Monday, March 31, 2008

Birthday girl! - Surprise!!

Hello everyone!
It is still my birthday and I am having a great time!
I wanted to give a special "thank you" to my Honey, Francisco, for every detail, for my first surprise party in 36 years! It was very nice and everything was so pretty!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I feel really special and loved by you.
Thank you all for coming out last night and be part of my birthday celebration, I had lots of fun.

Thank you for all the gifts and the cards, I appreciate each and everyone of them, you guys are so thoughtful.
I want you to know that I thank God for you all the time, you all are a blessing in my life, thank you for caring and for loving me so much!
God bless,


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Passion of the Christ

Hello Friends,

Today we wish to share part of our Ministry and Small Group.
About a year ago the Singles Ministry kicked off and started a Journey to the unknown, the tour guide was Jesus. Today a year later Francisco and I lead a Small group that is growing in every aspect, we are grateful for your support.

For the last 5 weeks we have walked with Luke into the life of Jesus, that is the series that we have been discussing in our Small group. Tonight we closed the series watching the movie The Passion of the Christ". Why don't we walk you a bit to what we have been doing the last three meetings of our Small Group.

Week I we spoke about the calling and baptism of Jesus, a great noble man without sin that is sent by the Lord His Father on earth to be sacrificed for our salvation. In Luke we read about the Son of our God who before He started His Mission, He got baptized and so made a public statement of submission to the one who sent Him. Have you been baptized? This is what a voice that came from heaven said when Jesus got baptized: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:21-22 (NIV) The day you got baptized or the day that you will take that step, I am very sure that God will repeat the same line. Just because He truly Loves you and you are important to Him.

Week II we look at Jesus' Public Ministry. We did compare His position as the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Kingdom of God. Jesus points out in John 15:16 "You did not choose me, but I appointed you to go and bare fruit, fruit that will last". After we accept the appointment to our new position, we become His Ambassadors and in 2Corinthians 5:20 "We are therefore Christ's Ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled with God." We heard what the roll was of the people who helped the paralyzed man, but I ask you, is your spiritual life paralyzed? What is stopping you then from getting up and walking in God's way? We have been lying down to long on our mats. God wants to restore our walk and replace it for a new one- a steady and joyful walk.

Week III walked us into His Private Ministry, how after a night of prayer Jesus selects His 12 disciples. 12 Ordinary men, just like you and I. He called them friends for everything that He learned from his Father, he made it known to His disciples. The night before His arrest, Jesus had His last supper with His disciples. Luke22:19 "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." From "His Passion, Christ Journey to the Resurrection" a devotional, I will quote some lines which I find amazing: " The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions he accepts;their deepest sorrow he feels; their slenderest wish he hears, and their every transgression he forgives....then it goes on...Humbly, patiently, he yet goes about among his people with the basin and the towel.He puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins of his erring but yet beloved child!

As we mentioned earlier in this note, tonight we ended our series as we are preparing to celebrate Easter this Sunday by watching " The passion of the Christ". On a night like this, Jesus spent His night in prayers, at an hour like this, He asked his disciples to pray for him, instead they all were as sleep. We were a group of 20 and we watch the movie like in the good old times:in the open and in a garden. Together united in Christ we sat down and lived every moment with Jesus to his Resurrection. The images are very fresh in or minds. We felt all together the pain that Jesus one day suffered here on earth for our salvation. He didn't have to, but He did. The night was beautiful, the fellowship was very intimate. This was a very though movie that unless I knew it had a happy ending, I might not have watched it ever. What a Joy it is to know how God Loves us, that His Love is not conditional but never ending. How great is it to know that because Jesus has risen from the death we can have hope over our future and how grateful I feel to know that Jesus gave his life for me, I don't deserve this, but still He gives me salvation just because He loves me and you with all His heart and one day He wants to welcome us home.

Francisco and I wanted to share our Journey to Easter 2008 with you. We believe in a God of opportunities and He is full of mercy, our Lord can meet us where we are. Isn't that just awesome!

Tonight He is knocking at our door, are you ready to open the door? He doesn't want you to change your name nor to leave your family and become a boring person. All He wants is to be your friend and share life with you; be with you when you feel everybody else has left you hanging in the dark; he wishes to clean your feet and help you find the purpose for your life. I am awake praying that you might open that door to meet the greatest Friend you will ever know, his name is Jesus.....

Before we close our note, we want to thank FRC Doral, Pastor Igor and Grecy, who have shown trust and support to our Ministry. They have loved us, guided us and mentored us during all this time by being an awesome example of humble yet great leaders. Their presence in our lives and Ministry brings us closer to discover and pursue our God potential. We thank God for having them in our lives. Alonso's + Ortiz family, You guys rock! Thank you for providing all we needed to have this movie night going, we love you.

We also want to thank the members of our Small group, to Silvia and her Small Group members and other friends and family who came along tonight: "It was great to spent some time with you in fellowship and we hope we can do this more often. Last but for sure not least, we thank God for making it all happen, for bringing us together and for given us the chance to serve Him.

"Guys keep up the great job, you are making a great difference in the Kingdom of God, keep on going and don't give up!"

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Therefore Mark 12:30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Jeremiah29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. "

Luke 12:31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
And when you feel weak and you think that God has forsaken you and that everything seems to be stuck and that there is no way out of your problem or situation than have faith more then ever, cause this is what is written in Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God."

Thank you for reading our note.

We pray that you will have a Beautiful, Joyful and Blessed Easter weekend!
Julieta & Francisco

Visit our church for the Good Friday Service at 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Movie night featuring: The Passion of the Christ"

The Passion of one man called Jesus forever changed the history of men.
Join us this Wednesday night March 19 at 7:30 p.m to watch the award winning film " The Passion of the Christ".
The controversial epic film that focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus' life.
We will host the screening picnic style at 8:00 p.m. at garden area next to the clubhouse at Francisco's apartment complex.
So bring your blankets!
We will have hot dogs, soda and popcorn, of course you are welcome to bring you favorite snacks too.
The only restriction we have from the complex is that we can't bring/serve alcoholic drinks, but we won't have a problem with that =p
We look forward to see you there, bring a friend!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call either one of us.
God bless,
Julieta & Francisco

The Beach Club at Fontainebleau
9351 Fontainebleau Blvd.
Apt. B206
Miami, FL 33172

(305) 207 9591 Francisco's home / (305) 807 0618 Francisco's cell
(305) 877 2097 Julieta's cell

To find parking, go through the security gate and stay on the main road. Once you go by the first building on the right (that's my building”my apartment is on the second floor) you will find the club house on your right. You can park in any of the parking spots on your right in front of the club house, except under the covered parking. Although, the spots are numbered these are designated for visitors during the evening. Make sure you park only on the parking spots by the CLUBHOUSE ONLY otherwise your car can be towed. If you have any questions, just give me a call parking in the complex is a bit confusing!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Who is He?

Who is Jesus?
Do you know him?
I am sure that you have heard of him and maybe you also know that he was crucified on a cross.

What you perhaps don't know is that we celebrate Easter to remember what he did for us. From the beginning of time the Sovereign God brought word of His Kingdom and throughout the years He has used
many ordinary people like you and me to tell His story in a perfect book called the bible. No writer could ever make up a story so detailed and in perfect sequence like the one told in this Holy book.
Have you heard the story?

The Bible tells how God send His only beloved son Christ Jesus to earth, he was a noble man without sin. His birth was unique: a King born in a manger, his earthly father was a carpenter and was conceived by a virgin and the Holy spirit.
From a young age he spoke in the synagogues and all who heard him speak were amazed by His knowledge. He was called to serve the Lord his Father and He paid the ultimate prize for our sins. By obedience he went to
John and was baptized to fulfill scripture.
Are you baptized?

Mark1:9-11 Jesus Baptism
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

Why did God sent Jesus to us? This is what is written in the bible in Luke 4:18-19:

Jesus reading Isaiah’ scroll in the synagogue
(Fulfilled scripture Isaiah 61:1-2)
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.
Wow! Isn't that awesome!

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