Dear Saddleback Family!
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! #1
I was hoping that maybe 500 of you would join us at our Saddleback Rancho Capistrano campus on Memorial Day for our Spring Cleaning Work Day. THEN NEARLY 2,000 OF YOU SHOWED UP TO HELP! Amazing!
Entire families...of all ages...raking, cleaning, painting, trimming, washing windows, and oiling floors to get the retreat center ready to open for our small group retreats starting this summer! Here are a few comments from people:
- “It was SO much fun! Everyone joined and working together. How soon can we do it again?”
- “We met new friends...and built some great relationships!”
- “My kids are begging to do it again!”
- “I had NO idea our church owned such an incredibly beautiful retreat center! WOW!”
I am SO proud of you for your SERVING HEART.
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! #2
Orange County newspapers and social magazines regularly feature stories about local philanthropy and charity efforts. Many of these self-congratulatory articles typically go something like this: “(So and so rich OC resident) spent $50,000 on an extravagant dinner party where everybody got dressed up for cocktails and publicity photos. The purpose was to benefit (a worthy charity), and $#,000 was raised that night.”
When I read such articles, my first thought is ‘The children at Saddleback have a better understanding of true, unselfish generosity!’
Every single week, regardless of the economy or weather, without any fanfare or publicity photos, the people of Saddleback Church give generously to fund over 400 community ministries, feed over 2,000 out-of-work families, and support the PEACE plan in every single nation of the world without putting their name on a plaque. THAT friends, is true unselfishness, and I am so proud of you - for your GENEROSITY.
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! #3
I am also so proud of your consistency with the Daniel Plan! You are looking great and more energetic! Our church family has been losing an average of 4,000 pounds a day! So many of you have shared that you are encouraging each other in your small groups to get healthy. Remember, our goal is to develop long-term health habits that will give you energy & longevity to fulfill God’s purpose for your life!
THIS SATURDAY IS OUR DANIEL PLAN FUN WALK & RUN with breakfast, a fitness & food expo, and 5 or 10k WALK & RUN. The event will go from 7 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature SPECIAL GUEST Austin Andrews (from television show THE BIGGEST LOSER) who lost 174 pounds!
VISION WEEKEND - Next WEEKEND! I‘ll be sharing a message I’ve been working on for months about God’s Eternal Vision For Your Life. Don’t miss it.
EVER WONDER...Why life is so hard? Why does everything seem like a battle? There are unseen spiritual forces active around your life that are continually seeking to defeat and discourage you. ON FATHER’S DAY, I will begin a new, major series for the summer called “THE INVISIBLE WAR FOR YOUR LIFE.” Satan is real and you need to know how to defeat him.
ALSO ON FATHER’S DAY - I’M INVITING ALL MEN TO SING IN OUR GODLY MEN’S CHOIR AT ALL SERVICES. The Godly Men’s Choir will rehearse this Thursday morning at The Herd meeting, and Tuesday night, June 14 at 9 p.m. in the Plaza Room.
I love you, and I’m grateful to be your pastor.