Calvary Press March 2013
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
Easter, The Power to Change Your Life There is an ancient prophecy. It is a prophecy about a healer for all who suffer; a redeemer for all who have failed; a rescuer for all who are lost and alone; a life giver for all who are dying. This prophecy is recorded in the book Isaiah. “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.” –Isaiah 53:10-‐12 (NKJV) This ancient prophecy is the Easter Story, of how God sent His only Son so that we might believe in Him and receive Him into our hearts. Jesus came to be a healer for those who suffer, a redeemer for all who have failed, a rescuer for all who are lost and alone, and a life giver for all who are dying. In essence, following Jesus has the power to change your life: your direction, motivation, and purpose. Jesus comes to us as the Suffering Servant. The book of Isaiah states that “…He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). When we grasp the depth of His suffering for our sake, it helps us to put into perspective the trials we may be going through. The point of pain, whether physical or spiritual, is to capture our attention, to turn our hearts towards Him. Jesus, also, comes to us as the Wounded Healer. The Bible tells us that we have a Savior who is able “to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). There isn’t an issue in life that Jesus isn’t able to sympathize, heal or forgive. In his book The Wounded Healer, Henry Nouwen reminds us that only those who have gone through tragedies well are able to bring a deeper level of comfort to themselves and others. Our world desperately needs people who have been healed by our Lord. When we are willing to turn our lives over to this Suffering Servant, this Wounded Healer, He gives us the power to change our lives, and thus the power to affect the world around us for His good. This is the message of Easter, and the power of His Resurrection. We hope that you will join us for Easter worship because the Resurrected Jesus has the power to change your life.
for your generosity in remembering us at Christmas.
-‐Pastor Hiromi Yoneda, The Rev. Dallas Landrum, Peter & Tatsumi Stearns, Shayna Fong
Deacon’s Corner A new year brings changes to the Board of Deacons. Special recognition and thanks to Willie Low for his six consecutive years of dedicated service as a Deacon. We welcome two incoming Deacons: Daisy Chew and Katelyn Nakamura. The 2013 Deacon Officers and Committee Chairs were elected at the February Deacons Meeting: Moderator – Dorothy Nishioka Assistant Moderators – Brian Dwyer, Karen Nakamura Secretary – Ilene Kuwahara Treasurer – Chris MacDannald Assistant Treasurer – Judy Takemoto Holy Communion – Judy Yamada Rummage Sales: Floral/Poinsettias – Joyce Nakashima/Judy Yamada • Chair – Brian Dwyer Visitation/Condolence – Joyce Nakashima/Pastor • Bake Goods/Drinks – Chris MacDannald Yoneda • Paid/Hold Area – Alex MacDannald/Katelyn Illness/Hospital – Joyce Nakashima/Janet Nakamura & Calvary Young Adults Menor/Pastor Yoneda • Jewelry – Susan Low/Kazumi Nishioka Special Occasions – Daisy Chew/Judy Takemoto • Cashiering – Dorothy Nishioka/Karen 2014 Nominating Committee Deacon Representative Nakamura/Katy Komure/Nancy Kaneko/Liane – Chris MacDannald Komure Outreach Ministry – Brian Dwyer/David • Volunteers Lunch – Janet Menor/Nichigo Furukawa/Ilene Kuwahara • Newspaper Ad – Chris MacDannald Publicity – Judy Takemoto • Clean-‐up – Willie Low/All Youth Representatives – Alex MacDannald/Katelyn Nakamura
Our 1st Quarter Outreach Projects will be on Saturday, March 16: 1. Mary Graham Children’s Center – Lead: Dave Furukawa 5 volunteers still needed for St. Patrick’s Day crafts and praise songs with the children. Also, volunteers will assemble and disburse hygiene kits. Donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, small washcloths, shower caps, small Kleenex packages, shampoo, deodorant (aerosol), soap, 1-‐gallon zip-‐ lock bags are needed. A box has been placed in the back of the Fellowship Hall for these donations. 2. Helping Hands Ministries – “It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up.” Two ministries of Lakeview Assembly – Lead: Ilene Kuwahara a. A food warehouse that involves filling hundreds of grocery bags with donated food items. The bags are distributed to families in need throughout the Stockton community each Saturday. b. A thrift store that involves sorting and displaying gently used items at the store site. Donated items are given to individuals in need at no charge. (Helping Hands food warehouse and thrift store are both located at 429 E. March Lane.) 3. Lunch Crew at the church – Lead: TBD Outreach participants can return to church for lunch, time of sharing and fellowship. 4. St. Mary’s Dining Hall – Lead: Brian Dwyer 4 volunteers still needed from 7:30-‐10:30 am to work in the kitchen or to serve food in the dining hall. Sign-‐up sheets for all projects are in the Social Hall.
From February 24 -‐ March 24, we will be collecting non-‐perishable food items for Hunger Never Takes a Holiday Food Drive 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 March 28 at 6pm. 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. Also, please mark your calendar for our Spring Rummage Sale – APRIL 6. Rummage drop-‐off every Sunday after service from 11:00am-‐12:00pm (March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31). We extend our deepest sympathies to the Takemoto, Shimakawa, Endow, and Landrum families. Please continue to pray for all others in need of His comfort and care. Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings!
Birthday Fund Mary Hirose Joan Matsune Kazumi Nishioka Compassion Child Mary Lam Gary & Susan Low Deacons Fund Bernice Endow Kazumi Nishioka Bill Shima
Keith & Judy Yamada Roy & Sumi Yonemoto In Memory of Jamie Dessert Rev. Hiromi & Marsha Yoneda In Memory of Bernice Endow Harold & Aiko Aoyama In Memory of Rev. Dallas Landrum Harold & Aiko Aoyama
Holy Week Schedule
March 24th — Palm Sunday Worship March 28th — Maundy Thursday Supper & Communion @ 6 PM: Supper hosted by Deacons, Communion Worship Service following. March 31st — Easter Sunday • Stockton Community Easter Sunrise Service: Weber Point Event Center, 6 AM • Easter Worship Service: 10 AM
In Memory of Mieko Shimakawa Harold & Aiko Aoyama Henry & Grace Arata Ella Evans Alfred & Irene Ishida Isao & Nancy Nakaoka Fred Nishi Initial Offering George & Amy Matsumoto Keith & Judy Yamada
Calvary’s 9th Annual
Saturday April 13th , 2012 • 5:30-‐7:30 PM
$8 adults – $5 children 3-‐ 1 0 years (under 3 years is free) • Tickets will be $1 more if purchased at the door. Dine in or take-‐out! Take-‐out begins at 5 PM. All you can eat! Bread, Salad, and Calvary’s mouth watering Spaghetti. Coffee, Tea, and Dessert included. Soda and Bottled Water are also offered. The raffle at our spaghetti dinner is always a highlight of the evening. Please help us make this year’s raffle a success by donating items. Did you receive a gift that you can’t 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 in the 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.
Easter lilies will decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, March 31st. They will be Calvary Presbyterian Church available for you to pick up following service that day, or you may donate them and they will be delivered to nursing homes. Please indicate how you wish your lilies to be dedicated. -‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐-‐ All orders received by March 24th will be acknowledged in the Easter bulletin and in the April Calvary Press. Name:
Easter Lily Order
I will pick up my lily after service on Easter.
I wish to d onate my lily to a shut-‐in.
Please indicate how you wish to dedicate your lily:
In honor of
In memory of
In appreciation of/for
To the glory of God
Total lilies @ $8 = $ Return form to church office or m ail to: Mary Nakamura 4358 Pebble Beach Drive Stockton, CA 95219