Operation Christmas Child Is Here!

On September 26, 2013, in Community Outreach, Featured-Auto, by CommunityOutreach

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Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

You can help bring this Good News to a child by picking up a Christmas Box at the Operation Christmas Child booth starting October 13th. Then determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 and mark the label. Next, fill your box with new items such as:

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, ® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, ® etc.
  • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at Shoreline Community Church by November 10th.

Please don’t forget to donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

Thank you so much for your heart to help a child in a 3rd world country, to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ!

In His Name,
Debra Federico and Sharon Burwell

Debra Federico
Community Outreach Director
Shoreline Community Church
831.655.0100, x312
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org

 

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Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

You can help bring this Good News to a child by picking up a Christmas Box at the Operation Christmas Child booth starting October 13th. Then determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 and mark the label. Next, fill your box with new items such as:

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, ® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, ® etc.
  • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and drop it off at Shoreline Community Church by November 10th.

Please don’t forget to donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

Thank you so much for your heart to help a child in a 3rd world country, to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ!

In His Name,
Debra Federico and Sharon Burwell

Debra Federico
Community Outreach Director
Shoreline Community Church
831.655.0100, x312
dfederico@shorelinechurch.org

 

Weekly Reading :: 9.22.13

On September 21, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1
MondayHebrews 2
TuesdayHebrews 3
WednesdayHebrews 4
ThursdayHebrews 5
FridayHebrews 6
SaturdayHebrews 7

Memorize/Reflect:  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”(Hebrews 1:3)

Prayer Direction:  Thank Jesus for being better than anything and everything else in the universe. Then, ask Him to help you experience His glory and beauty in new ways so that you can celebrate His goodness with greater joy and passion.

“Live It!” Challenge – The “Better Than” Experience: Make a list of ten things you really enjoy in life. This can be people, experiences, culinary delights, a hobby…anything. Then write after each item on your list… “JESUS IS BETTER” and reflect on how and why Jesus is better than everything.them to join you and others for a meal, or helping them accomplish their work or school goal.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a time you really felt close to Jesus and experienced His goodness, beauty, and grace in a powerful way.
    2. Read: Hebrews 1:1-3. What do you learn about who Jesus is and what He has done and how does this truth shape the way you worship and follow Jesus?
    3. Read: Hebrews 1:4-8. In this passage, Jesus is seen as “Better than angels.” How is Jesus superior to the angels and how should this impact the way we worship Jesus?
    4. Read: Hebrews 3:1-6. In this passage, Jesus is seen as “Better than Moses.” Remember, Moses is the one who gave the Law, led the people out of Egypt, and was seen as one of the greatest leaders in all the history of Israel. How would a devout Jew in Jesus’ day (who did not see Jesus as the Messiah) respond to someone writing that Jesus was “better” than Moses? How would a follower of Jesus, in the first century, still honor Moses, but truly worship and surrender to Jesus?
    5. Read: Hebrews 3:12-15. The writer of Hebrews points out that back in Moses’ day some people turned their heart from God. When the Book of Hebrews was written, many Christians were leaving their faith (to avoid persecution) and going back to their Jewish faith. What are some of the things today that can drive a person to consider walking away from the Christian faith? Why is it so dangerous to walk away from Jesus during these kind of times?
    6. Hebrews calls us to encourage each other daily. How can we encourage each other to grow in faith and walk closely with Jesus?
    7. How can we encourage each other to stand strong in the hard times of life?
    8. How can your growth group members help each other in those times when faith is stretched and we need the support to stand strong?
    9. What specific prayer support do you need in your life right now and how can your group members come alongside of you during this time?

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1
MondayHebrews 2
TuesdayHebrews 3
WednesdayHebrews 4
ThursdayHebrews 5
FridayHebrews 6
SaturdayHebrews 7

Memorize/Reflect:  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”(Hebrews 1:3)

Prayer Direction:  Thank Jesus for being better than anything and everything else in the universe. Then, ask Him to help you experience His glory and beauty in new ways so that you can celebrate His goodness with greater joy and passion.

“Live It!” Challenge – The “Better Than” Experience: Make a list of ten things you really enjoy in life. This can be people, experiences, culinary delights, a hobby…anything. Then write after each item on your list… “JESUS IS BETTER” and reflect on how and why Jesus is better than everything.them to join you and others for a meal, or helping them accomplish their work or school goal.

Growth Group Discussion: 

    1. Tell about a time you really felt close to Jesus and experienced His goodness, beauty, and grace in a powerful way.
    2. Read: Hebrews 1:1-3. What do you learn about who Jesus is and what He has done and how does this truth shape the way you worship and follow Jesus?
    3. Read: Hebrews 1:4-8. In this passage, Jesus is seen as “Better than angels.” How is Jesus superior to the angels and how should this impact the way we worship Jesus?
    4. Read: Hebrews 3:1-6. In this passage, Jesus is seen as “Better than Moses.” Remember, Moses is the one who gave the Law, led the people out of Egypt, and was seen as one of the greatest leaders in all the history of Israel. How would a devout Jew in Jesus’ day (who did not see Jesus as the Messiah) respond to someone writing that Jesus was “better” than Moses? How would a follower of Jesus, in the first century, still honor Moses, but truly worship and surrender to Jesus?
    5. Read: Hebrews 3:12-15. The writer of Hebrews points out that back in Moses’ day some people turned their heart from God. When the Book of Hebrews was written, many Christians were leaving their faith (to avoid persecution) and going back to their Jewish faith. What are some of the things today that can drive a person to consider walking away from the Christian faith? Why is it so dangerous to walk away from Jesus during these kind of times?
    6. Hebrews calls us to encourage each other daily. How can we encourage each other to grow in faith and walk closely with Jesus?
    7. How can we encourage each other to stand strong in the hard times of life?
    8. How can your growth group members help each other in those times when faith is stretched and we need the support to stand strong?
    9. What specific prayer support do you need in your life right now and how can your group members come alongside of you during this time?

Faith Worth Holding On To: A Study of Hebrews

On September 16, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Sermon Resources, by Shoreline

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Faith Worth Holding On To: A Study of Hebrews | 5-weeks beginning September 22

Over this five-week series we will discover that Jesus is better, superior, and greater than all that came before Him…and everything that came after Him. We will dig into the amazing Book of Hebrews found in the New Testament.  Join us as we celebrate the power and glory of Jesus, the Savior of all who receive His amazing grace!

Services times are: Sunday Morning - 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night - 6:30 p.m.

(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

Our mission is to help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ!

 

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Faith Worth Holding On To: A Study of Hebrews | 5-weeks beginning September 22

Over this five-week series we will discover that Jesus is better, superior, and greater than all that came before Him…and everything that came after Him. We will dig into the amazing Book of Hebrews found in the New Testament.  Join us as we celebrate the power and glory of Jesus, the Savior of all who receive His amazing grace!

Services times are: Sunday Morning - 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. AND Monday Night - 6:30 p.m.

(Sign Language interpretation at 11:30 a.m. service)

Our mission is to help as many people as possible become totally committed to Jesus Christ!

 

BLOCKS: Week 5

On September 14, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Growth Groups, by Shoreline

View Week 5 Video Curriculum

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Talk about your job and what you do for a living. What are the joys and what are the hardships in your particular occupation?
    2. We spend a very significant percentage of our life working. How have you used this large portion of your life to show God’s love and share his Word? What opportunities have you missed in the workplace? What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
    3. Have you had a time where you stood up for what you knew was the right thing to do and it turned out positively? What about negatively?
    4. Do you think your work ethic would point someone towards Christ? If not, what can you do to change that?
    5. Is your workplace a setting in which you could talk to others about your relationship with God? If not, what other ways could you help your coworkers outside the workplace?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about an experience you had in the work place or school where someone you worked with was a blessing and encouragement in your life.
    2. Tell about a time a person in your work place of school was difficult and challenging and describe how you navigated this relationship. (Be careful not to use names or indicate who this person is/was)
    3. Read: 1 Peter 3:13-17.What do you think Peter is seeking to communicate when he calls Christians to “Give an answer for the hope that is in us”?
    4. Imagine you are in your work place, school, or neighborhood and someone were to ask you, “Why do you place your hope in Jesus”? What would you say to them?
    5. Peter indicates that sometimes people will speak poorly of Christians. This is happening more and more in the marketplace, in Universities, and in other settings. What does Peter teach us about suffering and being attacked when we are doing the right things in the right way? What does he teach about suffering in these situations when we are in the wrong?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Colossians 3:23-25 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”

Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next”John Henry Newman

“The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.” – John Ferguson

View Week 5 Video Curriculum

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Talk about your job and what you do for a living. What are the joys and what are the hardships in your particular occupation?
    2. We spend a very significant percentage of our life working. How have you used this large portion of your life to show God’s love and share his Word? What opportunities have you missed in the workplace? What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
    3. Have you had a time where you stood up for what you knew was the right thing to do and it turned out positively? What about negatively?
    4. Do you think your work ethic would point someone towards Christ? If not, what can you do to change that?
    5. Is your workplace a setting in which you could talk to others about your relationship with God? If not, what other ways could you help your coworkers outside the workplace?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about an experience you had in the work place or school where someone you worked with was a blessing and encouragement in your life.
    2. Tell about a time a person in your work place of school was difficult and challenging and describe how you navigated this relationship. (Be careful not to use names or indicate who this person is/was)
    3. Read: 1 Peter 3:13-17.What do you think Peter is seeking to communicate when he calls Christians to “Give an answer for the hope that is in us”?
    4. Imagine you are in your work place, school, or neighborhood and someone were to ask you, “Why do you place your hope in Jesus”? What would you say to them?
    5. Peter indicates that sometimes people will speak poorly of Christians. This is happening more and more in the marketplace, in Universities, and in other settings. What does Peter teach us about suffering and being attacked when we are doing the right things in the right way? What does he teach about suffering in these situations when we are in the wrong?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Colossians 3:23-25 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”

Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next”John Henry Newman

“The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.” – John Ferguson

Weekly Reading :: 9.15.13

On September 14, 2013, in Featured-Auto, Weekly Reading, by Shoreline

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1-2
MondayHebrews 3-4
TuesdayHebrews 5-6
WednesdayHebrews 7-8
ThursdayHebrews 9-10
FridayHebrews 11-12
SaturdayHebrews 13 , Philippians 2:1-11 , Colossians 1:15-23

Memorize/Reflect:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”(Acts 1:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you notice people who are hurting and who need His grace and care. Pray for one practical way you can help and serve someone in you work place, at your school, or in your neighborhood.

“Live It!” Challenge – Five Minute Mission Project: Try a five-minute mission project this week. As God opens your eyes to see someone who is hurting, outcast, or struggling, commit five minutes to do a service project for this person. It could be writing an encouraging note, taking time to talk with them, inviting them to join you and others for a meal, or helping them accomplish their work or school goal.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Talk about your job and what you do for a living. What are the joys and what are the hardships in your particular occupation?
    2. We spend a very significant percentage of our life working. How have you used this large portion of your life to show God’s love and share his Word? What opportunities have you missed in the workplace? What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
    3. Have you had a time where you stood up for what you knew was the right thing to do and it turned out positively? What about negatively?
    4. Do you think your work ethic would point someone towards Christ? If not, what can you do to change that?
    5. Is your workplace a setting in which you could talk to others about your relationship with God? If not, what other ways could you help your coworkers outside the workplace?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about an experience you had in the work place or school where someone you worked with was a blessing and encouragement in your life.
    2. Tell about a time a person in your work place of school was difficult and challenging and describe how you navigated this relationship. (Be careful not to use names or indicate who this person is/was)
    3. Read: 1 Peter 3:13-17.What do you think Peter is seeking to communicate when he calls Christians to “Give an answer for the hope that is in us”?
    4. Imagine you are in your work place, school, or neighborhood and someone were to ask you, “Why do you place your hope in Jesus”? What would you say to them?
    5. Peter indicates that sometimes people will speak poorly of Christians. This is happening more and more in the marketplace, in Universities, and in other settings. What does Peter teach us about suffering and being attacked when we are doing the right things in the right way? What does he teach about suffering in these situations when we are in the wrong?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Colossians 3:23-25 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”

Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next”John Henry Newman

“The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.” – John Ferguson

View the Weekly Bulletin Online

Reading Plan for next week’s message

SundayHebrews 1-2
MondayHebrews 3-4
TuesdayHebrews 5-6
WednesdayHebrews 7-8
ThursdayHebrews 9-10
FridayHebrews 11-12
SaturdayHebrews 13 , Philippians 2:1-11 , Colossians 1:15-23

Memorize/Reflect:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”(Acts 1:8)

Prayer Direction:  Ask God to help you notice people who are hurting and who need His grace and care. Pray for one practical way you can help and serve someone in you work place, at your school, or in your neighborhood.

“Live It!” Challenge – Five Minute Mission Project: Try a five-minute mission project this week. As God opens your eyes to see someone who is hurting, outcast, or struggling, commit five minutes to do a service project for this person. It could be writing an encouraging note, taking time to talk with them, inviting them to join you and others for a meal, or helping them accomplish their work or school goal.

Growth Group Discussion: 
Video Based Questions

    1. Talk about your job and what you do for a living. What are the joys and what are the hardships in your particular occupation?
    2. We spend a very significant percentage of our life working. How have you used this large portion of your life to show God’s love and share his Word? What opportunities have you missed in the workplace? What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?
    3. Have you had a time where you stood up for what you knew was the right thing to do and it turned out positively? What about negatively?
    4. Do you think your work ethic would point someone towards Christ? If not, what can you do to change that?
    5. Is your workplace a setting in which you could talk to others about your relationship with God? If not, what other ways could you help your coworkers outside the workplace?

Sermon Based Questions

    1. Tell about an experience you had in the work place or school where someone you worked with was a blessing and encouragement in your life.
    2. Tell about a time a person in your work place of school was difficult and challenging and describe how you navigated this relationship. (Be careful not to use names or indicate who this person is/was)
    3. Read: 1 Peter 3:13-17.What do you think Peter is seeking to communicate when he calls Christians to “Give an answer for the hope that is in us”?
    4. Imagine you are in your work place, school, or neighborhood and someone were to ask you, “Why do you place your hope in Jesus”? What would you say to them?
    5. Peter indicates that sometimes people will speak poorly of Christians. This is happening more and more in the marketplace, in Universities, and in other settings. What does Peter teach us about suffering and being attacked when we are doing the right things in the right way? What does he teach about suffering in these situations when we are in the wrong?

Bible Verses and Quotes for thought:

Colossians 3:23-25 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.”

Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next”John Henry Newman

“The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.” – John Ferguson

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