Casting our Cares – Weekly Update

The joys and the disappointments, the triumphs and the heartbreak are just a few of the facets that life has to offer.  Our God who lovingly and passionately created life knows us completely, our deepest fears and our heartfelt hopes, God knows our failures and mistakes and our best efforts and victories, God feels our very breath and every beat of our heart.

God invites us to draw close – to him and to each other.  God invites us into relationship through his son Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This Sunday morning the scriptures will invite us to cast our nets as followers of Christ and to be drawn in ever closer to our creator through the lesson in Mark 1:14-20.  Together we will cast our prayers, our hopes, our songs and our care around those near and far as we go fishing with God.

We continue our prayers for our brother Bob Lamar and his family as he is still very gravely ill with pneumonia.  Please also remember our many other family of faith members who are in various stages of treatments and recovery.

As a reminder our elders, deacons and staff will be joining together at our annual planning retreat this weekend, please lift our leadership team in your prayers.  Also our annual congregational meeting will be held this Sunday, January 25 following worship for the purpose of presenting an annual report to the congregation including budget information, electing members to the Nominations Committee and approving the pastoral salary.

Keep getting the word out about the forum for parents and caregivers on Understanding Social Media, Technology and Your Teen hosted by our youth ministry team and the Anaheim Police Dept. on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Click this link for information,

Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 PM for a special installation worship service with a reception to follow.  Please refer to the attached invitation.

Our Los Ranchos Presbytery is hosting a Mission Summit focusing on Families in Mission on Saturday, February 7 from 8 AM to 1 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove.  There will be many presentations and workshops that will aid in connecting people with local and global mission topics and opportunities and will focus on children in mission.  See the attached flyer for more information.


In His Service,

Rev. Lissa Smith

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