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disobedience the many were made
sinners, even so through the
obedience of the One the many
will be made righteous.
Inside this Issue:
[ Bridge ]
Experience St. Peter’s Page 3
Mission Focus Page 3
Children Ministries Page 4
Finance Committee Page 4
Calendar Page 5
Student Ministries Page 6
Worship & Music Page 7
Health Ministries Page 7
Women Ministries Page 8
Church Life Page 8
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By Pastor Chris Grange 4 4 4
With this writing I ﬁnd it necessary to address recent developments within our denomination. You
may remember a time last summer when during our worship services I reported on the actions of
the General Assembly. Of particular concern were decisions made that would change the ordination
standards of the church; speciﬁcally, changes related to sexual behavior, by removing from our Book of
Order the requirement to “live either in ﬁdelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a
woman, or chastity in singleness.”
At that time I explained that those decisions would need to be ratiﬁed by a majority of our denomination’s 173 pres-
byteries, and that previous attempts to make such changes to the ordination standards have been voted down. I also
reassured you at that time that the leadership of our church has long held, and will continue to hold the Scriptures of
both the Old and New Testament to be our authoritative guide and standard for life, and the practice of our faith. That
has not changed.
What has changed is the voting pattern of the presbyteries. Voting within the presbyteries has been taking place over
the past several months. While the voting is not complete, the trend of the voting suggests the very real possibility that
those changes to the ordination standards may be approved. In that eventuality, I do not want you to be surprised by
what you may soon be reading or hearing in the news.
While I am personally grieved by the potential outcome of this voting process, I want to reassure you that St. Peter’s
By-the-Sea will continue to uphold and abide by God’s standards as clearly articulated in God’s Word. That is a posi-
tion previously stated by the elders of our church, and you should soon be receiving from them a reafﬁrmation of the
I also want to reassure you that our position is shared by a very large percentage of churches within our denomination.
In fact, I am making plans to attend a meeting of concerned pastors, elders, and other lay leaders from across the nation
in August in Minneapolis. The goal of that gathering is to ﬁnd a way to move forward within our denomination without
compromising our biblical standards. Please hold that critical meeting up in prayer.
I and the leadership team of St. Peter’s will do our best to keep you informed of any changes and the impact on our
church. Please feel free to communicate with me personally with any questions or concerns you may have.
Meanwhile, let us remain committed to faithfully seeking and serving the Lord.
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[ Experience St. Peter’s ]
Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I
will walk in your truth. Psalm 86:11
GROWTH GROUPS Growth groups are a great way to get into the
Monday 7:00pm Anne Graham Lotz’ Bible Word and establish long-lasting friendships. These
Devotionals Leader Jim Philp groups normally meet in an informal setting at group
7:00pm Jim Cymbala’s When God’s People participants’ homes. For more information on the
Pray groups listed below, or if you are interested in starting
Leader Bob Terrill (2nd/4th Monday) your own small group, please contact the church ofﬁce.
Wednesday 7:00pm The Apostles’ Creed Leader Leroy Bell
(Study on Hebrews begins 5/11)
Thursday 7:00pm The Apostles’ Creed Leader Leroy Bell CLASSES FOR MAY
(Study on Hebrews begins 5/12) Sunday 10:30am Romans Leader Matt Allan (begins 5/8)
see description below
Thursday 7:00pm Jesus’ Final Week Leader Randy Alltizer
Tuesday 9:30am Learning to Live Wisely Leader Liz
Saturday 9:00am Study on John Leadership shared Allan (Women’s Study)
Wednesday 9:30am Romans Leader Matt Allan (begins 5/8)
DR. CREASEY STUDY �
see description below
Come join us on Mondays at10am, for The Gospel of John – a series PAUL’S BOOK TO THE ROMANS
on the Gospel of John led by the gifted and engrossing Bible teacher, A study on the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Dr. Bill Creasy. Class meets from 10am to noon in the Family Worship Handouts are from John Stott’s commentary on
Center. Register at the door or drop in any Monday to try it for a “test the epistle. Each week the study includes a DVD
run.” This is a special opportunity – don’t miss it! $75/quarter tour of some of the ancient Roman sites to help
focus on that week’s study. There is no materials
cost. See Matt Allan for an advance copy of the
[ Mission Focus ] A Time For Giving...
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not
Diaper Drive grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Corinthians 9:7
Remember St. Peter’s diaper drive May 1 and 8. Simply bring a package of child or
adult diapers with you to church and drop them off at the mission table on the patio
where we’re collecting them. These are a much needed item for distribution with the 4
ministries we partner with in assisting those in need.
Beach Cities Interfaith Services 4
This is where our donated diapers will go!!! As St. Peter’s partners with this local A special thank you to all who aprticipated
Huntington Beach ministry, they provide hope to those in need by assisting with food in the One Great Hour of Sharing.
and clothing; they also provide assistance with ﬁlling out and applying for driver’s
licenses and passports. Beach Cities may be small in size, but they serve a large number
of people; approximately 300 receive food weekly through them which is provided Information on our partnering ministries is at the
from the O.C. Food Bank and they distribute bag lunches as well for the homeless. mission table on the patio most Sundays~ stop by and
check out our brochures that are available at the patio
Free Wheelchair Mission kiosk.
Although this is a relatively new ministry of 10 years, they have accomplished much
so far in providing wheelchairs in 78 countries to over half a million disabled people. May is going to be a mission-packed
Mobility not only is life changing for the recipient, but for the entire family and the month with much going on!!!
village or community; plus these are specially designed & built wheelchairs that are
compact to withstand the rugged terrain in most third-world countries. Each chair
costs a mere $59.20.
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[ Children Ministries ] 4 4
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“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for
the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Vacation Bible School Are YOU ready to start “cooking” up some VBS fun? There is
a job for everyone at the Shake It Up Café!
In this kid-friendly café full of chef’s hats and aprons, pots and
pans, checkered tablecloths and chalkboard menus, our kids
explore the Bible as a cookbook ﬁlled with recipes for
living out God’s word. Through interactive lessons,
that are easy for kids to apply to their lives today,
B. boys and girls will celebrate biblical festivals that reveal
ingredients for being a follower of God:
Be ready for God
Give happily to God
Believe fully in Jesus
Remember Jesus often
The Shake it Up Café will soon be open for business and we
4 want YOU to join our volunteer staff! We are looking for
small group leaders, storytellers, recreation leaders, music
4 After nineteen months
(yes, 19! I can’t believe it either!) of
4 leaders, snack leaders and a decorating crew. Sign up on the
patio after services or contact Scott Marvin, Beth Lampley or
Jan Harvey for more information. We are waiting for YOU!
providing Kids Night Out, it continues to be
a popular event! We average about eighteen children The Shake it Up Café (VBS) will be open July 11-15, from 9:00-
11:30am. Children entering Kindergarten through 5th Grade
each month and we never get tired of pizza! The next
are eligible to attend. The cost is $30.00 for the week. See you
Kids Night Out is scheduled for May 13, 6:00 there!
– 9:00pm. Hope we see your kids there!
Jan Harvey, Director of Children’s Ministry
[ Finance Committee] Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure,
pressed down, shaken together and running
Continuing the Journey...
over, will be poured into your lap. For with the
measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
INCOME AND EXPENSE
March Ministry & Missions income was $47,982. Operating expenses were $52,549, a difference of ($4,567). Nearly
all line items were under budget for the month, excepting Facilities, Worship, and Student Ministries.
BUILDING FUND UPDATE
Building Fund receipts for March were $7,229. Planning for the next campaign is under way. There will be news
soon. Meanwhile, please prayerfully consider continuing your building fund contributions to reduce our mortgage.
THE FIVE GS BUDGET
The 2011 Budget as presented at the Congregational Meeting in January included a pie chart with projected
expenses allocated to the ﬁve aspects of our St. Peter’s Mission Statement: Glorify, Gather, Grow, Give, and Go.
A schedule of the categories with percentages is available in the new kiosk.
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at a glance... [ May 2011 ] 4
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Holy Dr. Creasy Bible Women’s Study Prayer Group College Fellowship Youth Service
Communion study on John 9:30am 8:15am 7pm Day for Loose
10am Change to
Blood Pressure CFD Mtg. Adult Study Stephen Loosen Chains
Screening 10am 5:45pm 9:30am Ministry Mtg. 8am
Church Life ReWind Fellowship ReNew Fellowship
Noon (Jr. High) 6:30pm (H.S.) 7:00pm
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Dr. Creasy Bible Women’s Study Prayer Group College Fellowship Kids’ Night Out Annual Spring
study on John 9:30am 8:15am 7pm 6pm Tea 2pm
ReWind Fellowship Adult Study
(Jr. High) 6:30pm 9:30am
Deacons’ Mtg. Property/Fin.
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Congregational Dr. Creasy Bible Women’s Study Prayer Group College Fellowship Coffee with
Mtg. study on John 9:30am 8:15am 7pm Mick 10am
ReWind Fellowship Adult Study
Missions (Jr. High) 6:30pm 9:30am
Noon Session 7:00pm ReNew Fellowship
7:30pm Choir 7:00pm
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Baja Mission Dr. Creasy Bible Women’s Study Prayer Group College Fellowship
Team Mtg. study on John 9:30am 8:15am 7pm
Small Groups Adult Study
(Jr. High) 6:30pm 9:30am
29 30 31
(Jr. High) 6:30pm
Sunday Worship Service — 9:00/10:45am
Youth Sunday School — 9:00am
4 Adult Class — 10:30am
4 Children’s & Preschool Sunday School — 9:00/10:45am
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[ Student Ministries ] Jr. High ... High School... College...
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. I Timothy 4:12
Student Ministries Weekly Program
We need you!
[ Tuesdays ] Adam Reyes
When: Saturday, May 7 (8am- 12pm)
Who: Junior High and H.S. Students
Re W i n d (Jr. High) 6:30 – 8:30pm Student Ministries
We have extended our evening to accommodate Wk: 714.846.6641
Growth Groups. Please contact Adam for more info. Cell: 714.785.5603
The ﬁrst Saturday of every month the Students of St. Peter’s will have the op-
portunity to serve the community of HB. Students will be helping the com- firstname.lastname@example.org
munity and the church family with any project necessary. During this service [ Wednesdays ]
project, the students will explain that any donation of loose change would Re N u (H.S.) 6:45-9pm
go directly to LC2LC, not the church or student ministries. The hope is this (Please note the time change) We have extended our evening to accommodate
will bring the community into a project greater than any denomination, open Growth Groups. Please contact Adam for more info.
the eyes of community members to the serving hand of Christ and develop
better community relations with the church. [ Sundays ]
R E A L (Jr. High, H.S. & College) 9am
more t mon
C amp nex
We meet every Sunday morning at 9am. Join us for a REAL refreshing time of
worship and fellowship, as we grow together searching God’s Word.
S p otlight Jr. High Summer Camp (July 17 – 22)
Forest Home — Creekside — $440 SIGN UP NOW! $220 camp deposit due May 8. Deadline is May 22.
Every great movie has a twist—that moment in a ﬁlm when something unexpected changes everything. You
think you have the story ﬁgured out, but slowly signs emerge and it becomes clear something else is happening.
God’s story is breathtaking, mind-blowing and mysterious, like the twist in a great movie. This summer Creek-
side becomes Stage 11, a movie studio back lot where things are not always what they seem. Explore with us
God’s plot twists and see what this means for our lives.
High School Summer Camp (July 17 - 22) SIGN UP NOW! $220 camp deposit due May 8. Deadline is May 22.
Forest Home — Lakeview — $440
Come this summer to take an up close look at a portrait of David, a man after God’s own heart. Examine the
individual events or pixels of David’s story comprising the larger picture of his life. Discover the dark pixels of
his humanity along with the steady, vibrant pixels of God’s presence and calling throughout his life. Reﬂect on
the picture of your life as you examine the individual pixels making up who you are and how you live.
June Dates to Remember!
Jr. High Welcomes 6th Grade
6Senior Retreat 6H.S. Senior Banquet 6H.S.Welcomes Freshman 6 June 21 (4-9pm)
June 3-4 June 10 (6:30-9pm) June 22 (4-9pm)
College Brieﬁng at Forest Home
September 2-5/Cost: $150
Join us for our college
group gatherings Thurs-
day nights on campus at
7:30pm! We are kicking off
a new series called “Who
Am I?” in which we will an-
swer the questions “What
To sign up contact Chelsea Danei is our spiritual identity?”
and visit www.foresthome.org to learn more! and “How can we freely
live in that identity?”
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Contact Chelsea Danei
When it comes to college-age ministry, we try to do fewer programs and develop more for more information on
relationships. If you have a heart for college-age students and want to invest in their lives this series.
while allowing them to invest in yours, we’d love to have you on our leadership team!
Chelsea Danei (College-Age Ministries Leader)
(714) 846-6641 or email@example.com.
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[ Worship & Music ] I will sing to the Lord all my life... Psalm 104:33
Notes From the Choir Loft 4 44
For more information about the
Music Ministries at St. Peter’s by According to the Bible there are many reasons to sing. We are to sing to praise our God (1
the Sea please contact the church Chronicles 16:9); we are to sing of God’s nature - His love and strength in times of trouble
ofﬁce at 714-846-6641 or e-mail (Psalm 59:16). We are to sing of God’s glory (Psalm 66:2). The Bible goes on to say that “we
us at firstname.lastname@example.org. that are upright in heart” are to sing (Psalm 32:11). We are to sing for joy (Psalm 95:1) and
we are to sing to simply make music (Psalm 57:7).
We are to sing. It is another way to communicate with God. It is a way to bring us, his people,
together. On Sunday mornings whether you are sitting in the congregation, or perhaps you
are thinking about moving your seat to the choir loft, we will all sing to the Lord a new song,
we will sing his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.(Psalm 149.1)
4 the body is a temple...
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the
[ Health Ministries ]
Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received “ A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries
from God? You are not your own; you were bought at up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
a price. Therefore honor God with your body. I Corin-
Though physical exercise has been proven to lessen your stress, we can
How to Relax... also beneﬁt from relaxation. Expensive spas aren’t needed to relax because
relaxation is a state of mind and a lifestye. Here’s what to do when you get
frustrated, short tempered and/or irritable.
l. Avoid some of the things and people that upset you. Don’t purposely put
yourself in stressful situations.
2. Tell yourself a joke or create absurd situations so you can have a good
laugh. If it’s trafﬁc, imagine what it would be like to be stuck there for the
next ten years. If you’re lucky, you might miss your kids’ teenage years
3. Sigh a lot and take deep breaths, holding them as long as possible, then
let go very slowly.
4. Listen to music you enjoy.
5. Take a 15 minute walk, moving your arms and pretend a helium balloon
Health ministries wants to thank all the caring is holding up your head.
people who helped with the Red Cross Blood
Drive in April, the faithful donors and team 6. Talk or write to a trusted friend, or just write out your problems. (My
4 volunteers. Without you, it can’t happen! father frequently told me when I was fuming over some great injustice to
write it down, read it over, including all the recriminations I would like to
hurl at the offenders. Then toss it!)
4 7. Take a hot shower or bath, then follow that with a cold shower for a
really quick ﬁx.
Whatever you opt for--move muscle! Play a game, run, skip and get into
the fresh air. Alcohol and drugs tend only to make things worse.
SPBTS HEALTH MINISTRIES
Fran Pike, HM Nurse
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Charm is deceptive, and beauty is ﬂeeting; but
[ Women’s Ministries ]
a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Let us not give up meeting together, [ Church Life ]
as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—
and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
THE VALUE OF YOUR VOCATION
(Take This Job And...Love It!)
What does the Bible say about work? You’ll spend about 40% of your waking hours working. The average
American will spend about 150,000 of their precious ﬂeeting hours at work. Since that is true...obviously God
would have something to say about your work. So I simply want to ask one question. It’s the same question
that was asked by Solomon about 3000 years ago in...Ecc 3:9...what does the worker gain from his toil? Why
do you work? I think it’s a good question. Today the government will pay you not to�����������������������������������
work. So why not just
stay home and lay in bed and collect checks? Why do you work? Today, many people would say...I haven’t the
How does being a Christian impact our attitude towards work? – Dr. Mick Ukleja
Saturday, May 21 (10am)
On Saturday, May 21st, Dr. Mick Ukleja, a frequent visitor at St. Peter’s and a well-known author, speaker and leader, will be our special guest at 10:00 AM in the
Family Worship Center. Mick Ukleja is founder and president of LeadershipTraQ, a leadership-consulting ﬁrm based in California. He hosted Leadership TraQ
Televised, an interview-format talk show in Southern California that proﬁled outstanding leaders. He helped found the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership
at California State University, Long Beach. His book, Who Are You? What Do You Want? Four Questions that Will Change Your Life, has been praised by legendary
coach John Wooden. Mick holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in Semitic Languages, and a Ph.D. in theology. He received the Presidents
Distinguished Service Award from Cal State Long Beach in 2001 and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alumni from the College of Liberal Arts. Everyone is
invited to have “Coffee with Mick”. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear a world renowned speaker.
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Happy Birthday to the Following Members:
be dictated to the church secretary.
5/1 Carol Clear 5/8 Tom Cross 5/16 Jack Devine
5/2 Jim MacBeth Shayna Wilson Amy Gasso
5/3 Elisa Roddy Fay Wright Paul Mangone
5/4 Joan Bennett 5/9 Karen Shefﬁeld 5/17 James Townsend
Phyllis Standley David Valazza 5/18 Karla Alltizer
Nancy Turner 5/10 Kathy Rizzo 5/21 Phyllis Reeser
5/5 Catherine Masila 5/13 Ulises Araujo 5/22 Arthur Gomé
Barbara Raymond Jim Budd 5/25 Marie Loo
5/6 Dolores Crooks Kristi Hunt 5/27 Ed Herro
JoAnn Pfaff 5/15 Maynard Axvig 5/28 Kelley Cross
Rebecca Shefﬁeld Larry Kasper Kathy Fuller
5/7 Dennis McNulty Christina Twaite 5/30 Bonnie Shepstone
Zach Smith Dave Weigel 5/31 Bob Cogan