Calvary Press November 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
November 2013 Mature Christians are Thankful Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:15‐17 The good things that happen in life remind us of the promise of God, and we are called to be thankful. The bad things that happen in life remind us of the hope God has promised, and we are called to be thankful. Christians are thankful for the hope of a new creation where the tragedies of this life are wiped away like tears. The Bible reminds us repeatedly to give thanks to God, "by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Phil. 4:6). What I find interesting is that that the Bible very rarely mentions specific things we ought to be thankful for. There are no specific lists of the things we are obliged to give thanks for. Instead, Christians are to remember the extravagance of God, the meaning and love imbued in our lives and our experiences. These go beyond what we can count off on our fingers, or even for the good that happens in the course of a given year. That's the difference between a childhood notion of thanksgiving, which mostly thinks about the pious and "right" things to be thankful for, and the mature Christian's thanksgiving, which recognizes that things like freedom, family, and friends (to name just a few things worth being thankful for) are signifiers that point to the true reason we can be thankful: • Our God has given us extravagant blessings that are filled with meaning beyond comprehension. • We know where our grace and our hope come from, and know that there is so much in this world God uses to reveal Himself, we can't help but be thankful. • We can offer thanksgiving because the events of our lives, great and small, good and bad, are given purpose with the extravagant love of a Father who will stop at nothing to show Himself to His children. Marsha and I wish you not only a “Happy Thanksgiving” but one filled with the extravagant love of our Father! FROM THE 1. The Session approved a request by UOP Phi Delta Chi to hold a Health Fair at the ! church on March 16, 2014. 2. The date for the 2014 Spaghetti Feed will be April 12, 2014, with Chef Roy Rabena. 3. The Session approved a request from Knit Nite for $200 for the purchase of yarn for this year’s lapghan project. 4. Willie Low and Gary Low will lead the November 24th Men’s Thanksgiving Lunch.
5. 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. Those who attend will be sharing on Sunday, November 10th. 6. The next Session Meeting will be November 17th. Myra Fong, Clerk of Session September 2013 YTD Income Expenses Total
$159,486.81 $149,440.60 + $10,046.21
Deacon’s Corner LOVE STOCKTON was held on September 28th. Deacon Joyce Nakashima participated and the following is her report. Love Stockton is a day that the body of Christ unites to serve our neighbors by adopting various projects throughout the city. This year, Love Stockton introduced what was called “impact projects”. An impact project is a multi‐church, multi‐layer project in a strategically located Stockton neighborhood for the purpose of demonstrating our love and Christ’s love to the community. Each impact project included multiple revitalization projects such as beautification projects, prayer stations, community outreach, meeting identified needs, VBS, “how‐to” workshops, and street clean‐up. The Deacons decided that this year Calvary would not lead a project, but any individual who wanted to participate would join any of the large projects that were planned by others. I chose to participate in the Magnolia District Clean‐up/El Dorado School‐Garden Project. The Garden Project is led by Restore Stockton, a group of committed Christians who have moved into a neighborhood and are intentionally working to meet the needs of their neighbors. We began with prayer for the work on the Garden Project and especially for the people who would be impacted by the project. I helped prepare the ground and spread bark on the perimeter of one corner of the school and in the garden area. I also painted the wood of the raised garden beds so they would be colorful. Other jobs performed at the site included building a green house, compost bin and pruning trees. It was great to work side‐by‐side with Restore Stockton, other churches, high school students, El Dorado School staff and some of the students and their families. It was truly a community effort in serving Jesus Christ through this project. I was truly blessed by the Lord this day. The Fall Rummage Sale was held on Saturday, October 5th from 8:30 am‐11:30 am. Through the congregation’s donation of rummage sale items, baked goods, time and effort, we are pleased to report that the net profit was $2000.00. Unsold rummage items (clothing, books) were given to several organizations (Helping Hands, Gospel Center Rescue Mission). Thanks to all for your contributions and donations, for your continued participation and support of the Deacon’s Rummage Sale Ministry.
Thanks for all the help! October 13‐November 17 – “Hunger Never Takes A Holiday ” Fall Food Drive ‐ We will be collecting non‐ perishable food items to be donated to the Stockton Emergency Food Bank over the next few weeks. 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. Coat Drive ‐ Coats will be collected through December 1st. They will be taken to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and possibly to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. Youth Deacon, Katelyn Nakamura, is pleased to report the amount in the Change‐for‐Change jar is: $706.75
Third Quarter Outreach Projects: Gospel Center Rescue Mission: On a beautiful morning, 11 of us from Calvary went on our first‐time venture to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. Our liaison was Yuen Do, Coordinator of Development Operations. Brian Dwyer heard about GCRM from a friend who works there, so he and Dorothy went to visit and felt God's leading in bringing our church team there. We had activities for homeless women with children. There were about 12 children and 8 mothers there throughout the morning. We read to them, served root beer floats, and played board games and outdoor games. Throughout the games, Brian took pictures of each child/family, printed them and Karen, Katelyn and Katelyn's friend, Tiffany, helped them make photo frames with colored popsicle sticks, stickers, and colored pens. The children and mothers were thrilled. When we left, every child, in addition to the framed photo, received 3‐4 books, prizes, stuffed animals, Halloween snacks and pencils. The moms were happy to receive a necklace and daily devotion books. Thank you to Brian, Dorothy, Gene, Karen, Katelyn, Janice C., Jeannie, Maricel, Mason, Nancy & Tiffany. With so many willing, loving hands we went smoothly from one activity to the next and in the process interacted in caring ways with children and adults. We were all blessed to be there to bring a little joy to people who are struggling in circumstances that most of us cannot fathom. We learned that the needs in our city are great, but with God's leading we can help a few at a time along this road of life. If you shop at S‐Mart grocery store, we have cards (not credit cards) at church, to be swiped when you buy your groceries and GCRM receives a small percentage. Please see Dorothy Nishioka if you can help. Dorothy Nishioka Mary Graham Children’s Shelter: At 8:00 am, our group of volunteers met at church and assembled 25 “hygiene kits”, consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, kleenex packets, markers, crayons, soap, shampoo, church brochure and a few other items for the children. A special thanks goes to Drs. Willie and Gary Low and Karen Nakamura for these generous donations. Next, we carpooled over to Mary Graham’s and started our program with Mary Lam introducing the children to this quarter’s arts and crafts project…designing a mask with a variety of art supplies. Although most of the 22 children were teens, they really took to heart in making their masks unique and personal. After everyone was finished, it was off to the school gym for some “circus school activities” such as balancing a stick, juggling scarves, spinning plates and passing the ring (feet only). Finally, it was time for a much appreciated treat . . . root beer floats . . . and cookies. It was certainly a worthwhile Outreach project to spend time with children who, due to unfortunate circumstances, were removed from their current home situations. Thanks to Janet Menor for the ice cream and Mary Lam for the cookies A special thanks to: Chris MacDannald, Tom Miyasaki, Joyce Nakashima, Mary Lam, Shanya and Trisha Fong, Shannen Menor, Amanda Cabrales and Itzeh Rodriquez for making this possible! David C. Furukawa
Helping Hands: Food/Clothing: Twelve volunteers from CPC worked at the Helping Hands Ministries on March Lane. Clothing from our October 5th rummage sale was taken to the Helping Hands store. The Calvary volunteers worked on sorting and hanging clothing for men, women and children for display at the store site. Food ministry volunteers packed grocery bags with donated food items. This week, the ministry was blessed to receive donations of soymilk, yogurt, cheese, candy, pears, apples and bread. Helping Hands has added a sack lunch ministry. Volunteers made 100 sandwiches and packed them into bags with fruit and bottled water to be distributed in downtown Stockton. Calvary was also blessed to receive boxes of candy from Helping Hands, which will be used in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Ilene Kuwahara Habitat for Humanity: Our affiliation with Habitat has been an ongoing ministry that has seen the completion of five houses. Each time we go, we reminisce about what we did at each of the sites at previous workdays. We give thanks for the families that are enjoying their new homes. This time we had five church members (Tim Smith, Keith & Judy Yamada, Pastor Hiromi & Marsha). The men were able to work with George and Rene to put part of the roof on a new home. Judy and Marsha were able to do the final cleaning to prepare a completed home for the new owners. Both jobs were a blessing for those who participated. We feel in a small way we are helping to serve the Lord and share His goodness with others. Pastor Hiromi We want to thank and acknowledge the Lunch Crew: Myra Fong, Miki Kagoshima, Katie Komure, Kazumi Nishioka, Lee Paston, Sally Tsunekawa, Ruth Yoneshige. We appreciate their efforts in the preparation, the presentation and the clean‐up. Pray Stockton “52 Weeks of Prayer” November 10‐November 16 Pray Stockton, Inc. is a faith‐based organization that represents the diversity of denominations, churches, and ministries in the Stockton area; each coming together to blanket Stockton and the surrounding area in prayer. Pray Stockton, Inc. is committed to the welfare of the community. “52 Weeks of Prayer” is a prayer chain that unites the body of Christ for the purpose of covering the city in prayer every day for the whole year. The goal is to enlist at least 52 ministries, churches, or prayer groups to commit to strategic prayer for one full week each. Calvary Presbyterian Church will be participating for the first time in this area‐wide event from November 10th ‐16th. If you are interested in participating, a sign‐up sheet will be available in the fellowship hall. I will be updating you or your group with your designated day and suggested prayer requests. For more information, contact me or go to: www.praystockton.org / Jeannie Sakoda, Elder for Spiritual Formation
It's Christmas time again . . . OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD time, that is! For 20 years, Samaritan's Purse has delivered shoebox gifts packed by caring people to hurting children around the world. . This year will be Calvary's 16th year participating in this important ministry. Many of us have already been shopping the back‐to‐school specials for school supplies for OCC. We will place boxes in the social hall for your donations of toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, socks, T‐shirts, hard candy (get these around Halloween), etc. Remember: no war‐related items, liquids, or breakable items. Thank you, Janice Chan “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 God constantly calls on us to touch the lives of others in many different ways. Sometimes we can even help others with simple acts of kindness that we don’t tend to think about on a daily basis. Personally, God has led me to extend his love to others in a very intimate way: donating my hair. When I was eleven years old I decided to cut my hair which I had practically been growing my entire life. While this was a drastic life change for me, I felt the benefits far exceeded any apprehensions I may have had. In simply cutting my hair, one organization allowed me to change the life of a stranger forever. Locks of Love is a non‐profit organization that focuses on providing disadvantaged children who suffer from hair loss, due to multiple diagnoses, with the opportunity to regain confidence and build self‐esteem. The organization uses donated hair to make the highest quality hair prosthetics for these children in need. For years, Locks of Love has worked to change the lives of many through aid from donors. I have recently been blessed with the opportunity to donate my hair to Locks of Love for a second time. While the organization only requires ten inches of hair, I was able to provide eighteen inches (with plenty to spare!). This simple act of kindness may not be one that we think of regularly; however, such opportunities allow us to touch the lives of others in new ways. While donating my hair has been able to impact my own heart, I hope to change the life of someone else by showing him or her the love of God. Trisha Fong SPECIAL OFFERINGS Kazumi Nishioka Deacons Fund In Memory of Alice Tsunekawa Duane & Jean Sakoda Harold & Aiko Aoyama Michael & Janice Chan Jim & Sally Tsunekawa Kazumi Nishioka Daisy Chew Ted & Sue Yoneda Golf Tournament Miki Kagoshima Ruth Yoneshige Steve & Barbara Takemoto Dean & Liane Komure In Memory of Shoichi & Kathryn Komure Kazuyo Ishimaru Gary & Susan Low Gary & Janice Ishimaru John & Kelly Nakashima Joyce Nakashima Henry & Dorothy Nishioka
Mochi Making: December 7th Our annual mochi making time is fast approaching! Your help is needed to cook and mold the 400‐500 pounds of mochi rice. Come and join us for this special project and enjoy the labor and great fellowship together! We will also have a potluck together after all the hard work is completed!! Mochi Pop Quiz Answers 1. How long has Calvary been making mochi? 1. Since 1980. 33 years! 2. What was the overall cost of Calvary’s first 2. $200 total! mochi‐making event? 3. 460 pounds! 3. How many pounds of mochi did Calvary 4. It is the Japanese phrase for the process of make during that first year? pounding and forming the rice to make mochi. 4. What does “mochi tsuki” mean? 5. Ozoni soup! 5. What dish is mochi used in for New Year’s? 6. Shoyu and sugar, peanut butter, an, kimchi, 6. What do people eat with their mochi? kinako, grated daikon, and anything else your heart desires!