5th Sunday Dream Team Fun Night – October 30, 2011

On the 5th Sunday in October, 75 members of the Dream Team met to have a night of good food, good friends, and a great message by Cal Montenegro.  We love and appreciate our volunteers, they are the driving force here at The Tree! 

Everyone brought their favorite Intenational food, and for dessert we had melted chocolate for dipping!  We divided into teams and did a team building exercise, the human pretzel.  And then we were treated to an inspiring message by Cal Montenegro. Cal is an International Evangelist who travels to Central and South America several times a year sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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The Gift

But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Once upon a time there was a King of a mighty kingdom. He was a good King and he loved his people very much. One day he called twelve of his top leaders to come to him. He had a surprise for them. He gave them each a gift. A fabulous, marvelous gift. A gift like none they had ever seen before. He told his men to go out and share this gift with the rest of his people… the gift was limitless. They would never run out of the gift. The gift would never grow old or tarnish. It would never fade away. It was the most amazing gift the men had ever seen. There was no price tag that could be placed on the gift, and the only thing the King asked was that those who received the gift be sure and share it with others.

So the twelve set out, to share this amazing gift.

Some people could not believe that the gift was theirs, simply to receive. They would listen to the story the men told, but then they would shake their heads in amazement and doubt and simply walk away. The men would try to give the gift to these people, but they refused it.

Some people would receive the gift, but they would then tuck it under their arm, run back into their houses and hide the gift under their bed. They couldn’t believe that the gift was really theirs and they were afraid to share it with anyone else.

But some people were so very thankful that they received the gift, that they immediately ran out and shared the gift with everyone who they came in contact with. They wanted others to have the same good fortune that they had … to receive this special gift.

Father God, thank You for the wonderful gift that You have given us. Lord, teach me how to share your gift with others.

I Love You Jesus.
In Your Name I Pray,
Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

The Choices You Make Today
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!
http://www.alifedecision.org

Living Stone – October 2011 – Monica Wiggins

Monica Wiggins- October 2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Monica Wiggins loves Jesus and she loves serving him.  It shows in her smile, in her eyes and in everything she does.  Monica spends most days at The Tree, as a volunteer, helping out wherever she can.  She has a gift for organization and we’ve been blessed to have her  skills put to use throughout the church.  Monica, we love and appreciate you.  You Do Rock!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 2:4,5)

Yard Sale – October 15, 2011

On October 15, 2011, The Tree of Life sponsored a church wide yard sale to support missions and children’s ministry.  Troop 255, which is sponsored by The Tree, sold refreshments.   Over $1300 was earned from this event, everyone had a great time.  Thank you to everyone who participated by donating items and / or giving of your time during this two day event.

Living Stone – September 2011 – Edison Tungpalan

Edison Tungpalan – September 2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Edison Tungpalan  is a true Living Stone for Jesus.  He is our Sound Tech Technician, and every Sunday he is faithfully sitting at the controls, making sure all the sounds coming forth are unto The Lord!  Edison is here at the church during praise team practice, making sure all is as it should be with the sound system. Edison always has a smile on his face, he is a true joy to serve with.  Edison, thank you for all you do!  We appreciate you!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  ( I Peter 2:4,5)

Wake Up

My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
James 5:19,20

I fell back asleep the other morning. I couldn’t help it. It was cool out and my bed was cozy. I just didn’t want to wake up. So I shut off my alarm and laid my head down, for just a minute. The next thing I knew, Chase was shaking me and saying, “Wake up Mom. I don’t want to miss the bus.”

I have Carson to get to school after Chase and if I were to miss Chase’s bus and drive him to school, it would start a whole chain of negative reactions and my day would not go so well.

But because Chase woke me out of my sleep, all was well here at the Schneider home this morning. Breakfast was eaten … lunches packed … book bags filled. Time to spare … no stress … no pain.

I was thinking about how sometimes we doze off in our relationship with God. We don’t mean to … but life, as we know it, is comfortable for us and we don’t want to step out of that zone.

It starts out as simply missing a Sunday or two, but then it becomes so cozy relaxing at home on Sunday mornings and there is preaching on the TV, we don’t really need to go to church. And that is true. Going to church doesn’t make us right or wrong with God. It’s what’s in our heart. But God’s Word tells us to not neglect the fellowship of the brethren. We need to hang out with other Believers, for support and encouragement.

Then we start having a couple of drinks on Saturday night, cause we aren’t getting up early for church, so it will be okay. Then we start going out with our friends to the bars, it won’t hurt to go have some fun, we’re just dancing. And we start flirting with someone and the next thing we know, we’re in the midst of an affair or we’re caught up in drugs or alcohol or surfing porn sites on the Internet.

Or maybe nothing quite so dramatic … maybe we just start to withdrawal into ourselves, caught up in that web of depression that never seems to let go of us. Or maybe we keep ourselves so busy with work or our kids or _____, that we just don’t have time for God anymore.

Regardless of the situation, the result becomes the same, God is not in the picture, he’s not a part of our lives.

Then one of our good friends comes along and says, “Hey … wake up. What are you doing?”

And we stop and take a look at our lives. We realize the mistakes we made, and we get down on our knees and ask God to forgive us. Then we move forward … with Him!

Father, thank you for the amazing grace that you offer to us. If we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank you Lord for loving us, so very much.

I Love You Jesus.
   In Your Name I Pray,
   Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

 The Choices You Make Today
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!
http://www.alifedecision.org

Living Stone – August 2011 – Smiley Castaneda

Smiley Castaneda – August  2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

You only need one look at Smiley Castaneda to know why he has this nickname.  There is always a smile on his face!  Smiley loves Jesus and he has such a heart to serve Him.   Smiley donates his time and talents to The Tree through his business, Smiley Graphics & Promotions. Smiley provides all lour printing and t-shirts, and does such a great job with everything.  Thank you Smiley!  We appreciate you!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 2:4,5)