Happy Independence Day Weekend!!

Time to fire up them BBQ’s and enjoy a great weekend with some great national traditions!  I can almost taste those hot dogs now!  This is a time of year when I feel very grateful for the privileges I enjoy and the community in which I live – grateful for my freedom, my independence, my abundance. And I pray that my gratitude will inspire responsibility and respect so that I do not squander those precious gifts that were paid for with blood, sweat and tears.  May my independence give rise to service to others.

This Sunday we will be capping off our long weekend of celebrations with prayers of thanksgiving and devotion as we hear Jesus’ words to his disciples as he sent them out into the nearby communities to share the power and love of God as retold to us in Mark, chapter 6.  We will also share the bond of communion through the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

We continue to be eager about our upcoming church campaign designed around The Story. We are planning to provide each family with their own hardcover copy of The Story along with other age appropriate books and materials for the children and youth of our congregation.  If you are interested in additional material including audio CD’s or additional children’s books for friends and relatives you may place your order through our web site, in the church office or the patio on Sunday morning.  To learn more about this program click here for a promotional video: The Story Video

Our deacons will be kicking off their “Christmas in July” program this Sunday to collect needed items for the Heritage House program in Anaheim that provides transitional housing for families affected by substance abuse. Please stop by the Angel Tree (only green one left after water restrictions!) on the patio following worship.

Check out our other events for the month in our Joyful Noise newsletter.


In His Service,

Rev. Lissa Smith

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