I have been impressed by reading some of author Henri Nouwen's reflections on drawing near to God. He cites that our English word "absurd" comes from the Latin for "with deafness," while our word "obedience" is from the Latin for "listening."
As we enter the season of Lent with the Ash Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, February 22nd, let me encourage you to use these special weeks in the Church calendar to move from the "absurd" to "obedience," from the noise and distractions that seem endless to listening and hearing God who speaks through scripture, through the Holy Spirit, and through other people. Look for the special Lent Devotionals available at the ash Wednesday service to assist in the process of listening.
Thank you for your partnership in ministry!
Don't miss our Ash Wednesday gathering February 22nd at 7pm in the Sanctuary.
The office will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents’ Day.
South Gate Closure
The South Gate entrance is closed from the parking lot to pedestrian traffic due to construction. Please use the North Gate entrance - or sneak through the gym!
50th Anniversary Celebration!
To help defray cost for this event we have two quilts to raffle off! Tickets are 1 for $3 or 4 for $10. Stop by the table Sunday.
Date Night Date Change!
Adults, please join us Saturday, March 10th for hor d’oeuvres and a short topic from 5-5:45pm in the Fireside Room and then enjoy a date on your own with your spouse up until 8:30pm. Your kids will be under the church’s care, fed dinner and entertained with a super fun bubble show by a private party coordinator. Don’t miss this great night! Childcare is $15 per couple regardless of number of children. RSVP to
or 562/493.2553 x115.
FLIPT Cooking Night
Don't let your child(ren) miss out on this chance to learn how to make pizza on Wednesday, February 29th at 6:30pm!
High School Winter Camp
Pray for the 21 students and advisors traveling to Forest Home for winter camp this weekend!
Mommy & Me
Meet on Wednesdays at 9:30am in the Fireside Room. Join us for “making trays”! Contact Paula at 714/828.9109 with questions.
Busy? Tired? Stressed Out?
Balancing Life’s Demands is a 10 week study that teaches practical biblical insights to help order your personal world. Starts Monday, February 27th.
Centering Prayer Group
Meet on the last Saturday of the month from 9:15-10:30am. Contact Patti at 714/761.7180 with questions.
Living With Cancer Support Group
Meet Sunday at 9:45am in Room #5.
The Chronological Bible
Please note the class will not meet next Sunday, February 26th.
Women: Stay Connected
Keep updated about this year's Women's Retreat by sending an e-mail to
Join us on Thursday, March 1st for a fabulous day trip to The Living Desert! The bus will leave the church at 8:30am, returning at 4:30pm. Lunch on your own. Cost is $50 which includes transportation, shuttle, and entrance fee. Sign up at the Senior Adult table.
Fit & Faithful
We will not meet on Monday, February 20th. Next class meets on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10am.
Premier Club Luncheon
Dr. Fernando Mendoza will speak on “Keeping Your Heart Healthy” Thursday, February 23rd at 12:30pm in Zirbel Hall. Please call 562/799.3200 to reserve a lunch.
Meet on Monday, February 20th at 7pm in the Round Room #4.
Fare-Wales to Allen & Lindsay
Missionaries Allen & Lindsay Hamlin are leaving for their next 3-year season of ministry in Wales! Come and join this time of sending them off at the Choura home (6305 E. Vera Crest Drive, Long Beach) on Saturday, February 25th, anytime from 1-4pm for this open house. Allen & Lindsay’s team leaders will also be there from 3-4pm to talk about the team’s ministry. Bring friends, family, and neighbors for this goodbye/fundraiser/info session event! Call Lindsay at 562/472.5243 for more details...or just show up!
Your Change Will "Make A Change"
Next Sunday, February 26th, bring your change to church!
Groceries for Good Shepherd
Did you know you can raise money for your church family simply by buying groceries!? That's right! Check here for details.
Save Your Recycling
We continue to collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles for the Quinonez family. No glass please. Drop off by the storage bins on Sunday mornings.
In John 15:12, Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Loving and caring for one another is not just the job of the pastors - it’s something Jesus calls all Christians to do!
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring can put those gifts to use, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who most need it. Are you or someone you know in need of extra love and care at this time? Perhaps a Stephen Minister can help. If you would like more information, please contact Marie Crenshaw at
or Pastor Paul at
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