I recently took a trip to the city to visit two of our newest church plants - House SF, led by pastors Craig and Anne Marie Matos, and New Vine Community Church, pioneered by pastors Ted and Sandy Kang, and of course, their amazing teams.
Woody is an army chaplain in Hawaii as well as part of the leadership of Hillcrest Alliance Church, who lives in Roseville, CA. Shouldn't that be the other way around? Oh well. Needless to say, he flies a lot, which isn't his favorite thing to do - after all, he is Army and not Airforce! I always appreciate the opportunities for ministry God gives him as he goes. - Ray
My daughter has a quite painful chronic medical condition that has necessitated some hospital stays over the last few years. Once diagnosed, she was admitted several times for treatment that utilized the most current medicines and technology for periods of one to five days. Her being on the sixth floor of the local hospital during her most recent admission was not a unique or unusual situation except maybe for one thing: she also works as a nurse on another floor in this same hospital.
Breanna is the leader for Great Commission Women in our district. Get to know her a little as you read her blog article. She lives in Sacramento and attends Gateway Fellowship where her husband Brian is the Missions Director. These are two people that are SOLD OUT for what God is doing around the world through the Alliance.
I’ve been the Great Commission Women’s Director for almost 3 years. The past few years have been filled with all sorts of moments ranging from ‘Oh boy, what did I get myself into?’ to ‘Awesome, I got this,’ then back to ‘God are you sure you called the right person?’ Even now, I wonder these things, and then I hear the still, small voice of God telling me ‘Yes.’ and my own voice still wondering what I got myself into. Ha! Ha!
From the heart of the District Superintendent:
Don't Be Distracted -- That seems like a hopeless mandate in our ever increasingly busy and full world and lives. The other day I came across Acts 6:2 once again where the Apostles said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables."
At the Central Pacific District we like to share inightful and inspiring content from our members, friends, and influencers. Thank you to Bill Giovannetti at maxgrace.com for sharing his wisdom with us so we can pass it on to you.
One of my friends told us about his daughter’s basketball coach. The coach kept the girls busy morning and night, even over the holidays. The coach told the kids, “You have to balance sports, school, church, and sleep.”
He omitted family.
Even so, are sports, school, church, sleep, and family equals to be balanced? I’ve been told to balance life’s demands, balance work and family, balance my emotions, and balance my checkbook.
Today, I say… Forget about it. Balance is not your friend. I hereby set you free from balancing life’s demands. You’ll be trapped.
"I think that yielding to the call of God…there's no better place to be." - Jesse Richardson
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Jesse Richardson, Sierra Bible Church of Truckee.
Name: Pastor Jesse Richardson
Church: Sierra Bible Church of Truckee
Years in Ministry: 18 years
Recently while at National Office for a conference, John Stumbo was leading a morning devotion out of Luke 10. During that devotion as he was talking about Mary and Martha I had a moment of clarity about Martha’s actions vs Mary’s inaction. This is a story where I’ve always come to the defense of Martha.
I'm afraid Keith's experience is like many of us. I know that I resonate with his sentiment, "I don't want to come home from vacation (or any traveling) to a mountain of emails." Whether or not this would work for you is something you will have to figure out. But it is obvious we all need more balance in our lives in this area. Take a look at what he has to say and see if it applies to you and if it is an idea you can use. And thank you Keith for making us think about our priorities.