Dear friends, in 2015, mark my word, there will be an avalanche of blessing that will flow into your life. Spiritual blessings. Financial blessings. Family blessings. They will pour like a rampaging river over you. Will you be ready for their coming? If you won’t be ready, you’ll just curse. But who will praise? The person who has planted great seeds in his life. How will you do that?
Here are some especial kind of seeds that you need to plant:
1) Plant seeds of good intentions. You must, with good intention, have to have a good life this coming year. Desire to make things straight and focus on your goal.
2) Plant seeds of Faith. Believe that you will achieve them, even when it seems that you’re not getting there at all. Time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things. You will get there if you only believe.
3) Plant seeds of Action. Action speaks louder than words. Walk the talk and move on to accomplish your goal. Unless you try, you will never get to where you are going. You either choose to travel the less travelled road or start anew where you set an example and everyone follows. Always remember however, that God is always there to guide and cheer for you.
4) Take it to The Lord in Prayer. Prayer is the tool that you will need on the road to your goal. Unless you have this, you will always feel empty. Let God be your company, He will lead you through, much to your surprise, He will also carry you through.
5) Learn to share your blessings. Joan Baez sings, “No man is an island, no man stands alone, each man’s joy is joy to me, each man’s grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend, each man as my brother, each man as my friend.”
Friends, as this year begins to come to a close, I pray a moment of peace for you before the next journey begins. Life had brought us many different experiences over the last twelve months, some good, some difficult, some a little of both. And while I do not know what you or I may expect in the days to come, I do know that if we trust in God, if we step out in the company of the Spirit, we will not go wrong. We will never travel alone. Therefore, let us gather the wisdom of our memories past and lift up the vision of our memories yet to be made. Our faith will be our way.
My family and I thank you for the love and joy you shared to us and to everyone. I honor you for all the virtues you possess. I honor you for being a persons of integrity, of character, of good intention, worthy of the belief you hold. Thank you.
Happy New Year to you and your household!
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes, Vicar
Haidee, Joshua, Heather, Hailey and our our little friend poodle Snowhite.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 4, 2015 – General Thanksgiving Day 2nd Sunday After Christmas / Epiphany
January 11, 2015 - Feast of The Holy Child / Santo Nino
January 18, 2015 at 4-6 PM, Inn Vision Shelter Feeding led by HCSM Youth.
January 25, 2015, 12 Noon – Church Annual Meeting
February 6, 2015 – High School Happening at St John Ross
February 15, 2015, 12 Noon, Church Hall - Valentine’s Day Lunch treat to all lovers
February 17, 2015 at 6 PM, Church Hall – Shrove Tuesday sponsored by Men’s Group
February 18, 2015, Ash Wednesday. Imposition of ashes at 7:30 am; 12:30 Noon, and 6 PM.
February 22, 2015, Inn Vision Shelter Feeding led by HCSM Youth.
- Bread for the World Every Monday Morning, 7:30 am to 9 am
- Website designer and Management
- Youth volunteers for feeding Inn Vision Shelter home in SSF
- Health and Wellness Clinic volunteers
Greetings and welcome to Holy Child and St. Martin Episcopal Church located in beautiful gateway to the Peninsula, the City of Daly City, California. We are a community of warm and loving people from a diverse culture and family backgrounds united with one accord to uphold “One Faith, One Hope, One Baptism, One God and Father of All.” We uphold the dignity of all human being and the community that surround us. We share our love to everyone by doing the will of God to the least of our brothers and sisters and by reaching out to the needs of the poor, the oppressed, the homeless, the destitute, the lonely and the less fortunate. Like the Holy Child Jesus who embraces us with his cloak of Love, Peace and Joy, so we too must share those blessings to others. Similarly, like St. Martin of tours who covered the needy with his cloak, and San Martin De Porres who worked for the poor and the orphaned, so we also must be reflective to do the same to everyone who needs them.
God continues to bless Holy Child and St. Martin in so many ways. Amidst so many rich gifts and experiences the Lord teaches us today, just as he taught his first disciples, telling all to focus only on the tasks he gives each to do. This sets the stage at the outset of our Health and Wellness Ministry. As Holy Child and St. Martin welcomes all people of different backgrounds, culture and faith, we are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit and the action of God in the lives of all the faithful.
The Lord has promised good things for us for the years to come. He has called us to tend His sheeps among the uninsured and less fortunate in the community. Let us continue to focus on cultivating the seeds of faith sown by the very gifts God has given us by reaching out to the community through our Health and Wellness program in giving free monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, lungs, weight and health management and education to our community.
We are reminded to be very conscious of the sacrifices of those who have sowed the original seeds of faith in the hearts of the institutions who provide their services to similar people like: The Diocese of California, Seton Medical Center’s daughters of charity, San Mateo Health Department, Clinic by the Bay, Rota Care,New Haven health and Hospice Care Inc, Physicians for a National Health Program, Doelger’s Senior Center, Peninsula Clergy Network, New ALLICE Alliance, Bayanihan Center of SF, Philippinie Association of University Women-USA, Saturday Afternoon club, the City of Daly City, Pacifica and Colma, Kaiser Permanente Filipino Nurses Association and many others. Those who come, see and being empowered by our holistic approach through Body, Spirit and Mind are hoped to share the same to those who might need them.
While we recognize the needs of humanity, we are also called to recognize the needs of the rest of God’s creation, by honoring and respecting their presence. We recognize that we are interdependent in the balance ecology of nature and with such, we have a responsibility to take care of each other.
I call upon you all, in the name of God who supplies all our needs, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to tell others to Come, See and be empowered with the great sign God is doing in our midst here at Holy Child and St. Martin. Let us indeed serve as the Gateway to God’s wonderful Vineyard in this community and the world.
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes, Vicar