Our hearts are breaking in light of Sunday night's tragedy here in Las Vegas. While some of our members were at the music festival or at work near the site of the incident, we are grateful that no one in the Las Vegas church family was injured. However, many are affected as their friends and colleagues were caught in the shooting and some have even lost their lives.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
– Isaiah 48:10
On April 10, 2017 the San Bernardino, California community was shaken by the news of a murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School that took the life of special needs teacher Karen Smith, 53, and her student Jonathon Martinez, who was eight years old. The Inland Empire Church of Christ worked with the San Bernardino Unified School District to host a prayer vigil on Tuesday, April 11th at the elementary school where the shooting took place.
God has led our church down new paths since last fall. God moved in the hearts of Kip and Bethany Harms, the evangelist and women’s ministry leader who had been leading the Salt Lake Christian Church since April of 2011, showing them a need within their family that could not be ignored. Amazingly, an opening for a ministry position was revealed. With that potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the full support of the core leadership group here in Utah, the Harms set out to make their transition. They pledged to remain around to assist with finding a couple to replace themselves.
Kevin Dale Patrick Mains, 59, graduated to heaven on February 2, 2017. He was born September 19, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio to his loving parents Bobbie Jo (residing in Cincinnati) and Marvin Mains (passed January 2, 2017). Kevin was the youngest of three children; his older siblings are his sister Leslie and his brother Michael.
Brittany Borman is competing in her second Olympics in Rio for Team USA Track & Field in the javelin. She trains in Southern California and began attending the Orange County EDGE Singles Ministry (within the Orange County Church of Christ) earlier this year.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors [shepherds] and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. -- Ephesions 4:11-13
On January 25, 2015 the San Diego Church of Christ proudly appointed Ron Brumley once again to the eldership of the congregation. Once again Ron, responded to the call to shepherd God's flock. For many it was a historic moment seeing Ron address the congregation as our elder. Many members remember the days when every Sunday, the service was opened and closed by elders Ron Brumley and George Havins. Ron and George were originally appointed elders in 1978. In 1989 Ron and Linda moved to Chicago to build up an eldership there.
As the father of four grown sons and their wives, all disciples, the grandfather of ten young adult disciples, and a dearly loved leader of the community, Peter Chacon’s recent conversion (March 10, 2014, San Diego Church of Christ) inspired many, and his recent passing will be enthusiastically honored.His distinguished career as a powerful agent of change in the community is outlined below in the biography written by his second son, Paul. Peter’s oldest son, Chris, gives us a glimpse of his faith when he said of his father: “He had no fear of death because he was confident in his faith. He made peace with God and we confidently know he is at rest in paradise with our mother, no longer restricted by his fading body, while heaven awaits him. Thank you dad for the gift of being a loving man with a profound respect for every person. May you find eternity in the light with God. Like you told me when I asked you for some advice a few years ago, 'Life is very short...and eternity is very long.’”
Each year, the Turning Point Church hosts a night of musical worship designed to help the church lift their voices, their hearts, their hands, their eyes, their prayers and their praises to God.