Newsletter, 8/14/2020

8/16/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Behold the Blood – Blood in the Courtroom

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:9

***Join us at 10:45 on YouTube for the Sunday Worship Service

“He Descended to the Dead” (3)

“He Descended to the Dead” (3)Having established the veracity of the descent of Christ into Hades upon His death in order that He might defeat Death and Hades in their own domain that He might subject them to Him, we must consider what this Bible doctrine means for us today. There are several critical doctrinal and practical points which follow for the affirmation “He descended to the dead.”

First, the doctrine of the Trinity comes into sharper focus. The one God has a single will which aims to accomplishone work. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit act inseparably from one another. At the same time, each operates within His unique role consistent with the divine essence. Thus, the Son “became flesh and dwelt among us,” not the Father. At the same time, the Godhead acts in union when the Son takes on human nature. Such a view applies to the descent: in unity of will the Godhead acts when God the Son, the God-Man, descends into Hades. Second, the descent of Christ to Hades also fills out the gospel. In Hebrews 2.14, the writer says that “through death [Christ] might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” When Jesus dies on the cross, He makes atonement for humans and in the descent Jesus achieves victory over the oppressive tyrants Death, Hades, and the devil. Thus, through the final humiliation of death, Christ begins His exaltation whereby every knee will bow, “in heaven, on earth, and under earth” because He descended and was victorious in the underworld (under the earth), proclaimed victory to the living after His resurrection (on earth), and was victoriously exalted to the Father’s right hand (in heaven).

Third, Christ’s descent accentuates human nature now and in the future. Jesus’ soul exists apart from His body after death. Similarly, every human has a soul which has continued posthumous existence independent from the body. In addition, Christ’s move out of Hades and reunification of His soul with His body in the resurrection points forward to the move of all human souls out of Hades and reunification with their transformed body at the final resurrection. Therefore, Hades is an intermediate state, not the final destination for humans. ~Nick Perez

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  • We are complying with state and county guidelines
  • Sunday morning worship is now open, and still online
  • Sunday Bible classes canceled until further notice
  • Junior Worship canceled until further notice
  • Wednesday Bible classes canceled until further notice
  • Potlucks canceled until further notice
  • Food Pantry by appointment only
  • Travelers Motel – food service only
  • Shower Shuttle canceled 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.


College scholarships are available for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. Applicants must be members of the Davis Park Church of Christ, and must be attending a Church of Christ affiliated college/university in the fall. Please contact the church office for an application.

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.

NOTE: 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.

Recent Prayer Requests

James Christopher – recovering from surgery
Linda Teixeira – mother’s two siblings both have Alzheimer’s & have both been tested for COVID
Lorraine Nicholson & Family – mourning the loss of Gordon
Eddie & Vicki Vargas – nephew finishing Boot Camp
Carolyn Hairston – vision is improving
Paula Meler – Lee Boydstun recovering at Paula’s house from surgery, received two stents; son is home safely from a long deployment
Shirley Poulter – hospitalized with an infection
Bontha Raju – wife & son recovering at home from COVID
Buddy Gray – having heart palpitations; friend, Dee Rambo, recovering at home from one surgery, awaiting a second surgery
Beirut – explosion
The Hervey Family – mourning the sudden passing of Scott
Melissa Shook – niece’s husband’s aunt Nanette diagnosed with Leukemia, no treatment options available
Terry McEnery – strength, courage and direction from God; sister-in-law recovering from an appendectomy and has COVID-19
Tamara Wallers – father hospitalized with chest pain
Martin Moreno (Woodward Park CoC member) – mother’s health
David Tostado – toothache, headaches & neck pain
Gary & Vickie Laguna – traveling
Traci McEnery – back pain
Yolanda (Travelers Motel resident) – awaiting back surgery
Krista Gray – brother, Stan Chism recovering from stent replacement & having a valve replacement Aug 25th
Jason Gentry – Grace Whited, a 6-year-old at the Murphys Church of Christ, has been diagnosed with cancer
Mani Graham – boyfriend, Daryl Curtis recovering from open-heart surgery & positive for COVID, but no symptoms
Vickie Laguna – mom, Georgia Springer’s dementia is progressing
Modesto Gospel Mission – 40 cases of COVID-19
Jean Wallers – hospitalized with COVID-19
Alicia Root – Brenna is considering baptism
Leadership / Civil Unrest / Essential Workers / Unemployed

Health Care Workers

Health Care Workers
Tonya Barnard, RT
Susan Brown, Urgent Care worker
April Burnett, working at San Quentin
(granddaughter of Ron & Roxanne Kemper)
Debbie Cree, RN
Krista Gray, RN
Rick Kelley, PA
Rose Kelley, PA
Ellen Tostado, Medical Lab Technician
Tamara Wallers, RN
Betty Weldon, RN
Joan Wohnhas, surgical sterilization
Dawn Young, RN (Shower Shuttle Volunteer)
Christie, RN (daughter of John & Patty Ford)

Loved Ones with Cancer

Tonya Barnard’s grandma
Deb Barnes
Sharon Corley’s sister-in-law Jan
Marianne Durso
Josh Leslie’s grandmother
Gabriel Hall’s father
Carey Higginbotham’s brother-in-law Jeremy
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
Caleb Collins
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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