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Golfing To Help Reshape Children’s Destiny

Calicinto Ranch’s annual Barcelo Classic Golf Tournament was held this year at the beautiful Legends course in Temecula. The Barcelo family has been a faithful sponsor for each of the last seven tournaments. Participating in the Tournament is a way to support The Ranch in their effort to break the cycle that youth walk in when their parents are in prison. Barna Research reports that 7 out of 10 children of prisoners follow their parents into incarceration. There are over 70,000 children of prisoners in Southern California, over 2 million in our nation! Calicinto Ranch is lovingly showing the children of prisoners that they don’t have to be like their parents.

Red Robin donated the yummy lunches for all the golfers as a result of Any Jones and her team. The Red Robin team also contributed to the tournament by entering a foursome of golfers which included Andrew Mulz, Don Clark, Paul Bankston, Kenny Hom.  The Red Robin team additionally sponsored a hole and participated in the Ball Release, even to the extent of donating the winning money to Calicinto Ranch instead of keeping it. When making a choice on where to dine out consider Red Robin to thanks them for their generous donation to Calicinto Ranch.

The support from the Law Enforcement group was particularly inspiring. Their foursome included Capt. Gregory Peck, Retired Chief Gary Dominguez, Capt. Glen Dominguez and Officer Kevin Poulter. These are men who truly understand the significance of what the Ranch can do to help stop children from following in their parents footsteps.

The day included a putting contest, the longest drive, and a closest to the pin contest.

The Helicopter ball release was a creative way for people to donate money to The Ranch. 1000 balls were dropped from the Helicopter and if the ball you paid for was the closes to the pin you would receive half the money from the pool and The Ranch would receive the other half.

The day concluded with a delicious dinner gala, a silent auction, many door prize drawings, the announcement of the golf tournament winners and most importantly a glimpse into how consequential Calicinto Ranch is in the lives of at risk youth who have been able to attend a life changing camp.

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The Gift of Worship

I first heard about Renovate last year.  My friends were part of the leadership team and asked if I could come and take some  photos for them.   Renovate happens every other month, and their goal is to “help equip youth and young adults to live a righteous lifestyle that’s  full of boldness, yielded to the Holy Spirit &  fully consecrated to His direction.”

I look forward to Renovate because I love the worship.  The worship team may not have the greatest musicians but they are Spirit led!  I will take that over slick over-produced worship sets any day!

I didn’t take a lot of photos, I felt compelled to just sit and worship.  I have said often that as followers of Christ, seeking to use the gift of photography to help glorify Him, there comes a time when we have to put the camera down and just be in His presence.  So that’s what I did.  

It was fun watching God work in her heart as she was worshiping.

I believe we all have gifts that we can use to worship God with.  Some with their gift of music and a beautiful voice, others with their hands, and still others with their mind.  If God has blessed you with skills, like taking great photographs, use them for His Glory!

No greater blessing than being in the Spirit, using your gifts to worship the One who gave the Gift!!


Hey Gurl!

When I was a teenager, a long time ago, those who got pregnant without being married felt ashamed and even made an effort to hide it. Today teenagers that I have known, even those in the Church, don’t seem to feel any remorse.  Has the passing of time changed the “rules”? I don’t think so, God’s word tells us how to live our lives in accordance with what is best for us. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable”   There are even many good reasons beyond “the Bible say so” to abstain from sex till marriage, to read more see: Pure Intimacy-Why Teens Have Sex & What Does The Bible Say

The sex statistics for teenagers is shocking: 25% of girls and 30% of boys have sex by age 15, 21% of 9th graders have slept with four or more partners, 50% of 17 year olds have had sex, 80% of teens have sex by age 19 (http://www.purehope.net/teens.asp). Relevant magazine indicates that premarital sex rates among evangelical Christian American teenagers fall only slightly behind those of the average American teenagers.

These girls have vowed not to be part of these statistics.

The Rock Church Jr. High department had a Hey Gurl class whose purpose was to educate, inform and encourage the girls so that they would not become one of the teen sex statistics.

Last week at The Rock Church almost 100 Jr. High girls participated in a Purity Ceremony, which was the culmination of their class. So many family members came to celebrate with the girls that the event had to be moved into the sanctuary.

The girls untie their purity rings from the birdcage to wear until marriage.

This is the vow they said together:

I promise on this day, to give myself to God. To be pure as He’s called me to be. To flee sexual immorality and strive for righteousness in mind, body and soul. To look to Jesus who takes away all of my sin. To look beyond my past, and live this commitment out to the best of my ability. May this vow honor God, myself, my family and bring glory to Jesus Christ. Amen

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For more information on The Rock Jr. High Ministry click HERE