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Creation Care

Creation Care

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It all started 18 years ago, when I started coming to SBPC. I joined the Social Concerns Committee, which is now called Outreach Leadership Team (OLT). Tom English was the leader of the Environmental Task Force (now Creation Care). He opened my eyes to understand that being a Christian and caring for the environment were not in opposition! Hurray! It did not take me long to become a passionate member of that team and now a Co-Leader of our SBPC Creation Care team with Sheila Rodrigues. Another eye opening event just happened......

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Haiti Food Packing Event 2018

Haiti Food Packing Event 2018

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Through the Alternative Christmas Market last November, we raised $5,000 for Hurricane Recovery in the Carribbean. This funding made the FFCC food packing event possible as one of the Community Serve Day sites at our church. Led by Valerie Bass, the site packed 35,000 food packs, 10,000 of which went to Haiti. FFCC hosted a meal packing event in Haiti with these funds as well the day before Community Serve Day which will provide 9,000 meals for the local community. Here is a letter of appreciation from FFCC’s director… In partnership with......

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Dentists and Dental Hygienists Needed

Dentists and Dental Hygienists Needed

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The St. James and St. Leo Medial and Dental Program is parish-operated and staffed by volunteer professional who provide free medial and dental services to uninsured patients. Hours of Operation: Medical Clinic – Wednesdays 6-9 p.m., Saturdays 9-12 noon Dental Clinic – Saturdays 9-12 noon We could use more dentists and dental hygienists!! Contact Phil Turner (Program Director) for more information at 858-603-0025....

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APNC Update - March 2018

APNC Update – March 2018

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Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) Update The process of reading through the detailed applications submitted by numerous applicants nationwide is rewarding, but time-consuming. After reading each and assessing individually, we pool our thoughts and arrive at consensus. Our goal is to call the person God has already chosen for this position by the end of this year, if not sooner. We will continue to update the congregation periodically. If you would like more information, please contact a member of the committee (names listed below). We appreciate your prayers and encouragement. APNC Process......

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Care—Living Through Loss

Care—Living Through Loss

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In the ten years that I have been conducting the Living Through Loss Workshop, I have witnessed repeatedly the healing balm that envelops those who participate, transforming their confusion and pain into a coherent reality and a process over which they have some control. Individuals from diverse backgrounds come together, united by sorrow, and I see them compassionately minister to each other as they take their first, tentative steps together on this sacred journey. Understandably, there is a reticence to begin; it requires courage and vulnerability. But what I frequently hear is......

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North County Immigration and Citizenship Center

This was Rosy Lamchin’s big moment. She prayed daily that God would give her the strength and mental focus to learn those 100 questions and pass her exam. After NCICC’s Department of Justice accredited representatives helped her through the application process, our loving volunteers in the Pathways to Citizenship program at the Solana Beach Library took over her preparation for the test. Every Wednesday, she studied hard, learning about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and memorizing the names of her state and federal representatives. The NCICC program director accompanied her to the naturalization......

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Sabbatical Plans - From Pastor Mike

Sabbatical Plans – From Pastor Mike

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Solana Beach Presbyterian Church has a long tradition of providing for the care and renewal of staff, including sabbatical for ordained pastors every seven years. Session has approved the timing of my sabbatical from April 21 to August 5. Amy and I are ready to grow and are grateful for this opportunity. Sabbatical means a planned discipline of rest, or Sabbath; unplugging from the day for soul refreshment and renewal; trusting that God is at work when we are not; practicing healthy detachment, so that we spend a season apart and then......

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Ladle Fellowship Experience

Ladle Fellowship Experience

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For Community Serve Day, I went with my youth group to the Ladle Fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego. Ladle provides San Diego’s homeless and those below the poverty line with food and clothing. We served lunch to several hundred guests. I was assigned the job of selecting and bagging up clothing and toiletries. I was glad to go to Ladle because of the new things I experienced. I wondered what it would be like to be one of the guests. They had to go through the hepatitis......

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My Day at Campo De Fe

My Day at Campo De Fe

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Lucky blessed me!! Lesley Sagar invited me to join her on Tuesday to go to Tijuana and help her deliver supplies to Campo de Fe. I didn’t know what to expect, but felt honored to help. We whizzed through the border, traveled for a while on beautiful highways and then made the right turn on the ubiquitous dirt roads found in Latin America. Upon arrival Flor, the dynamic woman who opened this home to disabled men 20 years ago, met us along with her dedicated and lovely daughter and granddaughter. There they......

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