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As we approach the festivities of Halloween during the month of October, we want to use this time to educate you and your child(ren) how to approach secular days and activities such as Halloween. As with all things, it is important as parents to impart biblical truths to our children and consider how we will live and make choices that are pleasing to God.
In general, we encourage you to wisely categorize activities or what your child is learning/experiencing into:
1) Good (as originally designed by God),
2) Evil (not originated by God),
3) Neutral. When you carefully study the origins of Halloween, it is clear that it falls into the category of “evil”.
Please carefully read through the content of the newsletter, asking God for wisdom how we can shine like stars in the universe in this crooked and depraved world. There are creative ways we as Christian families can shine Christ’s light during this very dark month.
My name is Betty Young and I have been a member of the English congregation for 38 years. I am married to Sam and together we raised 4 children. They are all married now and live in various places—San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston, Texas.
Long, long ago, before some of you were born, I was in college. I learned about the four stages of a woman’s life. They are: childhood, maidenhood (I know that this word dates me), motherhood and the last stage which starts at age 50 was called the age of the crone. I googled “crone.” It means a withered witchlike old woman. Since I am way past 50, I stand before you—a withered witchlike old woman. Read more
A magnificent view of towering redwood trees, fresh air, blue sky, and beautiful weather welcomed us into a weekend of rest. One hundred women were able to partake in delicious food, plentiful spread of snacks, wonderful worship, powerful teaching of the word of God, and much more. We were touched and transformed by the testimonies of sisters who shared their life struggles openly and transparently. Sharing our pain, sorrow, condemnation, and shame broke the lies of the enemy and ultimately pointed us back to triumphant victory in Jesus. We were invited to pour out the darkness inside our lives on the altar so that the Holy Spirit can fill us. The retreat was just the beginning in the Lord’s deep healing work. We leave the weekend full of his grace and goodness, holding on to his healing with confidence and expectation for more of his work as we walk together in this journey of faith.