Get To Know Our Deacons – Part 3 (Final)

Get To Know Our Deacons – Part 3 (Final)

This is the final installment of a multi-post series we are calling “Get to know our Deacons.” As you know, on February 24th we will be recommending 13 men (UPDATE: now 12, one withdrew due to time constrictions) to serve as deacons, joining the current 7 who are now serving. We are thrilled to empower more servant-leaders in the life of our church and see God’s work continue to grow in and through us. In preparation for that day we are using this time to help our church members get to know these men on a little more personal level. So, we asked each one a few questions:

  1. How long have you been coming to Green Hills and what kept you coming here?
  2. What ministries have been most exciting for you to serve in throughout your life?
  3. Outside of serving at church, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I hope you enjoy getting to know our deacons and continue praying for them!

Thanks!

Caleb Kim visited Green Hills about 18 months ago and decided to stay after he first listened to Pastor David’s sermon. Not only did he decide to stay, he knew he wanted to actively serve. Caleb has a strong interest for learning languages. He is currently fluent in Korean, (his mother tongue) but has conversational abilities in English and Spanish as well. In fact, one of the ways in which we refines his language skills is by writing out Bible passages in all three languages.

Caleb currently serves in the very active prayer ministry in the Korean congregation. In particular, he is involved in intercessory prayer. However, he would like to see a way to serve in a medical ministry like with acupuncture or physical therapy.

 

 

 

Jaime Mazun started coming to the church in 2012 because his family was invited by Barbara Barr who was teaching the Good News Club where his children went to school. Jamie recalls, “Como Familia estábamos buscando una congregación bien simentada con buenos programas para niños y adolescents.” At the time the Mazun family was looking specifically for “a well-structured church with a good program for children and teenagers.”

Jamie is bilingual in English and Spanish and serves ushering, serving the Lord’s Supper and working in the tech booth for the Spanish worship services and events. In regards to his free time, he says, “Mi tiempo libre es estar con mi familia. Soccer, cocinar,” meaning he likes to spend time with his family, playing soccer and cooking.

Jamie and his wife Claudia have two children; a high school-aged daughter named Regina and a 6th grade son named Diego.

 

Sang Park and his wife started attending Green Hills two years ago because a friend said this church had a good Korean Pastor who was a good preacher. After visiting for a while, they observed that Green Hills was a place where “God’s mission was at work” and they saw good fruit. Sang shared with us that his favorite way to serve the local church is to intentionally seek out the new faces and make the visitor feel welcome, as well as to find ways to “develop the brotherhood.” His passion is helping new people feel connected to the church. And when he isn’t doing that here on Sundays, he is outside, inviting others in the community to come hear God’s Word here at Green Hills. They are so happy to be a part of this church family.

 

Enrique Rios and his family have been attending Green Hills since back in 2009 before we launched many from our Spanish to the Whittier Campus. He and his family were committed to staying behind to be the remnant that would build up a new Spanish speaking ministry here at the La Habra Campus. He is bilingual in that he understands both English and Spanish though as he tells it, when it comes to speaking both languages, he says “Hablo mi propia versión del inglés.” (Translation: “I speak my own version of English.”)

As a part of the church, Enrique has served in many different capacities. He is an usher, he works as a sound tech, he serves in the Living Nativity and he considers it a great privilege to “paint and give maintenance to The Lord’s House.”

Enrique and his wife Betty have two children, Maximilliano (7th grade) and Monserrat (5th grade). He says El tiempo que tengo libre es para mi familia es el único hobby que tengo.” (Translation: “My free time belongs to my family. It’s the only hobby I have.”)

Get to Know Our Deacons – Part 2

Get to Know Our Deacons – Part 2

This is the part-2 of a multi-post series we are calling “Get to know our Deacons.” As you know, on February 24th we will be recommending 13 men (UPDATE: now 12, one withdrew due to time constrictions) to serve as deacons, joining the current 7 who are now serving. We are thrilled to empower more servant-leaders in the life of our church and see God’s work continue to grow in and through us. In preparation for that day we are using this time to help our church members get to know these men on a little more personal level. So, we asked each one a few questions:

  1. How long have you been coming to Green Hills and what kept you coming here?
  2. What ministries have been most exciting for you to serve in throughout your life?
  3. Outside of serving at church, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I hope you enjoy getting to know our deacons and continue praying for them!

Thanks!

Samuel Escalante and his family have been members at Green Hills for two years, but they had attended regularly for 4 years prior to that. His heart-language is Spanish but he is excited to be understanding more and more English. The Spanish speaking congregation is still growing and requires everyone to step up in different ways and Samuel like the challenge of serving in a variety of areas, however, his primary area of service is as the director of the Spanish ministry Greeter/Usher team.

When asked what he likes doing during his “off hours,” he says “Me gusta pasar tiempo con mi familia y leer la biblia.” (translation: “I enjoy spending time with my family and reading my Bible).

Samuel and his wife Enma have one son in our children’s department named Bryan.

 

Peter Lee and his family began to attend Green Hills in the fall of 2016 shortly after they moved to Whittier from Los Angeles. “The reason my family continues to attend Green Hills Church is because we see God’s presence and love here. Pastor Jung and his family are amazing with sincere hearts to serve and obey God. We are blessed to have them in our lives and look forward to coming to church every Sunday.”

Although it isn’t his day job, Peter really enjoys photography. He used to be a part of the photography ministry at a previous church. In fact, he joyously and continuously serves the Lord in that capacity here at Green Hills as well. Peter serves across both the Korean and English speaking congregations with his photography, as a cell group leader and in the children’s department.

In regard to his free time, Peter had this to share. “We recently gave birth to our second daughter two months ago. As you may know how that goes, free time is a luxury in this season. But once everything normalizes, I would like to say that I enjoy life group, exercising, and traveling.”

Peter and his wife, Hannah have two young daughters, Priscilla and Claire.

David Oh has been coming to Green Hills since March of 2008 and kept coming because “the preaching and teaching was great and my wife and I were able to get connected with a really good Sunday school class.” The Oh’s were able to make meaningful connections with other couples and families in the church like Pete and Anabella Ramirez, Jamie and Barbara Barr as well as Glenn and Diane Viaes. They were also able to get involved early on which gave them a unique opportunity to be invested in the work and ministry of the church right away.

David and Esther actually met at a previous church while serving together in the youth group. In addition, he enjoys being part of the music and worship ministries here at Green Hills, while Esther serves in our children’s department as well as on the refreshment team.

In his free time, he loves to cook, read, play guitar, sing, play piano and play board games with his family. He also noted, “I should be setting aside time to exercise, but I’m still working on that one.”

David and Esther have 2 daughters, Tiffany and Hannah, and one son, Jonathan.

 

John Peck and his wife Tina have been attending GHBC for a little over 11 years. He says, “Green Hills is a church that makes you feel like family. It is a place to easily stay connected.”

John’s service at Green Hills has been broad. He has given leadership in men’s ministry, in Life Groups, to teaching bible studies. Additionally, it isn’t rare to find him using his handi-skills around the building as well. And while it has all been rewarding, he says, “the most rewarding has been to teach and disciple other men.” You can find his wife Tina serving in women’s ministry, at our hospitality table on Sunday, in the kitchen for fellowship meals and much more.

Outside of church John enjoys riding bikes and working around the house, but most importantly, and in case you all don’t know,… “I am a big Dodgers fan.”

John and Tina have two grown daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters.

 

 

 

Get to Know Our Deacons – Part 1

Get to Know Our Deacons – Part 1

 

On February 24th we will be recommending 13 men to serve as deacons, joining the current 7 who are now serving. We are thrilled to empower more servant-leaders in the life of our church and see God’s work continue to grow in and through us. In preparation for that day we thought it would be a good opportunity for our church members to get to know these men on a little more personal level. So, we asked each one a few questions:

  1. How long have you been coming to Green Hills and what kept you coming here?
  2. What ministries have been most exciting for you to serve in throughout your life?
  3. Outside of serving at church, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I hope you enjoy getting to know our deacons and continue praying for them!

Thanks!

Kurt Abel has been coming to the church for 18 years now and he says that it was “the friendly people” that kept them coming. He also said, “We immediately felt at home at Green Hills. Not long after we started attending, we started serving in the High School Group.”

Kurt says that the most exciting areas of ministry have been teaching the stories of the Bible to the 1st through 4th grade boys and girls. This is an area in which he is currently serving, along with his wife Ann. He has enjoyed giving leadership with High School students as well as on the Multi-Media team. But teaching the kids right now is the most fun for him.

Outside of serving at church, Kurt has coached youth soccer for the past 20+ years and he loves doing that. He also enjoys hiking with the family, wake boarding every summer, and traveling.

Kurt and Ann have two sons, Luke and Zac.

 

Jerry Harned and his wife Dellene have been members at Green Hills since 1994. Not long after he started here, he was asked to be a part of the Pastor’s Search committee; the same committee that found and called Pastor Bob Gallina to be the “new” pastor of Green Hills. Jerry has been an influential teacher for students of all ages, from Kindergarten through senior adults. Jerry and Dellene offered their leadership to build up the thriving AWANA program we all enjoy today. Additionally, Jerry was instrumental in directing and developing the Living Nativity for 17 years.

When asked what ministries he has been most excited to serve in throughout his life, he said,
“I have been excited to be involved in Christian Film making since 1970, working with several film production ministries. I have traveled domestically and internationally producing films that help folks know God and grow in their faith. Currently I am co-founder of Illustra Media, (which produces films on intelligent design in nature and Christian biblical apologetics.)”

Recently he has revisited his long-time love of trains, both real and toy. His family has traveled by train to destinations like Chicago and New Orleans. In their backyard he has upwards of 140 feet of “G scale” model railroad track. It is a project that he gets to enjoy with all 6 grandchildren.

Jerry and Dellene have 3 grown daughter who are all married and serving both locally and abroad.

 

Bob Taylor started coming to Green Hills in January of 2008.  He began by attending a Sunday school class with Carl Moen which was being taught by Roger Miya at the time and as he says it, “that got me hooked!” From there he started going to the church services and soon discovered that he liked the teaching that was preached from the pulpit as well.

Bob has a clear passion for discipleship particularly with his fellow believing brothers. He is actively involved in several men’s Bible studies and small groups. His passion is “to see men grow in the grace and knowledge of the Word of God, and then to watch them lead once they know who they are in Christ.”

Bob has several standing fellowship times with men all throughout the week including lunch with two brothers on Monday, a Monday evening study (which he leads), another lunch on Wednesdays with a different brother, Thursday evening Bible studies with a different group of men and a Saturday morning study with two more men. As he puts it, “That keeps me busy.”

 

Scott Watkins has been coming to Green Hills for 20 years and says that it was the Bible centered teaching that drew him and his family here and is what made them stay. Prior to attending Green Hills, he and his wife Lori were volunteer leaders in the youth group at their previous church and while he found that ministry to have several highs and lows, he says that “seeing God change the lives of youth was always exciting” for him.

Scott’s wife is a faithful volunteer in our nursery ministry, supporting families with babies while Scott serves on the Multi-media team and is a part of our Church’s Stewardship Committee.

Outside of church, Scott also enjoys coaching youth sports teams (currently he is coaching a girls’ soccer team), he enjoys doing puzzles and working on projects around the house.

Scott and Lori have 4 grown children, a daughter-in-law and one grandson.

 

That’s in the Bible?!

That’s in the Bible?!

It happens on a fairly-regular (more than I’d like to admit) basis where I find myself in a spiritual conversation of sorts and say out loud, ~or more likely say to myself~ “that’s in the Bible?!?!” Which can be a little embarrassing since I’ve been a Christ follower for pretty much all my conscious existence! And while I don’t feel the need to defend myself per se, let me encourage those of you who may have found yourselves in similar situations.

I have read through The Good Book cover to cover with certain ‘intentionality’ 4 times; which does not include all the other days that book has been opened before me in over 40 years of sermons, seminars, Sunday school classes, life group discussions, conferences, personal devotions and more. So,…. why do I continually find myself asking “That’s in the Bible?!?!”

Well, I can pretty much boil it down to the simple fact that the Bible is living (Hebrews 4:12, John 6:63, 1 Peter 1:23) and I take that to mean our encounter with God’s Word will be different every time we read, (as is our experience with every other living thing). There’s always something new to see … something unique to discover …  something fresh to glean.

“…our encounter with God’s Word will be different every time we read…”

Christmas, in all its beauty, will be celebrated to the fullest tomorrow. Some families will finally put that baby Jesus figurine in their nativity sets, others will gather together to read the cherished Luke 2 passage and grateful words of thankfulness for the baby Jesus will be prayed all around the world. And when everyone goes home, and the tousled paper is piled high in the recycle bin, many will begin placing hopeful eyes on the New Year.

I love the exercise of resolutions. Don’t get me wrong. I rarely see my list of goals to the finish line but every attempt is still a success at moving towards good habits for my mind, body and soul. I ask myself the question, “what will my Bible reading resolution be this year?” I just read an article that said “most Christians approach yearly Bible reading goals with trepidation and guilt.” I get it. My goal to read the Chronological Bible in a year accidentally stretched into a 3-year goal. Literally December 31st of THE THIRD YEAR I was cramming down that super-easy Revelation-read at about 11:45 pm….And just to be super honest with y’all, I didn’t get to: “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:20-21)”until after the clock rolled past 12… so yeah, technically I was in my 4th year before I actually finished…but who’s counting?

Friends, that is still a success. Taking three years (and one day) to read through The Bible started years and years prior when I first resolved to read the New Testament in a year. (Are you looking for an easy goal? Start there!) And that goal turned into an Old Testament read-through plan the following year.

As you consider your 2019 plan for personal time in God’s Word, know there are lots of creative ways to approach it. Find something that excites you and remember; taking the time is a great win all by itself. If you need a little inspiration, here’s a link to some different Bible reading plans (Click this link here)(and another here).

Do you have some interesting Bible studies/plans that worked for you? Tell us about it in the comment section! Let’s learn from each other and “spur one another on to good reads!” (Hebrews 10:24~ish) 😉

Written by: Sarah Graham

What are you going to do about it?

What are you going to do about it?

“He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”

– Psalm 78:5-7

I accepted Christ as my Savior in 7th grade. My mom and step-dad had faithfully been taking me to church since I was in the 5th grade and I enjoyed being at church because it was fun getting mixed up in different shenanigans with my friends. I remember during bible study one night, I slapped a girl (who would later become my dear friend) and as I tried to flee the scene, her brothers pinned me up against a window…hard… which ended up breaking the window. Don’t worry our youth pastor fixed it!

As time passed, the church experienced a split and slowly my friends began to dwindle down to one. I, unfortunately, was simultaneously dealing with some really hard times at home as my family was also splitting apart. By the time high school rolled around I had established deep into my school community of friends and in the marching band. That was the community I belonged to and I would visit the church from time to time. Looking back, the people speaking into my life at church were my pastor (Pastor Bob), my youth pastor’s wife (Shannon Clifton) and a former youth leader (Julie Manriquez). 3 people. Three people would ask how I was doing and check in from time to time, but this was not enough to keep me in the church. I had become a visitor to the church and did not feel like I belonged.

After I had my first daughter I met with Pastor Bob and told him that I wanted my daughter to have a different experience in the church than I did. I wanted her to have real friends at the church. His question to me was “What are you going to do about it?” It sounds simple but it took me back. I hadn’t really considered how this was in my control and good intentions would not be enough. We can want this for our children but unless we do something about it nothing will change. That was when I decided to get really involved at Green Hills. I desired for my children to have a real sense of belonging to the church but I realized that just bringing them would not be enough.

“We can want this for our children but unless we do something about it nothing will change.”

I got to attend the ELRC Parenting Conference this last week and one thing that they kept repeating was the importance of having 5 people pouring into the life of our kids. They referenced a study that showed, students who had deep and long lasting roots into their faith and faith community typically had 5 people investing in them as they were growing up and those who drifted from the faith usually had 3 or less. See, our kids will find a sense of community and belonging somewhere and they will be visitors everywhere else. Their spiritual foundation must always be the home. We, as parents, need to be teaching them and modeling for them what it means to walk with Jesus and how they can live that out too. But unless we have a tribe behind us, this will likely not be enough to stick. I went to church, my mom taught me the love Jesus but that was not enough. I had 3 people. 3 was not enough.

I know you’re probably thinking “you’re the children’s director! How was it not enough?” Let me tell you! God intervened in a HUGE way! My mom made me go to Biola. For that, I am forever thankful. If not for her push, I have no idea how different my life would look today. Biola thrust me back to the church and back to Lord, coupled with a few tough times along the way. Tough times can be refining but I certainly don’t want to invite additional difficulty for my own girls or anyone else’s kids either!

Church members,…I need your help. I need the help of other faithful followers of Jesus who are willing to pour into the life of my girls. We all need a tribe of other believers pouring into the lives of our kids (and we need at least 5). I think of those giving of themselves to the betterment of my girls and pray that they continue to do so all their lives. I want Kailey and Bella to have their community (family) be that of the church so they become visitors at school, on the sports team, etc…

Proverbs 13:20 “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companions of fools, will suffer harm.”

I want my girls to seek wisdom from the people at the church because I know they will speak into them the love of Jesus.

One of the biggest problems for the global church today is that students aren’t staying in the church after high school. We need students to stay and the only way that will happen is if we are investing into the lives of the kids in the church. Not just one or 2 people pouring into them but 5. We need 5 people pouring into their lives.

Parents: Who are the 5 people pouring into the lives of your kids?

Church Members: Who are the kids you are pouring into?

We are losing students all the time to sports, band, school etc. We need to give them a sense of belonging, first, to the church.

So,…

What are you going to do about it?

¿Realmente podemos orar por todo?

¿Realmente podemos orar por todo?

Cuando era un niño mi tío Milo se acercó a mí una vez y dijo: “Martin, tienes que orar por todo!” … ¿”Todo”? Le pregunté-… “Sí,” dijo, “todo”. Desde ese momento comencé a preguntarme; ¿Cómo puedo orar por todo lo que hago? ¿Es eso posible? ¿Es bíblico? No me tomó mucho tiempo para averiguar cuan significativa era esa declaración. 1 Tesalonicenses 5:17 dice: “Orad sin cesar”. la oración es parte fundamental en la vida de un cristiano. Estamos llamados a orar ~ no sólo sin cesar, sino por todo; incluso por nuestros enemigos.

“La oración es parte fundamental de la vida de un cristiano.”

El pasado mes de enero nuestro Pastor Jared, me pidió que tomara el liderazgo en los ministerios de misiones y alcance de nuestra iglesia, y como de costumbre, dije “sí. No hay problema.” Pero con el paso del tiempo me di cuenta de que la responsabilidad que heredé necesitaba mucho más que decir “sí, no hay problema,” se necesita mucha oración. Oración no sólo de mí parte, sino de mi familia, mi familia de la iglesia y cada cristiano en el cuerpo de Cristo, porque el ministerio de misiones requiere de mucha oración y trabajo en equipo.

Recuerdo cuando era niño que siempre disfrutaba de la llegada de los grupos misioneros a nuestra iglesia en San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Recuerdo la experiencia desafiante para comunicarnos en un lenguaje “híbrido” (signos y palabras en inglés) pero a pesar de las barreras del idioma, todos encontrábamos unidad a través de la oración. Hoy, tengo la bendición de estar en el otro lado de este ministerio de misiones. He sido parte de dos viajes misioneros a Guatemala, y ahora estoy preparando dos grupos misioneros para ser enviados al centro y  sudeste de Asia para compartir el Evangelio. ¡Ese niño Hondureño nunca se hubiera imaginado esto! Siento que el Señor me dio el entrenamiento para ser un misionero antes de tiempo. Pero entiendo que con la formación y deseo de servir en misiones no es suficiente para hacer que las cosas sucedan. Necesitamos unirnos en oración para tener éxito en compartir el Evangelio. Es lo que Santiago dice en 5:16 “… “La oración eficaz del justo puede lograr mucho…. ”

“Necesitamos unirnos en oración para tener éxito en compartir el Evangelio “.

Durante el pasado mes de marzo nuestra iglesia se unió en oración todos los días al mediodía por todos los cristianos que han sido afectados por los cambios políticos relacionados con cuestiones de inmigración. Este mes de julio estamos desafiando otra vez al cuerpo de Cristo a comprometerse a orar al mediodia por los grupos misioneros que serán enviados en los viajes de corto plazo. Al orar con nosotros, usted será parte importante de estos grupos. No importa donde esté en ese momento, levante a nuestros grupos en oración para que puedan seguir con la misión de Dios para compartir el Evangelio. Tengo que decir que tío Milo tenía razón acerca de orar por todo,.. .pero me gustaría añadir, no solo por todo; Necesitamos orar ~juntos~ por todo. ¿Se compromete a orar junto a nosotros todo el mes de julio?

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