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Pastor Gerardo’s Message from El Maguey

Whoever is generous will be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

May the blessings of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I am writing here to thank you for your help with the El Maguey community during these difficult times caused by the pandemic. In mid-June I approached Susan to ask if there were still funds from the last mission trip to El Maguey. When I heard funds were still available I then spoke at the next VLT meeting, to see if it was possible to send the remaining funds to El Maguey for the members of Cristo Vive. The response surprised me when the Methodist Women’s group raised their hands to offer help by giving $4000! In addition to this generous gift, the group, as well as members of the congregation, continue to donate.

Viewing photographs of the long lines of people outside my house waiting to receive a grocery bag, one can see that women, men, and their children have relied on this help. Seeing so many needy people made my heart begin to fret, and something told me that I had to go to El Maguey. My purpose was not only to deliver groceries, but to encourage the people and to pray for them. I felt that they needed to be fed spiritually, and I wanted to bring them the greetings of the Methodist women and the members of San José First Church and to show the generosity that is in their hearts. They needed to know that in the United States of America there are people who care about them. In spite of the warnings against traveling in times of a pandemic, I felt the responsibility to go to Mexico.

On August 19 of this year, Cristo Vive completed 13 years of service to the community. The leaders of Cristo Vive and I decided to make the biggest presentation to honor God for the anniversary. There was an attendance of more than 1,200 people including children, the elderly, and the disabled outside my house. That day we passed out 327 bags of groceries to families. We also provided salads, snacks and drinks to everybody. I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough food for so many people; however, as it turned out, we had plenty.

It was already 7:30 PM when I arrived at the front of the crowd to give my message and instructions. When I looked at the group of 300 children staring at me, my legs began to shake as they looked at me so intently. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit watching me doing what He himself planned for El Maguey. I want to tell you that the blessings that came out of your hearts for the people of El Maguey were multiplied by God. He multiplies them in return, since all the people benefited from the aid you provided. These families bless you for your noble gesture of love for your neighbor.

May God bless you,
Pastor Gerardo Vázquez

Advent and Christmas 2019

Sunday, December 1: Advent begins with Hope
On the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate with a bilingual service

Sunday, December 8: The Sunday of Peace
The second Sunday of Advent and our Annual All-Church Conference
Refreshments will be served after the 10:00am worship services and the Church Conference will begin at 11:30am. Join us as we celebrate our ministry together and look forward to 2020 and beyond. District Superintendent, Rev. Shinya Goto, will preside at this important meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Sunday, December 15: The Sunday of Joy
We’ll celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a Christmas lunch provided by the church. You’re invited to bring cookies for dessert.

Thursday, December 19: Las Posada
The celebration begins with a procession holding candles and singing Christmas carols. Meet at Wesley UMC at 6:00pm if you would like to walk. The service will follow at San Jose First UMC from 7:00-9:00pm. Experience the Mexican representation of Christmas with its traditional costumes, Biblical readings, and songs.

Sunday, December 22: The Sunday of Love
The fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve at 8:00pm
Special music, carols, juBELLation choir, and candles

La Posada San Jose