♡♡ “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.” ♡♡
Wednesday Evening, NorthEast of the Well celebrated the COMING OF JESUS CHRIST with our wonderful Long Beach community (120 of them)!! We sang worship and Christmas songs (thanks to our amazing worship team), filled ourselves with a yummy dinner, played exciting (& silly) games, enjoyed a surprise performance/song by the adorable kids from our community, and received a powerful Christmas message from Pastor Gail!
May we celebrate Christmas this week by filling our hearts with Jesus and celebrating all He has done for us!
We had a blast last night with our Newport and Anaheim community members – about 200 wonderful faces were present! We were filled with a delicious dinner, beautiful Christmas and worship songs (thanks to our wonderful worship team), an exciting (& silly) game of human bingo, and last but not least, a moving Christmas message by Pastor Gail!
To reiterate Gail’s message from last night:
It does not matter what gifts you receive or do not receive this year.
It does not matter what you are able or unable to put under the tree.
The material world is irrelevant in the big picture. What does matter is God, and the fact that He is there for you always, regardless of what you receive or what you are able to contribute on Christmas (and everyday). If you have the Lord in your heart-- you have won already. In the end, that is worth more than 1,000 gifts under the tree.
“It takes a lot of courage, to be baptized in His name, to die to the old self and be forever change. May God bless your life for stepping out for him, proclaiming unto others the faith you have within.”
On Friday, NorthEast came together to celebrate 4 community members, who chose to openly dedicate themselves to the Lord! It was such a special time, and we could not be more proud and excited for our newly baptized friends!
To all the warm faces that came to support - THANK YOU! The celebration was filled with yummy food, Worship, open & honest conversations, happy tears, and the Holy Spirit!!
What an experience it was for some of our NorthEast team - who recently traveled to the Grand Canyon to work at the Havasupai Indian Reservation! Here, NorthEast brought the Word of God to the people within the Reservation.
The Havasupai people have lived here for centuries, as this area is considered one of America’s most remote Indian communities and reservations! Our team traveled down to the Supai reservation by foot, by horse, and by helicopter, as these are the only accessible ways down! In addition to sharing God’s Word and connecting with the Havasupai people, we accompanied and assisted the Veterinary Christian Foundation as they worked to help and treat the animals that are a part of the reservation.
We are thankful to God for bringing our team back safely, and for allowing us the opportunity to spread His Word to the people who have lived in the reservation for generations – and who may otherwise never hear it! It was especially wonderful to connect with the people through Worship; thanks to Bethany who sang the Lord’s songs unashamedly!
Thanksgiving Feasts & Services!
Newport and Long Beach both had full houses for a lovely Thanksgiving Meal and Service! Yummy dishes were prepared with loving hands, but more importantly, we were all reminded of what Thanksgiving truly means!
1st Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us to "Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." We were blessed to have Gail (Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship) preach in Long Beach, just as we were blessed to have Julie (Teaching & Discipleship Associate) preach in Newport! They reminded all of us to be full of GRATITUDE -For we owe everything to God!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ~~
✤All of the lovely faces from different programs who came to join us in both LB and Newport!
✤The wonderful and generous NorthEast supporter who donated the delicious dinner to LB!
✤Bethany Church (NE church partner) who served up the meals hot and yummy, and brought the most delicious pies!