Calvary Press April 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
Resurrection Sunday Each Easter marks the rebirth of our faith. It marks the victory of our risen Savior over the torture of the cross and the grave. It marks our birth to a new life, which would not be possible otherwise. The Apostle Paul said that the new has come and the old has passed away. Though this is theologically correct, we do not necessarily put it into effect in our daily lives. In Philippians 2:12, Paul encourages us to “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. It takes great effort to take what we know in our head, turn it into conviction in our heart and then follow through in word and deed. When Nelson Mandela was released after twenty-‐seven years of imprisonment, he stated: "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison." Mandela remembered the importance of internal renewal ahead of external change. Though our path and situations are quite different from Nelson Mandela’s, persecution or tribulation is a part of our faith journey as well. When suffering comes our way, the Bible states that we should consider ourselves blessed. This consideration is certainly against our nature, but in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This, like other teachings in the Bible, is hard to accept and understand. Nevertheless, we believe and receive His message of forgiveness and salvation. Why? Because there is power and life in His words and the Holy Spirit assures us that we have made the right choice. It is this power that helps us make our faith effective. And we cling to the promise of Christ that He will never leave nor abandon us, and that no power on earth or in heaven can separate us from His love and forgiveness. Easter is knowing and celebrating in this Resurrection power: to change and empower our lives, to transform us into His likeness in order that we will know His peace and live this life for Him. When the storms of life come, we will be able to stand in His presence and leave behind all that hinders us. And when others look at us, may they also see Christ’s power at work within us and seek it for themselves. This is Easter! This is the Resurrection!
Holy Week Schedule April 13th — Palm Sunday Worship: 10 AM April 17th — Maundy Thursday Supper & Communion: @ 6 PM -‐ Supper hosted by Deacons, Communion Worship Service following. April 20th — Easter Sunday • Stockton Community Easter Sunrise Service: Weber Point Event Center @ 6 AM • Easter Worship Service: 10 AM • Easter Potluck Lunch: following Worship Service. Bring a dish to share!
1. A Special Congregational Meeting to elect members of the 2014 Nominating Committee was held on March 9th. The elected members are: At-‐Large: Miki Kagoshima, FROM THE Keith Yamada, Ruth Yoneshige and Sunday School: Christine Dwyer ! 2. At the March 23rd worship service, Tim & Hisako Smith and Shannen Menor were received into membership. We welcome the Tim, Hisako & Shannen into our Calvary family! 3. A Gracious Separation Exploratory Meeting will be held after worship on March 30th. Please bring any questions you many have. The Elders of the Session look forward to answering them. If after the presentation and Q&A, there are no further questions, an Advisory Poll (a vote) of the active members of the congregation will be taken. This is the second step in the process of seeking dismissal from the PC(USA) and transferring our membership to ECO (Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians). The first step in the process was when, after much study and prayer, the Calvary Session made the decision to seek this dismissal from the PC(USA). Following the vote, the next step will be for the Session and PET to negotiate the dismissal amount. Myra Fong, Clerk of Session
Deacon’s Corner The Deacons 1st Quarter Outreach Projects on Saturday, March 22nd: Habitat for Humanity Restore – 4933 West Lane , Stockton , CA The ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells gently used furniture, home accessories, appliances and buildi ng materials to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds from the ReStore are used to build Habit for Humanity homes in our area. This project involved painting the interior or exterior of the building, general cleaning, sorting and shelving donated materials. Project Leaders: Pastor and Marsha Yoneda St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room – 545 W. Sonora , Stockton , CA St. Mary’s Dining Room responds to poverty in San Joaquin County by feeding the hungry, caring for health issues and restoring human dignity to over 700 individuals each day. This project involved meal preparation and food service. Project Leader: Karen Nakamura
Helping Hands Ministries – 429 E. March Lane, Stockton , CA Food Ministry –“A hand up, not a hand out”. Each Saturday, hundreds of bags of grocery items are distributed to needy families throughout Stockton . This project involved filling bags with donated food items in an assembly-‐line fashion. Project Leader: Gene Wong Clothing Ministry – Helping Hands operates a used clothing store at 429 E. March Lane. Donated items are given to individuals in need. Clothing that is not sold at the CPC rummage sale is donated to the Helping Hands Store. This project involved sorting, hanging and displaying merchandise at the store site. Project Leader: Gene Wong Lunch Crew – Volunteers fellowshipped over lunch prepared by the Lunch Crew at Calvary upon completion of their project. Purchaser of luncheon items: Daisy Chew
Thanks to those who volunteered and supported these Outreach Projects, both participants and recipients were blessed! TIME for Spring Cleaning! The Spring Rummage Sale is Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 am-‐ 11:30 am April 1 – Set-‐up at 6:00 pm (salad & pizza provided) April 3 – Set-‐up at 7:00 pm April 5 – Volunteers to arrive by 7:30 pm Baked goods are very popular so your yummy homemade treats are very much appreciated. Potluck luncheon will be provided for all volunteers.
Spring “Hun ger Never Takes A Holiday ” Food Drive We will be collecting non-‐perishable food items from March 23rd-‐April 13th to be donated to the Stockton Emergency Food Bank. Suggested items: dry pasta, soup, cereal, rice, beans, canned fruit & vegetables and canned meat. Collection boxes will be available at the back of the church for your contributions or please take an empty box home to fill and return with your food donations. The Deacons will be hosting Maundy Thursday Supper on April 17th at 6:00 pm. We encourage our congregation to attend and invite non-‐members to join us. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Come, let us break bread together and give thanks that we serve a Risen Savior! Shannen Menor reported the Change-‐For-‐Change balance is $793.92 – the Youth plan to purchase items to organize “care packages” to have on-‐hand to give to those who ask the church for assistance.
In Our Prayers:
We continue to ask for God’s watchful eyes and healing hands upon Michael Neely, Tsuru Miyasaki, Jack Rowan and Henry Nishioka. We extend our deepest sympathy to Tim & Hisako Smith in the loss of Hisako’s mother, Kiyoko Miura, in Japan, to Lee Paston in the passing of her uncle and aunt, Ken & Shirley Pollard, and to Daisy Chew in the loss of her cousin, Stan Yee and her brother-‐in-‐law, Edwin Chung. Remember…We’re not old, we’re chronologically gifted…all a part of God’s plan. Judy Takemoto, Deacon We welcome new members: Shannen Menor and Tim & Hisako Smith into our Calvary family!
Deadline for the Calvary College Scholarship applications is May 4, 2014. All applicants will be awarded a scholarship based on their involvement in Calvary Presbyterian Church activities. For for ms or questions, contact: Jeannie Sakoda @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The raffle at our Spaghetti Feed is always the highlight of the evening. Please help us make this year’s raffle a success by donating items. Did you receive a gift that you cannot use? Have a gift card to an establishment that you don’t frequent? Re-‐gift it to the raffle committee Whether small or large, our raffle elves have a way of taking your items and packaging them to create the great baskets that our guests have come to expect. Please drop items off at the church office or contact Mary Nakamura (957-‐3848) to have items picked up or for more information. Thank you! All proceeds from the Spaghetti Feed will go to Calvary Presbyterian Church for the work of the church Thanks, Sally Tsunekawa Spaghetti Feed chairperson
Saturday April 12, 2014 5:30-7:30 PM $8 adults • $5 children 3-10 years (Ticket price $1 more at the door • under 3 years—Free!)
DINE IN OR TAKE OUT! Take-out begins at 5 PM ALL YOU CAN EAT: Bread, Salad & Calvary’s mouth watering Spaghetti! Coffee, Tea, & Dessert included! Also offered: Soda & Bottled Water
2343 Country Club Blvd. Stockton, CA 95204 (209) 466-0221 ! email@example.com ! www.cpcstockton.com
Membership & Renewal Class -‐ Sunday May 25th , 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. SPECIAL OFFERINGS Deacons Fund Saito, Tak & Linda Yoneda, Ted & Sue Yonemoto, Roy & Sumi Yoneshige, Ruth Birthday Fund Agari, Tadashi Building Fund Agari, Tadashi
Calvary Press Hatanaka, Debra Spaghetti Feed Komure, Kathryn Yee, Donna Praise God! Fong, Allen & Myra Praise God for grandchildren! Tsunekawa, Jim & Sally
In Appreciation Matsumoto, George & Amy Matsumoto, Tets & Jeannie In Memory of Kyoko Miura Chan, Michael & Janice Nakashima, John & Kelly Nakashima, Joyce Sakoda, Duane & Jeannie Smith, Tim & Hisako Yoneda, Rev. & Mrs. Hiromi In Memory of Evelyn Takeuchi-‐Tanimoto Takeuchi, Roy & Emily
In Memory of father, Yutaka Watanabe Takemoto, Steve & Barbara In Memory of Rev. Bill Nishimura Hatanaka, Debra In Memory of Ken & Shirley Pollard to the Building Fund Paston, Lee In Memory of Ken & Shirley Pollard Yoneda, Rev. & Mrs. Hiromi In Memory of Edwin Chung Yoneda, Rev. & Mrs. Hiromi In Memory of Stan Yee Yoneda, Rev. & Mrs. Hiromi