Newsletter, 8/28/20

8/30/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Close Encounter with the Third Person; Filled

Acts 5:32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

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Turning Negatives into Positives (2)

Several years ago Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, faced the unfortunate reality that many of the 8,000 employees were going to lose their jobs. The economy was down and costs were up. But Levy did not want to layoff anyone and so during an all-employee meeting in Sherman Auditorium he pitched the idea that some employees face a cut in benefits and salary so that others could keep their jobs. The words were not even out of his mouth and the auditorium erupted in thunderous applause.

Soon emails flooded Levy’s inbox with suggestions and ideas. “A nurse said her floor voted unanimously to forgo a 3 percent raise. A guy in finance who got laid off from his last job at a hospital in Rhode Island suggested working one less day a week. Another nurse said she was willing to give up some vacation and sick time. A respiratory therapist suggested eliminating bonuses,”
reported the Boston Globe. Levy was getting about 100 emails an hour with ideas and suggestions.

This incident demonstrates another principle of how to turn negatives into positives. It is called “own it and hone it.” These folks accepted the situation for what it was and determined to make the necessary changes so that fellow co-workers would not get laid off. Scripture says, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool” (Proverbs 17:10, ESV). Why does the rebuke go deeper into a man of understanding? Because he will own the rebuke and hone himself. He accepts the feedback and seeks to make the necessary changes to himself. On the other hand, the fool refuses to hear feedback and is unwilling to make necessary changes, even to the hurt and harm of others. ~Nick Perez

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  • 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
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  • Travelers Motel – food service only
  • Shower Shuttle canceled until further notice
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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

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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.

Mourning the loss of loved ones

Helen Hinton – brother Harold mourning the loss of wife Jeannette
Joyce Stetler – granddaughter Vanessa’s aunt Gabby
Mani Graham & The Curtis Family – Daryl Curtis
The Wallers Family – Tamara’s father, Don Lutzenberg
Lorraine Nicholson & Family – Gordon
The Hervey Family – Scott

Recovering from Surgery

Rosell Wade
Alicia Root – boyfriend’s son, Will, recovering from surgery
Vern Cowan – cataract surgery
Betty Bussey – complications following knee replacement surgery
Krista Gray’s brother, Stan Chism – stent replacement & valve replacement


Eric Wallers – sister & brother-in-law, Fern & Doug Boyle & their 6 children
Paul McEnery – awaiting COVID test results
Melissa Shook – friend’s sister Angela; Bonnie Mulder & family
Nadine Greff
Modesto Gospel Mission – 40 cases
Jean Wallers – moved to a Care Facility

Battling Cancer

Pam Vanderford – sister Edith
Jason Gentry – Grace Whited, a 6 year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Sheila Walls
Clementina Robles
Dee Rambo
Carey Higginbotham – brother-in-law Jeremy

Other Requests

Shirley Poulter – hospitalized
Michael Brown – coworkers have family in the Lake Charles area Fires & Hurricanes
Gary Patton – father, Herman Patton Sr. hospitalized with infection
Tracy Threlfall (wife of Ripon CoC minister) – has cists that are being tested
Vic Hardy (Kim Perez’s grandpa) – recovering from a fall
Paula Meler – possible concussion & cracked ribs
Jane Linder – friends Kim & Michael have been evacuated due to the fire in Vacaville
Yuri Gomez – Final Exam on August 28th
Larry Long – faith & encouragement as he cares for Carole
Jim & Bonnie Greff – sister-in-law Denise Libby diagnosed with Lupus
Art Turgeon – having another biopsy
Allegria Rice – grandson struggling with depression
Linda Teixeira – mother’s sister has Alzheimers & COVID-19; mother’s brother passed away
Buddy Gray – heart palpitations
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
Vickie Laguna – mom, Georgia Springer’s dementia is progressing
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