Newsletter, 5/29/2020

Davis Park Church of Christ

901 W Rumble Rd / Modesto, CA 95350 / 209.522.7226 /

Some years ago I got a text message from a young person I know which contained a number of good though tough questions. One, in particular, was about Jesus dying on the cross: why did He have to die? Why does not God just pardon sins? After all, He’s God! Much ink has been devoted to the question “Why the cross?” While there are a couple of explanations, what seems best to me is what I call “perfect necessity.” In other words, the shed blood of the Lord of glory was perfectly necessary for the atonement of sin.

Remember that it is impossible for God to redeem sinners without vicarious sacrifice (see Hebrews 9.22). Vicarious sacrifice is necessary for God to accomplish atonement. This is the necessary part. In addition, this is the only way God could accomplish human redemption; there is no other way in the mind of God that atonement for sin could happen. While there are some theologians who argue that God could have redeemed people without the atoning death of God since with God all things are possible. Upon closer examination, though, Jesus Himself says, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14.36). Were there other options? According to Jesus, there was no other way to accomplish human redemption. Thus, God could not save people without the atoning death of Christ. This is the perfect part. Hence, a perfect necessity.

When it comes to human redemption, there’s something about it which could only happen in Christ and the cross. Christ dying in our stead is the perfect and best means of accomplishing our salvation. If there were another way, a more perfect and better way, God would have done that. Since He did it the way in which it is accomplished – the atoning death of Christ on the cross – it must be the only and perfect means to accomplish redemption.

~Nick Perez


  • We are complying with state and county guidelines
  • Sunday morning worship transitioning to online
  • Sunday Bible classes cancelled until further notice
  • Wednesday Bible classes cancelled until further notice
  • Junior Worship cancelled until further notice
  • Travelers Motel – food service only
  • Potlucks cancelled until further notice
  • Food Pantry closed until further notice
  • Shower Shuttle cancelled until further notice
  • Recommendations – Those who are over 60 or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home.
  • Guidelines – If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

Davis Park Church Online Resources for Worship, Sermons, Bible Classes, etc.

COVID 1900 – daily thought and prayer – 7pm daily.
Davis Park Facebook Page 

Sunday Morning Live Stream
Davis Park YouTube Channel. Sundays @ 10:30 am.

Davis Park Church of Christ (page)
Davis Park Church of Christ (group)
Davis Park Youth Group

Instagram – Davis Park Church

Twitter – Davis Park Church of Christ

Facebook – Davis Park Church, Live Streaming Sunday Morning Worship Service. Bible Studies, Daily Prayer & Encouragement

Other Online Resources for Worship, Sermons, Bible Classes, etc.

Fairmont Park Church of Christ (Midland, TX)

Live Streaming & Recorded Sermons & Bible Classes Facebook: Website: App: (Apple & Android)

Fairmont Park Church of Christ *Children’s resources now available

The Christian Chronicle

The Christian Chronicle is compiling a list of Churches of Christ nationwide who offer live streaming services. 

Let the Bible Speak


NOTE: Those needing help with food or other supplies may call the office, a staff member, or an Elder for assistance. Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Opportunity to Make a Difference

Many of our Shut-ins are not allowed visitors at this time. Please take the time to send them a card or note of encouragement if you can.

Contact Info for our Shut-Ins

Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
Nadine Greff, Vintage Faire, 3620 Dale Rd, Rm. 25, Modesto, CA 95356
Mary Ellen Heinrich, Casa de Modesto, 1745 Eldena Way, Room 906, Modesto, 95350
Betty McGoldrick, 13754 Jasper St., Lathrop, CA 95330
Russ Ortloff, 511 East D Street, Oakdale, CA 95361
Evelyn Wood, Bethel Assisted Living, 2345 Scenic Ave., Apt. 323, Modesto 95355

***Please submit additions, corrections & updates to the office.

How Great Thou Art

Carl Boberg

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades
I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with a shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Prayer Requests


Diagnosed or Tested

  • Breeyana Richmond – aunt & her fiancè diagnosed with COVID-19

Health Care Workers

  • Tonya Barnard, RT
  • Tamara Wallers, RN
  • Debbie Cree, RN
  • Betty Weldon, RN
  • Krista Gray, RN
  • Dawn Young, RN
  • Rick Kelley, PA (Shower Shuttle Volunteer)
  • Rose Kelley, PA
  • Christie, RN
  • Ellen Tostado, Medical Lab Technician (daughter of John & Patty Ford)

Cities/Countries in Crisis

  • USA
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Cambodia
  • Iran
  • Pakistan
  • Modesto
  • Spain
  • France
  • Stanislaus County
  • Midland, TX (COVID-19 plus a dramatic drop in oil prices)
  • World Leaders

Recent Requests

  • Kim Perez – Hunter, a second grade Woodrow student was hit by a car & is recovering from surgery
  • Lew Wade – brother-in-law, Ray, having emergency heart surgery this week
  • Sheila Walls – prayer for strength to keep moving forward, seeing positive changes, having less pain Helen Potterf – 90 years old & having health issues
  • Gary Laguna – Vickie’s mom’s cousin attempted suicide; 27 year-old niece, Lauren, has been diagnosed with MS & will begin treatment soon
  • Yuri Gomez – boyfriend, Nick Phillips is having health issues
  • Susan Brown – co-worker’s father’s kidneys are failing & he is recovering from surgery
  • The Percival Family – mourning the loss of
  • Joyce Max Allen – recovering from open-heart surgery
  • Eric Wallers – dad, Carl, in ICU with fractured ribs & shoulder blade & partially collapsed lung following a fall
  • David Tostado – recovering from neck surgery
  • Breeyana Richmond – grandmother is losing blood, cause unknown
  • Terry & Traci McEnery – Traci’s son Dallyn undergoing treatment for brain cancer; Terry’s daughter Katie Lynn has relapsed in her addiction & is in rehab
  • Darrel & Ellen Newman – preparing to move to Texas
  • Famine in India
  • Oklahoma, Georgia, Nashville, TN & Jonesboro, AR – tornado victims
  • Leadership – for guidance & wisdom in this time of uncertainty

Loved Ones with Cancer

  • Tonya Barnard’s grandma
  • Deb Barnes
  • Marianne Durso
  • Josh Leslie’s grandmother
  • Lloyd Seagraves
  • Gabriel Hall’s father
  • Terry McEnery’s uncle Ed
  • Elene Patton’s father
  • Clementina Robles
  • Clementina Robles’ brother Joe
  • Jody Thompson’s son-in-law
  • Sheila Walls

Continue to Pray for Improved Health & Strength:

  • Danny Allsup
  • Tonya Barnard
  • Mary Benitez
  • Chris Brocco
  • Jim Calibro
  • Charlie Cook
  • Sherry Day
  • Darlene Evans
  • Mary Ellen Heinrich
  • Vickie Laguna
  • Carole Long
  • Russ Ortloff
  • Lee Walls’ sister Doris
  • Sheila Walls’ sister Margo
  • Darlene Wengel
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