December 2018
Special Opportunity
'Tis the Season to be Hopeful
Even in the midst of joy, there is sorrow. My in-laws both went to be with Jesus just before Thanksgiving, four days apart. Paul wrote about heaven so we would not grieve like people who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We do have hope, indeed, and we know we will see them again...but death "stinketh," as I remember my old KJV John 11:39 verse says about Lazarus' death. Death brings a time to grieve. Separation is painful, and yet we know we will meet again all those who believe and follow Jesus. Eternal life gives us hope when the ugliness of death gets too close for comfort. It's then we get comfort from Jesus. Praise God for eternal life, for no pain, sorrow or death because of and through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Enjoy the Christmas season. Celebrate Jesus. Never get tired of Christmas.

Merry Christmas,

Jim Smith
President, Pacific Church Network

Special Giving
We're working to raise $30K this December to help fund our newest church plant in 2019, Union Church, led by Aaron Newman (pictured with wife Madeline). Would you prayerfully consider making a generous gift to PCN Church Planting? Thank you very much!

PCN Awards
Plan on attending our Annual Meeting Dinner at Bethany Church in Long Beach on Sunday, January 27, 2019. It will be a dress up occasion with lots of fun and inspiration. Starts at 5:30 pm. This is for all staff and attenders of PCN churches. You won't want to miss it!

Santa Barbara
Congratulations to Calvary Baptist Church on their new pastor. We welcome Michael and Christy Boys to their church and the PCN family.
Michael is from the Houston area where he served as senior pastor of Christ Community Church. He will move to Santa Barbara in January.
Memorial Services
Our PCN president's wife, Vicki Smith, lost both her parents four days apart, just before Thanksgiving. They are having a memorial service for them on Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Upland at San Antonio Heights Community Church. All are invited.
Save the Date...
Mark your calendars for PCN's 2019 retreats.

Youth: Aug. 16-18
Women (Spanish): Sept. 6-8
Women (English): Sept. 13-15
Men (English): Oct. 3-5
Men (Spanish): Oct. 4-6
Beautiful Evening
Over one hundred people gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in La Puente on Saturday, December 1, for Cena de Navidad, PCN's annual Spanish-language Christmas dinner. Thanks to Pastor Noel Hacegaba (left) and Calvary for hosting this wonderful evening to celebrate our Lord's birth, and fellowship with our sister churches!
Worthwhile Getaway
Dozens of pastors joined PCN's Pastor & Wife Getaway in Laguna Beach this past November. It was our annual expression of thanks to all our lead pastors, and it was hugely appreciated by all.
Spa Day - Feb. 2
This refreshing day for Pastors' Wives is complimentary to encourage and bless these very special ladies. Space is limited. Please call the PCN office to register. $25 saves your place, and is refunded when you attend.
Christmas Fails
This Christmas, remember not everything goes as planned.
Enjoy these hysterical Christmas programs gone wrong.

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