Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Community Invited to *Discover God in America*

When Jane Whitney traveled from her home in Los Alamitos to Washington D.C. recently, she was on a quest to further discover and investigate how God shaped America and its Capitol. What she found was, for her, nothing short of remarkable. On Friday, October 1, Jane will present evidence that America is, as she asserts, *The Great Experiment in a Great God-given Republic.* The event, titled, *Discovering God in America,* is free of charge.

At 7 pm at Cypress Church, Jane will share her journey through the halls of the Library of Congress, Lincoln and Washington Memorials, and a host of other D.C. landmarks. She will present inscriptions and artwork inspired by America’s Founding Fathers that were meant to discreetly yet definitively remind Americans what their view and intentions of our country was. Tied into the presentation are recounts of historical events that, according to her, helped develop our nation’s Christian heritage.

*They designed the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be run by those who had faith in Him,* says Jane, who earned a BA from Long Beach State and Masters Degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. *They realized that without a moral compass, provided by Judeo-Christian values, our country would not survive.*

When Jane left for D.C., she had one goal in mind – to investigate the Biblical scripture, godly sayings and other Christian references within the artwork and monuments. But what she found amazed even her, a self-professed American history buff.

*Inside the Washington Monument there are scriptures and religious references that very few know are even there. They are carved inside the blocks that make up the monument.* In addition, Jane photographed many other visible inscriptions of faith that she will display in her presentation. *It’s really fascinating to study and see these things before your very eyes.*

While she firmly believes these inscriptions were used to help represent the Founding Fathers’ views and to establish a nation of faith, Jane also believes there has been a slow erosion of the values that are imbedded within this faith. One example she gives is the U.S. judicial system and how she believes it has not been true to the Constitution.

*People need to know the Constitution* she says, and specifically, the First Amendment and its protection of free exercise of religion. To provide evidence that this protection is failing, she recounted an event that occurred shortly after she returned home in which a group of students were stopped by police from praying together on the steps of the Supreme Court. *They had to step into the street gutter to pray!* Pocket-size booklets that contain the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will be available for purchase at the presentation.

By giving attendees a taste of what she discovered on her trip, Jane has two goals she hopes to accomplish through her presentation. The first is to help people realize *the great gift God has given us in our godly heritage and the freedoms we have in the USA.* Secondly, she hopes to encourage others to do what they can to help keep those freedoms, including their own research. *Each person can make a difference,* Jane concluded.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend this educational and inspirational event. Refreshments will be served and there will be a special appearance by George Washington and Abigail Adams. Childcare will be provided for children age 3 and under. Jane Whitney and her husband, Jim, are co-Directors of the Prayer Ministry at Cypress Church, where they have attended for 22 years.

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The public is welcome at Sunday services and Bible studies that are held at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. as well as many other activities throughout each week. More information about this event or about the church is available at (714) 952-3001 or online at http://www.cypresschurch.net/. The public may also interact with the Cypress Church community on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cypress Church Invites Community To National Back To Church Sunday on September 12th

Cypress Church is participating in National Back to Church Sunday, a movement of churches throughout the country to encourage community members to discover or re-discover church. According to LifeWay Research, 38 percent of individuals in the United States are receptive or highly receptive to attending church and 82 percent say that they would be open to attending church if a friend invited them. Cypress Church is joining with thousands of other churches to help change those statistics by inviting everyone to Sunday worship services on September 12th at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

In addition to Sunday Bible studies Cypress Church has many activities of interest to residents of the northern Orange County area. There is a grief support and recovery group called *GriefShare* that meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. The Men’s Bible Study Fellowship meets every Monday at 6:55 p.m. This fall the men will be studying the Bible book of Isaiah. There are two weekly Bible studies for women on Thursday mornings. *Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman* meets at 9:00 a.m. and there is a special Bible study and fellowship group for mothers of young children that meets at 9:15 a.m.

Junior High and High School students from Cypress High, Lexington, Oxford and other area schools get together on Tuesday evenings for exciting activities. The Junior High group meets at 6:00 p.m. and High School meets at 7:00 p.m. College students have their group meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. There are many opportunities for students and adults to serve those in other countries such as Ecuador, India, Mexico and Kenya. Children from 3 years old through 6th grade are welcome at the weekly Awana and Amazing Journeys Club meetings every Wednesday starting at 6:45 p.m.

On Friday October 1st at 7:00 p.m. there will be a special patriotic program of interest to all. Prayer Team Leader Jane Whitney will show her slides of the nation’s capitol and share a message entitled *Discovering God in America.*

The Cypress Church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. The community is invited to interact with Cypress Church on Facebook, Twitter and Livestream web TV. Information about activities and events is available from the church office by phone at (714) 952-3001. The website is located at: http://www.cypresschurch.net.

Photo Caption: Cypress Church invites the community to join them on September 12th at 8:45 & 10:30 a.m. for National Back to Church Sunday. The Ecuador Missions Team (pictured here) recently returned from the village of Zancudo in the jungles of South America.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001 - www.cypresschurch.net