bearcreekconnections BEAR CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2011
ANGEL FLIGHT WEST
“People Flying People In Need”
Featuring Volunteer Pilot Fred Weibel
I AM BEAR CREEK CHURCH • Jennie Nadotti • Marco Mata • Sara Breedlove
In This Issue
• Solutions for Life & Money • Fasting for Clarity • Hope Harbor Family Shelter 1
Welcome to Bear Creek Church I just read a very interesting book, Jim & Casper Go To Church. Jim Henderson, a long time Christian, hired an atheist, Matt Casper, to accompany him on a visit to 12 churches. These churches varied in style and location. One visit took them to a church of over 40,000 members and an‐ other visit led them to a house church with a handful of people. After each visit, Jim and Casper dialogued about their individual reactions and thoughts about their ‘church Sr. Pastor, Bill Cummins experience.’ Reading this book made me think once again about non‐churched peo‐ ple walking through the doors of Bear Creek Church on a Sunday. What do they see? What do they feel? What do they think? What do they leave with? And will their experience for the first time bring them back a second and a third time? At Bear Creek Church we hope you see, feel, think and leave with a new sense of God’s love for people. Our goal is that every guest dis‐ covers the Biblical truth that all people really matter to God! Our purpose is that you will feel closer to God when you walk out of the doors of our church. When Casper the friendly atheist comes to Bear Creek Church we expect him to be drawn to the God who can connect with him in a personal way. I want to invite you to first read through this maga‐ zine and then come and experience God at Bear Creek Church. Our church is casual, contemporary and you will be warmly greeted. Just try it ‐ I think you will like it. God bless you, Pastor Bill Cummins Turned off to Religion…. …...But Not to God?
Publisher Bear Creek Community Church
Pastors Bill Cummins George Liepart Jebby Moates Bobby Spencer Emmett Padilla
Publications Director Debby Harris
Managing Editor Karla Sinnock
Design & Layout Karla Sinnock
Contributing Writers Bo Miller Faye Rodriquez Julie Kent Karla Sinnock Tony Pacheco Sandy Parker Brian Butler Dotti Cummins Nancy Jordan Debby Harris
Staff Photographers Kristen Elardo Julie Kent
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2……….Welcome 3…......Contents 4...…...Hawking’s Conspicuous Silence, OR... 6……….Life & Marriage 7……….Counselor’s Heartbeat 8……….Club 31 10…....Angel Flight West 11…….Fred Weibel 12…….Solutions for Life & Money 13......THRIVE—A Family Ministry 13…….Bear Creek Bookstore 15…….Backyard Orchard 16…….Change Your Habits, Change Your Life! 18…....Fasting for Clarity 19…....Mark Your Calendar 20..…..Rock & Roll Worship 22...….Recycling 4 Life 24…….Hope Harbor Family Service Center 25…....Healing in His Wings 26…….Celebrate Recovery 26...….Invitation to Attend 27……..Fear, Stress, Anxiety—“Solutions” 28...….I Believe—Hope for our Youth 29...….Running on Empty 30...….They Said, HE Said 32…....Something for Everyone 34…….We are Here For You 35……..Easter Run & Fun
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9……...I Am Jennie Nadotti 23...….I Am Marco Mata 31…....I Am Sara Breedlove
Hawking’s conspicuous silence: or ered a mathematical equation for how the universe could have come into existence by chance. To the contrary, on March 12, 2008, Polish priest and mathematician Michael Heller received the world’s richest academic prize (The Templeton Foundations prize for “Research and Discoveries about Spiritual Realities“‐even more lucrative than the No‐ bel Prize) for his work on how mathematics can offer proof toward the existence of God.
Recently, acclaimed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking stated “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God…" (The Grand Design, Bantam Books) Now I certainly don’t have all the answers and would never question Hawking’s qualifications to make such a statement, but it would seem that he has, whether purposefully or acci‐ dentally, missed the obvious follow‐up question: “Where did gravity come from then?”
Every mother knows that toys scattered randomly on the floor of a child’s bedroom will remain that way unless some‐ one comes along to put them in order. In the same way, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics shows that a system in which all components are randomly oriented to each other will re‐ main in that state unless energy is introduced into the sys‐ tem from the outside to put it in order.
While Hawking’s declaration of God’s non‐necessity was celebrated by atheists all over the globe as an affirmation of what they have been claiming for years, it is important to note that Hawking did not, and as far as I know never has, denied the existence of God. In his award winning book “A Brief History of Time” Hawking wrote that one day science would “know the mind of God” but that God was merely “the laws of science” and “not a personal God that you could meet with and ask questions.”
In everyday terms, this means that order cannot come from chaos without something to purposefully put it in order. It has been generally agreed upon that there are 4 elements necessary for creation: 1‐Time (a designated amount of time/space), 2‐Force (some kind of power or energy),
In his classic work “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis wrote of a power behind the universe that is “more like a mind than it is like anything else.” Many other prominent men of science have made significant statements regarding this “mind” as well: •
Paul Davies (astrophysicist): “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all… the impression of design is overwhelming.”
Aland Sandage (astronomer): “I find it quite improbable that such order could come out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle.”
John O’Keefe (NASA astronomer): “If the universe had not been made with the most exacting preci‐ sion we could not have come into existence.”
Roger Penrose (mathematician): “I would say that the universe has a purpose. It is not there just somehow by chance.”
And even atheist astronomer Fred Hoyle con‐ ceded that "A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super‐intellect has monkeyed with physics…The numbers one calcu‐ lates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question." It has been stated by many that mathematics are the language of the universe, and that everything they do is a mathematical equation. Yet, though many have tried, including Hawking, there is yet to be discov‐
But Hawking, in his claim that because of gravity “God is not needed” still leaves me shaking my head. If you had left your home in disarray and came back to find the place impeccably cleaned and orderly, you wouldn‘t just assume that the home had cleaned and ordered itself. In the same way, if gravity is all that is needed for the creation of eve‐ rything, once again, one has to ask “where did gravity come from?”
3‐Action (something specific has to happen), and 4‐Matter (material elements that make up the building blocks of the finished product.) I think it is very interesting that, in the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, they see these four elements described. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning (time) God (force) created (action) the heavens and the earth (matter.)
Isaiah 45:11 says “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker ... I have made the earth, and cre‐ ated man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
Might God have been giving us a physics lesson right from the start? I have great respect and admiration for Professor Stephen Hawking. The man has suffered from muscular dystrophy for decades, and though his body is failing his mind had been super active trying to answer the most challenging scientific questions of our time. He has often gone against prevailing scientific thought and broken new ground into our understanding of the universe and how it works. Clearly, he is one of the greatest scientific thinkers of our time.
The answer is obvious: God made gravity. Therefore, ac‐ cording to Stephen Hawking…God made it all. Contributing writer Bo Miller
same "pot" on a regular, ongoing basis. For most people, there
just never seems to be enough money to do all of the things we want to do. The solution? Realize that there will probably always be a bone to pick between you regarding how each of you han‐ dles money ‐ but that is no reason to fight. Just agree to disagree on the small stuff and move on.
Marriage is serious busi‐ ness. After all, for most people the person we marry is someone with whom we share our home, money, and love ‐ and even our kids! And, marriage is forever ‐ or at least that is how most people intend it to be when they get married. Most married people spend a significant amount of their personal time in close proximity to their spouses. In order to take a lighter view on the serious business of mar‐ riage, below are some funny bits of wisdom and advice on the subject of how to start and keep your marriage healthy and strong. 1. Don't date anyone you wouldn't marry: For most people, dating is as much a way to have fun as it is to find a life mate. Dating often includes going out on the town, hav‐ ing some good food, maybe a bit of dancing ‐ doing things that are
outside of the ordinary, hum‐ drum pattern of daily life. But, dating can lead to something much more serious. If you go out on dates with someone about whom you are not necessarily crazy (but are just doing it to have a bit of fun), the strategy could backfire on you. Things might get serious before you realize it, and you could end up compromising and marry the wrong person. 2. Don't fight about money ‐ there is never enough to go around anyway: As most married couples will tell you, money is one of the biggest sources of conflict within a marriage. Money ‐ and how we handle it ‐ is so personal and no two people view it in ex‐ actly the same way. Combine that with the fact that most married couples share their money; that is, they add to and take from the
3. Do not expect your spouse to change after marriage: Be hon‐ est, when you married your spouse you had all
sorts of spe‐ cific expectations about ways s/he would become an even better or more pleasing person post‐marriage. This is just a huge fantasy, so you need to let this notion go! You formed a mental picture in your mind of what s/he was (or what you imagine them to be). Of course, people do change over time. But, such change is not always necessarily for the better, and it is very unlikely that the things you disliked most about your spouse are going to magically go away. Here is a little piece of advice: embrace the changes they have gone through and enjoy the ride! The best advice is to not expect your spouse to change and to try to accept them for who they are. 4. Never have breakfast together: This last one really hits home with me. Neither my wife or I are morning people. When we get up each morning, we need to give each other as wide a berth as possible, lest we risk getting our heads removed by the grumpy monster in the room. That means staying out of each other's way for at least the first half hour in the morning or at least until you’ve both had a cup of coffee. And, of course, having breakfast together immediately after getting up in the morning is com‐ pletely out of the question! Making a marriage successful requires a lot of hard work, patience and commitment. At the same time, keeping a good sense of hu‐ mor about your marriage can actually be very good medicine.
Contributed by Pastor George Liepert
“My marriage makes me laugh! (I hope my wife feels the same way…)”
Counselor’s Heartbeat By now, the glitter and glow of the Holidays are behind us, and we have packed away the extra decorations accumu‐ lated. Many of us contemplate stripping away other un‐ needed things: added pounds brought on by an excess of feasting and old clothes and toys to make room for the new. Some of us have taken a look back at the Old Year with regret at the things we failed to do in the past year and made Reso‐ lutions to change! We pledged to sweep out old negative thinking and behavior and to begin the New Year with a posi‐ tive perspective. Where do we get that kind of inner strength? Through Faith! What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. Hebrews 12:1 Just as the world outside may be cold, damp, and dreary, and the ground may lie fallow and hard, we all know that Spring is just around the corner, and that brings HOPE to our hearts! How is it that we trust that Spring will soon be here when branches are bare and skies are often gray? Because we have experienced the familiar cycles of the seasons, we have confi‐ dence that all is well with the world and our Faith is continu‐ ally renewed. We have learned that unless a seed falls and is left lying in the ground, there is no new life, and until the grain is threshed, there is no life‐giving bread. How does that relate to your life? Have you taken some of life’s tumbles? Have you been threshed to the point of wondering if life is even worth it? Life’s experiences have taught me that the times when my life felt ugly and bound, much like the caterpillar within a cocoon struggling to get out, I was being reshaped into someone stronger and more secure. Change starts on the inside so we must first work to strengthen our inner qualities, perhaps honesty, patience, perseverance. The best way to get started is to get a Journal and spend some time alone with God to evaluate our life pur‐ pose and how we need to grow. List some of the qualities you would like to develop, such as: • Be more loving and kind • Set boundaries and learn to say “no” • Be proactive instead of reactive “…I am still not all I should be but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13 As you find ways to develop these qualities, beginning with writing out positive affirmations and posting them where you can see them daily, you may encounter some fear and resis‐
tance. Take baby steps and start an action plan listing three actions you will take each week to reach your goals, for ex‐ ample: • Go back to school • Take up a new sport or hobby • Read through the Bible Will 2011 be your year of Transformation? What Goals have you set? If you would like support in making changes in your life or seek spiritual guidance or counseling (individuals or families; making life’s choices or enduring a crises), I am available by appointment by calling 209‐712‐1943.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 Blessings in 2011 to you and yours, Faye Rodriguez, Bear Creek Church Crisis Counselor & Life Changes Coach
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I am: Jennie Nadotti Age: 57 Occupation: Retired Town in which I currently live: Stockton, CA My hometown: Stockton, CA How long I’ve lived in San Joaquin County: 30+ years How long I’ve attended Bear Creek Church: 3 years in Feb What I like most about Bear Creek Church: The people, the love I receive daily from the first day I walked into the Church. They are my church family. Ministry I serve in: Celebrate Recovery, Kids in Christ , Hos‐ pitality, Women’s Ministry and Thrive. Why I serve in this ministry: I love serving in Celebrate Re‐ covery because of the purpose of this ministry “Recovering from my hurts, habits and hang‐ups,” and I want to give back what I’ve received from this ministry. I enjoy being useful in the smallest of areas knowing it’s essential. All these minis‐ tries satisfy my love of connecting with people through serv‐ ing. When telling others about Bear Creek Church I use these words: Love, fellowship, family, welcoming and acceptance. A key event in my life and the impact it had on me: My son’s drug addiction. It has caused me to return to my faith. I also reached out for help through recovery programs. One thing I want to accomplish while I am able: Travel to Italy. Favorite Bible Verse: “I pray that ... Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17 Favorite Bear Creek Church Event/Activity: I enjoy all the events at Bear Creek Church that bring together people and food. Favorite sports team: I’m not much of a sports fan. Favorite vacation destination: Hawaii. (I imagine, as I’ve never been.) Hobbies: I love to be creative when it comes to food and crafts. I really enjoy jogging each day. Pets: No pets. Favorite food/dessert: Mexican food & anything chocolate. The people who mean the most to me: My husband, Jim, our children & grandchildren, my family and my church fam‐ ily and friends.
A small child, ravaged by cancer, needs specialized life‐ saving treatment at a hospital 300 miles away. A father, separated from his family by a hurricane, wants desper‐ ately to be reunited. A domestic‐violence survivor longs to start a new life in another city, but cannot afford to leave. These are just a few of the people to whom help and hope is offered through a free flight from Angel Flights West. Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volun‐ teer‐driven organization that arranges free, non‐ emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs, ena‐ bling them to receive vital treatment that might other‐ wise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations. The network of 1,900 volunteer pilots fly their own planes and pay for all costs (which average $400 a flight) out of their own pockets, in order to make these critical journeys.
pilots with passengers, coordinating the flights, spread‐ ing the word among referral agencies, and continually recruiting new volunteers. All new requests for possible flights are taken in through a doctor's office, a nurse, or a social worker or case manager. They will request the flight on the patient's behalf. At least one week is nec‐ essary to coordinate the flight. Once the request is re‐ ceived, the flight is entered into the computer and the hunt for volunteer pilot begins. Once a pilot has ac‐ cepted the mission they will contact the patient directly, and all other arrangements from that point on are made between the pilot and the patient. What they do is much like running a small airline, further complicated by the extra care and expense of working with passengers who need their help, their families, as well as medical and hospital personnel. The beneficiaries of the flight ‐ the passengers and their families, the healthcare organizations ‐ pay nothing at all. Unfortunately, Angel Flight West is not a guaran‐ teed service.
These pilots give freely of their time and money, restor‐ ing health and hope to those whose lives have been dis‐ rupted by illness, disaster, or other life‐altering
events. Their only reward is the joy of knowing how much of a difference they've made.
Who are these pilots, and why do they give so much of their time and money to help strangers? They're engi‐ neers, scientists, and teachers. Doctors, lawyers, and corporate executives. Retired commercial pilots and young entrepreneurs. But as different as these men and women might be, they all have two things in common: The love of flying, and the desire to touch people's lives.
When Angel Flight West began in 1983, their mission was so unique that they sometimes had trouble convinc‐ ing healthcare providers that they would and could do what they promised: fly people in their own planes for free. It almost seemed too good to be true. When someone's transportation needs are critical, organiza‐ tions both large and small know they can depend on them. They are proud to help. At Angel Flight headquar‐ ters in Santa Monica, Cali‐ fornia, the ground team man‐ ages the complex sys‐ tem of matching
Who are these Pilots and why do they give…. …..to help strangers? 10
When asked how it works Fred explains, “we go online and see what missions are out there and apply for one. If no one else has put in for it or if it’s open, you get it. So this way you can match your schedule with theirs.”
They also have a “telephone tree” of ready pilots for last minute or unclaimed missions. Fred is on that tree and will occasionally get a last minute call. Fred recalls a time when he flew fifty plus flights a year, but because of other obligations, now averages anywhere from 6‐12 flights a year. Pilots have to be committed to the pro‐ gram because it does take time and money. These volun‐ teer pilots assume all costs including aviation fuel, cur‐ rently ranging between $5‐$6/gal.
Fred shares one memorable mission when he flew a sin‐ gle leg of a relay, transporting a young couple and their infant, scheduled to receive a liver transplant. “I had never seen anyone with jaundice before and it was diffi‐ cult for me to witness,” says Fred. Like so many of the volunteer pilots, Fred admits, “it’s flying the kids that is so heartbreaking, yet ultimately rewarding. I know we are helping a family in need, who’s going through a rough struggle, and their gratitude is payment beyond my ex‐ pectations. This is my way of giving back. I get far more out of each experience than I give.”
Fred Weibel, Jr., has been President and CEO of Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery since the early 1970s. He ex‐ emplifies the low‐key, hardworking ethics of his grandfa‐ ther and father, Rudolph and Fred Emile Weibel, Sr. Fred and his wife Judy, have together raised five beautiful chil‐ dren and five beautiful grand‐children. He donates his plane and skill as a pilot to Angel Flight West. In 1996, at an Aircraft Owners & Pilots meeting, Fred ran across the Angel Flight West booth and the seed was planted. Thus began a 14 years rewarding relationship that continues to this day. “After researching the pro‐ gram, I felt it was a good fit and was excited to get in‐ volved and utilize my skills for helping others,” says Fred. Fred served as a Northern California Wing leader with the organization for several years.
Fred tells, “Once I flew a gentleman weighing in excess of 480 lbs to So. California in a much smaller plane than I’m flying these days. Its was …. interesting to say the least.” Another mission Fred shared was flying 200 lbs of mother’s milk to a Milk Bank in San Jose. There was an infant child who could not digest anything and was suf‐ fering from malnutrition. They were out of options and preparing to lose him when a doctor suggested trying some mother’s milk from the milk bank. It worked and he was able to digest the milk providing the necessary nourishment allowing time for his digestive system to develop. Smiling and shaking his head, Fred admits “Looking back, I have many, many stories like these.” Thank you Fred for your generous spirit and servant’s heart. Contributed by Karla Sinnock
“This is my way of giving back. I get far more out of each experience than I give.” 11
2010 was a tough year. So was 2009 for that matter. The economy beat you up and knocked you down. Or maybe you’ve made some mistakes with money. Maybe both. Maybe you lost a job and are struggling. It’s a new year, a new beginning. Time to get up. Maybe you’ve been blessed and haven’t experienced the hardships of so many. Maybe you’ve been given a second chance and are working again, or you will be very soon. Whatever your circumstance, no matter how little or how much you’ve been given, you have a responsibility to manage it well. But how? Spend less than you make. If you’re in debt, get out and stay out. Be a giver. Make a budget and stick to it. Budget?!?!? That is such a dirty word! Many think of a budget like a diet. “I gained a few pounds, so I’m on a diet.” “Money is tight right now, so I’m on a budget.” The problem is that once you’ve lost a few pounds, the diet goes out the window. So it goes with a budget. They all know the key to a healthy life is not a diet, but a lifetime of eating healthy and exercise. So it goes with money. You must learn and incorporate healthy life‐long hab‐ its. It’s a matter of discipline. Duh!
money and you say, “no way! I’m paycheck to paycheck! I can’t possibly do that!” The reality is that you are already spending that money– only without a plan. The DMV bill comes and you, well, pay it. But it hurts because you hadn’t planned for it, so what do you do? Borrow from Peter to pay Paul, or worse— pull out the charge card that month because now you’ve shorted something else. I’ll tell you what happens. It’s payday. We pay the “in your face” expenses. No problem, so we think it’s okay now to go shopping— free reign! Let’s go out to eat! We work hard, we deserve it! Only, you just unwittingly spent the money for the DMV bill due in three months, or Uncle Veto’s birthday money; or next year’s Christmas… The key to success is to save FIRST for all those “not in your face” expenses. Try it. In time, you will be blessed with even more to give and bless oth‐ ers.
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Another dirty word! But how? Here’s a secret… I promise it works, but it’s a little uncomfortable at first. First, make giving a priority. It’s true that if you give, it will be given to you. Next, make a list of all your normal expenses that aren’t “in your face.” “In your face” expenses are the obvious ones, the ones that happen every month, like the mortgage or rent; utilities; the phone bill; groceries; you know— they’re right there, you can’t avoid them— they’re “in your face!” Now think about the ones that aren’t. The ones that sneak up on you and sur‐ prise the heck out of you— like the DMV bill; Cousin Velma’s baby shower; oil changes for the car; home repairs and maintenance; insurance; clothes; the dentist, Oh My! Now estimate how much you spend on each of these (and all the others you can think of) during the course of the year. Total it up and divide by twelve to come up with an average monthly amount. You will be shocked to discover how much it adds up to! Now put that much into savings every single month, in plan‐ ning and preparation to pay those particular expenses when it’s their turn to come due. I know it seems like a lot of
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Topic: The Life You’re Meant to Live Teacher: Michael Boyles Description: Based upon the book Extraordinary by John Bevere. Isn’t it true that we long to see the extraordinary, experience the extraordinary, do the extraordinary? Yet, so often we settle for mediocrity when greatness is within our grasp. Best‐selling au‐ thor John Bevere reveals how all of us were “meant for more,” extraordinarily created and intended for a life that is anything but ordinary. Here is the road‐ map for your journey of transformation. You are marked for a life that far surpasses the usual defini‐ tions of success or fulfillment. Cost of book ≈ $15.00. Please note, this class is 14 weeks long.
Adult Classes: Marriage, Parenting, Health and Finance classes are just some of the class topics provided for men and women and couples to choose from. Youth & Children: Our commitment is in laying a strong spiritual foundation through creative, innovative and fun programs designed to meet the interests and maturity level of the children. Toddlers and Nursery: Your little ones will feel God’s love and have fun every time they come. The adult classes being offered for the next eight‐week session of Thrive (January 5th— March 9) are: Topic: Health and Fitness Teacher: Pastor Bobby Spencer Description: Serious Results Fitness, Health, & Nu‐ trition Solutions, uses the PRISM® program cou‐ pled with Pastor Bobby’s vast expertise in this field. This is meant to be a vehicle for lasting change, NOT just a diet. He will deal with the whole person; the physical, emotional and spiritual. You will learn about the underlying issues that cause you to over‐ eat and develop an understanding of food addic‐ tion. Join Pastor Bobby for a time of restored hope, and become the person you were created to be. Materials fee $55. MUST PRE‐REGISTER to receive materials by start date. Topic: Financial Freedom Teacher: Pat and Joan Corcoran Description: Financial Peace University is a life‐ changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confi‐ dence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace. Over 650,000 families have completed FPU with amazing suc‐ cess. On average, they pay off $5,300 in debt and save $2,700 in just 13 weeks. That's an $8,000 change in position in just 91 days! $100 invest‐ ment for class material, covers entire family. MUST PRE‐REGISTER to receive materials by start date.
Topic: Your Spiritual Journey Class 101—Discovering Bear Creek Church (1/5) Teacher: Pastor Bill Cummins Description: Would you like to know more about what BCCC believes? Our future goals and objec‐ tives? Discover Bear Creek Church and how to begin and belong to the growing family of Bear Creek. Class 101 is a pre‐requisite to serving in all our ministries as well as becoming a member. Class 501—Daily Walk with God (1/12—3/9) Teacher: Ken Krietzer Description: Discover the essentials every new believer needs to build on. This class will teach you what it means to be a follower of Christ and put you on the path to a personal relationship with Him. If you have already attended Class 101 then join us January 12th for Class 501.
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If any of your New Year’s resolutions include: eat healthier, get more ex‐ ercise, enjoy the simple things in life, or spend more time with family; then I have a great idea for you. Plant trees! More specifically, plant fruit trees and now is the perfect time of year to do so. Before you know it, with some research, planning, and a little muscle; you will be harvesting delicious fruit from your own backyard. Since space is limited for most homeowners, Dave Wilson’s Nursery de‐ veloped the idea of a Backyard Orchard Culture (BOC), which includes planting numerous fruit trees together in one hole. The trees are then pruned and trained to maximize fruit production while minimizing the need for space. By choosing dwarf or semi dwarf trees even a 90x100 ft lot can provide a wide array of fruit to enjoy. Dwarfing varieties are propagated by grafting rootstock of certain species known for their smaller stature to another variety for its fruiting capabilities. The dwarf varieties grow to about 8‐10 ft; the branches will be compact and the foli‐ age dense, while the semi‐dwarf trees can reach 15‐20ft but can be pruned to fit surroundings.
The Backyard Orchard Culture
Success will require homework, researching proper variety selections, pollination requirements, harvest dates, preparation of soil site, irriga‐ tion, fertilization, management of disease and pests, and pruning; just to name a few. Thank goodness there is a wealth of free information on the internet on any of these subjects and many more. I never thought I would have enough room in my tiny backyard for more than one or two fruit trees. Three years ago while researching the subject I stumbled across the Dave Wilson Nursery website. Their unique concept of planting more than one tree in a hole intrigued and excited me and I decided to try it out. The winter of 2008 I planted an apricot and a nectarine in the same hole. I also planted five other semi‐dwarf fruit trees that winter, two are in containers and the other three while don’t share the same hole are planted close together. This last summer I enjoyed a bounty of mouth‐watering nectarines, apri‐ cots, cherries, oranges, limes, and apples; all from my backyard! I also received a great deal of enjoyment observing my trees throughout the seasons. I anticipated the opening of tiny buds, watched bees scurry to pollinate every blossom they could, witnessed miniscule fruit ripen be‐ fore my eyes, and even marveled at the leaves changing colors in the fall. I have very fond memories of visiting my grandparents’ house, which always included a trip out to the backyard to eat luscious fruit right off the tree and next summer I will have come full circle as I take my new grandson Casey out to my backyard to enjoy the sweetest treat there is. For more information on growing fruit trees check the following web‐ sites: www.davewilson.com www.homeorchard.ucdavis.edu www.eartheasy.com
Contributed by Nancy Jordan
Change YOUR Habits Change Your Life
Feel Better by Taking Charge of Your Health Myth #1: Weight loss is all about the cardio. Anyone who believes cardio exercise alone will burn off the pounds hasn’t gotten up an hour early every day for two months to hit the treadmill or stationary bike… only to be disappointed when the scale doesn’t budge! While it’s true that cardio is beneficial, you won’t really see results until you add equal amounts of strength training. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn daily. Keep the cardio, but add strength training. The combination will help you reach your goal in a healthy and balanced way. Myth #2: Vegetarian = Healthy. When we hear the word “vegetarian,” we automatically assume it’s healthful. But the reality is that dishes labeled vegetar‐ ian at restaurants can be deceiving. Many vegetarian options replace meat with flavor boosters like mayonnaise, cheese and dressings, caus‐ ing the calorie count to soar. Be wary of the ingredi‐ ents in vegetarian dishes. Just because it sounds healthful doesn’t mean it is.
No doubt about it, most of us have never felt less in control of our destinies. The economy is still in sham‐ bles, unemployment is prevalent, food prices are up, and don’t get me started about the gas situation. Mix all these factors together and you have a recipe for runaway stress and anxiety. When things seem out of control, there is one thing you can control: your body weight. That’s right...now is the time to get fit, time to lose any extra pounds that might be hanging around, and time to develop the habits that will keep your weight at a healthy level for the long‐term. Here’s the problem the way I see it. Because we tend to live in a dieting‐obsessed, ‘quick fix’ society, most of us have absorbed some common misinformation that might actually be hindering our fitness goals. If you really want to be successful, you must first de‐ bunk these myths that you might have read on the Internet or received as advice from those well‐ meaning friends or co‐workers:
On the same note, a salad can be great but depending on what else you throw on top, it can be loaded with calo‐ ries. For many people, cheese, croutons and salad dress‐ ings are a must. But often these salad accessories are high in fat and calo‐ ries, practically negating all the healthful veggies that lie underneath. Myth #3: Reduced fat means low in fat. It’s easy to be persuaded to pick up items at the grocery store or out at restaurants that are labeled “reduced fat.” But before you assume that reduced fat equals low‐fat, consider what the food’s original fat content may have been. Myth #4: All fat is bad for you. For years we have had it drilled into our brains that fat is public enemy number one when it comes to losing weight and staying fit. It is true that you want to avoid saturated fats such as those found in fried foods, sweets and full‐cream dairy prod‐ ucts. However, if you avoid all fat all the time, your body will be missing out on important nutrition that it needs to function properly. Of course, you should never overin‐ dulge, but you do need healthy fats in your diet to be on top of your fitness game. Great options include moderate servings of nuts, seeds and fish. Keeping your fat intake in check will make for a healthier lifestyle than one with no fat at all. Myth #5: If you exercise, you need to consume a sports drink. Yes, sports drinks can be beneficial if you’re in‐ volved in long continuous exercise routines (lasting more than 2 hours) or working out in a very hot and humid en‐ vironment, but most people don’t need them. While it’s true these drinks have electrolytes that are critical for normal body function such as muscle contraction and heart function, these same electrolytes can be obtained from your daily diet. Water is a better way to go. People often forget that sports drinks contain calories, which in many cases cancel out the ones you just burned during your workout. Myth #6: You should work out as much as possible. More is better, right? Not necessarily. Strength training breaks down muscle, so you really need to take days off during the week to allow time for the muscle to rebuild. Also, be careful not to overdo it on cardio. Too much can cause excess wear and tear on your tendons and joints, which over time can lead to joint pain or discomfort, especially in the knees, lower back and shoulders. You simply need to remember to give your body time to recover from each workout.
Myth #7: Stretching before exercise is critical. Although stretching after a workout can be beneficial and improve results, stretching before a workout doesn’t actually in‐ crease range of motion. Warming up by doing activities like running in place or jumping jacks is a better pre‐ workout strategy than stretching. You will get your heart pumping and blood flowing. Save the stretching for after your workout to maximize your results. Myth #8: Your weight is the best way to tell if your “get healthy” efforts are working. Weighing yourself on a scale is critical to a weight‐loss program, but taking your waist measurement is just as important. A simple tape measure can tell you what kind of progress you’re making and can sometimes be a better indicator than the scale. Ever stepped on a scale that won’t budge and wondered why your weight isn’t going down even though your clothes are feeling loose? Here’s why that happens. When you first begin to exercise, two things happen: 1) you’ll gain muscle mass (which is good), and 2) you’ll lose fat weight (which is also good). The increase in muscle mass offsets the loss of fat, which is why the scale has not changed. But your tape measure shows an improved waist line. This process occurs for about the first six months of your exercise program, and then finally the increase in muscle mass levels off but you continue to lose fat….which is then reflected on your scale. Successful weight management is about education and mindfulness. It means rejecting the myths and making a conscious choices everyday and when you do, you’ll feel calmer and more in control. Whatever the future may hold, you’re taking the best possible care of yourself… and that’s a great feeling to have regardless of what‐ ever’s going on in the world! Stay strong and keep the faith. Pastor Bobby Spencer Certified Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutritionist
One of the most overlooked spiritual tools to experiencing God's power is fasting. Now, I know what you are thinking, because I used to think it too: 'Fasting is for radicals'. Friends, we couldn't be m o r e w r o n g ! From a b i b l i c a l standpoint, fast‐ ing is as impor‐ tant, as praying and giving. (See Matthew 6).
Not my children, not my husband, not the drama, Him. I needed to include Him in everything that I do, praise Him for ongoing, not just with a couple songs on Sundays. When I heard that Pastor Bill was going to lead a corporate fast, I was en‐ couraged. I felt the Lord telling me that I needed to get back to the sim‐ plicity of our love affair. To get back to my True Love. So, for 21 days, I did not eat food, no solids at all. I drank lots of wa‐ ter, Sobe waters, Gatorade, teas, coffee, and on the advice of my doc‐ tor, I included milk for taking medications. I am convinced and have proven that when you starve the body, your spirit becomes more in‐tune with God.
I had been feel‐ ing spiritually dry, there were situations in my life, surrounding my family in particular, that were draining me emotionally. I felt hope‐ less and I desperately needed a breakthrough. I was literally crying out for a fresh Word from God. I started off 2010 with a complete 21‐day liquid‐ only fast. Through prayer “I am convinced and have proven that when and meditation, God you starve the body, your spirit becomes showed me that I had more in‐tune with God. “ made my life so busy that I needed to "make" time for God. I felt as though if God knocked on the door to my home, I’d send Him away, asking Him to return when the chores were done, and the kids napping. God showed me that I needed to live in the reality that I had already invited Him into my heart, my life and my home. I needed to start living with Him as the center of my world.
I am so inspired by David, when he wrote in Psalm 42 "...deep calls unto deep...", I wanted to feel that intimacy with God. Through the fast, I was able to reestablish clarity and know God better. This past year, I have seen God work some amazing things in my life, and the lives of those around me. The prayers of my darling 4 year‐ old daughter, have become complex words of love, not just the same prayers she has memo‐ rized. I was completely blessed and humbled to witness her pray and receive Christ in October. My dad, who was a skeptic, was baptized in January 2010. That was a miracle. I have been able to share Christ with some who were previ‐ ously unreachable, and this year I actually re‐ ceived my very own breakthrough. I am con‐ nected to many ministries, and am very proud of the work God has accomplished in my life. My prayers have become more focused and I can honestly feel the power of my words when I speak them in prayer. Keeping a journal was really the key to my ability to have a successful fast. Writing down my prayer 'hit list' in the beginning was a great way to start. The fasting journal by Jentzen Franklin has inspired me to pray for things that I would never have thought of before. It keeps my prayers in an organized place. During the first couple days of a fast like this, when the hunger pains can drive a person crazy, it is im‐ portant to have some way to keep your prayer requests organized. I would like to encourage anyone who has never fasted before, to consider it in prayer first. If you feel spiritually dry, if you are in a season of waiting for something to hap‐ pen, consider fasting. You can fast for anything. A breakthrough, a release from bondage, to quit an addiction, anything. It really is something that is spiritually sound. Fasting is for everyone. Contributed by Julie Kent
play the Blues as well. Many places in the Psalms, David pours out his heart to God, trust‐ ing that the Lord was listening, knowing that the Lord cared, and be‐ lieving that the Lord would make all the difference in his life. Psalm 130:1, “Out of the The Bible instructs us to sing and play instruments depths I have cried to Thee; as an expression of our love for God. Psalm 100:2b, “God created music and He designed O Lord. Lord hear my voice!” “Come before Him with joyful Church services almost always have music as an integral part of a worship gathering. As a kid, I thought of the music as the “sing along” time, but now I know how much I missed the point.
human emotions to respond to
Music is powerful. God singing.” Psalm 150:3, “Praise musical expression.” Him with trumpet sound; created music and He de‐ praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and signed human emotions to respond to musical expres‐ dancing; praise Him with stringed instrument and sion. We are wired to feel something when we hear pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals.” melodies, rhythms and harmonies. Every culture in the So did you see that? The Bible says right there that God world has its own style of music to express emotions and likes to hear guitars, bass, drums, brass, pipes, and loud to communicate with. Music often transcends the spo‐ cymbals. The word loud is right there in the scripture; it ken word in expression, because it adds an extra element of emotion to the literal words that are sung. I believe is not just the Pastor Jebby interpretation. that music is the phone line between the soul and the God is so great! He loves live music; He loves lively mu‐ voice. We need to use our voices to express our awe for sic. Did you see it right there in black and white – “joyful God, regardless of how good or bad our singing talent is . singing,” not a forced, dutiful, exercise in getting through It is as simple as this; when we sing, we unveil our the music at church. souls. We make ourselves a little vulnerable, and we In the Psalms, there are references to shouting, dancing open our hearts to God. and playing skillfully to the Lord. David, who wrote many I would like to invite you to come and sing a new song of the Psalms, was a diverse artist. While he composed with me every Sunday. many celebratory worship songs, not everything he Contributed by Pastor Jebby Moates wrote was an up‐tempo, upbeat song; he was known to
Mark Your Calendar January—March 2011 EDUCATION/ GROWTH THRIVE 3RD QTR 2010‐11 – CLASSES WEDNESDAYS, JAN 5 ‐ MAR 9 Join us at 5:30pm for a delicious meal (nominal fee) and then par‐ ticipate in one of several classes from 6:30 ‐ 8pm. SERIOUS RESULTS JAN 5 ‐ MAR 9, 6:30 – 8PM EXTRAORDINARY—JOHN BEVERE JAN 5 ‐ MAR 9, 6:30 – 8PM FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY JAN 5 ‐ MAR 9, 6:15 – 8:15PM CLASS 101 “WHAT WE BELIEVE” JAN 5 6:30 – 8PM CLASS 501 “FOUNDATIONS” JAN 12 ‐ MAR 9, 6:30 – 8PM FELLOWSHIP MEN’S BREAKFAST SAT‐JAN 8, FEB 12, MAR 12‐7:30AM YOUNG AT HEART FRI‐JAN 21, FEB 18, MAR 18‐6PM CLUB 31 SATURDAYS 9:15AM JAN 15, BARBARA CAMERON MOTHER OF KIRK CAMERON AND CANDACE CAMERON, AUTHOR OF A FULL HOUSE OF GROWING
FEB 19, TERESA DRAKE, SPEAKING ON KEEPING YOUR COOL‐ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR WOMEN MAR 19, DONNA GOLDBERG, BORN INTO A FUNDAMENTALIST POLYGAMIST CULT CELEBRATE RECOVERY TUESDAYS, 7PM FEB 9, CARING HEARTS DINNER & CONCERT—6:30 YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING SUNDAYS, PIZZA HUT IN TRINITY PARKWAY SHOPPING CENTER— 7:45PM 21
Perhaps for most of us living here in the United States, it is a little known secret that most of the world lives in a very treacherous, day to day battle of life and death. Much of mankind in places like Ghana, Dafore, and Haiti face daily, a life without hope. A great many children in these far off places are facing cer‐ tain death due to lack of water, or reduced to drinking dirty diseased water that causes ex‐ cruciating pain. The questions are, “do we care enough to take interest in it?” and “if so, what can we do about it?”
Bear Creek Water is a moral idea if you will, that essentially believes that it is possible to turn recyclable trash into life saving clean wa‐ ter well, around the world. We don’t just be‐ lieve it, we’ve proven it. The right time for ac‐ tion is now, and you can make a difference with the simple action of donating your recy‐ clables to Bear Creek Water. It is not a secret that common products such as Pepsi cans and plastic water bottles have redemptive value, but the redemptive value through Bear Creek Water is saving lives through providing clean drinking water.
I think most of us would find the mortality rates of children, due to lack of clean water, staggering. It’s heartbreaking to know that the mortality rate of children can be cut in half by just providing clean water. Still, even if we care, few of us take action because it just seems too overwhelming—we ask ourselves, what can I do? But there is something so sim‐ ple that we can all do to save the lives of these children.
We encourage everyone to stop by Bear Creek Church on any given Sunday from 8AM until 1:30PM and drop off your recyclables. We will formally greet you and accept your recyclables without you even having to leave the comforts of your car. If Sunday is not a good day for you, stop by Bear Creek Church on a Monday through Friday and we can always find a eager hand to receive your donation. Contributed by Brian Butler
I Am Bear Creek
I am: Marco Mata Age: 42 Occupation: Locomotive Engineer with BNSF Railroad Town in which I currently live: Lodi My hometown: Mountain View How long I’ve lived in San Joaquin County: Almost 4 years How long I’ve attended Bear Creek Church: 3.5 years What I like most about Bear Creek Church: How welcoming everyone is. Everyone is treated like family. I also enjoy Pastor Bill’s teachings and that they are based on scripture from the Bible. Ministry I serve in: Teach New Believer’s/Foundations class. Why I serve in this ministry: I believe it’s really important to understand the basic principles of Christianity and have this as your foundation. When telling others about Bear Creek Church I use these words: Welcoming, friendly, caring, active, loving, and awe‐ some. A key event in my life and the impact it had on me: The day I first saw my beautiful wife, Nicole. She brought me back to Christ. One thing I want to accomplish while I am able: To build up my contractor’s business to a point where it is sustaining and successful. Favorite Bible Verse: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through phi‐ losophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:6‐8 Favorite Bear Creek Church Event/Activity: Men’s breakfast, great fellowship and food! Favorite sports team: San Francisco 49er’s Favorite vacation destination: Hawaii & Monterey Hobbies: Taking my son, Brandon, to the gun range, hunting, camping, fishing… Spending time with my family. Spending time alone with God. Pets: A crazy boxer named Grace Favorite food/dessert: Chinese food (Italian is a close 2nd!) My favorite dessert is my daughter, Brianna’s, cheesecake! The people who mean the most to me: My God, my family Other information you would like to share: I look forward to the upcoming birth of our son and what God has in store for my family and I with Bear Creek Community Church! I look forward to serving on the Elder Board.
There is a wave sweeping the world, bringing in‐ credible courage, strength, and hope to a whole lot of people! It is the Celebrate Recovery program held in churches and even prisons throughout our area. I would love to invite you to drop in any Tuesday night at 7 o’clock in the Tent at Bear Creek to experi‐ ence a time of celebration through music and sto‐ ries of changed lives, followed by small groups and fellowship. We meet at Bear Creek Church at 7 o’clock every Tuesday. At 8 o’clock we break up into eight small groups to help support men and women with various issues such as abuse, addictions anger management, and codependency. At 9 o’clock we enjoy great food and fellowship in our Heart Rock Café! Child Care is provided. We are a loving, accepting group of people always excited to welcome Newcomers. We would love to hear from you, Alex & Faye Rodriguez
On February 9th we are hosting a fantastic Dinner & Concert at 6:30. Our theme will be “Caring Hearts”. It will be a very special evening. Tickets are $5 and available in advance or at the door. For further information, call us at 209‐712‐1943.
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My heart began to weep as I looked up at the tall, thin, 21 year old young man standing at my front door. He strangely reminded me of our son, Matthew, years ear‐ lier, with the hat he wore and the coat that hung on his bony frame. It was only 2 hours prior that his mother had called in desperation. “Dotti, I don’t know if my son will be with us by this afternoon. He’s in so much anguish and so much torment and so much darkness. He hasn’t slept for days and the voices in his head are telling him that suicide is the only way to finding peace. Please, please, please can you see him now?” As I put the phone down I landed on my knees. Crying out to God , I prayed, “equip me oh Lord, fill me dear Jesus, and let me be Your hands and heart this morning.” As the bright, college medical student sat beside me in our family room, I was overcome with emotion. His story and his pain were overwhelming. Embarrassed by my tears and working hard to cover up my crackly voice, I listened…....I spoke…….and then I prayed. “How strange this young man must think it is for a lady he does‐ n’t know and has never met before to be crying over him,” I thought to myself. “He doesn’t even believe the message about God and hope that I am giving him, oh Lord, why, oh why is my heart so broken?” With no noticeable affect on him, I hugged him good‐bye and told him that I loved him and would continue to pray for him. And somehow as he walked away from the door, I knew that something unusual had just taken place. I cried for the whole week that followed at every thought of him. I was burdened for his soul, for his life, for his future, for his giftedness…for him. Then, what a joy to receive a call that “light” had broken through into his soul. A glimmer of hope had entered his heart, break‐ through had begun in his mind. Rest and peace were starting to begin their course. He wanted to come back to see me again. He realized he needed the help of God. The healing touch of Jesus had begun. I now realize that my tears were the tears of Jesus. Jesus’ heart overflows with compassion for the sick and the helpless and the lost. Such compassion is what led Him to the cross where “He took our infirmities and carried out diseases.” Matthew 8:17
“But for you who revere My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with
Healing in His wings”
In 2011 , Bear Creek Church is opening a HEALING ROOM where people can come with any need for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Jesus has His hands outstretched saying, “Come – I have healing in My wings.” We’re ready to stand in the gap through prayer for you, your loved ones and your friends. Anyone who wills, may come to receive the touch of Jesus. Jesus wants you well. He wants you whole. He wants you to prosper in your body, mind and spirit. (III John2) “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray for him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well and the Lord will raise him up.” James 5: 14-15 Contributed by Dotti Cummins For information go to: bearcreekchurch.com or contact Dotti Cummins at 333‐0836 hm 329‐1551 cell or firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe; for the most part, the issues remain the same; acceptance, peer pressure, self‐image issues, love, popularity to name a few. I believe; there is a driving need for attention and affirmation! I believe; There is a basic disconnect between these young people and their parents. I believe; good kids, with great, hardworking parents, with rules, discipline and structure are falling. I believe; it’s not easy being a parent but what a blessing, we need to stand to‐ gether and pray together for all our youth. I believe; there is a way to a better life for young persons and we as their parents. I believe; through prayer most of these young persons will be OK. I believe; that young people today can have a positive impact on today’s world even in times like these. I believe; if the young people of today would unite and attack these types of issues and not each other, their future and the world in which they live would be a much better place. I believe; there is hope not through a self‐help book but through understanding, faith, patience, love. I believe; that although not easy, being a parent is a blessing and that we need to seek each other and stand together in prayer for our youth. I believe; that we need values not privilege, morals not excuses, modesty not advertise‐ ment and character instead of popularity. I believe; we all must stand against those influences that corrupt good morals. I believe; all of that is offered up by a savior, a real live savior that is always near and not hard of hearing. I believe; He waits for us to realize our need for him. I believe; He saw our every need before we were ever born. I believe; there is hope and that is in our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, Emmanuel, the prince of peace.
Contributed by Pastor Emmett Padilla
Fear. Stress. Anxiety. These words describe the mind set of millions of Americans across our country today. Over the past couple of years we have witnessed dramatic stock market losses, the collapse of the worlds largest insurance company, failures of some of the largest banks and numerous bankruptcies and mergers. It seems as if almost every day there is some nega‐ tive economic news. The American Psychological Association recently released the findings of a survey they conducted from 7000 American house‐ holds. The study stated that over 80% of Americans are stressed about the economy and their personal finances. 59% are worried about their ability to provide for their family’s basic needs. 56% are afraid they will be laid off. 60% feel angry and irritable. 52% reported that they lay awake at night worried about their finan‐ cial future. The report concluded, ‘The declining state of the na‐ tion’s economy is taking a physical and emotional toll on people nationwide.’ For many months different economists have attempted to ana‐ lyze why our economy ‘crashed.’ Some have pointed out the failure of not regulating financial institutions. Others have pointed to the disastrous sub prime mortgage business. But beneath all of these surface causes, there is a deeper and more subtle issue. These ultimate causes are not financial but spiri‐ tual. At least five of the seven deadly sins come into play on both Wall Street and Main Street: gluttony, greed, sloth, envy and pride that comes before the fall. It’s not just the CEO’s of Wall Street firms, but everyone else whose 401ks prospered by their efforts in the past. The scores of Americans who overspent and over borrowed money buying whatever their hearts desired. Far too many of us bought things we didn’t really need, with money we did not really have to impress people we didn’t even like. We stopped saving our money, took equity out of our over valued homes and charged away as if there was no tomorrow. Well, tomorrow finally arrived and many Americans are still walk‐
ing in a financial hangover. During the first couple of months of 2011, I am looking forward to helping all who attend one of our three services on Sunday to discover practical truths that previous generations knew‐ ‐‐‐‐Godly wisdom drawn from the pages of one of the oldest books in the world: The Bible. The Bible is a unique guide and a source of encour‐ agement and inspiration. I invite you to join me and discover that you can have joy and content‐ ment by living with simplicity and generos‐ ity….by experiencing faith and pursuing God’s purpose for your life. Join me and hundreds of other people from all over San Joaquin County as together we learn life principles from the Bible that will radically change your life and give you the hope and strength you need to face all of your tomor‐ rows. If you are turned off to religion but not to God, Bear Creek Church is the place for you every Sunday at 9 am, 11 am, or 6 pm. Contributed by Pastor Bill Cummins
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Bear Creek Church discourages the irresponsible use of credit cards. We offer the opportunity to donate by credit card as a convenience to those who manage their finances in a God‐honoring way.
A Center of Hope & Hope Harbor Family Service Center “Our mission is to provide a safe, clean and sober environment for homeless men, women and their children, to direct them to the services and resources they need and prevent future homelessness.”
Support Team Women helping Women This highly successful program began in 1999 and 8 Support Team beds are available for up to two serves between 20 and 45 women each week of months for homeless men who are seeking after‐ care following their graduation from rehabilitation the year. The program pro‐ programs. Men help in the vides an ongoing support sys‐ daily operations of the shelter tem of workshops. Clients and food bank in exchange for receive assistance in locating room, board and food. They services, household goods are required to attend regular and other necessary items 12‐Step meetings, submit to and supplies. random drug/alcohol testing and must meet other require‐ Emergency Shelter for ments to maintain their status Women as “Support Team” members. 28 beds are available for emergency/overnight shelter. Temporary Living Center Homeless women and women 16 T.L.C. beds are available for with children can stay for up up to six months for homeless to 56 nights per calendar men. This transitional program year. This is the only emer‐ called “T.L.C.” (Temporary gency shelter for women in Living Center) is for men who Lodi. are employed but need assis‐ tance in becoming more Women’s Shelter self‐sufficient. These men are The Shelter is open seven given all house privileges and days a week. Women are provided for 622 N. Sacramento St. are subject to random drug/alcohol on a first‐come, first‐served basis. The Lodi, CA 95240 testing. Participants in this program experienced Case Manager and com‐ (209) 367 – 9560 are assessed a program service fee. mitted staff work with each woman to evaluate her situation, assess her needs and chal‐ Transitional Living lenges, create an Individual Case Plan and assist A quadraplex with 16 beds is available for up to 2 with access to community services and resources. years. These men are given all house privileges and are subject to random drug/alcohol testing. July 14, 68 bed Hope Harbor for Men 2008 the Salvation Army Lodi Hope Harbor Family Shelter received a grant from the Department of Emergency Shelter for Men Veterans Affairs’ Homeless Veterans Program to 20 beds are available for emergency/overnight shel‐ aid in housing and counseling homeless veterans. ter. Homeless men may stay for up to 56 nights per Using the grant money made available from the VA, calendar year. eight of the 16 units are set aside for a transitional housing program for homeless veterans who are Pre‐Program going through drug, alcohol or PTSD treatment at 8 Pre‐Program beds are available for up to two the VA. The vets are permitted to stay for up to months for homeless men who enter various com‐ two years and receive assistance from a case man‐ munity rehabilitation programs. The men begin ager to address the financial causes that caused or learning discipline, are randomly tested for drugs were caused by their homelessness. and alcohol, attend 12‐Step meetings, are assigned a case worker, and pursue spiritual growth through Bible study, devotions and Sunday services.
28 Bed Hope Harbor for Women (& Children)
Running on Empty? No, this is not an article on Cars or how to get better mileage. Though, if you read further, you may get a few tips on how to go farther without even using 1 gallon of unleaded. As you know, with the winter season comes also rain, cold, and often times, dreary weather. You may not be your normal cheery self. You may feel a win‐ ter cold or flu start to take hold. So, how do you keep from feeling those winter “Blahs”? How can you avoid those gloomy feelings, those extra pounds from all the Holiday goodies, and how can you, maybe learn a little about Christ at the same time? Well, I have a suggestion for you! RUN!
try to run from you. You can out run that donut eating officer‐‐just kidding! AND, A better sex life!! Yes, it’s true, “Runners have the best sex.” http://www.examiner.com/running‐fitness‐in‐baltimore/ top‐10‐reasons‐to‐run Now that I have your undivided attention, let me give you a few scriptures on running. Look them up, and find out what this is truly about! 1 Corinthians 9:24‐27, Hebrews 12:1‐3, Proverbs 4:23‐26 AH, almost forgot that mileage tip, run or walk to the store instead of driving, not only will you increase your gas mileage by not using your car, but you will also in‐ crease your health!
Run with a purpose. Run with a friend or a group. Run for the joy of it! YES! Run…… NO I am not bonkers! Ac‐ tually, running has many benefits. Do I really need to quote them for you? Haven’t we all heard this before? Ok, you twisted my arm. I will tell you what I have learned, as a runner, about running. (By the way, walk‐ ing is a form of running‐‐‐just think of it as verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry slow running .)
So, have you learned anything? If not, I hope that, at the very least, I have gained your interest in finding out more. Thus, if you want to work on that “right” path, come to a better understanding, or even if, you only want to work on your health, relieve some stress, make new friends, and feel better all around, then be sure to join in on the running and show off your form at the 7th Annual Easter Run & Fun. A Family Fun Event, 5K and Kids Run on April 16, 2011. Lodi Lake Park. http:// easterrun.cal‐events.net/ or call 209.369.2202 Lodi or 951.9229 Stockton, for more information or email easter‐ run@cal‐events.net
Well, what can running do for you? To quote Dr. OZ, “Running can burn up to 700 calories per hour. You'll raise your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress ‐ all while toning and shaping your body.” If you like, read the full article online at http:// www.doctoroz.com/videos/5‐reasons‐run‐5k Here are a few more reasons I have found for running. You can eat more of your favorite foods, then run off those extra calories. You can always catch your children when they
(Sponsorship Opportunities Available.) Contributed by Tony Pacheco
THEY SAID………HE SAID THEY SAID IF I PRAYED A LITTLE HARDER THE PAIN WOULD GO AWAY THEY SAID IF I WORKED A LITTLE HARDER THE GUILT WOULD LESSEN THEY SAID IF I BELIEVED A LITTLE HARDER THE UNBELIEVABLE WOULD BE LESS SO THEY SAID IF I GAVE A LITTLE MORE I WOULD BECOME MORE CHARITABLE THEY SAID IF I SMILED MORE THE SADNESS WOULD SLOWLY DISAPPEAR THEY SAID IF I SOCIALIZED MORE THE FEELING OF ALONENESS WOULD LEAVE THEY SAID THEY WERE THERE FOR ME THROUGH THICK AND THIN
HE SAID, I HEARD YOUR PRAYER YOUR PAIN I FEEL AND WILL USE TO STRENGTHEN YOU HE SAID, GIVE ME YOUR BURDEN YOU ARE FORGIVEN HE SAID, JUST BELIEVE FAITH IS THE KEY, FOR I AM AND ALWAYS WILL BE HE SAID, GIVE CHEERFULLY WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES BLESSINGS WILL BE YOURS HE SAID, REJOICE IN EVERYTHING JOY IS YOURS HE SAID, FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS YOU ARE NEVER ALONE, I AM NEAR HE SAID, I AM AVAILABLE ALWAYS EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
HE SAID, I LOVE YOU. YOU ARE UNIQUE AND I HAVE CREATED YOU FOR A VERY SPECIAL PURPOSE. MY SON I SENT FOR YOU. FORGIVENESS YOU ASKED FOR. GRACE I GAVE. GO NOW AND LEAVE YOUR PAST BEHIND. USE THE KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN, THROUGH THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED, TO BRING MY MESSAGE OF LOVE TO OTHERS. LET ME TAKE CARE OF THOSE AROUND YOU AND LET ME TAKE CARE OF YOU. THAT IS MY ROLE AS YOUR FATHER. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT OTHER’S STANDARDS FOR YOU. OPEN YOURSELF TO MY LOVE SO THAT YOU MAY LOVE THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU AND THOSE FURTHEST FROM YOU, AS I DO. FREE YOUR HEART AND MIND TO EXPERIENCE THE RICHNESS OF LIFE AS I INTENDED IT TO BE FOR YOU. LISTEN NOT TO OTHERS, TO MY WORD GO. FOR THERE YOU WILL FIND WHAT YOUR HEART SEEKS. RISE NOW AND FACE THE WORLD WITH A SMILE, KNOWING ALL THAT I ASK OF YOU IS TO SHARE MY LOVE AND THE GIFT OF SALVATION WITH OTHERS. EVERYTHING ELSE YOU DO IN MY NAME WILL BE BLESSINGS TO CHERISH.
Author: Debby Harris
I am: Sara Breedlove Age: 25 Occupation: Administrative Assistant/Dance Instructor Town in which I currently live: Stockton, CA My hometown: Stockton CA How long I’ve lived in San Joaquin County: All my life (a quarter of a century) How long I’ve attended Bear Creek Church: About 8 years What I like most about Bear Creek Church: Its inviting atmos‐ phere. I also like that each pastor has their own unique style of sharing Bible stories and life examples to take with us. Ministry I serve in: Kids in Christ (3rd & 4th grade) Why I serve in this ministry: I love teaching children about the Word of God and seeing their response. I hope for kids to leave my class excited about God and what he has planned for them. It has its challenges but I know God wants me here, in this field. When telling others about Bear Creek Church I use these words: Community, diverse, welcoming, enlightening, church family, lov‐ ing, friendly. A key event in my life and the impact it had on me: When my ma‐ ternal grandma had a brain aneurism our family was distraught. God was there with us every moment and each step through her recovery. That experience forever changed my outlook on life. One thing I want to accomplish while I am able: To visit Australia. There is something intriguing about it and I long to go there one day. Plus, it’s surrounded by the ocean. Favorite Bible Verse: I have a few. But really love “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self‐seeking, it is not easily an‐ gered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always trusts, always hopes, always perse‐ veres. And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4‐7 & 13 (Hope is my favorite word.) Favorite Bear Creek Church Event/Activity: The Harvest Festival. My mom and I volunteered at the last one and had a good time. I like that it brings families together. Favorite sports team: Oakland As / Stockton Ports Favorite vacation destination: Anywhere along the Pacific coast. I love the ocean! Hobbies: Taking and teaching dance at PACE Dance Co., graphic design, learning the Spanish language, baking and nature walks. Pets: I love all animals, but sadly have none at this time. I just moved out on my own and a pet deposit is $500 so I think I will wait on a pet. Favorite food/dessert: I like lots of different types of foods and I love, love, love Cheesecake. The people who mean the most to me: Those who love me re‐ gardless and accept me for who God made me.
I Am Bear Creek
Something For Everyone Kids in Christ — 1st through 6th grades
Nursery/Preschool Your children from birth to Kindergarten are nur‐ tured in the a safe, com‐ fortable environment. Bear Creek Community Church is committed to providing a happy, secure experience for your little ones. Our caregivers and teachers are prepared to show your child God’s love in an environment in which biblical teaching, Christian compassion, and servanthood are demonstrated and taught. This will be the beginning of a lifelong relation‐ ship with Jesus Christ. Our goal is to assist parents in laying a solid foundation of faith in the lives of their children. If you have questions about our care, this ministry or would like to volunteer to help, call the church office or contact: Flower Hagele email@example.com
The purpose of this minis‐ try is to Connect children to Jesus; teaching them to Honor God by obeying His Word; to Respect one an‐ other; to Invest time and talent by serving; to Spiritually grow developing a bib‐ lical world view; so that lives are Transformed. Our vision is that Kids In Christ will be a program in which hundreds of children will participate because . . . they feel Christ’s love and acceptance here; they enjoy an “exciting” environment in which to learn; they live God’s Word; they “want” to invite their friends; they feel safe; they will bond together with their families. If you have questions about our programs, this ministry or would like to volunteer to help, call the church of‐ fice or contact: Ann Pacheco firstname.lastname@example.org
High School — 9th through 12th grades
Jr. High — 7th & 8th grades “I wait quietly before God for my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation; my fortress where I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62: 1‐2 This is our verse for the Junior High ministry, and where we get the name Unshakeable. The purpose of this ministry is to foster in teens a strong sense of who the Lord is and encourage them to go out to be great soldiers for God. We provide a safe place for teens to be themselves while setting boundaries and demon‐ strating respect for others. If you have questions about our programs, this ministry or would like to vol‐ unteer to help, call the church office or contact: Sonia Siria email@example.com
The purpose of this ministry is to foster a vibrant, growing Youth Group that rec‐ ognizes teen’s need for acceptance, boundaries, fun and fellowship with adults who love them uncondi‐ tionally. We show teens they are loved, accepted, and part of a thriving community. We encourage teens to enthusiastically pursue being intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually fit, and inviting their friends to join them in this pursuit. Most importantly we con‐ tinually encourage these young people to discover, connect with and follow Jesus. If you have questions about our programs, this ministry or would like to vol‐ unteer to help, call the church office or contact: Pastor Emmett Padilla firstname.lastname@example.org
Something For Everyone Young Adults 18‐ 30 something
Women’s Ministry The purpose of this minis‐ try is to help women be‐ come connected to each other, deeply and meaning‐ fully. We need each other in a world that is fast paced and pulling on us from every direction. Even more importantly, Women’s Ministries exists to connect women deeply and mean‐ ingfully to God. Our purpose is to encourage, equip, and enrich. We do this through opportunities to study God’s Word together; pray together; laugh and have fun and fellowship together; learn spiritual principles that equip us to face the challenges and choices that confront us; serve God with our gifts and talents; reach out and serve others; and support one another. If you have questions about our programs, this minis‐ try or would like to volunteer to help, call the church office or contact: Terry Faught email@example.com
The purpose of this min‐ istry is to connect with other Christians that are in the same age group. We support one another, share experiences and enjoy fellowship. We plan and participate in fun activities together. We are a group that joins together in building a Christian relationship with God. If you have questions about our programs or this ministry or would like to volunteer to help, call the church office or contact: Marshea Pratt firstname.lastname@example.org
Young at Heart
BCCC Men’s Ministry is a place to learn about God’s plan and Work Gods plan for the grater good of all his children, to help all in our church and through‐ out our communities. The Mas‐ culinity of Jesus is our model. We want to develop men who sense what biblically muscular, masculine Christianity is all about. Power under control. Strength clothed in tenderness. As we work with men on this level and use Scripture to reshape their attitudes, they will become all that God meant them to be. Their significance is not in what they do‐ though there’s nothing wrong with that. Their value and identity are in Christ. If you have questions about our programs, this ministry or would like to volunteer to help, call the church office or con‐ tact: Rich Manning r‐email@example.com
Young at Heart is for those who are 50 years and older or those who just like to have fun. Enjoying a delicious potluck meal, listening to and learning from guest speakers, movie nights and partici‐ pating in various other activities together form the basis of lively Young at Heart get‐togethers. It’s a great time to connect with friends and embrace new ones! Young at Heart meets the third Friday of every month (between January and October) at 6:00 p.m. in the Worship Center Lobby of Bear Creek Community Church. If you have questions about our programs, this ministry or would like to volunteer to help, call the church office or contact: Denise Albarran firstname.lastname@example.org
We Are Here For You Sr. Pastor—Bill Cummins ........................................email@example.com Family Life Pastor—George Liepart ................firstname.lastname@example.org Worship/Drama Pastor—Jebby Moates ........... email@example.com Sunday Evening Pastor—Bobby Spencer ........firstname.lastname@example.org Youth Pastor—Emmett Padilla...................... email@example.com Nursery/Pre‐School—Flower .....................................firstname.lastname@example.org Children’s Ministry—Ann ...........................email@example.com Junior High Ministry—Sonia ...................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Young Adults Ministry—Marshea .................................... email@example.com Women’s Ministry—Terri ............................firstname.lastname@example.org Men’s Ministry—Rich .......................................................... r‐email@example.com Missions Ministry—Debby .........................................firstname.lastname@example.org Prayer Ministry—Dotti .............................................................. email@example.com Financial Freedom— Sandy ............................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Small Groups—Pastor George.........................email@example.com Counseling—Faye...................................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate Recovery—Faye ....................................................... email@example.com Financial Administrator—Tamra................................ firstname.lastname@example.org Office Administrator—Debby....................................email@example.com
Board of Directors
Michael Boyles Paul Fillon Mike Glover Susan Jackson Fred Hagele Daryl Labarthe David Olson Larry Stonebarger Fred Weibel
Harry Agonoy Michele Cole Carmen Feldstein Charley Hauner Ken Kreitzer Janie Labarthe Curtis LaFever Rich Manning Marco Mata Donna Siria