Ranch Family Fun Day This Sunday – https://ift.tt/32EGQVS

Please join us this Sunday for our Ranch Family Fun Day! Books open at 7 am and events start at 8 am. Bring a friend!

Words from the Pastor
I think that there are times in all of our lives that we feel low aren’t there? Times when we hurt and feel the pain and the weight of the world bearing down on us and it feels like we are just not going to be able to go on. Maybe a relationship has fallen apart or there are financial burdens or health issues have crept in and taken your peace. And remember, Jesus said there would be days like this for sure. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 this, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Isn’t that the best thing you’ve read in a really long time? Jesus said that we were going to have bad days but then He says, “Don’t worry about it!” in so many words. Why? Why not worry? Because we have King Jesus looking after us!
Do you remember the old hymn “For His Eye Is on The Sparrow?” The first verse and chorus went like this: “Why should I feel discouraged? And why should the shadows come? Why should my heart feel lonely and long for my heavenly home? When Jesus is my portion? And my constant friend is He! His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. Oh His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. I sing because I’m happy I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” That hymn is taken from Matthew 10. In verses 28-31 Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Essentially, what Jesus is saying here is that even if you’re going to die, don’t worry about it! Easier said then done that’s for sure but non-the-less so very true. Remember the disciples trying to row across the lake in Mark 4:35-41 and a furious storm blew up and Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the back of the boat? They woke Him up and said, “Lord, don’t you care that we’re about to die?” And after He had calmed the sea Jesus asks them, “Why were you so afraid? Where’s your faith?” And it’s the same thing in all of our lives. “Lord, did you see that doctor’s report??” “Lord, I don’t have any way of paying these bills!!” “Lord, this relationship is hurting me so bad!!” On and on it goes and Jesus is saying to us, “Where’s your faith? Is it in the doctors or Me? Is your faith in your money or Me? If you trust Me, I will make you content in this relationship. But you have to trust Me!”
So, trust Him today. Give Him your burden today and don’t pick it up again. Allow Him to calm the stormy sea in your life. Then take His hand and step out of the boat into the sea and watch what He does. He is in the business of changing lives.
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve

Hello, a friendly reminder that the 2nd Sunday food collection is this Sunday July 14.

We are especially in need of canned beef stew (Dinty Moore/Kroger/Amour brands) and canned veggies.
Please place your kind donations in the red collection boxes located near the doors at church.

Because of your generosity:
A mini food bank has been opened outside of the Sonoita library whereby people who need food can have 24 hour access to healthy food. (thank you to Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce Bracker for his support of this effort)
The mini food pantry outside the Patagonia food bank is being stocked with healthy food.
Over 70 families/individuals (mostly single senior citizens) who use the food bank located in Patagonia are being supplemented with food from our church
Families in need in our area are receiving delivered food.
Thank you for being the Church and for serving others in our community who need our help = Christ in action in and through you!

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Words from the Pastor
I am not sure if anyone notices this or not but I try to have a new scripture on the front of the bulletin every month and this month is no different. I read this month’s Scripture early Wednesday morning and it spoke to my heart. Here it is, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone (Titus 3:3-8).”
“At one time Paul” writes to Titus in verse 3. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling that that one time is still happening and I am still messing up quite often. That as a pastor and someone that has been a Christian for over 50 years I should be on top of all those things that Paul is telling Titus was “At one time…” Now please notice what Paul writes next, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” I heard a definition of mercy and grace that went like this: “Mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we don’t deserve.” I know that I sure didn’t deserve mercy. I am a sinner that deserves the utmost punishment. I deserve to be on that cross, but my Savior Jesus took my place because of His love for me. And by His grace (Getting what I don’t deserve), He saved me from that death and from my sin.
Do I still sin? Oh yes, indeed I do (And so do you I would presume), but because of His death on the cross those sins are under His blood and I am free! I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” So, when I sin, I must confess it and it is forgiven right then and there and I am free from that sin. All because of the blood of Jesus and His mercy! And then, as Paul tells Titus, “…so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” The hope of eternal life!! I do hope that you have that hope. That you know that you will have eternal life. That beyond a shadow of a doubt you know that you have been forgiven and that He no longer looks on your sin. If you don’t know those things please let me know. I can help you understand that He wants you in His family. And if you do know than I pray that you are living the victorious Christian life that only a born again believer can live!
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve

Words from the Pastor
As the dust settles from the last of the family leaving for home after the memorial service and getting done with VBS, and life gets back to “normal” (Normal is just a setting on the dryer my cousin once said!), my mind wanders back to the past few days and recounts all of the events of the week gone by. I then have to ask myself, “Did everything I did in the past days please the Lord? Do I need to repent because I sinned with my mouth and said something that I shouldn’t have said? Did my actions bring people closer to God or push them away from Him? Will there be a reward in Heaven for my actions or not?” I suppose that this really should be one of my main concerns every day, but for sure I am concerned right now because of all of the interaction with so much of the family and people in the community. Naomi’s father and mother have 153 descendants so you know that there was interaction and some of those people are hard to get along with! They’re in-laws for crying out loud so of course there will be some that will rub you the wrong way! And Paul does tell us in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” I am glad that Paul says “If it is possible…” because you and I both know that sometimes it just is not possible! Some people just don’t WANT to live in peace! But he also writes, “as far as it depends on you…” I believe what Paul is saying here is that we need to make sure that we do everything in our power to keep the peace.
David tells us in Psalms 39:23-24 this, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” I believe that David was asking God to look inside him and reveal to him anything that would keep him from living at peace with everyone. I want to ask God the same thing, to look inside me and reveal anything that would hinder my walk with God and my fellow man. I learned a long, long time ago that I cannot change anyone else. I cannot make anyone else do what I want them to do or act the way that I want them to act. The only one that I can make change is me. I am responsible for my own actions and no one else’s. No matter what people say or do, how I react is up to me and no one else. So, Paul says, “as far as depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
What we need to do is allow God to look inside of us and show us where it is we need to change. Ask Him, as David did, to search us and to know our hearts. It is true that we may not always like what He reveals to us. We may not like it at the moment He reveals an offensive way in us, but we will like it as He leads us in the way everlasting, and Heaven is everlasting. All we need to do is get out of the way and allow Him to show us where to change.
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve

Words from the Pastor
As the dust settles from the last of the family leaving for home after the memorial service and getting done with VBS, and life gets back to “normal” (Normal is just a setting on the dryer my cousin once said!), my mind wanders back to the past few days and recounts all of the events of the week gone by. I then have to ask myself, “Did everything I did in the past days please the Lord? Do I need to repent because I sinned with my mouth and said something that I shouldn’t have said? Did my actions bring people closer to God or push them away from Him? Will there be a reward in Heaven for my actions or not?” I suppose that this really should be one of my main concerns every day, but for sure I am concerned right now because of all of the interaction with so much of the family and people in the community. Naomi’s father and mother have 153 descendants so you know that there was interaction and some of those people are hard to get along with! They’re in-laws for crying out loud so of course there will be some that will rub you the wrong way! And Paul does tell us in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” I am glad that Paul says “If it is possible…” because you and I both know that sometimes it just is not possible! Some people just don’t WANT to live in peace! But he also writes, “as far as it depends on you…” I believe what Paul is saying here is that we need to make sure that we do everything in our power to keep the peace.
David tells us in Psalms 39:23-24 this, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” I believe that David was asking God to look inside him and reveal to him anything that would keep him from living at peace with everyone. I want to ask God the same thing, to look inside me and reveal anything that would hinder my walk with God and my fellow man. I learned a long, long time ago that I cannot change anyone else. I cannot make anyone else do what I want them to do or act the way that I want them to act. The only one that I can make change is me. I am responsible for my own actions and no one else’s. No matter what people say or do, how I react is up to me and no one else. So, Paul says, “as far as depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
What we need to do is allow God to look inside of us and show us where it is we need to change. Ask Him, as David did, to search us and to know our hearts. It is true that we may not always like what He reveals to us. We may not like it at the moment He reveals an offensive way in us, but we will like it as He leads us in the way everlasting, and Heaven is everlasting. All we need to do is get out of the way and allow Him to show us where to change.
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve

Last day of Vbs! We do have family night tonight. All are welcome! Please have kids at Sonoita Bible church by 5:50pm. They are excited to show ya’ll what they’ve learned!