February 07, 2014When I was eight years old, my brother and I went out to play. It had been raining most of the day so my mother was more than happy when it stopped and we were able to get out of the house. Being the boys, we immediately set off to explore. On this particular day we set our sights on exploring the house that was being built across the street from ours. More specifically, we wanted to explore the big dirt hole they had dug that would become the basement for the house. Now in order to get down into that big dirt hole required some effort. First, one had to jump down about three feet to a ledge, once there it was another four feet to the bottom. It was decided that I would go first. Can you guess what happened to me when I jumped from the ledge down onto the dirt that had been rained on all day? That's right, splat! I was quickly in mud up to my knees. Do you know what the worst part was? There was nothing I could do to get myself out on my own. For the first time in my life I felt helpless and it was not a good feeling. Have you ever been in a situation like that, one where you felt helpless? I am not talking about getting stuck in the mud per see, but in a situation or relationship where you knew you couldn't get through it on your own or didn't know what to do. Maybe you are going through a time like that right now. If that is you, would Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9 after all Masses. There will be yummy goodies on beautiful silver and collector plates for you to take home for that special person in your life. The GENESIS TO JESUS bible study begins Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the home of Deacon Gil and Gloria Salinas. This is something great to do for Lent. Breakfast is included in each session. Call 760-749-2820 for directions and more information. First Holy Communion Parent/Child Retreat will be Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. This special afternoon is planned for the children and parents of those preparing to receive First Holy Communion this spring. This is part of the preparation process and is a special time with your child. The 16th Annual Divine Mercy Conference will be held at the Mission San Antonio de Pala's San Juan Diego Center on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014. Bishop Cirilo Flores will celebrate the opening Mass on Friday at 7 p.m. (No need to register for the Mass). Talks will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. by several priests, a married father of six children and a religious artist. Call Mary Norris at 760-751-1157 for more information. Seventh-day Adventist Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Thursday evening is our opportunity feed the homeless at the Haven House in Escondido. Sabbath (Saturday) services will begin with Bible study classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. The adult lesson is entitled, "Discipling the 'Ordinary,'" continuing our quarter's studies on "Discipleship." Lessons are available by looking up ssnet.org online. The sermon will be presented by Rick Meyer. Sermons are posted on our website which can be located at sdavalleycenter.net. A fellowship meal will be served after the church service. Sunday there will be singing at 10 a.m. at the Villas Convalescent Center in Escondido. Wednesday is prayer meeting at 7, with supper at 6 p.m. We are studying the book The Desire of Ages on the life of Christ. All are invited. If you have questions or want more information, email Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org. you allow me offer you some hope and encouragement? There is one who is always ready and able to help us in our struggles and difficulties. In Psalm 118:5 we read "Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free." Throughout my ministry I have seen the God of the Bible bring help and healing to those in need. Jesus Christ said of his ministry and why he came to this earth, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10). When I was stuck in the mud I called out to my brother to go get help and he got our teenage brother to dig me out (one of my shoes is still under the foundation of that house). I don't know what you are going through or what you might be struggling with, but if you need help I know of one who can help. At Valley Center Community Church whether on Sunday mornings in our services or through our Counseling Ministry during the week, we seek to help by sharing Jesus with people. If you want to know more about him come and visit us some Sunday or learn more about us at vccc.org. We are always here to help.
David Wojnicki serves as Associate Pastor at Valley Center Community Church (VCCC). His wife and three daughters have been a part of the Valley Center community for twelve years. To learn more about VCCC go to their website vccc.org.