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Newsletter for the Week of
May 8, 2016

"How deep the Father's love for us! How vast beyond all measure!"

Spotify link to this Sunday's worship songs
This week's Sermon: "Judgment and Hope" (Isaiah 1:2, 12)

When Nelson Mandela was sitting in his prison cell on Robben Island reflecting on his life he wrote, “The process of illusion and disillusionment is part of life and goes on endlessly.” He was speaking about the illusion of how he thought things were or what his expectations were versus the reality of how things actually were. He goes on to say that ultimately disillusionment is a good thing because it means that you are no longer believing something that is not true. This is what God called the prophets to do. To bring the people face to face with their reality. They had rejected God, but desperately needed God. They were under judgment, but they had hope because of God’s covenantal love.
Main Idea: Covenant love makes hope possible.

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

This week's New City Catechism Question #18:
Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

Answer: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.

Updated food and drink policy for the auditorium: Drinks okay (but please be careful and mindful!) but please finish food in the lobby. It's our way of loving and serving Roosevelt M.S. and being good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. 

Biblical Literacy Lecture tomorrow, May 9th, 7PM at Dolores Park Church. "Biblical Ordering of Justice" with Mako Nagasawa, on how different forms of restorative justice demonstrates God's passion for life-giving relationships. Doors open at 6:30 PM, parking at Everett M.S. (450 Church St.)

Next Welcome Lunch: Sunday, June 5th after service. Our way of getting to know newcomers over a meal, answering any questions and helping you get plugged in. Email Michelle if you're interested!
Mission Highlight: Thank you Carter for sharing about District 1 of San Francisco. Let's continue to pray for the good of our city and love those around us, asking God how he would have us be a blessing to our neighbors and show them who Jesus is. Some facts about District 1:
  • The primary neighborhoods in District 1 are the Inner Richmond and the Outer Richmond. Golden Gate Park is also part of District 1.
  • The population is estimated to be nearly 79,000 people.
  • About 54% of adults have a college degree.
  • The district is estimated to be 48% white, 43% Asian, 7% Hispanic, and 2% Black.
  • Over 36% of the residents were not born in the United States and English is not the primary language for over 50% of the households.
  • District 1 has more families compared to the rest of the city (51% of households vs 45% city-wide).
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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