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May-June 2013

Christ Tidings

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Acts 20:35

Developing Dynamic Disciples for Christ

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2 Samuel - God gives honor to the broken (Mephibosheth - Chapter 9) and restoration to the fallen (David and Bathsheba - Chapter 11). 1 Kings - God gives proof of His presence (Mt Carmel - Chapter 18). 2 Kings - God gives vision to the spiritually blind (6:17). 1 Chronicles - God gives provisions for His work (29:14). 2 Chronicles - God gives talents and abilities (Chapter 3). Ezra - God gives His people favor with influential people (7:8-10). Nehemiah - God appoints people to stand in the gap for you while you are down (4:13-14). Esther - God gives influence to the powerless (2:17-18). Job - God gives restoration to the devestated (42:10-15). Psalms - God gives redemption to those enslaved to sin (130:7-8). God gives compassion. He's slow to anger and abounding in love (103:8). Proverbs - God gives wisdom (Solomon - Chapter 1). Ecclesiastes - God gives rain - and everything else - in its proper season (3:1-8). Song of Solomon - God gives human love that is better than wine (1:2). Isaiah - God gives a place in His family (56:4). Jeremiah - God gives warning after warning after warning before He allows punishment

Worship

Our God is a Giving God

Ever wonder why we emphasize giving each week at Christ Lutheran Church? Our God is a giving God. As we seek to follow in His footsteps, we seek to do so with generosity. God gives a big clue to the power of giving as you read of His generosity in every book of the Bible. As one person noted: Genesis - God gives us life and access to His creativity (1:1). Exodus - God gives salvation to captives (15:1-2). Leviticus - God gives insight to the future and regular reasons to feast (Chapter 23). Numbers - God gives blessings when the world is calling down curses (Chapters 22-24). God gives water for the thirsty (20:1). Deuteronomy - God gives laws to protect us from ourselves (Chapter 4). God gives the ability to produce wealth (8:18). Joshua - God gives His inheritance to those who follow Him (11:23). Judges - God gives strength (Samson - Chapter 13). Ruth - God generously provides protection to the foreigner and the widow (2:12). 1 Samuel - God gives victory over fear (David and Goliath - Chapter 17).

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(11:6-8) and God gives a future and a hope (29:11). Lamentations - God gives companionship during suffering (3:31-33). Ezekiel - God gives life to dead bones (Chapter 37). Daniel - God rescues the perishing and brings them into a Kingdom that never falls (6:26-27). Hosea - God redeems His lovers who have prostituted themselves with other pleasures (3:1-3). Joel - God gives us back the years that were stolen by catastrophies (2:25). Amos - God gives justice to the abused (5:18-24). Obadiah - God gives judgements that are fair (v. 15). Jonah - God gives opportunities to repent (3:10). Micah - God gives new life to the hopeless (4:10). Nahum - God gives a hiding place in tough times (1:7). Habbakuk - God gives joy and peace beyond understanding (3:17-19). Zephaniah - God gives His presence and writes love songs for His people (3:17). Haggai - God gives specific, sovereign purposes to each person (2:21-23). Zechariah - God gives protection (2:5). God gives us a spirit of grace and prayer (12:10). Malachi - God gives us stability - He doesn't change (3:6). Matthew - God gives His touch to the untouchables (10:8).

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Mark - God gives food to the hungry (6:31). Luke - God gives active love - stepping into the pain of creation rather than walking away (Incarnation - Chapter 1). John - God gives us His Word (1:1-14) as the way, the truth and the life - in the flesh - so that we can understand it (14:6). Acts - God gives us community for encouragement and strength (2:42-47). Romans - God gives grace when we deserve death (5:18-21). God gives insiders the fulfillment of His promises and outsiders a way in (15:8-9). 1 Corinthians - God gives us spiritual gifts beyond our genetically entrusted abilities (Chapter 12). 2 Corinthians - God gives us a new life and new identity in Christ (5:15-21). Galatians - God gives freedom from the harness of slavery (5:1). Ephesians - God gives us unity through the cross (2:1122). Philippians - God gives eternal inheritence in exchange for our punishment (2:1-11). Colossians - God gives us the opportunity to share in His glory (1:27). 1 Thessalonians - God gives us the grace to handle poor treatment from others (2:14-16). 2 Thessalonians - God gives us eternal encouragement and good hope (2:16). 1 Timothy - God gives us His message - entrusting us to teach it to others (4:13).

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2 Timothy - God gives nearness during trials (4:16). Titus - God gives promises of His return (2:1314). Philemon - God provides forgiveness to the runaways (vv. 8-10). Hebrews - God gives us faith and a great cloud of witnesses to cheer us on (11-12:1). James - God gives His ear to our prayers (5:1318). 1 Peter - God gives us the mind of Christ (4:1 and 1 Cor 2:16). 2 Peter - God gives confirmation of His Word (1:16-18). 1 John - God gives remarkable love (4:7-10). 2 John - God gives rewards for following His leadership (vv. 8-9). 3 John - God gives us the joy of seeing faith growing in other people (v. 4). Jude - God gives His people a spotless record (v. 24). Revelation - God gives a New Heaven and a New Earth where there is no more suffering (Chapters 21-22). God invites us to follow His example. This edition of Christ Tidings focuses on the power of giving. As we follow God's example and give our first and best to Him, we will see that He out gives us and, even better, He takes what we give and transforms the lives of others. By the way, each weekend you can give in one of our four worship services or you can always give online at christlamesa.org. And yes, giving is more than money; it is giving our lives to Him out of gratitude for the gift of salvation He gives through the gift of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Giving to God's Work Around the World as You Give to the Mission and Ministry of Christ Lutheran Church Ministries

Do you know that 12 ½% of all of our offerings are given away to missions around the world? This year we project over $150,000 will be given as part of Christ Lutheran Church Ministries' tithe and an additional $62,000 from our Christmas and Easter offerings. The ministries supported by your gifts and tithes inLCMS Pacific Southwest District Lutheran Bible Translators - Borchard Taiwan Seminary Mission India

Geisinger YWAM India Missions Hoeppner-Cagnin World Missions in Asia Amor Ministries The Frances Kitchen Project

Ettner LCMS World Missions in Vietnam Su Refugio Concordia University-Irvine

Lutheran High School of San Diego clude: Lutheran Malaria Initiative

La Mesa Dale Elementary School Food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church In San Diego Mission trip support to India and the world! Uplift San Diego Generate Hope

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Liturgy

A gift that helps YOU to keep on giving! As this issue of Christ Tidings focuses on "Giving," I think it is appropriate that liturgy, "the work of the people," takes a more prominent place in our corporate worship as we give to the Lord: His own words in the Bible, fitting and orderly honor and praise, our identity as His beloved children, unity with the saints of every time and place, and more active participation as we gather every weekend. O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! (from Psalm 95 as included in Matins). Beginning in May, our worship service at 8 a.m. will feature one Sunday per month where we follow a set liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book. Every other month will alternate between a communion service on the third Sunday and a non-communion service on the fourth Sunday, so that we will be able to experience a variety of liturgies, including the beloved order of Matins with which many of us long-time Lutherans were raised. There are many reasons why I believe that this is a good move, but limited space only allows me to share a few here. Liturgy: increases participation in the congregation as members give themselves to God; gives our church a unique identity, setting us apart from non-liturgical churches; binds us together with the saints throughout history who have worshipped with these rites; increases the amount of Scripture used in worship;

allows many members to worship in their "heart language" with which they were raised; helps us follow the Scriptural command to worship "in a fitting and orderly way" (1 Corinthians 14:40, New International Version). So, what exactly does "liturgy" mean? The word comes from two Greek words: "leitos," which literally means "public" or "of the people" and "ergon" meaning "work." It became one word in the New Testament: "leitourgos," which referred to "public service." Paul refers to himself as a "leitourgon," or "minister," of Jesus Christ in Romans 15:16. For the early church, a Christian's entire response to God was regarded as his or her liturgy. As Christians gave of their time, talents, and treasures in public worship and work in the community, this giving was referred to as their liturgy. It was not until after the fifth century that the word "liturgy" came to be used exclusively for the work of Christians as they assembled for worship in their churches. So, what exactly does this church word mean for you? If you are a long-time Lutheran, you will recognize and hopefully welcome the familiar words and melodies as a long-time friend. If you are new to liturgy, it may take some time to get used to the rites. The more you give yourself to it, the more you will get out of your worship experience at 8 a.m. as you take a more active role and hear more words from the Bible throughout the service. Roger Howard

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Giving a Helping Hand

At Christ Lutheran Church Ministries, giving takes many forms. One form of giving that takes place throughout the year is the giving of a helping hand to people who are experiencing the brokenness of life. This giving happens over and over again in countless settings. There are four Christ-centered ministries at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries that specialize in giving a helping hand: GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare 4 Kids, and Single & Parenting. GriefShare, headed by Jerry and Sylvia Press, helps those who are experiencing the pain of mourning and the loss of a loved one. That loss may be one experienced recently or even years ago. DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4 Kids is headed by Marcy Moeller and Josh Kinghorn. These two ministries provide support for adults and children who are going through one of life's most difficult experiences. Single & Parenting is new to our church and is led by the team of Tiffany Hixson, Lissa Bedford, and Lynette Tofili. This powerful helping hand helps single parents find rest, hope, and encouragement. Giving a helping hand also always takes place within our care groups. These home-based Bible study groups form close bonds among its members. When one of the members experiences a challenge, the other members rally around that person who has need. God is powerfully at work in these groups, extending His helping hand to those in need through our hands.

Learn

Gifts of Grace Gala 2013

When it comes to the words generosity and Christ Lutheran School, the event that immediately comes to mind is the Gifts of Grace Gala! The Gifts of Grace Gala 2013 did not disappoint! This year's gala hosted 242 guests and generated $72,000 to the benefit of Christ Lutheran School!!! On Saturday, April 13, Christ Lutheran School hosted its seventh annual Gifts of Grace Gala. The Gifts of Grace Gala took place at the Hall of Champions in beautiful Balboa Park. The event included drinks, appetizers, dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a direct appeal opportunity. Over the past seven years, the Gifts of Grace Gala has grown to be Christ Lutheran School's most significant fundraiser providing nearly $400,000 to the benefit of the students enrolled in our Preschool ­ 8th grades. Gala funds are invested in above-and-beyond annual budget needs that enhance our school's program. Enhancements funded by the Gifts of Grace Gala have included student furnishings for the school, updating instructional materials, completing the computer lab, classroom laptops, projectors, document cameras, interactive white boards, 1-to-1 student iPads (all tools that make our classrooms fully equipped for 21st century technology instruction), and the tuition assistance fund. Participants who give toward the Gifts of Grace Gala equip Christ Lutheran School to stay on the cutting edge of education. The Gifts of Grace Gala provides the additional revenue necessary for Christ Lutheran School to continue being an exceptional academic institution that is distinctly Christian and academically rigorous. Christ Lutheran School is committed to developing young dynamic disciples for Christ who are well equipped to share their love of Jesus and positively contribute to their home, school, and community.

GriefShare

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The Gifts of Grace Gala is only successful because of the very generous hearts of God's people. Church members, school parents, school grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends of Christ Lutheran School all participate and give generously out of their deep love for our school community. It is absolutely amazing that a school of our size can generate this kind of revenue. God be praised! The Gifts of Grace Gala isn't just another event... it is an opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of Christ Lutheran School students. Thank you to everyone who participated and gave generously to the Gifts of Grace Gala. It was wildly successful! Want to see pictures and video from the night? Check out our Facebook Page. Visit our school's website at www.lutheranschool.org and click on the Facebook link. "LIKE" Christ Lutheran School in La Mesa, CA today! Christ Lutheran School's Facebook page is regularly updated with exciting videos, activities, and updates. It's a great way to follow Christ Lutheran School all year long!https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Christ-Lutheran-School-in-La-MesaCA/249821385053883?sk=wall

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Serve

People at Christ Lutheran Generously Invest in the Faith of Youth

Eighteen leaders give over 25 hours a month of their time discipling youth as counselors and small group leaders for 4th grade through senior high students. Youth Ministry has received donations of furniture, a state-of-the-art media system, supplies, and labor for an extensive remodel of the Youth Center. Monetary donations of hundreds of dollars are regularly given for the scholarship fund for youth ministry. Members' offerings support the Family Assistance Fund which offsets costs for youth to attend events. The Lenten Supper Fundraiser received $1712 to help youth attend the National Youth Gathering in July. Thank you to the leaders who give of their time to invest in the lives of youth. Thank you to the members of our church who give resources, finances, and energy to create a great place for youth to gather. Thank you to the disciples who selflessly give money towards the Family Assistance and Scholarship Funds. And a thank you to those who donated food and attended the Lenten suppers. As you can see, people at Christ Lutheran generously invest in the faith of youth. A significant component of faith that sticks in youth is Youth Gatherings. Youth experience God in gatherings with other youth who share in the common bond of Jesus. Here are two examples

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...in the paint ball arena ...in the pastor's stories ...in the car ride up here ...through all the nature He blessed us with ...how all our kids respected each other ...in all the beautiful snow and creation ...in all the people that were kind and caring to us ...in how everyone was willing to help others ...in the scenery of trees and snow ...in all the counselors' patience with us ...working in our hearts ...in the pastor's 5-year-old daughter singing ...while reading my mom's letter ...in the fog ...in His creation ...in the people here ...in the snow-covered trees ...through keeping everyone safe and healthy ...in chapel on Saturday night ...when we were driving in the fog up the mountain ...in da church! The National Youth Gathering for high school students will take place this summer July 1 to 5 in San Antonio. The 18 youth and 4 adults from Christ Lutheran who will be attending look forward to experiencing God through powerful worship and Bible study times and through service and connecting with 22,000 other Gathering

of how that happens in both the Junior High and Senior High Youth Gatherings. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Where do you see God? A simple question that is sometimes difficult to answer. Life is busy! It is full of stress and worries that take our attention away from how God is already providing for us. This is one reason we encourage our 7th and 8th grade students to participate in the Jr. High District Youth Gathering, a weekend-long retreat at Thousand Pine's camp. I saw God through the theme of the weekend: "Æffect" based on 1 Corinthians 15:10, where Paul talks about the affect that Christ has upon us, calling us into a restored relationship with the Father as well as the effect this produces in us, calling us to live as new creations in Christ's name. I saw God in our 8th grade confirmation students, who learned how God intersects with our lives through baptism, took time to reflect on their own faith, and were encouraged by their parent's letters. I saw God in the community building that happened with our group and with others. This happened through playing football in the snow, hanging out at the malt shop, dodging paint balls together, worshipping in chapel, talking about life and faith during meals, and the ride home. God was everywhere! God IS EVERYWHERE! Read, smile, and enjoy as you read where our Jr. High students saw God: I saw God... ...through all the great times we had and that no one got hurt

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participants. Recently, as youth were reading in 2 Samuel 6:5 about David worshipping with all his might, several expressed that the Gathering is a place where they experienced God as they worshipped with all their might! Our church is also sending 11 young adults who will join 500 other young adult volunteers at the Gathering serving in various capacities. The Senior High Youth and Young Adults greatly appreciate the monetary gifts towards the Youth Scholarship Fund which helps with the costs of the National Youth Gathering. You can contribute by placing a donation in a pink offering envelope marked Youth Scholarship. May God continue to lead us in being a church that invests in the faith of youth! Cheri Selander & Brandon Heath

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Jesus' Love at Ronald McDonald House

Jesus visited the Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego on Sunday, April 21. Parents and families of ill children are housed there while their children stay at the hospital, and they provide meals, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, and a retreat from the harsh realities of hospital life. I know that Jesus was there, because He was with thirty-plus members and friends of Christ Lutheran Church Ministries who visited their facility. Organized by Fred Campbell, members of Christ Lutheran's Praise Band, Sanctuary Choir, and the men's Saturday morning Bible study shared music, hosted a kids' craft table, served dinner, and collected prayer requests from the families who were staying there. One favorite memory for me was accompanying the men's Saturday Bible class on the piano as they sang Jesus Loves Me. In particular, verse two (which is rarely sung) spoke to the needs of those families and their children: Jesus loves me, loves me still, though I'm very weak and ill... Please join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to grow the seed of faith that was planted by our visit! Roger ard How-

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Congregational Meeting Sunday, June 23 6 p.m.

LWA! Ingathering

for Local Charities

Bags handed out on

Saturday Worship: 5 p.m. Traditional Worship Communion: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays ­ Lucas Hall

Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. Traditional Worship ­ Church Sanctuary 11 a.m. Classic Hymns Worship ­ Church Sanctuary Communion: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays 9:20 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Connection Groups 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship ­ Gym Communion: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays

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