2019-2020 Leadership Announced

The elections are complete and we are glad to announce the 2019-2020 Officers for our Networks (Serving annually June 1-May 31)

Grace Churches Network
COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS

Moderator: Mike Jentes, 6565 E. Stearns St. Long Beach, CA 90815 (562) 596-3358

Vice Moderator: Terry Daniels, 920 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 799-6081

Treasurer: Dale Workman, 5885 Downey Ave. Long Beach CA 90805 (562) 634-1056

Members-at-Large:  Vet Gonzalez, Phil Helfer, Tim Lansing, Jose Antonio Sanchez, Michael Sciarra Jr., Ed Waken & Brian Zuniga


MINISTERIAL EXAMINING BOARD

Chair: Terry Daniels

Secretary: Tom Hocking

Additional Members: Mike Jentes, Cecil O’Dell, Glen Sykes, Richard Todd, Steve Williams, Dale Workman & Brian Zuniga


NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Terry Daniels, Justin Fox, Guy Johnson


GRACE LEADERS NETWORK  

Coordinator: Mike Jentes

Equipping Advocate: Mike Sciarra

Missional Advocate: Ed Waken

Shepherding Advocate: Bob Wriedt

Treasurer: Dale Workman


Download a PDF of all the officers and cooperating churches:

A Great Year of Gatherings!

Thanks for your participation this year in our Grace Leaders Network Gatherings around our region.  As a quick recap:

September 2018 – We had a conversation with Tom Avey from the Charis Fellowship, Nathan Bryant from Assist Church Expansion and interacted with our national Position Statements at Grace Church of Orange.

October 2018 – Our Spanish Churches through a huge fiesta with more than 150 people in attendance plus our gathering highlighting Ethnic initiatives in our region at Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad 

November 2018 – A trip to Grace Fellowship in Cherry Valley was highlighted by an excellent challenge about Grandparenting from Larry Fowler (Legacy Coalition) and Steve Williams !

December 2018 – Was an attempt at bowling, but we “spared” our time with some conversation with those who showed up. Plus our friends at Grace Brethren Simi Valley High School won the State Championship in Football!

January 2019 – Was our first visit to the Revitalization project at Grace Church in Rancho Cucamonga with a “Wildfire” presentation about prolific sharing of the Gospel from our own Missional Advocate Ed Waken. Many of us gathered for the FOCUS Retreat at the end of the month at a great retreat center in the Santa Monica area.

February 2019 – We took a break.

March 2019 – Had us at Grace Long Beach for the first time in a long time and we were challenged with a Worship Conversation by worship leaders from our network.

April 2019 – Was a trek toward the poppies and Canyon Lake to visit New Hope Church and Hope Learning Academy for at-risk high schoolers plus hear some stores from Israel.

May 2019 – Closed our year with a much needed conversation about lust and pornography plus how we battle and minister in the quaint quarters of Grace Community Church in Seal Beach.

As we look back it was a GREAT Year!  A few of our leaders were asked to share a report about what has been going on in our region and we thought we would share it with you as well… you can download it here

50th Anniversary of Grace Churches Women’s Retreat

As you may know, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Annual SoCal/AZ District Women’s Retreat. We are excited to celebrate this exciting time of God’s faithfulness!


Grace Churches Women’s Retreat – 50th Anniversary
November 1-3, 2019

Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center

Join us this year for fun, food, and fellowship!

English Speaker: MAUREEN SCHAFFER

Theme:   “Faithful and True All the Way Through”

Spanish Speaker:  ALFONSO & MARIA RAMIREZ

Theme:  “Escoge el Gozo cuando la Felicidad no es suficiente” (“Choose Joy When Happiness is not Enough”)

Missions: Urban Hope Los Angeles – Tim and Janine Lansing

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Eagle Commission Video available for Memorial Day!

The Eagle Commission serves as a strategic link between the people of Charis Fellowship congregations and its representative military chaplains around the world. The Eagle Commission offers the means to express support of the chaplains and their ministry and to keep updated on their latest news and prayer requests.

The Eagle Commission is producing a series of videos for use in churches and on its website about the ministry of our chaplains.

Our first video is linked to Memorial Day and is ready for your church to use on Memorial Day weekend. It focuses on one aspect of chaplain ministry — that of providing pastoral care and ministry in the midst of combat when a service member is killed in action (KIA). Army Chaplain Billy Graham tells his story of ministry in Iraq in spring 2003 when one member of his unit is killed. The story is crafted in such a way as to remind all of the need to pray for our chaplains but also to remember that the sacrifices of our service men and women secures our religious freedom here in the states.

View the video at the Charis Fellowship Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/336199184/2f1573fd7b

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Our South Pasadena Church on Historic Church Tour

Grace Brethren Church in South Pasadena, Calif. (Terry Daniels, pastor) is on the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation’s first historic church tour tour on Sunday. The tour is noted in the Pasadena Star-News among things to do this weekend in the region. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete listing.

Architecture of Faith: South Pasadena Preservation Foundation’s first historic church tour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour will include Grace Brethren Church, Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal Church, South Pasadena Christian Church, Holy Family Catholic Church …

Click here to read the complete listing.

For more information about the tour, see sppreservation.org/church-tour-2019-architecture-of-faith/


Article reposted from GraceConnect at this link https://graceconnect.us/south-pasadena-church-on-historic-church-tour/

Pornography – Topic for our May 14th Gathering

In May, our Grace Leaders Network gathering will spend some time focusing on pornography, especially on how to help those we are leading (and ourselves) have hope there is to see change and restoration in this area.

Our guest speaker will be Jerry Davelaar (MA, M.Div.), a member of Grace Community Church of Seal Beach who works in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Jerry spent 15 years as an associate and senior pastor prior to returning to his work as a therapist. He has been married to Jean for over 40 years and they have three married children and five grandchildren. You can read more about Jerry here

We will also have time to fellowship, pray and some personal testimonies from other leaders in our region! We hope you’ll put this on your calendar now:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
10am to noon
at Grace Community Church

138 8th Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
GraceSealBeach.org

Come To The Table- Story from Simi Valley

A story reposted here from Grace Connect about one of the ladies from our network of churches!

One of the many ways Jesus connected with those around Him was through sharing a meal together. He would often be found eating inside the homes and at the tables of sinners. One of His last acts of ministry before heading to the cross was what we call the Last Supper (Luke 22:7-23). He invited His disciples to come to the table to share a meal together before His final act of love here on earth.

Donna poses for a picture amidst getting ready for an upcoming class.

Come to the table, is Donna Najera’s of Grace Church of Simi Valley’s (Jordan Bakker, lead pastor) slogan for her Instant Pot and meal planning ministry called Cooking with Donna. A Christian of 30 years and part-time staff member at Grace Church, Donna received an Instant Pot as a gift in September 2017. When Donna finally worked up the courage to use her new device, she realized how easy it was to cook delicious and healthy meals in minutes which then allowed her to spend more time with her family – and less money in the process! Little did she know that this household appliance would lead to many opportunities to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus with near to a hundred people over the last year.  

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Support our Network

It’s that time of year…to renew your membership to our networks– as leaders and as churches!

Membership to the Grace Leaders Network
is open to all church and ministry leaders in harmony with the Grace Churches Network. For only $25 annually you can support our network to bless you and other regional leaders.

Your 2019-2020 annual dues are due on May 1, 2019, we have an online way for you to do so via credit card (scroll toward bottom)  or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.


We request (per our bylaws) that each church which is a member of the Grace Churches Network contribute annually a fair dues amount. Annual dues are only $1 per Church Member.  (Note: The National Charis Fellowship dues are based on another figure.)

*Please Enclose a copy of the 2019 Charis Fellowship Statistical Form along with the Network/District Dues for your church. Dues Deadline for 2019-2020 is May 15, 2019

CHECK WRITTEN TO: Grace Churches Network
MAIL TO: Dale Workman, Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

GIVE ONLINE: (by debit/credit card securely via PayPal)

75th Anniversary Celebration for Grace Community Church in Seal Beach

CONGRATULATIONS and BLESSINGS to one of our network churches on a huge milestone!

This year marks 75 years of Grace Community Church in Seal Beach. From 1944 to 2019, God has used the church to serve each other, our community, and the world. To recognize this milestone, we’ll be celebrating together with a commemoration ceremony and a reception to follow on March 24 at 5:00 PM.

GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF SEAL BEACH
138 8th Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
GraceSealBeach.org

NOTE: The Church posted a video of the Commemoration Service for the 75th Celebration which can be seen on their Facebook Page

Your Ministry Lifeline by Terry Daniels

This article was published in the March 2019 Inspire newsletter for pastors by one of our own network leaders.

Pastor Terry Daniels


I am not yet the grizzled veteran that I hope to become, but I have been around the block a few times. Forty-one years serving a single congregation gives me some practical insight into ministry. So let me tug on my suspenders and offer a couple lessons that I have learned along the way.
 
Lesson One: Your elders can be your ministry lifeline. When I arrived at my present church we had a dysfunctional Official Board system. The only thing good about it, was that it was so bad everyone knew we needed to find something better. We set out to design and then implement an Elder Board system. God was gracious…

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