Happy 4th of July! I’m sure you’ve got your plans in motion for BBQs, beach parties, and fireworks. I have the best seat in the house for the CV Fireworks show, from the rooftop of LCPC. I also love watching the CFC kids march down Montrose Avenue for their annual Red, White, and Blue Parade, which will be on July 3rd at 11 am. Pat invited you all to the BBQ lunch afterwards too!
Josh is having an Abide Beach Party on July 3rd for all middle school and high school students, from 2:00 – 9:00 pm at Santa Monica Beach. Contact him if your student is interested in going. Student Ministries will also be hosting a Ladies Night sleepover July 6-7, which will start at LCPC and is sure to be loaded with fun girly activities all night long!
The long awaited VBS, Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus is just days away! There is still time to spread the word to friends and family with kids ages 4 years – 6th grade about the best VBS this side of Gilligan’s Island! They can register ahead of time in the church office, by emailing , or on the first day, Monday July 9th. The cost is only $35, which is a steal for 3 hours of non-stop fun
Ashley will be taking a group to volunteer at Children’s Hunger Fund on Saturday July 24, 8:30-11:30. This opportunity is not just for kids – it’s a great experience for the whole family, or anyone who is interested in serving children around the world. Ashley would love to have you join her!
That evening CFC and Children’s Ministries are hosting Noah’s Ark Night at 5:30 pm in the Courtyard and you’re all invited! They will be serving dinner and dessert followed by an animal show. I wonder if there will be 2 of every animal?
If you’re lucky, there just might be a spot or two left for the Wildlife Tour with Pastor Andy, July 29- August 2. The breathtaking Eastern Sierra’s are the perfect spot to worship the Lord by hiking though His spectacular creation! Anyone 8th grade and older is invited to go on this trip, but space is limited!
Josh, his summer intern Hannah Weingarten, and the high schoolers will be heading up to Mount Hermon July 15-21 and will be thrilled to see Austin Granier and Becca Mencia who are both working at the camp all summer. It’s always a life changing week up there and tons of fun.
The church kitchen is getting a much-needed upgrade this month, with a new stove and convection ovens. If you have any plates, bowls, platters or other treasure that’s been left down there, please pick it up before July 13 or it will be going to the Goodwill. The kitchen will be thoroughly purged of all stray items!
We had a fabulous turnout for the Summer Kick off Picnic a few weeks ago, despite the morning rain! It was such a big turnout, that we apologize to anyone who didn’t get fajitas! Our creative chef Michael Christie quickly whipped up more hot dogs and quesadillas for the hungry guests, and then he went on to win the watermelon eating contest, along with Scott Ackerman and Sevena Cady. The games were a hit as always thanks to the creative Chrissy Marks, Ashley, Kristy, and Josh. Thank you to everyone who attended and rest assured we won’t run out of food next year!
Sadly, we didn’t get quite as good of a turnout for the Deacon’s Blood Drive, so it had to be cancelled at the last minute. They require at least 25 donors and we only had 15. Stay tuned for a new date, and if you are able to donate, please sign up! It really is one of the most important ways we can serve people in our own community.
Thank you to the Cary family for hosting another meaningful Senior Banquet for our graduating seniors. There were close to 100 friends and family in attendance for a beautiful evening under the stars of tacos, cupcakes, heartfelt tributes, and lighted helium balloons being released to the heavens! Thank you also to the Wolflicks and the YAM group for all their help with the event.
Both the Mission Mexico and DR teams had rewarding trips last month building a house in Rosarito, working on homes in La Romana and offering healthcare to the Haitian immigrants. Thank you to everyone who gave their time, hard work, money, prayers, support, vitamins and eyeglasses.
I’d like to thank Lois and Alton Brown and Mary and Len Kuhn for their years of dedicated service on The Messenger team. Each month they have been instrumental in the publishing, folding and mailing of our informative newsletter, but the time has come for them to retire. Give them a big thank you hug next time you see them!
Congratulations to Henry Mencia on completing his Eagle Scout award! For his project, he cleaned up and renovated the area behind the Koopmans stage, and it looks great! A shout out also goes to Max Blessinger who hit the game winning double that scored 3 runs and led his Maranatha baseball team to becoming CIF Division 3 champions! Our youth are pretty awesome here at LCPC!
Pat overheard one of her CFC kids mention his mom was in Fran Sancisco. Pat said, “Do you mean San Francisco?” and he replied, “No, I pretty sure she’s in Fran Sancisco.” Wherever your travels take you this summer, have fun and be safe! See you next month!