I am a mother who has attended FCC for years now. I heard about the first FCC Mother Son Retreat at Forest Home from Melissa Drake recently and thought it would be a great opportunity for my son, Daniel, and I to spend some quality time together. I have always tried to spend alone time with each of my kids. But this weekend retreat was different, and in a very positive way. There was worship time, speakers for the moms who spoke about motherhood issues, and the boys were able to spend time with their own age group and a male leader along with plenty of yummy food and game time as well. What inspired me were the young men who were the camp leaders. They were there to speak God’s Word, talk about what their mothers have done for them, and to show our boys that it’s “cool” to have a relationship with God. I found that my son really enjoyed the worship time and was ready to push me up on stage to join him singing and dancing. Of course this was optional and not a requirement, but I gladly obliged. One of the speakers was a mother of 4 grown boys who walked us through her experience with the motherhood years, and talked about focusing on what is most important. She helped us to remember that the time we have to influence our children is truly precious and brief. What really spoke to me is that not only do I need to take care of my son physically and emotionally, but I also have a big responsibility to help him grow spiritually. We go to church as a family, and I have joined a women’s small group, and I feel the need to pay more attention to my son’s spiritual growth and ensure he remains engaged in his relationship with God. This trip helped us to do exactly that. We shared prayers, talked about what we could do to better ourselves, and we learned new things about each other. This time at Forest Home was not just about spending quality time together but spending “meaningful time” together with a purpose. I felt God’s presence around us that weekend. Especially on the last day when I knew it was over. There was an overwhelming sense of sadness for me to know that my son is growing up. I realize that I have a big responsibility to help him grow into a young man with a sense of morals, beliefs, and love for others. And I need to encourage and help him on a regular basis to grow spiritually. We are both excited to see how next year’s retreat inspires and encourages us. Thank you to Melissa Drake, FCC’s Christian Education Director, for organizing the trip and giving us the blessing of spiritually connecting with our son’s and God!
Sincerely ~ Kathy Chaidez
CROP WALK JUNE 2nd
Millions of people around the world walk long distances every day… to get water & food, find shelter, wood or fuel and fodder for livestock, among other life sustaining needs. Come join us on Sunday June 2nd for this year’s CROP Walk for the Hungry. By finding sponsors and walking 5K, we will help the hungry in countries throughout the world and also right here in our community. We’ll gather in the church recreation area at 12:00 p.m. The walk leaves Collier Park at 12:30 p.m. After the walk we’ll return to have hot dogs, ice cream and drinks provided by the Mission Board. Watch for a sign-up table for the walk, out on the patio. We’ll see you on the walk!
DONUTS FOR A DONATION The Scholarship Committee will be selling donuts after services on the first Sunday of every month, through June. Make a donation to the Scholarship Fund and get a yummy donut in return. Remember – when you buy them at church they are fat free, sugar free and calorie free! All the money earned will go towards the scholarships we award to our qualifying High School Seniors.
Faith & Finances
Mark your calendars. You’re invited to join us on Sunday, May 19th for a thought-provoking presentation by James Rosenquist on the relationship between our faith and finances. James is a member of the First Congregational Church of Santa Ana, and a financial advisor with Invest for Good. He will speak to us from 11:30am – 12pm in the Fireside Room about some of the options we have for faithfully investing our money in our church in ways that will ensure our growth and vitality for many years to come. If you love FCC, and if you have a desire to see our church flourish, this brief ½ hour presentation is for you. Grab a cup of coffee after worship and feel free to come and listen.
SENIOR SINGLES’ LUNCH BUNCH The next lunch bunch meeting will be on May 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Ramona Valley Grill (the old Sizzler). If you would like to attend, please contact Alicia Gonzales by noon on the 13th so she can call and have a place set aside for the group.
MEN’S BREAKFAST meets the third Saturday of every month for a deliciously prepared breakfast in Pilgrim Hall. Come and enjoy the food, fellowship and a devotional. Bring a friend and share a cup of coffee and the Word.
ADULT FELLOWSHIP: We will meet at 6:00 p.m. the evening of May 25th at the home of Vern and Eddie Hazen. There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex for you. More details regarding this meeting will be listed in the Sunday bulletins, so please watch for them and plan to join with us for an enjoyable evening together.
To Love is to listen Stephen Ministry is a one to one ministry by trained, caring lay ministers who have responded to Christ's call to "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Gal 6:2. A Stephen Minister is a caring
Christian friend who really listens. A Stephen Minister is NOT a counselor, therapist or a casual visitor. If you or someone you know could benefit from Stephen Ministry, please contact the church office or any Stephen Leader.
The signs of life are abundant all around us now that we are fully in the season of spring. In nature, flowers are blooming and trees are budding. The fragrance of life is in the air. In fact, it’s hard to miss it! In our
church, likewise, the signs and symbols of life are abundantly present. The feedback I have continued to receive since our Maundy Thursday and Easter services is truly inspiring. We had a full house for Maundy Thursday where people were moved to tears and periods of sacred reflection through this somber recollection of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. On Easter Sunday, we worshiped with the joy of the resurrection in our hearts with just under 400 in attendance, with many friends, family members and other new faces in our midst. There are a number of people who helped to make Holy Week a special time in our church once again this year, and I have to say “thank you” especially to Sue Trukken, Floyd Ellison and our wonderful choirs for their passion and dedication. There are also clear signs of new life through our growing small group ministry. Small groups are like Bible Studies, but so much more. They offer not only an opportunity to get deeper into God’s Word. They also offer the opportunity to develop friendships with other believers – a vital part of growing in our faith – as well as the chance to serve those in need. Our Mom’s Small Group is a great example of this. They have taken up the ministry of serving dinner to the homeless in our Ramona community at the Grange and in conjunction with our Mission Board. What a blessing. New small group offerings will continue to appear in the months ahead so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information. Also, I want to say “thank you” to those who have recently volunteered to help with Sunday School and in our Youth Ministry. I know Brent and Melissa appreciate this tremendously, as do our children. It’s the presence and selfless service of our parents, and others, on Sundays that makes all the difference in the world to our children and youth. Thank you, again, to our new volunteers. Jesus is alive. And the signs of His life are abundant here at FCC because of our friends and members just like you.
With Joy and Gratitude,
The small group ministry at FCC started last year with a purpose to get a group of like-minded people to meet on a regular basis to learn more about each other and to grow in their relationship with God. Our small group started in October 2012 with a study of the Book of Matthew. During the last 6–7 months we have grown in friendship and become a cohesive group that is comfortable with the spiritual growth and the relationships that have developed. When asked to write about our experience, I decided to get input from the participants. Their comments are found on the next page.We started with a study guide but part-way through decided to just read the chapter and discuss what we read. We got more out of it that way.
- Our discussion created an interaction from everyone as they had a different perspective. We all learned from those different perspectives.
- We not only learned about the book of Matthew and the life of Jesus on earth we also learned how it tied in to life today.
- This is my first bible study I have ever participated in and I now read the bible every night.
- We finished the book of Matthew on Maundy Thursday, which integrated us into the church services over the Easter season.
We have just begun to study the book of Acts. New members are welcome to join us at any time. We meet every Thursday at 9am rotating in participants’ homes. If anyone is interested in joining us, please give me a call.
~ Jerry Edge
Patience It’s a virtue, at least that’s what I’ve been told! Patience is one of the hardest virtues to teach our kids, because it can be so hard for us to employ as well! In May, our kids will talk about Patience and what it means: waiting until later for what you want now. Thankfully we have our God who displays patience
with us, time and time again. Patience is about more than just waiting, it also refers to our attitude while we wait. If we trust in God, we can wait with joy and peace even in a stressful situation. The memory verse for this month is “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14. Through various Bible stories, our kids will see how difficult it can be to wait, and the rewards that can come from God if we can focus on our faith in Him while we wait. After all, God continues to wait for us, every day.
~ Melissa Drake
Summer Camps AT Forest Home!Summer is coming, and we're returning to Forest Home for a great week of fun, worship, and learning about God's word. Both camps will cost $400, but well worth it! Contact Brent Barclay at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to sign up. Spots are limited, so start thinking about going!
Middle School - June 30-July 5 High School - August 4-9
Would you like to help send a student to camp?You can donate money towards sending students to camp who can't afford the costs. Contact Brent Barclay at email@example.com to give money for a great purpose!
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Sunday Worship Schedule
9:00 a.m. Morning Wor
10:15 Morning Worship and Sunday School
4:15 p.m. Evening Worship and Sunday School
…Child care is provided for all services.
…a fellowship time follows the morning services.