The Epistle - June 2018 - Vol. 23, No. 5

June 2018  Vol. 23, No. 5  Newsletter of Wintersburg Presbyterian Church Sunday Worship Services  8 ‐ 9 a.m. and 10:20 ‐ 11:40 a.m.  Nichigo Service (Japanese Speaking):  9 ‐ 10 a.m.  Sunday School and Bible Studies  All Ages: 9:10 a.m.  Nichigo (Japanese): 10:20 a.m.  Wednesday Bible Studies  Mens and Womens Studies: 7:15 p.m.  Young Adult Bible Studies: 7:30 p.m.  Thursday Bible Studies  Young Adults: 7:30 p.m.  Friday Bible Studies  Jr. High Special K; High School Ike Pono  Fellowship: 7:30 p.m.; Mens and Womens  Study: 7:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Fridays; MnM  (Mothers in Ministry): 9:30 a.m., 1st & 3rd  Fridays.  Senior Fellowship Ministry  Meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.,  except during field trips.  Worship Hula Ministry  Meets up to twice a week (1‐hour each  session): Fridays and Sundays (keikis,  teens, and adults). Call church for latest  schedule.  For more informaƟon, please call the  church office at (714) 740‐9400.  Our Statement of Belief  We believe in one Holy and Triune  God and that the Bible is His  inerrant and inspired Word. We  believe that salvaƟon is by grace  alone through faith in Jesus Christ,  our Lord and Savior.  We affirm  Jesus’ commands to love God and  one another, and to share the gospel  with all unbelievers.  over 115 years  Decades ago, not long after I became Chris- tian, I saw two people vying for the same prize. One person received it, the other did not. What surprised me - actually shocked me - was that the person who did not re- ceive the prize, looked genuinely joyful for the other person who won the prize. In our competitive society, receiving a “nice try, kid” is not something very appealing at all. I’ve seen grown adults get angry, frustrated, and even cry when they miss out on some- thing, and their competitor triumphs. As I studied the Bible, I realized why that guy who received the participation “prize” looked so joyful. He was Christian, and so was the person who won. The so called “loser” was living out what Romans 12:15 calls Christians to do – “Rejoice with those who rejoice...” For those who know this verse, we know that this is easy to say, but very often hard to practice. Especially so if we are mired in suffering circumstances. I’ve discovered three keys to rejoicing, even when we are ourselves are bur- ied in suffering. 1) Understand the nature of the Body of Christ. As Christians we are not isolated islands. We are deeply connected with other Christians. Our connection is not through similarities such as age, life stage, personalities, and interests. Our bond is nothing less than the incomparable foundation and inseparable connection through Jesus Christ. Lastly, Ephesians 4:1-3 says this about the nature of our relationship with other Christians: “ Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a man- ner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one an- other in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace .” 2) Practice Philippians 2:3-4. Paul writes, “ Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more im- portant than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others .” (continued on page 2) with those who Rejoice! BY PASTOR FRED TANIZAKI