Unedited, As Reported By Amber Powers

Saturday's event, though small in comparison to the crazy "Earth Day" demonstration, was equally powerful, and every bit as challenging.

The first thing that happened was a Memorial Mass at the Mission Viejo Planned Parenthood clinic at 9:30a. We also had  2 counter protesters that Shannon was able to minister to for forty minutes. Bishop Kessler and Father Steve were present for CEC for Life of the West.

What we realized while we held our signs out there for life this Saturday was that 85% of the people coming by were for us. We got many people saying such things as "Thank you for being here", "Thank you for standing for women's rights", etc. About 15% had derogatory statements to say against us. Not that this is any consolation that there is 85% vs. 15%, it's that we still have not won anything, being the majority.

Don't let the 15% of those screaming the lie of choice be heard over the 85%, the majority, who are for life! Mothers and fathers are killing their children under the lie of choice. Let your light shine to expose the darkness of the lie.

The very scriptures for Saturday, May 7th, were John 3:17, which says,"But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth."

If you missed your chance this past Saturday, come, stand with us at our next event so that those screaming the loudest are not heard over the majority in the land in order to change our land from a culture of death to a culture of life.

Fr. Steve, CEC for Life of the West

Bishop Kessler, along with several clergy from the Diocese of the West, attended the retirement celebration of Fr. David Hoff. Fr. David’s many years of ministry has been a great blessing to his parish and the CEC.

God demonstrated His provision for Saint Paul’s, as Bishop Douglas Kessler installed Fr. Jerry Meixner as the new Vicar of St. Paul's CEC in Henderson, Nevada.  Bishop Kessler was the celebrant and officiated over the installation service which took place on Sunday, February 13th, 2011.


     Most all religions of the world indicate that to be humble is a good and better virtue then being prideful and arrogant. Humility is the ability to live in the moment and not see yourself at center stage.  Our celebrity culture in America does not promote humility, it rather promotes Andy Warhol's "15 minutes of fame."  We are all stars, no publicity is bad etc.

    The interesting thing I have observed in many years of ministering and hanging out with other Christians is how little we understand how much humility pleases God.  I have seen evangelists, pastor's, priests, bishops, prophets, musicians and board members get full of themselves and exhibit spiritual pride. I have seen "intercessors" inflated with their own importance; tither’s treat pastors like hired hands; and different denominations or non-denominational groups ridicule each other.  Pride is at the core of all sin, in and out of the church. 

    Humility opens for us the hand of God to bless us.  Jesus said many times, "He who exalts himself will be humbled, He who humbles himself will be exalted. "  A church humble, that "does not think more highly of itself than they ought" brings pleasure to our Heavenly Father, expands their relationships with others, and opens the door for fruitful living. Humility is so beautiful to the Lord in His church. It has been a joy to witness humility in the Church as well.

    I am just a "most humble" brother reflecting here.

                                                                (Laughter please)

                                                                Fr. Mark Miller

    On Sunday January 23rd, a group from St. Paul's CEC in Henderson, Nevada joined  more than a hundred others at the annual "lights for life" event at the Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas.  Fr. David Hoff opened with prayer then testimonies were given by women who decided not to have an abortion due to the prayers and hard work of three of the local pro-life charities; all of which St. Paul's helps support.  We sang and prayed and encouraged each other to keep on standing up for life in our daily lives and to participate in the social and political arenas of pro-life action in our country and globally. 

Fr. Jerry

    The 4th annual After Christmas Ornament Exchange was held at the home of St. Paul's member Diane Brink. This event brings the people of St. Paul's together for fellowship, food and most important the "exchange" which has as its intention that prayers will be offered for a year for the person whose ornament is received.  Clara Meixner brought this tradition with her from Holy Redeemer CEC in Tucson, and each year a different person in the church hosts the event in their home. (it is not limited to women, but it seems that only the ladies attend, go figure....) The event is held after Christmas for several reasons, not the least of which is that ornaments can be bought for pennies on the dollar of their original price.  It is also much easier to plan an event in January after the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over.  All of the ladies enjoyed themselves immensely and look forward to praying for each other.

Fr. Jerry

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