Nature and Purpose of the Church

The Nature and Purpose of the Church

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Please come join us as we dig into the scriptures to discover the nature and purpose of the Church. We have been doing these seminars for 40 years in an attempt to edify the Body of Christ, to call Her on to her true identity and authenticity. It is our prayer that believers will be challenged and encouraged, always reaching for deepening and strengthening our relationships with Christ and with one another.

“This is a time when at a deeper level than for many decades the Church is trying to discover our true nature— what it is to be the Church of Christ.” – Elizabeth O’Connor. Call to Commitment.

“…that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known….” -Ephesians 2:10.

“Ecclesia Semper Reformanda.” –The Church always reforming.


Here is a little more information regarding the Nature and Purpose of the Church seminars we will be hosting.

Location:

El Segundo Christian Church
223 W Franklin Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245
The dates are:

June 15-16, July 13-14, August 3-4, 2018.

Friday evening 7-9:00 pm
Saturday 10-3:00 (We will provide lunch!)

Other details:

*You can attend different sessions to make it convenient. Meaning, you can come on one Friday and attend a different weekend Saturday if that is better for you. But whatever individual session you attend, please plan on staying for the entire time!

*If you get any one of the Friday night sessions and any one of the Saturday sessions you will have the basic foundation of what the seminar is about. But please come to a Friday BEFORE you attend a Saturday session.

*Cost: We will take an offering for food and expenses, but don’t let $ keep you from coming. We want you to come, so give a few bucks if you can, but even if you can’t contribute, come anyway!

Questions?  Contact us. Phone? call Jack Read  310.678.0853

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Dear Family and Friends

March 21, 2018

As you may have heard, we at Church of the Servant King have been trying to find a way to bring some of the young Nigerian women who had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram here to America. We have been engaged in this project for almost a year. Now it seems as if it will be truly possible to “Bring Back Our Girls.” Where once this story had worldwide attention, it has receded in interest to many, but after much time, prayer, financial commitment, and sincere efforts, we believe it’s about to have a happy ending.

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Pictured from left: Saratu Emmanuel Mutah, Maryamu Wavi, Amina Nkeki and Asabe Goni
(not pictured is Rebecca Ishaku)

We would like to introduce you to these young women and ask you to participate with us in prayer and in giving towards the costs in bringing them to a new life in the U.S.A. We know there are always many worthy causes to which you can and do donate; we also hope and pray that you may wish to help out in this endeavor.

We are working on setting up a non-profit entity for large scale fundraising, and have been reluctant to act until then, but we believe these young women are in dire circumstances. We are setting aside a savings account in their name, and we estimate about $20,000 is currently needed to provide passports, visas, travel permits, plane fares and many other basic needs.

Once they arrive they plan is to enroll them in the four year degree program at Hope International University in Fullerton. We anticipate many more funds will be needed for their schooling and their needs. We, together with them, their guardians in Nigeria and those we have met with at Hope, agree this will be the best path forward.

Any contributions large or small will be greatly appreciated, as will your prayers and good wishes. These young women have been unimaginably traumatized by their ordeal, and we are anxious to rescue them from an increasingly unstable and perilous life. They are Christian women who desperately want a new start, and who are essentially abandoned orphans in their own land. We hope that you will want to participate with us in what we see as a very worthy cause.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

In hopeful anticipation,

Jack Read, Mark Schwanz, Regan Read, Overseers
Rich Read, Barbara Kjos, Pastors
Church of the Servant King, Gardena

Please make your contributions via check or money order to Church of the Servant King with a memo “Chibok.”  We can accept secure electronic contributions via the Venmo app @COSKgardena. For other arrangements please contact us and let us know how we can help.

P.O. Box 114
Gardena, CA 90247

Wineskins Conference Fall 2017

 

Co-Workers in the Kingdom:

Make sure your plans include being with us for the next Wineskins fellowship, coming up on November 10-12, 2017 in El Segundo, California. The conference will begin on Friday, November 10th, at 6 pm; you may check-in beginning at 3 pm on Friday. We will say farewell at 2 pm on Sunday, November 12th. 

Wineskins is a gathering of Jesus’ disciples who desire to dialogue about significant Kingdom issues and establish and maintain networks of koinonia within the Body of Christ. We’ve met twice a year (Spring and Fall) to fellowship and reason together for over 35 years (since 1974).

There is a limit of 44 (forty-four) participants to give all attending a chance to become involved. The conference is not a time for relaxation. We are hard at it with little time provided for leisure. Issues are merely opened up and hammered out with no view of sending everyone home with “THE ANSWER”. Wineskins is an ecumenical gathering; many different expressions of our faith will be represented, such as Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Mennonites, Baptists, Episcopalians, etc.

Everyone attending participates in paying for the conference. The speakers are not paid for their participation at the conferences; they are there because they want to be.

Such is the Wineskins fellowship. It is our hope that the Lord will add His particular kind of success to our gathering; that we will not only enjoy the dialogue and information, but also real community and transformation.

NOTE: Participants are asked to be present for the entire conference (usually a Friday evening through a Sunday afternoon.) We have found that the objectives of koinonia and dialogue are undermined when participants arrive late or leave early. Therefore, we deem it a must for you to be there for the duration of this fellowship.

Our cost is $175.00 per person. A $100 deposit will hold you a place; first-come, first-served. The cost for full-time college/university students (full time = taking 12 or more units) is $125.00. Space is limited to 44 participants and many of the past Wineskins have been very full.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to become a part of this fellowship. If you have any questions, please make a note on our contact form.

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Wineskins Conference, Fall 2016

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Co-Workers in the Kingdom:

We would like to tell you about Wineskins Fellowship, a gathering of Jesus’ disciples who desire to dialogue about significant Kingdom issues and establish and maintain networks of koinonia within the Body of Christ. We’ve met twice a year (Spring and Fall) to fellowship and reason together for over 35 years (since 1974).

There is a limit of 44 (forty-four) participants to give all attending a chance to become involved. The conference is not a time for relaxation. We are hard at it with little time provided for leisure. Issues are merely opened up and hammered out with no view of sending everyone home with “THE ANSWER”. Wineskins is an ecumenical gathering; many different expressions of our faith will be represented, such as Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Mennonites, Baptists, Episcopalians, etc.

Everyone attending participates in paying for the conference. The speakers are not paid for their participation at the conferences; they are there because they want to be.

Such is the Wineskins Fellowship. It is our hope that the Lord will add His particular kind of success to our gathering; that we will not only enjoy the dialogue and information, but also real community and transformation.

NOTE: Participants are asked to be present for the entire conference (usually a Friday evening through a Sunday afternoon.) We have found that the objectives of koinonia and dialogue are undermined when participants arrive late or leave early. Therefore, we deem it a must for you to be there for the duration of this fellowship.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to become a part of this fellowship. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Rich Read (310.350.9906) or Scott Kjos (310.678.7831).

For the PDF version of the Wineskins 2016 information: wsintro-fall-2016

Celebration of the Faithful

 

Please come and join us as we celebrate the lives of faithful brothers and sisters who have gone before us!!
Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 PM

El Segundo Christian Church 223 West Franklin Avenue El Segundo, CA 90245

Children 11 years old and up are welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Church of the Servant King, Gardena

Fall 2015 Wineskins

The next Wineskins fellowship is November 6-8, 2015.
The conference will begin on Friday, November 6th, at 6 PM; you may check-in beginning at
3 PM on Friday. We will say farewell at 2 PM on Sunday, November 8th. This Wineskins will
be held at the Hyatt House in El Segundo, CA (the old Summerfield Suites for you Wineskins
veterans). Those of you who are flying in on Friday will want to fly into the Los Angeles
International or Long Beach Airports.
We want to reiterate one of our basic requests at Wineskins. To achieve the objectives of
koinonia and dialogue, we ask that all participants agree to be present for the entire conference.
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to commit to the entire conference, please let us know
immediately so that someone else may be contacted to take your place. Thank you!
Our cost is $175.00 per person. A $100 deposit will hold you a place; first-come, first-served.
The cost for full-time college/university students (full time = taking 12 or more units) is
$125.00. Space is limited to 44 participants and many of the past Wineskins have been very full.

Click here for the full informational flyer: WSINTRO-Fall 2015

 

Cries for help

We received two cries for help this past week: one from our bishop friend in Liberia, and one from missionaries in Burma.

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In Liberia they are experiencing a food shortage-money simply goes to supply basic needs. The ebola outbreak, civil wars, conflicts, skirmishes and perhaps corruption deny services to many. We send our small contribution in the hopes of alleviating suffering and helping our brothers and sisters as we are mandated to do.

While struggling with drought in California, it’s hard to imagine floods across the globe in Southeast Asia. As our lawns wither, we find such a deluge a bit inconceivable, yet the stark reality comes home when one views the photos of mass destruction from flooding.

Christians, alongside other relief organizations, work feverishly to rescue trapped victims and bring food, water, sanitation, and other necessities to the ravaged land.

So what’s the point here? Only that weekly we take an offering for the poor during our Bible study gathering. Such small amounts accumulate and we have been able to help out a bit through the years to many requests for help. We have purchased presents for needy families at Christmas, helped many folks in difficult circumstances and contributed to the “needs of the saints.”

We were able to help support a Washington D.C. church’s jobs ministry for many years, sending a small monthly offering. For this insignificant act, we were treated as heroes when we went there to visit our brothers and sisters.

This week we were pleasantly surprised to find that a thousand dollars had accumulated in our offering, and we were able to send help to those in urgent need. Consistent acts, even seemingly paltry efforts can make a difference.

Faithfulness is measured moment by moment. We hardly consider this sufficient effort; however, we believe Jesus when he says that being faithful in a little will help make us to be faithful in a lot. God multiplies our loaves and fishes in amazing ways. Hallelujah!

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More reflections on the lost art of writing…

Old style letterMy Family History class recently compiled a small anthology of our writings. We were giddy with excitement upon seeing the final product entitled “Our Memories.” I was slightly cross-eyed from editing this slim volume, but it was well worth it; the stories are priceless.

A young girl’s passage to America and adulthood, an idyllic Mexican vacation gone wrong, mopping the front porch to help mom, remembering a favorite cat. Now these stories are immortalized, the poems and photos will be enjoyed for many years to come.

In Letters to An American Lady, C.S. Lewis reveals much of his character in his one-sided correspondence with said lady. I do not suppose that he expected these letters to ever be published, yet they were. Remembering that Lewis hated writing, yet he faithfully responded to all who wrote him, one passage becomes all the more poignant. Dated 15 July 1960 it reads: “Dear Mary, I’ve just got your letter of the 12th. Joy{his wife} died on the 13th. I can’t describe the apparent unreality of my life since then. She received absolution and died at peace with God. I will try to write again when I have more command of myself. I’m like a sleep-walker at the moment. God bless. Yours Jack.”

It’s hard to capture the full impact of such a letter written at such a time. Lewis had once described the happy life as “that a man would have almost no mail and never dread the postman’s knock.” In spite of his letter-writing antipathy, C.S. Lewis believed that taking time to encourage other Christians was an act of humility (using one’s talents in such a seemingly insignificant way), and as much a work of the Holy Spirit as producing a book.

Small glimpses into Lewis’ life are illuminated in his letters, things such as his fear of heights, love of cats and dogs, doing his daily chores, and his shared dread of poverty. The posthumous revelation that Lewis had given away 2/3 of his income is all the more impressive when his fear has been disclosed in his letters. So much more could be said on this topic, but suffice it to say that I am convicted by this example of faithfulness by one of my favorite authors, indeed, one of my favorite people.

As I was exhorted last night by a brother to take time and discipline to edify and encourage the brothers and sisters through writing, do I have any acceptable reason not to do so? After all, C.S. Lewis responded faithfully two days after his wife’s death. No excuses!

 

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Dear friend

Photo of letters and cards

We write letters. I know that’s a bit strange in this age of e-mail, text messages, Snapchat and the like, but it’s true. Perhaps we are just old-fashioned, passé, and out of date (like the Oxford comma), but there’s something special about a hand-written missive.

People regularly tell us how encouraging those letters are, how they came at just the right moment. Friends who were missionaries in Japan often felt isolated and discouraged. Then a brief note from us arrived to cheer and encourage. Just what we had in mind! At least once a month, letters go out all over the world, to places such as: Liberia, Jordan, New Guinea, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Letter writing has a deep and ancient history. Many biographies are based on extensive records found in correspondences. Here a bit of character is revealed, as well as a glimpse into the times in which they lived. We understand more accurately the person and the context of their lives. We have many great examples. C.S. Lewis answered every letter he received. Hand-written. By him (except on rare occasions of illness or other exigencies.) And he loathed letter writing! This is faithfulness personified. And we are the richer for it as we now have access to his many compilations of letters contained in voluminous correspondence. Considering that some of his letters undoubtedly have been lost, yet we have insights into his thoughts on prayer, children, education, and some merely mundane aspects of life. Treasures at our fingertips, preserved for us and our posterity.

So, not to make too much of a simple act, we connect a bit in our own way to eternity. As our letters go out, we pray that they will arrive at just the right time. In our study of Romans, we are reminded that timing is crucial: “While we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) Amen!

~ Regan Read, Overseer, Church of the Servant King, Gardena
regan@servant-king.org