For a half hour, the Friday morning weekly coffee seemed more like church than a business networking group.


"Good Friday has become a good Friday, not a terrible Friday, because of His heart," Pastor David Penn told fellow Hesperia Chamber of Commerce members.


But that was just a start. For the sixth time, Penn shared his annual coffee club sermon, "Celebrating a God Thing," to business people rather than his flock at Hesperia Church of the Nazarene.


He spoke about a recent trip to Haiti, where he and his wife, Ruth, shared people still struggling to get on their feet following the devastating earthquake. He talked about finding a church.


"There are something like 300 churches in the High Desert. You've got to like one of them."


But most of all he shared a message.


"In our world we live in a world of Fridays. There are things we hope for but, it seems, they all go away. But God comes and gives us Christ. That's our Sunday."


Penn said he joined the chamber following the city's casino debate after then councilman Dennis Nowicki made pointed statement: "None of you pastors care about our city's businesses."


So Penn took Nowicki's words as a challenged and joined the chamber. He also volunteered to talk once a year to coffee club members and was given a fitting slot Good Friday.


Penn concluded his talk by leading chamber members in "Jesus Loves Me."


"When you think God has left you, pray," he said.