Anglican Church of the Resurrection

Resurrection People Proclaiming Jesus
as the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

Weekly Update--Week of June 19th, 2017--

Due to unforeseen circumstances--Sent on 6/27/17

Update from Fr. Bill...
My goal is to keep checking in with you and inform you of our financial  situation, so that we can all focus our prayers and actions to follow God's will for ACR. Please feel free to come to me or any other clergy or Vestry member if you have concerns or questions you would like to discuss.

In His love,
Fr. Bill
Anglican Church of the Resurrection      
Income/ Expense Summary Jan-May 2017 Actual

Total Income                 $70,876
Total Paid Expenses     $70,463  
Net Income/Net Loss   $413  
Remaining Unpaid Expenses as of May 31 *   ($10,440) 
Total Deficit                  ($10,027)
* Insufficient funds for pension, operations, & tithe not listed above
 

Modern Parables
Every Sunday morning, prior to the service, Fr. Bill is continuing his teaching on  "Modern Parables."  This study uses modern stories in video form that recreate for the viewer a similar response that the original audiences of Jesus' parables might have experienced. The class starts promptly at 9:00 AM so that we have enough time for our great discussions. Please join us!
K.N.O.T.S
Knitting/Crocheting for the Needs of Others
Next Meeting is July13th
  Who:  Anyone - beginner to expert.  All are welcome. 
What:  Provide Prayer Shawls for the sick, scarves & hats,      etc. for the homeless, baby things for Pregnancy      Resource Center (Come start a new project or bring one you are working on) 
When:  2nd Thursday of each month     10:00 am to 12:00 noon     Supplies provided to start 
Where:  Church Office (Gandenberger home)  333 Kentfield Dr., San Marcos 
Donations of yarn would be greatly appreciated!!
More on one of ACR's Disciples...
by Jeanette Shelly
Pati Hyenga:
 Ministry to the homeless of San Marcos
I asked Pati to give me some more information on what she specifically does for the homeless.  I know I have brought food for the food bags, but that's been about the extent of my involvement! I know that I would like to become more involved and I am sure many of you would too.

Here is what Pati told me...

  • We give them food bags every 3 months.  Not only do we give San Marcos homeless ( street people) but we also give bags to the homeless in Grape Day Park.
  • At Christmas, with Iva Heidi"s bags she makes up, we take them to a recovery center in Escondido. 
  • Some of the homeless people on the street have come to my home and taken showers and washed their clothes.
  •  We host a holiday dinner at Christmas and Easter for about 6 people.
  •  I  provide spiritual guidance for many of these people, along with helping get them into rehab. I have been successful in getting 6 people into a rehab program, with 3 re-offending and the other 3 have been in for over a year now.
  • In our "blessing bags" we provide cards with our church info and a prayer.
  •  I  go to goodwill and buy clothing and shoes to give out to my homeless friends.

I know that we could do even more for these people if we were to join forces with Pati. This is a perfect opportunity to show Jesus' love to the poor and needy. Please consider helping in this ministry-talk with Pati on how you can get involved.
Use this card to help let people know that you love them and so does Jesus!
Patti McMullen made us these cards to be passed out to strangers in the line at the grocery store, Starbucks, the mail man, etc. Please ask Fr. Bill, Vestry members or Patti if you would like a supply to take home with you. You never know when an opportunity to show God's love will present itself!!
Anglican Night at the Padres
  Join us for a fun night of fellowship with our ACR family as well as the entire San Diego Anglicans Deanery!   Plus an easy invite for friends you've been meaning to introduce to your church family!  

When :  Friday, July 14th @ 7:05pm

Where : PETCO Park

Why : Fun, Fellowship, Family

Who : ALL are invited to participate

How : Contact Walt Baker (talktowalt@cox.net) to reserve your tickets.  Each ticket is $27 (includes one seat, two hot dogs, two soda, and unlimited fun)
Continuing Study of Discipleship
What is Discipleship?
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
Disciples Making Disciples - Forming Missional Leaders - Multiplying Missional Communities

The Church Is Called To Make Disciples... 

How Is ACR Responding?


"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)


Is this a command, or a suggestion; does it mean we are just to evangelize and let people find their faith on their own, or does this mean we are to lead others and teach the precepts of the Scriptures and the character of our Lord? Does it require obedience and action on our part, or are we disciples just by being a Christian and being in a church on Sundays?


In last week's newsletter, we began to read an article by Richard Joseph Krejcir--see info about him at the end of this article. This week we are continuing on with his article.

 

This is perhaps the chief characteristic that most churches somehow forget. It is also the quintessential aspect and reason the church exists. So, why is it that so few churches actually have disciple making as a primary ministry? For most churches, it is something they think they are already doing when in fact they are not. Saying that going to church on Sunday is discipleship, or providing a couple of token adult Sunday school classes that few attend, is not discipleship. Some churches throw it in as an afterthought, or may offer a class or something related to the subject.


The effective church is mentoring, building relationships, and teaching each of the members by other, caring people, who are being discipled themselves, who are being taught, encouraged, and led. The death of a church happens when we follow political trends, not the national politics, but the patriarchal personalities that want to control people. In addition, when we have a controlling attitude, we do not allow God to control us, thus, we become empty shells and hollow logs. Being hollow means there is nothing working within us, there is no Creator of the universe leading and directing our ways, so, we become worthless to the Kingdom of God.

Making disciples takes vision and the understanding of Scripture. It gives the church a purpose to forms leaders who grow other leaders in an outgrowth of their growth. The Christian, especially the leader, who disciples and equips others is a person who is living the faith for themselves and setting goals for their personal growth before they set goals for others. Their skills and abilities are growing them to be a better worker because first, they are striving to be a better child of God.


From the character of Christ will come the conduct of Christ, if we chose to follow Him. Then, those values of our daily walk, which drive our behaviors, will, in turn, influence others. You cannot lead where you have not been, or where you do not know the direction to go. This is why discipleship is so essential to the aspect of being a Christian. We are called, not to just visualize discipleship, but to do it; not to just talk about it, but to do it. One cannot just think about dinner and satisfy hunger; the meal has to be prepared, then eaten! The effective church will take Scripture and the call of our Lord seriously, and then implement it into functioning!


Jesus' purpose for His three years of earthly ministry was the discipleship and equipping of the 12 Disciples. This was His drive and where most of His time was spent. He was focused on the teaching of the kingdom of God, teaching men to see beyond their present situation to the life to come. With His teaching, Jesus entrusted His church and people to the care of the people He taught. They were to replicate themselves to others. The objective was that every Believer was an equipper, every member a minister, every Christian involved in the life and gifts of the Body to influence the world.


The Word must touch who we are, and transform the very core of our being. This is the knowledge that leads and transforms. One cannot lead where he does not know the way, and to know the way you must have knowledge. Knowledge comes from experience, and experience comes from discipleship. The will of God is for us to study His Word, which will change our behaviors. A Christian and especially a leader in the church must have the knowledge and experience to put into practice the work that needs to be done. The disciple will be studious so that the Word nourishes him. He must study and apply the Scriptures, not just read it occasionally like a novel. The Word must touch who we are and transform the very core of our being. This is the knowledge that leads and transforms.


So, what are we to do?


God does not ask us to seek converts, He simply asks us to do Discipleship. Discipleship is modeling and teaching Christians the precepts of the Bible-mainly prayer, doctrine, Christian living, and worship. Yes, we are still to evangelize, but that is not our main mission and call! When we evangelize, we must realize that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to bring people into an intimate relationship with God. This is an act of divine intervention and grace. He uses us as the tools, but He is the means! We are to care, and share with others His love and character. We obey and reach, but we cannot lead people anywhere. He is the One who leads!


Next week, we will look into the three main areas or principles in discipleship:

1. Relationships and Mentoring

2. Teaching

3. Service


About the author...


Richard Joseph Krejcir lives in Southern California.  He  committed to prayer, spiritual growth, and integrity. He is the Founder and Director of Into Thy Word Ministries, a missions and discipling ministry, with a call upon his heart to bring discipleship materials to pastors and everyone who needs them here and overseas. He is the author of numerous articles, curriculums and the book, Into Thy Word, and is also an ordained pastor, teacher, and speaker. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California (Master of Divinity) and holds a Ph.D. (Practical Theology) from London. He has amounted over 20 years of pastoral ministry experience, mostly in youth ministry, including serving as a church growth consultant.

Dr. Krejcir has been teaching inductive Bible study principles at camps, conferences and churches all over the world since 1978. He does this to give people opportunities and tools so they can learn how to gain those life-impacting insights from the Bible. Richard has been personally discipled by some of Christendom's greatest thinkers and leaders, including his uncle Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, others such as Dr. Walter Martin, Chuck Miller, Ralph Winter, and Robert Boyd Munger have personally mentored him, as well as other great and godly men. His main influencers have been Schaeffer as well as Oswald Chambers and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Richard has learned and remains committed to teaching people how to find the time for Christ, how to be His disciple, and how to understand His Word better.


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