Here is a little history on how Ray and I found our church, before I post the pics...
Ray and I lived in Manteca for almost a year while I was prego with Raychel, and we were attending Freedom Christian Center... which we loved! Then we moved to Dublin right before Raychel was almost due, so we can be closer to family and besides that, Ray and I we're not fans of living in Manteca anyway. While living in Dublin we were commuting back and forth from Dublin to Manteca ( 35min drive) to attend church, but with a newborn it was getting to be too much and we needed to find something closer. It was so hard finding a church that we felt like we were at home. We attended this church in Pleasanton (still didn't feel at home) for a few months, but then we moved again, and since we still didnt feel at home we decided to look in San Ramon were we moved. We started looking for a church right away, we went to this one in Danville for a few weeks, but we decided it was not for us. I know we looked like Church hoppers...well I guess we were- haha, but that is so not us, we just haven't found that right one. Then we found one in San Ramon right next to our place and we liked it, but again I did not feel at home, I couldn't see me and my family attending this church forever. Ray and I just gave up and thought all the Churches out this way were the same, so we settled to stay at this one. Sundays would come around I didn't feel like going to church, Ray would say, "Olga do you not want to go to church anymore? Whats going on with you? Come on lets get up and go." I would drag myself to go. After a few months of going, maybe almost a year... we were not into it, we were not happy, so we stopped going and decided to keep on looking. We prayed about it, and a few days later a friend of Ray's (Mike) called and said he looked up this church in Pleasanton called, Harvest Valley Christian Church and was going to check it out and wanted us to come join him (The funny thing is that Ray and I would always pass by this church and joke around saying, "look there is our home church!"), So on this one Sunday we meet up with mike there and in we went. As soon as we stepped inside everyone was so friendly, so loving, they welcomed us as if we have known each other and have been coming for a while. Once the music started playing and everyone started worshiping, lifting their hands and praising God not as a routine, but truly praising him with all their hearts. You can see/feel the love everyone had/has for God. Then I started worshiping God and in my spirit I felt God saying, you are HOME! Tears were streaming down my eyes, and I was so thankful that me and my family finally found our place to come and worship, and fellowship, and to hear the word of God! After service that day Ray said something like, "I think our search is over" or "We are done searching." We both knew in our hearts that this is were we belonged!
Our Pastor (Derek) is amazing, he has his beautiful wife Kyra and two young boys, and they are just a blessing! The whole church is just so loving. We are just one big family, trying to get to the lost souls to teach them about Jesus Christ and to show/teach them what a loving God we have! So thats our story on finding our church! What is your story??
Here are the pictures of the harvest party...
The one in the black shirt, is the pastors wife
Cheena & Kathy
Sara & Ralf and their little one!
Michelle made these yummy carmel apples!
Michelle & Chris with their little man
Pastor & Kathy
Debbie & Steve and family
Kathy & her mom
Over a thousand people made it to our harvest party!!! A lot of people that showed up said how friendly and loving we all were, and that's just awesome, because God is LOVE and we should be just like him!
PS sorry for 4265975465411 grammar errors, I think I always confuse English with Spanish. But thanks so much for reading my posts and trying to understand what it is that I am trying to say lol. THANKS!
PSS If you live near by and want to come check us out, come!!