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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail,

Psychologist Eric Erikson was fond of saying, “The capacity to trust is the foundation of true emotional health.”

People who cannot trust are disturbed. And people who cannot trust disturb others. They are carriers of a disease of suspicion and cynicism that is a big part of the negative world we live in.

Trust interconnects us; it relates us to one another. Trust keeps us attached; it gives us a sense of dependence and, in return, a sense of value.

Test this with me. Close your eyes and hear yourself say these words, “No one trusts me. I cannot be trusted. I am not trustworthy.” What a feeling of despair that comes over you when that is the way you view yourself. What a feeling of defeat that overwhelms us!

Now, on the other hand, imagine someone looking you straight in the eye and saying, “I trust you. I’m depending on you.” When I hear that, I feel loved, accepted and valued…

Proverbs 3:5-6 –
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” NIV

There is someone that you can trust beyond the shadow of a doubt – The Lord.

We are in the habit of half trusting, and it is a hard habit to break. “Sure, I am a trusting person – but I lock my doors at night, I keep a light on, I lock the car.” We are like this because we have seen people prove themselves to be untrustworthy over and over again.

The problem is that this is often projected on God. And half trust, as it relates to almighty God, undermines the very basis of our relationship toward him. That’s why Solomon is saying to us – go out on a limb and really commit yourself to trusting God.

Trusting God with all your heart means trusting Him where it really counts…

“I trust You, Lord, that You have a way that is better for me than the one that I would choose.”

“I trust You, Lord, that Your standards are right and working for my good, so I will live purely even though others think it strange.”

“I trust You, Lord, that You have gifted me in a way that I can be used for Your service and glory.”

“I trust You, Lord, that You care about me in these pandemic days, that no matter what comes my way, Your love will never let me go and I can face all things with You by my side.”

Trusting with all our heart means extending our trust in God beyond our understanding or experience of God, and saying “yes” to His will. What we will find there is blessing!

Here are some updates for this week…

I remain concerned about what I consider to be overreach by our State government regarding the restriction on singing in worship even while masked and socially distant. However, I also wish to work within the system to arrive at a proper result. Thus, I wrote a letter of concern to the Pacific Justice Institute to ask if they would intervene, here is a portion of that letter…

“I write you today out of concern for the recent restrictions that have been placed on worship services here in California as a part of the COVID-19 response. Allow me to say that we at Quail Lakes Baptist Church in Stockton are in full compliance with the rules and I have supported our careful and science-based response to slow the spread of the disease. However, the recent rule against singing in worship crosses a line in my judgement. That is, the state has moved from setting the conditions within which we can reconvene for in person worship based on health care guidelines, to now being involved in the methodology of worship. This to me is a troubling step, and one that should be short lived and rolled back.”

I am happy to say that PJI took up this issue in a clergy Zoom meeting on Thursday, July 9th, and as of 7-9-2020 a number of constitutional law groups are advocating against this decision. We remain hopeful that this mandate will soon be rescinded.

We are asking that you wear masks as a sign of consideration for others. Many are hesitant to be in public situations where there are folks not wearing face masks at this time. Thus, we can “serve one another in love” by wearing our masks. If you need one, it will be provided free of charge at the Health Ministry Team booths on campus.

The church office is open in a restricted format. The current hours are 8am – noon, Monday – Friday. Feel free to contact us at (209) 951-7380.

Family Summer Quest is starting. Join Mike Tackett in the Activity Center each Sunday at 9:45-10:45 for a fun filled way to engage God’s word as a family. (Social distance rules will apply.)

The annual business meeting will take place July 26th as a part of the worship services. We will be voting on our Board of Elders, the spending plan for 2020-2021, as well as a wording addition to our statement of faith. Both the Board of Elders and the spending plan will be identical to this past year. We think that stability is called for in these days.

The wording addition to the doctrinal statement is a statement regarding the “Theology of Human Sexuality,” which is absent from our current statement. The suggested addition reads as follows…

“We believe that God causes human beings to be born with a specific gender assignment as biologically male or female, and that heterosexuality is God’s revealed will for humanity. We further believe that the biblical expression of this orientation is chastity for the single person, and fidelity for the married partner. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24-25, 5:1-2, Hebrews 13:4)

Information sheets on all these items will be available this Sunday in the foyer. We will allow for both “in person” voting on the 26th, as well as vote-by-email in the prior week. More details to follow on this.

His and yours,
Pastor Marc Maffucci

2020 Business Meeting
Men's AXIX Bible Study

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