Weekly Staying Connected, Edition 5, August 22
From Majors Ruwethin
Hi Church - We pray that you had a blessed week!
On Saturday, our family went to Gilroy Gardens for the first time and enjoyed walking around the beautiful and relaxing grounds. For the most part - each line we stood in was non-existent. We sat in our seats on the swings, roller coasters, and the banana split ride, buckled up quickly and a few minutes later the ride was done and we moved along.
However, the ride that I, Shoshannah, will probably remember the most took us an hour to get on. It also required us to physically move the ride ourselves .. and if you know me I don't like to move!! Hee, hee. What was this ride? The paddle boats.
When we stepped in the paddle boats with our life vests on and left the dock, we were able to soak in the moment, paddle to a beautiful waterfall nearby, take some pictures, and come back feeling like we really enjoyed our time. We spent about 10 minutes in the boats learning how to steer the boat together, taking time to talk with each other, and bonded more within our little family unit.
What if we hadn't taken the time to wait in line? We would have missed out on this memory. This makes me think of the church at this time. Let's purpose in our hearts to commit time to God - getting to know Him more. At this same time, let's do the same with this church family God has given us. Let's grow together by carving out time to meet with each other! It'll take time, but it'll be worth it!
Volunteer Training - 8/31
Meet us at in the dining hall, August 31, 6 pm - for dinner and training. We hope to see you then!
Rally & Potluck Sunday!
How is The Salvation Army Helping?
The Salvation Army is involved in fire and earthquake response. Please pray.
West Coast Fires:
A Salvation Army assessment team in the south of Haiti has sent reports that communities are working together to deal with the devastating after-effects of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday 14 August.
The Salvation Army’s initial approach will be to target its response in nine locations. In eight of these, 250 families – more than 1,000 people – will be provided with a tarpaulin, blankets, hygiene kits (including soap, diapers/nappies, sanitary items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, disinfectant and hand sanitiser), drinking water and basic food items such as rice, peas and cooking oil. In the city of Aquin, which has been particularly badly affected, the response will be provided to an even larger number of families.
Read more at https://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/news/inr190821
And as a reminder, people interested in making a financial donation to support the response efforts may do so via our Salvation Army World Service Office. See link below.
Divisional Youth Retreat
When: September 17 - 19
Where: Redwood Glen Camp & Conference Center
Who: For ages 13 - 18.
Theme: Just Good News - As We Redeem the Screen
Theme Verse: Romans 12:1-2
- Today we are very dependent on our phones and social media. We are rarely without our "screens", it's always in our hand or in our pockets, becoming an extension of our very selves. On one hand technology can be used as a tool to make our lives easier and even help us in spreading the word of God, on the other it can sometimes become an addiction or a distraction. Social media can be both a blessing and a curse, we must be aware on the power it has over us and how we can best use it. The goal of this weekend is not to get rid of screens but to redeem them for good. Romans 12:1-2 clearly tells us that we do not conform to the world but to be transformed by renewing our mind. Are we confirming or transforming by the screen? Are we watching or worshipping the screen? We need God’s help in this area, so that we can find God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will for our life.
Registration: Registration is due on Sunday, Sept 5th! There is limited space so register early.
Cost: $175 per person, We will only be charging $80 for Santa Clara delegates
Tournaments: We have many fun things in store for our weekend including Soccer, basketball, swimming tournaments in honor of the Olympics, fun games and late-night activities! Please have your delegates bring sportswear or something comfortable for physical activities to the camp.
$40 Registration due September 5 with registration fee. 2nd $40 due by September 16. See Majors with any questions or concerns about fees.
Pick up registration forms in the foyer. Thank you.
1) Delegate Just Good News Registration Form
2) Parental Consent Form
3) Delegate Code of Conduct Form
Cadets David and Sarah Culley
Please sign up in the foyer to support OUR Santa Clara Cadets!
WYI (Western Youth Institute) Lite - Starting August 5
What to know:
- Theme: WYI lite – 1 John 1: 5-9
- Speakers – Colonel Kelly Igleheart, Lt. Colonel Lisa Smith, Captain Jennifer Masango, Captain Emmanuel Masango
- Target age – WYI’s normal age range is 18-28. While that is the target age still, teenagers can easily hang with the curriculum. We encourage YPLs to participate.
- Cost – There is no cost. All materials will be downloadable.
- When - Each Friday material will be posted on Facebook account(THQ West-Youth).
Please help us keep you informed by signing up for the Remind App. Simply follow the directions. The goal is to touch base with a newsletter once a week and avoid 25 responses to a group text. This is a secure way for us to do this. Text to: 81010, Send the message: @chkhc6.
Feel free to share the info. Thank you in advance.