Prince of Peace Anaheim | January 6, 2020
A Letter From Our Pastor

The Past and Future are Present

This statement may seem a little strange, but when you think about it, it is absolutely true. How can this be true, you may wonder? When you are God. God created time and space; God is outside of time and space, so he is everywhere at once, and the past, the present, and the future are simultaneously before him at once.
We are the ones who are stuck in space and time, not God. We think about the past, maybe even regret it or long for it back; we are consumed with the present, and we often worry or wonder about the uncertain future. Not God. He has time and space in his hands, and He has you in those hands as well.

This is truly our comfort as Christians who are “in Christ.” You and I are “in” the “alpha and omega…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). This is why the Apostle Paul can also write in Colossians 1:17 about Jesus, “and he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 
But this is not just a philosophical comfort we have as Christians believing God is bigger than us, always present with us, and is controlling the past, present and future.  Paul goes on to write in Colossians, “For in [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:19-20).

So here’s the kicker…being in Christ, God looks at you through those eyes that are not bound by space and time. He sees you covered by Christ, reconciled by Christ, and having all the blessings of Christ, right now! This is why Paul can write of you and me in the past tense, about our future, even though we are still living in the present. Paul can write in Ephesians, “God…made us alive….you have been saved…[God has] raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6). 

My dear friends, what a difference it makes when we enter into our day, our week, and the new year believing that the God who has all things in his hands has us as well. Those hands are nailed scared and pierced through for you and me, so that we can live these days in faith trusting that we are at peace with God and all his promises for us are as good as done. They are as certain and as good as done, as if God has made good on them right now; and in Christ, he has. So let’s commend our past, our present and our future in to God’s hands, and let’s live knowing we are in Christ’s hands. This is what it means to live in freedom, with hope, and in peace. It’s all yours, my friends, in Jesus. 

 -Pastor Darrin Sheek


Please join us this Saturday as we have one last holly jolly get-together of the season! We would like to invite you to lend a helping hand while you enjoy some Hot Cocoa, Tasty Treats and Christmas music. We will need as many hands on deck as possible to help us 'un-decorate' and prepare the church for Epiphany and the upcoming Lenten season. Please come support your church family if you are able, even if it's just for an hour. Hope to see you many of you this Saturday!

THIS SATURDAY

JANUARY 9TH

9:00AM -12:00PM
VOTERS MEETING TO BE HELD: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24TH: 12PM
This is our meeting when we review the past year and discuss goals and needs for the upcoming year. We will meet in a safe and responsible manner after our 2nd worship service. 

FREE BOOKS FOR YOU!
The church often receives extra books and study materials that we would like to pass on to you. Please visit the literature table in the Narthex to see what we have available. Please help yourself to anything that sparks your interest! 
Sunday Service:
Please Join us this Sunday as we gather for worship. Service times are 8:00am & 10:30am.

We continue to ask that congregants please practice social distancing, wear masks if desired, and be seated 6 ft apart. Hand Sanitizer will be available in the back for everyone to use. We are looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Upcoming Service: The Baptism of our Lord
Elders
8:00am: Josh Scott 10:30am: Matt Henderson

Readers
8:00am: Carol Smallwood 10:30am: Randy Cade

Altar Guild
(1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday)

8:00am: Cindy Sheek 10:30am: Shavonia Wilson


Ways you Can Serve:

We are thankful for those who support our Divine Service every Sunday by filling much these needed positions. If you are interested in learning more about these roles, or how you can help during service,

Please Contact Pastor Sheek:
(949) 370-7198

Sunday School

We have Sunday school every week for youth of all ages! Bring your little ones to learn more about the bible.

Every Sunday at 9:15am.
Sunday Morning Bible Study

Please join us this Sunday, January 10th at 9:15am for coffee and a time of study.

Jan 17th: Christianity in America
Tuesday Bible Study
The Living Way Bible Study group meets every week through fall. The next study will be Tuesday, January 12th, and will be on The Gospel of Acts at 9:30am. Everyone is Welcome! We will meet in person and continue to practice social distancing. We have plenty of space so everyone can spread out! Please remember your mask or face covering to keep yourself and others safe. In the meantime, you are welcome to read ahead to get acquainted
with the scriptures.

Wednesday Night Bible Study

No Bible Study Tonight! We will resume next week, January 13th.


Please check out our church bulletin board for some items needed by our teachers and church staff. Our giving tree is an opportunity for our congregation to support our school and preschool. Please choose a blossom and turn it in to either the church or school office with a donation towards your selected item, or feel free to donate the item outright if it's something you already have! Please check back frequently for new items.


Here are some items we are in need of so far:


General:
Plastic Forks
Instant Punch
Postage Stamps
Lysol Wipes
Sunday School Fund
Donuts & Coffee Fund

Preschool:
Child-Size Face Masks
Non-perishable Snacks and Small Waters for Emergency Supplies

Grade School:
Staples Gift Cards
Field Trip Fund
STEM Lab Equipment
Tuition Help

We are once again live streaming our 8:00 am service to our YouTube Channel. You can find a link to our services and other videos on our channel. Please Subscribe to our channel using the YouTube icon below, and click the 'Notifications Bell' to ensure you are alerted every time we post a new video. Thank You!
We thank God that our congregation remains healthy and so far, free from the Covid-19 Virus! We pray for everyone’s continued health and strength as we move forward!

  • For all those separated from their families, friends, church family, and work during this health crisis, and for those suffering from Covid -19 across the globe.

  • For all those unemployed or under-employed, that their daily needs be met and their trust in our Lord, who provides, will be strengthened.

  • For our staff, teachers, students, and families at Prince of Peace, that our Lord would sustain them all through these days as we strive to continue and support the mission of our church and school.

  • Pray for continued student enrollment at Prince of Peace School and Preschool and outreach efforts into the community.

  • Members at Prince of Peace to grow in faith and love for one another, willing to give of our gifts and talents within the congregation, serving and sharing Christ with our neighbors, family, and friends.

  • Tony and Donna Beltran – Prayers for continued strength and healing.

  • Tom Olmos – Prayers for recovery from his illness and recent development of pneumonia

  • Linda Olmos - Prayers for strength and peace during a difficult time

  •  Rev. Dr. Tom Park, for Employment.

  • Sophie Killian, for health and peace while awaiting test results

  • Arlene, Lisa Gilbertson and her mother for recovery from illness

  • For quick recovery of Judy Campbell, who has been in and out of the hospital

  •  For Nancy Hubbard, neighbor of Judy Vega who is suffering from Liver Cancer

  • For Jackie, the sister of Elaine Girhing, that she may see improvement to her health.

  • Prayers of thanks for the recovery of our principal Carol Smallwood from Covid-19


If you would like to add a prayer request to this list, feel free to reply to this email or contact the church.
Let us pray for our Members of The Week:
Alicia and Al Ojeda

Let us give thanks and pray for Al and Alicia for the following:


  • Pray for God to continue to watch over their health and ease of any ailments currently troubling them.

  • May our Lord to continue to nurture the faith and love these members have for God.

  • May God continue to use Al and Alicia as a blessing for others through all the ways God has gifted them.  
✯✯ BLAST FROM THE PAST ✯✯
Sunday School in the 1960s!

Some of the students that attended the earliest years of Sunday school here at Prince of Peace!


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We Are Here For You!
Pastor Sheek And Our Elders
Pastor Sheek and our Board of Elders continue to pray for you and are here to support you during these trying times. Pastor Sheek is available any time and can be reached via email or his cell for continuing support.

Email: PastorSheek@gmail.com
Cell #: (949) 370-7198

Our Board of Elders have been reaching out and are hard at work to keep our flock in contact during this transitional time of distancing.

Staying in The Loop!

  • We have been working hard to update our member contact information. We now have our printed Church Directories, which you can pick up either in your designated mail box or at the church office.

  • Our goal is to send out a new “News and Updates” email to all of our members every week. This email highlights important upcoming events for both the church and school. You can even check out the scripture readings for upcoming Sunday Services ahead of time! Please be sure to check your emails every week.

PRINCE OF PEACE NEEDS YOUR HELP TOO!
During this time of uncertainty, your continuing support is as important as ever! There are several options for you to give this month to help our church succeed and grow in the challenging times ahead. Please consider pledging a donation on our secure donation page which can be found on our website or simply by clicking the Donate Now button below. You can also mail a check or drop off a donation to the church office at :

1421 W Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92802

Church Office Hours:
Monday -Thursday
9:00am -2:00pm