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We felt it appropriate to share with the saints the truth concerning Halloween. The church does not endorse or encourage the participation by the children in any events associated with Halloween.

Halloween has absolutely nothing to do with Christ and the Church. It is pagan in nature, originating more than 2,500 years ago in pre-Roman Britain as a pagan Celtic festival. In fact, when the Romans conquered the Celts, activities were added which are still practiced today. In the seventh century, Pope Gregory I advised the (Roman Catholic) church leadership to adapt the pagan customs during this time of the year. In his letter he wrote, “If the people are allowed some worldly pleasures in this way, they will more readily come to desire the joys of the spirit.” In A.D. 731, Pope Gregory III began the festival of “All Saints,” or “All Hollows” to honor all the dead saints believed to be in heaven. The eve of All Hollows (All Saints Day) came to be called Halloween. Customs associated with this holiday were brought to America in the late 1800’s by Irish Catholic immigrants. Practices associated with this day include trick or treat, costumes, pumpkins with carved out faces (jack-o-lanterns) and bonfires just to mention a few.

The Bible presents a clear speaking regarding this day and the practices associated with it: Fortune telling and divination are condemned (Deut. 18:9-14); contact with the dead is condemned (I Samuel 28:7-8); I Chronicles 10:13-14); contact with evil spirits is condemned (Leviticus 19:31). So what should our attitude in the church be? We reject anything related to the Devil or demons. We reject anything related to heathen religions. We reject any mixture or confusion of worldly or Christianity practices in the church life.

As saints in the Lord’s recovery we have been delivered out of the authority of darkness, the kingdom of Satan and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13; Acts 26:18). We are now not darkness, but light in the Lord, so we must walk as children of light (Eph. 5:8; I Jn 1:7). We must not bring anything associated with Satan into our houses, but we must make a thorough clearance of all such things (Deut. 7:26; Acts 19:19). And above all, we must love the Lord and hate evil (Psalm 97:10).

We pray that all the saints and their children would be empowered by the Lord to stand against this evil day and encourage our children to do so, as well. May the Lord continue to supply us with His abounding grace.

Dear saints,
We are writing to all the registrants of the recent Young Working Saints retreat, but this email is intended for all the working saints (those aged 25 to 50) in Northern California, including those who did not make the retreat.
The retreat this past weekend was a “historic” time, in which the Lord released a strong burden to all the working saints on our need to be numbered and formed into an army for the Lord’s present move. As a follow up to the retreat, Brother Minoru outlined some specific steps that the working saints can take to respond to the strong burden released this past weekend. These include:
  • Review the Recent Messages
    • Our brother encouraged us to review the conference messages in groups of twos and threes
    • The audio files of the messages are available at youngworkingsaints.org/media
  • Complete Reading and Study Assignments
    • Our brother also encouraged us to complete the reading and study assignments he gave during the retreat
    • This is also best done in groups of twos and threes
Below is the list of the ministry portions that Brother Minoru suggested for our reading and study (grouped by general topics):
  • Concerning the Working Saints
    • Messages Given to the Working Saints
    • All Ages for the Lord’s Testimony
  • Concerning Service
    • The Normal Way of Fruit-bearing and Shepherding for the Building Up of the Church
    • Talks Concerning the Church Services (Part 1)
    • Talks Concerning the Church Services (Part 2)
    • The Character of the Lord’s Worker, ch. 2, “A Lover of Men”
  • Concerning Psalm 68
    • All the footnotes on Psalm 68 in the Recovery Version of the Bible
    • Christ and the Church as Revealed and Typified in the Psalms, ch. 10, “Christ’s Attainment in His Ascension for the Building of God’s House”
    • How to Meet, ch. 14, “By Praising Out of the Experiences of Christ”
    • Life-study of the Psalms, msg. 27, “Christ as the Center of God’s Move on the Earth (1)”
    • Life-study of the Psalms, msg. 28, “Christ as the Center of God’s Move on the Earth (2)”
  • Concerning Sisters
    • The Serving Sisters in the Church Life
    • The Loving Mothers in the Church Life
During the retreat, our brother also mentioned a time-management schedule that he put together to help the saints in budgeting their time for the Lord. We have included the schedule in the attached file.​​
May the Lord richly bless us all in our receiving and retaining the word spoken to us during the retreat, so that we may all be formed into an army for His present move.
The coordinating brothers

Group Bible Study

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Meeting Information
  • In a home setting
  • In Sunnyvale and Cupertino
  • Friday night from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Contact Us: By Phone: (408) 828-1775 | By Email
We are studying the book of Romans.
Some description of the highlights of Romans:
The book of Romans explains how the individual Christ can become the corporate Christ and how all of us who were once sinners and enemies of God can become parts of Christ and form His one Body.There are eight words to describe the eight sections of Romans: introduction, condemnation, justification, sanctification, glorification, selection, transformation, and conclusion.
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Other Church Activities

  • Lord’s Table and Teaching: Sunday 10 am
  • Church Prayer: Tuesday 8:00 pm
  • Various gatherings from house to house.