January 2009

  from the Board  


 Please join us on Sunday nights for worship during the New Year. With a desire to encourage young families with young children to attend, we are changing the format of the Sunday evening services, as follows:


1.                         We will limit the service to one hour. [6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.] 

2.                         Excellent nursery care will be provided! 

3.                         Teaching on OT Bible characters will be provided for children less than 12 years of age. 

4.                         During the hour we will enjoy a time of brief prayer, a few worship songs, and a forty-five minute lesson which will emphasize open discussion among the congregation. 

5.                         Details of our first study in the New Year will be provided soon.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH: On Sunday night, January 18th, Jenny and Miguel will be providing a report on their ministry to the Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic. Praise God that after much perseverance Miguel now has been granted a residence visa.  This evening we will learn how we might better pray for and encourage the Morel’s in their ministry.  NOTE: This meeting will likely go from 6 to 7 PM.


A PASTOR’S PASSION: Blain is still passionately pleading for the Community Church to join our prayer services on Sunday at 9:00 AM and on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  But let’s face it, corporate prayer during these times is not a priority for our Church family – at least not yet.  It is difficult with children who need to get to bed, heavy work loads for husbands, and commuting difficulties for a few families traveling long distances to our Church.


Attendance on Wednesday nights is at an all time low.  Blain is switching the Wednesday night format to end promptly at 8:00 PM so that people can head home especially if they need to put young children to bed.  Blain also would love to arrange for nursery care if it is needed.


Only a small percentage of the congregation attends the Sunday A.M. services.  Blain would love to provide nursery care in the AM.  In addition, Sherrie meets each Sunday at 9:00 with those who are too young to be a part of Bill Shelly’s youth ministry. The young ones are given a Bible lesson by Sherrie who spends time with our young ones praying specifically for them, our Church, missionaries and other needs around the world.   Sherrie says, “You would be amazed to hear the prayers of these young ones.”  Future prayer warriors are being trained for the Lord.


Blain will be okay.  He certainly does not want people coming to please a sinner like he is.  He is thankful for the corporate prayer that is part of our Sunday, A.M. Worship services.  Blain realizes that there are many godly saints in our Church family.  He loves and respects them. He knows that they are praying either individually

and/or as families.  He is very grateful for this prayer! 


But He still is strongly convinced that congregational prayer is the direct link to a great revival especially in our community!   

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Community Church of the Santa Ynez Valley
240 E. Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427