Keith's Weekly Update


Pastor Keith's Update - July 1st, 2019


After school let out for the summer, Lisa was already in her office getting ready for this next coming year. Since everything was pretty much shut down for the summer she went directly to her office without checking in or to see if anyone was around. She got in around 9am and went to the restroom before sitting down at her desk. But when she tried to leave the restroom she couldn't open the door. She tried prying it open. Using her key to remove the screws to the lock, but nothing worked. She also didn't take her cell phone with her since her office is right next door. She tried yelling and pounding on the door, but because school was out there wasn't anyone around. She kept her ear to the outside and if she thought she heard something she would pound on the door. She was stuck for about 3 hours when she heard someone in the men's restroom. She pounded the wall and luckily he heard her and started to work on getting the door open. It took awhile because even he couldn't figure why it was stuck. Finally, they were able to break into the bathroom and free Lisa from the bathroom. After talking with the maintenance guy who freed her it was amazing that he had come at all. He said he walked by Lisa's office and noticed her door was open. He asked the one person in the office if she had seen Lisa, but since Lisa did not walk through the office to get to her office she didn't think there was anyone at the school. So he shut Lisa's door and went to the bathroom. That is when he heard the pounding. If he hadn't walked by or had to use the bathroom no telling how long Lisa would have been stuck there. I probably wouldn't have checked in with her either. Not only am I a bad husband, but I am used to her working late. And since her phone was in her office, her location on her phone would have shown she was still sitting at her desk. Not only that but because Lisa just started her new job at the middle school I didn't have the contact numbers to anyone there. Eventually, I would have begun to worry (did I mention bad husband thing) and driven down there, but I didn't even know where her office was. At least if you had to get stuck a large bathroom is probably one of the better places, but still it was scary. (I am good at comforting as well)


Sometimes we can go through seasons in which we feel like we are stuck and nobody is out there to help us. It doesn't seem like there is anyone on the other side of our prayers. Our relationships are on a holding pattern. It takes more effort to have more energy. Or nothing excites us. You get the picture. When that happens it can be tempting to lose faith, doubt or give up. But the Bible tells us that when we feel stuck we should do just the opposite. We should keep the faith, work through our doubt and never give up. Jeremiah 33:1-3 says, "While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" Our faith reassures us of God's promises. Our doubt motivates us to call out God to prove Himself. And never giving up moves God to action. Getting unstuck is a God thing to those who call upon the name of the Lord. (Also take your cell phone with you to public restrooms)


update:

  • This Sunday only (8/18/19) we will be having our Sunday Service at the Armenian Community Center. The address is 2222 Lomita, 90717. We will be moving and setting up our equipment this Saturday, at 9am at the Lemonade Stand for our service on Sunday. You are welcome to come join in to help set up and get an early preview at 9am at the LS or 10am at the Armenian Center. We will then load back up our equipment and take it back to the Lemonade Stand after the English service. We will eventually make the Armenian Community Center our new church home in January 2020, but we wanted to see how to best set it up for our service. Our services will be at the same times. Nichigo 9am and English at 10:35.
  • If you are able to walk, please consider parking off site. There is a City of Lomita lot on Narbonne just a half a block from north of Lomita blvd. Or you can park behind the City building. There is parking at the center but we just don't know what the traffic flow will be like. There is plenty of parking for those who need to be close to the building so please don't worry if you are not able to park off site.
  • We are going to set up the service as is, but not as it will be. We are doing this first service to figure out the equipment and configurations we will need in January.
  • Please keep Roni in your prayers as she will have her surgery for Thyroid cancer on Monday, August 19th. We also want to support her in her recovery with meals on wheels or anything else the family needs. She is on a restricted Gluten free diet so instead of trying to figure out what to cook or what restaurants they could pick up meals from I am suggesting the church can give them a prepaid Visa card or Amazon gift cards. You can pass the cards through me or give it directly to the family (Mick).
  • Beginning on Sunday, October 6th the English will be moving our service time to 10:45.

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - July 1st, 2019


Happy 4th of July Week!!!

I won't be sending an update for the next few Mondays. I will be travelling for work, at family camp, and then a few of weeks of vacation.

I will send the Anchor event announcements out to you, but I will spare you from my silly life stories.  

Have a great summer....Keith


Announcements:

  • Anchor House of Prayer. 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. See Pastor Wayne for more info or if you have a prayer request.   
  • Camp registration is open. Family camp will be the week of July 28th to August 2nd. Hit the link for more info and to register. http://www.pcjcfm.org/youth-and-family-events Scholarships are available.
  • The Anchor will be hosting a Heavenly Treasures Tea on Saturday, August 10 at 11am. Go to the link to register http://tinyurl.com/teaandshop Please contact Edna Yabu for details. edna_yabu@yahoo.com
  • Potential new church home. We may have found our next place to worship. It is just down the street from the Lemonade Stand on Lomita blvd. 2222 Lomita, 90717. On August 18th we will have our services there to check it out. If it works out we will move out services in January 2020.


Pastor Keith's Update - June 24th, 2019


I had a fly buzzing around me and it was driving me crazy. I tried rolling up a bunch of paper around my desk to try and kill it but I think it was too heavy and I kept missing. I then tried to ignore it but it kept landing on my coffee cup. Which meant I had to throw away my cup of coffee. I decided my next course of action was to try to chase it out the garage. That didn't work because I couldn't see it well enough to track its flight out the door. Plus I felt stupid chasing a fly. Since there wasn't anything I could do I just lived with it until the fly eventually flew away. That was until a couple of days later. I don't know if it was the same fly or not, but I went through the same steps as before with the same success. After being a two time loser I decided to go to Amazon to buy a flyswatter. I searched flyswatter and a million items popped up. Wire flyswatters, plastic flyswatters, rubber flyswatters, paper flyswatters, decorative flyswatters and everything you can imagine flyswatters were mine to choose from. It was a hard to make a choice. I would click on an item and read the reviews. I would weigh the 1 star against the 5 star reviews. I would compare the price with the reviews to see which one would give me the best value. And then I caught myself. IT IS A FLYSWATTER, STUPID. Who cares what color it is or what it is made of. There isn't one that is better than another. They are all the same. So I bought the cheapest one and it works like a charm. For the life of me I don't know how you give a flyswatter anything but a 5 star. If it doesn't work who's fault is that?   


Sometimes I complicate things because I think the more sophisticated or complex something is the better and faster it is. Added features or new design elements make me believe that the product will do all the work. All I have to do is purchase the "right" one and it will improve my life. So of course you put the time in to do the research. But there are some things that are designed to be just as they are. When God created each on of us He designed us with the basic need to believe and to love. That is why the good news of Jesus Christ is so simple. The Bible tells us "For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." When we decide to follow Jesus he forgives us of our sins and we will experience the love of God like never before. There a million "what ifs" that you can ask about the Bible and of God but it really boils down to the simplicity of always knowing you are loved unconditionally by a Loving God.


update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is June 24th.     
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, June 29th @ 8:30am at the Anchor.
  • Anchor Tea w/Heavenly Treasures. August 10th at 11am at the Anchor. For more info please contact Edna Yabu. edna_yabu@yahoo.com

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - June 17th, 2019


I didn't think I cared a whole lot about what I look like. I thought I was about baggy sweats and comfort than any style or fashion trend. However, I have recently changed my thinking on all of that. Recently, my daughter Lindsey has been converting our old VHS tapes to a digital file. Some of the footage is just hilarious. It is fun to see the girls when they were super young. It takes you back in time like it was yesterday. There is only one problem with going back in time. ME. There have been times when the camera has been pointed at me, and I cannot stand to see myself. There is one shot where I am wearing a gold frame, way too small for my gigantic head glasses, short shorts, and my hair was parted from one of my ears. It isn't a good look at all. I still can't understand why in the world I would think that would work no matter what the style was at that time. Through all of the videos I have tried to convince myself that it wasn't so bad, but there hasn't been any consolation from my self-talk. I guess I do care somewhat about the way I look. Otherwise, I could watch the videos without cringing. I think I started to buzz my hair and lengthen my shorts from that point forward. I am not sure I can do much about the big head and appearance challenged face, but at least my style seems more timeless.    


Looking back in history is fun. We remember the good and happy times with fondness. Sometimes we wish we could go back in time. And sometimes we get stuck in time thinking those days were perfect. But we all know that life always has its ups and downs. We can forget about the hard times because we choose to remember the highlights. Those special moments that make us laugh and smile. Unfortunately we can never create those moments again. We can make new memories but the past is gone. For those who follow Christ you can probably remember early on how exciting it was to discover God. To see your life change. The way you thought about life, the things you did, and the hope you had was beyond anything you could have imagined. But as you go through the different seasons of life your spirit can sometimes feel a bit beat up. You don't feel God's presence like you used to. You are wiser and stronger in your beliefs but you just aren't feeling the joy of your salvation like you used too. It is in those times that you have to start to share the good news of Jesus Christ. You have to become an evangelist. Not necessarily to others but to yourself. Yes, you are called to share the good news to others, but many times we have to share the good news with yourself first. Sharing the good news with yourself is like trying to figure out the best present to buy for someone. You self talk yourself into buying a gift that will make someone smile. With the help of the Holy Spirit and your desire to see God turn up in a big way will open up yourself up to the good news of Jesus Christ. You will no longer try to hold onto your past, but look forward to the new discoveries that God has for you. That is when our history will meet up with our future. 


update:


  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is June 24th.  
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, June 29th @ 8:30am at the Anchor.
  • Dinner for 8. The next dinner will be Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30pm. Yukari will be the host. Please sign up at the info counter or see Roni Okubo. 
  • The Voice Church is one of our sister churches in the PCJC and they are sponsoring and hosting a trip to Israel. Here is a link for more info or to register. http://inspiredtravel.com/voice/  

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Pastor Keith's Update - June 10th, 2019


I have had a toe fungus in my big toenail for as long as I can remember. I asked my doctor if he would prescribe something to get rid of it, but he said the amount of work to treat it sometimes isn't worth it. Since it doesn't hurt or bother me I have decided to live with it. Now, however, it is starting to spread to my other toenails. It still doesn't bother me but it is gross to look at. It makes my toenail thick and yellow. I have joked before that the easiest way for me to lose weight is to cut my toenails. That is especially true now, and I am not joking. I've been trying to manage the fungus by trimming it every week hoping to cut out the disease, but so far it is still making its way down the family piglet tree of toenails. Now I am hoping the fungus just takes away all of my toenails and I can be done trying to fight the "silent" toenail killer.


Sometimes there are small signs of unhealth that we can ignore. It might be unsightly, but we can go on with are normal life without much concern. However, there are other indicators which you may or may not notice, but we should pay attention too. Not just with our personal health, but in all areas of our lives. Relationships, work, school, and church all have blind spots that show up as life moves forward. Relationship can grow cold. You can lose your motivation and purpose for your job. Your grades slip a bit. Your church starts to lose it's unity. Taken at face value there doesn't seem like there isn't anything to worry about. However, if you never pay any attention to the blind spot the blind spot will grow. Before you know it you will spend all of your time trying to manage something that is unhealthy instead of trying to grow something new. That is why it is so important to protect the things we all love. When we "see" something unhealthy we need to pay attention to it and make sure it doesn't get to the point where it will hurt us. That is why the Bible tells us in Matthew 7 to build our house on a firm foundation. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When we live a life built on a foundation that is principled in God's word, and is strong and healthy... it will be our health that spreads and not the fungus. Not even death can take away the promise of wholeness and health in Christ Jesus.


update

  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is June 10th.
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, June 29th @ 8:30am at the Anchor.
  • Father’s Day BBQ, Sunday, June 16th. Come join the Nichigo as they celebrate the dads with a BBQ at Wilson Park. Bring a dish to share and meet them on the back side of the park by the basketball court right after the English service. Good food, games, and fun.
  • Dinner for 8 is coming soon. The next dinner will be Wednesday, June 19th. Please sign up at the info counter or see Roni Okubo.

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - June 3rd, 2019


I was settled in my seat on the aisle for a flight bound for Phoenix. The line down the aisle had backed up as the last seats started to fill up and the overhead bins were limited. Right next to me in the aisle was a dad who was carrying his little guy while trying to navigate his carryon. As he waited the baby's bootie was right in my face. That wasn't so bad, but after 2 seconds it was pretty clear the baby needed a change. I didn't think anything about it, but I could tell the couple next to me thought the smell was coming from me. Or at least I think they did since they simultaneously turned the overhead blowers on high and they turned their body away from me. That, and they put their hand over their noise and whispered something to each other. So now what do I do. Do I try to let them know it wasn't me and then try to blame a cute, lovely, innocent baby? Or do I just say "oh well" it is what it is. I choose the latter, but I didn't feel good knowing that they thought I was a smelly old man. After the flight landed, I turned to them and wished them a good rest of the weekend. They sheepishly looked at me and said "you to." Their look confirmed it. They thought the smell was from me. They are probably posting it all over social media as we speak.


Sometimes you just have to live with the perception people have of you. Even if what they believe isn't true or it isn't in "context" it is hard to change how others think about you. We all know we are never as good or as bad as people think we are. We think what we think because we can't see people's heart or motives and they can't see ours. If you try to live up to what you want others to think about you are going to spend your whole life "people pleasing." That is a game your going to lose. One misstep and it can come crashing down on you. It isn't wrong being a people pleaser. We all need to live together, but if that is where you find your "oxygen" you will slowly suffocate from those who don't think as highly of you as you would want them too. That is why God wants us to find our identity in Him as a child of God. Because God knows us from the inside out and yet loves us through the good and the bad we can find peace in the grace he extends to us. The Bible says, "let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." When we accept God's grace and forgiveness we will find the freedom to be ourselves and not have to live up to the false expectations that are placed on us. You can be old without being stinky, unless that is how you want to roll.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is June 10th.
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, June 29th @ 8:30am at the Anchor.
  • Father’s Day BBQ, Sunday, June 16th. Come join the Nichigo as they celebrate the dads with a BBQ at Wilson Park. Bring a dish to share and meet them on the back side of the park by the basketball court right after the English service. Good food, games, and fun.

Keith


Pastor Keith's Update - May 20th, 2019


I have been waking up earlier than I usually do the past week or so. I am not sure why but I think it might have to do a little with the jet lag from my time in New York. Since I am not a morning person it has been nice to wake up and get a few more things done early rather than later. I thought to myself..... I could get used to this. But slowly the early morning wake-ups are starting to get later and later. I am now closer to what I am used too. I was hoping I could convert to a full-fledged member of the early risers, but apparently my circadian rhythm won't let me. I have always been envious of those who could put a full days work in before noon. I have tried on my own to "will" myself to wake up and be happy about it, but to no avail. If you have to use an alarm to wake up I think that automatically disqualifies me. That or the afternoon snorts that wake you up when you doze off because you are not used to being up for 8 hours. The funny thing about jet lag is you never know when it is going to hit you and that snort is going to come. Although it does seem to hit Lisa and my kids pretty consistently when I try to spend time with them. I am starting to think that jet lag is more of a description of my personality than a condition we can experience when we travel. So if you are suffering from insomnia come spend an hour with me and I can cure you right up. You will be snorting and snoring and won't know what hit you.


It is amazing what a quick trip into another time zone can do to mess you up. Even though you know you will be in another time zone, you can't see it, or even plan for how it will make you feel. Wherever and whenever you put your feet down that is the time zone you adjust too. That is when your day or night starts. It doesn't matter what time it is back home. That is also how it is to follow Jesus. When we choose to put our lives in His hands it doesn't matter what time zone you are in, what it was like "back home" or in the past, God wants us to start right where are feet are now. God's perfect timing is always in the present. He wants to use us in this time zone. He doesn't disqualify you for your past nor does He want to wait to use you in the future. He wants to do His thing with you now. He will give you all that you need now. Waiting only acclimates you and makes you comfortable. Before you know it you will find yourself in the same "place" you were only in a different location. God wants to use you to change the world around you not to become a citizen of it. God's purpose and will for our lives is the time zone we all want to be in. But we have to be willing to go from where we are standing now.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is May 27th.
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, June 29th @ 8:30am at the Anchor.
  • Father’s Day BBQ, Sunday, June 16th. Come join the Nichigo as they celebrate the dads with a BBQ at Wilson Park. Bring a dish to share and meet them on the back side of the park by the basketball court right after the English service. Good food, games, and fun.


Pastor Keith's Update - May 13th, 2019


I hate it when I am in the second car and the third car honks it's horn to get the first car moving through the traffic light. Then the driver looks back at you in the rearview mirror and you have to figure out how to look like you weren't the one who honked. Right now the only thing I have been able to come up with is to pick up my coffee cup and try to act like I am not in any hurry. I have no idea if that works but it makes me feel like it does. Then to take a visit out to New York and sit in a cab where they "speak" with their horn. If you don't get moving the first instant there is a green light or an opening you are getting blasted by horns (plural). Horns aren't just for late reactions. The driver's use horns to let pedestrians they are not stopping for you, if they want to cut into a lane, if they want to get someone's attention or if they are unhappy about something. At first, it was hard to get used to the aggressiveness. Every time our driver hit the horn my first reaction was to pretend like I wasn't responsible for the horn. I would try to put on a neutral looking reaction with my face. But after a dozen or so honks of our horn and a dozen of honks at our car you quickly become desensitized to the horn. It gets to the point where you don't even look for the horn blower. Even when you are on the streets walking and the blast of the horn is double the decibels then if you are in a car with the windows open doesn't bother you in the least. In California it would scare you to death, but in New York it is just ambient noise. To the New Yorker's credit there was a couple of times when I wasn't paying attention crossing the street and the honk of the horn alerted me to oncoming cars in my path. I wonder what it would be like to live next to a busy street with horns honking at all times of the day. Normal traffic noise is bad enough but to hear the constant beep of horns would drive me crazy. I guess that is the beauty of being a visitor. It is only temporary. 


It is amazing how quickly you can acclimate to a different culture. Before you know it the sights, sounds, and smell of a different way of life goes without notice. That is also true for not just the external experiences but the internal experiences as well. It seemed like the New Yorkers were more impatient, aggressive, and passionate than the laid back vibe of California. I have heard it said that Californian's lack "soul" in our way of life. I don't think that is true. I just think our "soul" is in our flip flops. The Bible speaks about living in our present culture quite a bit when it tells us to live in the world but not of the world. Matthew 5: 14-16 tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. And in 1 John 2:15-17 says, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." God wants us to be careful about where we live. Not geographically, but eternally. God tells us that we should be known for the "love" we have not the "loud" we display. Our service to the Lord and to each other is the "trumpet" of a life lived well. A "honk" of a horn is just a clanging cymbal of ambient noise. If we want to make our life count we are to make the joyful noise with the Good News of Jesus Christ. 


update:


  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. Sign up for our first dinner for 8 on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm. Location and host to be a surprise. See Roni Okubo for more info. 
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is May 27th.     
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.  

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - April 29th, 2019

Lisa bought a Japanese charcoal water filter for us to cut down on our use of plastic. For some reason I just can't get myself to drink the water knowing it might be from the tap. Lisa even did a taste test to prove there wasn't a difference in taste, but I still can't convert. Plus, I am not so sure I didn't pass the test in my favor. She didn't give me the results so I just assumed I picked the tap. It is also hard for me to drink water in a cup without ice, and the ice can't be from the tap. I can drink anything else in a cup without ice except water. I also have a hard time drinking anything cold from a paper or Styrofoam cup. Coffee or hot tea...no problem. I don't have any weirdness when it comes to eating, however. I can eat off paper, plastic, or anything else that you might find useful, but my beverage consumption is a whole different thing. My family is beyond trying to understand me and have just accepted that they will have to hide me from their friends when they come over. I told them I give all the recyclables to our neighbor's gardener who promises me that he recycles everything. So I feel like I am doing my part to save the planet, but they don't think that is enough. I guess using 4 cups of water to wash the cups they use is better so I get it. (that's right sarcasm entered here). I do think I am more quirky than strange which I find comforting for some reason. Hopefully, those who have to live with me can overlook those "ticks" in my personality as well.


I find it really interesting that I have a hard time with such random things like not being able to drink tap water. I do think it might be the way I grew up though. I think that because my sister can't drink a cold drink with homemade ice. It has to be store bought ice. She is sooo weird. I guess we have our mom to blame. But in saying that, my guess is we all have our little things which make us unique and quirky. Sometimes they are obvious to us but many times we probably don't even realize they are outside of the "norm." That is because they are "normal" to each of us. We don't think about it at all unless you have to write an update every Monday. That is why I think God's love, grace, and compassion is so amazing. God's love is big enough for everyone. His grace can cover all of the things we do to hurt our relationship with Him. And his compassion and empathy is so specific and detailed that it never misses it's mark. We may not need healing or grace for our quirks as they are part of our personality, but for those places of fear, doubt, hurt, pain, or shame we can have hope that nothing goes unnoticed by God. Psalm 139 says, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.2 You know when I sit and when I rise you perceive my thoughts from afar.3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" God is never surprised by who we are or what we do...He created us. Not only has He created us, He also has a plan and purpose for each of us just as we are. Warts and all. It doesn't matter if you can or can't drink from the tap, God is waiting to use you if you are willing to be used. And if you do, He promises to fill your cups overflowing.

Update:

  • Mother’s Day United Worship Service on Sunday, May 12th@10:35. Curry luncheon (cooked by the dad’s) to follow after the service.
  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. Sign up for our first dinner for 8 on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm. Location and host to be a surprise. See Roni Okubo for more info.
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is May 13th.
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info.

No update for the next couple of weeks. I will be tagging along with Lisa to a teachers convention and we will be adding a couple of days on to it for a mini vacation. Please contact Pastor Wayne if you are in need of a pastor starting Wednesday, 5/1.   

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Pastor Keith's Update - April 22nd, 2019

My daughter brought some donuts home from a place called Sidecar Donuts. She bought a half-dozen of different toppings for the family to check out. We put the donuts out with a knife and I would cut a small sliver of each and give my critique. After the first go around I couldn't decide which I liked the best. I took another go at it. And then another, and then another. Before you knew it I had probably eaten the equivalent of 3 whole donuts. I mean what is there to critique? They are donuts. They are fried, have lots of sugar, are 100% bad carbs, and then add in bacon and maple frosting and what you have is the perfect treat. I don't know what I was thinking when I thought I could get away with just a small taste of each. It was an "all or nothing" proposition. After eating 3 donuts I thought there would be a little "eating remorse," but I seem to be above that. No guilty pleasure here or so I thought. I went about my usual day, but at night before bed when I went to brush my teeth I got a quick glance at my face. I usually try to avoid looking at my face in the mirror because the image hasn't improved over the years and it can be quite scary. But for some reason this time was different. When I looked I saw that my chin had grown. It wasn't because of an allergic reaction. I think it was because of those 3 donuts I ate. I thought to myself does gaining weight actually work that fast? In my case I guess it does. I went to bed hoping the next morning I would be back to my original thickness, but so far it looks like a few extra miles on the treadmill. 


It seems amazing when small things can have a large impact on the overall health of things. Whether it is a person's well-being, the success of an organization, or who we believe in can be dependent upon the details or fine print of what we choose to trust. Making a decision to follow Jesus is a big deal, but growing, and falling deeper in love with Jesus is the finer print of our relationship with Him. Acknowledging Jesus as Lord is awesome, but caring for the widows and orphans is the follow though. Committing too and building the church is part of our calling, but unity and caring is it's "glue." There is a phrase that says, "there is the devil in the details." Meaning it usually takes more time, effort and money than you would expect or want in a project. But did you know that phrase actually got its origin from the phrase, "God is in the details." The idea behind that phrase is that everything we do should be done thoroughly and with importance. The more we pay attention to the small things of our walk in Christ the "bigger" our God will seem to us.  


update: 

  • Mother’s Day United Worship Service on Sunday, May 12th@10:35. Curry potluck (cooked by the dad’s) to follow after the service. 
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided. 
  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is April 22.  
  • Family Camp registration is open. Dates: July 28 – Aug. 2nd. Register at PCJCFM.ORG. Scholarships are available. See Pastor Keith for more info. 

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Pastor Keith's Update - April 16th, 2019


I was talking outside with neighbor and we were commenting on what a nice day it was. Especially after all of the rain and most recently the wind. However, as fate would have it as soon as we said that I felt a sprinkle coming on. It was super light and the sun was shining, but I definitely felt a drop. My friend kept talking like there wasn't anything happening so I brushed off the drop off my head. When I looked at the drop I unfortunately discovered that it wasn't starting to sprinkle, it was a bird who decided to target my head as a latrine. The bird was a good shot as well. My neighbor didn't say a thing even though what landed on my forehead was not a natural color. If I were to guess I think the bird ate some worms infected with e coli. I wiped my off my forehead and was going to just wipe it off on my pants since I thought at first it was a raindrop, but now I had no strategy. I didn't know what to do and my neighbor wasn't done telling me his story so I just stood there with the bird dropping in my hand. Finally, after what seemed like an hour my friend gave me the "punchline" of his story and after our see ya, I couldn't wait to wash my hand off. I don't think I will ever trust the weather report again especially if they leave out the fowl in the air. 


Of all the open space on land and in the sky how could a bird randomly hit my forehead while it is flying. I mean I didn't look up and see the bird helicoptering over me and taunting me. I don't have any vendetta against birds. And so how could this happen? Nobody knows except of course me....and now all of you. I guess the bigger question is could I prevent this from happening again. Probably not and why would I put in the effort to do so. The answer of course is I wouldn't and even if I wanted to, I couldn't. It is too random and the odds just aren't worth the effort. But did you know that with God nothing is random. Even though there are billions and billions of people who are living or will be born to this world God loves each person like they are the only person on this earth. In the midst of everything going on in and around us God sees us and knows us. And not only that, when God went to the cross to take away our sins and separation from Him He did so because He loved each one of us like we were his only child. It wasn't by chance that He went to the cross to take away our sins. It was by His choice to give up His life so that you and I could live. Easter isn't a random act of kindness in which we hope God's love will fall on us. Easter is a the celebration of God's love for each of us. His love is available to all and it is designed just with you in mind. 


update:

  • Mother’s Day United Worship Service on Sunday, May 12th@10:35. Curry potluck (cooked by the dad’s) to follow after the service. 
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided. 
  • Dinner for 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.
  • Anchor House of Prayer is the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 6:30 t0 8:30pm at the Anchor. Next AHOP is April 22.  

  Keith


Pastor Keith's Update - April 8th, 2019


I am stuck in a sleep cycle that I can't seem to bust out of. I go to sleep at my usual time, and I fall asleep ok, but I can't stay asleep for very long. Around 3 or 4 a.m. I wake up and I can't go back to sleep. It is like waking up from a long nap. Although I am not eager to jump out of bed ready to get my day started, I am pretty awake. The killer is if I pick up my phone. Once I get online and start checking emails, or catching the news cycle I will be up for the rest of the morning. If, however, I am able to resist the phone it is still hard to go back to sleep. It is amazing how many sounds you can hear in the middle of the night when it is quiet. Creaks, taps, wind, bats, birds, and everything in between sound closer and bigger than they are. If that isn't enough of a distraction just when I think I am about to fall back asleep, I always have to go to the bathroom. And so I am struck in the middle of a debate. Do I just try to sleep the urge off or do I just get up and go? I always end up waking up and going which probably wasted an hour of restful sleep. Since I don't get my beauty rest or should I say ugly rest I am sleepy all the time. I am trying to break this sleep cycle so I can go back to my normal 7 or 8 hours of sleep. But it has been tough to figure out why I am not sleeping through the night. I don't seemed worried about anything and I am usually not bothered by caffeine. The only thing I can think of that has changed is Lisa's position at school. She has gone from a classroom teacher to a resource teacher in the district. Why would that make a difference? When Lisa was in the classroom and I was having a hard time falling asleep I would ask her about her day. As soon as she would start telling me about her kids (good and bad) and about their parents (good and bad) it was like eating a turkey. I would fall asleep mid-kid story and would be able to stay asleep for the night. Now all I get is she had a very productive day. That only gets me to 4 hours of sleep. So now I am experimenting with other relaxing techniques to help me get my 8 hours of ugly sleep. I think I need to get a counting sheep app on my phone.


It is surprising what you can hear and think in the middle of the night when it is quiet. Even when you don't want to hear things or have things pop into your mind everything seems more vivid, closer and clearer in the silence of the night. I think that is why God encourages us to be silent to hear his voice. But quietness is a hard thing to carve out each day in the middle of our busyness. I only discovered it when I couldn't sleep. Which means as soon as I woke up it felt like I didn't have that time. For me to hear God's quiet whisper I had to sort through the "ambient" noise of busyness, work, family, internet, sports and relationships. And so I have had to be way more intentional to not only find a few minutes of quietness, but to also set aside everything that can distract me. Which is everything but my Bible and me. When I have been able to get quiet, get rid of the distractions (I am batting around .600 with a goal of 15 minutes a day) it is amazing how much clearer and closer God is. My discernment sees more, the confidence of my decisions goes up, and the peace I experience is restful. I still need my 8 hours of sleep so I won't be tired during the day, but my spiritual rest is deep and refreshing even at 15 minutes a day.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com. On a side note....I need to make a correction from an announcement I made at church. With apologies, there is no child care at the Artsy craft event this Saturday.  
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.
  • Dinner of 8 is a time for each of us to share a meal and get to know someone outside of church. We are looking for hosts and those who just want to share a meals. Please sign up for one or the other and we will set you up. See Roni Okubo for more info.

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Pastor Keith's Update - April 2nd, 2019


I have "fallen" for so many April Fools jokes I decided not do an update yesterday because my stories probably aren't that believable as it is.... let alone on a special day of lying. Not that my stories are lies, but they are pretty far fetched. Ok, I confess. I have lied before. Years ago when I used to write updates for my former church one of the Mondays fell on April 1st. I decided to make up a story about one of my single friends. I wrote how he had met a significant other and had secretly asked her to marry him. And now he was engaged. Of course this sent a shock wave through the church. I mean how could my friend who is not very good looking and has no personality meet someone that would agree to marry him and no one knew about it. But there it was in print. And my friend who didn't know I was going to make him the subject of my fabrication read the update but instead of squelching the rumor he went along with it. For a couple of weeks we had the church abuzz trying to figure out who this person could be. There were also close friends of his who were angry because they had no clue and he never shared that he was even dating anyone. For 2 or 3 Sundays I don't think my church heard a word of my messages. Although that is nothing new it was especially true of those Sundays. Everyone was focused on trying to figure out who this mystery women was. Then it got to a point where it was getting a little out of hand as all rumors do. Even though my friend wanted to keep it going I (the pastor) had to confess that it was all made up in fun on April Fool's Day. The funny thing about confessing the lie is after you let everyone know....everyone says they figured it was a lie. Which is a lie. So there you have it. That is why I am writing this on a Tuesday. 


Even on a day when we can expect something to be made up and not true, it is hard not to believe it. It is because for 364 days a year we trust that what we read or hear is true. Even if the information is a rumor our tendency is to believe it even if it doesn't seem right. Even when it comes to the Bible, how do we know what is in it is true. I mean some of the things written in it is pretty crazy. I read the other day about a man named Samson who killed a 1000 men with the jawbone of a donkey. How can that be? And now as we get closer to Easter there is story about a miraculous event where this man named Jesus is killed and 3 days later is resurrected. Is that really true? Well, without going into all of the historical, archeological, and prophetic evidence I believe it is true. I believe it is true because it is consistent with who God is. What ever He has promised He has never failed. But more importantly what He said He would do with and through those who follow Him has never failed. Lies eventually come to light but truth is eternal. That is why He can offer eternal life for those who believe in Him because His words and promises last an eternity. His promise in John 3:16-18 tells us, "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."..... And that is no joke.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.  

 * Next Anchor House of Prayer, Monday, April 8th, 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Anchor. Come join Pastor Wayne as he leads a time to pray, pray for others, or sit in God's presence.


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Pastor Keith's Update - March 25th, 2019


I was in a panic the other day. I couldn't find the remote control for the tv in my bedroom. That meant I would have to get up and travel 2 or 3 feet to change the channel or turn the tv off. Lisa ended up getting up and turning off the tv because she is closest and I already had my side of the bed warmed up. That worked for one night and I wasn't too worried that I would find the remote since there are not too many places to hide in such a small space. The next day I woke up and went to search for the lost remote. I looked under the covers, in the night stands, between the headboard and mattress and nothing. I expanded the search and started to look under the bed, around the dressers, and in the closet. Still no where to be found. I then began looking behind the dressers, and pulling the bed out to get a different angle. I still couldn't find the remote but I did find about 10lbs of black dust, a dozen empty water bottles, all sorts of miscellaneous brushes, one side of a bunch of socks, and Lisa's hair. Since that isn't what I was looking for I chose to ignore the mess and just put everything back into place. I mean it didn't bother me when I didn't know it was there so I am guessing I will get over it soon. With all of that, I couldn't find the remote and got tired of looking for it. Instead I just decided to order a new one from Amazon. Since I gave up looking I went about my normal day. When I went to put a load of clothes in the dryer that Lisa had put in the washer I figured out where the remote was. It was on a chair in the garage next to where the laundry basket was. My lovely, beautiful wife must have stuck the remote in the basket and forgot that she had put it to the side when she did the laundry. I was glad we found the remote but it wasn't before a few face scrunches in between. I texted Lisa and told her of my discovery and all she replied was with a "ha ha." I wasn't looking for an apology, but it did seamed like a very callous response to my pain and frustration. I guess she didn't know how important a remote control is to a guy.


Some things feel more lost to some people than others. Whether it is keys, remotes, or more important things like relationships not all people feel the same when they are lost. Others can't rest until what is lost is either found or replaced. But with God....He is never been ok with those who are "lost." He will not rest and will continually pursue that which is lost. It is at the very heart of who He is and how much love, grace and mercy He has for us. No matter how much junk we have surrounding our lives He never gives up. That is what Easter is all about. Easter is about God's relentless pursuit of those who are lost. I am not just talking about those who are having a rough time of it, I am also talking about those who don't wake up with a purpose to their lives. We all have "lostness." For some it is what drives us. Problem is we often look to be found in the wrong places. But God is the only one who can fill the God shaped holes we have. The Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that He gave up His son Jesus so we could be found. But it is up to us to believe and recognize our lostness and desire to be found.


update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 27th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.
  • Easter Potluck: Sunday, April 21st. Come bring your special dish to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anchor will provide the main dish and the rest of us can share our favorite Easter dish.

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Pastor Keith's Update - March 18th, 2019


We had an odor coming from our fridge that we just couldn't figure out where it was coming from. When ever we would open the door it would fill up the kitchen. Both Lisa and I kept looking to see if we could find what was stinking the house up but we just couldn't sniff it out. We would ask our two daughter's if they smelled anything and they said they didn't. Which is there way of saying they didn't want to be bothered. We both decided to clean out the fridge and threw away anything that was expired or that looked like me (old and moldy). It is amazing how many items were expired or shriveled up (me). After we filled up the trash bin, we threw some baking soda in the fridge and hoped for the best. It didn't help at all. We went through it again and threw away anything that might even be close to expired or opened. Still funky. Now it was Lisa and I who tried to ignore the smell, but we just couldn't ignore it. Frustrated we just couldn't figure out what was causing the stank. We would do our sniff test of every shelf like we were a bear trying to find honey. Only to come up with nothing. Finally, my daughter Lindsey went to the fridge and right away she figured it out. It was an old bag of kale. I looked at that bag of kale every time I opened the fridge but it didn't ever occur to me that kale would cause our fridge to smell so bad. I thought produce wilted and dried up. But not kale it had other intentions. Thankfully, we found the stank in our fridge and can rest peacefully. I know kale is good for roughage, but what I didn't know is it can also be rough smelling.


With perishables there is a short timeline between fresh, not so fresh, and old and tired. The same can be said of our approach to life, career, ministry, relationships, and spirituality. When we don't use things before the expiration, open things up without follow up, leave relationships hanging, or just hope things will get better all on their own what ever we have been sitting on will eventually deteriorate and spoil. I think that is especially true in our relationship with God and others. We need to constantly be refreshing our relationships and finding creative ways to make "every day" new. It starts with the heart. God creates newness of our heart and of each day. His mercy's are new every day even in the middle of our routines and schedules. We don't have to change our schedules to have God vaccinate our life with hope, purpose, light, and newness. But we do have to open the door to our heart for God to look inside and to find the areas that have expired or spoiled. Revelation 3:20 says, " Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me." God promises to come into our lives and dine with us with fresh produce if we are willing to open the fridge for Him. That is nothing to sniff at.

update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Saturday, April 28th, 8:30am at the Anchor. Breakfast and a good “manly” discussion provided.

Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the Anchor for Easter. We will have an Easter Egg hunt for the kids and of course a great "Tailgate" lunch for the rest of us.   

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Pastor Keith's Update - March 11th, 2019


I don't know what it is with me and animals. I must smell like a rodent or furry mammal because they love to visit with me in my garage. The latest chapter is my neighborhood squirrel. I have a big tree in front of my house and the squirrels seemed to want to make it their home base. Every once in a while you can see them hunting around for something to eat or build their nest. I usually don't pay much attention until they catch my attention. So about two weeks ago my "friend" caught my attention. I was sitting in my garage/office with the sliding door I made in the front of the garage closed. In the bottom corner there is a small gap about inch wide. As I was sitting there I heard a scratching sound and then I saw a small little nose sniffing through the hole. I couldn't tell by the nose if it was a cat or something else until I saw the bushy tail brush against the gap. I yelled at the top of my lungs to scare it away, but that didn't seem to do anything. I could still hear it outside the door. Finally I waited until it stuck it's nose through the hole and when it did I kicked the door as hard as I could. I don't know if squirrels make noises but if they do that probably would have been the time it would. I didn't hear anything so I ran outside to see if I had chased it away. I did, but only up the tree. Not knowing what to do I took the garden hose with the high powered nozzle and was going to try and knock it off the tree and out of the neighborhood. I turned on the hose on high and fired away. The squirrel saw it coming the whole way. It just ducked behind a branch and waited me out. I guess they are used to living outside with the elements. I finally gave up and was hoping I scared it enough to go bother my other neighbors instead of me. But for a week straight every time I sat in my garage the varmint would try to get in. I finally had enough and thought of another idea. I would wait until I saw it's nose and when I did I would spray it with an insecticide. Something that wouldn't kill it, but just put a burn in it's nostrils. I waited with my hand on the trigger and when I saw that little black nose I blasted away. That seemed to do the trick. I haven't had to fight my friend for a few days now. I see it, but so far it seems to have given up his visitations. And then the other day I parked my car on the street under the tree. When I got out it had droppings all over it. I think it might have been the crows but it did seem like the squirrel had a sheepish grin on it's face when I saw it looking at me today.

I sometimes feel like that squirrel when it comes to my relationship with God. Wanting to get a small glimpse of Him only to have my nose bruised a bit when I stick it the hole. I know God isn't like that or doesn't do that but for whatever reason that is how I feel sometimes. My guess is I probably feel like that when I have messed up somehow, or there is regret, or discouragement from something. My tendency would be to say forget it and not stick my nose where it doesn't belong. But I don't. I don't because I know what is behind the small openings is a Big, Big God. Just a small glimpse of a Big God is worth a lifetime of ups and downs. Ephesians 3 says, "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." If you give up on God because your nose gets bruised at the end of your life all you will end up with is a flat nose. God promises more than this life can offer but it often comes in small glimpses of a Big God. Psalms 84 reminds us, "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless."

Update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text. Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • NO Anchor House of Prayer for March. Pastor Wayne will pick things back up on April 8th. If you are need of prayer please contact P. Wayne.
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Men's Fellowship Breakfast: Saturday, April 28th at the Anchor, 8:30am.

keith


Pastor Keith's Update - March 4th, 2019


I went to bed late and woke up even later than I should have. Which meant I had to get ready in a rush. It obviously doesn't take much for me to get ready since I don't have to do anything up top (I meant hair not brains). So really it is just brushing my teeth, taking my meds, and finding my keys, and I am off. As I brushed my teeth the grogginess of the night wore off and I discovered that I used Lisa's toothbrush instead of my own. There is no mistaking who's is who's since her toothbrush is red and mine is gray, but I took the most available at the time. Now I was in a dilemma. Do I rinse it off really well and pretend like nothing happened? Or do I fess up and let her know. What would you do? I choose the combo. I didn't fess up until later after she had used her toothbrush a couple of times. I just though being married supersedes germs and personal items. I just couldn't decide if it was gross enough to tell or not. I know I didn't think it was anything when I thought it was my toothbrush I was using. But when I discovered it wasn't, I did have that weird in between feeling about it. When I told Lisa about it she didn't react like it was disgusting, but she did switch right away to a new toothbrush. Now I am trying to decide if I want to use her old one since it is in better shape than mine. Life is hard to live in my shoes isn't it?


Sometimes we all need a fresh start even if there isn't anything wrong or broken with how we are living now. Living with a routine isn't the same at being stuck in a rut unless of course that is where your "heart" lies. That is where God can intervene. God can change your heart and make even the most routine life into a curious wonder of possibilities. The Bible tells us in Lamentations 3, "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him..." God can bring newness to your life each and every morning no matter where you are or what you are facing. His faithfulness becomes as routine as brushing your teeth. And if you don't brush every morning lets talk.

update:

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text.   Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Anchor House of Prayer: If you would like to be prayed for or you would like to pray for others you can join Pastor Wayne and the prayer team on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. They meet at the Anchor from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Next March 11th
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • All church clean-up Saturday, March 9th at 9am.
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Check out our new website: anchorsouthbaychurch.org

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Pastor Keith's Update - February 12th, 2019


I went to go watch Lindsey's club basketball team at UCLA this past weekend. If you have ever been to the campus you know for one it is expensive to park, and it is hard to find a lot to park in. Instead, since I am chubby I decided to park down the street off campus and then try to get my 10,000 steps in. There is hardly any street parking since I am not the only one to discover that it is cheaper and healthier to walk to campus, but I managed to find a spot about a mile away. Lisa and I finally made our way onto campus. I found it amazing how many crosswalks you have to cross within the campus itself. But there we stood standing on every corner waiting for the walk signal with no cars in sight on a Saturday morning. As rule followers we stood just staring at the walk signal as it counted down from "forever" to the go signal. We weren't the only rule followers to stand with us though. There were quite a few people running. As I was people watching I noticed something about the runners. One of the runners was like me. Big headphones, carried his wallet/phone in his hand, tight short shorts, and he wore a smedium t-shirt that showed his curves. Since he was just a jogger, Lisa and I would catch up to him at every crosswalk even though we were just walking. As we waited he would check his phone and I could tell he was swiping through his playlist trying to find a song he could run to, or should I say slow job too. And then there was another student who was on a weekend run who also had stopped at the crosswalk. Only this guy you could tell had been running for sometime. You could tell because he had really short shorts,and he didn't have any headphones or earbuds. But the telltale sign he was a runner is he kept looking at his watch. Not because he kept forgetting what time it was, it was because he was timing how fast he was running. I hate those people's. Needless to say, our relationship with him was only one light and he was gone. It became perfectly clear the difference in fitness between the jogger with the headphones and the stopwatch guy. It was also apparent the jogger needed a distraction to take his mind off of running while the stopwatcher had a goal in mind. As for me and the jogger, I think I could see myself rolling together for the next few crosswalks, but I would love to catch the stopwatcher someday.  


There is such a big difference between waking up in the morning and needing distractions to get you through the day and waking up wanting to get somewhere fast. That is why it is so important to find something in our life worth pursuing. Realizing there isn't anything we do which comes with parts we don't like to do, but at the end of the day we have added value to ourselves, an organization, a neighbor, and the world we live in. The great thing is we don't have to change what we do (unless you want to), instead we can change the purpose of the things we do. When we live and serve with the purpose of pleasing God and helping others it is a game changer. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:30-33 (msg) “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." God is ready and waiting for each of us to stop living a life full of distractions and to live a life on the stopwatch. 


update: 

  • Online Giving: You can give to the Anchor by text.   Text any amount to 84321. You will receive your receipt from the Planning Center for your taxes. 
  • Anchor House of Prayer: If you would like to be prayed for or you would like to pray for others you can join Pastor Wayne and the prayer team on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. They meet at the Anchor from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Next February 25th. 
  • Artsy: Come join us for our next Artsy craft project on Saturday, April 13th from 9am to 11:30ish. The craft will be Japanese tie-dye. To sign up or for more details contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com
  • All church clean-up Saturday, March 9th at 9am.  
  • Change of Mailing Address: We have changed our mailing address. The new address is P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504
  • Check out our new website: anchorsouthbaychurch.org

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Pastor Keith's Update - February 12th, 2019


I was pulling some old cables down from the eaves on the house when I thought I had a good idea. Since I was already up on the ladder I decided to clean out the gutter. There is only one small section and I didn't think it would be that much work to clean it out. I reached up to the gutter and found it full of mud, leaves, and sand from the tile shingles. I knew then it was going to be a messy job. As I scooped a handful out it was as black and gross as you can imagine. Not only that but I had no where to throw the sludge. I decided to try and throw it in the bushes about 3 feet or so from where the gutter starts. The first handful was a mess. I had to use my left hand which isn't very coordinated and when I threw the sludge it missed the planter box and went straight on to the house. I eventually figured out where to aim but not before making the house look like a mud house. It was so messy even the plants looked bad. I finally removed as much as I could but there was still a lot to go. My fingers were already getting raw from scooping the sand when I had another brilliant idea. My idea was to take the hose with a power nozzle and to blast the rest of the mud out of the gutter and to wash out the down spout. I got the hose turned it up full blast and climbed up the ladder. As soon as I put the nozzle inside the gutter mud shot up into the air and all over me. I was now covered in sludge. Since I was already dirty I just decided to finish the job. After climbing down the ladder I spent the next few minutes cleaning the house, driveway, and plants. I felt stupid washing off the driveway right after it rained, but what could I do? There was already a small creek of mud flowing from the house, my head, and planter towards the street. It felt good to have a clean gutter, but not sure it was worth the mess. Unless you have an update to write I guess. 


We all have gutter clutter in our lives. Issues which impede the flow of "life" we want to experience. Emotional hurts, relationship problems, trust issues, loneliness, anger, and every other kind of emotional, relational, spiritual, and personal sludge issues in between. Sometimes we know exactly what is bothering us. Other times there are hidden issues which we may not even know about but pop their head up when things don't go our way. So what are you supposed to do with all of the junk in our lives? I am no psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor, but I do know a good one who can help. God sent his Holy Spirit to help walk us through those hard to reach spaces in our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us,“But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” As God, the Holy Spirit works as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be. As God, the Holy Spirit doesn't care how messy our lives are or how much work it will take He is willing and able to help us clean out our gutter. But it is up to us to take the first step and to let him into our lives to do the work. Living according to the plans and purposes of God always leads to a better life. It is not an easier life, but it is a life which you will not regret. 


Update:


  • Anchor House of Prayer meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Anchor. If you need prayer or feel the heart and burden to pray for others please join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time in prayer. Next AHOP 2/25
  • Artsy is coming to the Anchor. Join our craft fellowship for the next craft on Saturday, April 13th at 9am. They will be making a Japanese tie dye craft called Shibori. Please contact Lisa Tanita at ltanita4@gmail.com for more info and to sign up. 
  • All church cleaning day scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 9am. Come on out and bring your elbow grease to clean, scrub, and mop the Lemonade Stand. Afterwards you will be able to drop your food on the ground without any hesitancy to eat it off of the floor.  
  • All church picture on Sunday, February 24th between services. Please come with a smile and join the Nichigo and English together for a photo op. The picture will probably be taken around 10:15ish. 
  • Please make note of our new mailing address: P.O. Box 6770, Torrance, CA 90504


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Pastor Keith's Update - February 4th, 2019


I hate shaving, but it is a necessary evil for me. I need to shave because I can become pretty scruffy if I don't, but I don't have enough face coverage to grow a beard or even a mustache. My face would look more like a pin cushion than a Viking. Now I have tried all kinds of ways to get a clean shave. I have tried the traditional blade and shaving cream thing. That works until the blades get dull and you have to go to the store and get more blades. Instead, I would use the blades until they would scratch my face from applying so much pressure trying to get them to cut through the stubble. I have also used a couple of different kinds of electric shavers. I started out with a shaver which used a foil. A foil is a thin piece of metal with tiny holes in it. That worked ok, but only if I let my stubble grow long enough to be cut. I was never able to get a clean cut with a foil. So I switched to a rotary blade which I currently use. The problem with the rotary blade is it pulls my hair if the blades are dull or the shaver isn't charged enough. Either way it feels like shaving with a tweezer. I also can't get the blades to all the parts of my face and I am left with all kinds of patches here and there. I have tried everything, but it is either inconvenient, time consuming, or it doesn't give me a clean shave. If I try to let it grow out so I don't have to shave my beard it turns out to be patchy, itchy, different colors, and in bunches. For someone who needs all the help they can get in the face department I am not left with any options. I have decided to just work with what I was dealt with and do it as well as I can.


Circumstances, seasons, and life constantly changes. There isn't anything we can do to stop time from moving forward. The Bible tells us "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" For us to fight time is a losing battle. Instead, the Bible tells us to use the time for a purpose. In other words don't waste it. We can wish all we want for the "good ol' days," but those days will never come back. God wants us to add value to the time he gives us here on earth to make a difference, not to wish for things to be different. That is why time is the greatest currency and most important investment that we can make. It might be time to decide how valuable your investment might be.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop, February 11th.
  • Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a ltanita4@gmail.com.
  • We have changed our mailing address. We will still have our old P.O. Box for a few months but will be changing over slowly over the next couple of months. Please make note of our new address:

P.O. Box 6770

Torrance, CA 90504

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Pastor Keith's Update - January 28th, 2019


I am not following the Marie Kondo thing of organizing and tidying, but I did want to go through my garage and get rid of some of the stuff laying around. Especially in the back of the garage where I store some lumber and other garage stuff. I knew it was dirty but I did not realize how much stuff I had collected. Somethings were years old and for some reason I thought I would someday find some use for it. As I was throwing things away I finally got to the place where I could sweep and clean. I picked up the larger things by hand and then was going to use the broom for the dust. I reached to pick up some old dusty cardboard when I discovered it wasn't a cardboard at all. It was a dust covered mummified rat. I am no CSI but the rat has probably been dead for a long, long time. By the time I got to it the only way you could tell it was a rat was it's tail. Still, I kind of freaked out and my knees sort of wobbled a bit. It still had rat power over me even though it was dead. But after a few minutes of self talk and self assurances I convinced myself that the rat couldn't hurt me. I scooped it up with a dustpan and threw it away in my neighbors trash bin just in case it somehow came back to life and jumped out at me when I was throwing the trash. Just kidding. The bigger of the mystery in this however, is how did the rat die in the first place. It was free to roam around, and it wasn't caught in a trap, so you would think that it would have just left the garage when it got hungry. But then I noticed there was one of those Duraflame logs which was chewed in half. The chemicals in the log must have poisoned the rat and killed it. I will probably not shed any tears from the fallen rat, but it does make me hyper sensitive to all of the little creaks and sounds I hear in the garage. Fortunately, we have a critter specialist who is on our side and equipped to deal with the rodents, but nevertheless it does make you aware that there are animals who live amongst us.


I don't know if this counts as a "skeleton" in the closet, but I do believe there are things in our past which can shake our confidence in moving forward. Hurts, failures, mistakes, and bad experiences can sometimes wobble your knees when those feelings come up. That is the way I imagine Moses felt when God told him he was going to use him to confront Pharaoh to set the captives free. Although God said he would do all of the heavy lifting Moses still didn't have the confidence to do what God had asked him. Moses even tried to make excuses to the God of the universe to get out of this assignment. God showed a little compassion and allowed Moses to share some of the responsibility with a man named Joshua. But God still used Moses even though he wasn't completely confident he could pull this off. And to Moses' credit he didn't bail out and gave it his best effort. Before David fought Goliath there was a whole line of defense which was afraid to go out and fight the giant. Their confidence in their fighting abilities, strength and size made them seize up with fear. It wasn't until a little of a man named David, who relied not on his own abilities, but on the strength of God that there was a movement pass the paralysis of fear. Our lack of confidence should not be a barrier to hold us back on anything God has placed on our heart. In fact our humility and teach-ability is the platform which God uses to do some pretty amazing stuff in our life. What God sees in the lack of confidence in ourselves is an opportunity for Him to use us in a way that He has planned and purposed. The only confidence we need to have is to know God's ability and his faithfulness to us.


Update:

  • Anchor House of Prayer: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 at the Anchor. Join Pastor Wayne as he leads this time of prayer. Next Ahop tonight. 
  • Artsy is coming. Come join in our on next Artsy Craft Saturday. Come join the craft team on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11:30ish for a fun time of crafting and hanging out. To sign up or for more info please contact Lisa Tanita a ltanita4@gmail.com. 

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