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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Retiro de varones (Spanish-speaking Men’s Retreat)

Las Iglesias de los Hermanos le invita al

Retiro de varones: Varones de Dios

Viernes, 31 de mayo-Domingo, 2 de junio

Precio:   $125 (incluye comida)

Oak Glen Christian Conference Center
39364 Oak Glen Rd,
Yucaipa, CA 92399

(Traer: Biblia, bolsa de dormir, almohada, toalla, artículos de aseo personal, etc)

Registro Folleto

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April Grace Leaders Network Gathering with New Hope in Canyon Lake

One of the hidden gems in our Network is a small but mighty church in southwest Riverside County called New Hope Community Church. Planted a couple of decades ago by Chris & Jan Suitt, it has a variety of unique outreaches and opportunities to spur us on as leaders. For our April Grace Leaders Network gathering we will have the chance to learn about two of these items:

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A Worship Conversation – March Grace Leaders Network Gathering

Jesus said “a time has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 

So we will have this be our main topic of the March Gathering-  a worship conversation with two of our very own accomplished worship leaders: 

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The Dedication of Urban Hope Los Angeles

Sunday January 27th was an exciting day for CE National and the Charis Fellowship. The open house and dedication for the new Urban Hope Training Center in Los Angeles took place at the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, where the training center will find its home.  See pictures on the CE National Facebook page.

You can see a short video about Urban Hope here:

Over 150 individuals from the LA area, as well as staff members from CE National, were in attendance at the Dedication. The event also highlighted other ministries of CE National including Urban Hope Philadelphia, the SUM (Students in Urban Ministry) program, City Life and Operation Barnabas summer ministry teams.

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December Year End Email Update

Looking into the New Year, we are excited to share the plans for our first Grace Leaders Network Gathering of 2019! We will visit the revitalized Grace Church of Rancho Cucamonga and hear from Pastors Eric Durso and Michael Sciarra, Jr. about the latest!  

Our main topic of the day will be the Fearless Spreading of the Gospel presented by church planter, speaker and author Ed Waken.  Ed planted one of our network churches– Valley Life in Peoria, Arizona and international trainer in Evangelism.  We look forward to learning together.

Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Tuesday January 8
10 AM – Lunch 
Grace Rancho Cucamonga
5719 Beryl Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737

Don Hocking With The Lord

On Christmas Eve, Don Hocking longtime leader and missionary and founder of Grace Bible Mission in Cameroon came face-to-face with His Savior. We received the following info from his son, Pastor Tom Hocking (Bellflower Brethren):

“My Dad slipped into Jesus’ presence at 10:45 PM last night, shortly after I visited him and Mom after our Christmas Eve service. I’m not sure if he was aware that I was there but I prayed with him and encouraged him to stop struggling and rest in Christ. I returned to their room after he passed until his body was removed by Forest Lawn personnel around 2 AM. I went to Forest Lawn and made the following arrangements for his services:

Visitation: Room A/B @ Forest Lawn Long Beach [1500 E. San Antonio Drive, LB, 90807] from 2-5 PM on Sunday, January 6.

Graveside: Forest Lawn Long Beach [1500 E. San Antonio Drive, LB, 90807] at 9:30 AM on Monday, January 7.

Memorial: Worship Center @ Bellflower Brethren Church [9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, 90706] at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 7.

Lunch Reception: Fellowship Hall @ Bellflower Brethren Church [9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, 90706] at noon on Monday, January 7.

It’s the end of the year…you can make our network GO with your donation now…or anytime! We have an online way for you to give (hit this link and scroll toward bottom of the page) or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.

Grace Brethren CIF State Champions

Our congrats to our own Grace Brethren Lancers who won their first CIF Football State Championship on Dec. 14!  Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, Senior Pastor). Congrats to Coach Josh Henderson and all of the Lancers! Read article on the game from Los Angeles Daily News.

Upcoming Women’s Leadership Classes

The Center for Women’s Leadership Studies at Grace Theological Seminary in partnership with Women of Grace USA presents two class in SoCal– in Spanish and English. 
Visit our webpage for more details

Focus Retreat Registration Details and Input Needed

New location for 2019! Camp Lawrence Daley at Mt. Crags  26801 Dorothy Dr. Calabasas, CA 91302 (Malibu State Park)This year’s Focus Retreat theme will be “Forward!”  The retreats will be about moving our churches forward. A new name is not enough. We need to take the conversation and action forward in each of our churches. Focus retreats with not be heavy seminars but interactives between ministry leaders like you. 

What you like to talk about? We will be contacting leaders like you from your region and asking them to speak into the types of topics and issues relevant to our churches. This feedback will guide the focus sessions. This is your chance to set the agenda.

Do you want to “feedback” now – Use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/0zgd0LtYpgD9LWxJ3

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