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Covenant Orientation 2015

This past weekend we took time to explain what it meant to be a part of SFC with some of our newest members. We had a great time and shared some time to get to know each other a little better and have some fellowship. We went over the mission and vision of SFC, prayer, scripture, sacraments, strengthening the family, being a Christian in the work place, loving and serving the poor, financial stewardship, and SFC culture.

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Time, Talent, and Treasure

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.

steward

  • 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)

blessing

  • 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.

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A Walk For Life Testimony

This past weekend, I participated in my first Walk For Life. Plainly stated, it was one of the most moving weekends of my life.

We started the day with Mass at one of San Francisco’s beautiful cathedrals, and I was blessed to sit next to this family of 3 and hear their story:

It was their second year attending WFL. First time they went last year…the mom was still pregnant with baby Eli. The parents tried having a baby for sixteen years, and finally, God has blessed them with a son. Now, as I sat next to them, Eli is now nine months old and is now one adorable, vivacious baby!

As I reflect on what this weekend meant to this couple, I realize how blessed I am to have parents who chose life over other means, and to have a God who has breathe life in me.

As I continue to reflect and offer my thanksgiving to God during Communion, I looked to my right and was deeply humbled to be walking alongside such inspiring people: nuns and priests from different orders wearing an assortment of vestments. They always seem to be praying about something. Hmm, I wonder what it could be.

The speakers prior to the walk were charismatic with testimonials so heart-wrenching, but those weren’t my favorite part about the weekend. My favorite part were the men. Yes, the men.

I was amazed to see how many men joined the walk (the ratio was about 2/3 men within a half a mile radius, from my count)..Men from all walks of life: men in t-shirts, men in jean jackets, men in suits, men in their teens, men in their seventies…This issue is no longer the plight of women. It never has been. It is the plight of the entire family.

It is a common misconception that this walk–this issue–is about women and their rights (or as the dissenters claim, “the lack thereof”). Although, as I started walking amongst the 50,000 marchers on Saturday, I discovered that it is something more than that. It is about Responsibility.

At the point of conception to the time of death, It is the responsibility of parents to rear their younglins and teach them what they know; the responsibility of women as Mothers to care for their spouse and child; the responsibility of men to step up as Fathers to protect and provide for their family; The responsibility of the government to protect the inalienable rights of EACH human–from embryo to adult–to “LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. We have come to a generation in which people and entities shy away from their responsibilities.

…and this has got to change.

This weekend has opened my eyes in ways mere paper print, news coverage, and hearsay cannot. Experiencing it firsthand puts a real face to the “Pro-Life” Movement. I know I may still have some unanswered questions, yet, I know it is my responsibility to find the answers. Indeed, one has gotta “walk the talk” to KNOW the talk.

So, if you haven’t been, I highly recommend going next year. I cannot wait to hear your stories! 🙂

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November Teaching – Changed, Challenged, Chosen

We had our “forefather” kuya JY (John Yumul) give us a teaching that older members may recognize, especially if you were at this year’s Conference. It was similar to the talk that Kuya Shok gave as the last talk of the Conference. The message may have been heard before but it is always a great reminder and a great teaching that can mean different things for each person at different parts of life. We were reminded that through God we are Changed, Challenged, and Chosen.

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