This past Sunday we had a couple basketball match ups that were a whole lot of fun! We had just barely missed OC White’s game, but I was able to make it to the OC Orange vs OC-SD Gold match. There was something special about this match, for the first 5 minutes of each half of the match we had both teams’ sisters play on their own. Check out the post to see the great time that everyone had.
Welcome! Just last week SFC USA celebrated their 21st Annual National Conference in South San Francisco. If you made it out, I hope you learned a lot and will take the message to heart. If you missed it, here is a little summary of what you missed.
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This year’s theme of Love More comes from John 21: 15-17.
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.
John 21:15-17, NASB
Let’s see what is in store for us when we learn what it means to Love More.
On June 27, 2015 we welcomed our newest members into the community after they finished their Christian Life Program. We held this CLP at St. Mary’s in Fullerton and welcomed the following members into our chapter: Jensen, Ryan, John, Juan, Brylle, Dagz, Kiko, Anna, Charisse, Jea, and Angeli!
This past week we were able to get a teaching from Tita Maria Villanueva on a lesson of Taming the tongue. As a little change of venue, we actually had our teaching at St. Justin Martyr church in Anaheim. We learned that since we are called to serve God we must make sure that we lead with the Holy Spirit, especially in the way we speak. In order to do that we must: Pray, Think, then Speak.
Tremendous Power in our Words
Our words have a lot of power behind them, they can be used for encouragement yet also be used for discouragement. Can you remember a time in which you were lifted up by a person’s words? How about a time where you were deeply hurt by someone’s words? I sure you can remember moments where you have felt both.
“The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”
– Luke 6:4-5
With that in mind, we must be careful with what we say to others. As it is said in Luke chapter 6, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. Do you agree with this? We say what we really feel in our hearts. So if God lives within us, shouldn’t the Holy Spirit guide our words? You may have heard, “think before you speak” but lets take that further. Let us challenge each other to pray, think, then speak. Continue reading Pray, Think, Speak
Yesterday we had a great time having worship, missions, and a talent show but we also learned about First Love. Check out the short video I made for the event, as well as the video that our very own Ellie submitted for the talent show.
We wanted to share our thanks to everyone that made it out to our Zumba night at St. Mary’s yesterday night! We had an amazing turn out and so many people had fun dancing and exercising to our amazing instructors. Check out the photos and see all the great moves from Zumba!
This past week we had our monthly assembly at St. Mary’s and we had the pleasure of having two speakers this week. This week’s talk was about Financial Stewardship and our speakers were sister Jaina and Tito Vince. We were also blessed with brother Jed’s first time leading worship!
What is Financial Stewardship?
We are merely stewards of God’s blessings. But what does that really mean? Let’s break down what a steward and a blessing is.
- someone who protects or is responsible for money, property, etc
- a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another person
Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
- help and approval from God
- something that helps you or brings happiness
Some of the ways that we can be stewards of God’s blessings is by sharing them with others. By sharing our blessings with others, our blessings become multiplied by the others that we share with. Some of the blessings that we can share with others are Time, Talent, and Treasure.
Over the past two weekends, our chapter as well as other chapters have joined together with thousands of other people in two cities to rally, walk, pray, and share our belief that every life matters. It does not matter how small, a person is a person. We believe that every person should choose life, as Mary did with Jesus.
Throughout the post there are some of the things that a few of us learned or wanted to share from these events and experiences.
Check out more pictures and videos by reading the rest of the post below!
On Saturday, December 20, 2014 the SFC Christmas Cluster Party was held at the Annunciation Church in Arcadia. Members from SFC groups all over Southern California were present. The hall was decorated with Christmas decorations on stage and on the tables. Mostly everyone in the room who attended wore a Santa hat, ugly Christmas sweater or both. We all had a great time celebrating the season with food and drinks all around.
There were great music, thanks to our DJ, tito Ricky De Guzman AKA Ricky Minaj or DJ Rick G-rhymes. The night kept getting better. We learned new worship songs. One of the worship songs that we learned was “Brother Jesus.” The games (rock, paper, scissor game and wrapping the present game) were fun. There were plenty of winners throughout the night and also SFC Buxx earned. The last 30-40 minutes of the party, dancing was enjoyed thanks again to our resident DJ Ricky.
Check out some of the photos and videos from the event below. More videos and photos will be added later. Check out the actual post to see it all!
The countdown to Christmas has begun and we are only a little over a week until Christmas! But that also means that we must prepare for Christ’s birth. Simbang Gabi has started at a few churches in the OC area and Penance services have also begun!
This is my first time doing Simbang Gabi, something I did not know very much about so I thought that I should research it a little bit.
Simbang Gabi is a tradition of Advent in the Philippines. The translation stands for Night Mass and usually start early AM. Simbang Gabi is a nine day novena usually ending on the morning of Christmas Eve. It is held to prepare for the arrival of Christ and to honor The Blessed Virgin Mary. Originally was started so that farmers in the Philippines under Spanish rule would be able to go to church before tending to the fields. It has become a distinctive characteristic of Filipino tradition of advent.
Local Simbang Gabi Services are as follows:
- Dec 15-Dec 23 @ Holy Family (Tagalog)
- Dec 16-Dec 24 @ St. Justin Martyr (English)
- Dec 16-Dec 24 @ St. Irenaeus (English)
As part of the Advent season, Penance services are becoming available at several different churches so that you can go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. These services have several priests available to offer confession so that many people can be squeezed in during the service. We strongly encourage that you go to one and prepare your heart for the coming of Christ.
Upcoming Local Penance Services are as follows:
- Dec 18 @ St. Anthony Claret – 7PM
- Dec 19 @ St. Philip Benizi – 7PM
- Dec 23 @ St. Pius V – 7PM