Pastor's Note
A word from Reverend, Mark Buenafe, Senior Pastor

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Mark Your Distance

What a blessing to celebrate our second Christmas together.
Yet, while we have the excitement of the familiar aspects of the season with music, decorations, gatherings and the retelling of the Christmas story, our excitement includes the 'Grinch,' the 'Scrooge' of the COVID-19 virus.

Besides the pandemic, we also face the social ills as we are aware of so many needs and so many hurts in various shapes and forms.

The blessing is though, as I referred to the Grinch and Scrooge, in both of those stories, Dr. Seuss and Charles Dickens gave happy endings. Interestingly, these happy endings were also conversion experiences for both characters. There was a radical and dramatic change of heart. This transformation would also be long-lasting and not just limited to the Christmas holiday.
For our worship times during Advent/Christmas, as we retell the Christmas story, I will also reference our being in the ‘last days' before Jesus' second coming. This will include being mindful and how we are to ‘prepare' for Jesus' return.
And like the possible ‘day after' imagining after How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Christmas Carol, may our own encounters with God during this season be life-changing for the rest of our lives.

The Buenafe Family, Norms, Marick, Mahal and I wish you and your loved ones God's continued blessings this Christmas and beyond.

Rejoice, be grate-full, continue to give kindness, share God's Love and Hope.
We go the distance with God always with us.

Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine according to His power at work in us. To God be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. AMEN.
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

By God's grace,
Pastor Mark


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