Calvary Press January 2014
Pastor: The Rev. Hiromi Yoneda Pastor Emeritus: The Rev. Saburo Masada 2343 Country Club Blvd., Stockton, CA 95204 Office: (209) 466-‐0221 Fax: (209) 466-‐1839 Website: www.cpcstockton.com
"What Sort of New Year’s Resolution Should A Christian Make?"
The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the dawn of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. The most common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, to lose weight, to eat healthier, and to spend more time with the family. Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these Christian New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-‐spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. I think knowing our motivation as to why we are making these resolutions will help greatly in keeping them. For example, why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity and to honor yourself? So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) Pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) Rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) Find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) Don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) Don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. My resolution is summed up in Psalms 37:5-‐6 which says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Happy New Year and A portion of From the Elders was not printed on a few of the November CP due to a glitch with the copy machine, so the following is both the November and December report from our Clerk of Session.**
1. Jeannie Sakoda has reserved November 9-‐15, 2014 for Calvary to again participate in Pray Stockton. 2. The 2013 Nominating Committee has met and has a roster of candidates for Elders and Deacons, Class of 2016. 3. The Session approved a motion that a member requesting to be moved from the “inactive” to the “active” membership roster must first attend the Membership & Renewal Class. The next class is scheduled for February 2, 2014. 4. Youth Elders & Deacons have been a tradition at Calvary. The definition of a youth is under 21 years old. The Session approved a motion that the position of Youth Elder will be discontinued at the end of this year. 5. The process of Gracious Separation from PC USA will continue in January 2014. FROM THE
6. Thanks to Willie Low and Gary Low for coordinating the Men’s Thanksgiving Lunch. The food was delicious and the fellowship was great! 7. Cards were sent to those who participated in the Calvary Golf Tournament to thank them and invite them to the Thanksgiving and Christmas activities. 8. As a result of a generous gift made to the Building Fund, the Session voted to make an additional payment of $15,000 toward the principal on our gym mortgage. 9. The Session voted to allow Pastor Yoneda to attend the 2014 ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) National Gathering in August 2014 in Dallas, Texas. 10. Annual Reports are due January 4, 2014. 11. The next Session Meeting will be January 19, 2014. 12. The Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 26, 2014. The purpose of the meeting is to a. Approve the Annual Congregational Meeting of January 27, 2013 b. Approve the 2013 Annual Reports. c. Review the 2014 Church Budget d. Vote on Pastor’s 2014 Terms of Call e. Elect 2016 Elders and Deacons f. Elect 2014 Nominating Committee 13. The Leadership Breakfast Meeting @ the Yoneda’s will be Saturday, February 8, 2014. Myra Fong, Clerk of Session
We are so blessed to have such a caring and generous congregation. On November 19th, Jerry Nakamura delivered the Calvary Congregation’s “Hunger Never Takes A Holiday” food drive donations to the Emergency Food Bank, which weighed in at 396 lbs.! Contributions for the Calvary Cares Coat Drive were accepted through December 1st, to be presented to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. The Knit Nite group made over one hundred items, including lap blankets, hats & scarves, for both the Shelter and the Rescue Mission. From the proceeds of the Spring & Fall Rummage Sales, we were also able to provide 74 blankets, pillows and sheet sets, as well as socks and underwear, to the Rescue Mission. Many will feel the warmth and love of your giving!
The Deacons would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to the Congregation for your support for all of our events throughout the year, such as our Easter and Thanksgiving Hunger Never Takes A Holiday Food Drives, our Spring & Fall Rummage Sales, our quarterly Outreach events and Deacons Fund donations. Let us remember the reason for the Season: “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
His Little Feet International Children’s Choir will be performing at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 12th @ 6:00 PM in the church sanctuary. The event is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. His Little Feet organization, founded by Michael and Christa Hahn in 2009, is a non-‐profit organization that exists to help, love and train orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide. The choir, children ages 5 to 14, is comprised of children from China, India, Haiti, South Korea and the U.S. While the children are a part of the choir, they participate in tours nationwide. Their medical needs are met and they attend the His Little Feet Life Training Academy, where they are taught academics, performing arts and valuable life skills. It is hoped that the children’s education and experiences will cultivate confidence and purpose, equip them for the future and be a positive change in their lives. We are most blessed to be able to welcome His Little Feet to Calvary and hope that you will be able to join us to enjoy and learn more about their ministry!
Membership & Renewal Class Sunday February 2nd, 11:30AM-‐2:30PM
We invite you to join us in our Membership & Renewal Class to understand church membership and to gain a deeper understanding of our faith in Christ. For members, it is a refresher course about what it means to be a Christian and a member of Calvary. For pre-‐members, it defines the expectation and meaning of what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. By becoming a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, we express our commitment to grow in faith and become a part of a “spiritual family” that worships together, grows in faith together and serves one another. The Annual Calvary Mochi Project
Our 33rd Annual Mochi Making Project was held on Saturday, December 7th. Three hundred and seventy-‐ five pounds of rice was ordered and transformed into six hundred and eighty-‐five orders being filled. That broke down to 321 lbs. of an mochi ($1,123.50) and 364 lbs. of regular mochi ($1,274.00). The Mochi Project Committee would like to thank the congregation for all the hard work and time committed
for this annual project. A special thank you to Duane Sakoda for the purchase of the new scales for the weighing and packaging of the final product. Our thanks, also, to those who gave non-‐monetary donations of butane, rice, trays, sugar and beans. Without the support and hard work of the congregation this annual project could not happen.
& may God’s blessings
in the New Year be upon you and your family!
Calvary Presbyterian Churc
“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Join us as we celebrate with joy the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Sunday, December 22nd: Christmas Worship Service @ 10:00 am Tuesday, December 24th: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 5:30 pm
In Appreciation Masada, Rev. Saburo & Marion Watanabe, Hanae Special thanks to the Allen Fong Family for the donation of a flat screen TV Celebrating the birth of Joshua Tsutsumi Tanaka, Sam & Kinuyo Birthday Fund Lam, Mary Menor, Richard & Janet Building Fund Matsumoto, George & Amy Deacons Fund
Arata, Grace, Esaki, Fujio & Lily, In Memory of Hifumi Oshima Hirose, Mary Kagoshima, Miki In Memory of Jiichi & Yoshiko Motoike; Ben & Susan Motoike Motoike, Sam & Sumi In Memory of Ed & Bernice Endow Endow Family Trust In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Hanji Inouye Takemura, Tokie
STAFF APPRECIATION Agari, Tadashi Aoyama, Harold & Aiko Arata, Grace Chew, Daisy Fong, Allen & Myra Hamamoto, Ben & Susie Hirose, Mary Ishihara, Shizuko Ishimaru, Gary & Janice Kagoshima, Miki Komure, Dean & Liane Komure, Kathryn Kuwahara, Ron & Ilene Lam, Mary Adachi , Kimi Agari ,Tadashi Aoyama, Harold & Aiko Arata, Grace Bertoni, Shirley Billings, Setsuko Boyd, Marcia Chan, Michael & Janice Chew, Daisy Fong, Allen & Myra Fujinaka, Steve & Barbie Furukawa, Mieko Hamamoto, Ben & Susie Hatanaka ,Yuri (Lilly) Hirose, Mary Ishida, Alfred & Irene Ishihara, Nicholas Ishihara, Shizuko, Ishihara, Tadashi & Carolyn Ishimaru, Gary & Janice Joseph, Betty Kagoshima, Miki Komure, Dean & Liane
Low, Elaine Low, Gary & Susan MacDannald, Chris Masada, Charise Matsune, Joan Matsune, Ralph & Kyoko Menor, Richard & Janet Miyasaki, Tom & Tsuru Motoike, Sam & Sumi Nakagawa, Sada Nakamura, Jerry & Karen Nishioka, Henry & Dorothy Nishioka, Kazumi Saito, Tak & Linda
Sakai, Carolyn Smith, Tim & Hisako Takemoto, Judy Takemoto, Steve & Barbara Tanaka, Sam & Kinuyo Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally Wong, Gene & Marcy Yoneda, Ted & Sue Yonemoto, Roy & Sumi Yoneshige, Frank Yoneshige, Ruth
THANKSGIVING OFFERING Komure, Kathryn Lam, Mary Low, Elaine Low, Gary & Susan Low, Willard & Anna Lowe, Jean MacDannald, Chris Masada, Charise Matsumoto, George & Amy Matsune, Joan Matsune, Ralph & Kyoko Menor, Richard & Janet Miyasaki, Tom & Tsuru Morita, Carl & Karyn Motoike, Clifford Motoike, Sam & Sumi Murata, Irene Nakagawa, Sada Nakamura, Jerry & Karen Nakamura, R. Mitsuo Nakashima, Gary & Sandy Nishioka, Henry & Dorothy Nishioka, Kazumi
Oda, John & Ruth Okazaki, Akie Saito,, Tak & Linda Sakai, Carolyn Sakoda, Duane & Jean Shima, Bill Smith, Tim & Hisako Takahashi, Dan & Tommie Takahashi, Hisaye Takemoto, Judy Takemoto, Steve & Barbara Tanaka, Sam & Kinuyo Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally Wong, Gene & Marcy Yamada, Keith & Judy Yamanaka, Wendi Yoneda, Rev. Hiromi & Marsha Yoneda, Ted & Sue Yonemoto, Roy & Sumi Yoneshige, Frank Yoneshige, Ruth
CHRISTMAS OFFERING Agari, Tadashi Aoyama, Harold & Aiko Arata, Grace Fong, Allen & Myra Furukawa, Mieko
Hamamoto, Ben & Susie Hirose, Mary Ishimaru, Gary & Janice Joseph, Betty
Kagoshima, Miki Komure, Kathryn Komure, Kathryn Lam, Kenneth & Diane
Loum, Daniel Lowe, Jean MacDannald, Chris Masada, Charise Matsune, Joan Menor, Richard & Janet Miyasaki, Tom & Tsuru Motoike, Clifford Motoike, Sam & Sumi, Nakagawa, Sada Nakamura, Jerry & Karen
Nakashima, Ren & Julianne Nishioka, Kazumi Okazaki, Akie Sakai, Carolyn Sakoda, Duane & Jean Sato, Grace Shima, Bill Smith, Tim & Hisako Takemoto, Judy Takemoto, Steve & Barbara Takeuchi, Roy & Emily
Tanaka, Sam & Kinuyo Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally Wong, Gene & Marcy Yamamoto, Hideko Yoneda, Rev. Hiromi & Marsha Yoneda, Ted & Sue Yonemoto, Roy & Sumi Yoneshige, Frank Yoneshige, Ruth