Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT

After nearly a two year hiatus from the blog-o-sphere (our son, Lincoln, was born - and I completed my Master's degree program), the Escudero's are back and ready to provide some e-lumination for the world, lol. On a serious note, we are extremely excited to share with you what God is doing with our family, in our lives and ministry. After nearly thirteen years working and faithfully serving as an ordained minister on the pastoral staff of The Rock Church in Elk Grove/Sacramento, God has clearly called and opened doors for our family to plant a new church in California’s Bay Area peninsula. We are extremely grateful for the love, leadership training and opportunities our Bishop (Nathaniel J. Wilson) and Pastor (C. Myles Young) have afforded us through the years, and are thankful for their continued blessing and approval. We will miss everyone - especially our young people. We are still feeling the warmth of Sunday night's "send-off" service. As it is supposed to, the Kingdom is expanding! Please uphold us (Johannes, Tawni, Rori Lane - five, Lincoln Brave - almost 2) and The HOPE Center of East Palo Alto & Palo Alto in your prayers as together we walk in His calling. 45 minutes south of San Francisco, the cities of East Palo Alto & Palo Alto share a combined, diverse metropolitan population of approximately 100,000 souls. Just a few minutes drive south on University Ave, off the 101 Highway (one of the main streets), Palo Alto mingles through established homes and the downtown area before dead-ending into Stanford University’s beautiful campus. A few minutes drive north on the same street will lead you into the harvest field of East Palo Alto, an impoverished city that was at one time America’s crime capital. Outside of Hawaii, East Palo Alto is home to the largest concentration of Asian-Pacific Islanders in North America. Officially, we will be on location beginning Saturday, September 1st. Already, God has ordered our steps in both multi-cultural communities to cross paths and secure Bible studies with 8 hungry people whom we are believing to be key contacts in the Samoan, Tongan, Hispanic, African-American, Chinese (and even Bulgarian) communities. This does not include the fruit that is growing from seed that we have not planted! Bishop Curtis Young (Oakland, CA) called and advised that one of the saints of Oakland Tabernacle (Sis. Maria), unbeknownst to us, lives in Palo Alto and is currently holding a Bible study with seven in attendance. The group has already visited Oakland Tabernacle and loved it – but the commute was just too far. God is opening doors and doing great things! It looks as if God has also favored us with facilities – we are awaiting confirmation, but have preliminarily agreed to on rental terms for the first four months, for just $25/hr! Many have asked how they might support, in addition to lending prayer and faith. We are grateful for the in-kind contributions that have already been made as we prepare for our official launch in just a few short weeks. Though cost is significant in the Bay Area, and something we are wisely counting, we have nonetheless stepped out in faith - refusing to believe that finance should be an impediment for our great God. As you pray for us, we also ask that you consider partnering with God and us (with your Pastor's permission), in sponsoring The Hope Center, for a limited time. If you, your family and or church are able and willing, please consider blessing The Hope Center in one of the following ways: A. 2-year Partner: ($100, $50 or $25 per month) B. 1-year Sponsor: ($100, $50 or $25 per month) C. Love Offering: (One-time gift) We will provide a contribution receipt, a monthly PDF newsletter/report to keep you updated on what God is doing through The Hope Center, as well as an invitation to meet for our first anniversary to enjoy food, fellowship and recreation in the beautiful Palo Alto area. Please communicate your level of support so that we can continue to plan and count the costs, to the best of our ability, in this leap of faith. Our HOPE Center contact info is as follows: Email: hopecenter650@gmail.com Mailing Address: HOPE Center PO Box 1184 Palo Alto, CA 94302 Phone: (650) 561-6146 // Website: www.hopecenter650.org (under construction) Thank you in advance for your prayers, faith and financial support of our calling and mission to reach East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and the surrounding peninsula Bay Area with the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Johannes, Tawni, Rori & Lincoln Escudero

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's day to all the wonderful men out there who we call Pastor, Daddy, Father, Dad, Friend, Grandpa, Papa - we are blessed to have so many great men play a part in our lives and our children's.

P.S. We finally decided on a name for Baby Boy coming this November...
Lincoln Brave Escudero

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

November Baby, 2 of 2

The dynamic, moving, artful composition that is human life as shaped by the Creative Genius presents our existence with enough unpredictable elements of surprise...so, in anticipation for the arrival of our next November baby (Rori was born in November too), Tawni and I decided to shun suspense and FIND OUT WHAT WE'RE HAVIN ALREADY!

Our prayer has been first and foremost for a safe, full-term pregnancy delivering both healthy Mommy and baby in the end.
Secondly, we've purposely NOT silently whispered, wished or prayed for one gender over the other. Sometimes, when you are favored, you get what you ask for because you asked for it, whether it was ultimately best thing for you or not. Neither did we try to manipulate nature - we have strongly felt that God would give us whatever was best for us, given His divine destiny and purpose for our family's lives.

Boy is not better than girl (Rori Lane has created a bias, as you can tell), and (I suppose) vice versa. Each display their unique role in the incredible ebb and flow, give and take of life.

Nonetheless, we decided to find out - and find out we did. A couple hours ago with the aide of an ultrasound, we got a three dimensional glimpse of just what God has perfectly wrapped up inside Tawni's body - and I'm very proud to share with those care (and those who don't), that our 8 ounce, 8-inch long, 18 week old baby is a BOY!!!

Let the NAMES begin! Yes, we have had a first name picked out but are still deciding on the middle name. We'll share it as soon as we've settled, negotiated, wrestled and ceased to halt between two opinions, lol.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A sister named Charlie?

So the other day Rori Lane pipes up from her carseat and informs Tawni and me that she 'wants a baby sister named Charlie.' Rori goes back and forth between wanting a baby brother and a baby sister, and we've had an enormous amount of fun trying to coax name ideas out of our 3-year old sprite. As far as we're concerned, Charlie is not an option for a girl - or boy for that matter. The images that come to mind with 'Charlie' are that of a late evangelist, his infamous one-liners, bucket of chicken and over-use of 'halelujah' as a punch line.

Anyway, over the past couple of weeks 'Charlie' has become code language for exciting news we've barely been able to contain without leaking prematurely. While 'Charlie' is not up for consideration, we are very proud to share with all of our friends in blogland that Tawni and I (and Rori), after seeing the healthy heartbeat on a sonogram screen, are expecting a November baby boy or girl (we won't know the gender for a few more weeks)!

We'll keep you posted on the development of the latest Escudero edition.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Pledge Video

Just braggin on a few of the TRGYC young people who love God with their whole heart.

I Pledge from TRGYC on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Out with the Old, In with the New

If you have not already, check out the new website for The Rock Group Youth Community (TRGYC) - the youth ministry of The Rock Church which I am privileged to Pastor: www.trgyc.com

Thanks to staff who volunteered time and energy to make this happen. It is still an evolving work in progress, so if there are suggestions you would like to make as to how we can improve and make it even better, let us know!

A few things to expect at www.trgyc.com are up to date and archived photos, service and event promo and recap videos, convenient method for online missions contributions and more!

WWW.TRGYC.COM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

NEW ALL OVER AGAIN



A week of 2010 has already passed before our first blog entry of the new season, new year and new decade.

Perhaps for some, the past seven or eight days have already provided ample time for you to break the resolve that just a week ago seemed so promising. Whatever your resolutions might have been, if you even made any, do not allow recent disappointments to deter you from your ultimate goals.

Recent binges, mistakes, accidents, compromises are an opportunity for us to get back up and start all over again. Failure tests our passion, resilience, our commitment and our determination - but that's okay. After all, without each of these elements, our pledge to do something more, something less or something different is just a good intention. Someone said the road of live is paved with these (good intentions). This is true, and I know this because I've scraped my knees and bruised my shins on them before.

Sometimes it's the first fall that messes us up (just ask Adam and Eve) - but should one mistake bump you off track like that? No, but it can, if you let it. What matters is that we get back up and after it, whatever it might happen to be, with a renewed passion, fervor and zeal.

Do not quit, do not give in, do not throw in the towel just because the 'newness' may have been tarnished by one recent lapse of good judgment or return trip to the buffet. If it's a matter of sin, make the adjustments - but in the meantime, remember that HIS mercies are NEW every morning.

So, whether it's dropping a few pounds, picking up a few Bible studies, quitting smoking or starting college -make it a happy NEW year and NEW decade all over again and GET AFTER IT!