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Some good news about one of our children’s programs

By Carolyn Hansen, Associate Pastor

If you were in church this past Sunday, you can ignore this, but if you weren’t I think you’ll enjoy it!

You might remember that in July there was a ceremony noting the achievements of the kids in our literacy program. These are children who can’t afford to go to public school, for any number of reasons. They can’t afford book fees and uniforms, their parents don’t want them in school when they could be working, they may not have a real address, because they’re living in tents on the lake. They have fallen through the cracks and when we began this program, they couldn’t even read—even though some of them were 10 or 12 years old. These kids have now learned reading, so the name of the program has changed to the Presbyterian Institute of Basic Education.

Victoria reported that they are adding three more subjects this school year, Geography, Natural Sciences and Civic Education and Ethics.

How wonderful is that?

Victoria also obtained scholarships for three older students to the vocational school—and they’re learning carpentry!

Victoria also invited Cruz Roja to train the children in first aid!

As a special treat during the summer vacation, the teachers took the kids to the movies. Some of them had never been to a movie, and we are grateful to God for this gift.

Now the church is launching a Child Health Project for these kids. The teachers noticed during the classes that some children do not have good vision. Martin Thorner asked his optometrist to help, and he is charging only $100 pesos each to examine the children and will greatly reduce the cost of any needed glasses. Victoria has also enlisted the help of Dental Express to examine their teeth.

One of the most important aspects of this program is that Victoria also holds Bible and values classes with the parents of these children on Wednesdays. This is a holistic ministry that reaches deep.

As I listened to Victoria’s report, I realized that I never would have known about these new additions to the program, if I weren’t sitting on session. Yet, this is one of the most important things our church is doing. This is truly life-changing.

So, as you give to the church, please also offer up a prayer of blessing for these kids and thank God that He uses your gifts to this church to spread Jesus’ love in our community.

Jeremiah: The Broken-Hearted Prophet

Michelangelo’s Jeremiah from the Sistine Chapel

This Sunday’s sermon is about Jeremiah, who lived an incredibly dramatic life as a prophet–and that’s saying something when you consider the lives (and deaths) of Old Testament prophets. Jeremiah never was comfortable in his role. Through all the excitement, he remained reluctant, insecure, and often unhappy. However, Jeremiah had a message from God that includes all believers—even those of us living in Mexico in 2022.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning!

Overcoming all obstacles

If you’ve ever faced an overwhelming task or felt inadequate to meet a challenge, you’ll identify with Nehemiah. He struggled with issues still with us today: motivation, fatigue, and criticism. But Nehemiah offers inspiration and vision. This Sunday’s sermon will show us how to tackle God’s difficult assignments and survive both opposition and apathy. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12!

Citizens of Heaven

In this week’s message, given by guest preacher Pastor Jodi Faulkner, we will examine the Bible character, Barabbas, and see how each of us is a Barabbas as well. However, because of the price that Jesus paid for Barabbas AND for us, we are His children who have hope and a future. So then, how do we live as daughters and sons of God? How do we live as citizens of heaven while here on this earth? How do we share the love, joy, and peace we have as His children? We will discuss the answers to these questions on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Building a Future, Building Hope

Our sermon on Sunday, May 22 is about the book of 2 Chronicles. This book was written to help the Israelites deal with their return from exile. They were asking questions like: Does God still love us? Are His covenants still in force? Can we worship God without the temple? Will we survive as a nation, as God’s chosen people? Today, we ask many similar questions, when we see the world changing so dramatically. 2 Chronicles lets the Israelites—and us—know emphatically: There is hope! Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Heart of Worship

Please join us on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for worship and Dr. Wayne Cook’s sermon on “The Heart of Worship.”

A few years ago there was a little song called, “The heart of worship.” The chorus says,

“I’m comin’ back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You
It’s all about You, Jesus.”

There is a similar theme of “the heart of worship” in First Chronicles. First and Second Chronicles were originally one book. First Chronicles focuses on King David and Second Chronicles on King Solomon. A “chronicle” is a story arranged in a specific order. The people were looking back to the greatest time of the Kingdom of Israel when David and Solomon were kings. 1 Chronicles was written about 100 years after 1 and 2 Kings. The southern Kingdom of Judah had been conquered and the people carried off into captivity. As some were being allowed to return, they still carried the pains of their captivity, and even now they were in desperate circumstances. So the author, perhaps Ezra, is saying let’s avoid pain and hardship by getting back to the heart of worship.

God’s promise to King David

We’re continuing our series of sermons following each book of the Bible. In this week’s sermon on 2 Samuel, we will see how God established David’s line and promised a messiah through his descendants. It’s a compelling story of loyalty and intrigue, breakthroughs and setbacks—showing again how God uses flawed people to fulfill His will.

How (not) to choose a leader

We’ve reached 1 Samuel in our sermon series on the books of the Bible. If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate this pivotal moment in ancient history. As 1 Samuel begins, Israel was at a low point spiritually. The priesthood was corrupt, the ark of the covenant was not at the tabernacle, idolatry was practiced, and local rulers, the judges, were dishonest. The nation longed for a king to lead them—a desire they developed through watching the surrounding nations—so that they could protect themselves. Here’s a fascinating account of how a people transitioned from tribalism to monarchy—with intriguing insights into power we can learn from today.

Learn more on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. during our worship service.