Sunday's Sermon

Kids for the Kingdom

Let's Celebrate Sanctuary Bible's 50th Anniversary Together!

(20 and 21 September)


Saturday (20 Sep) afternoon will be a time to….

  • 2:30 - 3:15 Celebrate in music and praise (Sanctuary)
  • 2:30 - 4:30 Bounce houses, eat & have crazy fun (HY for Kids)
  • 3:30 - 4:30 1964-Themed reception (adults) ( Faith Hall)
    • Reconnect and view our history on a timeline display
  • 4:30 - 6:00 Sing & share at the campfire, s’mores (all ages)

Sunday (21 Sep) ……..

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Reflections - God's Faithfulness (Sanctuary)
    • Hearing our history, meeting some who God used to build this church, sharing our memories of how God has worked in us
    • Kids in Sunday school as usual
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Amazing pastries/ fellowship break (outside)
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Worship time, special music (Sanctuary)
    • Children's church as usual
  • After church: Italian luncheon for all (Faith Hall)




Sunday Services

  • 9:00 - 10:10 Adult Bible Study and Children's Sunday School
  • 10:10 Fellowship time (Donuts and coffee)
  • 10:30 Worship Service (Children's church at 10:45)



Cachagua Services
Cachagua Church meets each Sunday of each month (11:00 am in the park in Caachagua). Come and see what is happening out in Cachagua yourself!






Family Stories

There was a day when families came together to hear stories about times past. Maybe it was Grandpa or Grandma who was the keeper and dispenser of the family stories or maybe an uncle or Mom or Dad. And depending on the story teller and the story being told you could pretty quickly figure out if the story was fact or if it was fable. But family stories were part of the glue that held families together. The stories gave us roots, connection points that were held in common. You understood something about who you were by the stories passed along from one generation to another.

Today, with the high mobility of families’ kids often moving miles away, it’s not as common for those family stories to be easily passed along. Sometimes good stories get lost altogether. And that’s too bad, because we lose something of the fabric of who we are when we lose those family stories. And we lose the delight of coming together to hear those stories being told.

Well, it’s not just families, but church families, too, that have stories to be told that help hold us together. In fact, these are some of the most important stories of our lives. They are the true stories of God’s grace and redemption, testimonies of His power and faithfulness worked out in the experience of our individual lives. Collectively, these stories help define us, give us roots and tell us more about the great God who has loved us and called us to be His own.

So, it’s with this in mind that I urge you to come – come join with us to do some story telling and story listening at our 50th Anniversary Celebration coming up on the 20th and 21st of this month. We have a team who have made plans for a grand family gathering. There will be bounce houses and face painting and games for the kids and a hymn sing and story board reception planned for moms and dads. Well loved church family leaders, Dean and Grace Koontz and Andy and Jennifer Strachan are coming to help us share our stories. Founding members from the Di Mercurio, Oleari and Di Maggio families will be on hand. There will be a time of worship together as we look back with thanksgiving and a time of commitment together as we covenant with God for the stories of our lives yet to be written. Topping it all off will be a fine Italian feast served up in Faith Hall.

Just this afternoon a note was passed along to me from a senior saint whose story stretches back to the Italian Evangelical church of Monterey, the roots of our church family from before we moved to our mid valley location. Esther Oleari, now 96 years young, writing from her home up in the Bay Area, “Thank you for the invitation to this very important celebration of the church begun so many years ago by Alina Ribet Oleari. To this day I marvel at her dedication and energy in teaching the fishermen’s children the little songs that she knew. The parents wanted to know what she was teaching them…she told them about her understanding of God’s love for all people, including the poor and the uneducated…” Those Italian fishermen families came, the gospel was shared and the beginnings of our church family’s story was born.

On the last page of this newsletter you’ll find a detailed schedule of our weekend activities. I know it will be an enriching time of learning more of our family story. Whether a recent comer or a long time member, this is really a celebration of God’s story, the writing of His grace down through the years on the hearts of individual lives. So come, enjoy the fellowship, learn more of our church family’s story. Let’s together give thanks for the rich heritage that we share, and let’s together look forward to the good future God has for us.

For the stories that we will share,

Pastor Dave






Sanctuary Bible Church
8340 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel, CA 93923