Newsletter, 10/2/20

10/4/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Against the Grain ~ Small Choices

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. Daniel 1:8, ESV

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If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
(1 Peter 4.14, ESV)

American Christianity says you are blessed if you have a nice place to live, a reliable car, a good job,
overachieving kids, and/or things are just going swell all-around. Peter says that the blessed life is one of insult for our devotion & allegiance to Christ. When is the last time someone updated their social media with an account of how they were insulted for Jesus’ sake? Most of us would not consider that a blessing. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to realign our values. This is why God has given “the Spirit of God’s glory” to rest upon us – so that we might hold to a proper perspective regarding suffering, pain, persecution, & insult.

The insults Peter refers to are unjustified verbal assaults. When’s the last time someone cussed you out for being a Christian? I’m not talking about them verbally chastising you for being obnoxious with your faith; that might be justified. I’m talking about the backlash that occurs like when The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, an evangelical coalition, released the Nashville Statement in August 2017. With reverence & in humility the coalition issued the statement. The statement was essentially a creedal statement affirming 14 beliefs about human sexuality, all of which are based on Scripture. Evangelical Christians were castigated as hateful bigots, homophobes, &, as one tweet reads, the statement “is the most unchristian piece of garbage I’ve read in a long time.” The (pagan) internet ruthlessly insulted & disrespected Christians who believe what the Bible teaches about marriage being exclusively between a man & woman, human sexuality, & gender. For being insulted for holding up the name of Christ, though, they were blessed.
~Nick Perez

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Congratulations to Ryan Wallers who was baptized Thursday night by his dad, Eric.

If you would like to provide a meal for Marie Thompson and her family during this time of mourning, or for Jeanette Wilson as she recovers from her hospital stay, please contact Melissa Shook.

Coronavirus Response

  • 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.

Contact Info for our Shut-Ins

  • Jewel Cherry, 2117 Bridgewood Way, Modesto, CA 95355
  • Charles Cook, Valley Comfort, 2809 Lou Ann Dr., Modesto, CA 95350
  • Tamara Cook, Neighborhood Manor, 1200 Woodrow Ave., S1 Modesto, CA 95350
  • Nadine Greff, Vintage Faire, 3620 Dale Rd, Rm. 25, Modesto, CA 95356
  • 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.

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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

Mourning the loss of loved ones
Paula Meler – friend Mike Butler
The Wallers Family – Jean Wallers
Betty Weldon – friends Jim & Teresa Collins both passed away due to COVID
Marie Thompson & Family – Cletus Thompson
Melissa Shook – Bonnie Mulder & family lost two family members
Linda Teixeira – aunt Myrna Stine

Recovering from Surgery

Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher, recovering from surgery, diagnosed with cancer
Yuri Gomez – awaiting test results
Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur Yolanda (Travelers Motel resident) – back surgery


Bontha Raju – son Naga Bhushan & daughter-in-law Soni
Mary Mendez

Battling Cancer

Paula Meler – Mason, a child undergoing cancer treatment
Patton Family – assistant high school basketball coach Leo Griggs
Sheila Walls – PET scan shows improvement
Pam Vanderford – sister Edith
Grace Whited, a 6 year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Clementina Robles
Dee Rambo

Other Requests

Tonya Barnard – waiting for a kidney transplant, starting dialysis this week
Twila McCullough – unborn great-granddaughter Hadley may have development problems
Art Turgeon – awaiting test results
Paula Meler – aunt Beverly hospitalized with pneumonia
Rod & Allegria Rice – Rod’s brother, Wally, is having trouble swallowing following two strokes, on
Hospice care
Jim & Bonnie Greff – sister-in-law Denise Libby has severe health struggles & suffered a mini stroke Brad Hayman (Shower Ministry Guest) – recovering from an accident, may lose a leg Melissa Shook – sister-in-law Tammy Russell hospitalized due to possible stroke; brother Alan Russell struggling with complications from Type 2 Diabetes & other health issues
Carolyn Hairston – vision problems
Shirley Poulter – resting at home Benzamma Rathu (Bontha’s wife) – typhoid fever
Traci McEnery – back pain
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