It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

The day has finally come: this Sunday will be my last Sunday as your pastor. I’ve heard there is already a congregational pool where you can bet on how many times I’ll cry during the service, at what points during the service I’ll cry, and when the first tears will be shed! In all seriousness, this is a bittersweet day for Sarah and me. I’m glad that we’ll have one more week with you after this Sunday before we head to Texas.

This is also the last Sunday that we will be meeting at Chaparral High School. Please remember that beginning June 5th we are temporarily moving locations to Temecula Preparatory School located at 35777 Abelia St. in Winchester. We will be meeting at Temecula Prep the months of June, July, and the first week of August with plans to move back into the theater at Chaparral on August 14th.

It’s not too late to sign the picture frame mat and RSVP for the lunch on June 5 at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. There is a suggested donation of $5/person for the lunch. If you need more information, please see Barbara Castle or email Robert Recio at rrecio@christpca.net.

For the month of May our highlighted missionaries are Josh and Allie McArthur in Costa Rica (Scott and Crystal Moran’s daughter and son-in-law). There are a few items left on their wish list. If you purchase one of the items below, please let Angela know so that she can keep the list updated.

  • Threshold bold stripe curtain panel/Brown
  • “Lill” lace curtains
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Trappy Cajun pepper sauce
  • Pamela’s baking and pancake mix-gluten free
  • Magnet knife strip for wall
  • Chlorella supplements (2)
  • Epsom salt
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Scabby for kombacha
  • Kinder/PreK homeschool workbooks, flashcards, etc.
  • Essential oils
  • 1988 John Deere (contact Scott)
  • Donated funds/skymiles

May is also a five Sunday month, so as is our practice, we are asking you to give above and beyond your normal offering toward our deacon’s fund. Please mark your check or envelope with the words “deacon’s fund” or “mercy offering” so we can account for it properly.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

The most important announcement for you to remember is that beginning June 5th we are temporarily moving locations to Temecula Preparatory School located at 35777 Abelia St. in Winchester. While Chaparral High School undergoes extensive repairs, we will be meeting at Temecula Prep the months of June, July, and the first week of August with plans to move back into the theater at Chaparral on August 14th. Please speak to any pastor or elder if you have any questions.

Please remember to sign the picture frame mat and sign up for the lunch on June 5 at Ronald Reagan Sports Park. There is a suggested donation of $5/person for the lunch. If you need more information, please see Barbara Castle or email Robert Recio at rrecio@christpca.net.

For the month of May our highlighted missionaries are Josh and Allie McArthur in Costa Rica (Scott and Crystal Moran’s daughter and son-in-law). There are a few items left on their wish list. If you purchase one of the items below, please let Angela know so that she can keep the list updated.

  • Threshold bold stripe curtain panel/Brown
  • “Lill” lace curtains
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Trappy Cajun pepper sauce
  • Pamela’s baking and pancake mix-gluten free
  • Magnet knife strip for wall
  • Chlorella supplements (2)
  • Epsom salt
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Scabby for kombacha
  • Kinder/PreK homeschool workbooks, flashcards, etc.
  • Essential oils
  • 1988 John Deere (contact Scott)
  • Donated funds/skymiles

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

And an early happy Mother’s Day to you, too! For a wonderful perspective on mothers, mothering, and Mother’s Day, read and share this article by my friend Le Ann Trees, “Are You My Mother?”

Would you please pray for Mike and Kristen DeWit today? Mike has been suffering from severe nerve pain in his jaw for more than a week, requiring multiple trips to the ER for pain management. Kristen often has migraines and is fighting one off today. They are weary and hurting. Please pray that God would relieve them of their pain.

For the month of May our missionaries are Josh and Allie McArthur in Costa Rica (Scott and Crystal Moran’s daughter and son-in-law). Please consider contributing to care packages that Scott will bring with him next month when he travels to Costa Rica. Please click here to download a letter sent by Crystal which contains the requested items. Angela Jenson will be keeping a kind of registry list of items purchased. Email her to let her know what you’ll be bringing and she’ll keep everything updated to make sure they get what they need. Please also use the linked prayer guide for all our missionaries this month. It contains their most recent updates and needs.

Please be sure to plan to join us on Sunday, May 15, immediately after the worship service for our farewell picnic for Dan and Megan York. Dan will be graduating from Westminster Seminary in just a few weeks and they will drive back to Washington where Dan will take up a year-long internship at Resurrection PCA.

We’re half-way through our spring Sunday School session. It’s not too late to join in and benefit from quality Christian education for you and your children. All classes begin at 9:30 am.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

In Christ,
Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Husbands and fathers, do you have your plans for Saturday made? Many of our wives and mothers will be heading to the regional PCA women’s conference tomorrow. Please pray for these women, that they might come back refreshed and encouraged by the gospel.

We’re right in the middle of our Spring Sunday School session. It’s not too late to join! There are age-graded classes for children and youth. The adults are working their way through the Westminster Confession of Faith. This week, we’ll look at chapter 19, on the law of God.

This Sunday, immediately after the worship service, we’re having a congregational meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a pulpit committee as we take the next step in our pastoral transition. The session will present a motion to designate the session as the pulpit committee so that they can work closely with Robert in the pastoral transition. That decision must be made by the congregation. There will be time during the meeting to discuss the motion before the vote.

After the worship service, the second session of our Discovery Class will be meeting at the Recios home.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Jessie and Shirley Hall need our help with their move tomorrow. We’re gathering at Cubesmart on 44618 Pechanga Parkway at 9AM to load. If you can help, please send Jessie an email.

Our congregational open forum is tomorrow evening at 5PM. Robert and I along with some of the elders will walk through the pastoral transition plan and answer any questions you might have. Please gather at the home of Jim and Sheryl Marsh: 39832 Aladdin Circle in Temecula.

The session is also calling a congregational meeting for Sunday, April 24th. This meeting, to be held immediately after the worship service, is to elect a pulpit committee. The session will present a motion to elect the session as the pulpit committee so that they can work closely with Robert in the pastoral transition. That decision must be made by the congregation. There will be time during the meeting to discuss the motion before the vote.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s (Good) Friday, but Sunday’s Comin!

Happy (Good) Friday, everyone!

If you’ve ever wondered about the name of this weekly email newsletter, it comes from a remarkable sermon titled, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!” by the Rev. Dr. S. M. Lockridge. Spending a few minutes listening to this sermon is a good way to spend Good Friday. I commend it to you.

This Sunday is our annual Lessons and Songs Easter service where we tell the story of Jesus’ betrayal, crucifixion, death, and resurrection from the Gospels and Psalms. This service is patterned after our Christmas “Lessons and Carols” service. (As with that service, our nursery will be open, but it will not be staffed.) If you have unbelieving friends or family members who are considering the claims of Christ, be sure to invite them to see how the Psalms prophesied of the Messiah to come. As in previous years, if you are interested in donating Easter lilies to the service, please bring them no later than 10:15 am for placement on the stage.

This Sunday is the last Sunday to bring in food from the following list for our food drive to benefit Olive Branch Ministries in San Jacinto: Canned meats, beans, stew, chili, soup, broth, vegetables, fruit, pasta, rice, instant potatoes, dried milk, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, healthy snacks, boxed juice, condiments, toiletries (wipes, travel size shampoo, soap, individually wrapped toilet paper, toothpaste/brush etc.).

Please remember to help with our regular outreach at Mision Vida Nueva in Escondido on April 9th. If you are planning to attend or need more information, please speak with Erik O’Dell who is coordinating our activities there.

Have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Guys, can you help Dave Merchant load a moving pod tomorrow (Saturday, March 19th) at 8AM? If so, please gather at 38160 Camarada Lane in Murrieta. This is a load move only, so it should be fairly quick and will be a huge help to Dave and his family as they transition to North Carolina.

Please bring something on Sunday from the following list for our food drive to benefit Olive Branch Ministries in San Jacinto: Canned meats, beans, stew, chili, soup, broth, vegetables, fruit, pasta, rice, instant potatoes, dried milk, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, healthy snacks, boxed juice, condiments, toiletries (wipes, travel size shampoo, soap, individually wrapped toilet paper, toothpaste/brush etc.).

This Sunday, immediately after the worship service, there will be a formal congregational meeting for the purpose of “dissolving” my call as the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in anticipation of my move to Texas this summer. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we especially ask our formal members to participate in this brief meeting.

Please begin planning now to help with our regular outreach at Mision Vida Nueva in Escondido on April 9th. If you are planning to attend or need more information, please speak with Erik O’Dell who is coordinating our activities there.

Have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Please remember to “spring forward” this Saturday night. Set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.

This Sunday is our Neighborhood Group Launch Sunday. You should have received an email from your neighborhood group leader by now. If you have not or if you need more information, please contact Pastor Robert.

Ladies, if you want to attend Transformed, the PCA’s Women’s Conference on April 23, today is the LAST day to get the early bird price of $50.  Click here for more details and to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Recio, Crystal Moran, or Sue Weaver.

Guys, if you can help Dave Merchant load a moving pod on Saturday, March 19th at 8AM, please let us know. It should be fairly quick and will be a huge help to Dave and his family as they transition to North Carolina.

Thanks to all of you who have given Sarah and me your expressions of love and support after our announcement last Sunday. Although leaving Christ Presbyterian is unbearably hard, we are so grateful for the work that God has done in and through the church. We are confident for your future and we covet your prayers for our move this summer to Texas.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have four “M”‘s for you today:

First, a move: Please plan on helping Sam and Zsuzsi Khoury move tomorrow. We’re gathering at 8:15 am at a self-storage unit at 25086 Jefferson Avenue. After loading, we’ll unload the truck at the Khourys news home at 24010 Ristras Lane in Murrieta. This should be a quick move and the more people are there to help, the quicker it will go! GUYS: the men’s study is canceled so that we can help with the move.

Second, our missions committee is meeting on Sunday morning at 10:00 in the classroom down the hall from the auditorium. Please join us for prayer and an update on Olive Branch Ministries, which will be our focus for the month of March. Also look for updated prayer requests from our missionaries on the bulletin table.

Third, our new mercy committee will be taking a collection for the food pantry at Olive Branch Ministries every Sunday during the month of March. Pastor Seth has requested gas cards, food gift cards, canned foods, boxed goods, and hygiene products. Here is a list of canned food items that will be good for the food pantry: chicken, beef, tuna, ham, stew, chili, soup, peanut butter, almond butter, nuts, beans, vegetables, diced tomato, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, fruit, baby foods, condiments, vegetable oil, stuffing, instant potatoes, pasta, rice, grains, oatmeal, dried fruit, healthy snacks for kids, boxed juice, dried milk, wipes, diapers, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, ibuprofen, Tylenol. No perishables, no sugary foods, smaller quantities are best, pop-top lids are great for the homeless.

Fourth, please plan on staying after church for a brief meeting to talk about a few important changes in the life of our church. Members and guests are encouraged to remain in the auditorium after the benediction for a brief announcement. The nursery workers will keep the younger children until we conclude.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!

Happy Friday, everyone!

This Sunday, our new Mercy Committee will have its “Launch Lunch” at the Jenson home after the worship service. Please bring your own lunch. There will be a time for you to brainstorm ideas for reaching to folks in our community with other people in the congregation, so spend time thinking about ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community prior to your lunch on Sunday.

Have you signed up for the new Neighborhood Groups that will begin on March 13th? There are five groups, scattered through the region. These groups are intended to provide regular opportunities for you to grow deeper in your relationship with God with other people from our church who live near you. The Bible assumes that we will have deep “one anothering” relationships with people in our churches, but too often we only connect with people who are like us, in the same stage of life, or with whom we have something in common. These neighborhood groups should help broaden our connections in the church, while also giving us an opportunity to reach out to people in our specific areas with the hope of the gospel.

We are continuing to look for a new place to meet since Chaparral High School will be undergoing major repair work through the summer. Our rent will undoubtedly increase. Please think about how you can give generously to the work of the church to support the church with these extra expenses. Please also pray that God would guide us to a new home. If you have any leads or ideas, please speak to one of the elders.

Have a great weekend! I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.

In Christ,

Eric Landry

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