“Answered Prayer”: Sermon by Pastor Mitch Williams

Blessings Upper Room Family, 
 
This Sabbath we have a special guest speaker, Pastor Mitch Williams. Pastor Mitch is the former head pastor of the Duarte SDA church and is currently serving as interim pastor of the Long Beach SDA Church. Pastor Mitch will be training our leaders for our small group sessions starting on October 11-November 22. We are blessed to have him and his wife Jenny join us for this Sabbath. I pray each of you will join us for fellowship and worship. 
 
Here is our Worship Program for September 20, 2014:
 
Announcements: Pastor Kevin Camato
Praise Worship
Opening Song: How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art
Welcome: Mike Kim
Garden of Prayer
Offering: Naree Kim
Ushers: Jr. Ushers
 
Scripture: Ethan Kim
        Luke 1: 8-13 “So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.”

 
Sermon: Pastor Mitch Williams
      “Answered Prayers”

Closing Song: Amazing Love
Closing Prayer: Pastor Mitch Williams
 
Announcements
1. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date. We will be praying now until then for the Lord to lead us to people who want to commit their lives to Christ through Professions of Faith and Baptism. As of now we have 1 Baptismal candidate but we pray that the Lord will multiply that number with is leading and grace. Please keep December 6, 2014 in your prayers that the Lord will lead more people into His kingdom. 
 
2. Communion Sabbath will be on September 27, 2014. Please reserve this Sabbath as we remember the sacrifice of the Lord through the service of Communion and Foot Washing. This Sabbath will be a family joint worship. 
 
3. Louis and Anna Lim have invited URF to their home for a joint fellowship with Yorba Linda SDA church at 4:00pm today. Please join us for fellowship. 
 
4. Pastor Kevin and Gerlynne would like to continue planning visitations with each of our Upper Room Fellowship families. Please contact Pastor Kevin or Gerlynne to set-up your visitation.
 
5. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our website, http://www.urf.org/ to get the latest updates of what is happening with our church.
 
May the Lord bless each of you as we remember the Sabbath and we pray to see each of you this weekend. 

Sincerely,
 
Pastor Kevin & Gerlynne Camato 

Stewardship: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

Today is September 11, 2014. A day that many American’s remember very vividly. Many of us remember exactly where we were the day we heard & saw the news of the attacks. For 13 years the US has remembered this day, just like many other days of memorial in our nations history. These memorial days remind us of people who lost their lives and people who gave their lives in service to save others. We hang flags, bring flowers, wear a certain color, and stop working to remember with solemnity and respect these days and people who lost and gave their lives for this nation.

We as Christians are not to far off from having our own “Memorial Day”. Many time we perceive it to be just another day but if we truly look back two thousand years and even further, the Sabbath is a weekly Memorial Day of God’s Creation and Redemption.

 
Just like any artist, God sealed, signed and sanctified His creative work by creating the Sabbath. God’s original Sabbath day was not only created to show who is the creator but give His creation the opportunity to build a personal relationship with Him. This same God who created the Sabbath as a Memorial of His creative work also blessed the Sabbath as a time of Redemptive work. You see, Jesus died on the Day of Preparation, which in the Jewish culture is Friday and the beginning of Sabbath. He rested in the grave on the Sabbath day because the work of Redemption was completed and He rose again to give us hope that we too have eternal life in Him. 
 
This memorial comes every week and many times we pass it by as a day just like all the others. Brothers and sisters, let us always remember God’s Sabbath day. That it is a day to set apart, remember and build our relationship with our Creator and Redeemer and may every Sabbath day be God’s Sabbath day with each of you. 

 
Here is our Worship Program for September 13, 2014:
 
Announcements: Kuen Chak
Praise Worship
Opening Song: Come Just As You Are
Welcome: Gene Yu
Garden of Prayer: Gerlynne Camato
 
Special URF Update: Ty Bickel

Offering: Clayton Chun
Ushers: Jr. Ushers

Scripture: Evan Kim
        Malachi 3:10, Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, 
        That there may be food in My house,
        And try Me now in this,”
        Says the Lord of hosts,
        “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
        And pour out for you such blessing
        Thathere will not be room enough to receive it.
 
Sermon: Pastor Camato
               “Stewardship”
Open Forum: Kuen Chak
Closing Song: Arms of Love
Closing Prayer: Pastor Camato
 
Announcements
1.  Santa Anita Convalescent Home Ministries – This Sabbath we will be going to the Santa Anita Convalescent Home to sing, do some special music and play bingo with our beloved friends. They have been truly enjoying our company and we pray that you all will join us for fun, fellowship and friendship building. We will leave at 2:00pm. Worship will start promptly at 11:30.
 
2. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date. We will be praying now until then for the Lord to lead us to people who want to commit their lives to Christ through Professions of Faith and Baptism. As of now we have 1 Baptismal candidate but we pray that the Lord will multiply that number with is leading and grace. Please keep December 6, 2014 in your prayers that the Lord will lead more people into His kingdom. 
 
3.     Communion Sabbath will be on September 27, 2014. Please reserve this Sabbath as we Remember the sacrifice of the Lord through the service of communion and foot washing. This Sabbath will be a family joint worship. 
 
4.     Sabbath Afternoon Prayer Meeting will take place at Tommy & Joyce Kim’s house in conjunction with the house blessing. This will follow the Convalescent home ministry so please come and join us as we praise God for the blessings of Tommy & Joyce’s new home. We hope to see you all there, directions will be given at church this Sabbath. 
 
5.     September 20, 2014 at 4:00pm – Louis and Anna Lim have invited URF to their home for a joint fellowship with Yorba Linda SDA church. Please save the date and join us as we expand our fellowship circles. 
 
6. Pastor Kevin and Gerlynne would like to continue planning visitations with each of our Upper Room Fellowship families. Please contact Pastor Kevin or Gerlynne to set-up your visitation.
7. September 27, 2014 – Creative Souls be having their first outreach event at Maryvale. For more information please contact Julie Kim or Gerlynne Camato. 
 
8. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our website, http://www.urf.org/ t o get the latest updates of what is happening with our church. 
 
May the Lord bless each of you as we remember the Sabbath and we pray to see each of you this weekend.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

This month begins our focus on Witnessing. Being a witness in the Christian sense means sharing your personal testimony of the work God has done through and around you. We forget this aspect in our evangelism and ministry to those around us and think that our personal testimony of what God has done in our lives, no matter how big or small, is the best thing to share. For the past 3 months now, we have been learning about His plan of Salvation and purpose for our lives, how the Body (which is the church) is supposed to reach out to others and edify each other, and how reading, studying and investigating God’s Word leads to a deeper picture of Who God is. Our witness comes from our daily lives by what we perceive and reflect on what God is working in our lives. Your story may bring you and some one else closer to God through the Holy Spirit. All of these things play an important part in this Christian journey we are all on. It’s not just about gaining understanding and knowledge but it is also about sharing it with the world. Here is a quote I have shared with you all in the past and is also on the bottom of our church bulletin:

 Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.” – {Ministry of Healing pg.143}

This is God’s calling for us: to know Him more, know the truth about Him, to mix and mingle with people, help them, serve them, and then from that expression of God’s love overflowing from your witness of Him, Christ will call them to Follow Him as well. I pray we all carry that desire to Witness the goodness of Love of Christ to all.

This month we also have many special guests joining us for worship. Jon De La Paz, a young man who joined us for worship about a month ago is bringing His praise team to lead out in our worship service. I know we will all be blessed. Also, Pastor Mitch Williams will be our guest speaker on September 20 & 27 and he will be preaching and training us on our new small group program. Please don’t forget to join us those Sabbaths.

 

 Here is our Worship Program for September 6, 2014

Announcements: Mike Kim

Praise Worship – Jon De La Paz and Praise Team

Welcome: Ruth Chung

Garden of Prayer: Ruth Chung

Offering: David

Ushers: Jr. Ushers

Scripture: Noah Chak

2 Corinthians 1:5 “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”

Sermon: Pastor Camato

“Blood, Sweat & Tears”

Open Forum: Kuen Chak

Closing Song – Jon De La Paz and Praise Team

Closing Prayer: Pastor Camato

 Announcements

1. We want to praise God for blessing us as we raised $910 for the Ricebowl organization. We plan to do this in the future and know the Lord will bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.

2. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date. We will be praying now until then for the Lord to lead us to people who want to commit their lives to Christ through Professions of Faith and Baptism. As of now we have 1 Baptismal candidate but we pray that the Lord will multiply that number with is leading and grace. Please keep December 6, 2014 in your prayers that the Lord will lead more people into His kingdom.

3.     Communion Sabbath will be on September 27, 2014. Please reserve this Sabbath and fellowship together with us as we Remember the sacrifice of the Lord through the service of communion and foot washing.

4.     Sabbath Afternoon Prayer Meeting – Join us for praises, thanksgiving, confession, repentance and adoration to our Lord and Savior in Sabbath afternoon prayer meetings, in the Sanctuary at 3:00pm.

5.     Pastor Kevin and Gerlynne would like to continue planning visitations with each of our Upper Room Fellowship families. Please contact Pastor Kevin or Gerlynne to set-up your visitation.

6. Next Sabbath, September 13 at 5:00pm there will be a special House blessing for Tommy and Joyce Kim at their new home in Riverside. More information will be given at church.

7. Next week we will be going to the Santa Anita Convalescent home from 2:00-3:00pm to sing, visit and play bingo with the residents. Please come and join us for this wonderful outreach ministry.

8. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our website, http://www.urf.org/ to get the latest updates of what is happening with our church.

“Unconventional Faith”: Sermon by Michelle Imperio

Our special guest speaker is Michelle Imperio. She originally comes from Sarasota, Florida and has started her first year at Loma Linda University.

Her sermon topic is on Faith and her sermon title is “Unconventional Faith”.

The scripture for this Sabbath is Joshua 14:12:

“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakin were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”

Please join us as we open the Word of God together and grow in Faith!

G.R.O.W. Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

This weeks sermon is entitled G.R.O.W.

We as Christians are called to become spiritual mature in the Lord.

Our Scripture is 2 Peter 1:5-7,

”Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self control, and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness and to godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness, love.”

May the Lord richly bless each of you and we hope to see you all this Sabbath.

Rice Bowl Party this Sabbath! August 16, 2014

August 16 marks the end of Upper Room Fellowship’s 5 week campaign to fight world hunger.  Each filled Rice Bowl coin bank feeds an orphan for a month.  The Rice Bowls Organization provides food to 52 orphanages in 8 different countries.  So feel free to bring any extra change!
Enjoy food, games, and join us in creating awareness and counting all the change that have been collected to fight hunger!
Let’s “Make Some Change” Together!
To learn more about how you can help fight hunger visit www.ricebowls.org

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“Essential Equipment” Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

This Sabbath’s Sermon is entitled “Essential Equipment” We will be looking at the importance of the Word of God in our daily lives. Please come and join us for worship and fellowship.

Our Scripture is found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Empower Ministry Leadership Conference

Empower Ministry Leadership Conference seeks to meet the needs of the Asian/Pacific American SDA churches, particularly the needs of the English speaking generation. The purpose is to equip and empower current and potential leaders to lead the church. We provide hands on skills and practical skills to enhance the church ministry through motivational speakers and provide resources as well as to provide network. 

Asian/Pacific Ministries – Southeastern California Conference of S.D.A.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Monday, September 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

For more information visit: http://empower2014.eventbrite.com

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Rice Bowl Party! August 16 – Save the Date!

August 16 marks the end of Upper Room Fellowship’s 5 week campaign to fight world hunger. Each filled Rice Bowl coin bank feeds an orphan for a month. The Rice Bowls Organization provides food to 52 orphanages in 8 different countries. So feel free to bring any extra change!
Enjoy food, games, and join us in creating awareness and counting all the change that have been collected to fight hunger!
Let’s “Make Some Change” Together!
5:30 pm at Upper Room Fellowship Church
Address: 5319 N. Halifax Road Temple City, CA 91780
To learn more about how you can help fight hunger visit www.ricebowls.org