What Letting Jesus Make His Home In Us Means For Our Lives

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Pat and JoeDear Friends,

Nancy LeBlanc’s birthday Sunday. She may be 37 too, like me! Nancy is such a helping person at the church and participates in so many things. We could not do without her.

Family Camp – Into The Wild
Coming soon and ready to be signed up for. May 20-22 at the Lazy W Ranch , only about 30 minutes away! Claire Burrill, 90, went last year and gave these Three reasons why we should all participate.
1. It was like Family time – LNPC Family time Four generations were there! Babies to 90s.
2. Everyone knows everyone else and we like to talk
3. Great Facilities. Compared to her Mission Trip to Africa, Claire said these facilities are 4 star!
Talk to John Denton or Debbie Gara if you want to go. Or, sign up 24/7 on the church website. They just have way too much fun and fellowship at this LNPC gathering. Remember the varied ages – baby to 90+. Think that’s a wide enough range for you to fit in?? Scholarships available where needed. Joe, two grandkids and our son in law are going. I’m thinking on it

Search For Deacons and Elders
Our Nominating Committee is on the search for members who can and want to serve in the church leadership. Some of our Deacons and Elders service times are ending and we need a group of fresh faces to replace the ones who will not be continuing. Please consider how you feel about service to the church and also whom you might recommend This is a wonderful way to serve our LNPC Christian community. We have been excited by some members who have already stepped forward and said they would like to serve. What a great LNPC group we have.

Church Flowers
Don’t forget to sign up on the flower chart in the Narthex for your future week of flowers. Make out a $65 check to McCool Florists and take to church office or bring Sunday AM and put in offering plate . Remember the purpose of these flowers is for the beauty of the service but more importantly we Deacons take them after church to those who are not well or not able to come to the church service. It is so nice for them to receive and gives a cheery visit with them also. If you know of someone who needs a cheery bouquet please let me know!!

Our Pastor Nominating Committee.
They are still working hard. Greg Heath told me they should have another update soon. By the way if you have heard of someone who might be a good pastor candidate, please let one of the PNC committee members know. The people you know or a friend knows may be the best potentials! Don’t forget to pray for these hard working members who are taking so much of their personal time for our church: Fred Ehlers, Greg Heath, Carl Hess, Howard Hirakawa, Pat Kun, Stacy Malone, Brett Riordan, Cecil Spearman and Carol Stocksdale. They have a most important duty for the future of LNPC. Their responsibility is awesome!

Church Activities
1. Missions. – Our job is to spread God’s word and care for others as Christ’s disciples. We have so many projects of outreach. JoAnn Renning, whom I call “ The Lady of Perpetual Mission” is constantly reminding us of our responsibilities in charity.
Hands of Grace Meal Feed the homeless the first Wednesday of each month. Bring food and help serve and sit down and eat with these interesting people. It is not held at our church, the food is taken to Faith Episcopal Church in Laguna Niguel. You don’t have to stay, you can just drop off food if you prefer . Pastor Paul attends and several of our congregation. Call JoAnn Renning or the church office for more information.
Food Drive for South County Outreach –. Special Spring Drive for 1000 pounds of food Look for the barrel in the narthex and bring your non perishables. The need never ends! And if you want to help sort and work at this main Orange County center, they definitely need help.

2. Fashion Show. Ladies!…. Sign Up and Save the date of May 14th Saturday to attend the Annual Fashion Show at El Niguel Country Club. These proceeds are how many of our Mission Programs are funded! This is a fun time for ladies. And I always enjoy it.
3. Prayer Groups Monday mornings 8-8:30 in the sanctuary a group meets to pray for our church, our PNC , our church members and the person who will be called to be our Pastor. Come and join in prayer. Just show up.
4. The Gathering Every Sunday at 4:30 -5:30 You have the opportunity to meet for Praise, Prayer and Fellowship. The Music is all Praise Music It’s held in Gard Hall. It’s a try to meet the needs of those who can’t come Sunday AM or those who prefer a more contemporary Worship style.
5. Training Session for Stephen Ministry in co-op with Lutheran Church of the Cross . Meeting Tuesdays 6-8:30 PM at the Laguna Woods Lutheran Church on El Toro Road. Call Margaret Lee for more information ( 948-230-8999)
6. John Denton, LNPC Youth Director, is sponsoring a meeting for parents on Wednesday, May 18th 7-8 PM with Dr. Marc D. Skelton, Clinical Psychologist on “Teens and Mental Health” You can go to the church web site for more information. LNPC.org

Children’s Activities
1. John Denton’s Youth Group meets Mondays.5:30-7 PM. Location. The Garage. If your teens or your teen’s friends or your friend’s youth are available suggest they come. Everyone gets along and has fun. And they serve the church and our needs too. Thumbs up from my grandson
2. Confirmation Class started on November 18 and goes through May 15. That is on Wednesday 4-5PM 8th grade and above.
3. Children’s Choir practice is Mondays 4-5:30. LeeLee gives the Lifetime Treasure of Music to our children. 5 years plus. It provides experiences your children/grandchildren will never forget. My grandkids have been attending and they like it. Thank you LeeLee.
4. Pathfinders Wednesday’s at 3:30- 5:00. with Debbie Gara and her helpers. They are always doing great activities, being creative and learning too. Snacks, stories, games and art and crafts with Miss Susie!.
5. VBC. Vacation Bible Camp. July 11-15. 9-12. Get your calendar marked for kids or grandkids and neighbor and friend’s kids. And don’t forget to volunteer! We had so much fun last year.

Service Recap
Liturgist
Mal Black was the Liturgist for the service. Mal has such an imposing lovely deep voice and is so easily understood

Service Music
Suk Choi opened the service with a prelude on the organ “Praise The Lord”. Lori Arias and Carol Stocksdale did the Praise music and led the congregation in song. Their voices blend beautifully. The choir music with Binh directing was especially beautiful –” The Prayer” – one of my favorites. I always tell you I’ll try to send it because I record it on my iPhone – a very rough recording! . I promise again to try. Another lovely musical Sunday And we must always remember Binh’s admonition that it is all for the Glory of God

Children’s Message
Stacy Podres gave the children’s message. She never misses a beat in doing great messages for the children. Today she had props – as always. She was discussing dreams . That was a good one to get responses! She said the Bible has many stories where God actually spoke to people. Often through dreams. She told the story of Peter who had a dream after Jesus ascended into heaven. Peter saw in his dream a sheet hanging down from heaven with many animals in it. Here Stacy’s helpers stood and held a sheet up and the children who already had an assortment of stuffed animals were able put them in the sheet. The animals were pig, goat, cow, sheep. In the dream, Jesus said ” Eat! Everything I say is clean is clean”. But Peter was worried because in those days pigs and goats were considered unclean. So he felt uncomfortable even though God said to eat and the dream was repeated. You can imagine the children loved the moving sheet and the animals inside. The stiry continued – The next day the people came and asked Peter to speak and Gentiles and Cornelius were there. Then Peter remembered his dream and realized that God was telling him he created all people and all things to be clean. Gods message was for all people

Scripture
John 14: 15-24
“…..If you love me you will keep my commandments …. You know Him because he abides with you and he will be in you…… …….”
( There is much more to the above scripture. So….Remember you must read the whole scripture from the Bible to get the real words and not just a snippet)

Sermon
“ Being The Easter People Series – Week Three”
Title
“What Letting Jesus Make His Home In Us Means For Our Lives”

Pastor Paul Reeves

What could be better than Jesus making his home in us? Think about what that means for our lives!

Jesus is our Master. We are his apprentice.
Our Power comes from God. We are his.

We learned last week that we are chosen and have:
Apprentice Power
C = Chosen
A = Adopted
R = Redeemed
G = Gathering all in Christ
O = Ovation for all God has done

The “Nature of God” is:
To love us
To make His home in us

Jesus’s nature makes us right with God. But if we allow Jesus to only remain as our Savior then we deprive ourselves. That’s why Jesus said he wants to make his home with us – he wants to be our teacher. The walk with Jesus needs to be caring and loving and doing all along in our life. We are not just waiting for the “saved end”

God gives us the Holy Spirit for our hearts and minds. He lets us know who he is and what expectations are for our time on earth.

The character of Jesus should be – and is if he lives within us – in all of our caring, teaching and ministering to others.

If we understand we are an apprentice, then every room in our life will have the loving presence of Jesus

When our primary relationship with Jesus is only beliefs we miss so many things. Some people like to have their “ little beliefs”. They don’t want to be bothered with much else. They just want to have “little believes”. We can all say The Lord’s Prayer together but is it really a meaningful to our life. Or, just memorized words – “little believes”

Who are the teachers in our lives? There are so many teachers in our existence, past and present. Who do we believe?. Who do we follow? Jesus is our teacher. And he is sending us signals. But are you listening?? Are you hearing??

Pastor Paul told the story of a direly ill parishioner he needed to visit in the hospital. He was tired and hungry and really did not want to go. But he did. When he got there the elevator was not working. She was on the third floor! But he continued and went to see her. The wonderful thing was that the ill lady actually ministered to him! When he left he felt revived and energized! This lady had the spirit of Jesus within her. And Paul, by doing his Christian duty, received the spirit and was energized.

Teachers often tell you what to do. A man in the military had smoked for years. He had his doctor appointment. The military physician checked him and asked if he had given up smoking. The man said he had tried but just found he could not do it. The doctor looked at him and said “ Do you see these bars on my shoulders? I am your Captain! And I am ordering you to stop smoking”. The smoker was a military man and followed orders. He did what he was ordered to do

Our Commander in Chief gives us orders. We need to follow them and His message of love and caring . When we do we reap the benefits.

Love in Christ.❤
Pat and Joe