October 2, 2017


More often than not, you will find most everyone on our staff, if not everyone, stays past work hours, or they often show up early because they can’t wait to get to work. Personally, I am so impressed with my co-workers who daily go out of their way to serve the Lord and serve others. It’s truly a ministry to them. I believe that’s what happens when people have a passion and discover their calling—it changes the way they work. As Christians, we understand that work is worship.

Clearly, many of the good folks that I work alongside have discovered their passion in life. Yet, for many other people, discovering our passion can seem like, well, a daunting task. In this week’s letter, there are questions you can answer that will help with your quest to discovering your God-given gifts and calling. So, grab a cup of java, dust off a notebook, and begin to discover your calling by completing the following exercises.

1. Listen to your passions.

Let’s be honest, our days are filled with busyness to the point where we don't take time to listen to our lives. Quieting yourself and answering the following questions will help you uncover your passions.

  • If money were not an issue, what would you do with your time?
  • What do you love to do?
  • What do you hate to do?
  • What gives you energy?
  • What drains the life out of you?
  • What do you want to change, shape, and leave better than you found it?
  • What segment of the population are you drawn to help?

2. Write a mission statement.

Personally speaking, writing a mission statement can put a framework to your passion. For instance, my personal mission statement this year is: “By God’s grace, I will seek to be deeply connected to Christ, cultivate Christ-centered relationships with all those around, strive to reflect Christ in all I do and seek to connect others to Christ.”

Here are a few helpful tips for writing your own mission statement:

  • Study the Bible.
  • Ask friends and family members for their evaluation and insight.
  • Ask others to appraise your strengths, weaknesses, liabilities, gifts, and talents.
  • Reflect on your life and ministry experience.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Set aside some time each day for a couple of weeks to pray about your mission statement.
  • Jot down several options and pray over these possibilities.
  • Read your statement often to keep you on track.

3. Seek the Lord on a God-honoring dream

Once you have discovered your passion and developed your mission statement, it's time to use your imagination, throw off convention, and dream. Allow yourself to dream and dream big. Don't think of the how; just let the ideas flow, creating a list of the ways you can use your passion to honor God.

4. Take action.

Now that you have discovered your passion, written your mission statement, and developed ideas on what to do with your passion, it's time to think about a plan to make your dream reality. If I’m going to be honest, there are a lot of things that can keep me from taking action. As I reflect upon my life, I find that:

  • Fear
  • Insecurity
  • Perfectionism
  • Finances
  • Responsibilities
  • Past mistakes

These are things that can keep me from action as a Christian leader. I want to encourage you to take some time to listen to your passions, write a simple mission statement, seek a God-honoring dream, and take action. The Lord has an exciting and life-changing adventure in store for you. You will not regret following Him!

I love serving alongside you in His ministry!

Many Blessings,

Zito's Pizza Fundraiser be sure to print off flyer and join us at Zito's on Saturday October 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Click on the flyer above to download and print a copy of the flyer. Be sure to bring it with you on Saturday when you pick up your pizza.

Foundations class will not be meeting the next couple of weeks. Sunday's class will resume on October 22 at 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday's class will start back up on October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation
is fast approaching!

Learn about Martin Luther, his writings, and the impact of the Reformation on the church today.

Discover a variety of resources on the Reformation for readers of all ages.

On Sunday, October 8 and 15, we will have a table set up in the courtyard with samples of books available for purchase along with an order form. The books will then be delivered to the Church for distribution.

To receive up to 50% off plus free shipping all books must be preordered and prepaid.

We will also have some other reformation themed items available for purchase at this time.

Hephatha Lutheran Church Youth Ministry Golf Tournament Fundraiser
The annual youth Golf tournament fundraiser is coming up. All golfers are welcome to participate in the golf tournament. This year the tournament will be held at Coyote Hills golf course in Fullerton on Saturday, October 14. The first tee time will be at 11:00 am, check-in will begin at 10:00 am.

The cost is $150.

Last day to sign up is Monday, October 9.

Hole and other sponsorships are available as well.

To sign up, contact Timothy Potthoff at
714-637-0887 ext. 157.


Men's Breakfast

“Sean Rooney”

Sean went to Esperanza HS, earned 1st team All-League and All-County honors and signed to UC Davis on a baseball scholarship. He then signed with Pepperdine University; where his older brother, Patrick played and younger brother, Colin, would later go on to play. In June, the Washington Nationals drafted him in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB First Year Player Draft. Sean was named a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2008 in Low A with the Hagerstown Suns.

On January 11th, 2009, his father, Bill, and his older brother, Patrick, were tragically killed in a plane crash in Steamboat Springs, CO. They were traveling back from a trip of renovating a rustic barn for the reception site of Sean and Jana’s wedding to take place in the upcoming September. This life-altering event sparked a flame in him and the Rooney Family to make a life-altering impact on others.

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Passport to Ministry

Passport to Ministry at Hephatha Lutheran Church

Serving is about using the God-given gifts you to help others (I Corinthians 12:7) through the ministry of the local church. In fact, serving is a normal part of the Christian life (I Peter 4:10). At Hephatha Lutheran Church, opportunities to serve are everywhere. Join any of our ministry teams, partner with our Sunday school ministry, help people worship as a part of our Audio or Visual Production teams, or help with ushering and acolyting. There are so many ways to get involved! Check out all the great opportunities to start serving on October 22nd in between our morning services!

LSS Walk A Thon, Saturday, October 28 8:30 a.m. Yorba Regiional Park

Reformation 500
An Evening of Word and Song

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Segerstrom Concert Hall • Costa Mesa, California

Concordia's choirs, handbells, and orchestras join with musicians from area churches and schools in a 500-member ensemble to lead a festive evening with hymns, choruses and sacred music around the themes of the reformation. The theologians from Christ College at Concordia will share what it means to always be Reforming as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Tickets are going fast. Please be sure to purchase your tickets.
Order your tickets here
or call 714-556-2787
Dinner Auction Friday, November 3rd from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Historic Fullerton Ballroom


Love the outdoors? Join us on the trails. Join us in discussion as we hike. Love hiking? So do we, and we love to share with those we hike with. This group meets a couple times a month on Saturdays to hike at places all over Southern California. A variety of scenic views, elevation gains, and distances are offered throughout the year.

November 11—Oak Canyon at 7:30 a.m.

For more information and directions contact Barbara Andrews at afandrews777@hotmail.com

What is Happening at
Hephatha this Week

MONDAY: October 9

  • Junior High School Youth Group @ 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

TUESDAY: October 10

  • Hephatha Mom's Bible Study @ 6:30 p.m. at the Potthoff's home.
  • Praise Band Rehearsal @ 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

WEDNESDAY: October 11

  • Women's Wednesday Morning Study @ 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Confirmation @ 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
  • No Foundations new members class.
  • High School Youth Group @ 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

THURSDAY: October 12

  • Men's Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 7:15 a.m. in Pastor's Office.
  • Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

SATURDAY: October 14

  • Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ 10 a.m. at Coyote Hills Golf Course.
  • Youth Ministry Fundraiser at Zito's Pizza from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Be sure to print off a flyer and bring it with you.
  • Harvest Dinner @ 4:30 p.m. at Zito's Pizza. All are welcome to buy pizza and join the Golfers for dinner at Zito's.

SUNDAY: October 15

  • Services: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:01 p.m.
  • Sunday School @ 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Child Care @ 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:01 p.m. in Room 6.
  • "Open in the Word" Bible Study @9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room.
  • No Foundations new members class.
  • Women's Luncheon @ 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

MONDAY: October 16

  • Junior High School Youth Group @ 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.
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