We thank God for you! That was the theme for this last Sunday. Easter Sunday this year was the 30th anniversary of our official first sunday as a church.
Rom. 12:10 says "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor". As we celebrate our 30th anniversary we want to honor you. Those who have labored and sacrificed for the Lord and His church.
In 1984 a team was sent from the DC area to Pasadena to plant a church. This Church began on Easter Sunday, 1985. We were planted by SGC’s and their care for us and ministry to us over the years cannot be overstated. In 1995 we planted out another church in North County San Diego, by sending out Craig Cabaniss and a ‘team’ of one single gal. Grace Church was born. In 2001 We sent our first couple Matthew and Anna Hoffman to the PC to prepare for another church plant. In 2002 They came back and went to Kansas City, Kansas to plant a church there. Providence Community Church was born. In 2004 we licensed Mike Davis into ministry and sent He and Lois and their family to the PC. After they returned Mike came on staff and became a part of the leadership team. In 2006 Mike Davis and family moved to OC to prepare for a potential church plant in Irvine. In 2007 we began a Sovereign Grace Pasadena extension church in Irvine. With about 50 people. This continued as an extension for two years. In 2009 we officially planted our third church. This was in Orange County with Eric Turbedsky and Mike Davis serving together as the pastoral team. Besides these three church plants we have seen two other churches planted out of those, and are in the process of training men for future church plants. In between all these church plants were many festivals, picnics, Flash Mob Churches, SGA classes and graduations, ministry to children, building remodels, church campouts, baptisms, work projects and discipleship, and much more, all to see the local church built and people reached with the gospel.
None of this happens without a church full of people who are committed to working hard together to build a local church that is healthy and strong and able reach this community and plant new churches. We want to say THANK YOU to all of you for the sacrifice, commitment, and loving labor you have put in to make this church the successful, fruitful church it has been. Eph. 4:11-13 says.... “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” It has been our privilege here as pastors to be given the job of equipping you so that you can “do the work of the ministry”, and you have done it with excellence and great joy. You have made pastoring here a joy and delight.
For this reason our desire is to honor you....the people who have, by God's amazing grace, kept this church going and growing, planting churches and declaring the gospel to a lost and dying world. Thank you!
Now we all know it is all to and for God's glory. We can take no glory for ourselves.... but God uses human instruments, and he has used you all mightily here at Sovereign Grace Church Pasadena.
WE THANK GOD FOR YOU!!!