PASTOR’S PEN
 

The Book of James

I started reading the Bible when I was in high school. I fell in love with the New Testament Book of James. It is an often overlooked Epistle toward the back.While hardly ever mentioning the name of Jesus it captures the essence of much of his teaching. It is quick to point out hypocrisy and favoritism, and demands that faith be active in walking with those who live on the margins. 
 
This Sunday begins a 5 part sermon series on The Epistle of James. Take some time and read through it. The text this week is James 1: 17 – 27. We will talk about what makes for authentic religion. This month we will also celebrate the work of our Neighborhood Service Center. I think that the work we do here is a sign of authentic religious faith. What has our Neighborhood Service Center meant to you? Our Communion offering this Sunday will be for the Neighborhood Service Center.
 
Blessings,
 
Steve


COPA

I was thinking of my friend Jack Briscoe the other day. Through Jack’s leadership, our congregation was one of the founding members of an organization called COPA. This stands for — Communities Organized forr Relational Power in Action. COPA has done important work in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties creating change and improving the quality of life for us all. On September 30 they will be celebrating a 15 year anniversary with a convention at Sherwood Hall from 3 pm to 5 pm.  A special focus will be on the four issues areas of Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Mental Health and Addiction. 
 
I told one of the COPA leaders that I would try to bring 12 people from our church. You see, numbers are important because numbers communicate to elected officials. And COPA intends to bring out elected city, county, and state officials. COPA ‘s goal is to bring out a 1000 people to this convention. 
 
This is an opportunity to put our faith to practice. Will you join me at this convention? It would make Jack happy.
 
Blessings,
 
Steve 



 
Pastor Steve Lundin