February 16th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: Jeremías escribiólo que Dios le dijo
English Preschool: Peter Walked on Water with Jesus
School Age: Peter Walked on Water with Jesus

Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home.  You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.

We love seeing your children in Bible class.  The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Recognition

-Guillermo Lameda had a great day in class.
-Audrey Harris was focused and answered good questions in class.
-Natalie Harris answered so many questions in class.
-Wesley Lopez has a birthday on February 18.
-Christine Orosa has a birthday on February 20.
-Albert Paul Valdes was able to give good examples of compassion.
-Samuel Valladares had a great day in class.
-In the Preschool class that following students had good participation: Ayla Acero, Luca Acero, Holden Bonds, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Aubrey Lopez, Wesley Lopez Maya Pino, Sammy Pino, Lucas Rosales, and Marcos Rosales
-The K-2nd Grade Class
was able to compare and contrast the Old and New Testaments.
-In the 3rd-5th grade class the following students read from their Bibles: Caleb Bergman, Christine Orsoa, Albert Paul Valdes, and Dayleen Valdes.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana

February 23
Noche de Alabanza 

March 4
Family Night for Black History Month

March 11
3rd - 5th Grade Picnic


For Parents

Compassion not only requires action, but it also pays a price and sacrifices something. In Luke 10, Jesus tells a story about a man from Samaria who went out of his way to help a Jewish man. In their culture at that time, these two men would most likely have hated each other. But when the Samaritan found the Jewish man beaten up by the side of the road, he put bandages on him, took him to a hotel, and paid two days’ worth of his wages to the hotel owner to let the man stay there and to take care of him.

Who would spend two days’ worth of their own money to take care of a total stranger? Compassion costs, but too often in our culture, we want drive-by compassion. We’re willing to do something if it’s easy for us.

“I’ll click. I’ll retweet. I’ll Like this. I’ll favorite it. I’ll share a link.” But all of those things are easy. True compassion costs us something.

A few months ago, I was at a grocery store saw a man and two women, who looked to me like they’d had a hard life, getting some groceries together. When I saw them, I felt moved with compassion deep down inside of me that’s hard to explain. I thought to myself, “I feel like we should pay for their groceries.”

This is not a normal thing for me. I almost immediately started trying to talk myself out of what I was feeling. I prayed, “Well, just to be sure, God, if when we’re in the next aisle, they pick up a box of cereal, then I’ll buy their groceries.”

And they did. I pushed through the awkwardness, and I approached them. “I’m sorry. I know this is probably weird, and I really don’t want to offend you. But would you let my wife and me pay for your groceries?” One of the women looked really startled, and I could see a flash of recognition in her face. She said, “Oh my gosh! Before I went to prison, I used to go to your church.” She went on to tell us that she had just been released from prison earlier that day and that she didn’t have a place to stay. In a way, I felt relieved. I thought, “This is perfect. This must be why God prompted me to do this.” Two years ago, my wife started a home for women coming out of abusive situations! Here I thought we were supposed to buy this woman groceries, but now I think God actually wants us to help her out with a place to stay. “That must be it! Everything’s already all set up, so this will be so easy!” I wish I could tell you that’s how this situation played out. But it didn’t.

To protect all the women at the house, we have rules and criteria that each woman has to meet to stay there. Because of this woman’s situation she wasn’t eligible. But we weren’t willing just to pay for her groceries and then just be done with it. We took her to another organization to make sure her immediate needs were met.

What I thought would be a simple quickly turned into several weeks of working for this woman on a lot of fronts.

Things got really complicated quickly. Compassion costs us something.

As I’m writing this, we don’t have a happy ending for her (yet), some clean and tidy resolution. Her story is still unfolding. Clicking is clean. Compassion is messy. It’s not always easy and straightforward. Sometimes you think God is leading you one way, but then you discover he is actually doing something else. His way is a lot more interesting. It takes us outside of ourselves, and we learn so much more.

If you’re moved to compassion, true compassion, I won’t lie to you and tell you it’ll be easy and clean. Most likely, it won’t be.

When you get outside of yourself, God changes lives. But sometimes He does what you least expect — the life He changes the most is yours. We don’t have time to take endless selfies and obsess about the wording of our latest brilliant caption when we’re caring for someone else. We shouldn’t care less than many people used to.

As followers of Jesus, we should care more. Because true compassion demands action. To say you care but not act is not to care at all. Seeing others in need should move us from deep within. And when we feel that compassion, in the name of Jesus we should act.

 

Condensed from "Cost of Compassion" by Craig Groeschel from faithgateway.com

EnglishVanessa Pardo