January 5, 2018

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Epiphany, the Feast of Lights where traditionally the Magi arrived to present their gifts. In some parts of the world, this tradition continues.
Pastor Leland and Marcia Lantz will present a gift – the special report of their recent trip to Uganda on Friday, January 5th at 6pm.


We will meet at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. 


Seldom, if ever, have I seen any one take such loving care of her husband. Pat Durkin saw the symptoms of dementia over 20 years ago. About 15 years ago, we encouraged Pat to leave the San Fernando Valley and move closer to us. We thought we could help, but a short time later, her husband, Jack, had to move into Palm Terrace, at the gate of Laguna Woods.

On December 31, 2017 Jack graduated to heaven. We all celebrate his home going. Family and friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, January 6th at 3pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in the Fellowship Hall. See address above. 

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Our prayer requests are usually very brief. However, we think this poem is worthy of printing. Deanna received this during her quiet time with the Lord.
Connard and Deanna Hoffman are faithful intercessors. 
The Hoffmans served in Oaxaca and also at the Baja Mission.

Do you want a word for this New Year?
Then listen close for I will make it clear.
Unstop your ears and wash your eyes,
For then you will see through the devil’s disguise.
Feed on My Word and then you will know,
What is right and pure and what is only show!

Pursue My Kingdom and My Pure Right Way,
For then your feet will never wander or stray.
Each new day come before My Face,
To receive My Wisdom that will never deface.
My Wisdom brings insight and understanding as well,
And knowledge will flow from My pure deep well.  

My voice will guide you into what is true,
My Spirit will show you what you are to do.
Come away from the cluttered voice of the world,
Come sit at My feet and let My Words unfurl.
Like a scroll that is read from left to right,
Each day read My Word for light and insight.

Discernment will come in a deeper way,
As you listen and hear what I lead you to pray.
Your prayers led this way will have greater power,
To impact what is needed each day and each hour.
You will need My direction in the year ahead,
So listen then do what My Spirit has said.

You will make your way prosperous
When My Word you obey,
So listen then act throughout each new day.
Let each action of yours come from the place,
The place of pure rest when you seek My Face.
In quietness and confidence you then will receive,
The life and the faith and the hope that believes.
You are My child, and My plans for you,
Will no more delay for I AM making them new!! 

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Our beloved missionary friends, Keith and Maya Durkin are looking for a rental in Tijuana.  The Durkins are providing meals for hundreds of children living in abject poverty.

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Dave Powers, our longtime friend and faithful supporter, will undergo back surgery January12th at Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA. They are projecting a long recovery period. We believe in miracles.


The flu has reached epidemic proportions. There are many friends and loved ones
who are suffering or have suffered over the holidays.
Our office has certainly been affected. Urgent care is overflowing. 

Please pray for protection and a quick recovery for those who are sick.