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If you want to know more about The Porch (Vision Nights on 9/16 and 9/30 if you're interested!), these four newsletters from The Porch are highly informative, encouraging, meaningful and engaging to read. They can make one excited about church-planting in SF and The Porch! Please check it out if you have the chance!

Sunday Recap for September 2, 2018:
Joyful in the Lord

Mission Highlight: This week, Janice shared the third out of six Malawi trip Mission Highlights since our church's team of eight went in May. Hands at Work is an organization that mobilizes the local and global church to serve the most vulnerable in Africa.

Janice shared about how powerful and effective our church's prayers over the trip, along with the prayers that they prayed in Malawi with our brothers and sisters at Hands throughout the trip, which made the mutual encouragement and team unity unreasonably good. She wanted to encourage our church to continue and grow in prayer. 

Janice compared this trip to her previous secular trips to Africa where she felt uncomfortable about her role in the foreign aid industry. However, this trip was so different.  This time, they asked our team to please refrain from "trying to help" but to give of ourselves and some encouragement in the Lord. And although the villages of Mcheneka and Mphunzi had less material wealth than anywhere she had seen, God was there, and we have brothers and sisters there. They opened up their lives in sharing what God has done and was asking them to do, and our team shared and sang songs about the same Jesus that saved all of us, and the ways we saw Jesus through them. 

She shared about a Chichewa song about surrendering everything to God, and how hard that could be, especially in the midst of suffering. However, all our suffering, our differences, our acts of service (including caring for the widow and the orphan), all find their place at the feet of Jesus. 

Then she led us in prayer, thanking God for not cringing from our brokenness but inviting us to seek him in it, even as he promises to one day fully heal us. God in Heaven, you are so different from us. She prayed for our brothers and sisters in Malawi, that he would build them up. She also prayed for the most vulnerable and exposed, that we might build a wall of protection around them. Let's continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Malawi and grow in our encouragement and support of them!

Read the whole thing here.

This Week's Sermon: “Joyful in the Lord" (Philippians 3:1-4:9)

“The key to a Christian’s joy is its source, which is the Lord. If Christ is in me and I am in him, that relationship is not a ‘sometimes’ experience. The Christian is always in the Lord and the Lord is always in the Christian, and that is always a reason for joy. Even if a Christian cannot rejoice in his circumstances, if he finds himself passing through pain, sorrow, or grief, he can still rejoice in Christ. We rejoice in the Lord, and since He never leaves us or forsakes us, we can rejoice always.” 

– R.C. Sproul, Can I Have Joy in My Life?

Sermon Application Questions / Sermon Slides
This sermon series: Have This Mind

-Member Directory photos starting next Sunday, every September in September in the parking lot after service! If you are a member, please be sure to have your picture taken!

-Next Singles' Lunch on Sunday, September 9th after service for fellowship and community building! Meet in the lobby to head over to Koja together, or meet us there!

-The Porch Vision Nights 9/16 and 9/30: Jon Brackett, our church planting resident, will be sharing about the vision for The Porch and its launch in the northeast part of San Francisco. San Francisco is the least churched city in America, and we are excited to support The Porch for a church planting movement here in SF. Please pray for and go to support our ministry partners! Please email Jon if you're interested in going!

-Young Life, a ministry we are happy to support and partner with, ministers to high school students in San Francisco. They are looking for volunteers and hosting a Park Day on September 16th, 1:30-3:30pm at Lafayette Park, with the info session starting at 2pm. Please check it out if you are looking for a meaningful way to establish God's kingdom in SF!

-Next Church Family Picnic at Off the Grid at the Presidio after service on Sunday, September 30th. A great opportunity to get to know folks better and build fellowship and community! Bring a lunch or buy from one of the many food trucks there! We will be meeting at Rick's Tree.

-Save the Date: next Members' Gathering on Saturday, October 6th, 6-8pm (dinner provided). 

-Save the Dates: Women's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (11/30-12/1) and Men's Retreat Friday dinner - Saturday lunch (12/7-12/8). More info coming, but save the dates for now!
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