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“ a person or thing that illuminates or inspires:
The Bible has been our beacon during this trouble.”
“ to serve or shine as a beacon: “As teachers, we try to
A steady light beaconed from the shore.” make the lesson come to
life. We always want the
children to walk away with
the "nugget of truth" firmly
(Definitions taken from Dictionary.com)
planted in their hearts.
Often times we go about
Children’s Church Summer Program Kicks Off! this by using real-life
examples. This quarter we
have been studying Heroes
of Faith and our class was
fortunate enough to witness
Detective work is both fun and Word to defend our Case for a Creator. actual heroes. On the first
exciting, just ask Monk. My dad just Sunday of the quarter, Teri
You might ask, “Why is this important?” was teaching when I saw
loves catching Monk on T.V. after a
My answer to you is plain and simple, something register in her
hard day of work. Why; I guess it’s
“Truth.” Our children are being eyes. In a thought
because it’s intriguing, maybe there’s
bombarded in the media and schools completely from God, Teri
something inside of us all that loves a
with lies. The idea of Intelligent Design asked the kids if they knew
good mystery. What does it take to be any heroes of faith. After
is considered opinion not fact and little
a good detective anyway? Well, as far about twelve blank stares,
by little these lies are being digested by
as I know...well I just don’t. It’s a good she pointed out that the
our children and causing confusion.
thing Mrs. Deanna and her trusty band Esselstrom family was
God created the earth and all that is in
of teachers are heading this summer’s moving to another church,
it in 7 days. The Bible declares this truth
Children’s Church! away from their friends and
and our desire is to give our children away from everything
Beginning July 6th the Children’s the ammunition they need to defend it. comfortable. They were
Church undergoes its summer Did you know that the idea of the Big going out of love for the
program. Ages 3 to 5 alongside 5th Bang Theory is just that a THEORY. people but truly they were
and 6th graders and every age in There is more fact and truth for a going because God had
between study together God’s Creator and yet the world does not called them. Justin then
timeless word. With an emphasis on receive it. shared with us that he
detective work, this summer, the kids wasn't thrilled about leaving
Our desire in the Children’s Ministry is to all his friends but that he
will be reading, “The Case for
fill your children with truth so that when was being obedient. It was
Creator,” by Lee Strobel. You may be
they are faced with uncertainty they at this moment in the lesson
familiar with his other books, the case
can boldly stand on the promises of our that I witnessed twelve
“The Case for Christ’ and the case lights go on. Our kids
God. Every week we will be sending
“The Case for Faith”. This once atheist, realized in that lesson that
home discussion questions. Please use
journalist turned Christian has taken his we all have the opportunity
these as a tool to help your children
talents and used them for the glory of to be heroes of faith, all we
understand the ideas that are being
God and we are taking it to the have to be is open. “
presented in Children’s Church. We
children in a fun packed summer ~Chelsea Phillipo
hope this develops into deep and
program that will lead our children in
meaningful family discussion. Join us in
an in-depth study of why our God Alongside Teri Profeta,
making our children ready to face the
Created man, woman and every Chelsea teaches the 3rd
lies the world is offering head on with and 4th grade class.
created creature. We will be using
the truth that is found in His Word.
Science (which God created) and His
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The Blessings of Service
Let Us by Larry Fife
Worship Him Together
“Angie and I have grown so attached to our 3rd and 4th graders.
Every year at this time it is so difficult for us. The fourth graders will
What does it take to fall in love with Jesus?
be leaving our class, we will miss them dearly. It is so much of a
What does it take to help our little ones fall in
privilege to watch them grow and to have participated in their
love with Jesus? Wouldn’t every parent,
little lives, even if it was just for those few moments that we have
grandparent, auntie & uncle want the answer
had them in class. Although, one of the good things about it, is
to that question? I know I would. Mrs. Carey
that the memories will never go away. We still treasure the
was posed this question not too long ago and
memories from our kids that we had in our class from almost 10
after giving it some thought she simply said (in
years ago. And in 10 years from now our memories will be of those
a nutshell), “by watching us, the parents,
kids that we have today. We thank God for giving us such
teachers or who ever is an influential adult in
wonderful students and we thank the parents for raising their kids
a child’s life, they (the child) learns how to
in a godly way.” ~Larry Fife
love Jesus”. How do you display your love for
Jesus? What tangible ways can your child
see that will allow him or her to mimic and
Larry and Angie Fife have attended Horizon since Genesis 1:1, it
really grasp what is in your heart for your Lord
might be getting close to 10 years now. Angie and I started
teaching the kindergarten class.
During the summer months the Children’s
Our first kindergarten class consisted of some of our current high
Ministry will be incorporating worship and
school kids (Christa, Estevan and Andre). Monique and Brooke
choir. It is our desire to bring the parents and
later entered our kindergarten class. With all of our kids, it has
children together in a more intimate time of
been a blessing to watch them grow and be a small part of their
worship before each start their time in the
Word. If you have a young one in Children’s
Ministry please try to make it a point to come
early and join us in the fellowship hall during
worship. Come let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before our God, our maker.
Together, with our children, we hope to bring
our sacrifice and praise before the Lord and The Gamboa Kidney fundraising
love Him together.
efforts are still underway!
Don’t miss a Sunday!
Please keep the Gamboas in mind
when disposing of your old cell
What’s So Great About Being Single? phones. and old ink cartridges.
What’s so great about being single– at Horizon
SouthBay? Maybe you’ve not asked yourself Just bring them to Regina
this question before, but if you ask any of our and she’ll do the rest!
fellow single Christians perhaps the responses
would go something like this: Also, if anyone is interested... in
FREEDOM...to worship and love God without any
distractions from spouses or children. hosting an Upper Case Living
FELLOWSHIP...with likeminded Christian singles Please contact Regina.
dealing with the same struggles of dating, all proceeds will go to the JGKF
serving, and accountability. (James Gamboa Kidney Fund).
FUN...at least twice a month, planned activities
Thus far James is still awaiting a
like softball, movies, miniature golf, kayaking,
bowling and more. match for a kidney donor.
Horizon Christian Fellowship SouthBay (HSB) The Gamboas covet your prayers
Singles Ministry (now that’s a mouthful) meets and appreciate your support.
every Friday night at 7pm at Kelly Middlebrook’s Thank you from the Gamboa Family.
home and the study is led by Jeff Tinderholt. For if you have any questions.
more information or to get on the email list Please call 619-934-8822
please contact Kelly at 619-934-9979.
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Fellowship Women’s Retreat Where’s Waldo?
Most of us can recall seeing those
For those of you ladies that weren’t able to huge books that contain on every
attend this year’s women’s retreat at page a cleverly hidden Waldo. In this
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case, where’s Doug Halican? Or more
P.O. Box 1523 in Murrieta Hot Springs,
here is a little bit from the “mountain”. like, where has he been for the past 6
Bonita, CA 91908 months? During Doug’s absence the
The verse for the retreat was ladies of HSB were privileged in praying
2 Corinthians 2:14, for Doug, Nancy and the kids. Praying
Email: “Now thanks be to God who always leads for the women and their families truly is
email@example.com us in triumph in Christ, and through us a ministry that lies somewhat hidden
diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in within the ladies bible study. You
every place.” might liken it to a search in a page of
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a Where’s Waldo book. If you haven’t
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ
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among those who are perishing.” ministering to another lady while you
Are you a sweet aroma to God? yourself have been ministered to then
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might turn a head as a delightful smell be blessed!
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others and most importantly, to God?
The message was clear; our lives are to be
triumphant because of Him who leads us in
triumph! If you missed this year’s retreat
PRAYER HOTLINE: then don’t miss it next year!
Hero’s of Faith Welcome Home Doug Halican
As summer begins, Children’s Church wraps up their Spring lessons on the “Hero’s of Faith”. Our key verse for
ages 3-5 all the way up to the 6th graders was Hebrews 11:1. If you stop and ask one of these kids, “what is
faith?” you’ll (hopefully) get, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not
seen.” The children were taken through the lives of faith hero’s from Able to Rahab and Gideon, and from
Samuel to David. We had games and snacks, quizzes and challenges. Each teacher prayerfully prepared
and invested their time and heart into the lessons so that our children- your children, would have at least one
N.O.T., that is, a Nugget Of Truth. If every child could come away each Sunday at least a little more excited,
a little more intrigued, a little more in love with Jesus, then I think each one of the teachers would be happy
and let’s say that the Lord in Heaven would be pleased too!
Our Children’s Church is headed up by Deanna Carey. She is a credentialed school teacher and a mother
of 6. She has much experience from which we have all benefited. Our curriculum didn’t come from a store
or website; each lesson was carefully penned by Mrs. Carey herself. With the support and irreplaceable
help of her husband Sean, I’m sure they spent many nights preparing as she thought of each child’s face
and personality so that we can deliver unique and individualized lessons to our own body of little Christians.
So as we wrap up our Hero’s of Faith “Hall of Fame” we salute Mrs. Carey and all the many volunteers who
teach our children.
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