District Superintendent Shinya Goto

The Leadership Council put on a Welcome Dinner the other night for people who are relatively new to our church. It was hosted by Ginger Bassett and what a beautiful evening we had. I feel so honored to get to pastor a church that does so much for the community and takes Jesus’ teachings so seriously. Thank you all for being a part of this.
On Sunday, October 27, we will be blessed to have District Superintendent Shinya Goto with us. He will be preaching at both services. Shinya works for our Bishop to supervise the work of all the churches on the El Camino District. This includes roughly 55 United Methodist Churches from the San Ramon Valley, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. Let’s have a good showing on the 27th so that Shinya gets a good picture of who we are and our ministry.

Promote the Welfare of the City

Four of us from the Neighborhood Services Center had a meeting with the Chief of Police and some of her staff this week. The meeting was about the challenges of being homeless and the work being done in the city to help people.

I had been in a bad mood that day. I was feeling impatient about certain people and lacking in understanding about their circumstances. I felt like I had spent most the day policing our property. In our meeting I suddenly noticed that the police officers were expressing more compassion and patience than I was.

Not only that, but they were also very affirming of our church and the work we are doing. They expressed thankfulness that there is a place that provides safety to vulnerable people. I went away from that meeting feeling encouraged and good about the work we do.

The interesting thing about this is that I felt as if God had used them to encourage us in the work that we do. I felt part of a larger team. Thanks be to God for Chief Frese, Assistant Chief Martinez, and Officer Carvey.

One of the verses from the Prophet Jeremiah this week is — “Promote the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because your future depends on its welfare.”

See you Sunday,          Steve


Pastor Steve Lundin