Calvary Press September 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
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God…” (Romans 1:1) As I read these words of how Paul felt a call by God to be an apostle and be set apart for the Gospel, it makes me ponder my own sense of calling. It’s now been nearly thirty years since I was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. The call began in high school, when I gave my life to Jesus and asked Him to come into my heart. My only request from Him was that He would not send me to Africa as a missionary! So far, He’s lived up to His promise, or may be that just wasn’t a part of my call. During those formative years, my faith was cultivated in church life, youth groups, and weekly Bible studies. It was my senior year of college when I felt a “nudge” to go to seminary. After graduating with a B. S. degree in Business Administration, I applied and was accepted to Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN. My second year of seminary was in Chicago where I completed an internship requirement as a chaplain at the Jonquil Hotel, a hotel for transients,. It was an interesting year on many counts, but the most memorable was being mugged at gunpoint. After that, I traded Chicago for a more peaceful environment at a Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart, IN. As I was contemplating spending a semester in Israel, I received a call to come home as my mother was ill with cancer. To complete my Masters of Divinity degree, I enrolled at San Francisco Theological Seminary and quickly started the ordination process in the Presbyterian Church USA. Now thirty years later, God’s call in my life has guided me both in work and in marriage. (I mention marriage, because I believe that Marsha and I are partners in ministry. He called us to be together.) The things I enjoy about His call are studying the Scriptures, being a pastor, loving people, and most of all loving Jesus. Or should I say being loved by Him? How about you, for you too, have been called and set part for the Gospel. What will you allow Jesus to do with your life? Remember… “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last” (John 15:16). “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1Pet. 3:15) “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps” (1Pet. 2:21) “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1Pet. 2:9). But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do…” (1Pet. 1:15)
1. At the August Session meeting, it was reported that the church is now on a different rate schedule with PG&E and will save approximately $3,000 per year. Also, the new copy machine should save about $1,000 per year. We give thanks for the efforts of good stewardship! 2. The Session approved the new Calvary tri-‐fold. Copies will be available soon. 3. Marcy Wong and Mary Nakamura are the new Sunday School superintendents. Dave Furukawa will teach the primary grades. Ron Kuwahara and Brian Kaneko will co-‐teach the middle/high school. Many thanks for taking on this very important ministry! 4. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the delicious food and fellowship at this year’s Calvaryfest.
CalvaryFest 5. A special offering was taken for the Rev. Akiko Miyake-‐Stoner, pastor at United Japanese Congregational Church of Clovis, who suffered the loss of all her possessions in a fire in her apartment building. Thanks to the generousity of the congregation, $1,071 was sent to Rev. Akiko. 6. During worship on September 15th, some of those who attended this year’s Global Leadership Summit will share what they learned to promote additional attendance next year. The deadline for early registration for 2014 is October 29th. 7. The Organic Outreach Conference will be November 7th-‐9th @ Shoreline Community Church in Monterey. Registration is $129, plus hotel and meals. If you are interested in attending, please let Pastor Hiromi know. Myra Fong, Clerk of Session July 2013 YTD
Income Expenses Total
$127,431.43 $115,290.40 + $12,141.03
Deacon’s Corner Please mark your calendar for these upcoming dates to remember: September 28th -‐ Love Stockton This is a faith-‐based community project. This year, as Deacons, a few of us plan to attend and observe to see if this is an event that Calvary might consider participating in the future with our own table. October 5th – Fall Rummage Sale from 8:30 am-‐11:30 am ~ Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 – Rummage Sale Drop-‐off at 11:30 am ~ Oct. 1st – Set-‐up at 6:00 pm (salad & pizza provided) ~ Oct.3rd – Set-‐up at 7:00 pm ~ Oct. 5th – Volunteers to arrive by 7:30 am Homemade goodies are very popular. Your baked contributions are very much appreciated! Potluck luncheon will be provided for all volunteers. Oct. 19th -‐ 3rd Quarter Outreach Projects Below are possible ideas, with more details and sign-‐up sheets to be established ~ Gospel Center Rescue Mission or Habitat for Humanity – lead Brian Dwyer ~ Mary Graham Children’s Shelter – lead Dave Furukawa ~ St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall – lead Karen Nakamura ~ Helping Hands – Ilene Kuwahara Encourage family and friends to participate. Helping those in need is a rewarding experience.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Charise Masada and Janice Chan as they recuperate from surgery. We pray for God’s healing hand upon Marsha Hoff as she faces possible cataract surgery and for all others in need of God’s loving care.
Congratulations to Steve & Barbara Takemoto on the birth of their first grandchild, Emily Frances Moyer. Emily was born on July 30 to Tim & Stephanie Moyer of Wichita, Kansas. The Deacons extend a big “Thank You!” to Shayna Fong for all her assistance as interim church secretary. We wish her all the best with her new job. Our prayers are with her as God’s plan for her life is unfolding.
Game Night Saturday, October 26th 5:30 pm
Everyone is welcome! Starting Friday, September 6, 6:30pm
FUN & FELLOWSHIP! Soup • Salad • Pizza • Drinks -‐$4 Bring a snack or dessert to share!
Come join the fun and fellowship! Help create warm hats, scarves, blankets and more. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, that's okay…come learn!
Our camping trip was cancelled, but we’re going Hiking to Big Trees on September 7th Call Chris MacDannald for information
29th Annual Calvary Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament Saturday, September 21, 2013 Oakmoore Golf Course • 3777 N. Wilson Way, Stockton
Tee Time: 10:00 AM Divisions: Men’s, Women’s 9:00-9:45 Putting Contest • 10:00 Shotgun Start 4-Person Scramble, 18 Holes • Closest to the Pin
Tri Tip Lunch following event • $65 Entry Fee If you would like to donate a prize for the tournament, please contact Gary Low (209) 477-8604 or Willie Low (209) 952-3530
Our Internet Visitors From Japan
In July, Kazuo & Kazuko Kondo, residents of Kobe, Japan, were traveling through Northern California on vacation and wanted to find a Japanese worship service to attend. They are members of the Reformed Church of Japan. In this age of the internet, it was easy for Mr. Kondo to look for a church with a Japanese pastor and find Pastor Hiromi Yoneda (a nice Japanese name!) and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Stockton. We welcomed the Kondos on July 28th and enjoyed warm fellowship as we got to know our internet friends from Japan! We praise the Lord for blessing us with ways to reach out and make friends with other believers from all over the world SPECIAL OFFERINGS Birthday Fund Laura Sun Harold & Aiko Aoyama Steve & Barbara Takemoto Charise Masada Compassion Child Tom & Tsuru Miyasaki Judy Takemoto Sam & Kinuyo Tanaka Jerry & Karen Nakamura Deacons Fund In Memory of Tom & Kay Hatanaka Mieko Furukawa Endow-‐Hatanaka Family Chris MacDannald In Honor of the Birth of Emiko Frances Moyer In Honor of Elaine Low’s 90th Birthday Allen & Myra Fong Stan & Nancy Kaneko Steve & Barbara Takemoto Lyndon Low In Memory of Hito & Ivy Nishi Alan & Judith Marchick Anthony & Susan Stevens
In Memory of Alice Tsunekawa Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Assistance for Rev. Akiko Stoner Harold & Aiko Aoyama Michael & Janice Chan Allen & Myra Fong Gary & Janice Ishimaru Kathryn Komure Gary & Susan Low Willard & Anna Low Maudellen Lowe Chris MacDannald
Jerry & Karen Nakamura Kazumi Nishioka Fred Peoples Bill Shima Tim & Hisako Smith Judy Takemoto Steve & Barbara Takemoto Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Rev. Hiromi & Marsha Yoneda Roy & Sumi Yonemoto