Ministering to Sexual and Gender Minorities in December

December Network Gathering on Ministering to Sexual and Gender Minorities
Tuesday, December 13th
10am – Noon
at Community Grace Brethren Church
8109 Greenleaf Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602  Map

Our own Dr. Tom Hocking (Pastor at Bellflower Brethren) will be facilitating our time of sharpening one another on a tough topic. From Tom’s experience and shepherd’s heart he has the following objectives:

1)  Communicate the distinction between sexual identity, orientation, and behavior
2)  Humanize the struggles of Gender & Sexuality Minorities {GSM]
3)  Identify the nearly inevitable conflicts, which church leaders can expect (no matter HOW they deal with GSM)
4)  Provide guidelines for dealing with GSM within the church.

After we are done, we will have a Mexican Lunch at the restaurant right next door (Dutch Treat)!

See the Resource Dr. Tom Hocking Shared

November Grace Leaders Gathering

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Photo Credit: Bob Hetzler Click to go to his Facebook page

A neat time of gathering for 30+ leaders from our network at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach on Tuesday, November 8th. We swapped impactful stories of where we have seen fruit borne in our ministries.

Our own Missional Advocate, Ed Waken challenged us to look into the Scriptures again about evangelism. Fortunately, he shared his notes with us!  Enjoy below:

Look at evangelism from a fresh perspective. One where every believer can be themselves – be who God created them to be – and be successful in evangelism. 100% successful, 100% of the time.

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November 8th Network Gathering with Ed Waken

Cast your ballots by mail and be with the Grace Leaders Network on

Tuesday, November 8th  10am – Lunch
at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church
6565 E. Stearns St.
Long Beach, CA 90808 Map
Lunch provided!

We will lift up holy hands in prayer for the election and have a interaction with Ed Waken about being 100% Successful in Evangelism!  Bring your church and ministry leaders for this special day1

Our Missional Advocate, Ed Waken, gives a greeting to us at our October gathering…and a teaser for our upcoming November gathering. Watch it here.

October Regional Round Table Recap

We had a great day October 11th at Grace Church of Orange with leaders from across our region. We had a challenge around the Scope of Ministry from Mike Sciarra — examining ourselves through the Stethoscope, the Microscope & the Telescope. (Download his notes here. )

We also shared stories of what we were proud of in our local ministries. One of the proud stories which was shared by Cecil O’Dell was posted online about the Encompass World Partners – Japanese Ministries of Greater L.A.


Our Shepherding Advocate, Roy Halberg had us praying for one another and attached is a video from our Missional Advocate, Ed Waken as an introduction & preview for next month! Enjoy the video at this link!

Unveiling our New Logos and October Regional Round Table

October Regional Round Table in Orange

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In keeping with the successful regional Round Tables we had last year in April 2016and November 2015, we will be pulling out all the stops for…

Tuesday OCTOBER 11th
10am -1pm (with a FANTASTIC Lunch included)

at Grace Church of Orange.
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
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It’s less than 2 weeks away!

We want our Round Table to be an important time where EVERY leader in our district churches and ministries to attempt to be there. Please set aside the time in your schedule NOW!  And BRING YOUR STAFF, ELDERS, LEADERS, & VOLUNTEERS (both men & women are welcome!)!

We will have some give-a-ways of books and coffee…so you could go home with even more than an energizing time learning and conversing with fellow leaders and being GLAD about what God is doing in our region!

Book give-a-ways will include:

Neil Cole’s brand new book One Thing: A Revolution to Change the World with Love, as well as his first book Cultivating a Life for God.

Chris Suitt‘s A Personal Walk in the Presence of Your God: Principles for Listening to and Following Jesus

A host of Biblical Tools & resources from BMH BOOKS / GraceConnect

And MORE!

 

At our first gathering of the year, we had a great time with leaders from all over our region…and the USA!  In addition, we were able to unveil the new logos for our Grace Churches Network and the Grace Leaders Network:

September Grace Leaders Network Gathering

Tomorrow is the First Grace Leaders Network Gathering!

Our first gathering for the year is on September 13th @ 10am
At Bellflower Brethren Church
9405 Flower St
Bellflower, CA  90706
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We will have leaders coming from great distances to be with us:  From as far as Grover Beach (Pismo) to San Diego to even Winona Lake, Indiana! Leaders are seeing value in our network…and making the time to be present. Your presence is requested too!


For this gathering, our Grace Brethren national coordinator Tom Avey will be with us from the midwest sharing updates from around the Fellowship.

In addition, we will have some guests from Grover Beach, CA (Pismo area) driving down to visit with our network. They are from a church plant called New Horizons Family Fellowship and they are looking to get to know who we are in the Grace Churches Network.

Below is a picture of some of the leaders meeting Mindi and Mike Jentes back in July (fortunately we didn’t scare them away!) They just want to hang out with us too, but we’ll create some time for them to share their story as well!

Also, we just received info that a Grace Brethren leader named Trevor Deck who has landed in the San Diego area working with Wycliffe and refugees will be coming north to connect with our network!

I’ve been working with Wycliffe Bible Translators for the past 10 years. We have worked in Bangladesh, done recruiting for awhile,  and most recently we were in Bulgaria with the Roma (Gypsy people). We have a new assignment now, right here in Southern California! Last month I took a new role to identify minority languages here in San Diego that still have a definite need for Bible translation. As I find that there is a need for Scripture, I will help to begin setting up translation projects. The ideal groups for Scripture projects will be those communities whose country of origin might be too dangerous or difficult to access by traditional methods, and there is still a strong connection back to their home country, where Scripture can reach a larger audience.  Our Facebook Page-The Traveling Decks 


In our gathering, everyone will get to share about the good things going on in their ministry over the past few months…so you don’t want to miss this great start to our year!

We will start our gathering at 10am and go through Lunch (12:45pm-ish). For lunch, we will be ordering Subway, so please bring $7 cash to chip in for lunch.  Put it on your calendar, and tell your leaders to come with you too!  This gathering is for all the ministry leaders in our churches!

Go ahead and put the second Tuesday of every month on your calendar at 10am to be with the Grace Leaders Network (and see below for the October details!)

 

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Fall Women’s Retreat for California Grace Churches

2016 Fall Women's Retreat Grace Churches

SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT WOMEN’S RETREAT

NOVEMBER 11-13, 2016

CALVARY CHAPEL CONFERENCE CENTER, MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA

ENGLISH SESSIONS: “THE JOURNEY

SPEAKER: Melissa Spolestra 

 

SPANISH SESSIONS: “PRECIOUS PROMISES OF GOD”

SPEAKERS: Guy & Vicki Johnson                 

 

MISSIONS SPEAKERS:

Julio & Joanne Marin and Junko Saito — Japanese Ministries in both United States and Japan

 

Download/Print: 2016 Fall Women’s California Retreat Registration Form [PDF]

50th Anniversary for Community Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach

50th Anniversary for Community Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach

Please help us celebrate 50 years of serving Christ, Church and Community THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday July 16th we will have lots of fun, including : Food trucks – Teen Arcade, kids stories, crafts, music, balloon man, face painter, photo booth, and prize drawings (must register).

We will also be promoting community service with the police and fire departments, community advocates, Andy Street Ambassadors and Graduates, neighborhood watch associations, missionaries, CGBC gifts and books, local and international services and MORE!

PLUS…
Live Music on-stage outdoors : 12-3 pm
Treasure hunt with prizes : 3-4 pm
Prize drawings and awards : 4-4:30 pm
Concert – Bluegrass Brethren : 4:30 pm

Sunday July 17th, at 10:00 am we will have a Donut Wall/Morning Snack.
At 10:30 we will have our Worship Service.
Our Worship Service will be followed by a Reunion Luncheon (reservations needed to attend luncheon).

For all the details, check online 

Feel free to reach out and congratulate Pastor Dale Workman as well!

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Introducing the Grace Churches Network & Grace Leaders Network

Introducing the Grace Churches Network

Because of your belief and confidence in the FUTURE, we are glad to introduce the next generation of the Grace Brethren Conference of Southern California – Arizona — the GRACE CHURCHES NETWORK. 

The purpose of our working together is to glorify God by encouraging relationships between both ministry leaders and member churches so that our cooperation in mission endeavors, Biblical education, and leadership development, might lead to the multiplication of new disciples and new churches.

Note: Our Facebook Page has also made the shift to Grace Churches Network. Our website and other social media outlets will be brought up to speed before the end of the year.

Updates on May 2016 Elections

We are glad to announce that all of the items on our May Ballot carried overwhelmingly. You can see the entire slate of officers and churches online.Here is your Grace Leaders Network Council of Directors 2016-2017:

Moderator: Mike Jentes    Vice Moderator: Terry Daniels

Secretary: Tom Hocking    Treasurer: Dale Workman

Members-at-Large: Jeff Patton, Glen Sykes, Ed Waken, and Brian Zuniga

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Recap of 2015-2016 Gatherings

We had an amazing year of gatherings all over Southern California this year.

September 2015 – in Bellflower having a conversation as leaders together talking about the ways God was working on us.

October – Hosted by Grace in Simi Valley we had our friends from the church as well as The Master’s, Eternity Bible College and Cornerstone Simi with us.
November – First Round Table with 50 leaders! It was a Banner Day with leaders from 15 of our 22 churches being hosted at Community Grace in Long Beach! Read more here

December – We were challenged about Millenials and Generation Yi at the Community Grace in Whittier.
Recap online

January 2016 – In Orange we were informed about the Refugee Crisis by Alan Weisenberger. Then at the end of the month we enjoyed our annual FOCUS Retreat!

March – We visited Seal Beach and heard about Bob Wriedt’s transition and reflected on keeping the Resurrection Fresh. Recap online


April
Our Spring Roundtable with 50 leaders again! Hosted by Los Altos Grace in Long Beach we celebrated the tools and encouragement from around our network of churches & leaders. Recap online

May – Gathering on the Go in Boyle Heights. We went to LA to pray and see the outreach efforts of Norwalk Grace and their desire to see a church planted.   Recap online

What a great & growing year of gatherings! We look forward to our network gatherings next year!