September 4, 2010
Dear Saddleback Family,
I begin a new 4 week series, "Preparing For Your Future." The first message is about overcoming past defeats, present discouragements, and the temptation (especially with the recession) to simply drift into the future. We cannot be "Waiting for the World to Change." We must move on with God's destiny for our lives, regardless of the economic situation. Based on the 3 instructions God gave Joshua to possess the Promised Land, this weekend's message is "Possessing Your Destiny." I guarantee that you'll be encouraged and inspired.
PARKING FOR FAMILIES WITH STROLLERS OPENS THIS WEEKEND
Beginning this weekend, September 4-5, the parking closest to our Children's Ministry Center will become our "STROLLER LOT". This lot will be reserved for families with young children in strollers. While the Stroller Lot is designated for young families on the weekend, it will be open for general parking during the week and for events.
The handicap parking will still be available for those who need it. If you typically park in this lot on the weekend, we would ask that you park in the next closest lot, unless of course you have a child in a stroller. And for those of you with innovative and creative minds, it doesn't count if you merely own a stroller or even have one in your trunk......it's for those who currently have kids in a stroller.
DECADE OF DESTINY LAUNCHES 10-10-10!
I can say without hesitation that I'm more excited about the next ten years than the past thirty years combined. All that's happened in our past has prepared us for the greatest decade yet! So we're calling this year's Fall spiritual growth campaign Decade of Destiny. It's a plan I've been working on all year to help you succeed in 1) fulfilling your personal destiny, and 2) fulfilling our church family's destiny together.
A BOOK & MOVIE STARRING YOU!
We set a goal a number of years ago to follow Jesus' command to go to every nation in the world. There are 195 nations in the world and by the end of this year, we will have reached every single one! This has never been done before in Christian history and YOU did it. So in order to celebrate this accomplishment, we're preparing a historic book and documentary called "To Every Nation" which will include all the names of every person who has gone on a Mission or PEACE Trip.
We're creating a large coffee table book and a film documentary of the stories and pictures of over 11,000 Saddleback members who've served on international P.E.A.C.E. trips and many more of you who've served here in America (i.e. Katrina Relief). We want include your name and photo of your group on a PEACE trip, the country you served, and date.
There are 2 ways you can get us your photos and /or movies:
- Please bring them with you to the service you attend this weekend.
We will collecting all the names, trip dates & locations, photos, and stories, so I need you to send them to us and loan us your photos.
- Respond to this e-mail RIGHT NOW with your full name, date of trip, country of mission/PEACE trip, e-mail address, home address, and phone number. Then, click here to upload your photos and tell us about the highlights of your trip.
- If you don't have a photo you can upload from your computer, place photographs in a large envelope with all of the information above and drop it off at our Ministry Office in Lake Forest (on the corner of Portola and Saddleback Parkways Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
GET WELL CARDS FROM CHILDREN
I've loved all the hand-made get-well cards that kids in our church sent me after I accidentally burned my eyes with a toxic poison from a plant I was pruning in my yard. Below, Chad & Niki Huggins sent their drawings of the story of my accident.
It is a privilege to be your pastor. I love you!