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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.              

Thank You

     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!    

 

SPECIAL  OFFERINGS    

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  

 

Other  

 

  Total  lilies  @  $8  =  $     Return  form  to  church  office  or  m ail  to:   Mary  Nakamura   4358  Pebble  Beach  Drive   Stockton,  CA  95219    

 


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