We had a great time at our first Marriage Fellowship Hike at Schabarum Park in Hacienda Heights. We had a chance to walk with our spouse (or fiancé), get a little exercise in, enjoy the beauty of creation, meet new couples, and talk a little bit about marriage. Afterwards some of us were able to extend the fellowship to include food, a good breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Praying you can join us next time!
On Saturday, November 6, Field-of-Lilies ministry invited fellow Christians to take a stand on the corner of Peck and Lower Azusa Rd., in the city of El Monte, (where a Planned Parenthood Clinic is). They showed up in the love of the Spirit, with smiles, and “Signs” of encouragement in a Rally 4 Life.
Below are a few words from Stephanie and a handful of pics that captured the moment. Thanks to all who participated and prayed. You can get more information on Field-of-Lilies on IG (https://www.instagram.com/field_of_lilies/)
The week I was released from the hospital I spent some much needed time alone with Jesus. When He spoke, it was an answer to a prayer I had been asking before I was hospitalized.
He gave me:
2 Corinthians 8:10–11 (NKJV) “And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.”
Right when I read it I knew God was confirming another rally. I was floored because I wasn’t even expecting to hear about a rally. I was still in recovery. The next thing I heard was an almost audible moment from God – “There’s still work to be done.” With a smile and tears, I knew I still had breath in my lungs because God wasn’t done with me yet. There were/are babies He’s called me to stand up and fight for.
Courage is contagious and it was amazing to see so many first-timers out there, plus some familiar faces from last year. During the rally a lady was stopped at a red light and shouted to us, “It’s because of people like you I decided to keep my son,” and she proceeded to point to her little guy sitting in the back seat. He looked to be about 2 or 3 years old. That was one of the coolest things to ever hear! It was like a word of encouragement from a perfect stranger God gave us to let us know we are making a difference, even if we were just standing there with smiles, holding signs. You never know what little life a smile and sign can save, all because of a simple step of faith and act of obedience.
Pastor Chuck Smith said, “There comes a time when we need to quit talking and we need to start acting. Start doing it. There’s a time when, really, you need to quit praying and start moving.”
In His love,
– Stephanie S.
Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
We were blessed to have Pastor Tommy Cota share at this year’s Valentine’s Dinner. His wife Diana also share a few words in the beginning. Click on this LINK to hear the study.
This past weekend, September 13-15, close to 60 men went up to the San Bernardino Mountains, to Twin Peak Christian Conference Center for our annual Men’s Retreat. This year was an absolute blessing, especially for the guys who went with us for the first time.
The theme of this year’s conference was the “Battle Cry” out of Judges 6-8. Through the life of Gideon, we looked at how God calls, cleanses, cuts, conquers, and crowns us as Christian men.
We were blessed to welcome El Monte raised, Pastor Ryan Hussein from Calvary Chapel Sweet Hills in Banning, as our guest speaker.
As always the Twin Peaks Conference Center is a great place to be – the facility, staff, and of course, the food is fantastic, but the Word and fellowship are still the highlights every year. If for some reason you weren’t able to go with us this year, seriously pray about making plans to go next time, if the Lord wills.
Check out the links to the studies below, and if you are one of the men who went up the mountain, please take a few minutes to leave a comment on how the Lord used the retreat to encourage you, hopefully it will encourage others as well.
If you weren’t able to make to our last Marriage Fellowship, you can still hear Ray’s study by clicking below. We encourage you to mark your calendars for our fellowship which will be Saturday, September 21 at 6:00pm as we get together for epic potluck food, fellowship, and a message for all married and engaged couples.
Our first ever “Girl’s Night Out” was held on Tuesday night, July 31. This evening was devoted to the young women of Calvary Chapel El Monte between the ages of 15 & 25. The night began with fellowship, food (catered by Petrillo’s) and a candy bar. Cynthia Garcia led us in worship and then Stephanie Saldana shared a message entitled “A Simple Trust” based on Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalms 9:10. We ended the night with Sheila Rodriguez showing us how to paint on canvas. What a wonderful night it was!
All the sisters are encouraged to watch the study below – and join us next time, if you can.
If you weren’t able to make to our last Marriage Fellowship, you can still hear Henry’s study by clicking HERE. We encourage you to mark your calendars for the second Saturday of each month, as we get together for epic potluck food, fellowship, and a message for all married and engaged couples.