“Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18- 20)
Dear Laguna Faith brothers and sisters,
Our Memorial Sunday celebration marked being together for one year as Laguna Faith. Thank you to all who helped and those who joined us at Salt Creek Park for our one-year celebration of having our doors open and serving as a church to all.
One year together – and what a noteworthy and miraculous season it has been: God provided Laguna Faith with the most amazing “church venues” for us to worship Him – during the COVID season of lack and sorrow around the world, with all churches closed down in California, we worshipped God in four of Laguna Beach’s premiere venues: The Inn’s Pacific Terrace, Art-A-Fair (the entire Art-A-Fair), 7 Degrees, and Surf & Sand Resort. While the rest of California stayed at home, we had in-person, true fellowship as God desires for us, forming many lifetime friendships that began during the Summer of 2020. We shared much laughter, but we also shared many tears while mourning our friend and Brother Luis’ passing; we enjoyed great musical talent –vocalists & guitarists Vonnie, Ed, Mark, Judy, and Worship Director Scott, as well as percussionist Matt and all our vocalists from Christine’s high soprano to Bill’s deep bass voice to our regular choir Bruce, Michelle, Rosemary, Becca, Lauren, Fara, and Susan; we served the community during Christmas and Easter as Laguna Faith was one of the few churches open in the surrounding areas; we honored Christ’s birth with Christmas Eve candlelight service; we celebrated Easter week with three services (Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday); and most importantly, we fulfilled the Great Commission to go out into the world telling people about the Lord Jesus, and making disciples, as several people came to know the Lord Jesus while at our services, telling us so, and asking for prayers.
Laguna Faith launched in May 2020 in response to a direct calling – so that God’s people would have a place to worship in public and share fellowship, and we did. Many of you were there for our first service on June 6, 2020 at The Inn, overlooking the vast Pacific and feeling the ocean breeze – when the rest of the world was closed down and was afraid to worship God.
About 10 days ago, the government reversed its COVID rulings over worship centers – now all churches are allowed to be freely open, even without regard to masks and social distancing. So it seems our work is done.
We hope you will celebrate in spirit with us as you recall our significant year together – so much growth, so many needs fulfilled, so many challenges overcome together, and so much love shared.
We at Laguna Faith give our heartfelt thanks to Elder Bruce for his year-long guidance, commitment, and support of Laguna Faith. He was like a strong rock, there every week, bringing friends and fellow musicians, and a smile. Associate Pastor Blake, thank you for leading us in Holy Communion and prayer during many services, and for heading up our prayer team and diligently praying for us. Brothers Matt and Daniel, we thank you for tirelessly giving of yourselves in servant ministry – showing up every week to unload dozens of chairs and equipment from Roger’s truck, then setting up and tearing down. Not only did you help, but you helped weekly, and you helped without complaint – ever. Sister Minerva, we thank you too; for your hard work and fortitude, and dedication to following God – all behind the scenes. Such a huge part of Laguna Faith was, in fact, behind the scenes – active prayer ministries, supportive fellowship mid-week, ministry planning, and music rehearsals. Each of us at Laguna Faith are grateful for prayers received, both individually and corporately, for battles fought in the heavenly realms and for the care and compassion of our prayer warriors by Sisters: Christina T., Nenah, Christine R., Jenni, Carolee, and Ann. We extend our thanks to all the brothers and sisters who contributed their time, efforts, and donations in making Laguna Faith possible – you know who you are. Thank you for listening to God’s calling; to being inspired by Christ to help. It could not have been done without your contribution.
By the leading of the Spirit, we are in agreement that God would like us to put a pause on Laguna Faith’s Sunday services at this time. We believe we have fulfilled what He called us to do and now we are waiting on Him for the next ministry.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46)
Stay tuned! We are waiting to hear on the Lord for our next mission. In the meantime, you are invited to join our weekly Wednesday co-ed Bible Study (6:30pm) in Monarch Beach as well as monthly fellowship events. (If you’re on our active list already for birthdays and fellowship events, we will be in touch – if you want to make sure you get invited to our next event, email us to be included.)
Every Sunday, for the rest of my life, I will remember each of you and will keep you in my prayers. You are in my heart.
May the G-d of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
Laguna Faith Co-Founders Roger, Katya, and Nenah
p.s. Take a look at some of the great moments we have shared:
“He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” (Psalm 46:10)