RECLAIM F R O M T H E N E I G H B O R H O O D T O T H E N AT I O N S
CULTIVATE YOUR CALLING A next step for those who feel called to the ministry.
EMPTY CHAIR, BROKEN HEART Grieving through the holidays.
Changing the landscape of a city one life at a time. 1
RECLAIM FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO THE NATIONS SENIOR PASTORS | Wendell & Lynda Vinson EDITOR | Jenifer Watts ASSISTANT EDITOR | Elexa Henderson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kaleb Amos, Katie Blodgett, Kaelyn DeLeon, Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner, Elexa Henderson, Evan Henderson, Kelly Lowery, Brooke Vinson, Wendell Vinson, Jenifer Watts CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Carter Barber, Elexa Henderson, Evan Henderson, Lauryn Marette Hornung, Heidi Parra, Kerwina Sabado, Beth Ann Walker PUBLISHED BY Canyon Hills Assembly of God 7001 Auburn Street Bakersfield, CA 93306 canyonhills.com QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/IDEAS Write to us at email@example.com CAMPUSES
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Cover Photo: Launch Night at City Center
IN THIS ISSUE 5|
GOD IS AT WORK IN EVERY SEASON
EMPTY CHAIR, BROKEN HEART
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GROW WITH US
FROM THE SIERRAS TO THE CENTRAL COAST
14 | 16 | 20 |
THE 99: RECAP
WHO WILL FIGHT FOR LIFE
IGNITE: BAKERSFIELD HOTEL MINISTRY
22 | 24 |
CULTIVATE YOUR CALLING
A CULTURE OF WORLD CHANGERS
SMALL GROUPS. BIG IMPACT.
Canyon Hills Assembly of God exists to inspire and equip people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We accomplish our purpose as we grow together in INTIMACY with God, in COMMUNITY with other believers, and in INFLUENCE in our world.
GOD IS AT WORK IN EVERY SEASON by Wendell Vinson, Pastor Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
It’s that wonderful time of the year when we celebrate God’s amazing gift to us in Jesus! That time each year where we put a bow on the past year and look with expectation toward a brand new one. It’s a time filled with both contemplation and anticipation. Did you know that God allows us to experience different seasons in our spiritual life as well? It’s a part of the journey of faith. There are times when God is increasing our capacity for joy and times when He is increasing our capacity for sorrow. It doesn’t always mean you’re doing something wrong. Scripture tells us that “Jesus was a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering”. It’s in going through the different seasons of life and experiencing the faithfulness of God through those seasons, that He enables us to empathize with others in their time of need and celebrate with them in their time of rejoicing. It’s not “endless summer”; there’s winter, spring, summer and fall, spiritually as well. So learn to embrace the spiritual seasons and let God use them to deepen your faith. Some of my most impactful dreams for the future have come during times of spiritual winter. Some of my most impactful dreams for the future have come during times of spiritual winter. Times of solitude, hardship or reflection when I knew that God was speaking to me about the destiny He had for His church. Think about all the stories in the Bible of God speaking to His people in the midst of some spiritual winter. God is often getting us ready for something significant.
You see, He loves us too much to promote us before we are ready. That’s why selfpromotion is so harmful; because it often puts us in places before we’re prepared.
- Humble yourself and ask the Lord to help you to learn everything He’s trying to teach you.
Walking with God through the seasons is about being on a journey of faith. A journey where there will be both challenges and victories. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. Storms will come, lions will roar, and our weaknesses and fears will be confronted. God allows it because He is refining us and preparing us for our place of promise. There is a place of promise for you!
- Get ready! God is at work and something greater than you can think or imagine is coming!
God wants to do more in you and through your life than you can possibly imagine. He has written destiny over your life!
As one church gathering on many campuses, I encourage you to dedicate anew your time, talent and treasure to the Lord. By faith we are together stepping into a year of supernatural and exponential harvest. We are reclaiming what has been stolen by the enemy, from the neighborhood to the nations. We will go where He tells us to go, serve where He asks us to serve, partner with whom He wills us to partner, do what He directs us to do, all for His glory. Jesus is coming!
The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly 1 Peter 5:6-11, “Therefore humble abundantly above all that we ask or think, yourselves under the mighty hand of God, according to the power that works in us . . .” that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for God wants to do more in you and through you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your your life than you can possibly imagine. He adversary the devil walks about like a has written destiny over your life! But the key roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. to it all is this: it happens according to His Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing work within us. So whatever spiritual season that the same sufferings are experienced you may be in right now as you enjoy this by your brotherhood in the world. But closing month of the year and look ahead may the God of all grace, who called us to into the new year I want to encourage you His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you to be mindful of the following . . . have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the - Don’t let your dream die in glory and the dominion forever and ever. the hard place. Amen.” - If you’re in a season of refining, lean in.
Superhero Sunday at Fort Faith
“On the way home from the 99 that Sunday I felt different. I felt as if it was time to surrender myself. I can’t explain how I felt, all I know is that it was an amazing feeling and I knew change was coming. That night all that was in my head was, ‘this sounds so ridiculous,’ but in my heart it felt right. I talked to Jesus that night as if he was in the same room right in front of me. I gave Jesus my 100% and had not a single bit of doubt in me. The next day I woke up a different man.”
Upper Room at City Center
- Adrian Olmos Harvest Carnival
Baptism at City Center
“When I die and stand before my King, I am looking forward to the words ‘Well done my good and faithful servant.’ With God by my side and the love that He has given me, I want to be used to bring as many souls to the kingdom as possible.” - Emily Thompson, Mission One Eleven Indonesia Team 2015 Mission One Eleven Team Commissioning
The 99 Volunteer Team Meeting
The 99 Prayer Counselors
The 99 Baptism Celebration
The 99 Prayer Counselors
EMPTY CHAIR, BROKEN HEART: GRIEVING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS by Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner Is there an empty place at your table this Christmas? For many, this will be their first holiday season without their loved one. For others, it’s been several years since their loved one’s passing, yet the sting of missing their presence is still there. It’s okay to remember them. This year, my dad is celebrating his second Christmas in heaven. We recently visited dad’s grave at the beautifully decorated Central Valley Veteran’s Cemetery; a moving experience to see hundreds of natural pine wreaths with their bright red bows placed lovingly in front of each white marble headstone. Dad would have loved it. My new husband Jim Turner and I began decorating for Christmas in our new home Thanksgiving weekend. As I’ve pulled out my favorite Christmas decorations, finding just the right place for them, we’ve been able to share a lot of good memories but I’ve also been ambushed by grief. This is my seventh Christmas since Pastor Paul’s fatal motorcycle accident tore him from my arms and caused his untimely home-going. I treasure remembering joyful Christmases past with my late husband and elementary aged children. I cherish revisiting the family memories (pajama-clad on Christmas morning, donning Santa hats with our pet cats, dogs and ourselves for the annual photo shoot). Accepting the harsh reality that my first husband will no longer be part of my future is an important part of my personal healing process. “You and I will be different because of our grief,” says H. Norman Wright This is true. However, as grievers, we have a choice. Will you let grief take you to a place of compassion for others? Or will you be stuck in selfishly running awfulizing circles around your own losses? (Awful-izing circles convince us that our situation is worse than anyone else’s and that God doesn’t care about us. This is a lie.) I chose to refuse to believe the lies grief tried to tell me by working through the “Five Tasks of Grief ” by Dr. De Vries, shared in Nancy & David Guthrie’s GriefShare Recovery Group.
1. ACCEPT THE FACT YOUR LOVED ONE HAS DIED AND IS NOT ABLE TO RETURN. Is there an empty place at your table this Christmas? For many, this will be their first holiday season without their loved one. For others, it’s been several years since their loved one’s passing, yet the sting of missing their presence is still there. It’s okay to remember them. This year, my dad is celebrating
2. GIVE APPROPRIATE RELEASE TO ALL OF YOUR EMOTIONS. his second Christmas in heaven. We recently visited dad’s grave at the beautifully decorated Central Valley Veteran’s Cemetery; a moving experience to see hundreds of natural pine wreaths with their bright red bows placed lovingly in front of each white marble headstone. Dad would have loved it. My new husband Jim Turner and I began decorating for Christmas in our new home Thanksgiving weekend. As I’ve pulled out my favorite Christmas decorations, finding just the right place for them, we’ve been able to share a lot of good memories but I’ve also been ambushed by grief. This is my
3. SEPARATE AND STORE THE MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONE. seventh Christmas since Pastor Paul’s fatal motorcycle accident tore him from my arms and caused his untimely home-going. I treasure remembering joyful Christmases past with my late husband and elementary aged children. I cherish revisiting the family memories (pajama-clad on Christmas morning, donning Santa hats with our pet cats, dogs and ourselves for the annual photo shoot). Accepting the harsh reality that my first husband will no longer be part of my future is an important
4. SEPARATE YOUR OWN IDENTITY FROM WHAT IT WAS WITH YOUR SPOUSE OR LOVED ONE. part of my personal healing process. “You and I will be different because of our grief,” says H. Norman Wright This is true. However, as grievers, we have a choice. Will you let grief take you to a place of compassion for others? Or will you
5. REINVEST IN LIFE—TO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE AND TO DO. be stuck in selfishly running awful-izing circles around your own losses? (Awful-izing circles convince us that our situation is worse than anyone else’s and that God doesn’t care about us. This is a lie.) I chose to refuse to believe the lies grief tried to tell me by working through the “Five Tasks of Grief ” by Dr. De Vries, shared in Nancy & David Guthrie’s GriefShare Recovery Group. It takes about six to nine months for the heart to catch up to what the mind knows is true. Take time to grieve. If well-meaning friends say, “It’s about time you are done grieving,” gently and patiently
remind them of the huge void your loved one’s death has created and your grief is not on a schedule. Emotions need to be expressed, not pent up. Don’t store them; they always come out, one way or another. It helps to write out your emotions in long-hand. Typing on a computer is not a replacement. Something happens when you write things out long-hand, when information is downloaded from the brain through the fingertips, it’s an emotional release. This practice of expressing feelings, unloading hurt, sharing memories, as they are transferred from pen onto the paper, does wonders for the heart, mind and soul. This emotional dumping helps clarify loss, future focus and is a reference point for healing. When your loved one died, their history has stopped. When you treasure or recall memories, it makes room for you to move on. Remember funny stories, quirks and bad habits and even embarrassing moments, it helps to laugh at the things they laughed about with you. Express your memories even if they are difficult to remember, or you feel sabotaged by grief. It helps to share them with a mutual friend or family member. Instead of ignoring the memories, reliving them helps aid in healthy recovery. My loved one died. Their history ended; now everything about my loved one is in the past tense. This is a very difficult concept, especially for widows and widowers. It can be a shocking reality check for the griever to understand their spouse is no longer part of the present or future. It is very painful to accept the fact that loved one is no longer contributing to their lives. Realize you have your life yet to live, and God’s plans are part of a bigger picture, which includes God’s purposes that far outlive your loved one. The griever might feel guilty to have fun or even not want keep on enjoying life without their loved one. As the griever accepts the fact that their loved one will not return, the person makes a choice to reinvest in life and step into the new role God has planned for their next steps. This can only happen when you can see the new opportunities ahead as a new beginning. My new husband, Jim and I are intentionally blending our families, Christmas decorations and traditions while assimilating our lives. It has been fun but also a lot of work. We’ve had to pay attention to our feelings about things when we feel hurt, lost or overwhelmed. We are greatly encouraged that God is blending our future with His purposes. We continue to trust Him with the prospective opportunities, excited to see what God shows us next. Together, we want to remember thatGod’s promises are enough to help us stand firm and look forward to our future. We stand on God’s precious and magnificent promises. Grief can change us when we “lean into our personal grief.” This means to “grieve our own grief ” and let our grief take us where it will. We can’t go around, over, or under our grief, but we can put effort into moving through our grief. Won’t you stand with us? “God heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds.” —Psalm 34:18, “The day you die is better than the day you are born.” —Ecclesiastes 7:1
You are so very deeply loved. Are you missing your loved one this Christmas? Sheryl would love to pray for you. Send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more Tips and Tools for Widows, Single Moms, Single Parents, Grief and Loss Helps, Blogs on Grief, Loss, Recovery and information on Grief Coaching, go to: www.FromAshesToBeauty.com.
SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED AT CANYON HILLS GriefShare For those struggling with the loss of a loved one or the loss of a relationship, GriefShare will help equip you with tools to help you find healing. Sundays at 11:30 AM in Room 101
Fresh Hope If you battle anxiety, depression or other mood disorder or love someone that does, Fresh Hope is here to support you and help you realize that it is possible to live well in spite of a mental health diagnosis. Thursdays at 7:00 PM in Room 103
Celebrate Recovery Struggle with hangups, hurts and habits? Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to gather with others who are on the journey to find freedom in Christ. Fridays at 6:30 in Room 202
GROW WITH US by Jenifer Watts Located less than 30 miles from Bakersfield is the small agricultural town of Wasco. A recent drive down main street felt like stepping back in time to an All-American hometown frozen in time. Several crops are grown in this part of the valley, but the city is perhaps most well known for one export in particular: roses. Did you know that 55% of the roses grown in the United States are grown in and around Wasco? The motto of the city is “Grow With Us”, and we plan to do just that. Several months ago, a church that had been struggling for some time closed its doors. It sits vacant just a couple blocks from the heart of the town square. Somehow, over time, the church became irrelevant to the neighborhood it is surrounded by. While the community is primarily Hispanic, the church only offered an English-speaking service. After prayerful consideration, the leadership of Canyon Hills has invited Eman Hernandez to join our team and become the campus pastor of this church which we will relaunch in 2016. At the beginning of the year, we intend to launch both Spanish and English services under Eman’s direction. We look forward, with great expectation, to a move of God in Wasco!
FROM THE SIERRAS TO THE CENTRAL COAST by Scott Golin and Jenifer Watts We feel a clear mandate to help dying neighborhood churches that were once vibrant become healthy again. But how far does our responsibility reach? We feel clear about that too. From the Sierras to the Central Coast. We are asking the Lord to enlarge our territory. Why? Certainly not for personal gain. In fact, it would be much easier to simply concentrate our efforts at one campus, on our own programs, and leave the rest to someone else. The problem with that is there are churches who are closing up shop, or barely hanging on, while their neighborhoods are filled with people who are desperate for the hope they have to offer.
The Crossing is one such church in San Luis Obispo. The church reached its peak in the 70â€™s and 80â€™s but has been in decline for a number of years, currently serving about 70 wonderful attenders under the leadership of Pastor Scott & Joy Golin. It was early in 2015 that the pastor and church board began faithfully praying and seeking God about how to turn the corner and see this wonderful facility become a vital place of worship, serving the people of the Central Coast. Through a long established relationship that Pastor Scott had with Pastor Wendell, the parenting model came to represent the best choice for reaching this community. So, on September 27, 2015 at a Special Business Meeting, this congregation voted 100% to become a part of the Canyon Hills Network. The church is strategically located within a stones throw of both Cal Poly University and Cuesta College. This presents unique challenges and opportunities. We are asking the Lord to give us wisdom and insight as we launch an additional service on this campus geared toward young adults and families in the beginning of 2016. Following the decision for Canyon Hills to partner with The Crossing, there has been a deep sense of excitement and expectation as we move forward with plans to reach the families and college students that surround the church. So now when you are at the Central Coast over the weekend, you can stay connected to your larger Canyon Hills family by attending a Sunday service. Beginning January 10, 2016, we are launching new Sunday morning services times at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Come right in and make yourself at home among friends - your extended church family. The church is located at: 525 Cerro Romauldo Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Scott and Joy Golin
THE 99: RECAP by Elexa Henderson “What’s in the tent?” was a question asked by the over 12,000 people that attended The 99 event this October. Many assumed that the giant tent contained a haunted house. But the only haunting attendees received was one of reality. “The 99” is a symbol based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that report that on average, ninety-nine young adults between the ages of twelve and twenty-four die every day in the United States from preventable causes. What The 99 does is bring those preventable causes to life and challenge attendees with the consequences of poor decisions. The event also highlights the greatest and gravest decision humanity is ever faced with – to follow Jesus, or to reject Him.
While The 99 team travels with two different tents around the United States, it is an event that relies heavily on the local church to make it happen. Over two-hundred volunteers from Canyon Hills and other local congregations assembled to serve each of the eleven nights of the outreach. Volunteers committed to playing various parts in the event, from setting up, acting, or supplying food to encouraging, praying, or tearing the tent down. There was a place for everyone to serve at The 99, and the volunteers did so in unity. This was a powerful event for us, as the body, to realize that we are all needed to draw others into a relationship with Jesus, and that we all can. No gift is greater than another, but all are necessary and used in various ways to win souls to Christ.
At the end of the night, it was the actors, the intercessors, the encouragers, the make-up artists, and all the roles in between that caused over 3,000 individuals to make a commitment or recommitment to Christ! Canyon Hills Student Ministries Pastor Robin Robinson shares, “One young girl gave her heart to Christ the first weekend [of the event] and came to youth group the next Wednesday night...that was amazing! …One 15 year-old girl was standing outside the exit of The 99. She was crying, so I asked if she was scared. She said no, but that the end [the last room in the tent] really made her think about her life choices and about how she was living. She gave her heart to Jesus that night!” Stories like these two from The 99 are vast, but the real story is only beginning. Just because the tent is down doesn’t mean The 99 stops here. On November 1st, Canyon Hills hosted a church-wide celebration of The 99 by opening the first phase of our downtown Bakersfield, City Center campus. Over 1,200 people attended with hands raised praising God, and many were also baptized, declaring publicly the decision they had made at The 99 to follow Christ. The first week of The 99, Pastor Robin met one of the individuals that decided to be baptized, “…[Jorge Sanchez and his family] had just moved back to Bakersfield and came to the event. …They were very interested in coming to church. After talking with our
bus director, we were able to get near where they live, and all 7 people in their family came to church…. This past week, Jorge called me and said he had a bunch of people ready to ride the bus! On Sunday, his group grew from 7 to 13! And then…at the baptism service at City Center, Jorge and his wife, Selestina, Jorge’s brother, and Jorge’s neighbor, all went public with their faith by being baptized!” Upon walking into the tent, every individual has a reality – a reality of where they are in their walk with God – walking toward Him or away from Him. But after walking through the tent and experiencing The 99, their realities may have been drastically altered. Making the decision to accept Jesus as their Savior is only the first step, though. Now, it’s up to us to go after the one. “Salvation is only the first step in the process of discipleship. The role of the church is to chase after them,” shared Pastor Robin. And there’s a great way that we, as the church, can be a part of that. The Net is the follow-up ministry for The 99, and anyone interested in reaching out and throwing the net for those who attended the event can contact Pastor Robin or visit Guest Services any given Sunday. Our goal is not just to connect people to Jesus, but to make that connection a lasting one. And as we do, our reach will surely extend from the neighborhood to the nations.
Photography by Lauryn Marette
WHO WILL FIGHT FOR LIFE by Brooke Vinson
“Governments regularly take away property, freedom, kids… and we have to go with it because it’s official. But is it justified? There has to be a moral system in place so that there is a consistency in what a government does. Moral law gives political law legitimacy. You must call on some kind of higher rationality.” Karren J. Orren, Ph.D. (Political Science Dept. - UCLA)
The argument that religion does not belong in politics, has been made frequently, loudly and with increasing intensity. There is no mistaking the fervent desire and objective to remove God, religion, and morality from the public sector. But nothing could possibly be more detrimental to our nation. Moral law is the only stabilizing factor in government. It absolutely must be present. Without it, we are left to the whims and tyranny of fickle men and changing cultures. In early October, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation mandating that crisis pregnancy centers, including non-profit ministries such as the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, pay for and distribute abortion referral information. This law follows the release of the incriminating Planned Parenthood videos, drawing worldwide attention and debate, seen most prominently in the recent Republican Presidential debate. Abortion is arguably the most divisive and sensitive topic in our nation. In a split vote, the Supreme Court laid a legal precedent in the case, Roe v. Wade, that ultimately resulted in an absolute right to an abortion as well as laying another brick in the road to judicial tyranny. Political law moved beyond the legitimizing authority of moral law and the United States suffered a blow to its unity and moral integrity. Decades later, the contention and dialogue on this issue is still as fervent as the day it began.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL There is an ever-widening chasm between the religious and nonreligious in politics. While this riff began long before 1973, it made its formal debut with the legalization of abortion. From a broad view of United States’ history, religious issues, like the sanctity of life, have never been prominent in political discourse. Not because they did not matter or there was a stronger separation of church and state in prior years; quite the opposite. There was a widespread Biblical foundation that guided the lives and practices of the general American public. Prior to the 1870’s, revival was sweeping the nation in the first and second Great Awakening. Christianity was imbedded within common law. Scripture was honored as the infallible Word of God and the golden standard for living. There was a common acceptance that God’s law should guide and inform federal law. After the Civil War, industrialism, intellectualism, immigration, and the explosion of government agencies were leading agents of change at the turn of the century. The face of America and her values began to transform under the booming economic and demographic growth. Judeo-Christian values were no longer the national norm and the government was looking to new sources for its legitimacy. With all these changes came the biggest political realignment in the history of the country. Religion, once the unifying bond of the country, became the dividing line in the sand. Today, that divide has become a canyon between the religious and nonreligious in almost every sphere. Governance, media, academia, and science have all had their say in the hot-button debate of abortion. Still, with an influx of information, questions remain unanswered. There is a neglect to seek and secure truth. No doubt, in part, because the questions raised by the issue of abortion cannot be asked without tapping the most vulnerable wonderings of the human heart: creation and purpose. Abortion is not just a question of what is best for the mother, baby or society. It’s a question of who determines what life is; what a human is? When does that life begin? Who has the authority to give such an answer? Who has the right to take a life? At what cost? Asking these questions challenges a person’s fundamental worldview. And worldviews are always preferred unchallenged. Consequently, people have shied away from asking and answering these tough questions. For the
last four decades, morality, truth, and Church has been on the losing side of the issue. Not for lack of passion or conviction but for a failure to be informed, articulate, and engaged in such a vital issue.
STAY SALTY “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 Jesus called his disciples salt; a preserving force for good in the earth. That is what the Church is called to be today. But to avoid awkward conversations and risk polarizing our friends, many people have stopped talking completely about the things determining the integrity and character of our nation. Far too many believers have unintentionally forfeited their platform in the marketplace and sadly, at home. Millennials (born 1980-2000) have abandoned the values of their parents because there was no conversation about the “why”. Instead, this generation is embracing nonbiblical values and gravitating towards the most prominent voices. This distracted bunch of Instagrammers and Tweeters will soon be inheriting the blessings and messes of their predecessors, opening a void of leadership. If the young believers in the body of Christ can answer the “why”; if they can ask the hard questions, seek wisdom and understanding, they will win the place of influence. Now more than ever, our country has a need for people who will stand on the side of common sense and make the case for the moral underpinnings of our civil law. We cannot be lazy about our beliefs. The heart of America will not change in 140 characters. The problem of misbelief is much more deeply-seated. And anything short of an informed, articulate, and engaged dialogue, will be an inadequate response to the unrelenting grip of deception our country has been enslaved in. So, how can we change hearts?
1. Be informed January 22nd is the National Sanctity of Life day. Abortion is an issue that spans across disciplines. There is legal, social, scientific, and testimonial evidence that has filled the pages of hundreds of articles and books on abortion, and every bit of it is accessible to you. Below you will find a list of resources that will help you begin your own journey in understanding a topic so vital to the life, health, and future of our nation. You can commit to become informed by investigating one source a week in the month of January. Family Research Council (http://www.frc.org/) Focus on the Family (http://www.focusonthefamily.com/) The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/) “ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments” by Randy Alcorn
2. Be articulate “Because the Bible tells me so”, is sadly, no longer an acceptable response. The authority of scripture has been undermined and displaced in our culture. Religious arguments are mocked and invalidated in most academic, legal, and social circles. Biblical reasoning does not translate. But we are not without defense. Beautifully, God confirms His word and His ways through science and history. Because it is His creation and His story, His fingerprints are all over it. The fields that many people stand on to deny and defy God, are most often, minefields of evidence of the divine. Do not run from these studies but embrace them and the story they tell. The facts are on your side. We must speak the language of the culture and become master teachers of God’s story. The responsibility does not fall on your pastor alone. Every parent, student, worker, friend, and family member has a platform for truth and should use it accordingly. Communicate the “why” to those in your sphere of influence and to the next generation.
3. Be engaged
“The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.” Plato The Church has a responsibility to be a preserving force for good and a beacon of hope. This task is only accomplished if we do not forfeit our voice and choice. Know that religion does have a place in government; it is the foundation. Elect leaders who uphold Biblical values. Speak truth in grace as often as possible. Prayer is the most effective form of engagement. While iron-clad logic can bring understanding to those who are seeking truth, only the kindness of God can draw the heart of man to repentance. Let us pray for God to work in a way that our very best words and efforts cannot. Why is it so imperative for us to get this issue right? Simply put, because human lives hang in the balance. They are intrinsically valuable and irreplaceable; made in the image of God! The most valued and treasured of God’s creation, human life, is being disparaged without thought. Enough. There is a desperate and silent cry for someone to defend the defenseless, speak for the voiceless, and fight for the powerless. Will it be you?
IGNITE: BAKERSFIELD HOTEL MINISTRY by Katie Blodgett
It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Monday night and a few dozen people are beginning to pour into one of the most dilapidated buildings in the city. From the outside, the Bakersfield Hotel looks old and neglected near the corner it sits on in the downtown area. Inside, there are three floors of residents in need of money, food, and healing. It’s warm in the room where everyone is gathered. There isn’t air conditioning but everyone packs in and gets seated on folding chairs. Some people hug while others look apprehensive because it’s their first time attending.
For several months now, Lyndsee Haddadin and Arthur Farzan have been leading the Ignite outreach and welcoming other members at Canyon Hills Assembly of God to join them in loving those who have been neglected at the hotel. Some come to pray while others simply want to help serve food after the meeting ends. The hotel has been dire and neglected in the past, often ignored by the city. Only now it’s a place that is loved and pursued by a group of people who desire to see broken hearts healed and hope restored to the lost. There may be paint that is needed on one of the walls and the room may be empty of any furnishings, but it’s suddenly a place of light due to the presence of God. There’s an electricity in the building that is fueled by a hunger and newfound peace. It’s palpable. Haddadin asks everyone to write something that is weighing them down on a piece of paper and to crumble it up before they throw it into the air. The room is suddenly filled with small pieces of paper and something seems to suddenly change by the act.
For months, Haddadin and Farzan were paying for the room’s $900 rent out of their own pockets to get the ministry started until donations began coming in to support their work. Food is also donated each week to feed the residents after worship and the message. From Tony’s Pizza to homemade lasagna, there is always a selection of food that is provided by church members or even people who are coming for the first time. “[This group] encourages me a lot to where I can just keep going forward no matter what the enemy throws at me. I can keep going because God has given me another chance to live,” said Sergio Arellano, one of the hotel’s residents.
“We’re going to have a bigger influence than just this hotel. We’re going to reach more of Bakersfield, more than just 19th and M Street. We’re going to start reaching more people downtown and in the City Center. God has given us this ministry so we can learn how to steward it and to teach us how to lead before we move on to even greater things,” said Farzan. Ignite is held every Monday in room 1915B on M street at 6:30 p.m. with pre-service prayer at 5:45 p.m. To find out how you can get involved, visit Guest Services on Sundays or email email@example.com
“I want to see transformation in my city, not just in people but also in other leaders. If you can bring ownership to a certain area you can bring change. I want to see other leaders go into their neighborhoods and not just bring transformation with a hot meal, but through the gospel,” said Haddadin. The ministry began with hot dogs when Haddadin and Farzan had leftover food from Upper Room one night in 2013. They decided to hand out the food to the homeless in the downtown area, which led them to meeting Doreen, a current resident at the Bakersfield Hotel. In September of 2015, they began opening the doors to one of the rooms of the hotel to welcome the residents and volunteers. “Since the ministry at the hotel began, we’ve been able to witness many salvations. I’ve had the privilege to personally baptize someone and we’ve had a lot of people rededicate their life to the Lord. A lot of the people who live in the hotel are having better relationships with one another. We’re now able to just hang out with them and do life together,” said Farzan.
Room 1915B at the Bakersfield Hotel is a bright spot in an area of our city that needs the hope that can be found in Jesus!
Mary, a resident of the Bakersfield Hotel, is faithful to come to the Ignite service every Monday and to church at Canyon Hills on Sundays.
CULTIVATE YOUR CALLING by Kaleb Amos Mission. Purpose. Calling. Words like these fill our youth groups, bookstores, and Christian blogs. Finding meaning and destiny is an intrinsic part of who we are as we search for significance — a desire that comes from our being made in the image of an incredible God. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10 calls us the poema or “masterpiece” of God, who made us with a purpose: to accomplish great things that He’s prepared for us. But what do you do with your calling when you find it?
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor whose major accomplishments include the first patent for the telephone, was famous for saying, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Throughout Scripture, we see countless examples of this. The patient Noah, the giant-killing King David, the aforementioned Apostle Paul and even Jesus Himself experienced great periods of life which served as preparation and training for their destinies. Hard work, instruction, discipleship and adversity all contribute to our spiritual growth during formative times. SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary exists for the purpose of equipping and sending out disciples to fulfill the Great Commission. Forming in 1987 in the greater area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the School of Urban Missions, the mission statement of SUM is simple: “Empowering Leaders for the Fivefold Ministry.” In the past two decades, the school has grown to include 27 more cohort locations across the USA, as well as cohort locations in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. One of the more recent cohorts the school has added is right here in Bakersfield, California at Canyon Hills Bible College.
Through times of uncertainty, God is able to bring us direction and is faithful to lead us into His plan. For Fern Segura, God was leading him into a deeper place in their walk together after his band had broken up. Seeking a biblical education, he discovered SUM online and felt peace from God to dive in. According to Fern, the next three years would “radically change” his life.
“I was going to school to be a special education teacher, but when I attended college, I would walk around and feel like I didn’t belong,” she says. “When we returned from Ethiopia, I knew I couldn’t go back.” Soon after debriefing from her trip, Lyndsee found herself signing up for her first semester at SUM.
“For me, going to Bible college didn’t tell me my calling, but it did help me prepare for it,” Lyndsee chimes. “Pray and seek the Lord. You don’t have to have your degree to start living out your calling, you can start now!” Erika agrees and poses a challenge for those searching for their God-given purpose. “One word: TRUST. I can’t even begin to share how many times God has spoken this word to me, even now. The most important thing to remember is God knows. He knows your future and what it holds.”
Fern Segura SUM Class of 2015
“I grew up,” he explains. “Not only spiritually but also mentally. I witnessed my own change. The Spirit changed the way I thought, talked, and acted. I didn’t only go to Bible school to feed the brain, but the Lord himself taught me faith first-hand. I was going through His schooling.”
After graduating in May of 2015, Fern is now And they’re already changing the landscape dedicating his full-time efforts to ministering of the millennial generation. to young people in the Bakersfield area as a youth pastor. Lyndsee Haddadin, a recent graduate of SUM, had a powerful and life-altering Some students may enter the program journey by sharing the Gospel to unreached unsure of their calling, like Erika Herron people in the heart of Africa with Mission was at first. But that’s okay, too. One Eleven, a comprehensive missions program that sends teams across the globe. “After I got saved, I had no idea what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be,” Erika says. “I think I really received my calling when I was in SUM.”
Lyndsee Haddadin SUM Class of 2015
for their lives and encourage them to seek God’s voice and the potential of a Biblical, ministry-based education.
Erika Herron SUM Class of 2014
At SUM, students have the opportunity to pursue an AA or BA in Biblical Studies, and may continue on to gain an MA in Biblical Studies, Christian Leadership, or a Master of Divinity. Whatever channel of ministry, vocation or service God has called you to, there is a place for you at SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to prepare you for all God wants you to accomplish. These are exciting times to be alive as we see God’s Kingdom advanced in powerful ways and the Gospel preached to the ends of the earth. According to Fern, that’s what should Another Mission One Eleven alum and motivate you to a Spirit-led, affordable and SUM graduate in 2014, the mentorship Biblical education. and guidance Erika received was pivotal in her spiritual journey. When asked about her “Ask God to grow a desperation for people,” personal mentor, she gushes. “She was there he says. “Feel the burden of the world.” for me through my whole journey through school. She pushed me and helped me When you hear the voice of God and are seeking the next step, SUM will be waiting become the person I am today.” for you. Today, both Lyndsee and Erika are doing what they love at Canyon Hills Degrees offered: BA in Biblical Studies, MA in Biblical Studies , Christian Leadership where Lyndsee is the assistant pastor in and Master of Divinity the church’s youth ministry and Erika is Degrees can be earned in as few as 3 years working in administration while pursuing Financial Aid is available her ministerial license with the Assemblies For more information, email of God. Both of them are passionate firstname.lastname@example.org about other people pursuing God’s plan
A CULTURE OF WORLD CHANGERS by Kaelyn DeLeon Hillsong. Jesus Culture. Bethel. Elevation. When we hear these names, we think of more than just churches, but movements. Now think of Upper Roomâ€”more than just a Sunday night, but a collective movement of young adults in Bakersfield working toward advancing the gospel, making disciples and changing the culture of their city to reflect Jesus. A place where people from as far as San Francisco drive down for an experience, where other pastors are being inspired to have faith that they can, and will, see revival in their own churches and where the church kid sits next to the former gang banger in unity and love. Itâ€™s a revival movement in that it is stirring and awakening the hearts of young adults in Bakersfield. And now this movement has found a new home at City Center, located in the heart of downtown Bakersfield.
Under the motto: “we love you no matter what,” every week for the past few years, hundreds of young adults gather to worship and grow in community with one another. Upper Room has grown so much that they outgrew The Summit and became the first group to launch this fall at City Center, where there is now room to grow. When asked what he was most excited about in having Upper Room move downtown, Pastor Joseph Rountree affectionately responded, “Rosemary’s is in the next parking lot!” In addition to having Rosemary’s next door, City Center is now providing a platform for this community of doers to walk out faith through action on an even larger scale and influence other churches to do the same. “It’s a chance to take Upper Room to the next level.” “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” These words became an anthem on the opening night of City Center as the crowd stood in awe of Jesus and sang out these lyrics over their city. At the launch, Upper Room saw roughly 1200 attendees, countless baptisms and multiple salvations. “It’s been such a season of growth for us, especially through salvation, so now we have room to grow. It’s very exciting,” said Rountree. He continued, “The fact that it’s downtown is incredible, we get to do outreach and connect with the community down there which is what Upper Room is all about.” Being at City Center, Upper Room plans to be a light in an area that has been known as a dark place in our city. With weekly outreaches connecting with the homeless, elderly and college universities, Upper Room has found itself in a position of momentum to which they give all the glory to God. One of the focuses of Upper Room that they credit to their growth to is the emphasis on discipleship. This fall, Upper Room began a men’s discipleship program where young men are discipled by placing a newer believer with a more seasoned leader. Through this program, these young men have been able to grow into stronger men of God and believers, a mindset and behavior they want to equip the millennial generation with. They have also implemented a new believers program where they hold weekly classes before service. Here, people who are
craving a deeper intimacy with God can attend and dive deeper into their faith. The curriculum covers topics teaching new believers about prayer as well as reading and understanding the Bible. The aim is to be simple yet give believers the confidence to understand that they have all they need in Jesus to grow as they remain close to Him. The class also promotes community, serving and full reliance upon the power of The Holy Spirit. Not only is Upper Room expanding here in Bakersfield, but they are also spreading their DNA beyond Kern County. Recently, Canyon Hills has come alongside to help a church in San Luis Obispo. The church is conveniently located within a five-minute walking distance from California State University, Cal Poly. The decision to plant an Upper Room at Cal Poly is something Upper Room feels is a strategic and divine placement. With San Luis Obispo being a college town, they have recognized the need and potential to reach a generation that is located in such an influential location. Believing that God has a plan to take back the universities in this country, Upper Room plans to spread their Jesus movement to the liberal universities and get more college students excited about Jesus. For Upper Room, at the end of the day, it isn’t about the lights, the new building, the logo or the cool factor. It’s about Jesus. At the core of Upper Room is prayer. From day one, Pastor Joseph and his team submitted themselves to the work of God and His will over the ministry, allowing Upper Room to be led by the Spirit into what has been an incredible season of fruitfulness. With small groups every day of the week, outreaches, salvations and countless testimonies of victories, Upper Room has become a movement that is creating a generation of disciples who are making the name of Jesus famous. “The tangible presence of God. That’s what I want people to think when they hear the name Upper Room,” said Rountree. “Whether you’re the mature Christian or struggling to get by, Upper Room has a place for you. This is love and acceptance. This is revival. You are Upper Room.”
Before each Upper Room service, the student leadership gathers for a time of prayer.
SMALL GROUPS. BIG IMPACT. by Evan Henderson
Every day is a decision. Every day is a choice. Every day is an opportunity. Itâ€™s a decision to walk in the promises of God. A choice to walk in His identity for us. An opportunity to be a light in our city. It is always encouraging to be a part of our Sunday worship gatherings, but those moments donâ€™t end when the lights turn off, the instruments are put away, and the doors are locked. It is actually the beginning of a bigger decision. The decision to continue living that out in the everyday, wherever we are, whatever the circumstances. Canyon Hills exists to inspire and equip people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This mission cannot happen on Sunday mornings alone. We hear testimonies weekly of people who were far from God, but now have a lasting peace and eternal life. These people are not only showing up, but are taking ground in their own lives. They are not living in fear, but choosing to live out the purpose God has placed on their lives. They have decided to join small groups and to understand that there are people in their own lives God has called them to disciple. As a church, we have seen countless people that have risen to this challenge. One of these individuals is Matthew Boughan. Matthew is a dynamic leader who began attending a weekly basketball gathering in the Canyon Hills gym with his cousin JP. Matthew began to build relationships through basketball and eventually visited a small group where some of the basketball guys went. God began to build lasting relationships and a foundation on His Word that has forever changed his life and family. We asked Matthew about how he came to be a part of a small group, lead his own, and why they are powerful in his life and the body of Christ.
Evan: How did you join a small group? Matthew: I was made aware of small groups during Upper Room announcements, but it took me a few weeks of playing basketball at the church to be comfortable enough to go. Evan: How were you impacted? Matthew: Joining a small group equipped me to be a man of God, not just a church-goer. On top of that, since I was newly saved, it was amazing to me that people got together to talk about the Bible. That poured more fuel on the fire. Evan: What made you come back? Matthew: When you are new, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the church atmosphere. Small groups helped me feel connected and like I wasn’t facing my struggles alone. Evan: What caused you to start your own? Matthew: I saw a need for more small groups and, at the time, I lived on the other side of town. There weren’t many options for people living over there and I wanted to provide that. My own small group leader also challenged me by giving me the opportunity to lead his small group one time. That was all the push I needed. Evan: Who do you invite to your group? Matthew: Any guy that wants to come is allowed, but I like to extend invitations to my small group to coworkers, friends, and anybody I meet that is newly saved. I was saved in February of 2013, so I still remember what it’s like being new and raw in my faith. It’s a powerful time, and I feel that I can help other men build a strong foundation in Christ.
Evan: If you could go back in time and share one piece of wisdom to yourself when starting your first small group, what would it be? Matthew: Be consistent. There will always be things that get in the way of you having your small group at the same time every week. But the more I had to move things around, the less people started coming week to week. It’s important as a small group leader to be there for your small group. They need to have that consistency in their life to stay excited about Christ and keep growing. Evan: What would you tell someone who’s on the fence about starting their own small group? Matthew: Do it. I was afraid to start because I felt like I knew way too little about the Bible. That’s important, but there are many ways you can run your small group. Some like to preach, some like to facilitate conversation, some like to utilize video series, etc. The important thing is that Christians are gathering together to talk about God. Evan: What’s a myth people have about small groups? Matthew: That you just show up, somebody talks about the Bible, you take notes and leave. What really happens is that you form strong friendships and accountability while growing closer to God. You will become best friends with people you’ve known for 3 months because your relationship was built upon Christ. To learn more about small groups at Canyon Hills, email email@example.com
SPORTS MINISTRY by Kelly Lowery Sports can teach us things in ways many other things cannot. Here are a few gems: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden “In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his or her best.” Eric Liddell “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan We are excited to announce that beginning in 2016, we are launching a sports ministry at Canyon Hills. Through providing sports-related activities, camps, leagues and more, it is our desire to see individuals and families from across our church landscape come together, have fun, learn, grow and find new ways to connect. Additionally, through our sports ministry, people will have creative opportunities to invite unchurched family and friends to connect with our church, our people and most importantly, our God. Have you been waiting for the perfect way to get off the sideline and get more involved in the life of our church? The Canyon Hills sports ministry will also be an ongoing place for you to volunteer and see your love of sports and of God be used to serve others and reach our community. So, its time to get in the game! We are currently launching our first league, an adult basketball league. The league will begin this month and run through February. If you would like more information or to register a team, email Kelly Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the team! As 2016 approaches, we are already making plans for a week long sports camp outreach for kids, additional adult sports leagues and even a remodel of our athletic facilities. If you’re ready to get involved, volunteer and be part of the team that makes it happen, contact email@example.com
IN THE KNOW
CANYON HILLS CAMPUS CHI L D RE N CANYON HILLS PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM December 15 at 7:00 PM You’re invited to Canyon Hills Preschool and Daycare’s Christmas program, “Christmastime is Here!” The cuteness will be almost too much to contain as the little ones sing some of our favorite carols from decades gone by. Contact: 661.871.0880, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY December 24 at 7:00 PM at Fort Faith Kindergarten through 6th graders are invited to join us on Christmas Eve at Fort Faith for our annual Christmas Party. Pause during the busy holiday season for your children to learn the real reason we celebrate! Contact: 661.871.1150, email@example.com
STU DE NT S OZONE CHRISTMAS PARTY Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 PM in the Gym Our middle school ministries (grades 6-8) will celebrate Christmas together with a party. Middle Schoolers are welcome to invite their friends and family for games, Christmas trivia, carols, Christmas cookies, cocoa and more at our annual Christmas party. Contact: 661.871.1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTER PLUNGE January 29-30 Middle school students from all campuses are welcome to join us for our Annual Winter Plunge. This lock-in/retreat is located on our Auburn Street campus with some off campus activities will be included. Winter Plunge is a great time of winter fun and relationship building for students with each other and with the Lord. Registration forms are available at every campus. Contact: 661.871.1150, email@example.com
OZONE LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR DESSERT February 13 at 5:00 PM at Florence Gardens Our Middle School students will be hosting dessert for our seniors’ monthly potluck. It will be a “sweet” night full of music, dessert and loving on our seniors! 6-8th graders can sign up to be part of this event in Ozone on Wednesdays. Contact: 661.871.1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
ATMOSPHERE CHRISTMAS PARTY Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 PM Bring a friend and join us for some Christmas cheer! Contact: Leslie at 661.871.1150, email@example.com
CHRISTMAS AND COCOA December 12 at 6:30 PM 11213 Efada Drive, 93312 This will be night to bond with our high school girls. All campuses are
welcome. We will watch a Christmas movie, make hot chocolate, paint nails, and hangout together. Contact: Lyndsee at 661.871.1150 firstname.lastname@example.org
BONFIRE AND SMORES December 12 at 6:30 PM 10511 High Goal Place, 93312 The boys from all of our campuses are welcome to come and hangout, make s’mores and have some worship around the bonfire Contact: Lyndsee at 661.871.1150, email@example.com
ATMOSPHERE WINTER CAMP: SOAR February 12-15 Cost: $200 Contact: Leslie at 661.871.1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
M EN MENS BIBLE STUDY Thursdays at 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM at The Summit Begin the new year in the Word! Join us beginning January 21 for our study, A New Normal. Contact: Jeff at 661.871.1150, email@example.com
BE HER HERO: HOW TO NOT SUCK AS A HUSBAND Thursdays in February Let’s get honest - most men need as much help as they can get to make their marriage better. This series will provide that needed help in a big, big way! This series will leave you encouraged and hope filled with 7 simple action steps. Contact: Jeff at 661.871.1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE KNOW
CANYON HILLS CAMPUS WOM E N LADIES BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Evenings: at 7:00 PM in Room 203 Thursday Mornings: at 9:15 AM at The Summit Our new study will kick off right after New Years on January 5 & 7. Childcare is provided for the morning Bible study. Contact: 661.871.1150, email@example.com
O UTREAC H IGNITE CHRISTMAS BANQUET December 21 at 6:00 PM at the Bakersfield Hotel - Corner of M & 19th Street (Room 1915B) If you’d like to give back by serving this Christmas season, join us for this outreach as we serve a nice meal to the residents of the Bakersfield Hotel and present them with gifts. Contact: Lyndsee at 661.871.1150, firstname.lastname@example.org
GU ES T S E RVIC ES GUEST SERVICES TEAM CHRISTMAS GATHERING December 20 at 10:00 AM in the Gym If you are a part of our Guest Services Teams, we invite you to join us for our Annual Christmas Gathering featuring some great breakfast dishes and desserts and a time of Christmas cheer and connection!
GUEST SERVICES/HOST TEAM January 16 at 9:00 AM in the Gym We will be kicking off our first quarterly meeting of all of our Guest Services teams for our Auburn Street Campus with a time of training and connection as we look forward to all that God has ahead for us in 2016! Please plan to attend this meeting if you are a part of any of our teams. Contact: 661.871.1150, email@example.com
GO I N G PU BLI C WATER BAPTISM Sunday, January 24 If you’ve never been baptized in water, what are you waiting for? Water baptism is the public confession of your faith in Jesus Christ. We will be celebrating with those who have decided to GO PUBLIC with their faith on Sunday, January 24. RSVP here or get more info any Sunday at Guest Services or text GOINGPUBLIC to 24587.
P R AY ER GATHER I N GS FIRST WEDNESDAY PRAYER The First Wednesday of Every Month at 7PM at The Summit First Wednesday is the gathering where we share all of the new and exciting ministry initiatives that are happening at Canyon Hills and pray over the doors that God is opening for us. Join us for a powerful time of prayer and praise on the first Wednesday of each month.
WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS
<<WORSHIP SERVICES 8:30 & 11:00 AM | Sanctuary 10:00 & NOON | The Summit Nursery and Kids Church available during every Sunday morning service <<CHAMPIONS CLUB 10:00 & 11:00 AM | Champions Club For kids and adults with special needs
<<SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 8:45, 10:00 & 11:30 AM
Visit Guest Services for a list of topics and locations
<<UPPER ROOOM YOUNG ADULTS 7:00 PM | The Summit
<<MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY 7:00 PM | The Summit <<NURSERY CARE, ROYAL RANGERS, GIRLS CLUBS, MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL GROUPS 7:00 PM | Preschool Wing, Fort Faith, the Gym and Room 202
<<FRESH HOPE 7:00 PM | Room 103
A support group for those with mood disorders
<<CELEBRATE RECOVERY 7:00 PM | Room 202
Help for those struggling with hang-ups, hurts and habits
QU E S TION S ? Have questions about these events or anything else going on at Canyon Hills? Visit Guest Services on Sundays for assistance or call the church office during Tuesday through Friday at 661-871-1150.
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RIVERVIEW FAMILY CHRISTMAS December 20 at 6:00 PM Celebrate the season with us. Enjoy the sounds of the season with carols by special musical guests and holiday desserts.
WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS
<<WORSHIP SERVICES & CHILDRENS CHURCH 9:00 & 11:00 AM Nursery Care available during the 11AM Service
<<SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:15 AM | Fellowship Hall
<<GROCERY MINISTRY in Partnership with Word Alive 12:00 PM | Courtyard
<<FREE SHOWER MINISTRY in Partnership with FLOOD 11:00 AM | Parking Lot <<MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY, STUDENT MINISTRIES & KIDS CHURCH 6:30 PM
NEW LIFE CAMPUS THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE December 11 at 7:00 PM Bring the whole family and join us for an evening of Christmas fun including a live nativity, pictures with Santa, Christmas cookies and cocoa and more!
WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS
<<WORSHIP SERVICE 10:15 AM
That morning, Shannon noticed a need and the Lord put it on her heart to fill it. While our Riverview campus is located in a neighborhood where children are abundant, it had been quite a while since the church offered anything specifically for children. What began as an offer to bring a few snacks and supplies and help with children during the adult service quickly turned into a vibrant ministry to children in the Oildale area. Because Shannon had a vision to reach the children in this neighborhood, Riverview is now able to offer Sunday School, Kids Church where kids follow along with our very same curriculim as our main campus and a midweek ministry for kids.
<<LADIES BIBLE STUDY 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
CITY CENTER CAMPUS WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS
<<UPPER ROOM 7:00 PM Childcare Provided
<<CITY CENTER YOUTH 6:30 PM For junior high and high school students
Wendell & Lynda Vinson, Pastors
Shannon Castro and her family have attended Canyon Hills for several years. On a Sunday morning in January, Shannon heard that Pastor Wendell would be installing Craig and Angie Amos as our campus pastors at our Riverview Campus. Shannon, along with several families from Canyon Hills, attended the inagural service at Riverview.
Riverview Campus Pastors: Craig & Angie Amos
Wofford Heights Campus Pastors: Chris & Stephanie Wenzel
A team of volunteers have come together with a heart to invest in a generation. This summer they led the first VBS Riverview has ever had, bussed kids to our Kids Crusade at Fort Faith and have gone on a number of field trips.
San Luis Obispo Campus Pastors: Scott & Joy Golin
Wasco Campus Pastor: Eman Hernandez
Thank you, Shannon, for your willingness to allow the Lord to use you to make such an impact for the kingdom!