Pastor’s Note 07/08/22

“We Love God, Love People and

Make Disciples of Jesus.”


          At last month’s Session meeting we worked on word-smithing our mission statement so that it would be a memorable phrase that reflects what we want to accomplish as a church. The above statement is what we came up with.


          The power of a mission statement is only impactful if it is implemented by those who follow it. This is something that we as leaders and that you and I as partners in this ministry must do.


         We need to let these words guide us as we plan and we need put these words into action as we live.


         We must love God, love people and make disciples of Jesus.


          This is what we do as a church and this is what we do as individuals. These words will guide what we say and they will guide what we do. We need to live these words out as they instruct and direct our paths individually and as they direct the path that our church follows in the months and years ahead.


          I am excited about where God will lead us and I hope that you will join me as we live out these words here in Lakeside, East County and around the world.

Pastor’s Note 06/30/22

So what are you reading this summer?


I hope that you are able to find some time during these hot days of summer to enjoy a good book or two. I am the kind of reader who usually has two or three books going at the same time, some for fun, some for work, some for my soul. Some are on my iPad/Kindle (easier to travel with), some are beside my bed helping me fall asleep, some are in my commuter-bag that I take back and forth to the office.


Here are the books that I am currently reading:


Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change – by Tod Bolsinger


The Good and Beautiful You: Discovering the Person Jesus Created You to Be – by James Bryan Smith


The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism – by Jemar Tisby


Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry – by
Ruth Haley Barton


Welcome to Dunder-Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office – by

Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman


How to Pray: Reflections and Essays – by
C. S. Lewis


I suspect that this summer I will finish a few of these books and that I will add a few. Some will continue to be by my beside and others I will sling back and forth to the office.


So, what are you reading? Let me know (you can email me at


Have a great rest of the week, celebrate the 4th  of July safely, and I hope to see you on Sunday.