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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?

Sermon Slides /  Sermon Application Questions
This sermon series: Pursuing a Meaningful Life

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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