Yucca Valley, Ca.-Yes! Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel is the place where I worship. So sue me!
Many, many years before we arrived in Yucca Valley, my husband attended Calvary in Orange County with Pastor Chuck delivering the sermons. Notice I have NOT said anything about being members because there are no memberships at JSCC, no membership roster, period. My membership is the union with the Lord in my heart, no matter where I attend Church, Bible Study and when singing songs of worship. There is a lot of singing at this church!
I was recently criticized in a comment on this blog by Yucca Valley Planning Commissioner Chair, Tim Humpreville that I should beg forgiveness from the “Sky Harbor Five,” referencing the five Yucca Valley Town Council members, when I see them on Sunday. He wrote, “the thought of the sky harbor five all going to Joshua Springs came to mind and I would bet if you asked them for forgiveness, they would support that all the way. As you belong to that church also, it will be easy for you tomorrow.’
Why should it concern him, or anyone else, where I choose to worship?
I have also worshiped at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Valley Community Chapel, United Methodist, and Evangelical Free Church. I have many friends that attend these churches.
I feel one does not need to attend any church on any Sunday to worship the Lord. Often I see His face in the morning sunrise, in awe of a rainbow, counting the brilliant stars at night, holding a baby and many times in my dreams.
Jerel Hagerman, the pastor of Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel in Yucca Valley, has the ability to make the Bible come alive in his coverage of chapter by chapter….verse by verse. He is aware of the current events unfolding in our world and makes it easy to understand how the Word relates in today’s events. His photographic memory of details are blended with his funny folksy farm stories. Does everyone agree with him about every sermon? Most do and perhaps some do not agree, but he gets them thinking about the issues.
That is the only thing I can speak to is my own personal experience with this Church. They put me on the prayer list for my recovery of my recent illness, I was a volunteer Christian radio DJ to broadcast the sermon on Wednesday evenings but now I am no longer able to climb the steep stairs to reach the radio studio. When there is a Celebration of Life, the Food Ministry will ask me to bring food and I often stay to arrange the platters, serve food and clean up.
While this a very large church, they have developed personalized smaller groups that meet in other settings with common interests which could be horseback riding, camping, 4-Wheelers for Christ, motorcycle groups, etc. Also, there is a couples Bible Study that meet twice a month and often plan trips to the movies or the Palms Springs Street Fair.
There are JSCC attendees that have broken off from this church to spread the gospel in other venues, other cities.
I don’t know why there are so many Yucca Valley Town Staff, Councilmen, and appointees that attend this same church. I find it highly unusual and probably is not healthy in light of the Brown Act if they are discussing issues at social gatherings. Remember, it is a big church in our small community.
For the record, Mayor George Huntington worships at another church and Councilman Isaac Hagerman has never been in attendance at his father’s church during the past six+ years that I have been going to JSCC. So while this “Sky Harbor Five” all live in the same neighborhood-there are only three that worship at JSCC since Mayor Pro-tem resigned from the Council.
There are four Parks & Rec Commissioners that worship at JSCC, and I believe two Planning Commissioners and four high level/sub level YV Town Staff members that worship there as well. What is the problem, if any?
Readers, please let me hear from you on this issue and if you choose to attack me personally…..I will turn the other cheek! Take your best shot!
This story will be posted on my FaceBook page which is sent out to several members of Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel.
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