Greetings Church Family:

   Happy Independence Day!  As we celebrate our national independence this week, take some time to remember the independence and freedom Christ has given us from sin and bondage.  I love our 4th of July celebrations - friends, family, cookouts and fireworks!  But I love the joy, peace, freedom and purpose we have in the Christian life.  

I hope your summer is going well and that if you haven't already had a summer vacation you will soon enjoy the opportunity for a respite from our summer heat that has finally come upon us.  Pastor John and Maria are finishing up their sabbatical and will be rejoining us soon.  Praise be to God who has granted them this opportunity for time away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.  I'm praying they are refreshed and reinvigorated.  

Here are some updates and announcements for the month of July.

         This Sunday is the First of the Month, Communion Sunday. Always a great time to fix our attention on the redemptive work Jesus did for us on the cross, remembering His sacrifice and great love for us.  Join us for worship and fellowship and Pastor Bill will be finishing 1 Thessalonians.

Tuesday is the 4th of July.  If you desire to enjoy the annual fireworks show at Petrack Park with us we will be meeting on the East treeline, just north of the Bob Ruud Community Center building.  Some of us will be there as early as 4pm if you want to come hang out and fellowship together.  The town always has a great fireworks display and their is nothing quite as good as being right there under them!

Vacation Bible School -Babylon - Daniel's Courage In Captivity, is scheduled for July 17th-21st.  We can still use some volunteers to make this the best VBS yet!  You may think you are not qualified or capable, but you are!  God is the One who makes us capable, all we need to do is make ourselves available and He will do the rest.  

We are planning and praying for 100 kids to participate this year and we need many hands, feet, hearts, and bodies to pull this off. Please see Rebecca Payne to get all the details and to volunteer.  We are already signing up participants, ages 4-12 years old.  Register online by going to the website at 

    The Young Adults ages 20 to mid 30's will meet Friday July 7th & 21st @6pm for Bible Study, and fellowship inside the church Cafe. The church provides childcare for those young adult families with children free of charge. Ask to speak with Devin Chapple for more information.

 The Youth Group will meet on Saturday July 8th & 22nd @4:00pm inside the Cafe for Bible Study, Fellowship, and fun Games.  Ask to speak with Devin Chapple for more information.

    We have Bible Studies that meet throughout the week, providing opportunity to delve deeper into the Sunday sermon and develop deeper personal relationships within a small group setting.

Monday- 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 5:30pm @the Sando Home led by Brandon Beckham (202)853-0443, 

Monday- 6:00pm Ladies Only @ Salon FX led by Tanya Banuelos (702)807-5999

The Jacobs group will be on break for the month of July

Tuesday- 6:30pm Ladies Only @ the Blackstone home led by Stacey Latislaw (951)299-6922

Wednesday- 4:30pm Ladies Bible Study inside the Multi-Purpose Building studying The Names of God. 

Wednesday Evening- 6:30pm inside the Cafe. Interactive Sermon based Bible Study that also includes voluntary open prayer, and Worship

  Our next Men's Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, July 15th @7am inside the Cafe'. All men are encouraged to bring their sons. If you would like to help participate in setting up and preparing the breakfast show up @6am, you may ask to speak with Manuel Gonzales or Mike Doeller on how to be more involved.

    The Grief Share Ministry meets on Tuesday evenings @5:30pm Inside the Multi-Purpose Room Building. If you or someone you know is in need of meeting with someone for comfort, support, and encouragement, please ask to speak with Colleen Sando after service on Sunday's.

    We will be hosting a  Widows Lunch on Thursday July 27th. Fellowship starts @11:30am Lunch is served @12:30pm. If you would like to assist us in preparing and serving food to these wonderful ladies please see Lillian Knapp for more info.

Looking ahead ....
Women's Ministry - The ladies will be having an event Friday, August 25th @ 6:00pm.  Sign-up at the Information Desk.  There will be light refreshments, worship and devotion time.  

Women's Ministry Retreat - Ladies we have reserved our spot again at Ironwood camp!  So mark your calendars for May 2-4, 2024.  It will begin Thursday evening and conclude on Saturday morning.  Make your plans now to join us.  It was such a blessing this year and the only thing that can make it better is to have more of you join us.

'For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.'
Ephesians 2:8-10

Let us find our purpose and joy in the Lord.  I hope to see you all soon.


Shelley Acosta
Secretary/Women's Ministry