12 Months of Blessing: UrbanLife and Wildfire Relief

For the month of September, we’re partnering with two ministries to address urgent local and regional needs.


UrbanLife “exists to see transformed people transform our neighborhoods through Christian community development initiatives and vibrant missional communities that love God, neighbor, and ‘hood.” UL’s ministries are holistic and impactful, especially in raising up and developing youth leadership.

Their Farms provide job and leadership opportunities for young people in City Heights, as well as providing fresh food for their community and beyond (we’ve been able to volunteer a couple of times in the past!) — and this month, we are blessed to partner with UrbanLife as their outdoor farm area becomes a socially-distanced outdoor educational space. As you know, most students are faced with the challenges of online learning. UL is creatively coming alongside students in City Heights to help them thrive during these challenging times.

Anchor City will be supporting this initiative financially — if you’d like to give additional support, please click here or use our Tithely app and choose “12 Months of Blessing” from the dropdown menu. Our giving will help cover some of the technological costs of providing internet access to a group of students and leaders in an outdoor space.


As record-breaking fires continue to rage across California (and other states), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has responded quickly to bring aid: “With many wildfires blazing, PDA is in communication with all affected presbyteries. National Response Team members are virtually deployed to assist the presbyteries as they assess the situations in their communities and determine how PDA can best assist. We have disbursed several grants to address immediate needs such as feeding programs and emergency housing for displaced residents.”

If you’d like to offer financial support directly, please click here to give through PDA’s website.


Summer Bible Study • Final Ruth Study: Participants Guide


In what ways have you seen God’s hesed in your life this week?


Discussion Questions

  • “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer” might be one of the most significant lines in the entire book. Why? How do you see the promises to Naomi applied to your life today?
  • As we read the book of Ruth one last time, what new questions arise? What’s something new that stands out to you? To whom do you most relate this week?
  • After having spent the last five weeks studying the book of Ruth, if someone were to ask you what the book of Ruth was about, what would you say?
  • Bringing Ruth into the modern era: If the book of Ruth were to take place today, what would it look like? Where would it happen? What type of person would be Ruth? Naomi? Boaz?

Ruth & the Community

  • The book of Ruth can be said to be about how God works and show God’s hesed through people and in community. What were the issues that showed up that needed attention in the book of Ruth?
  • How did the others or the community show up in these instances?
  • How does community show up for each other today?
  • Who are the Ruth’s in our community today? Who are the people who are in need of you to show hesed to them?
  • The questions above might be asked similarly in this kind of way: How does your story contribute to the story of God’s redemptive work in the world? How do you want it to?



Summer Bible Study • Ruth 4: Participants Guide

How has God shown you hesed in your life this week?


Read and Discuss

Ruth 4 — mark it up

Come up with 5 thoughts/questions that come to mind as you read Ruth 4


Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think Boaz chose to meet the other relative in public – why do you think that detail is noted?
  • Why do you think that God established this system of kinsman-redeemer? How do we participate in this today?
  • It can be argued that the hero of the book of Ruth is Boaz – he’s the Redeemer! So why is do you think the book is named for Ruth?
  • “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer” might be one of the most significant lines in the entire book. Why? How do you see the promises to Naomi applied to your life today?
  • How does chapter 4 show God at work in this world? Not only for Ruth and the Israelites but for all of us today?



NextGen Sunday School Activities • The Life of Moses

In this time of ongoing quarantine, it was a real gift to us, your pastors, to (socially-distanced) see each your families when we dropped off these NextGen Sunday School activity packs!

Over the next several weeks, for our NextGen messages during our Sunday Zoom worship services, we will be sharing about the life of Moses. These crafts and activities will be ways for your kids to engage these stories hands-on, for you as parents to share Scripture at home, and for our whole Sunday School to be “together” even as we meet separately in our homes.

Here’s this week’s video featuring the story of Moses and the burning bush:

A few ideas and important notes:

  • There are eight different crafts and activities. You can feel free to do them in whatever order you’d like! We know it can be hard to coordinate (and sometimes the kids are just really excited, so don’t feel like you have to hold them back!) 🎨
  • On a given Sunday, if your child has already done the craft, they can bring it out and show us! If they haven’t done it yet, they can make it during the worship service or during the week. No pressure and no worries — this is meant to be engaging and fun ❤️
  • Parents, we strongly encourage you to read the Bible story with your kids that goes along with each craft! We want to empower you as the primary spiritual caregiver of your children. 📖
  • And tell your kiddos that PJ eemo and Uncle Dan say to only blow those very-loud horns when you say it’s okay!! 🎺

Each of you received this welcome letter with the activity packets.

If you’d like to view or download it in digital format, click on the image to the left, or click here.


Summer Bible Study • Ruth 3: Participants Guide

3 Purposes of Ruth (there are others)

  1. Defends David and David’s lineage of kingship — and therefore also defends Jesus’ lineage
  2. An example of God’s laws being lived out in personal lives — particularly for the widowed, the orphaned, the foreigner
  3. Shows how God is involved in the day to day joys of our lives

Hesed

The Biblical concept of “Hesed” → It is mostly used as a descriptor about God and God uses it to describe Himself. It is translated as lovingkindness, mercy, loyalty. It is about LOYAL, faithful love. There is a sacrificial element to it: it is one person’s actions for another, that only one person can give. “Long Acting Love” is my new favorite way to understanding “hesed.”

How has God shown you hesed in your life this week?


Read and Discuss

Ruth 3 — mark it up

Come up with 5 thoughts/questions that come to mind as you read Ruth 3


Discussion Questions

  • How do you see faithfulness to God being shown through the book of Ruth so far?
  • How has Naomi changed from the previous chapters to now?
  • What do you think Ruth is requesting by asking Boaz to cover her with his cloak?
  • The kinsman redeemer – How do Boaz’s actions reflect Jesus’ work of redemption?

“It is the redemptive action of God that provides the standard for human acts of redemption…”

Katherine Doob-Sakenfeld
  • What do you think Boaz meant when he said in verse 10, “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier…”?
  • What do you make of Boaz sending Ruth back with barley? Why is this important?
  • Why do you think God shows such kindness to Naomi?
  • We are in an unprecedented time. How is God showing hesed to you during this time of pandemic? How are you called to show God’s hesed to others around you?