Honoring families of all shapes and sizes, bring your pets for a worship service and blessing, Saturday, October 3, 9:30 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1360 E. Tregallas Rd., Antioch. For more information visit www.stjohnsantioch.org.
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Local ministry to offer free showers, with mobile unit, for Antioch’s homeless community starting SundayFriday, September 11th, 2015
By Jerri Langlais
Finally, there’s some good news for the homeless in our community, starting this Sunday, September 13. Showerhouse Ministries, led by Ken Rickner, is bringing a shower trailer to L Street near the marina, in Antioch’s downtown, at 10:00 a.m. He has given the name Showers of Hope to the effort.
The trailer can be moved to different locations to provide showers and other items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and deodorant, and there will be other ministries coming alongside who will be bringing socks, underwear and clothing, and haircuts, for those who until now have had little or no access to bathing facilities and these other items. It will have two regular shower stalls and one larger one to accommodate handicapped persons.
While doing outreach on the streets, Ken saw the need for showers, and the brokenness, too, and felt the need to do something about it. And after much prayer, he had a vision of a trailer and heard the words “Showerhouse Ministries.”
Not knowing where to start, he heard the Lord say, “Go through one door at a time.” So he started working without plans or drawings and using his own money, he began the project starting with the purchase of a trailer and shower stalls in July, 2014.
A friend stepped forward and offered to help with plumbing needs, and he also called on the help of an electrician friend. Ken knew he was going to need fresh water storage, a pump to move the water, a heating system such as propane tanks, a generator for power, and waste water collection tanks, while providing privacy, all within a self-contained unit.
The project turned out to be a little more complex than Ken had anticipated, but he was compelled to continue. After approximately 10 months of building, the trailer is finished.
“Dialing it in and going through a bit of red tape took some time, but we are now ready to go,” Ken said. “I could not have done it without the help of a few individuals and the prayer support of others.”
He offers special thanks to the following who helped make the Showers of Hope a reality:
Mike and Chuckie from Butlers Plumbing, Brentwood
Frank with Salucci’s Electric, Oakley
Fred with Fred’s Welding, Oakley
Doug Hardcastley of Hardcastle’s RV, Oakley
Showerhouse Ministries Showers of Hope Kickoff – Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015, 10:00 AM, L Street near the marina, downtown Antioch
This is a new and growing ministry, and we want to network with other people and cities. There are many ways to be involved. Please feel free to contact us at Showerhouseministries.com or “like” their Facebook page by clicking here.
Have you ever wondered how you could reach the kids in your neighborhood with the gospel of Christ or if it was possible to have a Christian Club in an elementary school? Child Evangelism Fellowship® can help you.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF®) is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Founded in 1937, CEF now has active ministry in over 190 countries of the world and every state in the United States. There are currently eight CEF chapters in Northern California. The chapter for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties is called CEF NorCal East Bay. One of the main ministries of CEF is the Good News Club®.
What is a Good News Club®? Children ages 5 to 12 years gather once a week for 90 minutes in schools, homes, community centers, churches and apartment complexes, to hear an exciting Bible lesson, memorize scripture, sing inspirational songs, learn about missionary work and play fun-filled review games. Last year, we had Good News Clubs in several schools in various school districts, as well as recreation centers. Hundreds of children enroll each year in Good News Clubs throughout Antioch, East County and the East Bay.
We partner with churches who want to reach out to kids in their community. We provide training, low-cost teaching materials and make arrangements to meet in a school or other community location.
If you would like to be part of this exciting ministry, you can inquire about how to start a Good News Club by calling our Antioch office at 925-777-0107.
Worden is Ministry Coordinator for CEF NorCal East Bay
First Congregational Church of Antioch and Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg Rally Sunday kicks off Back-to-Sunday School as Rev. Christy Parks-Ramage shares scripture, song, praise and fellowship outdoors.
Worship service will take place at Highlands Ranch Park located at 1784 Buchanan Road in Pittsburg, followed by a potluck picnic. Hot dogs and condiments will be furnished along with drinks. Please bring a side dish to share.
Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. Everyone is invited to participate in community and worship including, but not limited to, believers, seekers, agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope.
For more information call 925.757.4094 or visit www.eastcountysharedministry.org.
By Allen Payton
Parishioners and guests filled the Most Holy Rosary Catholic church sanctuary on Saturday, August 29 to celebrate the Father Francisco Vicente’s 60 years of priesthood with a multi-cultural mass. A reception followed, allowing all who wanted to personally greet, kiss and congratulate the beloved priest, who has served the Antioch church and Oakland Diocese for 40 of those 60 years.
Father Vicente is a member of the Dominicans order of Catholic priests, founded by the St. Dominic, known as the Order of Preachers, with the designation O.P. after their names.
According to the church’s website -
“Father Francisco Vicente, O.P., came as pastor in 1975, and began the residency program at Holy Rosary for Dominican Brothers studying for the priesthood. Holy Rosary has been home to approximately 20 Brothers over the years. In March of 1979, also under the pastorate of Father Vicente, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, was developed.
In January, 1993, after serving nine years as Assistant to the Master of the Dominican Order at its headquarters in Rome, and Judicial Vicar for the Oakland Diocese, Father Francisco Vicente returned to Holy Rosary as pastor. Training began the following June for Life Teen, a program to bring teens into a relationship with Christ through the Eucharist, teachings, and examples of the Core Group.
On Jan.3, 2002 Father Jordan Bradshaw took over as pastor and Father Vicente went on a well deserved sabbatical.
Father Jordan left in July 2009 and Father Roberto Corral, O.P. once again returned to Holy Rosary Parish and currently is the pastor. Holy Rosary is a parish of over 3,000 families and is continuing to grow and develop under Father Roberto Corral, O.P., Father Francisco Vicente, O.P. and Father David Bello, O.P.”
Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church is located at 1313 A Street in Antioch. For more information call (925) 757-4020 or visit their website at http://holyrosaryantioch.org.
By Chris Williams
January 14, 1998 was no doubt one of the worst days of my life, while leading a bible study my pager begin buzzing; my pager, wow.
It was a 911 page from my father’s home. After asking someone to return the call for me, I would soon discover that my father and best friend had died suddenly, at 53-years-old of a massive heart attack, while preaching a revival in Oklahoma.
Fast forward. Just nine days later I was standing in front of thousands of people performing the daunting, yet honorable task of delivering his eulogy. I remember it as if it were yesterday. My title was “A Father’s Dream but a Son’s Reality.”
Within the duration of my time, I vowed to finish what my father had started. You see it was really a statement of legacy, in which I made a promise to him that I would carry on the ministry that he, and his father before him, had begun.
Fast forward, 17 years later. Here I am planting The Church at Antioch, all because I had a promise to fulfill and a legacy to carry out, not just my own ambition, but one that is fueled by the life of two great men.
I am the proud product of Moses L. Williams and Merkle J. Williams. While I realize that most are not privileged to have before them the stalwart examples that I had, that does not mean that legacy cannot be realized.
Fathers, I challenge you to make a vow this Father’s Day that you will start now, in your generation, to build and create a legacy that your sons and daughters can carry on.
Do this, so that one day they can make the same promise to you, like I made to my dad on January 23, 1998. I vowed to him that I would finish what he started.
Passing on faith and a life purpose to your children is the most important legacy you can leave.
Happy Father’s Day.
Williams is Pastor of The Church@Antioch.