Thursday, April 24, 2014

Because I’m Happy: The Message Church

Because I’m Happy: The Message Church Uses a Hit Pop Song, Popcorn and Weekly Gatherings to Help People Find Emotional Health

Sundays, 10:00-11:20 AM
Century 12 Movie Theater
320 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
Main Worship: Theater 11
Kids Church: Theater 12

  Sunday, 27 April
• How to Beat Depression
• Dr. Fernando Carvalho (B.A. Psychology, Bethany University, M.A. Counseling, Liberty University, D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary).
• Pastoral Counselor at Message of Peace International Church: (650) 952-3937
• Fernando specializes in working with adults, helping people deal with marital problems, child rearing, organization of finances, professional challenges and daily stressors.

Sunday, 4/May
• How to Beat Anxiety and Panic Attacks
• Beto Carvalho with Candice Candelaria (B.A. Psychology, San Francisco State University; M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Southern California)
• Therapist at Christian Counseling Center: (650) 288-1519
• Candice focuses on helping children, adolescents, young professionals, couples & families through anticipated milestones like starting a new career path, exploring personal identity, preparing for marriage or the birth of a child, and unexpected life events such as divorce, the death of a loved one, anxiety or depression, or overcoming challenges with alcohol or drug use.

Sunday, 11/May
• How to Beat Stress
• Beto Carvalho with Diana To (B.Eng. Computing, Imperial College London; M.A. Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University; M.B.A., Stanford University)
• Therapist at Christian Counseling Center: (650) 906-3978
• Diane To helps clients find resolution to problems of depression, anxiety, couples’ discord, family conflicts, low self-esteem, and impact of abuse and trauma, restoring love, peace and joy in their lives.

Sunday, 18/May
• To Infinity and Beyond: Happiness is Good, but Joy Can Take You Further
• Beto Carvalho with Valerie DiLuggo (M.A. in Psychology at CalSouthern University)
• Therapist at Christian Counseling Center:  (415) 674-7504
• Valerie DiLuggo has expertise in the areas of faith and spirituality, depression & anxiety, and phase of life issues. Valerie enjoys working with couples and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH counselor and has trained in the Gottman Method of couples counseling.

Sunday, 25/May
• Overcoming Sexual Abuse
• Beto Carvalho with Dr. Elisabeth "Lisa" Austin (Psy.D.)
• Clinical Psychologist at Christian Counseling Center and Clinical Faculty at Stanford University's Psychiatry Department: (650) 888-9694
• Dr. Austin completed her clinical training at California Pacific Medical Center's Department of Outpatient Psychiatry with a specialization in child and family psychology.

The Message Church in San Mateo has begun a series titled “Because I’m Happy: how to beat stress, anxiety, depression and be really free”. Each Sunday gathering will consist of live music, talks, Q and A, and personal stories designed to give people tools to be emotionally well.

“I love the Pharrell Williams’ pop hit ‘Happy’. You can’t hear it without singing along”, says Beto Carvalho, who serves as pastor at the church. “But as a social phenomenon, I’m a little intrigued by anyone repeating ‘I’m happy, I’m happy’, over and over. It’s almost as if they are trying to convince themselves. In reality, happiness is hard to hold on to because it is linked to external events. Emotional health, on the other hand, is an internal reality that carries us through the good and the bad”.

Alex O, a regular attender at The Message, would agree. He claims that it was a series like this that saved his life. “I used to have bouts of deep depression, to the point where I tried to commit suicide. That’s when I knew I had to change and started attending services. The support and guidance I’ve received in this community has helped me turn my life completely around”.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Fernando Carvalho, a pastoral counselor, as well as psychologists from Christian Counseling Center of northern California. “We live in one of the most beautiful and wealthiest regions in the U.S. It is also one of the most stressful”, states Dr. Jonathan Arnold, clinical psychologist and president of Christian Counseling Center, “Our emotional health is put to the test everyday, and we cannot continue to sacrifice it. We must make our emotional care and well-being our highest priority”.

To that end, the Happy Series is using biblical stories and concepts, but the church emphasizes that it is intended for and open to everyone, regardless of being religious or not. Thousands postcards have been sent to San Mateo and Foster City residents as an open invitation. Those who miss the morning messages can subscribe to The Message Church podcast on iTunes.

The Message Church was started in 2007 and since meets at the Century 12 movie theater in downtown San Mateo every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Its motto is, “Where nobody is perfect, beginners are welcome, socks are optional... but grace is required”.

Sundays, 10:00-11:20 AM
Century 12 Movie Theater
320 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
Main Worship: Theater 11
Kids Church: Theater 12
Christian Counseling Center Contact:

The Message Church Contact:
Valerie Kerr
(650) 242-5919

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