Meet Our Staff: Alessandro Gonzalez

Please meet Alessandro! He’s the newest addition to Lighthouse’s staff and he’ll be serving as an intern, working closely with Pastor Francis in Beacon, our college ministry. Learn a little bit about him through these questions and answers, then give him a warm welcome! (agonzalez@lighthousesouthbay.org) Tell us a little bit about yourself! Ok, here we go… ^_^  I was born in Florida but grew up in Alabama and Nicaragua. By God’s grace, even though I wasn’t saved at the time, He led me to study at Fullerton College, CSUF, and then to Stanford......

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Missing Community

Hi Lighthouse! My name is Zach Chen. Fun fact about myself, in high school, I was voted “Most Shy” for my class of +800 students. Not that I was actually shy. I was just really, really quiet (i.e., sometimes I literally wouldn’t say a word for days). Having missed the opportunity to learn how to converse with people all through middle and high school, once I got to college, I didn’t have any conversational ability. I remember the first people that I met coming to Lighthouse were Kenny Tsuruda, Patti Tsuruda, and Bill......

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God's Silence and Grace During COVID

Hello Lighthouse families. My name is Sunghee Park. I’m married to Roy and we have three kiddos together. Our oldest son, Evan, is 13 years old and has severe autism. There is a saying that if you meet one person with autism, you met one person with autism. Autism can vary greatly from a person to person. In Evan’s case, it significantly limits his communication skills and cognitive ability to understand the world around him. I still remember how much I was mesmerized whenever baby Evan was breathing. Each breath he took immediately......

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Playground Updates

Hi, Lighthouse family! My name is Chloe. Along with my parents, Nathan and Joanne, and my brother Joshua, I’ve been attending Lighthouse for almost ten years now. I’ve also been a Girl Scout for those ten years. As part of my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, I’ve had the privilege of partnering with Lighthouse to do a playground beautification project. It’s been almost a year since the playground has been closed. I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing at Lighthouse for the past few months. Remember the boring concrete walls,......

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Hope Amidst Turmoil

Dave Peredo Greetings Lighthouse! My name is Dave Peredo. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s probably because we’ve never met. My wife Jamie, our three daughters (Leah, Hannah, and Sarah), and I started attending Lighthouse during the fall of 2020. Yep, we decided to make it confusing and add another David and Jamie to Lighthouse. Despite the seemingly endless loop of Groundhog Day quarantine life, 2020 was a season of rest for our family. We, by God’s grace, had the trials of health and work pass over us. Even more so, as......

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A Foretaste of Heaven

Not Doing Fine During COVID-19  About a month into COVID, I wrote “Reflections on ‘Doing Fine’ During COVID-19” for this blog series. After all, for me, the first weeks of quarantine were full—even fun. Life in the Lee Commune was good. I started 3D printing face shields for the medical community and editing videos for Sunday service. I was reading nonfiction again and enjoying talking with old friends on Zoom. My schedule was busy with Christianity Explored and the Praxis Bible reading plan. I even learned to make sourdough from Pastor/Bread Master/DnD Dungeon......

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Reflections of God's Grace During My Time in Japan

Hello Lighthouse Family! My name is Cindy, and I am a worrier. I am often full of fear, and nerves. You know those people who love to take on challenges, adventure, and trying out new things? Yeah, that’s definitely not me. So when I felt the tuggings in my heart to go overseas to Japan for a year on a missions trip, naturally, I was scared. Don’t get me wrong-  I was excited too, because I love Japan and knew God was doing amazing things there that I wanted to be a part......

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God's Grace in Giving Us Siblings

Hi Lighthouse Family! This is Allie, Mikey, and Lauren Tsai. If you do not already know our family, we also have another younger brother named Jonah. But he is off playing Legos and eating chips right now. 🙂 When quarantine first began, we were left with a lot of free time. Suddenly, we weren’t racing around getting to school, or church, or our other activities. At first, we felt sorry for ourselves as we began to realize that it was going to be a while before we could see our friends and extended family again. What we did not immediately recognize was that this extra time together was actually a gift, and we could use it to grow and strengthen the relationships we had right in front of us- with our siblings and our parents. We knew many verses like John 13:34 that said “love one another” and Philippians 2:3 that said “consider......

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Say Grace Sticker Project

Hi Church Family! My name is Peter Chen, and my wife Jenn and son Garret have been attending Lighthouse for the last ten years. I also serve as the deacon overseeing Mercy Ministry. Shortly after the pandemic hit in March, my workload dropped off quite a bit as a graphic designer. This was not so unusual, since freelancing for me often includes periods of feast or famine. It was during this extra time that I started creating digital letterboards. Allow me to back up a bit. Last year I bought a letterboard, which......

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Attributes of God for Kids

Hi, I am Tyler Osako.  I am ten years old and in fourth grade.  My brother Mason and I participated in The Attributes of God for Kids book study with other Lighthouse kids.  We met for four meetings over Zoom every other week.   We started each meeting playing a game or had an icebreaker, such as 20 Questions and Zoomed In.  After that, we would have the lesson about the book.  The four people who taught the lessons were Uncle Christian Hedland, Auntie Helen Ying, Uncle Mark Choi, and Auntie Jehna Chiang.......

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