Apprenticeship Power or What God Wants Most from You

Pat and JoeDear Friends,

The Sunday after the Talent Show!! And a Beautiful Sunday it was. Everyone was in great form. Happy if you went to the LNPC Saturday Night Live Show and happy if you performed to this gracious and accepting audience. I didn’t stay after church long since it was also one of your Deacons birthdays – PAT’S . And I am happy to say I am 37 once again!

Talent Show Has Come and Gone!!
and It was Indeed A Yummy Potluck Also.
04-17-16 Blog 1Food and fun! Carl Hess was a super good EmCee he had jokes and history on the performers and was able to add some “stories”! What spectacular talent some of our fellow LNPCers have! We had instrumentals: several guitarists, Allen Renning and Friend played saxes, Valerie Griswold the flute – maybe more. There were vocalists: Lanie and Jamie Colley did a great musical skit and, of course, they sing beautifully together ( and with costume and taped Music flubs it had some humorous moments they hadn’t counted on!), Valerie Griswold and Chuck sang while playing the flute and guitar(s) and of course Dan Gara with guitar who owns a repertoire of songs and stories.  Dave Ross did a Longfellow recitation.  And Chris Green sang a romantic song especially for his wife, Eileen who has been his right hand since his stroke. We all got teary along with Eileen on that one! Greg Reid, a good Toast Master with many awards, gave an entire episode speech – very well done. And since Greg does not have full vision, it was memorized! John Denton did his YoYo act – full of skill. The Children’s Choir did a great song about a little chameleon and sang very well. We had a Sailor Joke ( not as in bawdy but given by our own 3 year old Sailor Denton). The joke : “what kind of pizza is a dog’s favorite?” ??? Give up??? “Puparoni”. For some of us this was a “talentless show”. Yours truly did the Sound of Music ”Do Re Mi” song with 3 grandkids and Joe. Homemade paper suspenders, lederhosen of a sort (?) and Tyrolean hats. The kids knew their lines best ( well, except for the 2 year old who danced to his own tune!) and we all nudged Joe who never figured out when to come in and we all sang beautifully off key. Poor Dan Gara who was accompanying us on the guitar kept searching for our key. It was too many keys to ever figure out. We were so glad the audience finally rescued us and sang along….….. And Elvis, The King, came to perform! Not dead! Bright red and white filmy shiny pants and shirt – and cape!, sunglasses and great hair! Who was it? Hmmm if you were not there better ask, I’m not telling! But good fellowship was had by all as I absolutely guaranteed in my past Parish Notes ! Our three teenage grandkids did just what I said they would. They came and chowed down and loved every bite and watched our Von Trapp act from their seats with horror ! I hope you came and ate and watched and shared our fun!!. ( if I have forgotten any act I am Soooo sorry. But it’s not because we didn’t think you were great. And I can give you special billing in the next Parish Notes! If you let me know)

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.

Church Flowers
04-17-16 Blog 2Don’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. Good thing they were not fully aware of the many hours of time commitment before. By the way if you have heard of someone who might be a good 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. Adult Classes
a. TGIF Growth Group – – 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 10:30 AM. Meets in Conference Room 2nd floor.
b. “Thank God I’m Forgiven” Bible Study. Studying RC Sprouls “Hath God Said?”
04-17-16 Blog 42. 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.

4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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)
8. 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.

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
Joann Renning was the Liturgist for the service

Service Music
04-17-16 Blog 3Suk Choi always opens and closes our service with a lovely organ “concert”. The choir music with Binh directing was especially beautiful – “To Love Our God” Today one of our youth,Lauren Spaulding also sang a solo “Oceans” accompanied by our Praise band and did beautifully. I tried to record some of it. LeeLee has been working with Lauren as a music mentor. And during the service LeeLee was recognized for her Service to the church and what a difference she makes And we must always remember Binh’s admonition that it is all for the Glory of God

Children’s Message
Susie Hess did the children’s message. She brought a book of World records
1. Bing Crosby sold the most records with the single of White Christmas
2. A mom who won a champion tennis Title
Susie pointed out that all these titles were just things of the world. But there are also titles to be won in spiritual ways. For instance when Jesus was asked what was the most important commandment He said ” Love your God and love your neighbor as yourself”. The most important commandment is like winning a big Title. “Love others” It will bring you more happiness and Comfort than a trophy for being First or being the best.

Mark 12: 28-34
“…..which commandment is the First of all. …. The First is……you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is…… you shall love your neighbor as yourself ……….

Ephesians 1: 1-14 …
This scripture noted in the body of the sermon below
( Remember you must read the scripture from the Bible to get the real words of whole scriptures and not a paraphrase)

“ Apprenticeship Power”
“What God Wants Most From You”

Pastor Paul Reeves

Jesus calls us to be an apprentice
An apprentice is someone who is enlisted and accepted by the Master and develops their skills under the Master’s tutelage while learning the masters “right” way of doing things

Some examples of this are:
Aristotle had Plato
Mozart had Haydn
Coby Bryant had Michael Jordan

When you listen to the Master, you begin to learn and have the power to apply their teachings

Today we receive the secret of how to do this

“ You have Apprentice Power”
. Or – you have
Whatever God wants most From You and gives you power to do. Always with Love! Loving God is the core of your apprenticeship

C. S. Lewis said
When I learn to love God more than my earthly dearest then I will find I am able to love my earthly dearest more than I did before. But if I love earthly dearest more or instead of God then I am not able to love God or my earthly dearest. Put First things First so that other things will be increased

Love God with all of your:
Mental Power
Physical Power
Spiritual Power
Soul Power

Ephesians 1: 1-14
“……….in Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us……..”

Four Reasons To Love God
1. God thought of us First before we were born and the World was created. . He created us to be blameless in His sight and beloved by God
2. He adopted us as his Sons. The reason the word Sons is used is because women had no rights in the ancient world and the word “agape” refers to God and sons. But women are always included in this male word and in equality
3. Redemption. God frees a person from what they had no chance to be freed from. Christ freed us from sin. What do you need freed from? Think of that – guilt, deeds, envy, coveting and the list goes on. ( in our Parish Notes we always discuss the power of prayer. We are redeemed we just need to ask for this help and be thankful with prayer). We are all Forgiven
4. Gathering all things in Christ. We are all of God We need not be afraid as we know where the world is headed through God. We are all made of God regardless of color or country. God is everything. We need to look at our inner being and see the whole picture. Do not lose the full meaning of God’s love by being stuck on minutiae of looks, education, jobs, etc.
Pastor Paul used a story here of a Border Guard that had seen a man in a truck go across the border over and over for years. Each time he searched the truck because he was sure the guy was taking contraband over the border. The guard was ready to retire the next day and here came the trucker. The guard searched carefully through panels, trunk, etc. Finally he looked at the man in the truck and said “ Ok. I know you have been taking something over the border for years and I have never been able to find it. I promise I won’t prosecute you but now that I am retiring tell me where you are hiding it and what it is”. The man looked at the guard and said simply “Trucks”. How clear could it be?
Don’t let the trees hide the forest. Don’t let the minutiae hide the greater truth of God’s power

Apprentice Power
C = Chosen
A = Adopted
R = Redemption
( at this point I was all prepared for E for Everything – to make the anagram CARE. Which in my opinion fits the lesson of God’s feelings toward us perfectly. But, Pastor Paul had other ideas …..)
G = Gathering All things in Christ
O = ovation in our hearts and souls for all God has done for us and in our lives. God is a standing ovation in our lives

CARGO – take it with you wherever you go, unpack it and use it

Love in Christ.❤
Pat and Joe