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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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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

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

A Cloud of Witnesses

Our Celebration of the Faithful was once again a needed reminder of the “cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us and who both inform and help complete our faith. Contrary to the illusion of relentless individualism, we are indeed indebted. Probably more so than we could fathom even if we were to try.
First of all, we are fundamentally indebted to God beginning with the initial breath we take. From this essential element of life, every step we take thereafter (both literally and figuratively) we owe to others. Given this reality, it is incumbent upon us to embrace and celebrate our indebtedness rather than resent or “outgrow” our inherent neediness.
So we purpose to acknowledge the faithful lives of the saints that we might be encouraged to also be faithful witnesses today and for future generations, “Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful,” is certainly an appropriate song to call us on.
To that end, this year we learned about David Duplessis, the “donkey”, who humbly sought unity in the larger body of Christ. We were reminded of the remarkable transformation and subsequent steadfast witness of Nixon’s “Hatchet Man”, Charles Colson. The short but powerful life of Borden of Yale served as an implicit indictment of our often complacent lives. “No reserve, no retreat, no regrets.”
Samuel Lamb was a frail and weak man made powerful and effective by God to lead the Underground church in China. His 20 years of imprisonment and “re-education” by Chinese communist merely served to strengthen and deepen his cheerful trust in God. We learned that the activism of Cesar Chavez was informed and motivated by his radical faith.
Richard Wurmbrandt reminds us both of the constant presence of the Lord to sustain in unimaginable circumstances as well as the current persecutions and martyrdom today of Christians throughout the world. Isn’t the very least we can do is to be mindful of and pray for our brothers and sisters today?
We were given a “first person” account from Elizabeth Eliot of her courtship and marriage to Jim Eliot, who, along with faithful partners became a martyr in Ecuador. Incredibly, Elizabeth and Rachel Saint (sister of one of the martyrs) went on to live among and minister to those who had murdered their beloved.
This is what faith looks like. It is all the more remarkable therefore, that Hebrews 11 states,…”that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” (RSV) Peterson in The Message translates this truth as, “God had a better plan for us, that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole; their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.” (Heb. 11:40)
So gird up your loins. Joyfully celebrate and embrace your indebtedness in all its glory! And give thanks by living lives of faithfulness and partnership.

Wineskins Conference, May 2-4, 2014

Co-Workers in the Kingdom:

We would like to tell you about Wineskins, 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 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).

Love

“Above all, hold unfailing your love for one another.” It’s Valentine’s Day and the table is laden with gifts: candy, cards, mugs, gift boxes, home-made pictures, bookmarks, and other mementos of the day of “love.” This unfailing tradition of including all on this day typically reserved only for romantic love elevates the occasion. One single young lady remarked, “Thanks for this day. I never enjoyed it before because I didn’t have a boyfriend.” Indeed, isn’t this how Christ loved us-without regard to our “dating status?” Tradition holds that St. Valentine protested the Roman edict against marriages by secretly performing weddings, ultimately paying with his life. In the spirit of this saint, we extend the gifts of love to all in the family which God has given us. Thoughtfulness and encouragement are always needful, perhaps especially on this day when so many feel left out in the romance category. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2)