Announcements 4-17-16

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ESL Graduation from June 2015

 

Family Sunday Potluck
Join us on April 24, 2016 for our monthly Family Sunday Potluck after the service. Please sign up today during or after the service to bring a dish.

Volunteer with Fix Your Bike
Spring Fix Your Bike is ramping up for another spring and summer season of loving our neighbors through free bike repair and other new activities. Only a joyful spirit is required! If you would d like to volunteer in any way please contact Quinn Lee at johnquinnlee@gmail.com.

Women’s Gathering
FOL Ladies, please join us for a special brunch on Saturday, April 30, at Fay Mandalia’s home. For more information sign up at the Info Table or email Gaby Schmidt at mrsgschmidt@yahoo.com.

5000 Pies
Did you know that 5000 Pies also caters? Chef Mike offers a wide variety of menu options to make your event special. Please consider us for your upcoming events like prom parties, graduations, etc. Email us at orders@5000pies.com for more info.

Weekly Events

  • We meet for prayer on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Nursery.
  • Youth Group: High school students meet on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and middle school students meet on Fridays from 7–9:00 p.m. at the Family Center.

Announcements from 4-10-16

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Volunteer with Fix Your Bike: Spring
Fix Your Bike is ramping up for another spring and summer season of loving our neighbors through free bike repair and other new activities. Only a joyful spirit is required! If you’d like to volunteer in any way please contact Quinn Lee at johnquinnlee@gmail.com.

Webster Elementary Mural: April 16th
FOL has been given the special honor of painting the Webster Elementary handball courts. Sam is leading the beautification project on Saturday. If you would like to help paint, please contact Becky at beckyteter@folcov.org.  Children 4th grade and older can help, too!

Women’s Gathering: April 30
FOL Ladies, please join us for a special brunch on Saturday, April 30th at Fay Mandalia’s home. For more information or to receive an Evite, please email Gaby Schmidt at mrsgschmidt@yahoo.com.

Announcements from 4-3-16

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Volunteer with Fix Your Bike: Spring
Fix Your Bike is ramping up for another spring and summer season of loving our neighbors through free bike repair and other new activities. Only a joyful spirit is required! If you’d like to volunteer in any way please contact Quinn Lee at johnquinnlee@gmail.com.

Spring Members Meeting: April 10
FOL members, join us for our quarterly FOL Members meeting next week before the service at 9 am. Childcare will be provided for children 2 years and up.

Azusa Now Prayer Convention: April 9
On April 9th, TheCall will be hosting an all day gathering of believers at the Coliseum to worship Jesus and to cry out to God to send revival to Los Angeles. For more info, visit www.thecall.com/azusa. Flyer at the Info Table.

Webster Elementary Mural: April 9 and 16
FOL has been given the special honor of painting the Webster Elementary handball courts. Sam is leading the beautification project on two Saturdays: April 9 and April 16. If you would like to help paint, please contact Emily at emily@folcov.org. Children 4th grade and older can help, too!

Meet the Pastor: April 17
If you are new to FOL and want to learn more about our church, please join us for a time of fellowship on Sunday, April 17th after the service for a reception with Pastor John.

Women’s Gathering: April 30
FOL Ladies, please join us for a special brunch on Saturday, April 30th at Fay Mandalia’s home. For more information or to receive an Evite, please email Gaby Schmidt at mrsgschmidt@yahoo.com or sign up at the Info Table after the service

Meet John Lee

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Meet John Lee, FOL Pastoral Intern

Some faithful disciples have desks where they seek the Lord. Others have a favorite chair or a nice spot in the park. For a season, John Lee’s special place of intimacy with God was the Corner Bakery in La Habra, California. The aroma of coffee and bread couldn’t distract him from his appointments with God.

In November 2012, John moved to La Habra from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his hometown. “God had put on my heart to move to a new city, to a new place,” he says. “It’s been a journey since then.” In Louisiana, he focused on developing his career. After searching for a job in California for around six months, he found an accounting job, but things did not work out.

After that experience, he wasn’t sure what to do next but he was led to seek God. One of the things he did during this time was read Bobby Clinton’s book, The Making of a Leader, which Pastor John had given him. For the next month, John spent a lot of time at the Corner Bakery and God put on his heart a desire for God to be his direction for his life and his future. “I wanted to devote my life to him,” he says.

One day, God led John to Pasadena to visit Fuller Theological Seminary, although he wasn’t interested in seminary at the time.  He began to talk to people and look through brochures. Eventually, God opened many doors and made it clear that Fuller was a key to finding the direction that God had promised.

Now, two years later, John is in his final quarter of the master of divinity program at Fuller. “It has been a rich experience,” he says. “It’s been tough writing papers, but overall, it’s been an amazing journey. Fuller has taught me that all of life is about God, not just church. For me, it’s not only been about learning particular topics (like church history, languages, etc.), but about seeing God’s beauty through these things. It brings you a sense of wonder.”

All students in the Fuller program have an internship in a church, a nonprofit, or a hospital. John felt that FOL would be the best place for the internship. “God is on a mission in this world and that includes Long Beach,” he says. “Being an intern in our church has allowed me to join God in what he’s doing, whether it’s through serving kids at the Family Center, being a Life Group leader, and trying to offer support wherever I can on Sundays.” He also has regular meetings with his FOL mentor, Dan Palomino, director of member care. “Obviously, you don’t have to be on staff to serve, but being able to have this opportunity has given me more joy and excitement,” says John.

John has a special heart for the FOL youth, whether it’s laying down a beat for Keenan Uyematsu to freestyle to at Youth Group, playing basketball, or serving at CrossWalk. “I love the kids,” he says. “they are so fun and they are so energetic. There’s a dynamism in CrossWalk.” The ministries of the church demonstrate God’s love for people. “You don’t just love people by verbally telling them the gospel, but you do it by practically serving people’s needs,” he says. At 5000 Pies, for example, “we want people to know God, but we want them to have jobs, learn skills, and to succeed in life,” he says. “That’s also how we share love with people.”

At the end of this quarter, John’s internship at FOL and his time at Fuller will come to an end, and he is not sure what will happen next. “Going deeper in my relationship with God is really what this whole experience is about,” says John. “I don’t know specifically what God has planned, but I know he will be faithful. It’s really my relationship with God—and my love for him, and his love for me—that inspires me to do things like move to California.”

Announcements from 3-27-16

Spring Life Groups: March – May
Life Groups are a wonderful way to be in faith-strengthening community and to be in the Word. If you are not currently in a Life Group, please sign up at the Info Table after the service. Please visit the website for dates and times.

Family Training: April 3
FOL Families, join us this Sunday, April 3rd from 9:30-9:45 am in the cafeteria to learn how to pray as a family. We will train you on a simple prayer exercise with your children. Parents and children are encouraged to attend this training together.

Spring Members Meeting: April 10
FOL members, join us for our quarterly FOL Members’ meeting before the service at 9 am on April 10th.

Azusa Now Prayer Convention: April 9
On April 9, TheCall will be hosting an all day gathering of believers at the Coliseum to worship Jesus and to cry out to God to send revival to Los Angeles. For more info, visit www.thecall.com/azusa. Flyer at the Info Table.

Webster Elementary Mural: April 9 and 16
FOL has been given the special honor of painting the Webster Elementary handball courts. Sam is leading the beautification project on two Saturdays: April 9 and April 16. If you would like to help paint, please contact Becky at beckyteter@folcov.org. Children 4th grade and older can help, too!

Meet the Pastor: April 17
If you are new to FOL and want to learn more about our church, please join us for a time of fellowship on Sunday, April 17 after the service for a reception with Pastor John.