Archive for December 27, 2014

This week’s homily

Virginia and Tom Boles

By Thomas M. Boles

DMin., D.D., PhD.

Habakkuk 2:4

But the righteous will live by his faith

Our faith should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire.

Faith is not blindly believing in the impossible or hoping for the unknown. Faith is based upon the evidence of God’s Word and the belief that what God has said God

will do.

Faith is manifest when one acts as if the Bible

is true, and then discovers in the doing that it is!

Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements,

blind to impossibilities, knows nothing but success.

Faith lifts its hand up through the threatening

clouds and lays hold of Him who has all power

in heaven and on earth.

Faith makes the uplook good, the outlook bright,

and the inlook favorable, and the future glorious.

Choose to live in, by, and with FAITH today!

Rio Hondo CAREs about needy students

WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College’s Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is hosting its 17th annual “Adopt-A-Child” event from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at the Rio Hondo Café at the College, 3600 Workman Mill Road. The festive holiday luncheon – a Rio Hondo tradition – is an opportunity for economically disadvantaged students with young children to enjoy a holiday celebration, complete with a visit from Santa Claus, and to receive gifts courtesy of the Rio Hondo College community.

About 80 full-time student-parents with more than 120 children participate in the CARE program.

For information call 909-206-5304 or 909-214-6909.

Sontag to broadcast from local pregnancy center

WHITTIER – Radio personality Frank Sontag will bring 99.5 KKLA to Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic (WPCC) Whittier at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 for his show.

WPCC, a licensed community clinic, is entering 25 years of service to women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy. Community leaders and WPCC supporters will reflect on the impact on the community at large and discuss potential impacts for an additional location in Pasadena.
WPCC seeks to erase the need for a woman to resort to abortion as her only option by providing resources and support that can turn her fear into confidence. Clients from years back will return on Dec. 19, to share their stories live on KKLA – The Frank Sontag Show. One woman will return after 19 years with her 19-year-old daughter who is now in nursing school.
“We are a pro-woman clinic, addressing the needs of women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy. We provide a holistic approach so that she may make a healthy decision for herself as well as for her unborn child,” said Jeanette Kuiphof, WPCC president and CEO.
It is estimated that, in the geographical area WPCC serves, almost 8,000 abortions occur annually. Many women choosing abortion might have chosen to give life to their unborn child if they were only aware of the resources available to them.

Sontag’s segment will run for two hours on Dec. 19 at the clinic, 16147 Whittier Blvd. Community and church leaders are expected to attend this open house reception.

WPCC, as a nonprofit medically licensed clinic, assists women by offering the following services free of charge: pregnancy test verification, pregnancy confirmation by ultrasound, STD testing and options education. Long-term support for clients is offered through parenting programs as well as healing support for those struggling with a past abortion.

For more information call 562-777-4468.

This week’s homily

Virginia and Tom Boles

By The Rev. Thomas M. Boles, DMin., D.D., PhD.

Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty
He who is waiting for something
to turn up might start with his
own shirt sleeves.
Many people remember President Theodore
Roosevelt as an avid hunter and sportsman. Few, however,
know of his efforts for conservation, which is a far greater legacy.
After a hunting trip to the Dakota region in 1887, years
before he was president, Roosevelt returned to his East
Coast  home reporting that trees were being cut down
carelessly, animals were being slaughtered by “swinish
game-butchers,” and that the wilderness was in danger.
He expressed great shock at how quickly this region that
he loved was being stripped of its glory; the big game
gone, the ponds drying up, the beavers disappearing, the
grasslands becoming desert.
But Roosevelt did more than talk. He founded the
Boone Crockett Club, dedicated to the preservation of
wilderness in America. Largely through that club’s influence,
legislation was passed to care for Yellowstone National Park,
to protect sequoia trees in California, to set aside nature
reserves for bird and sea life, and to limit the shooting of
big game.
Laws were also passed to regulate hunting practices.
Hoping for change rarely brings about change. Work,
however, generally does!