New Year, New(ish?) Resolution
by Daryl Siu on January 5th, 2022
I’ve been told it’s weird, but in an honest confession, New Years is my favorite holiday of the year, not Christmas.  In my family, I grew up in the Japanese tradition, and we tweaked it for the American experience.  We bust out all kinds of food, starting with ozoni (mochi soup) for breakfast, then teriyaki flank steak, chicken wings, salads, massive amounts of sushi, nacho dip and more laid out...  Read More
Taking the Leap
by DeWayne Strange on December 20th, 2021
     The first time I remember taking a serious leap of faith towards God, I was 21. I was in Mexico building houses, I had almost finished college with a degree in English and I was planning to go into teaching. Summers off baby! Sign me up! That year, I’d experienced some academic setbacks and found myself increasingly disenfranchised with public education. I knew I wanted to make a difference i...  Read More
Freedom to Choose
by Joe Yoshihara on November 29th, 2021
November is a time we honor our veterans and cast our votes so it seemed appropriate to address a couple of hot topics that relate to freedom, the very thing that our veterans have served to protect. In our country, freedom is a cherished value that has defined our nation ever since the first settlers came so they could experience economic opportunity, political liberty, and religious freedom. Our...  Read More
Why You Shouldn't Go To Church
by Joe Yoshihara on October 15th, 2021
The idea that we go to church is a common one and we use this phrase without giving it much thought. “Are you going to church this Sunday?” “What church do you go to?” When we use language like this, we reinforce the idea that church is a building or a place we go to worship. It also tends to shrink church down to just the corporate worship service. Sometimes we might use the expression “we are do...  Read More
Giving 'Til It Does NOT Hurt
by Anton Lee on October 1st, 2021
Matthew 6:1-41“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the ...  Read More
Grounded Faith
by Joe Yoshihara on September 20th, 2021
During my 3-month sabbatical I began reading the letters commonly referred to as the Pastoral Epistles (Thessalonians, Timothy, and Titus). What struck me in a fresh way was the importance of being grounded in solid doctrine. Of course, good doctrine has always been important to me but perhaps this familiar truth took on greater weightiness because of our current cultural moment where there are so...  Read More
The Shepherd's Balance
by Daryl Siu on August 18th, 2021
I haven’t been a pastor for very long (just under 2 years), and it’s been during some of the strangest times we will ever go through.  The challenges we’ve faced with not being able to be face to face with much of our congregation for a long span of time have led to some of the hardest discussions I’ve had to be a part of.  How do we connect with people?  Is watching a live stream really being par...  Read More
Because I Said So
by Micah Clark on July 23rd, 2021
Picture this: you are a newly licensed teenager. You have completed all your household chores, finished your schoolwork, and would like to get some Boba with your friends. You check in with your parents and ask if you can head out, and they respond with a resounding, "No." As confusion sweeps across your face, you begin to perform a mental check of all your responsibilities and conclude that you h...  Read More
Celebrate Freedom!
by DeWayne Strange on June 29th, 2021
    Fireworks, BBQ’s, block parties, friends and family…Independence Day is one of my favorite Holidays. Some of my favorite and scariest memories are from the 4th. I’ll never forget the time I decided to make my own firecracker and ended up burning my eyebrows, eyelashes and most of the front of my hair off. My parents were so amused at my appearance they didn’t even punish me for doing something...  Read More
Why Are We Singing This Song?
by Anton Lee on May 14th, 2021
1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;    sing to the Lord, all the earth!2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;    tell of his salvation from day to day.3 Declare his glory among the nations,    his marvelous works among all the peoples!4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;    he is to be feared above all gods.        Psalm 96:1-4Have you wondered why we sing the particular songs we sing du...  Read More
The Vague Voice of the Lord
by Joe Yoshihara on April 30th, 2021
The book of Acts is one of my favorite books in the Bible. This book chronicles the birth of the church after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and the spread of the gospel throughout the Roman Empire. The book is formally called The Acts of the Apostles, but many have noted that it should more accurately be called The Acts of the Holy Spirit since it is the Holy Spirit who used the Apostles to ac...  Read More
Welcoming Messy Community
by Daryl Siu on April 16th, 2021
When my wife Lisa went back to work a couple months ago, we started taking our son to daycare.  It was a hard decision and process, as we’d been with him every moment of his life and now somebody else would be caring for him part time.  But what reassured me and continues to, is every morning, I take him to the front door and one of the managers recognizes me, greets us, and is so excited to see u...  Read More