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The Announcer

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TRINITY SANTA MONICA

THE ANNOUNCER OCTOBER 2013

A Letter From Pastor Keith a hunger and thirst for righteousness
In our continuous look at the Sermon on the Mount in the Announcer, Christ declares that to “hunger for righteousness” is essential to spiritual health and satisfaction; so we must carefully consider what it means. Some have supposed that it is the objective righteousness described in Romans that God reckons to the believer's account, sometimes called imputed righteousness—"righteousness from God" (Romans 1:17; 3:21, 22; cf. Philippians 3:9). However, while the gift of such righteousness is foundational to every believer's salvation, that is not what is meant here. The fourth Beatitude, a call to pursue conformity to God's will, is stated in the most extreme of terms. The intensity of the expression is difficult for us to feel because if we are thirsty today, all we need to do is turn on the tap for cold, refreshing water; or if we are hungry, we just open the refrigerator.  However, to the ancient Palestinian the expression was terribly alive because he was never far from the possibility of dehydration or starvation. It is not a comfortable picture. Jesus is far from recommending a genteel desire for spiritual nourishment, but rather a starvation for righteousness, a desperate hungering to be conformed to God's will. The Beatitude is further intensified by the fact that this hungering is continual. "Blessed are those who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness." King David, at his best, was like this. He walked with God as few mortals have. He penned some of our favorite Psalms about his lofty spiritual experiences. And at the same time he wrote of his continual thirst and hunger: "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1). "And I— in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness" (Psalm 17:15). This is the way it is for a healthy believer. He or she never has enough of God and righteousness. He or she is always hungry. Such Hungering either repulses or draws us. The language of this Beatitude does not make sense to the modern ear. Indeed, it is too strong for some Christians. It rules out sleek, self-satisfied, halfhearted religion. In fact, hungering and thirsting for righteousness is the only approach the Beatitude accepts. For some, Jesus' pronouncement may uncover buried, almost forgotten glimmers of past life when you first came to Christ and perpetually hungered and thirsted for righteousness. You couldn't get enough of Jesus or his Word. You were joyously desperate for the things of God. You also cared about the world and its spiritual famine. You welcomed opportunities for self-sacrifice and were willing to go for it all. But time blunted your desires, "the realities of life" took over, and that delectable hunger ceased. Now you are content with a life of lesser, limited devotion. Yet you have not quite forgotten the joy and warmth of earlier times, and Jesus' words here still stir you. If so, you should heed his call, because you can be restored to what you were meant to be. You must never be spiritually satisfied. You must pray that each decade of your life will find you thirstier for a life pleasing to God. "Blessed are those who desperately hunger and thirst for righteousness," says our Lord. Jesus pronounces the spiritually famished to be "blessed" or approved. The reason is this: Those who truly hunger and thirst know Christ. And that is why this is such a penetrating warning to evangelicals. Concern for righteous living is on the decline in the evangelical church. Many watch more murders and adulteries on television in one week than their grandparents read about in a lifetime— and with no twinge of conscience. Their casual viewing is a tacit approval of evil. The pollsters tell us that the ethical gap is narrowing between the church and the world. And many evangelicals are no more concerned about the unrighteous plight of the world than their non-Christian neighbors. Some professing evangelicals would regard a desperate longing for righteousness as odd, even fanatical.

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A Letter From Pastor Keith continued...
If you have no longing for righteousness, you had better initiate a careful analysis of your soul. Christ's words are such a gracious test, because each of us knows in his heart of hearts whether he really does long for righteous living. However, if you do hunger and thirst for righteousness, if the Lord has given you a holy discontent with your life, you have his smile! Others have confined the meaning to social righteousness, the righteous treatment of the poor and oppressed. This is certainly part of the meaning because in the preceding context (4:12-17) Matthew quotes Isaiah 9:1, 2, which goes on to

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describe the social justice that will result from the coming Messiah's reign. However, the root meaning here is determined by the seven occurrences of "righteousness" in the Sermon on the Mount that indicate it means a subjective righteousness, an inner righteousness that works itself out in one's living in conformity to God's will—righteous living. Thus, those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness" long to live righteously, and for righteousness to prevail in the world. It is a passionate desire, which begins with one's own life, that all things should be lived in line with God's will.

This desire to live in compliance with God's will is expansive. It includes an increasing sense of a need for God - a desire to be like him. To hunger and thirst for this righteousness means longing after the practical righteousness that the Beatitudes represent both personally and in the world. The one who hungers and thirsts wants the character of the kingdom. He pants after the fruit of the Spirit. He wants God's will and all it entails. In Christ, Pastor Keith 

Giving Update a message from stewardship
Thank you Trinity Church for your generous gifts to our church family.   Actual Budget Over/(Under) Budget   Trinity Giving $143,515.49 $151,201.98 ($7,686.49)     In an effort to keep the congregation well-informed, we are also including our current running deficit below. This number reflects the approved deficit per the budget for 2013.   Deficit as of September 24th 2013: -$69,515.05

Trinity Celebrates... birthdays & anniversaries
Birthdays: 1 Randy Redmond 1 Shirley Stumley 5 Kenny Erickson 6 Ruth Bresnik 6 Veronica Valle 12 Allan Young 18 Polly Prichard 20 Chris Smith 21 Renate McDonald 25 Autumn Luscinski 26 Alice Thompson 27 Jennifer Wood Tate 28 David Miller 29 Miko Simpson 30 Marie Johnson 30 Sally Young Anniversaries 15 Steve and Janine Anderson 16 Rod and Miko Simpson 20 Roger and Brenda Lent 27 Robert and Teni Wilkins

Save The Date baby boy shower
Get out your calendar and save this date right now! There will be a baby boy shower for Shana and Brett Lent taking place on Saturday, November 9th, at 12:30 PM, at the home of Merle Durham Smith. We are excited to celebrate with the Lents and hope that you will join us! Registry information will be forthcoming so stay tuned. Please RSVP to Merle at (310) 826-3151.

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2013 World Missions Offering a chance to support global mission work
Every October, Trinity collects a World Missions Offering that is given to different global missions projects. The World Missions Offering is a is a vital source of support for the entire work of international missions, including the support of current missionaries and new missionary preparation efforts. Contributions will be used to glorify God in all the earth by crossing cultural boundaries to help people to come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit.We hope to see you at our Sunday morning service each week in October as you will have a chance to hear in person about where Trinity has chosen to send this year’s offering. We encourage you to pray about contributing to this important fund, which will be collected each Sunday in October. If you do feel led to give, please use a normal pew envelope but make sure to write “WMO” on the memo portion of your check, and indicate the same on the outside of the envelope. Here are the words of three wonderful women from Trinity, sharing about some exciting missions work in which they are involved-people and projects that will be supported by the World Missions Offering.

Miyeon Kim: Seed of Love in North Korea

We want to see the gospel blossom in North Korea, and His love flow from  Baekdu Mountain (the highest mountain, which is located far north, on the border of China in North Korea) to Hanra Mountain (the highest mountain, which is located far south in Republic of Korea). But before this can happen the suffering children of North Korea need our help. Just ten dollars provides one month’s worth of food to a child in that poor country. Ten dollars is a small gift to us, a sign of our love, but to a North Korean child it is the fulfillment of a wish, the kindle of hope, and the chance at life. The vision of Seed of Love is to let God’s revival and peace come upon all the people and homes on North Korea once again. The Seed of Love ministry serves the poor children in North Korea who do not know the gospel, with the love of the Lord, thereby giving them a bright and hopeful future. We encourage you to start by fasting for one meal a month, and then donating ten dollars with a heart of love for the children in North Korea. In addition, part of the World Missions Offering is going to go to support Mr. Lee, who is a missionary of the Santa Monica Onnuri Church. Mr. Lee has done a great deal of work in Seoul, Korea, and has also worked for the starved North Korean children for years. He has been visiting North Korea recently and is very grateful for the support of Trinity.

Veronica Valle: churches in El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

My name is Veronica Valle from the partnership board at Trinity, and I was privileged to go on a mission trip to El Salvador and Honduras in 2012. In June of 2012 a friend invited me to visit the Iglesia Familiar Nueva Vida  Church on Pearl St., in Santa Monica. After a few visits to the church,  meeting pastor Easu Canales and learning about his ministry, I joined his mission team. This small church has sponsored 15 small congregations in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. We were able to visit most of the congregations on our mission trip.   On the trip, I was very impressed by the people we visited and their love for the Lord. Neither poverty, weather, or danger could stop them walking a couple of hours to get to our church station and hear the word of the Lord. I was most impacted by one church built only by women. It was very poor with dirt floors. I decided I wanted to help with building the floor of this particular church, but found out the people didn't own the property on which the church is built. This year Trinity contributed money to this effort. The people built a fence and were able to make a payment on the church property, but more money will be needed. On behalf of the people of El Salvador and Honduras, I want to thank Trinity for its financial support in the World Missions Offering.  

Teni Wilkins: the Dayak people in the Meratus Mountain areas of Indonesia

This is the second year that Trinity will support the missions for reaching out to the Dayak people in the Meratus Mountain areas of Indonesia. I would like to send warm greetings and gratitude from the Indonesian couple for our support. Our financial support has helped them progress in finishing the construction of school buildings in three villages, has provided training for the villagers to learn how to farm, has given free health care services, and most importantly has helped the villagers know about Jesus through the Jesus movie project, preaching, and Bible study. As I know the missionary couple personally and am connected with the Indonesian people geographically, I also would like to thank you for your generosity and your love for Christ that extends to these people in Indonesia.

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2013 World Missions Offering a look in pictures at our Indonesia work

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Harvest Home: Where New Lives Begin a note from Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson, the executive director of Harvest Home, recently spoke at Trinity on a Sunday morning and shared with us the work that is being done and expressed her gratitude for the partnership of Trinity. We wanted to make sure that everyone at Trinity knows about this vital ministry, and keeps it in prayer. The following is a note from Sarah, explaining a bit about Harvest Home.

Harvest Home is a place where new lives truly do begin. Through our residential program for pregnant homeless women, momsto-be are given the opportunity of a fresh beginning as they welcome their newborn babies into the world in a safe and loving atmosphere and environment. In addition to receiving shelter and food, women receive the care, support and training they need to care for their babies, achieve financial independence and thrive in their role as a single mother. Throughout the next year Harvest Home will be focusing on building the future as we partner together with Habitat for Humanity for a renovation on our 100year-old facility owned by Trinity Church. In addition, we’re expanding our Alumnae program to continue providing support and care once a woman leaves our program and faces the challenges of single motherhood first hand. Both of these initiatives will ensure the long-term success of our program and the continued stewardship of the resources that God has entrusted at Harvest Home. Thank you for your ongoing support.
If you’re looking for a way to support Harvest Home, consider registering for the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Fun Run and running for Team Harvest Home. You can find more information at http://www.christmasrun.com. Trinity members have participated in this event before and had a great time!

36th Annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Fun Run December 7, 2013

Register and run for Team Harvest Home!
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Small Groups the fall 2013 schedule

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Join a small group today!
SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. - Open Small Group: Ephesians Host: Chuck Wood, room 26. 11:30 a.m. - Co-Ed Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Robert Wilkins, room 12. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. Childcare available. 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Teni Wilkins, room 21. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. Childcare available. 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Small Group: Encouraging One Another Host: Allison Parelman, room 14. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. Childcare available. TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Randy Bresnik, Santa Monica. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. WEDNESDAY 11:30 a.m. - Men’s Fellowship Lunch Host: Rod Simpson, Judson Hall. Home cooked lunch by Pastor Keith. $5 donation, great fellowship and fun. 7:00 p.m. - Open Small Group: the Gospel of John Teacher: Pastor Keith Magee, room 14. 7:00 p.m. - Co-Ed Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Kathy Corvo, Santa Monica. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. THURSDAY 10:30 a.m. - Women’s Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Joan Wright, Santa Monica. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. FRIDAY 9:00 a.m. - Women’s Small Group: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Host: Linda Gieske, Santa Monica. Some personal study involved. Shared leading. Questions? Email Kathy Corvo (kathy@trinitysantamonica.com).

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October 26, 2013 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM $2 admission Volunteers are needed for the silent auction, game booths, set-up, clean-up, and to provide donations. Donations for the silent auction are especially needed!

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The fun includes game booths, a costume contest, food vendors, special photo opportunities, live music, a silent auction and raffles, a petting zoo, and more!

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Have questions or want to volunteer? Contact TBCC Director, Lisa Wilson! (310) 395-3282 (311) lisa@tbcc4me.org

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October 2013 Calendar
Sunday Monday
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Tuesday

Wednesday
2 11:30am--Men’s Lunch 7:00pm--Small Group 7:00pm--Pastor’s Bible Study 3

Thursday
4 10:30am--Small Group

Friday
5 9:30am--Small Group 8:30pm--Open Mic

Saturday

6 9am--Small Group 10am--Service 11:15am--Coffee 11:30am--Small Groups World Missions Offering 13--WMO 9am--Small Group 10am--Service 11:15am--Coffee 11:30am--Small Groups World Missions Offering 20 9am--Small Group 10am--Service 11:15am--Coffee 11:30am--Small Groups World Missions Offering 27 9am--Small Group 10am--Service 11:15am--Coffee 11:30am--Small Groups World Missions Offering

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8 6:00pm --Youth First 7:00pm--Small Group

9 11:30am--Men’s Lunch 7:00pm--Small Group 7:00pm--Pastor’s Bible Study

10 10:30am--Small Group

11 9:30am--Small Group

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14

15 6:00pm --Youth First 7:00pm--Small Group

16 11:30am--Men’s Lunch 7:00pm--Small Group 7:00pm--Pastor’s Bible Study

17 10:30am--Small Group

18 9:30am--Small Group 8:00pm--Open Mic

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21

22 6:00pm --Youth First 7:00pm--Small Group

23 11:30am--Men’s Lunch 7:00pm--Small Group 7:00pm--Pastor’s Bible Study

24 10:30am--Small Group

25 9:30am--Small Group

26 3:00pm--TBCC Fall Festival

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29 6:00pm --Youth First 7:00pm--Small Group

30 11:30am--Men’s Lunch 7:00pm--Small Group 7:00pm--Pastor’s Bible Study

31 10:30am--Small Group

30 9:30am--Small Group

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California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 TRINITY CHURCH 1015 Phone: (310) 395-9961 | Fax: (310) 395-4358 OF SANTA MONICA www.trinitysantamonica.com info@trinitysantamonica.com

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