Following God’s Direction: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

Blessings Beloved Upper Room Family,

Here are our announcements for November 1, 2014 and see below for our worship program:

  1.    Praise God for a successful Fall Festival. Our next Small Group Evangelism will be on November 8, 2014. This will be our Friendship Sabbath so please invite your friends and family to join us for this Sabbath of Worship, fellowship, and food. Sabbath School starts at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall and Main Worship will be at 11:30am in the Main Sanctuary. A potluck fellowship will follow.
  1.     We ask that you all keep December 6, 2014, our Faith Date Celebration in your prayers. We have been blessed to have 4 candidates and 1 who may be  interested in taking the personal steps to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior through baptism or profession of faith. We know that this is a big decision for them and so let us ask the Lord to continue to reveal His loving kindness and mercy to them.
  1. Pastor Kevin is having a Sabbath School classes at 10:30am for all who are interested in baptismal classes. The classes are upstairs in his office. If you are interested or know someone who is, please let them know about this special class.
  1.     Calling all Hungry Souls! On December 13 2014, Hungry Souls will be meeting to plan for next year’s events. Please join us for outreach planning and fellowship with God with your brothers and food! Location and time will be announced later.
  1.    Please save-the-date of December 20, 2014! We will be having our end of the year Christmas/New Year party. Time and location will be announced later.

Here is our Worship Program for November 1, 2014:

Announcements: Joyce Kim

Praise Worship: Praise Team

Opening Song: Forever Reign

Welcome: Julie Kim

Garden of Prayer: Steven Kim

Offering: Martin Youk

Ushers: Ethan & Joshua Kim

Scripture: Jacob Ahn

Matthew 16:24

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Sermon: Pastor Kevin Camato

Following God’s Direction

Open Forum: Gene Yu

Closing Song: Follow You

Closing Prayer: Pastor Kevin Camato

Finally, I want to praise God for such a blessed Fall Festival that we had last Sabbath afternoon. I want to thank Joe Lee for providing San Gabriel Academy for our use. It was perfect. I want to thank Tommy Kim for being such a great emcee.  And especially each of our small group members that came to support and represent. As I have shared with many of you, Gerlynne and I were able to sit back, relax, and have fun. Just from the amazing turn out and response of everyone I know the Lord is blessing Upper Room Fellowship as we continue to follow His calling of becoming and making more disciples. With one event done, we have two more events to go and I pray that each of you, whether in a small group or just a part of our emails will pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Upper Room Fellowship as we continue to study, outreach, and fellowship in the Lord.

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

 

 

 

 

How Prayer Works: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

I pray that you all have had a blessed week. We are now in full swing of our 6 weeks of prayer Small Group sessions and this Sabbath will be our first outreach event! Each of our groups have planned out games, food, prizes and are ready to share with friends, family and the community, what Upper Room Fellowship is all about. As I have shared with most of our small groups, this outreach is not for us to gain numbers but to be previewed by our guests on a personal, casual and relational level. That through love and prayer they too will grow in a deeper relationship and discipleship with Jesus Christ and not be bombarded with Christian language or forceful membership transfers.  This is what the church is all about, the business of making Disciples of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. So I pray that where ever you are this Sabbath, that you will either join us or keep us in your prayers as we fellowship and minister through Love for the cause of Christ.

Here is our Worship Program for October 25, 2014:

Announcements: Ed Shim

Praise Worship: Praise Team

Opening Song: Make Us A Prayer

Welcome: Doug Baek

Garden of Prayer: John Ro

Offering: Eric Lee

Ushers: Jr. Deacons

Scripture: Jacob Ahn

Psalms 13:5-6

“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.”

Sermon: Pastor Kevin Camato

How Prayer Works

Open Forum: Jane Chun

Closing Song: Change My Heart Of God

Closing Prayer: Pastor Kevin Camato

 

Announcements

  1.    This Sabbath will be our first bi-annual Small Group Evangelism. We will be having a Fall Festival at San Gabriel Academy from 5:00-8:00pm. We pray that you have invited your friends, which the Lord has impressed upon each of you pray to invite. We will be heading over to San Gabriel at 3:00pm to start setting up.  Also don’t forget to invite your friends to our special November 8 Friendship Sabbath. Don’t miss out!
  1. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date Celebration. We have been blessed to have 2 candidates and 2 more who are interested in taking the personal steps to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior through baptism or profession of faith.  Please continue to pray for the Lord’s leading in the hearts of those who want to give their lives to Him.
  1. Pastor Kevin will be holding Sabbath School classes at 10:30am for anyone interested in taking a step towards baptism. The first class will be this Sabbath. If you are interested or know someone who is, please let them know about this special class.
  1.   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.
  1.    Calling all Hungry Souls! On December 13 2014, Hungry Souls will be meeting to plan for next years events. Please join us for  outreaching planning, fellowship with God and your brothers and food! Location and time will be announced later.
  1.    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.

Have a blessed weekend.

“Lord Teach Us To Pray”: Sermon By Pastor Kevin Camato

We are now in the second week of our Small Groups and from what I am hearing there is excitement on the horizon. I know that there are some of you who have not joined a group yet, either due to time, family or you are no longer a part of Upper Room Fellowship. I would like to invite you all to our special events these next two months and reconnect, check us out or become a part of our Upper Room Family.

On October 25, at 5:00pm at San Gabriel Academy, our church will be hosting our first annual Fall Party for friends, family and the community. There will be fellowship, games, prizes and did forget to mention a Chili-Cook off! Please join us for this fun filled Sabbath.

On November 8, we will be having our Friendship Sabbath. We will be inviting all of our friends, neighbors and family to this Special Sabbath Program. There will be a special potluck provided.

And finally, we will be having a Celebration Sabbath on November 22. This Sabbath will be a different worship experience because it will be filled with Testimonies, Praise Worship and God Stories. Come and join us for this Sabbath to hear how God is working and moving in each of our lives here at Upper Room Fellowship.

As many of you know, God has been shaping and molding Upper Room Fellowship into the church He wants us to be. As we slowly grow in Spirit and fellowship with God and one another, there will be tough times but with God has our guide and strength, “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Let us continue to seek God, keep His commandments and minster to our family, friends and those in need, which God has called us to. May the Lord bless each of you this week as we bring in the Sabbath together.

Here is our Worship Program for October 18, 2014:

Announcements: Judy Lee

Praise Worship: Praise Team

Opening Song: Make Us A Prayer

Welcome: Ruth Chung

Garden of Prayer: Anna Lim

Offering: Gerlynne Camato

Ushers: Jr. Deacons

Scripture: Nicolas Kim

Matthew 6:9-13,

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven,
 Hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come, 
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,
 As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation,
 But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Sermon: Pastor Kevin Camato

Lord Teach Us To Pray

Open Forum: Louis Lim

Closing Song: Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Closing Prayer: Pastor Kevin Camato

 Announcements

  1. We are in the second week of Fall Small Group Evangelism and the Lord has been blessing each group. This week the groups will be studying how Jesus taught us to pray.  For those of you who have not been assigned a small group but are interested please talk to Pastor Kevin or Gerlynne to be assigned a small group. Please lock in your calendars these important dates:
  1. October 25 – Fall Party – This is next weekend! It will be held at San Gabriel Academy. (8827 E Broadway, San Gabriel, CA 91776) and starts at 5:00pm. There will be food, games, and prizes. Please invite your friends and family and also continue to pray for those whom the Lord impresses you to invite.
  2. November 8 – Friendship Sabbath
  3. November 22 – Celebration Sabbath.

We want all of you to be there so don’t miss out!

  1. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date Celebration. We have been praying to the Lord to reveal to us people who have the desire to learn about Jesus and grow in a deeper relationship with Him. We have been blessed to have 2 candidates and 2 more who are interested in taking the personal steps to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior through baptism or profession of faith.  Please continue to pray for the Lord’s leading in the hearts of those who want to give their lives to Him.
  1. Pastor Kevin will be holding Sabbath School classes at 10:30am for anyone interested in taking a step towards baptism. The first class will be this Sabbath. If you are interested or know someone who is, please let them know about this special class.
  1. This Sabbath, the Creative Souls will be having their second outreach ministry to Maryvale at 3:00pm. They will be leaving at 2:00pm. For more information please contact Gerlynne Camato or Julie Kim.
  1. 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.
  1. Calling all Hungry Souls! On December 13 2014, Hungry Souls will be meeting to plan for next years events. Please join us for  outreaching planning, fellowship with God and your brothers and food! Location and time will be announced later.
  1. 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.

Have a blessed weekend.

 

Meditate On These Things: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

Hello Upper Room Family!

As we come to then end of another week, some of you have had a busy and stressful week and are looking forward to this weekend. Others of you have had a blessed week and are looking for to seeing friends or just relaxing at home. Others of you have been bombarded by life’s trials and are seeking refuge in the safety of Christ’s might arms. Whatever you have been through this week, Christ invites you to commune with Him and rest on His Sabbath day for your heart, body and soul. Throughout the ages of time here on Earth, Satan has convicted humans that his way leads to life. And so people work themselves to the bone only to gain an earthly prize that will fade away when their life passes, but Christ gives us a promise and a hope of something far greater. Christ promises that if we surrender our entire life to Him first and foremost that we have the blessings of enteral life to come and strength to get through the trials here on earth. You see we can expect to gain everything here on earth, which will fade away or we can trust in Christ and wait expectantly in His hope of eternal life to come.

My prayer is that each of you will ask the Lord to show you His bigger picture as we live each day seeking His strength for today and tomorrow.

This Sabbath kicks off our Small Group Evangelism! Our focus for the next 6 weeks is Prayer. Each small group will be learning more about prayer, fellowshipping with each other and planning outreach events that will prayerfully bring more people into the family of God. I pray that each of you give your focus and prayers earnestly to the Lord to bless these 6 weeks of prayer.

Also this Sabbath, we have our convalescent home ministry at Santa Anita Convalescent home, which means worship will begin at 11:30am, and end at 12:30pm. Please plan to be on time for worship so we can get to the convalescent home at 2:00pm.

 Here is our Worship Program for October 11, 2014:

Announcements: Eric Kim

Praise Worship: Praise Team

Opening Song: TBA

Welcome: Wonshik Joo

Garden of Prayer: Tommy Kim

Offering: Jennifer Joo

Ushers: Alyssa Joo & Charlotte Kim

Scripture: Torry Joo

Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Sermon: Pastor Kevin Camato

“Meditate On These Things”

Open Forum: Mike Kim

Closing Song: TBA

Closing Prayer: Pastor Kevin Camato

 Announcements

  1. Our Fall Small Group Evangelism has started and our small groups are ready to go. The next 6 weeks will be filled with fellowship, evangelism outreach and study of God’s Word. For those of you who have not been assigned a small group but are interested please talk to Pastor Kevin or Gerlynne to be assigned a small group. Please lock in your Calendars these important dates:
  • October 25 – Fall Party,
  • November 8 – Friendship Sabbath
  • November 22 – Celebration Sabbath.

We want all of you to be there so don’t miss out!

  1. December 6, 2014 is our Faith Date Celebration. We have been praying to the Lord to reveal to us people who have the desire to learn about Jesus and grow in a deeper relationship with Him. We have been blessed to have 2 candidates and 2 more who are interested in taking the personal steps to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior through baptism or profession of faith. Pastor Kevin will be holding Sabbath School classes, at 10:30am, starting next Sabbath, for anyone interested in taking a the step towards baptism. Please keep December 6, 2014 in your prayers that the Lord will lead more people into His kingdom.
  2. This Sabbath we will be having our Convalescent Home Ministries at Santa Anita Convalescent home. Mike Kim and Ty Bickel will be leading out, so if there are any youth, or adults who are interested in helping sing or do a special music, please let them know as soon as possible.
  3. Creative Souls will be having their second outreach ministry to Maryvale on October 18. For more information please contact Gerlynne Camato or Julie Kim.

May the Lord bless each of you as we remember the Sabbath and we pray to see each of you this weekend.

“Choose For Yourself”: Sermon by Pastor Kevin Camato

Last week was a blessed Communion Sabbath that we all were able to partake together as families. We look forward to many more personal and inspirational Sabbath fellowships like this in the future.

This coming Sabbath is the opening Sabbath of our small groups, which means we will be starting our small groups meetings from October 11 till November 22. Several of you have already been invited to a small group. If you are yet to be placed in a small group and are interested, please contact Gerlynne and she will get you connected with a small group near you. We will be trying out a new small group format and are very excited to start with fellowship, discipleship, and outreach so please don’t miss out on joining a small group.

On another note, for all the parents there will be children’s church, so please make plans for your family to be on time for worship at 11:45. And finally, we want to encourage all of you to join us for Sabbath School at 10:30am in the fellowship. As Steven shared with us, this quarter we will be studying the book of James and we would like to have all of you join us for study and discussion on this amazing book.

Here is our Worship Program for October, 2014:

Announcements: TBA

Praise Worship: Praise Team

Opening Song: Soon

Welcome: Doug Baek

Garden of Prayer: Anne Kim

Offering: Shwan Kim

Ushers: Jr. Ushers

Scripture: Celine Kim

       Philippians 2:12-13, “12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

Sermon: Pastor Kevin Camato

      “Choose For Yourself”

Closing Song: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Closing Prayer: Pastor Kevin Camato

Announcements

1.     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 His leading and grace. Please keep December 6, 2014 in your prayers that the Lord will lead more people into His kingdom.

2.     2. October 11-November 22 begins our small group sessions. Our topic will be Prayer. Please mark these next 6 weeks as special and focused to fellowship, study, and outreach. We will be praying that the Lord help us to grow as His disciples as He builds us as His body.

3.     3. We want to praise the Lord for the women’s ministry who had their first ministry at Maryvale. It was a blessed event and they pray to have another outreach the 3rd weekend of each month. Please contact Julie Kim or Gerlynne Camato for more information.

4.     4. October 5 – LAC Korean SDA church is hosting a softball tournament. We have received a last minute invitation and would like to see if anyone is interested in creating a team. If you are, please let Pastor Kevin, Mike Kim or Tommy Kim know.

5.     5. Calling all Parents! There will be a quick parents meeting in the fellowship hall immediately following potluck. Please stay behind for this meeting.

6.     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.     7. 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.

Before for I finish, I want to share with you my morning devotion from the book Jesus Today by Sarah Young. It is a book that takes scripture and creates a letter from God Himself to us. It’s a great devotional book and I recommend it.

      “If you have a problem that comes and goes over a long period of time, you may start dreading its recurrence. This reaction only makes matters worse. When the painful situation returns, you tend to feel tense and defeated. You begin to judge each day that this circumstance is present as a bad day. This is a hurtful, negative focus.

      Let Me suggest a better way: When the problem is absent or minimal, rejoice and thank Me continually – as often as you can remember. If the problem is present, look to Me to affirm your trust in Me. Ask My Spirit to help you persevere and keep your focus on Me. In doing so, you connect a positive thing – trusting Me – with something you previously considered quite negative.

     If you do this consistently, you will find you are in a win-win situation. More importantly, you will no longer be letting your circumstances dictate the quality of your life. Rejoice and be glad-hearted continually. Be unceasing in prayer-praying perseveringly. Thank Me in everything – no matter what the circumstances may be.” (Romans 12:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Psalms 143:8)

May You all be blessed in the Lord and we pray to see you all this Sabbath.

“Do this in remembrance of Me” September 27, 2014 Communion Sabbath

Shalom Upper Room Family, 

This Sabbath is the 13th Sabbath of the 3rd quarter which means that we will be having family Communion Worship. Our worship program will be different and so I pray each of you will join us and make note of the changes. 
Our Worship will begin much earlier so please make plans to come to church on time. Also for all the parents, this Sabbath will be a joint worship so children’s church will not take place.
 
Our Sabbath School will begin at 10:30 in the library of the church. 
 

11:25am – Welcome & Announcements – Pastor Kevin

11:30am – Foot washing service – Families

11: 50 – Praise Worship

-       Opening Song “He Knows My Name

-       Scripture – Lily Kim

o   1 Corinthians 11:27-29 “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

12:00 – Sermon – Pastor Mitch Williams

-       “The Happy Church”

12:20 – Communion Service

12:45 – Love Offering – Deacon & Deaconess

Closing Song

Closing Prayer – Pastor Mitch Williams 

 
I pray that this Sabbath will be a blessed Sabbath that each of you and your families will enjoy together. I want to share something from the Desire of Ages page 656:
When believers assemble to celebrate the ordinances, there are present messengers unseen by human eyes. There may be a Judas in the company, and if so, messengers from the prince of darkness are there, for they attend all who refuse to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Heavenly angels also are present. These unseen visitants are present on every such occasion. There may come into the company persons who are not in heart servants of truth and holiness, but who may wish to take part in the service. They should not be forbidden. There are witnesses present who were present when Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and of Judas. More than human eyes beheld the scene.
Christ by the Holy Spirit is there to set the seal to His own ordinance. He is there to convict and soften the heart. Not a look, not a thought of contrition, escapes His notice. For the repentant, brokenhearted one He is waiting. All things are ready for that soul’s reception. He who washed the feet of Judas longs to wash every heart from the stain of sin…The Communion service points to Christ’s second coming. It was designed to keep this hope vivid in the minds of the disciples. Whenever they met together to commemorate His death, they recounted how “He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” In their tribulation they found comfort in the hope of their Lord’s return. Unspeakably precious to them was the thought, “As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till He come.” 
These are the things we are never to forget. The love of Jesus, with its constraining power, is to be kept fresh in our memory. Christ has instituted this service that it may speak to our senses of the love of God that has been expressed in our behalf. There can be no union between our souls and God except through Christ. The union and love between brother and brother must be cemented and rendered eternal by the love of Jesus. And nothing less than the death of Christ could make His love efficacious for us. It is only because of His death that we can look with joy to His second coming. His sacrifice is the center of our hope. Upon this we must fix our faith.
 
May the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Hope of God the Father, and faithfulness of the Holy Spirit guard your hearts until His return. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Pastor Kevin and Gerlynne Camato

“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.