Happy Thursday!

I am glad that I still find Pope Francis and his message of love and sacrifice still engaging; I am glad that this dynamic new Pope was not just a flash in the pan or a “one hit wonder.”  This week I read a quick news flash that the Pope had issued 10 tips for happiness. Papa Francis seems to be a down to earth guy with personal experiences that have helped him create a fulfilled life.  The gist of these tips seems to be respect for others, remain calm and seek the welfare of others.  I find it so easy most of the time to be critical of others, to allow myself to be influenced by social media and to ignore the needs of others both close to home and in faraway places. But as I reflect on my life I would concur with the Pope, I am happiest and fulfilled when I allow my actions to speak for my heart and seek ways to make life better for others.

One of the Pope’s suggestions was that Sunday’s should be holidays so we can be with our families.  Even if Sunday cannot be your day off, creating a time of Sabbath and rest is vital to a balanced life.  This Sunday we have the opportunity to gather with our family of faith to celebrate in worship and lift our prayers to the Lord.  We are delighted to welcome Rev. David Throop, retired pastor from Placentia Presbyterian Church, to our pulpit on Sunday as he shares the Word with us from Luke 9:18-27 about the cross of Christ.

This Sunday is also our Presbyterian Women’s big kick-off Sunday and the PW leadership will be available on the patio to share information about PW and to sell the new Bible study books for this coming PW season.

As a reminder next Saturday, August 16 is Speedway with the Smith Clan at the Costa Mesa Speedway at the OC Fairgrounds.  Look for our banner in the parking lot for BYOTailgating at 6 PM or in the stands near turn 2.  Racing starts at 7:30 PM.  New Hope Presbyterian Church is presenting their Higher Praise Summer Gospel Concert on Sunday, August 24 at 4 PM.

Sign ups for a variety of events including our Vintage Vegas Celebration on September 20 and Angels Baseball game and tailgate party on September 15 will be available at the Connect Table following worship.

In His Service,

Rev. Lissa Smith



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