The Epistle - November 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 9

November 2017  Vol. 22, No. 9  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.  Vineyard College Group: 2:30 p.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  God’s grace is truly amazing. The apostle Paul, John Newton (composer of the great Christian Hymn, Amazing Grace), and countless others have testi- fied of its awesome power. Lives surrounded by darkness and hopelessness, transformed into light and salt, to further God’s redemptive plan for fallen humanity. I witnessed the awesome power of God’s amazing grace in the lives of Robert and Rhonda Franz. Shortly after I joined the Wintersburg staff, I met Robert and Rhonda. I recall they were extremely polite. They were especially thankful for Rev. Hibino’s heart of mercy, allowing them to use our shower facilities. Over the next few years, not only did Robert and Rhonda come to Win- tersburg to take showers, they began to join us in our worship service. There, I was blessed to know that they were both faithful followers of Christ. Though they were not the typical members of Wintersburg, they faithfully joined us in worshiping God. Just as John Newton remembered from where he was rescued by God’s amazing grace, Robert and Rhonda never forgot how God had rescued them from their darkness. Therefore, they were always joyful and thankful, even in the midst of their suffering. God gave Robert and Rhonda a calling to lead a ministry here at Wintersburg. At the time, it was a ministry that was barely mentioned by our church lead- ership – a ministry to the homeless community surrounding our church. They stepped up big time. From the very beginning, I could see that they were driven by sincere hearts to reach out to their peers. They had a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to those on the street: that He is indeed the way, the truth, and the life, that no one comes to the Father, but through Him. The new ministry, The Lighthouse Ministry, flourished under their leader- ship. Robert had a gift of administration. He was so organized – I was so impressed by his organizational skills and how he distributed donated food, clothing, and other living supplies. Almost everyone they ministered to deep- ly respected and adored them. Robert and Rhonda prepared to serve up to 30 people every Tuesday and Thursday. At the end of the week, they would take the big load of used towels and wash them at a nearby laundromat. This was hard work. Yet, they never complained. In fact, they told me that the reason they are so motivated to give is because of how much they have received from the Lord first, and from His people at Wintersburg. Continued on page 2 A Testimony of God’s Amazing Grace: Robert & Rhonda Franz BY PASTOR FRED TANIZAKI