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GOD AT WORK IN THE HEARTS AND LIVES OF PEOPLE AT ARBOR ROAD

Facing Loss Together

The rain patters lightly on the window as Pat Kinney and I sit at her kitchen table adorned with cheerful yellow flowers and two mugs of tea, and she shares about the widows’ ministry she’s been tending to for the past year. It’s a fairly small ministry, mostly unsung and...

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Opening Locked Treasure Chests

Do you remember your middle school years? All of us dealt with varying degrees of awkwardness, comparison, rejection, and insecurity. Do you remember some of the people who helped you process those grueling feelings and troubling transitional phases? Recently, I had the joy of meeting with mother and daughter duo,...

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Laundry Love

Once a month, people from Arbor Road gather at a couple local laundromats and pay for people in the community to do their laundry. Sandra and Adam Gulick currently help at Launderland, and have been volunteering since it first started in January 2013.   Both of them grew up hearing...

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Being with the Holy Spirit

If you know Katie Gurzi, you know her as a vibrant woman who trusts God completely. This trust has grown in the 66 years that she has been a Christian, but she’ll be the first to admit that there is a huge difference between where she was before knowing Christ...

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Angel Tree’s Blessing

I sat down with Mariah in a crowded restaurant last year and listened to her as she told me about the impact Angel Tree had on her life. While she was helping out at Arbor Road’s event last year, she noticed a present with the name “Mariah” on it. “It...

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Building Trust

Two years ago, Sam Borrowdale was baptized by his dad, Kenneth. As they stood in the water, everyone could tell that Sam was confident in his faith and completely trusted his father. It’s hard to imagine that eight years before, he was a fearful orphan who violently resisted his adopted...

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Everyday Miracles

“God changes lives.”  Pat Wascher knows what she’s talking about. She’s seen it in the lives of her kids and grandkids. With a  daughter who was moving from one unhealthy relationship to the next, a son also rebelling against God, and grandchildren who needed stability and good role models, Pat...

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Relentless Pain

In April 2016 Mike Flinchum found himself sitting in Baltimore, 3,000 miles away from his home and the church community he loved. He had traveled to John Hopkins Hospital in desperate hope that a doctor there could discover the cause of the agonizing pain that felt like “hot lead” stabbing...

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Hume Recap Part 1 | Growing Together

I had the opportunity to chat with two middle school students, Donovan and Justin, and a high school student, Marc about their week at Hume Lake. They shared with me how their lives were changed as the speakers helped them understand more about God and trusting His perfect plan. Donovan’s...

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Serving in Kidstuf

Kidstuff, our Sunday morning church program for elementary age kids, boasts a pretty diverse mix of volunteers. There are adults of various ages , college students, and even a few elementary kids working as stage hands. Some volunteers act on stage, run sound and lights; others lead worship or small...

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Embracing Change

Change can be difficult. And change within the church is no different. Ministries grow and come to an end, and sometimes it can be hard to adjust. A few months ago, Arbor Road Church announced a new project. With a goal to reach out to our local community and provide...

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Trust in Uncertainty

Sometimes we feel God calling us to take on a lot more than we think we can bear. There have been times when all of us have felt the Holy Spirit prompting us to do something that might challenge us. However, we don’t always listen to the Spirit’s voice. Maybe...

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A God Who Sees

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited for coffee and breakfast with some amazing individuals from the Women Raising Special Needs Children support group. Led by Vivian Miller, these women are by birth, adoption, or foster-parenting, all “part of a club that none of us wanted to join.” They...

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Serving Our Seniors

“We want them to be known and remembered,” said Pastor Rex as he explained the vision for Serving Our Seniors (SOS); a ministry that cares for people who can no longer make it to Arbor Road because of surgery, illness, or another condition. Pastor Rex said, “Some of these men...

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Angel Tree Christmas Party

Two weeks ago on December 5th, I volunteered with Melanie and Richard Gunsolus for the Angel Tree Christmas Party. It is an outreach event with the purpose of giving Christmas presents to children with one or both parents in prison. As the children played, colored, and opened Christmas presents, their...

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Campus Prayer

About a month ago, one of the Arbor Road interns, Faith Uy, helped create a new outreach program to pray for Cal State Long Beach (CSULB). Faith, and other interested students, meet every Thursday morning from 8-9 on campus to pray that CSULB would be open to the gospel and...

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A Drink from the Well

This last July, Pastor of Evangelism, Bert Suluvale spearheaded a new mid-week meeting called Wednesdays at the Well. I sat down with he and his wife Leigh to find out more about the heart behind this ministry. Originally, Bert and Darin, our pastor of Teaching and Mission, brainstormed the idea....

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Joy

Elaine Bennett has been teaching the adults with special needs class, Joy, for 32 years. Her partner Mary Artman has been serving alongside her for 27 years. Can you imagine volunteering in one ministry for that long? I asked them to fill me in on how they got involved in...

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HSM | Ecuador 2015

This past July, eight high school students and three leaders made the trek to Quito, Ecuador to partner with Youth World and two local churches in order to serve and bring others the good news of the Gospel. This adventure included a lot of fried bananas (also known as platanos)...

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Hume Lake 2015

“Do you believe in Jesus, or do you just believe things about Him?” That question challenged high school students from Arbor Road throughout their week at Hume Lake. PJ Lewis, the speaker at camp that week, encouraged students to examine their lives to see if they fully trust God or...

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Complete Surrender

A couple weeks ago, we were able to witness the baptism of high school senior, Courtney. I always get chills when I watch baptisms. I think it’s because there’s something so raw and honest about them. The complete surrender involved, the commitment, the imagery and intimacy in baptism is breathtaking....

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Letting Go

Last Sunday we had the pleasure of hearing from foster parents Zach and Kali Hocking about what it’s like to let go and trust in God’s plan. They shared with us some of the joys and challenges of fostering children. “The hardest part is letting go,” Kali said. “But we’ve...

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God at Work

Some Wednesday nights I get back from my time with the Middle School Ministry (MSM) feeling pretty disappointed. Maybe the game didn’t go as well as I had planned or my small group didn’t want to share what was going on in their lives. There have been several times in...

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