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Church News from June 26th-July 2nd

June 25, 2014
Ridgeview Church

From Haitian orphanages, to Indonesian Bible translation to Swaziland AIDS clinics, Valley Center's Ridgeview Church makes "passion for God, compassion for others" their mission statement rather than just their motto. This Sunday, the new Youth Pastor, Mike Alvarez will be making his debut leading Ridgeview's Box of Chocolates Band. Pastor Bill will be speaking on "minding your hearts." Summer plans in clued Vacation Bible School and the yearly youth group trip to Mammoth. Ridgeview Church is a great place to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and discover God's purpose for your life. From home Bible study groups to youth events to preschool, there's something for everyone of every age at Ridgeview. Call (760) 751-9890 or go to for further information.

St. Stephens

This weekend's celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi reminds us of the mystery of the real presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, the major source of ongoing nourishment and strength for all believers. In this sacrament, the Lord continues to meet us, dwell with us and fulfill God's promise to be with us always.

Our parish activities begin with the High School Youth Night games and movie, then the Rosary and Divine Mercy Devotion, Confirmation Summer Session, Curso Apollo (Spanish), Bible Study with John Boyd, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Spanish Bible Study, Familia (Men), St. Vincent de Paul distribution, and Spanish Faith Retreat.

The Fortnight For Freedom takes place from June 21 to July 4, 2014. This celebrates the great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. This year's theme focuses on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable. Join us Thursday, July 3 at 7 p.m. for a prayer vigil to conclude the Fortnight for Freedom.

Fides Ecclesiae (Faith of the Church) is a musical presentation of the lives of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Pedro Calungsod. These two saints were canonized October 19, 2012 in celebration of the Year of Faith. Tickets are available for showings on July 12 at 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts Escondido or online at

Steubenville, San Diego is coming July 25 – 27, 2014. This conference at USD is a weekend full of music, prayer, inspiring speakers and fun for High School Youth – those entering ninth grade through grading seniors. A pre-Steuby party is scheduled for Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Men's 2014 Retreat in Riverside, California is coming September 5 – 7, 2014. Registration forms are in the Church Narthex or contact Tom Rizzotto at (760) 749-6564 or Deacon Gil Salinas at (760) 749-2820.

Registrations are now open for the 2014 – 2015 Faith Formation year. All children who attended last school year will be automatically promoted and enrolled in the next faith formation level. A short registration form and deposit are required.

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, preaching the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Sabbath (Saturday) services will begin with Bible study classes at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. The adult lesson is entitled, "Christ's Kingdom and the Law," concluding our quarter's studies on "Christ and His Law." Lessons are available by looking up online. The sermon will be presented by Kevin Drath. Sermons are posted on our website which can be located at 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 p.m. 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

St. Francis Episcopal Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church is a vibrant church in Pauma Valley. The church's mission is to share the love of Christ. The Episcopal Church welcomes all to celebrate and share Christ's love for his people and is located at 16608 Hwy. 76 near the Pauma Valley Community Center. All are invited to join in our Sunday morning worship services.

Holy Eucharist is celebrated at both our Sunday services. The 8 a.m. service is a quiet service without music. The 10 a.m. service offers congregational singing, a weekly musical offering by the St. Francis Choir, Sunday School and babysitting. After the 10 a.m. service, there is food, coffee, and conversation for all.

This past we read from the Gospel of Matthew. In Chapter 10: 29 - 31. It states, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." Fr. Stephen's sermon reminded us that God cares for us. We are of value. If God cares for the sparrow who is little value, how much more does he care for us. He values us and cares for us. Therefore we should not be afraid to share his Love for us with others. We should spread his word and do his work.

If you are interested in learning more about St. Francis Episcopal Church, check out the new church website. Service information and photos of church events can be found online at

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