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Pastoral Letter || July 22, 2021
Beau Bekendam

Dear Christ Church,

I am so grateful for you. How incredible is it that we’ve received the grace of God? We are His sons and daughters! He is caring for us, and is preparing a place for us. He is coming again and will be with us forever. Till then, he has given us His Spirit and is with us all the days of our lives. In addition to all of this, He has given us one another, the church.

I really am excited for us to get together for unhurried fellowship and food next Wednesday, July 28th for our church BBQ. We’ll be meeting at Lion’s Park starting at 5pm, and will be providing carne asada, sides and drinks. We’ll have bounce houses and lawn games ready to go. The address is 6197 Casitas Pass Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Consider inviting a friend or someone you’ve been praying for!

I also wanted to remind you that we will be having a church meeting and picnic right after we worship Sunday, August 1st. Pack a lunch and we’ll have some cold drinks ready for us. We’ll be providing an update on our leadership goals, finances, and some prayers for the future. We’ll have an open Q&A and will close with prayer together. Lord willing it’ll be close to an hour!

Finally, I wanted to encourage us all to continue to love one another. In this early season as a church, it is my prayer that we would take initiative in loving one another well. Host one another for dinner, find out what burdens need bearing, and pray together! Christ has lavished us with his love. May we love one another.

One last way you can love our church is by volunteering to serve. We are always in need of help of greeters, as well as with set up and tear down. Please email me if you have a desire to use other gifts God has given you, and we’ll pray about finding meaningful ways for you to love our church.

I love you church, and I’m so thankful we get to worship Christ each Sunday together. I’m also excited about what Christ has for us together these coming months and years. See you Sunday!

Pastor Beau

Sunday Announcements || May 30, 2021
  • Save the date! On Wednesday, June 23rd, we will be having our first Church Family BBQ of the Summer. More details to come! 

  • If you are interested in being baptized, we are planning on having baptisms on June 13th. Please talk to Beau or Travis, or email pastors@christchurchcarp.com if you’re interested! 

  • Christ Church is beginning a Meal Ministry, and we’re in need of volunteers who want to help! If you’re interested in volunteering to serve in this ministry, please sign up at the table near the entrance after service or email mealministry@christchurchcarp.com.

  • Summer of Psalms — Join us for this Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday mornings this summer.  Beginning on Tuesday, June 8 at 9:30 am for eight weeks, this study will be an inductive look at the Psalms with homework each week and discussions when we get together. For more information contact Carol (carol@christchurchcarp.com). 

  • On June 5th, from 1-3pm, the youth will be having a beach day! All new incoming 6th graders are welcome to come. They are meeting at 1st Beach near the volleyball nets.

Pastoral Letter || June 3, 2021
Beau Bekendam

Beloved Christ Church,

We are officially three months old! It has been so sweet to worship and fellowship these past few months. By the grace of God, we’ve had our needs provided for, seen 6 people baptized, and we’re growing in love for Christ and one another. I’m so grateful to be apart of this church.

First, I wanted you to know that we have two special dates coming up this month:

  • Sunday, June 13, we will be having another baptism during church. Right now, we have 5 or so people getting baptized!

  • Wednesday, June 23, we will be having the first of three summer BBQ’s at the Lion’s Club park in Carp. Please save the date, and more details will be forthcoming.

 

Also, as we’ve been studying the gospel of John together, we’ve been exhorted by Christ to serve and love one another. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)

 

One way we want do that is through a new meals ministry. If you would like to sign up to join this ministry as a meal provider, please email mealministry@christchurchcarp.com.

If you are aware of a need in the Body, please also email mealministry@christchurchcarp.com, and we will help arrange and facilitate getting meals provided for and delivered.

Another way we can love one another is simply through having one another over to our homes. Let’s be practicing hospitality and invite those in our church who we don’t yet know well over for a meal, fellowship, and prayer!

 

Lastly, I wanted to share a few ways you can be praying for our church:

  • Please be praying for us as we are prayerfully considering potential office space and considering various options for our Sunday gatherings. God has been so good to provide for us through the hospitality of Faith Lutheran. We want to continue to prayerfully consider where He may be leading us or if He wants us to continue to stay at Faith Lutheran.

  • Please be praying for us as we seek to identify and develop leaders in our church. It is our desire to have a team of lay and staff pastors, and a team of lay and staff deacons. Be praying that God would continue to mature and develop our leadership team and structures!

 

I’m so thankful to Christ for all He is doing in our church. Above all, may we grow in our love for Him. I love you, church!

Pastor Beau

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs || April 24, 2021
Lucas Vieira

Beloved Christ Church,

Each Lord’s day, we get the opportunity to gather and to exalt our glorious King. We gather to worship the One who has redeemed us by His blood and who has adopted us into His family. Truly, I am excited to lift up our voices together with one another tomorrow in order to worship Christ — the Savior who is worthy of our praise!

As we’ve navigated this past season of worshipping together without amplification, I began to deeply appreciate the beauty of the gathered church in song. Indeed, with no amplification and with simple song sheets in our hands, we’ve discovered the sweetness of hearing one another as we all sing together. I’ve watched us live out the Apostle Paul’s words when he states, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). As we’ve sung side-by-side and in person, we have allowed the word of Christ to dwell in us. It is a blessing to me that I get the privilege to sing with you and alongside you each Lord’s day as we exalt the One whose glory is declared by the heavens and whose handiwork is proclaimed by the sky (Psalm 19:1). Even as we’ll begin to have sound speakers so that the service will be easier to hear, let us not grow weary in singing with our whole hearts! We shall sing together for eternity!

I want to invite you to worship with God’s people tomorrow at 11am. Let’s gather in fellowship to bless and encourage one another. Let’s gather to sing heartily so that we might proclaim who God is and what God has done. Let’s gather to hear the Gospel proclaimed and Christ exalted. Let’s gather to commune with God together.

We’ll start by singing about the truth that God is glorious, merciful, and unchanging. After that, we’ll reflect on the work of Christ by singing about how He has lavished His love upon us and shown us mercy even though we have sinned. Following the reading of Scripture, we’ll sing about how we need the Lord; without Christ, we are nothing. After the message, we’ll sing a hymn called “He Will Hold Me Fast”. This is one of my favorite songs, and it reminds of the truth that, if we have been saved by Christ, nothing can separate us from His love. I love the second verse, which states,

Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast; Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast. He'll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.

Christ holds on to His people. Take heart. Be filled with hope. Rejoice!

We’ll end the service by singing a hymn written in 1772 called “There is A Fountain Filled With Blood”. It speaks of a fountain filled with blood, and this blood is the blood of Christ which washes us pure, cleanses us of our guilt, and seals us for eternity.

The songs we sing matter, so let’s sing of the glories of Christ. I’ll see you there!

In Christ,

Lucas Vieira

Director of Music Ministry & Communications

Pastoral Letter || April 9, 2021
Beau Bekendam

Christ Church,

What a joy it was to worship with many of you on Resurrection Sunday. As we saw from John 12:44-50, Jesus is God, the Savior of the world, and the Word who reveals God to us! He is the risen Lord, and he will raise us all to eternal life on that last day.

This Sunday, we are approaching what feels like holy ground, the upper room discourse, beginning in John 13. The title for Sunday’s sermon is “The Love of Christ.” Together, we will behold just a few of the many facets of Christ’s love for his people.

I wanted to also send you a link to a hymn we will be singing Sunday:

It has been so good for my own soul to meditate on Christ’s love for me and his church this week. I can’t wait to gather Sunday and worship the one who has loved us with an everlasting love!

Your pastor,


Beau

April 9, 2021

PS don’t forget our Family BBQ & Meeting is this Sunday right after church!

A Message from Pastor Beau || April 3, 2021
Beau Bekendam
Pastoral Letter || March 30, 2021
Beau Bekendam

Beloved Christ Church,

Happy Holy Week! Nearly 2,000 years ago, our Savior entered Jerusalem knowing it was his final week to live. He entered to great fanfare, and in a few days to come he would be thrown out in equal ignominy. Yet he did this to display his true glory, the glory of one willingly laying down his life for his people.

I wanted to introduce you to a hymn that has deeply ministered to my own soul these past few months. Truth be told, it has been the hardest 6 or so months that my family and me have been through. The Lord has brought us through a major health scare with our newborn baby Lilian. At the same time, He has led us out of the church I was saved in and our hearts are deeply connected to.

This hymn is called Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken. The words were written nearly 200 years ago, but my favorite version is this live one by Indelible Grace.

Pastoral Letter || March 30, 2021
Beau Bekendam

Beloved Christ Church,

Happy Holy Week! Nearly 2,000 years ago, our Savior entered Jerusalem knowing it was his final week to live. He entered to great fanfare, and in a few days to come he would be thrown out in equal ignominy. Yet he did this to display his true glory, the glory of one willingly laying down his life for his people.

I wanted to introduce you to a hymn that has deeply ministered to my own soul these past few months. Truth be told, it has been the hardest 6 or so months that my family and me have been through. The Lord has brought us through a major health scare with our newborn baby Lilian. At the same time, He has led us out of the church I was saved in and our hearts are deeply connected to.

This hymn is called Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken. The words were written nearly 200 years ago, but my favorite version is this live one by Indelible Grace.

I’d encouraged you to try and find 7 minutes today to listen and read these lyrics. And though we follow Jesus carrying our own crosses, let us remember he carried the heaviest cross for us, this very week, 2,000 years ago.

Your pastor,


Beau

March 30, 2021

Pastoral Letter || March 26, 2021
Beau Bekendam

“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” Psalm 31:19

Beloved Christ Church,

It has been such a joy to worship our God with you these past three weeks. I still can hardly believe what the Lord is doing in our midst. To see you hunger for his Word and love one another so well is truly a work of God’s grace.

I wanted to make sure you are aware of a few upcoming opportunities for worship and fellowship.

We will be having a Good Friday service at the beach from 5:30-6:30pm, down at the end of Linden. Bring jackets and chairs or a blanket to sit on!

We will be enjoying some treats at 10:15am on Easter Sunday before our service together. Come and enjoy fellowship!

We will also be having a Church BBQ and Meeting Sunday, April 11 right after our worship service. We’ll provide all the food and drinks. After we eat, we’ll have a time to look more in depth about our doctrine, leadership structure, and future hopes and plans. We’ll have an open Q&A as well.

God has been abundantly good to us. May we continue to fear Him and take refuge in Him alone.

See you Sunday!

 

With love,


Beau

March 26, 2021

Pastoral Letter || March 5, 2021
Beau Bekendam

“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” Isaiah 40:11

God has been faithfully tending our new little flock. By His Spirit He has stirred up many in the Body to contribute their gifts of service already, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to stir you to serve Him and His church.

For those who could make it, we enjoyed three Sunday evening prayer meetings together. We asked God to stir us to love Him, one another, and the lost. It was particularly special worshiping our God in the heart of our city, filling Linden with the praises and prayers of the saints.

We are just days away from our first Sunday gathering! I cannot wait to see your faces, to sing, to open the Word of God together, take communion, and enjoy sweet fellowship.

We will be meeting at Faith Lutheran (1335 Vallecito Pl). Please come early to enjoy coffee and one another at 10:30, and we will begin the service at 11AM. If you are able, consider riding a bike or walking to minimize traffic. Also, if you are planning on driving, please consider bringing an extra chair or two just in case.

If you are playing things safe with COVID, we understand, we love you, and we’ll miss you! Lord willing, we’ll have a livestream available on our YouTube page, and you’ll find a link for the livestream on our homepage Sunday morning. We also hope to have the sermon posted by Sunday evening on our website.

Please be in prayer for our new little church. We need prayer for:

  • Continued favor with our hosts, Faith Lutheran

  • Continued favor with the city

  • Our first Gathering (salvation, fellowship, volunteers, technology, set up, etc)

  • Wisdom for our long term location. (We are planning to walk through a possible location with fire officials, builders, etc to consider its viability for us.)

Jesus is building his Church. He has been so faithful to his people for thousands of years and He will continue to be faithful to us. May Jesus be glorified in and through Christ Church Carpinteria! See you Sunday!

 

With love,


Beau

March 5, 2021

Prayer Meeting Reminder & Encouragement || February 27, 2021
Lucas Vieira & Genaro Hurtado
Pastoral Letter || February 12, 2021
Beau Bekendam

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1

God has been so kind to Christ Church, and we have so much to be thankful for in these early days.

God has provided a place for us to worship together! Our friends at Faith Lutheran Church (1335 Vallecito Place) have offered to let us gather on their property as we seek a more long-term home for the church. Our first Sunday gathering together as a church will be March 7th at 11AM. We cannot wait to worship together!

God has provided a place for us to pray the next three Sundays as we prepare to begin this new church together. These prayer meetings will be at Coastland (768 Linden Ave) from 4-5PM, February 14th, 21st, and 28th.

God has worked through the diligent efforts of some saints to set up our 501c3 non-profit status, our bylaws and bank accounts. We now can receive giving online and by check (PO Box 1247 Carpinteria CA, 93014). The link to give through PushPay is now available on our giving page.

God has provided a team of saints who are working diligently to find us a long-term home and we have already toured a possible location for the church. We’ve begun conversations with the city to initiate the permits and requirements so we can gather there.

God has used the generosity of Reality Carpinteria as they’ve offered our staff severance and health care, as well as seed money that will go towards our future location.

God has provided a pulpit for us through the generosity of a pastor in town.

Finally, God has even moved people to open their homes for prayer, meals, and even places to work and study.

We have so much to be thankful for as God is building this new church.

Psalm 107 tells of the many works of God for his people, and invites his people to give thanks to him. It ends with these words: “Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.” Psalm 107:43

With love,

Beau

February 12, 2021

Prayer Meetings Update || February 6, 2021
Beau Bekendam & Travis Greene

Christ Church, we are so excited to begin this new season together. While we were hoping to begin our prayer meetings this Sunday, we will have to postpone our first prayer meeting till next Sunday, February 14th, due to the fact that we have yet to hear back from the city about Viola Fields and we are still working on getting the requisite insurance for our church. 

 

Join us for our prayer meetings on February 14th, 21st, & 28th in the lot next to Coastland on Linden Avenue (768 Linden Ave Carpinteria, CA 93013) from 4-5pm as we cry out to our good God to bless and build this new work. Come on out as we seek the Lord in prayer and spend time with one another! 

 

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1a) 

Pastoral Letter || January 30, 2021
Beau Bekendam

“The LORD is my shepherd…” Psalm 23:1

 

Our Good Shepherd has brought us into a valley. But he will also lead us out. As the Psalmist reminds us, we need not fear nor want, for He is with us. I know many of us are hurting from the events of the last couple of weeks, while others are excited for a new work. Some of us are experiencing a whole range of emotions. Thankfully we can bring ourselves to our Shepherd, who is able to care for us wherever we are at. 

 

For those of you who have signed up for these newsletters, I want to thank you for your interest in this new work Jesus is establishing in Carpinteria. As strange and unexpected as it is, the Lord is beginning a new church. 

 

Yet in many ways, it is simply continuing a work He has been establishing for a long time. If you have been worshipping with us in the parking lot at Reality Carpinteria, this work will feel very similar. Travis and I will continue to preach through the gospel of John, Lucas will continue to lead us in worship, Carol will continue to minister to our women, and Travis will oversee the youth group along with a team of youth leaders. Personally, I can’t wait to be with the saints of God again worshipping Christ together.

 

As we prepare to move forward with this new work called Christ Church, we hope to get a pastoral update letter to you every couple of weeks. Here’s where we’re at so far:

 

Latest Updates

  • We have officially established our 501c3 & a board of trustees. These men are myself, Beau Bekendam, Travis Greene, Lucas Vieira, and Dar Ringling. We hope to add additional members soon. 

  • We have opened our bank account. Currently you can mail your tithe to our PO Box, and our online giving should be ready close to February 7th.

Christ Church – Carpinteria

PO Box 1247, Carpinteria, CA 93014

  • Prayer Meetings: Lord willing, we will have 4 prayer meetings on Sunday afternoons throughout February. We’re finalizing plans with the city to meet at Viola Fields each Sunday at 4pm. We’ll confirm with you by the end of next week.

  • First Sunday Gathering: We have made significant progress with a church in town to rent their church parking lot on Sundays. We’re still finalizing the agreement, and we are hoping to begin gathering there Sunday, March 7th, for worship. We are also looking into a temporary option that will allow us to worship together a few weeks earlier (2/21, 2/28).

  • Midweek gathering space: We have also begun to look at a potential location in town to lease where our men’s, women’s, and youth can gather midweek, as well as have some office space for the staff.

 

Prayer Points

  • For the Lord’s gracious blessing on this new work at Christ Church. Psalm 127 reminds us that unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain.

  • For our prayer meeting space to be confirmed for February prayer meetings

  • For our Sunday Gathering location to confirm 

  • For wisdom on our midweek options 

  • That the LORD would also establish and bless the replanting of Reality Carpinteria, and that the name of Jesus would be glorified in our community!

 

As we pray and prepare, let us rest in this: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6. We love you church, and we cannot wait to worship Christ together soon. I will be preaching my final sermon at Reality Carp tomorrow morning and hope to see you there.

 

With love,


Beau

January 30, 2021

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