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MAY 2013

Messenger Back in the '70, long before I was called into the ministry, a wise pastor once told me, "Since the end of the war, people have been searching for relationships." I've never forgotten that and have always believed that relationships make the "glue" which can hold together a community, a family or a church. At WCCC, we believe this, and the relationship of the utmost importance is the relationship one has with God the Father, through faith in His Son, Jesus. When it comes to relationship opportunities in WCCC, we offer plenty of them. When it comes to the Bible, it's overflowing with verses which speak to the vital part

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Pastor’s Message

relationships play in the growth and spiritual health of God's children.

1) Love for one another is evidence that God lives in us. - 1 John 4:12 "...if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." 2) Truthfulness to one another helps us grow. Prov. 27:6 "Wounds from a friend can be trusted but an enemy multiplies kisses." 3) Support for one another keeps us safe and moving forward. Eccles. 4:9-10 "Two are better than one...if one falls down, his friend can help him up." 4) Faithfulness towards one another strengthens our bond. - Prov. 18:24 - "A man of many companions may

come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Relationships, like most things that are good for us, take effort and time. There's a cost to developing them. Blessings, Perseverance is a must. Pr. Rick More often than not, the passing of time is the Table of Contents only thing that reveals how good a friend • Pastor Ricks Message 1 someone can be. Jesus desires that we connect with one another, and develop a oneness, for we all belong to Him. Jesus said, "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe In Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You."

• Pastor Korys Message

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• Mens Retreat

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• Missions Team

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• Patio renovation

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• Easter Pictures

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• Upcoming Events

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Scripture Memorization Group Why memorize the Bible? A few weeks ago I was having difficulty sleeping at night. As I tossed and turned, I decided to use the time to review some of the verses that I was memorizing. During the middle of the night, my mood began to be altered. Rather than simply becoming restless as various thoughts raced through my mind, I began to put things into God’s hands. The verses were from Psalm 23—“The Shepherd’s Psalm.” It has a message of God’s love, protection and provision. These verses calmed my spirit as I meditated on them until I dosed back asleep. Memorizing Scripture has many benefits. It has helped me grow closer to the Lord. My sense of his presence has increased as I seek to memorize passages. This is because memorizing helps move the truth of God’s word from one’s head to one’s heart. It is as if it becomes a part of you. If studying God’s word is like staring at a painting of an apple, memorizing God’s word is like taking an apple into your hands and holding it, then turning it over and looking at it from all sides. You begin to see God’s word in “3D” because you are able to see it from all kinds of angles. It becomes firmly planted in your mind so that you can think about it more carefully throughout the day and God can readily bring it to your mind. As you think about it from all kinds of angles, it will begin to be applied to your life and your relationship with God in ways you did not anticipate. Psalm 119:11 gives another powerful motivation to memorize the Bible, “I have hidden our word in my

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heart that I might not sin against you.” Memorized Scripture is like having a sword in your mind to fight against temptation when it comes. A sinful thought comes and you can throw Scripture back at it. Isn’t this exactly how Jesus fought temptation when he was in the wilderness for 40 days? He quoted the Bible and found power against Satan. (Matthew 4:1-11). As Christians, we should desire to live lives that are experiencing greater and greater freedom from sin. God’s word tucked away in our hearts gives us new desires that move us away from the allures of sin and towards God. Fighting sin comes with greater freedom because our hearts are longing after the things of God more. I could go on and on with many more reasons why memorizing Scripture is so beneficial. We could talk about the help in Bible study, in evangelism and in worship. The real question is, “Do you want to experience the benefits that come into your life by memorizing the Bible?” If you do, then I can guarantee that you can do it. Many people do not think that they can memorize Scripture, but they can. Anyone can. Some do it more quickly than others, but the goal is not how many verses we’ve memorized. Instead it is to tuck away verses in our heart that God might use to bring to mind to minister to ourselves or others in times of trial. If you say, “I could never memorize five verses,” I might respond by saying, “I bet you could if I gave you $1000/verse.” You would probably have the verses memorized before the end of the week. However, the spiritual benefits are much greater than money.

MAY 2013 we have started in the church? It meets at a convenient time—during the Food and Fellowship time after church every second Sunday of the month. It is non-threatening and gives you freedom to memorize what you want at your own pace. The group is only there to give you help and encouragement. I truly believe that it would be a good effort to make in your life. Dallas Willard writes, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization.”1 These are inspiring words from a godly man. I hope you will come out to work on our Scripture memorization together!

Pastor Kory Wenell

So here’s my challenge: Would you consider joining our Scripture Memorization Group that

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Men’s Retreat 2013

MAY 2013 when it is part of a TV sitcom. But if we were to apply their solutions to our own reality… well, our wives and children are not actors following a script, and as much as we like a happy ending, we know those solutions would never work. There is a sadness that guys, fathers, grandfathers have lost the reverence that they once were given in our society. Not all of it is due to certain social or political movements. Much we have brought upon ourselves because we have not been proactive in displaying God’s love to those in our sphere of influence. Our world is in dire need of leadership… and we as men are called to lead. It is tough being a guy, and we have all lost our way at some point.

FOR MEN ONLY!

The good news is that Christ is our example… and we have a lot of instruction in the Bible that helps us when “It’s Tough Being A Man” is the theme for the men’s retreat to be held in Big Bear, May 31 to June 2. Yeah, it comes to being all we can be as men. Pastor Rick is going to lead us as we explore from scripture about so true. It is tough being a guy. When you look at the mixed signals and prevailing views in our culture today, some practical things we can do. This will be a time of no wonder guys get confused about what a man should learning, fellowship and encouragement. So, come on guys, get off the couch, turn off “Everybody Loves be. We are supposed to be strong and confident yet sensitive and in touch with our feelings and therefore in Raymond” and let’s get back into the fight. Sign up for the men’s retreat and perhaps in our little corner of the touch emotionally with our female significant others. world “Father Knows Best“ will have a revival in Our culture portrays the male, father figure, as a viewers. bumbling, out of touch, one-dimensional figure that Contact: Norm Ong (626) 827-4812 exists to be a punching bag for others. Shows like (Nong10912@hotmail.com) or Dan Hollis (626) “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Home Improvement” are popular because they poke fun at the 818-4979 (dan@telephysical.com) or sign up at the Pretzel Kiosk at church ineptness and ineffectiveness of guys. There are situations that occur that we can relate to and are funny

Brazil 2013 After months of preparation, the Brazil team will be departing on July 18. The mission to Brazil features Alma Fujiwara, Lyn Mitacek, Linda Kunihiro, Cameron Iwanaga, Shugo Komatsu, Andrew Todd, and Tim Kubo who have accepted the challenge to bring a Vacation Bible School to the impoverished people living in the garbage dumps surrounding Rio de Janeiro. 6000 miles from home, isolated by language, culture and social-economic background, the team is facing a daunting task. To help prepare for this mission, the group has been practicing their Portuguese and rehearsing the lessons that they will be presenting to the women and children they will be ministering to. As a church, we need to be praying

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for them; for their health and well-being as the departure draws near, that all the travel details for their trip go smoothly, and that God will be glorified by their dedication and service.

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MAY 2013

Opening Our Doors Wide …. Over a year ago a question was raised of how we could expand seating in the Social Hall so that more people would stay and enjoy the food and fellowship time after the Sunday service. The church leadership felt the long lines and tight confines in the Social Hall might deter people, especially newcomers, from joining and experiencing the fellowship that occurs when breaking bread together. We seek not to just acknowledge that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ but to actually be a brother or sister, someone we can count on to help us in our daily walk. And one of the ways we do this is through fellowship; getting to know each other so that we can pray for and encourage one another. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 After much prayer, deliberation and labor, we have completed the Social Hall and patio renovation. Smaller tables were purchased for the Social Hall to make it easier to converse with people around the table. The patio cover was built and tables added to provide a relaxed atmosphere and additional seating. A second food service line was created so that people could get their food more quickly. So sit back and enjoy these new changes and sometimes share this time with someone new. Just as the early church did … “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)

• Our beautiful new patio is completed!

• Looks like the patio is a hit, and everyone is enjoying it with the pleasant weather!

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Easter Sunday Pictures

The children enjoying their Easter egg hunt around the playground.

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Everyone enjoying the Easter Sunday breakfast that the men cooked.

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1100 East Cameron Ave West Covina, CA 91790-3891 Senior Pastor Reverend Rick Iwanaga Associate Pastor Reverend Kory Wenell Nichigo Pastor Reverend Yoshinosuke Nakao English Dept. (626) 917-0743 Japanese Dept. (626) 917-0652 FAX Number (626) 917-0663 Church Office E-mail: info@westcovinacc.com Church Website: www.westcovinacc.com

Sunday Morning Ministries at WCCC Sunday Morning Prayer 8:45 to 9:15 a.m Japanese Speaking Service 9:00 to 10:00 a.m Sunday School Classes 9:15 to 10:15 a.m English Speaking Service 10:30 to 11:45 a.m The WCCC webmaster is Andrew Todd, articles for the WCCC website and/or Messenger are welcome from any ministry or undividual within the WCCC family. For the Messenger, please submit articles by the 10th of every month for publication in the following month to Andrew at atodd@westcovinacc.com

Individual Upcoming Events Mens Retreat - Friday, May 31 Sunday, June 2 in Big Bear Scripture Memorization Group - Sunday, June 2-12:30pm in the Social Hall Patio Annual Business Meeting - Sunday, June 9 after service in the Sanctuary Beach Outing - Sunday, June 23-Tuesday, June 25 at Leo Carrillo State Beach Vacation Bible School - Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21

June and July 2013  

June-July 2013 issue of the Messenger, the newsletter of West Covina Christian Church.

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