An Opportunity to Help

A group of people from our church are planning to go on  Mexico Mission Trip March 8 – 13 to build and help install wood burning cooking stoves with The Little Chapel by the Lake in Ajijic, Mexico.

We will also be distributing children’s shoes and underwear in the village of San Juan Tecomatlan.

Please help us by donating children’s tennis shoes and sandals (new or used if they are in good condition) and underwear in toddler through sizes for a 4th grader. There is a basket in the foyer in which you can put your items.  If you prefer to make a cash donation, please put in in the offering and designate it for the Mexico Mission trip.  We would like to have all donations in by Sunday, March 5.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

A Divine Encounter in Cambodia

Johnny describes his first meeting with Christian Reformed World Missions Gil Suh as a divine encounter.

Before that meeting, Johnny used to be a well-known pastor at one of the largest churches in Cambodia. Then he sensed God calling him to branch out and plant a church.

That church plant didn’t go as well as Johnny had planned and he was losing hope in his own abilities as a ministry leader.

“He felt discouraged and disconnected from others,” says Suh, who has been serving as a CRWM missionary in Cambodia since the end of 2008.

Suh began to meet with Johnny one-on-one. As his mentor and coach, Suh learned more about Johnny and helped him rediscover some of his gifts.

“I got to know Johnny better, listening and praying with him over a few meetings,” recalls Suh. “He opened up to me and shared more about his family and calling into ministry.”

Suh also helped Johnny see that he was not alone in his struggle. He invited Johnny to a roundtable group for emerging leaders in Cambodia’s capital of  Phnom Penh. This group includes other ministry leaders, as well as business leaders and other young people who Suh encourages in his role.

In this group, Johnny was able to talk about his discouragement with peers who had gone through similar struggles.

Over months of prayers, group meetings, and coaching with Suh, Johnny’s situation began to change for the better. Johnny began to feel renewed in his calling.

Today Johnny leads a remarkable ministry in Cambodia—a radio program that airs to more than 10,000 Cambodians every day.

“This is an excellent ministry opportunity,” says Suh.

With coaching from Suh, Johnny prepares this daily message that shares Christ’s love and Gospel message with the people of Cambodia.

Thank you for standing with Johnny. Your support for ministries around the world gives leaders like him hope.

Coloring Fun for Christmas

Channel your inner child … no matter your age!  We are creating a LARGE mural for Christmas morning and Epiphany.  The students  and staff from Alameda Christian School are all helping by coloring one of the four panels.  As you can see from the photos, adults and children are welcome to add to the coloring effort.  We’re almost finished with the first of three by our church family and will add the ACS piece as well.  This is a community effort, so come again and again to the coloring table any time you are at church.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Plan to join us next Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 pm for the Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus.” The festive evening will end with carol singing, followed by cake, hot cocoa, and cider.   Come join us!

Advent & Christmas Events for 2016

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  • First Sunday of Advent worship service
    Sunday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Second Sunday of Advent service with choir and communion
    Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Third Sunday of Advent worship service
    Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.  
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent service with choir and hand bells
    Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus”
    Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:00 p.m.
    Join us for an evening of carol singing and refreshments afterwards
  • Christmas Day Worship Service with Morning Star Cantata
    Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m.   
  • New Year’s Day worship service with Communion
    Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.   

Lent

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Lent is a church season where Christians identify with Jesus’ suffering and humiliation. This is often done through fasting, almsgiving, service, and other practices of spiritual renewal. These practices last for 40 days, which corresponds to the gospel accounts of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert (Matt. 4:2). At one time Lent was viewed as a period meant for converts preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday, but later the season has become a general time of penitence and reflection for all Christians.

The forty-day preparation period for Good Friday and Easter begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through the Thursday before Easter, not counting Sundays which are reserved for celebratory worship.

We use the color purple in the sanctuary during Lent. The color symbolizes both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus but it is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 

Alameda Community Paramedic Project

The City of Alameda recently began a program that seeks to help those citizens who use our ambulance system frequently.  The intention is to work with them to alleviate the problems that cause their frequent need for 911 assistance.

They found that often these people need more than just medical assistance, so they carry a bin in their van that is filled with clothing items.  In support of this program, the Deacons will have a bin in the church foyer where  you can place your donations.

Items that you can donate are

  • Socks – new, all sizes
  • Underwear – new, all sizes
  • Jackets – all sizes, gently used and clean
  • Clothing – all sizes, gently used and clean
  • Shoes – all sizes, gently used