The Current Youth Group

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The Current Youth Group met in person last week for a night of fun at Golf N Stuff and had a great time in their small groups. They usually meet virtually every Wednesday via a Zoom meeting, but on the third Wednesday of the month, they meet in person.  The vision of “The Current” is to equip every young person in Ventura with the tools, education and mentorship necessary to live a life devoted to Christ! They want to create a fun, spirit-filled environment whereby all can progress in their relationship with Christ.

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS

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Associate Pastor | Ladies’ Evening Study Leader
Judy Morelli says,  “I am humbled to be a part of the Women’s Bible Study Team here at The River. My desire is to ignite in women a passion for Scripture to understand its beauty and relevance at a personal level. Through this personal interaction with God and His Word, I believe that we can grow together in awe of His Word.  My greatest joy is watching women discover the wonder of God’s Word and watching them be transformed by His truth.”  1 Corinthians 15:10-11 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. “Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”

Kerrie Cormode on the left and Katie Brock on the right are both Ladies’ Evening Bible Study Co-Leaders. The ladies meet every Tuesday evening via Zoom at 6:00 pm.  Coming up on October 17, 2020 we are having a Ladies’ Retreat from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Forest Home in Ojai. If you are interested in joining us, please click this link.

TRC COMMUNITY PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Recently, a community friend named Leonard was housed through our partnership; now he has opportunity for a better future. Thank you, Salvation Army!

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The mission of the Downtown Ventura Organization is to foster a vibrant commercial and cultural district. Dedicated to enhanced maintenance and security, historic preservation education and effective administration. This includes: a clean, safe, well-lit and inviting appearance both day and night to the downtown area. Recently D.V.O. has made it possible to send a person home.  Megan was stranded and unsheltered in Ventura. D.V.O. provided a bus ticket from Oxnard to Missouri for her to return home. Thank you to the Downtown Ventura Organization!

AT THE CITY CENTER ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY!

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In just five months at The City Center, resident SARAY CAHUANTZI has successfully fulfilled all the requirements for graduation from The City Center program!  During that time, she has also had her CFS case closed for her two-year-old son, Roman, and has been working full-time as resource assistant at a local supportive services agency. She has worked hard to pay off debt, save money and get off any government aid. Recently, Saray was accepted into a program to become an EMT and is taking her first class leading to that career advancement. She will be moving out this month with her two youngest children, Roman and baby Jo-Jo (Jose), when she and her brother purchase a home together. Her two older children, Raelene (11) and Amri, (three years old) spend most of their days with her and are cared for by Grandma when Saray is working. We are so proud of Saray and the progress she is making! John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”

AT TENDER LIFE MATERNITY HOME, GOD IS MAKING A WAY, WHEN WE DON’T SEE A WAY

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Our Tender Life resident, Nereida Arteaga, has said that before she came into  Tender Life, she had taken the driver’s test to get her driver’s license, but she had failed because she was on drugs. One of her goals while living here was to retake that test and to pass it with God’s help. When the time came to take the test, she asked the residents of the house to pray for her. She said that before she began the test, she prayed for God to be with her and to help her remember everything she needed to remember. She passed the test with flying colors! She said that she knew God was helping her, and that she felt confident throughout the test. This was a milestone for her in her recovery and an encouragement in her relationship with God. We are so proud of you, Neddy! 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

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Megan Ingamells has worked so hard since she moved into Tender Life in July. She has been diligent in completing all of her goals and paying off her fines. A few days ago she found out she would not be able to do a program called Homeless Court, which exchanges community service for payment of fines. She had a really large fine on her record, and she had hoped that she would be able to count her volunteer hours at the church toward this particular fine. When she found out that she wouldn’t be able to enter the program, she became discouraged. She had been saving money for a car so that she could have her own transportation to do all the things she needs to do throughout the week, but now she would have to put that money towards the fine. She asked the Lord if that was the right thing to do, because she really needs to have a car. She felt the Lord tell her to trust Him, and that He would provide for all her needs. Megan went to pay off the fine in full, and when she returned she had the biggest smile on her face. “It feels so good to take care of my responsibility, and trust God for the rest!” We believe that God will provide the vehicle she needs at the right time. But for now, she can continue her journey without this debt hanging over her head. We’re so proud of you, Megan! Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

MEET OUR CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBER APRIL DE PRETIS

April De Pretis, a missionary serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), has served in 23 nations since 1989. She is currently serving in one of YWAM’s international offices, Youth With A Mission Ventura – Global Strategic Initiatives as the Administrator and is the founder of their local Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives. The Lord first began to develop April’s heart for justice during the ten years she worked in law offices in Los Angeles County. Now, she dedicates her life to bringing awareness and prevention of human trafficking through training and outreach, in areas where victims of human trafficking often can be found. In 2015, April became a founding partner of the Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, which was formed to combat human trafficking in Ventura County by partnering with other agencies and individuals to prevent, prosecute, properly identify victims of human trafficking and provide victim services. 1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

TRC SERVER SPOTLIGHTS

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Lance Hulsey is on the TRC Server Spotlight this week. Lance comes into the church office to volunteer four days a week. Together with Jason Finizza, these two are developing fresh content for our newly launched church website. Lance is hard focused on creating videos for the Current Youth Group, SoCal U Graduates, Baptisms and the Young Adults Ministry. Lance composes his own sound for the music that he inserts for the videos. Lance has a creative eye for the look and feel of the video content we use on the site. He is a quick learner and is self-taught when it comes to creating music. Lance is on the TRC Worship Team, the Sound Team and attends the TRC Current Youth Group. Thank you, Lance, for all your skill and dedication to the TRC teams and ministries. Jeremiah 1:7-8  But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, I am a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

YOUNG ADULTS

TRC has kicked off the newly assembled Young Adults Ministry last Saturday. Pastor Jim and Pam opened their home to serve and minister to the Next Generation. Young Adults shared stories, ate dinner and fellowshipped in a safe space to open up and learn about the next steps in their faith. The River’s Young Adults is a ministry designed to help young people between the ages of 18 and 30 discover real life, community and belonging in Jesus.

We know that turning 18 doesn’t make you a sudden expert on life. We also know that our 18 – 30 year-old members need community just like everyone else. So, Pastors Jim and Pam Duran are building the Young Adults group to create a supportive ecosystem to help you become your best self in Christ. The Young Adults meet twice a month: once on Zoom and once a month in person for a time of food, fellowship and fun. Please email Pastor Jim Duran at jduran@therivercommunity.org to sign-up.  1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

TRC FOOD PANTRY, TURNS INTO THE TRC GROCERY MARKET!

Since March this year when Covid hit the TRC Food Pantry has remained open. During the work week along with 2 Sundays a month groceries are free and available to the public. TRC along with our community partners, and faithful volunteers has been able to provide food to just about 9,000 people representing 2,908 families in our community. Those numbers are easy and can very well be over, because once the food leaves the facility it’s not counted where the food may be shared. It takes a village to process and prepare grocery pick ups and deliveries. TRC has a dedicated team who will drive to do food pick ups, and make deliveries, they process and sort produce, also stocking and cleaning all over the facility. We couldn’t reach as many people with out God’s provision, and the helping hands of the faithful volunteers. Thank you Jesus! and thank you to everyone who has a hand in feeding the 9,000. John 6: 5-6 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

TRC COMMUNITY PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

Advanced Tactical Training Institute and our very own TRC Security Medical Response Team is on the TRC Spotlight this week. Over the holiday weekend during an extreme heat advisory TRC opened their doors to the public. Pictured here is TRC’s Executive Pastor Steven Karnazes upper right. Pastor Steven has a very unique set of skills for the work he does for our community. XP specializes in human safety, so when it was decided that the  TRC facility would operate for the weekend as a “Cooling Center” our XP and his team of protective angels went to work. Three full days the TRC Volunteers and the  S.M.R. Team came along side each other to make the operation safe and sanitary for the public. TRC provided an air conditioned place to relax and stay hydrated. Thank you to everyone who helped in making the operation such a success.

TRC SERVER SPOTLIGHTS

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Jason Finizza is on the TRC Server Spotlight this week. I hope everyone has had a chance to look around our newly remodeled church website.  Jason has refreshed every working section by creating user-friendly functions and updated content. Jason pushed an importance to capture all parts of the Body of Christ who serve along side TRC. Our church website is filled with all the riches of The River Community and what we have to offer as “Your Partners In Life”. If you are a new believer there is a section to get connected with us, as well as spiritually healthy resources. For the long time friends and partners the website has something for you, take time to surf the section on “River Life” where we blog and report on what God is doing in each others lives. You can get to know Staff Members, Ministry Leaders, and Community Partners. Our church website is equipped with a section of free resources of books, videos, christian news broadcasts, and newspapers. You can even connect to christian music through the resource section. Spend time with God learning and listening to past sermons all available to everyone. We encourage you to add your prayer requests along with any praise reports to share in rejoicing, and intercessory. If you are interested in getting connected with bible studies, or a ministry team you can contact us directly through the site. You can enjoy all the benefits of our TRC Community available to everyone day in and day out. Jason Finizza has been volunteering his time, and professional skills to upgrade our online community. If you see Jason join us in thanking him because the time and effort he has spent is an amazing blessing for such a time as this. Acts 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER SAVE THE DATE: SEPT. 26, 2020

Pastor Jim invites you to take part in The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance – Saturday, September 26 – at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., around the nation and around the world.  We, and America, may not have this chance again.  The Return is about one thing only – not any ministry or organization or person, or anything but the heart of God for redemption – according to His Word – There are no costs involved; it is free. It is solely for God’s purposes for this hour.

AT TENDER LIFE MATERNITY HOME LIVES ARE BEING REDEDICATED TO JESUS

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Megan Ingamells is on the Tender Life Spotlight this week. We are so proud of our resident Megan! She decided to rededicate her life to the Lord by getting baptized this past Sunday with her father and daughter as her witnesses. Megan has worked hard at her relationship with the Lord by getting up early to spend quiet time with Him and trying to listen to His voice. She has been reading her Bible more and wants to be obedient to what the Lord wants for her life. Megan is growing into a mature woman and a successful mother!

Acts 11:15-16 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as He had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 

CITY CENTER RESIDENT HIGHLIGHT

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All members of the Ortiz family are progressing in their journey while enjoying The City Center, their “safe place, which gives them peace of mind”, according to HARLEY.  She has advanced in her job with Starbucks and is being transferred to another location, where she will be trained and developed as assistant manager. In the meantime, JOHNNY has been reassigned to the Procter and Gamble production plant as a security guard and enjoys his work there. Both parents are making good progress working on their own issues through individual therapy sessions each week, provided through The City Center’s therapy program.  Even little GEMMA (now two years old) is making progress in her speech development through the individual therapy she has been getting thanks to her day care affiliation with Easter Seals. She is fast getting on track with her speaking ability. The family is looking forward to taking their first family vacation at the end of this month. Kudos to all of them for the progress they are making toward independent living when they eventually leave the program. 

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.

TRC SERVER SPOTLIGHTS

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Brandi Brown is a member of the Saturday Food Distribution Team. Brandi and her son (riding shotgun) are ready to deliver food. Recently, Pastor Jim has invited people to help with the Saturday deliveries. Brandi stepped up to volunteer and is now serving the community. Brandi has come a long way; she lives and continues to thrive at The City Center.

Proverbs 19: 17-18 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done. Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.

MEET OUR CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS CONNIE FAIN

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Connie spent a good part of her life in Santa Paula growing up as a middle child. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles and began a career as a Legal Secretary. Several years later, Connie returned to Ventura County, where she met and married Jim Fain, a car enthusiast and father of four. In 1976, they opened Fain’s Auto Parts, Machine Shop and Auto Repair and worked together until they both retired in 2010. Owning street rods has them enjoying car functions throughout Southern California as well as visiting their sons in Northern California. Connie enjoys various crafts, volunteers at Santa Paula Hospital and in The River Church Office as well as serving on the Church Council. James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

TRC VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION 2020!

The 2020 TRC Volunteer Appreciation Party was a huge success this year that honored over 200 volunteers last Saturday night.  The “party” was a broadcasted presentation, and a no-contact, pizza dinner was provided by voucher to the volunteers of the church.  Congratulations to all the winners of the gift cards! And a big thank you to all who share precious time serving the community alongside TRC.

AT THE CITY CENTER ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY!

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This month marks the moment when the SALINAS FAMILY will take the next significant step on their journey toward independent living.  They met the criteria for graduation from the program at the end of 2019, paying off a considerable amount of long-term debt, carefully budgeting and aggressively saving every possible dollar over the past two years. Now they are approved to rent a two-bedroom apartment. Their next goal is to carefully build their credit and hopefully be ready to purchase their own home within the next year. When asked what has made the difference for them as a family by living at The City Center, Cristal responded that it has provided them with stability and focus and helped them to get on their feet. She said that they have also been learning how to care for themselves so that they can better care for their family.  Both Cristal and Geovany have grown in their ability to work hard, taking baby steps at first. It has been a “daily struggle”, but it has been worth the effort. They have participated enthusiastically in community life as well, being quick to offer help when it is needed around the City Center. They and their little ones, Geovany Jr. and Citlaly, will be missed. We wish them much success in this next phase of their life journey. Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

AT TENDER LIFE MATERNITY HOME MOVING UP AND MOVING FORWARD

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We are so proud of our resident Amber Castillo for getting a promotion at her job! Amber has been working as a groundskeeper on a crew with Goodwill Industries. She has been recognized as a diligent,  hard worker and within a month and a half was hired as a lead on her crew. She is now responsible for her entire team! She will be transporting them to and from work, and she will be the eyes and ears for the main office. They will also be providing a CPR certification class for her. We look forward to seeing the great things God will do in and through Amber! Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

FAMILY TO FAMILY

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Family to Family is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meals to those in need since 1983. Pictured here with Pastor Jim are Janis and David Schmutte making a food delivery to TRC. They serve up to a thousand hot, nutritious meals every week.  Family to Family is a unique collaboration of many churches, temples, clubs and friends all coming together to serve the neediest of Ventura.  Family to Family serves lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.  Their kitchen is located at 303 N. Ventura Avenue about three blocks up from Main Street on the left hand side. Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.

COOLING CENTER

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The National Weather Service has updated their forecast to include several days of triple digit temperatures across our County. The hottest day of the heatwave is predicted to be Sunday, September 6th.  Because of this severe heat wave, The River Community Church is open for a Cooling Center to our members as well as residents of our City free of charge. We will be open Saturday September 5th thru Monday September 7th from 9 AM to 5 PM. If you are in need of a cooling center, please come to the Church Conference Center located at 859 East Santa Clara Street. Water will be served as well. Please wear your mask. Your temperature will be taken upon arrival and social distancing will be required.

TRC COMMUNITY PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

Al and Neysa Marshall are friends of The River Community Church.  They attend the “Lighthouse” East Ventura Foursquare Church, where Pastor Jim and Pam made their passage into planting The River Community Church.  This couple helped in sending out our congregation into the world. Relationships are the origins of the ministry of The River in the City of Ventura.

As a denomination, The Foursquare Church has a unique history that stems from missions and evangelism. It began as a powerful evangelistic movement and spread throughout the nations to become the global family it is today. Yet again, God chose another wonder ~ a woman to lead the way for His Church: Aimee Semple McPherson. Foursquare churches as a whole offer a biblical foundation with the flexibility a church needs to reach its community for Jesus in the modern era. What makes Foursquare a movement worth joining? Did you watch the video? Then you already know the amazing origins of the Foursquare Church Life. Please help by sharing this video and subscribing to our channel. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

TENDER LIFE RESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS

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Megan Ingamells is doing a wonderful job here at Tender Life. She is working hard to learn and grow so that she can be a good mom to baby Myla. Megan will be starting Triple P parenting classes soon, and she is excited about it! Triple P is a parenting and family support system to prevent and treat behavioral and emotional problems in children. It aims to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to manage family issues without ongoing support. We are thankful for educational programs like this that help our residents become successful in family life! Mark 11:23-24 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 

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At long last, SHAY McDOWELL was able to have her ten-year-old daughter, Jessie, spend the night with her and little Caleb at The City Center.  Jessie lives with her dad, who has full custody, and had not previously been allowed to spend the night. This month she not only had weekend visits, but Shay was entrusted with caring for Jessie for 10 days while dad and stepmom went on vacation. A major victory! They enjoyed going to the Santa Barbara Zoo, attending a drive-in movie and playing miniature golf. She made friends with Serenity, another TCC resident, who accompanied them on their excursions and made her visit even more enjoyable.  Playing with younger brother Caleb was also part of the fun experience. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

TRC COMMUNITY PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS

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Sharon Palmer, owner and operator of Main Street Meats in Ventura, has been extremely generous. Recently, Sharon  delivered a donation of 300 pounds of fresh chicken to the TRC Food Pantry. The TRC Food Pantry has been able to help over 2,717 families with food since March. Thank you, Sharon, for remaining by our side during this ever-changing season of Covid. 1 Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.

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Pictured here is Karen Baptiste, a long time partner of the TRC Family. Karen has spent many hours during the past few years taking care of the TRC property, caring for landscape and taking care of  all kinds of jobs behind the scenes. Recently, Karen has made an ongoing arrangement to donate produce to the church. God is making a way for the TRC team to continue to grow and contribute groceries to people who are in need. Luke 10:7-8 Stay with the family that accepts you. Eat and drink whatever they offer you. After all, the worker deserves his pay. Do not move around from house to another. Whenever you go into a city and the people welcome you, eat whatever they serve you.
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Terrence is a person we consider to be a Community Friend. He makes his way to TRC every day to pick up a pre-made grocery bag that is specifically offered to unsheltered individuals. These bags are prepped at Food Share with special food items specifically put together for the needs of the homeless. Thank you to Food Share for supplying these food packs for the unsheltered friends during this Covid season. Luke 14:13-14 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

TRC SERVER SPOTLIGHTS

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Pastor Jim’s Uncle Billy comes in once a week to help with food distribution by delivering prepared meals to one of our neighbor friends. It’s always a blessing to have people who want to contribute in any way. Thank you, Uncle Billy. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18  And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

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Pastor Danny Martinez of New Harvest Church has joined the TRC Food Pantry Team. Pictured here are his wife, Irma, their daughter, Erica, and Pastor Danny.  He has committed to come in once a week to help prepare the groceries and make deliveries. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER SAVE THE DATE: SEPT. 26, 2020

Pastor Jim invites you to take part in The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance – Saturday, September 26 – at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., around the nation and around the world.  We, and America, may not have this chance again.  The Return is about one thing only – not any ministry or organization or person, or anything but the heart of God for redemption – according to His Word – There are no costs involved; it is free. It is solely for God’s purposes for this hour.

GETTING TO WORK IS HARD WORK AT THE CITY CENTER

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It’s all uphill.  Resident Alondra Vidal gets up at 3:30 AM, gets to work by 5:00 pedaling her beach bike uphill to Vista del Mar, puts in a full day’s work, and pedals home again to do it all over again the next day.  She had been getting a ride from another employee occasionally, but he is ill and no longer able to take her.  A driver’s license is not yet a reality for Alondra; first she needs to secure a learner’s permit, then pass the driving test after six months of practice with a licensed driver. But she is thankful to have her job and is willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to get to work on time every day.  Is a motorized bike an option in the interim? Her little one, Jaziel, is just starting to walk at 16 months, for which she is very thankful as well. But transportation is even more challenging for the two of them. A neighbor at The City Center handles transportation to daycare, but otherwise it is walking, biking or busing it for the two of them. Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

BLESS EVERY HOME!

Did you know that 85% of Christians do not know the names of the nine closest neighbors around them? Becoming a light is free and confidential. You’ll receive a map and list of your closest neighbors, along with emails at the frequency of your choice to pray for your next five neighbors that day. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the website Bless Every Home. When you are ready to get started, click the sign up button here, and please don’t forget to authenticate your profile and watch the tutorial video.

TENDER LIFE MATERNITY HOME IS HIGHLIGHTING AMBER CASTILLO

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Amber Castillo is being highlighted for the tremendous job she is doing as a working mom! Amber has a lot on her plate being a full-time mom to an eight-month old, attending weekly therapy sessions and NA meetings, doing a household chore, attending a weekly knitting/crocheting class, and she is beginning to get up at 6am to do her daily quiet time with the Lord before she heads out to work. We are so proud of her effort; keep up the good work, Amber! Hebrews 10:35-36 So don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.

AT TENDER LIFE MATERNITY HOME

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Tender Life would like to take a moment and highlight our home’s Assistant House Manager, Cynthia Juarez (pictured on the left with Meghan Ingamills, a Tender Life resident). Cynthia has been such a wonderful influence on the ladies here. She serves with all her heart and shows the love of Christ to each lady. Cynthia  will be getting hitched to an amazing man in October, and she will be deeply missed as a resident of Tender Life! We appreciate all that you do, Cynthia! Your hard work and continuous good attitude reflects in those you serve on a daily basis! Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.