Month in Review
December was an exciting and action-packed month. It was probably our month with the most opportunities for outreach and evangelism since the start of the mission revitalization process.
We had a movie night on December 7. There were 17 people in attendance. We showed the movie My Son, My Savior and had a brief devotion. All in attendance got to take home a copy of the movie.
We had a team of four Kingdom Workers visit December 17-23. The team canvassed and conducted a survey. The survey was aimed at better understanding community interest in a Mornings with Mommy group, a small group bible study for people struggling with addictions, and English classes. The team also helped with our Celebration of Las Posadas.
We had a dress rehearsal for Las Posadas and pizza party for our catechism students and families on December 18. There were 26 people in attendance. This was a great fellowship opportunity.
CELEBRATION OF LAS Posadas
We had our celebration of Las Posadas on December 23. We counted at least 113 people in attendance. We had 8 of our catechism students and 2 additional member children dress up as Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, and Angels. They led a procession with the mariachi into the church. Inside, the catechism students and children recited verses from Luke 2 and sang two stanzas of Silent Night. There are videos of this event on our Facebook and YouTube pages. We received 19 names and phone numbers at the event requesting more information about the church. In addition to the Las Posadas procession, we had a petting zoo, jumper, and crafts station. The Bell Gardens Neighborhood Watch, Human Services Association, and Red Cross tabled at the event. The ladies of Cristo Rey served Pozole, Tamales, Cookies, Popcorn, and Hot Chocolate. Members and prospective members helped with the setup, execution, and tear down of the event. In addition to serving as an effective outreach event, it was an effective fellowship event.
We had a bilingual lessons and carols service on December 23 with first time visitors from the Las Posadas. We had bilingual services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our catechism students recited verses from Luke 2 and sang two stanzas of Silent Night at the Christmas Eve service. There were 32 in attendance on Christmas Eve. There were 30 in attendance on Christmas Day. Both these services included visitors from the Las Posadas.
New Bible Study
Starting January 25, Santi Botero will lead an adult bible study on Friday nights while I am teaching catechism class.
On December 13, Santi Botero and Pastor Matt met with the pastors from the Lutheran churches in Santa Ana and Pomona to continue plans for the development of a multi-site English as a Second Language (ESL) program. We are hoping to launch the program in Santa Ana in the spring and add Bell Gardens and Pomona in the fall of 2019.
Southwest Circuit Mission Rally
Pastor is attending the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Women’s Mission Rally at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Escondido, CA on January 19. The theme of the rally is “Oh Come, Let Us Worship Him.”
Mission Festival in North Hollywood
Pastor is preaching and presenting for a mission festival at St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood on January 27. The bilingual service will be at 9 AM. All are invited to attend. The address is 5244 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Bethany Lutheran College Alumni Event
Cristo Rey is helping host a Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) Alumni event with BLC Advancement Department at Cristo Rey on February 23. Bethany Lutheran College is inviting alumni from Southern California to this event.
Save the date for our Ash Wednesday Service on March 6. The service will include an imposition of ashes. A light meal will be served and our catechism students and member children will sing at the service.