2017 has been an exciting year for Set Free Church of the High Desert. We have been blessed to have Pastor Ron with us again for the whole year and are privileged to have him serve as our Senior Pastor an are excited about the direction and growth the church is taking under his leadership.
The New Year brought about exciting growth and change in our church as we expanded to do more outreach beginning with our Convelescent Care Ministry. Brothers and Sisters from the Ranches and the Congregation fellowship with the residents of the Apple Valley Post Acute Center Monday and Wednesday mornings. The residents their love the visitation and the team that goes out loves spending time with them.
We have also engaged in more Outreach. Outreach is an important arm of the church. Jesus Commands us in Matthew 28 to “Go and Make Disciples of all Nations…” That is what our Ministry of the Word Outreach team does. They go into the Highways and Byways, the River Bottoms, the Alleys, and the inner cities and they share Christ’s love with all whom the Lord place in their path. Invitations are extended to all to receive salvation, as well as the possibility to get off the streets and come into our discipleship homes.
We also have expanded in our Food Ministry. Our Ministry of the Word team picks up food from the Rock, the Way, and Set Free Church Yucaipa. Much of this food is given away on the way back to the homeless and needy they encounter. The rest of it gets distributed in the form of food boxes for anybody who wants one, which are given out driving to outreaches, at outreaches, on the way back, after church, or by arranging a pick up at the Men’s Ranch. Some of it is also used at the ranches.
In February, our Outreach Team in cooperation with Acts Now Ministries was invited to teach Explosive Evangelism Leadership Training Saturday February 18th 10am – 3:00pm in Point Loma, CA. Our Men spent a good part of that week coordinating with San Diego area believers to do an outreach and teaching the Evangelism Explosion Class.
On April 15th, We were privileged to fellowship alongside New Life Church and participate in their annual Easter Egg Hunt, radiating the love of Christ with local children and their families. (and best part of all Rico got to dress-up like a rabbit)
We celebrated our first annual Faith and Freedom Festival on July 1st, 2017 at the Serrano High Stadium in Phelan. Over 3000 people attended this exciting event brought to the local community by Set Free Church of the High Desert, New Life Church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, High Desert Baptist Church, Calvary Chapel of Phelan and Victorville Motors. Local Christian Artists including Crimson Crux and Redeemed, provided music for the event and at dark we shared in a high energy fireworks spectacular. In all a blessed time was had by those in attendance.
On August 5th, 2017, we were blessed once again to be a blessing in the community of Phelan. Our third annual Back2School Back Pack giveaway was held at New Life Church. More than 300 Back Packs filled with Pens, Pencils, Paper, Notebooks, and Essential School Supplies were blessed to K-6 children in our community.
On August the 19th we shared food, the Word and the love of Christ alongside other local churches and non-profits at Adelanto Community Day.
This year on Sept 9th, we once again were privileged to be a part of the 4th annual A Picinic in the Parking-lot sponsored by AGLOW ministries. The function serves as an opportunity for the local church bodies to fellowship together and reach out to one another. Booths and Stage Time was available to all participant. This Years Event was held at the St. Junipero Serra Church at 8820 Sheep Creek Rd, in Phelan. (Previous locations have included High Desert Baptist, and Harvest)
This was a Free Event with Kids Games & Prizes, Door Prizes and a Raffle Give-Away, Lunch, Food Boxes, LIVE MUSIC, guest speakers and most off all
FELLOWSHIP with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Set Free Church of the High Desert, in cooperation with New Life Church and other local churches in our community were privileged to serve up a Community Thanksgiving Dinner-November 22, 2017@4P-7P. Hundreds of people brought their warmth and their appetites to fellowship and feast with our Family in Phelan. Everything was just….perfect. Men, Women, Kids, and Families enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
Hair Cuts were provided by Robert Lynem, and Steve Goodman held a raffle.
We saw, loved, and hugged many old friends and made some new. For everyone who came, we love you and for those who didn’t, we miss you. Its never too early to plan for next year, we hope to see you there next year.
Then During the month of December, as we moved into the Christmas Holiday we collected toys for our annual toy drive.
On December 20th, 2017 we were please to hold our annual Toy Giveaway in cooperation with New Life Church in Phelan. The event which ran from 5PM-7PM at New Life Church was a tremendous success. Families of hundreds of local children showed up to participate in the event, receiving free toys or bikes. It was a blessing to see the smiles and joy on everyone’s faces and a privilege to spread the love of Jesus with the community. We look forward to continuing the tradition in the coming years.
We collected toys all throughout the month of December. On December 2nd, we had a Toy Drive at the Cadillac Ranch in Apple Valley to collect toys for the event.Then on December 14th Our Pastor Ron and the Ministry of the Word Team went to Los Angeles and pickup hundreds of toys to bless local children in our community for Christmas with.
On December 17th, 2017, we partnered alongside New Life Church to help raise toys for our annual toy drive. Santa rode through Phelan to help share the Christmas Spirit and we collected toys at the T-Bird Bar. God has blessed us abundantly with so many toys to give out to children in our community. We thank the Lord for everything He is doing in us, through us, and to us and for the opportunity to be a blessing to the community.
Finally on December 20th, 2017 we were please to hold our annual Toy Giveaway in cooperation with New Life Church in Phelan. The event which ran from 5PM-7PM at New Life Church was a tremendous success. Families of hundreds of local children showed up to participate in the event, receiving free toys or bikes. It was a blessing to see the smiles and joy on everyone’s faces and a privilege to spread the love of Jesus with the community. We look forward to continuing the tradition in the coming years. For more information or to plan to be a part of next year’s toy giveaway call (760) 868-3805
Come be a part of everything the Lord is doing in us, through us and too us at Set Free Church of the High Desert.
Jesus Loves You!