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Newsletter for the Week of
April 10, 2016

Songs to point our hearts' compasses to God!

Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs
This week's Sermon: "The Power of the Heart" (1 Samuel 16:6-7)

Well-known stories like David versus Goliath have become so iconic that we can often easily miss the main point of the story. So today we are not going to focus on what David did, as much as we are going to work to understand why David did what he did. We want to understand what was driving him; what made him who he was. “You can’t not love. So the question isn’t whether you will love something as ultimate; the question is what you will love as ultimate. And you are what you love.” (James K. A. Smith) What was the driving love of David’s life?
Main Idea: Run to Jesus

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

A question to ask your kids (or kids you see at church!): What do you want the most? What would make you the happiest if you had it?

This week's New City Catechism Question #14:
Did God create us unable to keep his law?

Answer: No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God's law.

Prayers and support needed for children in Mcheneka, Malawi. Jesus told us that serving the least of these--the ones who need food, visits, shelter, and clothes--is like serving Jesus himself. No need to act to relieve your conscience or to ignore such great need, but as a family in Christ, whom we have had the pleasure of visiting and knowing for years, please pray and consider sending $20 per child per month in response to the drought our brothers and sisters are facing. Please sign up at the resource table or email Julie. If you are interested in visiting in July, please email Janice.

Church Family Picnic: POSTPONED to April 24th due to inclement weather.

Biblical Literacy Lecture: Tomorrow, April 11th, 7 PM. "Does God Endorse Violence and Genocide in the Old Testament?" At Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores St.), parking at Everett Middle School (450 Church St.) Be early or on time as space fills up quickly. 

Men's Outing: Pacifica Hike and Gorilla BBQ Lunch, Saturday, May 7th, 9AM - 2PM. Leave from Roosevelt M.S. Email Mark if you're interested!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Christian for sharing with us about what City Impact is doing in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Christian shared about how he became involved with City Impact, starting with his father, who as a new believer was led by the Holy Spirit towards greater compassion, service and relationship with our neighbors in the Tenderloin. Christian is continuing to lead City Impact, which has been serving in San Francisco for 32 years and aims to help provide immediate needs, build up people, and minister spiritually to ones who are hurting and need Jesus like all of us.

Currently, City Impact would like to invite all of us to sponsor a child at their private Christian school, City Academy. There are students on the waiting list who cannot attend without our support. Many of these children are struggling in poverty, in a neighborhood with the highest crime rate in SF. Half of them are in single-parent homes and all are in need of an good education to break the cycle of poverty. At City Academy, teachers not only do this, but also pray for and build relationships with their students with the love of Christ, and five teachers and staff have even gone ahead to adopt students whose homes became unstable. 

God may not be calling you to adopt a child in the Tenderloin, but please go before him to seek how you can help, perhaps by sponsoring a child for $38 a month! The student you sponsor lives in San Francisco, so you can even go visit them at school and get to know them! For more more information, please go to their website!
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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