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Our Mission

We seek life transformation in Christ for everyone,

growing together through Worship, Discipleship, and Service.

 

We do this by committing to-

Worship:

We gather to remember and celebrate who God is, unifying our personal worship.

Discipleship:

We study the scriptures and encourage each other to be open to the activity of God which transforms our lives.

Service:

We join with God’s engagement in the world by using our gifts, talents and resources as the Kingdom of God becomes a reality wherever we are.

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Mike Platter
Senior Pastor
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Cheryl Farino
Children’s Director
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Associate & Youth Pastor
 
 
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Youth and Young Adult Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Glendora Community Church is service. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. GCC  members are involved in a wide variety of ministries locally and inernationally.

Check our our Get Involved page to see where you might begin serving.

 

A note from Mike Platter, Senior Pastor of GCC…

We definitely believe that Jesus is the Answer to the spiritual needs of the individual and of the world.  We believe that God wants each local church to be an avenue through which the love and power of Jesus can reach others.  Therefore, as a neighborhood church, we want to be focused on following Jesus and on being useful to Him in loving others.

There’s a story about Jesus which gives an almost perfect picture of what we believe. It is found in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6 and begins with verse 44.  He has been preaching to a crowd which had followed him out to a deserted area.  After preaching, he knew they were hungry, but there was no nearby place to get any food for them.  Someone brought him a bit of food, some bread and some fish.  Jesus prayed over the bread and then distributed it to everyone.  Because of the power of His faith and His touch, that small amount of food fed 5,000 people!

We find our church in that story.  We are the person who handed over the little bit of bread and fish – we believe that Jesus wants to use our small amount of talents and gifts to bless others.  We are also sometimes the hungry people in the story – and we have learned to look to Jesus for what we need and to share with one another of our resources.  And, sometimes we are the bread and fish itself – we believe that He will actually use our lives to touch others with His love.

That’s who we are trying to be:  people who follow Jesus, trust Him, and let ourselves be available to love others as His love flows through our lives.

 
 

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Our Mission

We seek life transformation in Christ for everyone,

growing together through Worship, Discipleship, and Service.

 

We do this by committing to-

Worship:

We gather to remember and celebrate who God is, unifying our personal worship.

Discipleship:

We study the scriptures and encourage each other to be open to the activity of God which transforms our lives.

Service:

We join with God’s engagement in the world by using our gifts, talents and resources as the Kingdom of God becomes a reality wherever we are.

Israel Thursday-Sunday 113
Mike Platter
Senior Pastor
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Cheryl Farino
Children’s Director
Johnny & Tiffany
Johnny D
Associate & Youth Pastor
 
 
20160311_122810-1Brendan Cooney
Youth and Young Adult Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Directions

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Church Address: 645 N. Grand Ave. Glendora, CA 91741

Telephone & Fax: Tel: (626) 963-7637 | Fax: (626) 963-3588

Email: churchoffice@glendoracommunitychurch.org

 
We would also love for you to join us on Sunday morning for our 
and our main worship service at 10:30am.
 
 

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July 17, 2016, Rev. Mike Platter
Why does Evil Seem to Win Most of the Time?
Psalm 73
 

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Why does evil seem to prosper?  That’s the question which bothered the man or woman who wrote Psalm 73.  The answer involved “Holy Space” — seeing God in the “sanctuary.”  Psalm One also directs us to a Holy Space where there is rest.

“Blessed is the one…”  Psalm One compares the life of the one who follows God’s ways with those who ignore God’s plan.   It teaches us that basic nourishment always comes from our “surroundings.”   The Psalm asks you and me:  “Do you surround yourself with those who ignore or show disregard to the ways of God?  Or, do you plant yourself near a source which fuels your daily life, giving you grace to live in loving, harmonious ways with both God and your fellow man?

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There is a contrast to notice – the Psalm compares the blessed person with the one who is not blessed.  The difference, it seems, has to do with avoiding the “mindset” of people who disregard God’s wisdom.   Notice the mindset which the blessed person avoids:   the
wicked, the sinners, nor those who scoff
at moral choices.  Instead, the one who is blessed keeps his mind on the law of God.

Try thinking of it this way:  If you take good care of your car, it will generally operate well and have minimal problems.  But how do you know how to take care of your car?  By following the owner’s manual as it recommends tune-ups, part-replacements, etc.  That’s what Psalm One is saying.  God’s ways are like an Owner’s Manual — you will have a better life if you follow the Instructions of your Maker.  But, if you surround yourself with friends and advisors who say that tune-ups, oil changes, brake inspections, etc., aren’t important, then, sooner or later you’ll be calling the tow-truck from the side of the freeway!

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Notice how Psalm One describes the one who is not blessed — He does three things:    
     *He walks with the wicked; 
     *He stands with sinners;
     *He sits with those who scoff at moral law.

Do you see the progression?  He starts by walking, then he stands, and finally he takes a seat. He is getting more and more comfortable with the surroundings of those who refuse God’s way of life.  He has found his place.

But the one who is blessed finds his place by the stream which nourishes his life.  That’s where he sends down his roots.

Psalm One reminds us that we can find our place, and plant ourselves there.  If that is true — and I believe it is — then I choose my place by the river, being blessed and fed by the truth of God’s Word and by the lives of God’s people.  How about you?  You can be a tree, planted by the water, and yielding your fruit in season!

 

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July 24, 2016, Rev. Mike Platter
What is God Like?
Psalm 23
 
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What is God like? Psalm 23 tells us that God is a Shepherd — close, personal, and loving. Psalm 8 tells us that God is Cosmic, Universal, and Powerful.
 
God is majestic — that Hebrew word means “impressive.” The psalm reminds us to think of the night sky. The stars, planets and galaxies are created by the Lord; the “work of God’s fingers” — think of it! The task of creating a universe didn’t even take the strength of God’s arms nor hands, instead, the cosmos was spun out from God’s fingers.
 
In your reflection today about what God is like, find something that gives you a vision of vastness (the ocean? the desert? the mountains?). The psalmist says that the most vast place — the universe — reminds us of God’s “home”. The psalm asks, Then how small are we?
 
Take time, today, to imagine God in His Infiniteness, and realize that
you are still important
to this One!
 
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What does it mean, that humans are made a little lower than the heavenly beings?   It teaches us that we are given the opportunity for a special relationship with our Creator; not only is God “mindful” of us, but  God crowns us with glory and honor as the highest of the Creation order.  Everything is “below” us; but we must not forget that we are blessed with the “image of God” (Gen 2), and therefore, we act in this world as God acts.

We have the same mandate toward our fellow creatures as God does in this world — God rules and cares for the earth, and all He has made.  Psalm 8 reminds us that we act — on earth — as representatives of God’s will.  We have been made God’s ambassadors, carrying out His Will, His Values, His plan, for all his Creation — the earth, the seas, and all life within them.

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I’ve read that the first American astronaut in space claimed that he believed in God more completely after the trip than before.  I’ve read the oposite of  the first atheist astronaut, from the former Soviet Union, that he did not see any evidence of God: which confirmed

his rejection of Faith.   Both found their pre-conceived notions strengthened by their experience in the heavens.  This Psalm has a pre-conceived notion:  before any talk of mankind, the heavens, the beauty of the earth or the majesty of nature… God is first mentioned and first praised.  It begins with God — and it ends with God.   We are bookended into the middle of this great hymn to God’s Majesty.

That, itself, may be one of the best lessons about what God is like.  God is first and last, the Alpha and Omega.  You can ask God to place you into His Story — then you’ll have a future “a little lower than the angels.”   Your story has a beginning and an end.  God’s story has no end.  Today, may we all be thankful that we have been given the chance to belong to God’s Majestic, Never-Ending Reign!

FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY:  

Psalm 9 — Why is This World Such a Mess?                                                

NEXT WEEK:

On-line Blog:  Psalm 2 
 
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Psalm 73 is about a man who is doubting God because it seems that bad people do better in this life than good ones do.  This psalm reminds us that we can get too focused on the “horizontal” – life as we see it from our human level; that caused the Psalmist (Asaph) to almost stumble in his faith.  But, there is a “vertical” way of looking – life from God’s perspective.  Asaph found that he needed a “holy space” where his relationship to God, and his own commitment to integrity, can be nurtured.

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