FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 UPDATE
This is my first Journey Weekly Update and quite frankly, I’m stumped as to what to write. I’m like, “wow.” It gets to be quite frustrating when the word, “unprecedented” keeps appearing in our news reports. Unfortunately, we’re also now reading words like, “horror” and “disgust.” In times like this it’s really hard to know what to think except, “Has everything really gotten this bad?” I remember the sermon that Pastor Richard gave in early November when he suggested that things could get dicey for our nation after the election. (Do you remember that?)
What solid foundation can we ground ourselves up at this time? Well, if you still remember Pastor Richard’s sermon from November, I hope you still remember my message from last week! There is a word God has given to us and that word is, “God is with you.” GOD is with YOU. This is the greatest promise in the Bible and it’s a promise that makes all the difference in the world . . . even if the earth gives way, the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, and the waters roar and foam. (Psalm 46). Hold tightly onto this word. Make these words your own. And be willing to impact this promise to those around you. May you be a minister of God’s comfort and living Presence this week.
Holding tightly onto Jesus with all of you,
- JOURNEY’S GLOBAL OUTREACH (GO) TEAM is seeking new members. If you’d like to learn how you can support Journey-sponsored missionaries by serving on the GO Team, contact Valerie at email@example.com
- JOURNEY HAS A NEW GO PARTNER IN ADAM JOE: Please join us live and online as we commission Adam Joe for his ministry to Guatemala during worship service next Sunday, January 17. Please also keep watch for a special video message from Adam after worship this week and next.(Youtube.com/JourneyEvangelicalChurchLive)
- NEW JOURNEY CHURCH DIRECTORY IS COMING!!! Journey wishes to update and send out its church directory by mid-February, which means that we need your info soon! If you have any changes, would like to be included in the directory, or have any questions, please email Debbie@JourneyEC.org
- PASTOR RICHARD AND DEBBI’S NEW ADDRESS: 18107 36th Avenue W, Apt E104, Lynnwood, WA 98037, firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard’s cell: 202-768-4304 Debbi’s cell: 202-768-4305 Calvary Fellowship – Mountlake Terrace WA (calvaryfellowship.org)
- PASTOR SAMUEL PECH CONTACT INFO: 19539 Lenox Avenue, Caldwell, ID 83605, Samuel@JourneyEC.org, and Yolonda@JourneyEC.org
- PASTOR CURT OGAWA’S CONTACT INFO: Curt will begin his ¾ time role as Journey’s Interim Pastor on Jan 1st. His email is email@example.com, and his phone number is 408-889-3983.
- NEW SERMON SERIES INFO FROM PASTOR CURT: We believe God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Yet, perhaps there is a truth more wondrous than God as Creator. God is also the Great Orchestrator. Time itself is in God’s hands and all of history unfolds according to His Sovereign plan. It is true: All history is his-story.
If this is so, what are the implications? Could it be that God is the Author, not only of history, but of many stories—a countless number of them—that He’s taking great delight in composing? Could it be that your own life is God’s story in the making, which He is co-authoring with you in order to be told throughout the ages and beyond? The Bible has much to say about this.
We invite you to join us this Sunday, as Pastor Curt delivers the second message in a series that Curt plans to eventually publish in book form. “Your Life: His Story In The Making” answers a lot of the questions you may have asked, like why God made us the way we are, what the story of the Bible is about, why heaven will only get better each day, as well as life’s toughest questions.
- EDITOR & CONTRIBUTING WRITERS NEEDED for a new Journey quarterly newsletter. We are searching for a team to take the lead on coordinating articles and updates from and for the whole congregation. Please let Pastor Curt know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to help connect our congregation through this regular publication.
- CHINESE CONGREGATION LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP – ONLINE EVERY SUNDAY Cantonese at 10:30am, Mandarin at 2pm. Please note that there is no English translation. Pastor Paul Eng, email@example.com. https://zoom.us/j/2743452757?pwd=OFl3dnZsYnVOdDk2cng1R2dDdzNQdz09#success.
- PRAYER NEEDS CONTACT the DEACONS: Pat Leung (Pat@JourneyEC.org), or Cherry Chin (Cherrychin1@aol.com).
- THE JOURNEY CAMPUS REMAINS CLOSED: All visitors to the campus should notify Sherrie at sherrie@JourneyEC.org prior to your requested visit due to security and COVID safety precautions.
- GIVING: Please continue to support the church during this important time through:
- GivePlus Church phone app (search for Journey Evangelical Church)
- Mailed Checks are also still being received at the Church Office.
- SUPPORT JOURNEY VIA AMAZONSMILE! Every dollar spent on AmazonSmile linked to “Journey Evangelical Church Westminster CA” grants us a donation! Search for us via the “change charities” list in AmazonSmile. Thank you for considering us while you shop online! Debbie@JourneyEC.org for questions.
- ZOOM TELECONFERENCING: The church has 3 accounts for connecting our ministries and groups. These are overseen by Yolonda Pech (yolonda@JourneyEC.org) and potential users need to request with her at least 48 hours in advance so the Zoom usage schedule may be coordinated.