Posts by Lance

Posts by Lance

Good News. Bad News.

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends, What’s the old saying?  “I have some good news and I have some bad news.”  While that is often times the beginning of a joke, today it is a little more serious. Let me begin with the good news.  Our dear sister and friend, Norma Galeana, has finally received her residency. Norma Galeana She is now here in the United States as a legal resident.  As most of you know, Norma fell into the DACA generation,…

In life and in death, we belong to god

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends, I hope and pray this finds you all well.  We’re all hunkering down in our separate homes.  It all seems very much like a Twilight Zone episode.  But the phrase from The Heidelberg Catechism continually comes to my mind: “In life and in death, we belong to God.”  We belong to God.  We belong.  Jesus said, “I know My own, and My own know Me.” (John 10:14)  He will not leave us or foresake us.  He…

Suspension of in person gatherings

Dear Church Family, After much prayer and listening, we’ve decided to suspend in person church gatherings until April 1st, 2020.  While we recognize the value and importance of gathering together as a church family, we want to be wise.  The World Health Organization has called the Corona Virus Disease a Global Pandemic.  The President of the United States has declared a National Emergency.  The Governor of California has issued a State of Emergency.  The CDC warns that if left unchecked, Corona Virus cases double…

We are in God’s Hands

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends, We’re in an interesting time.  Seems like the news is dominated by the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  I turned the news on Tuesday night to hear the election results in other states, and all they were talking about was COVID-19. At First Presbyterian Church, we take the health and safety of our church family very seriously.  Because we are a smaller church, we will continue to meet on Sundays.  We’ll have regular worship this coming Sunday,…

a time to meditate on God’s word, pray, and commit oneself to a deeper discipleship.

Dear FPCSA Family & Friends, Last autumn I received a phone call inviting me to be the keynote speaker at a gathering of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos.  I laughed and then I said, “Wait. What??”  It is a great honor to be invited to speak to a Presbytery gathering.  In fact, in my recollection, I can’t remember a time when a pastor of the Presbytery spoke.  It’s usuallyreserved for seminary professors, published authors, theologians, or well-known speakers like Father Greg…