Newsletter, 11/27/20

11/29/2020 Sunday’s Sermon by Nick Perez

Against the Grain ~ One Nation Back to God

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. Daniel 9:17, ESV

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Resiliency (2)

By Nick Perez

More than ever God’s people need resiliency. Resiliency is the quality that enables to be flexible during,
and bounce back from difficulty. Our level of resiliency is being tested during the global pandemic, especially with the stay-at-home reinstituted. We know how frustrating it is to live under stay-at-home orders. We want to go out, go to church services, but we cannot gather right now. It is frustrating to be unable to do the things you want to do.

I think of Moses while leading the people of Israel in the wilderness. Forty years of wandering with people who complained and griped. Moses got frustrated at one point and struck the rock when he was supposed to speak to it. It cost him his entrance into the Promised Land. We can get frustrated, even angry. But Scripture says, “Be angry, and do not sin.”

Kim and I lived in Arizona for four years. Arizona is hot! I can remember putting Christmas lights
up in shorts. You drive across the Southwest and much of it is desert. Dry, sun-scorched land, colorful rocks, tall mesas, scrubby shrubs, and not a few cacti. However, in the midst of the desert there is inevitably a single bright green tree flourishing in the middle of the desert.

I have wondered about those trees: how are they able to survive and even thrive in the midst of the
desert? Well, those trees grow up next to a water source, even a seasonal one. Their roots grow deep into the soil and they are able to survive in the harsh climate of the desert and even bear fruit. My prayer is that you have sunk your roots deep in God so that during this dry period you are still able to thrive.

Fairmont Park Church of Christ (Midland, TX)
Live Streaming & Recorded Sermons & Bible Classes
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*Children’s resources now available
The Christian Chronicle
The Christian Chronicle has compiled a list of Churches of
Christ nationwide who offer live streaming services.
“Let the Bible Speak” – YouTube

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. 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.

Mourning the loss of loved ones

Michael Brown – friend, Robert “Smitty” Smith lost his mother
Sherry Day & Family – dad, John Silveria
Ruskamp Family – 17 year-old niece
Arthur (Travelers Motel resident) – wife Laurie

Recovering from Surgery

Betty Bussey – surgery for a broken femur & knee replacement


Joan Quinn – niece’s husband Michael; other family members exposed/tested
Traci McEnery – uncle Ronnie
Linda Teixeira – 2 yr old granddaughter, Quinn; daughter Tabitha, her husband
Jay & other daughter Abby awaiting test results
John & Patty Ford – daughter Christie is an RN working with COVID patients
Lynn Albro – niece, Katia Lundell
Allegria Rice – friends Ashlee, Renee & Louie

Battling Cancer

Pam Vanderford – sister Edith is cancer free
Clementina Robles – Hospice
Jacqui Coulter – father, Gene Fisher diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer
Patton Family – assistant high school basketball coach Leo Griggs
Mason – teenager in Ripon
Sheila Walls – PET scan shows improvement
Grace Whited, a 6 year-old at Murphys Church of Christ
Dee Rambo

Other Requests

Melissa Shook – boss’s father is on hospice care; Andy is 18 and has a brain tumor
Helen Potterf – Hospice care
Julie Vergara – 2 yr old grandson Bryce awaiting surgery to remove mass on head
Mike Hampton – problems with pancreas
Lynn Albro – pain in right arm
Patrick Acton (friend of Archibeques) – recovering from hit and run accident
Flooding in North Carolina
Lynn Brocco – upcoming tests for spot on lung
Tonya Barnard – friend Shannan’s kidney is a match, insurance has approved, waiting for surgery to be
Kari Laguna – leg not healing correctly
Carolyn Hairston – vision problems
Leadership / Essential Workers / Unemployed
Civil Unrest / Fires / Hurricanes

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