Hi, and thank you for joining us today. I'm James Lee, Southern California Conference Executive Vice President. We have been sharing our SCC mission, vision, core values and strategic objectives. Today, I will share one of our strategic objectives, "Community Engagement."

We were not created to go about life apart from relationship with one another. When we have fellowship with one another, we experience the fullness God intended for us to have. I just finished reading the book of Acts again.

There, in Acts, chapter two, the Bible talks about relationships and fellowship. Acts 2:42 says, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believe were together and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people, and the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

During this pandemic, we have lost some of that community. I long for that fellowship of worship together, to praise God together, to pray together, to eat together, to love one another, to encourage one another.

1 Corinthians 12:25-26 says, "So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."

I invite you to allow God to use you to help someone. Let the love of God flow through you to your brother or to your sister.

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