about faith are rare, and how it is assumed no one takes religion seriously, further tempting believers to turn inward and work life separate, though Christian groups in various companies are encouraging to see for fellowship and support.

Then Jamin prayed a commissioning prayer for those in the technology industry, sending them out in Christ's name:

"Father, anchor our souls in Christ, who alone is sufficient to fill the longings within our hearts and within our City. Here stand men and women that you have placed, uniquely in moment in history, in companies across this city, companies that wield incredible power of our culture, even the world. 

Help these men and women to seek to be excellent in their responsibilities.

Help them to model the countercultural truth that their worth is not defined by the sum of their output.

Grant them the wisdom to live in the tension that while the technology they help to create can bring great benefits to your creation, it cannot save us.

Grant them the wisdom to navigate the cultural and political highways with grace and humbleness as our City wrestles with the growth of the technology sector.

Give them boldness to speak out against oppression and abuse wherever they may find it.

Give them love for those you have placed around them — coworkers, bosses, those that report to them — this is their mission field. 

Help them to rise each day anchored by the truth that you love them. Individually. Fully. Eternally. Because of your son. That their worth is incalculable. Because of Jesus. And may that truth empower them to carry out bold acts of love here in the City to build your kingdom. Amen."
This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Work" (Ecclesiastes 4:4, 6:7)
 

“If work is your identity, success goes to your head and failure goes to your heart.”—Tim Keller
 
“A serious perversion of the truth takes place when a whole society claims to provide satisfaction for the soul through work! Such talk can produce nothing but a huge vacuum, which all the other passions will rush to fill up.” —Jacques Ellul, Reason for Being 
 
Main Idea: Why do we work? (It is a gift from the hand of God.)

 

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Sunday Recap for May 19, 2019:
Wisdom and Happiness

Mission Highlight: Thank you Leon for sharing the Mission Highlight on District 4. In order to love our cities as Jesus has taught us to do, we must know our city. Leon has lived in the Sunset for more than 45 years. District 4 is from Ocean Beach/Great Highway to 19th avenue going from West to East and Sloat Blvd to Lincoln Way going South to North, and it is known as the “suburban part of San Francisco” to some. Some facts are:
  • The Sunset is mostly made of resident homes, schools and small businesses.
  • Total population approximately 75,120
  • Predominately Asian - households at 57%
  • White/Caucasian is second largest group at 35%
Then Leon led us in prayer for District 4, praying that the gospel can people in district 4, for strong gospel centered churches, for road repairs, safety, cleanliness, friendly community. Let's continue to pray for, love, and act in the interests of the best welfare of the city!
This Sunday, our Creed came from "Labors of Community" from Every Moment Holy
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This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Happiness" (Ecclesiastes 2:22-25)
 

“When finally we discover that all the pleasures we pursue under the sun cannot satisfy our souls, then maybe we will look beyond this world. Our unsatisfied longings are a spiritual clue that we were made to enjoy the pleasures of God. This world leaves us with … an ‘unslaked craving for transcendence’. This is by design. If we were able to find lasting satisfaction in earthly pleasure, then we would never see our need for God. … Our dissatisfaction should point us back to God – not away from Him, but toward Him. … The world is not enough. Ecclesiastes does not show us this to make us discouraged or depressed, but to drive us back to God. This is not all there is. We were made for another world. There is a God in heaven, who sent His Son to save us and then to satisfy us.”
– Philip  G. Ryken, Why Everything Matters
  
Main Idea (Question): Why are we not happy?

 

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Sunday Recap for May 12, 2019:
Wisdom and Time

Mission Highlight: Praise God for our new members, Sachi, Jeff, and Stephanie! They affirmed their intention, with God’s help, to live loving and holy lives that reflect Christ; to maintain unity with and mutually encourage others in the body as they serve together; to commit themselves to growing in the truth of God’s Word, and to pray for our church and all in it, as well as those who have not yet put their faith in Christ. Pastor Toby, on behalf of existing members, affirmed the commitment of all to love, encourage, teach, admonish, comfort and exhort them to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Word.
Question #17: What is idolatry?
 
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.
This Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Time" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
 

"The Christian life is not a quiet escape to the garden where we can walk and talk uninterruptedly with our Lord; nor a fantasy trip to a heavenly city where we can compare blue ribbons and gold medals with others who have made it to the winners' circle… The Christian life is going to God. In going to God Christians travel the same ground that everyone else walks on, breathe the same air, drink the same water, shop in the same stores, read the same newspapers, are citizens under the same governments, pay the same prices for groceries and gasoline, fear the same dangers, are subject to the same pressures, get the same distresses, are buried in the same ground. The difference is that each step we walk, each breath we breathe, we know we are preserved by God, we know we are accompanied by God, we know we are ruled by God; and therefore no matter what doubts we endure when accidents we experience, the Lord will preserve us from evil, he will keep our life."
       — Eugene Peterson
 
Main Idea: Can we ever be in control of our lives?

 

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Thank you to those of you who came out to help with Roosevelt Spruce Up Day!! There was an excellent turn out and your presence was deeply appreciated, especially by the Roosevelt community!
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Sunday Recap for May 12, 2019:
Wisdom and Futility

Link to this Week's Sermon: “Wisdom and Futility" (Ecclesiastes 1)
 

“What book speaks more eloquently of this fragility, challenges everything, requires we examine our conscience, sweeps away all of our rock-solid certainties? It leaves us alone with our precarious destiny, stripped bare to experience the only genuine security: the security offered by the sovereign Master of history.”
  — Jacques Ellul, Reason for Being         
 
“We can’t overcome workaholism if we love money and status too much. We can’t overcome bitterness or slander if we love our reputation too much. It is not just willpower but a reordering of our desires that will bring wisdom.” 
  — Timothy J. Keller, God's Wisdom for Navigating Life
 
Main Idea: What makes life worth living?


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Sunday Recap for April 28, 2019:
A Praying Life

Mission Highlight: After three weeks of feedback and prayers from the members of Christ Church, we installed Carter Kennedy, Jamin Jantz, and George Chang as elders at Christ Church this Sunday, who are joining Jon-Paul Momsen, Seng Chin, and Toby Kurth on the elder board.

They affirmed their faith in Jesus Christ as their savior, their belief in Scriptures as inerrant and only infallible rule of faith and practice. They committed to submitting to their fellow elders, being zealous and faithful to the gospel, the purity, peace, and unity of the church, to be faithful and diligent in their duties as a Christian and minister of the gospel in private and public and manner of life, and to take personal responsibility in the life of the congregation to oversee the ministry and resources of the church, devoting themselves to prayer, the ministry of the Word, and relying on the grace of God so that the whole church would be blessed.

Then the congregation acknowledged and publicly received these elders, together with the diaconate, as gifts of Christ to the church, and promised to love them, pray for them, work together humbly and cheerfully by the grace of God to accomplish the mission of the church, giving them honor and support, to the glory and honor of God. 
Link to this Week's Sermon: “A Praying Life" (James 5:13-20)
 

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…” - Teddy Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic” 

A community is healed as ekklēsia when, in trust and vulnerability, it is able to pray and confess sins together. Such speech establishes the community as based in ‘the word of truth’ and restores it from whatever alienation has affected it from the sickness and sin.” - Luke Timothy Johnson, The Letter of James 

Main Idea: Live the Way of Jesus.


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-New to Christ Church? We'd love to get to know you and take you out to lunch. Next Welcome Lunch next Sunday, 5/5 after service. If you haven't connected with April already, please email us if you're interested! 

-Volunteers needed for Roosevelt MS "Spruce Up Day" next 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!
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Sunday Recap for April 21, 2019:
Easter Sunday

Good Friday Service and Reception at Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake Boathouse (pc: Yiqian Barba)
This Week's Sermon: “Truth Is Transformative” (James 5:12)
 
“But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’"—Jesus, Matthew 5:37
 
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” — Blaise Pascal, 17th Century
 
“The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.” — Søren Kierkegaard, 19th Century
 
“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.” — Desmond Tutu, 21st Century
 
Main Idea: Truth is transformative. 


Sermon Slides / Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: The Way of St. James
Easter Sunday Baptisms and Reception (pc: Jeff Jakosalem)
Hello Church! We are still collecting funds for the rebuilding efforts in Mcheneke, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Please refer to our previous 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 next Sunday (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!

-Theology Uncorked also next Sunday (4/28) at 5pm. 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. Email will go out with location. If you didn't get the email, email us!

-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. 
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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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This Sunday (4/14) 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!

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


Sermon Slides / Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: The Way of St. James
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.