September/October 2013, Update

Hope at the Beach

A Surfer’s Chapel

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.                                                                             1 Corinthines 1:4-6 (The Message)

There are times when a good report is all that is needed and in this newsletter I will Baptism daypresent news of Hope at the Beach. To begin with, a few weeks ago a member of our congregation asked for prayer for a friend from work who was near death. She said to me in a very sad voice, “I guess God is done with her now.” I replied, “God is never done with those of us who love him. It is life that is done with us. In fact it is then, when God really gets going.” A few moments of silence and then, “Thanks Pastor Chuck, that really helps.”

This is only one instance that my early morning office hours (7-8:30 a.m. daily, except Saturday, in my car in the Seal Beach parking lot) seem to bring some balance to this crazy world that we live in. It may sound so little or insignificant a thing to say to someone in need of peace, but that is what God has given us. The little things that become larger than life. When she shared this thought with the husband of the dying woman, tears of healing poured from his eyes. He thanked her and told her this is just what he needed to hear. He said, “Then God is still my friend?” a big YES and a hug is the answer given.

One day a young man was praying and experiencing God in a newer and stronger way in his life when all of a sudden he caught himself praying that God would somehow show him his prayers are heard. He again caught himself telling God that it didn’t matter to him really, and it didn’t have to be a big sign. As he continued to drive, the Christian radio station had a contest and asked that if anyone had a son or a daughter with a certain name to call in and they would win a monetary gift for both the child and their church. He called his father who’s step son had the same name and the father called in and they won. This young man immediately thanked God and was satisfied with a prayer answered.

Last week we were blessed to baptize and rededicate an entire family. As we welcomed them into the fellowship of believers it occurred to me: “How wonderful! This family has just experienced the joy of Christian fellowship together.” Then we all took communion and we all together were loved and forgiven by our most gracious host, the Triune God.

You might just see your day as an ordinary day, nothing outrageous, just a day.  Yet God, through your obedience to his call to live your life given by Jesus to all the world, will live in you and you will experience these words that Paul wrote so long ago; “There’s no end to what has happened in you – it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge.” And if I may be so bold to add:  “beyond the need to understand.”

As always thank you for your prayer support and monetary gifts.  You are a blessing.

Chuck and Lin

Hope at the Beach, Seal Beach Pier, CA

7:15am – “Surfer’s Special”- Service of the Word

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August 2013 UPDATE

Hope at the Beach, Seal Beach logo You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

                                                                                                 Ephesians 4:22 NRSV 

As we grow older things in our past not only shape, mold, and define us, they sometimes lead to renewal. For years, July 19th, 1992, has cast a great shadow of dread on me.  At times the thought of that year would paralyze me. For those of you who don’t know what happened, I will bring you up to speed. At 3:30 p.m. I went down a waterslide, and when I entered the water my left leg went into the pool, while the rest of me went forward. Needless to say, I was torn in half. I spent 28 days in the ICU, three months in the hospital after that and another year in a hospital bed recovering at home. The man I was, had died, and now my family, friends and I had to live with this new person.

Every year about this time I would begin to have night terrors and phantom pain. I wouldn’t sleep well and would long for the days when I could do those things that used to bring me such great joy. My wife and children had to go through changes too. It was hard to explain to people what was going on. Depression became a constant companion and at times I felt useless and helpless.

Then, just a few weeks ago, around July 19th, I realized in a new way that I had been given this great gift of life…a new life and that God had never left me, and in fact, had renewed me.

I remembered that I had been able to experience all three of my children’s graduations from college, I shared in the celebration of their marriages to phenomenal people,  watched them begin their careers, and start families. I had been able to meet my wonderful four grandchildren. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and renewed our wedding vows. I have to say that I am more in love with her today than any other time in our life. But one of the most wonderful things that has been afforded to me, twenty-one years after that horrific injury, was to be able to continue to serve my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the ministry of Hope at the Beach.


Lin and I have been privileged to have met and ministered to some of the most wonderful people  on earth and continue to rejoice with them and you, our true sisters and brothers in the faith. I realized that God had blessed me beyond my understanding and I can tell you that the fears and night terrors have left me this year. The pain continues, but it no longer controls my attitude about my ability to minister. When I am weak, He is strong! My spirit has truly been renewed. Thanks for all your prayers on my behalf, they are working.

God bless,

Pastor Chuck

July Update – The Body of Christ

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.  1 Cor. 12:27-31 NRSV

As I start this newsletter I have to first apologize for not sending one out in so long. The only excuses I have is that we traveled and then I got very sick. That being said, I am excited to share with you what has been happening at our worship service past several weeks. To do this I need to give you a little back story.

I love the Church that I grew up in with its liturgy, hymns, choirs, organs, pre-written prayers (I really do like them), the Creeds, the Sermons, the Sacraments and everything else that I can remember. That being said, I also love what God has newly blessed me with; that I can sit on the beach with many of the worship elements I love, gone, and still be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit’s presence and leadership.

At Gloria Dei Lutheran we had a fantastic group of Elders. One of their main jobs was to pray for the Body of Christ gathered each Sunday. There were Sundays that the line for prayer outnumbered the communion lines. The Body was very blessed to have these people minister in this way. We used the Lutheran Book of Worship’s healing service for our prayer stations and it strengthened the body and encouraged the faith.

When I found myself on the beach I wanted to bring that type of care to the people at the beach. Unfortunately, I have found that you can’t always duplicate something that you once used in the past. But God continued to put it to my heart. One Sunday. just before the end of our 7:15 a.m. worship a member of our body walked directly up to me and began to cry. He shared with me and the group that he’d just gotten word his adult daughter had been hit by a car on a road and killed the night There were about twelve at the service. We immediately surrounded him and began to pray and minister to his need. It didn’t matter what we had left to do in the service, the Lord had sent him to a safe place to share his heart and used us to minister to him

Just recently, again at the first service, I was just ending the message with a theme encouraging us to be open to the needs of the Body, when a woman drove up, parked, and stepped over the wall to the sand and said, “Help!?” breaking out in tears. Again, the Body responded by gathering around her, listening and praying for her. One took her to the side and a few others laid hands on her and prayed. She recovered from her trauma and joined us for the 8 am worship with joy and peace.

Last week a lady who (had received Christ just the week before) drove up just before the first service and called Mike and me over to her car to pray for her. We did and she found the peace she needed to continue in her faith journey.

As I reflected on these events it occurred to me that though the way we worship may be a bit unconventional and not quite the same as the Elder stations at Gloria Dei; the Spirit is the same and will always find a way to minister to the needs of His body. Our being available and open to the Spirit is what allows us to be used as vessels and blessed with His joy.

Please continue to pray for us., As you prayerfully consider your tithes and extra offerings of thanks to God, know that do need your monetary support so that we can continue this very vital ministry. We have been growing and have had one baptism already this year with one more in a few weeks. I have a some weddings on the horizon and many counseling opportunities daily in my car at the beach.

God bless and please let us know how you all are doing. We miss you all and continue to pray for you and your families. Remember to visit us when you’re in Southern California.

Pastor Chuck


March 2013 – Update

Hope at the Beach

A Surfer’s Chapel

Sundays 7:15 & 8:00 AM

 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.            – Genesis 2:23-24

On Easter morning, March 31, 2013, we will begin our fifth year of Hope at the Beach. I cannot believe that Lin and I have been involved in this wonderful adventure for this long. It seems like only a few weeks. As I pondered this it became abundantly clear that if it were not for my wife that I would not have been able to do this ministry. It appears to me that God has blessed me with the greatest gift any man could ask for, greater than winning the lottery or never growing old, God has given me Lin…my wife.

Since we were married on April 15th, 1972, Lin has always been at my side. Through the very good times and the times of testing, she has always supported me. Not always saying, “Yes, Chuck, you’re right,” but at times (sometimes numerous times) saying “Chuck you need to reconsider.”  (A very nice way of saying “you’re wrong, you idiot”…my words not hers). Her love and loyalty are beyond question and her love of Christ our Lord is her foundation. As the Proverb says, “A good wife is the crown of her husband” Prov. 12:4 or Sirach 24:1-4, “Happy is the husband of a good wife; the number of his days will be doubled. A loyal wife brings joy to her husband, and he will complete his years in peace. A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord. Whether rich or poor, his heart is content, and at all times his face is cheerful.”



Every Saturday night she formats and prints the worship folder that I sent her, correcting all my errors and putting all the music of the service in order so I can play them the next day. She never complains.

On Sunday mornings she accompanies me to Seal Beach at 6:45 in the morning where she sets up for worship (with Steve and Ralph regularly helping) stays for two services and then takes everything down and loads up the car.  She coordinates all the shirts, sweatshirts, the registration books, and chairs. She does all this because of my physical condition and increasing limitations.

If it were not for Lin I would be in a retirement home hoping someone would visit me and listen to my old stories over and over again. But because of her faithfulness I continue to share the wonderful Good News that Christ has called me too. She does this with no regret, no praise, and out of great love for me and for Christ. I felt that it was about time that she got the credit that many of you already knew she deserved yet never asks for.

Thanks to Lin for her never ending support and to you too. With your spiritual, financial, physical, and emotional support this ministry is flourishing and touching many lives. May God continue to bring about His kingdom through the faithful service of all His servants.

He is Risen!     Chuck AND LIN!


November-December 2012

November, December 2012

Covenant Friends Forever

If I make it through this alive, continue to be my covenant friend. And if I die, keep the covenant friendship with my family—forever. And when GOD finally rids the earth of David’s enemies, stay loyal to Jonathan!” Jonathan repeated his pledge of love and friendship for David. He loved David more than his own soul! 1st Samuel 20:14-17.

One afternoon I was sitting at my computer when my cell phone rang. On the other end of the line was an old friend I hadn’t heard from for over fifteen years. Kurt made his living as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft in L.A. and Denver. For our story, we will call him “Engineer Kurt.” He had recently lost a very good friend and wanted to reconnect with some others. He has Parkinson’s disease and was at a very low point. After a long conversation he told me that he had also spoken to “Captain Jim” who had been another mutual friend that I hadn’t talked with for more than thirty years.

I called Captain Jim. Jim had joined the Navy Air during the Viet Nam War and had served his country for more than thirty years and was living on the East Coast. After retirement

Kurt, Jim, Harry, Chuck

Captain Jim became a very good teacher in the JRTC. He wore his uniform, counseled, and taught history for 18 years. He is now a curator for a Freedom Museum in Virginia. Jim and I talked for a long time. We reminisced for a while, and then the conversation turned to our dear friend, Engineer Kurt. We both realized how much we wanted to help him, but both lived far away from our friend.

There was one other friend we all used to surf and goof off with, and that was “Doctor Harry,” who lives near me here in Southern California. All four of us had grown up together in the same church in Gardena, Park View Lutheran Church, that later became Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church. Doctor Harry is my closest and best friend. He and I were in the same confirmation class and went to California Lutheran Bible School together. I was his best man at his wedding and he was my best man at my wedding. He is the Godfather of my son and I am the Godfather of his son. Needless to say, we are close. I called Doctor Harry and told him about the two conversations that I had had with Engineer Kurt and Captain Jim.

You are probably saying to yourself “Why is Chuck referring to his friends in that manner. Because Engineer Kurt long ago had a dream that the four of us would go out into the mission field together; Engineer Kurt to build, Captain Jim would fly us around, Doctor Harry would heal folks, and Pastor Chuck would preach. That has not, nor I doubt that it will, happen, but something else has happened. Faith- based, eternal friendships have been reunited.

I called Captain Jim again and he suggested that we all gather in Colorado to see our friend Engineer Kurt. So, in November, we all flew to see Engineer Kurt, with all of our wives in tow and Captain Jim’s wonderful cousin, Susan. We had talked about how we all could assist Engineer Kurt, so when we got to his house in Colorado we began to work on different projects, cleaning, sorting mail, filing, computer work, cleaning up the front yard, organizing, etc. We had a great time together and Engineer Kurt’s attitude and morale was transformed.

At the end of the day we all gathered around Engineer Kurt to come to the Lord in thanksgiving. I gave a short devotional about the Mark 2 story of the four men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus, climbing up and lowering him through the roof because the place was so crowded. We formed a circle to pray. As we bowed our heads an old friend of Engineer Kurt’s came in the front door. This lovely lady was in tears and needed prayer too. So, we invited her into the circle. As we began to pray Engineer Kurt’s younger brother walked in and joined us. It was a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship, united in the Holy Spirit after all these years.

On the Sunday morning before our departure, we all went to church together. One thing about our upbringing was that when we sang hymns in Church everyone in the country could hear us. This had not changed. We sang the praise of our Lord with reckless abandon. The Spirit that had brought us together so many years ago was present. We sang, prayed, worshiped, and took communion. For the four of us this had been more than forty three years in the coming. After church we all commented on this awesome assurance. We also remembered the youth group, youth leaders, Joe and Charlene and Dick and Bonnie, our Sunday School teachers Mr. W, Mr. K, Mrs. M. and so many others. Last, but not least, we remembered our Pastor, Rev. Ed Rice and his wonderful wife. One more fact is that out of the thirty-forty young people that were in our youth group we believed that seventy percent of them were still in the Church of the living Christ.

You may be thinking here, “Wow, Pastor Chuck that is a neat story but what does that have to do with Hope at the Beach?” Great question! As we serve here at Hope at the Beach we hope that we are building a ‘covenant of love and friendship’ based on a fellowship of forgiven, forgivers. You might think that because you don’t attend Hope at the Beach that this does not apply to you but it does. Faith-based communities are brought together by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will be ‘covenant friends’ for eternity. Like Engineer Kurt, Captain Jim, Doctor Harry, and Pastor Chuck we all have been given different journeys to travel – sometimes apart. But God will always call us together to worship and praise his name. We may not have gotten the opportunity to serve together on this plane of existence but we all have and are serving the Living Christ who was born in Bethlehem and born in our hearts forevermore.

Thanks, our dear COVENANT FRIENDS,

May Christ live in our hearts together, forever,

Pastor Chuck and Lin



October 2012 – Update

Hope at the Beach – A Surfer’s Chapel

Worshiping Christ on the sand, North side of Seal Beach Pier

My barbershop holds a weekly prayer meeting. I try to time my haircuts once a month or so on “prayer” day. Today, the owner of the Barber shop, where the meeting was taking place, began to share about his neighbor. It seems that his neighbor had cut down some trees, pulled up the stumps, and left the stumps on the barber’s property. The barber waited patiently for three months, then decided to clean up the neighbor’s left-over mess himself. The next thing he knew the neighbor was accusing him of stealing his stumps and threatening to sue him! The barbershop owner didn’t want to react in anger, but was mostly concerned about his testimony and being a good witness to his neighbor. They resolved the issue, but it got me thinking about neighbors and just what is a “good neighbor.” I began to think about a story I once heard about a very rich business executive.

This executive was traveling from L.A. to New York. He had traveled as far as New Mexico when another car ran him off the highway. The thieves took his car, clothes, cash, and credit cards and beat the “living stuffing” out of him. As the man lay near death he asked God to send someone to help him. After an hour or so, a pastor of a local congregation was passing by, but he was too busy thinking about his next stop to realize that the lump lying on the side of the road was a person in peril. The injured executive tried to move, but almost passed out from the pain. A few hours passed and another person in a big Cadillac passed by, but the lady in the car was too frightened to do anything, and besides, “What a bloody mess!” The man finally passed out. Later that night, an illegal immigrant and his family where driving to the next job after working for a month in the fields of Arizona. Their old run-down truck could barely manage carrying the two little children, dog, his wife, and himself, but the migrant farm-hand stopped and dressed the man’s wounds, gave him some water, and took him to the home of a friend. The friend was leery of helping the person, but finally relented. As the farm worker got ready to leave he gave his friend all the money that he had and told him to take care of this poor traveler, adding that if he needed more he would cover any other expenses. He and his family left.

After a few days the executive awoke and the friend took him to a hospital a few hundred miles away. The friend had no insurance and the hospital, though they wanted to help, had no choice but to deny the hospital care the man required. The executive finally got to a phone and called his family. To their relief they rejoiced when they heard his voice. The hospital finally admitted him and the friend left him in the hands of the hospital staff. Before the friend left, the executive asked him how he came to help him. The friend told him about his friend the illegal immigrant who had given him all his money to help the hurt man. The man was truly amazed and asked how he could locate this “Good Samaritan”. The friend told the man that unfortunately the man had been deported two days after saving the executive.

“Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”

He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”

He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”

“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?

How would you answer this question? As Lin and I minister to you and those who may gravitate to Hope at the Beach we are sometimes confronted with the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ Some of you folks are well off and some are struggling. Yet, God makes no distinction between rich or poor, we are all God’s children and so are “neighbors” to each other. God loves us all and that is what we are about at Hope at the Beach.

Thanks once again for all your prayers and support. God bless you all, our dear neighbors,

Pastor Chuck and Lin


August – September 2012 Update

Hope at the Beach  – A Surfer’s Chapel

 It is He Who Holds it All Together!

Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! (The Message)

Wow, did I really need these words from Hebrews 1:1-3 two weeks ago. Our daughter Casey married Drew Cross, (great last name, no?). On that same weekend our youngest grandson, Henry had his 2nd birthday. The week before our oldest grandson, Caden, turned 7. Added to this our son and daughter-in-law, PJ and Lauren, recently returned from Africa, were celebrating their anniversary. Caleb had to leave at four a.m. that Sunday and fly to Montreal where he assisted in coaching the US Olympics team in water polo. All the family were together, coming and going to this and that, and as many of you know when the Carlson family gathers there is joy, loudness, celebrating, loudness, laughing, loudness, and at times a bit of stress. Believe it or not everything went great, really…great. Family bridal showers were held; ice cream cakes were ordered, planes were caught and the parties were awesome. We laughed and cried, danced, and sat to eat. Pastor Annette Warner shared a fabulous wedding message. As PJ called everyone forward to bless the couple (it was a very small gathering  of immediate family), I thought to myself, “Look how wonderfully God is blessing this family.”

Every family goes through ups and downs. Some survive and some don’t. This happens with our Church families too, and all relationships. But what makes a family is not just the people, but the One who holds it all together, God through Jesus Christ. It is God’s “powerful words” as Eugene Peterson puts it in the Message, that bind us together. Through the joys and tears, the peace and angst it is God the Holy Spirit that calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and I would like to add, binds us all together as one in the One. This has been God’s never wavering promise to humanity since creation. As Christ is one with God and one with us, we are the one body of Christ.

Last Sunday we began to look at the promises found in the book of Hebrews. I would ask you not only to pray for us as we study this section of scripture, but to break open that book and take another look for yourself. As I said last week you will need a knife and fork because this is meat and like in eating meat – you will be stronger for it. We need the meat of the Word to survive.

Remember the One who holds it all together.

God bless you, Pastor Chuck



June 2012 – Update

Hope at the BeachWater polo team visits

June, 2012 Update

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. Luke 5:4-7.

June worship

A week or so ago I was down at the beach reading, praying and meeting folks who might Michael Plessneed a word of encouragement, when Mike Sr. (of M&M Surfing School) got into my car. We began to talk and I took his hand and said, “Mike I want to pray two things for you, is that OK?” Of course, with a big smile on his face, he said, “Yes!!!” I prayed, “Lord I thank you for how you have sent so many students to M & M surf school and I pray that you would continue to send them this summer. So Jesus as you told Peter, let us be obedient to you as we cast our nets on the other side. Amen.”  We talked a bit longer and Mike went to work.

As the time past we forgot about our talk and prayers and continued to marvel as more and more folks came both to the school and to church on Sunday morning. Then Mike got into my car last Monday and said, “Chuck do you know what I dreamed last night?” and of course I said, “No, Mike I don’t.” He went on very excited, “I dreamed that we started a ministry and surf school in Nicaragua. What do you think?”
“Ahhhh, lets pray!” And we did. I had never thought of expanding the Hope at the Beach ministry, but now Mike was getting some very interesting messages from the Lord.
I realize what a pipe dream this may seem, but when the Lord calls on us and we answer “Here we are Lord send me.” we’d better be ready to be on the move, no matter where it is. Mike went home and talked to his wife and she was very excited about the possibility of starting this new ministry.

So what do you think? I can just hear some of you saying, “Huh, what do I think?” Yes, I mean it, what do you think? Will you pray with us to get confirmation about this direction? Will you seek God’s counsel in this? It is all good and dandy for us to have dreams, but we must remember that scripture tells us that wisdom is found in good counsel and prayer. Meanwhile, we have no other direction, except the peace of God.
There is no other surf school nor beach ministry in Nicaragua but there are awesome waves. (Mike found one left break that goes on for fifteen minutes.) I don’t know who will go with him but I do know that at this time my focus is here at Seal Beach. However, I too have a great excitement and peace about this possibility. Please pray about this and I will keep you informed as the months go on.

Church on the Beach

Thanks be to God that the last two months we have been having well over forty folks a Sunday at beach worship. Some out of town friends bless us with a visit once and a while, like Bonnie and Hal Weber and their daughter Jessica (who actually surfed after service) and Patti and Melissa Roberts from Sacramento, and the Valley Christian Water Polo team from San Jose. On June the 24th we will have a special baptism.
We continue to pray for and give thanks for the ongoing healing of our friend Bary Schlieder, and we are encouraged and strengthened by the promises of God and the filling of His Spirit.

May God continue to bless you all with his HOPE and direction,

Pastor Chuck

May 2012 – Update

Hope at the Beach

May 2012 Update

His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. Song of Solomon 5:16

On April 8th Hope at the Beach began its fourth year. On April the 15th, Chuck and Lin Carlson began their fortieth year as a married couple. To be a part of God’s living Word is most sweet and desirable above all else. Have the years been easy? Not always, but how wonderfully rewarding it has been is beyond human words. But a close rendering of the above verse found in the Message helps me, “His words are kisses, his kisses words. Everything about him delights me, thrills me through and through! That’s my lover, that’s my man, dear Jerusalem sisters.” We, who celebrate the resurrection, think of God the Father as our lover, YES, our lover. He is the most ‘desirable’ to us all. We crave God’s presence.

During Worship this year we have begun singing a familiar song that at first glance would not be thought of as a worship song. Its title is “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.” In this wonderful song the singer asks, “Do you know there is no one else above you?” When I first began to sing this, I thought of Lin… then I began to sing it to God. God is my “all in all.” God is my every desire. When we sit on the sand, whether it is sunny or cloudy, God’s beauty and love shines through. It is as if our Lord and Savior is kissing us, loving us, and forgiving us. This is the GOOD NEWS that draws. This is the LIGHT that brightens the world. This is the HEALING MESSAGE that gives the lost, HOPE.

You are a part of this wonderful, living, message of God’s love. You have been faithful by your prayers, encouraging words, messages, and monetary gifts. Over 80 people were on the beach Easter morning celebrating together the resurrection of the Christ. The following week was our (Chuck and Lin’s) 40th anniversary and we had over 40, including our entire family, for worship and to witness the renewal of our marriage vows.

In 1972 Lin and I processed out of Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church to the hymn, “On Our Way Rejoicing.” We invite you to continue with us…in joy… praising God for the memories and miracles, the people (His Body) and unity of the Spirit, the love, comfort and strength He gives us, the saints that have gone on before us and the future children of God that will carry His message.

It is an abundant life He fills us with “… we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves 2 Corinthians 4:7.

We are the bride of Christ. We celebrate each time we meet. I wish that we could all be together Sundays on the beach, but soon we all will be together at the great banquet, lifting up our voices and hands to our great lover, the God of the universe.

In the Resurrection,

Thank you for your continued support in this ministry and our lives.
We love you!