each sunrise, we start anew … On August 2, Helping
Hands ladies met “in the cool pines” at Penny Burgin’s Wilsonia cabin for our
monthly potluck and meeting with Bible Study.
We all enjoyed the fellowship, delicious food, and cooler temperatures …
Dr. Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor at the Campus Bible Church in Fresno, was our guest
speaker on the 6th. He
provided us with simpler ways we can successfully share our faith more easily
with others. “God loves to use ordinary
people in extraordinary ways in the most unusual of
circumstances!” … As Pastor Rod and Lesley were out of town
attending a wedding, Isidro Bruno was our guest speaker on the 13th. In answer to the question – Are you where you are supposed to be? --
Bruno provided us with a Spiritual Christian Checklist. 1.
Christ – what’s our relationship with Jesus Christ? 2.
Connection – Our go-to network people. 3.
Community – “Me too” group, Men’s/Women’s groups. 4.
Counsel – Preventative maintenance, who counsels you? 4.
Coaching – Who supports you to win the race and become a champion for
Christ. … We lost one of God’s very best and faithful
servants in August. Mel Schellenberg was
loved and cherished by so many people and his Celebration of Life was well
attended at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Kingsburg. His wife, Adeline Schellenberg, would like to send
everyone a heartfelt thank you for your love, caring and prayers on their
behalf. Thank you also for the delicious
food and the gracious help you provided.
Melvin’s life was inspiring, he touched so many and embodied a life well
spent for God. Bless you all … The Teen Mountain
Ministry youth participated in a Fresno Food Distribution in August, and were
inspired and anxious to do it again next year … At our monthly Supper and a
Movie, the film “Decision” was shown, highly recommended and much enjoyed
… Hilltop Chapel’s first Baptism Class
was held on the 30th and it looks like we could have at least 6
candidates for Baptism, so bring a picnic lunch and plan to attend our Annual
Baptism at Hume Lake on September 10th at 2 PM. …
Please pray for the people in the gulf states tragically impacted by the
extreme storm and catastrophic flooding, with a lengthy recovery process ahead
of them … As we close out the month of August, our Central California area is
experiencing extreme heat warnings and advisories with many days of triple
digits, as well as poor air quality with thick smoke from multiple expanding
wildfires in every direction. Many
thanks to the brave firefighters willing to battle these blazes during this
heatwave, and our prayers go out to all those families evacuated from their
homes due to the fires … When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and
hang on … Mark your calendars plan to attend the Evangel Home and Christians in
Action Banquets in September. Be saving
your special items and plan to attend our Harvest Dinner and Auction on October
15th … Remember that a good example is the best sermon … As you are
shopping, be thinking about small items to include in our Operation Christmas
Child gift boxes. Pack an Operation
Christmas Child shoebox and give local churches around the world an effective
tool for evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication. Our church kickoff will be on Sunday, October
1st and collection of all our gift boxes for distribution will be by
Sunday November 19th. Good
News – Great Joy! Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ … Enjoy the little things – there are so many