January Grace Leaders Network Gathering

Our next Grace Leaders Network Gathering is going to bump up by one week to the FIRST Tuesday of the month at Los Altos Grace Church in Long Beach. 

       (with free taco lunch to follow)

at Los Altos Grace Church 
6565 E. Stearns St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Our current coordinator with the Networks, Mike Jentes is transitioning to North Carolina later this month (read his announcement here). The Network has asked Mike to share a bit from his heart as he transitions off to North Carolina.

Two items from Mike:
1) His library of books is up for grabs at the Tuesday meeting, so bring a box and fill it with some good books!
2) If you can help with some muscle for moving, there is need for help on Monday 1/6 from noon-6pm, Tues 1/7 from 3pm-8pm and Wednesday 1/8 from 9am-5pm. Contact him directly at cell 714 -3three0 -632O.

We invite everyone to stay for Lunch at Los Altos Grace after our Tuesday Gathering for Carnitas Tacos made by our own Phil Helfer! 

We hope to see you there! 

Confraternidad Nuestra Unidad

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Confraternidad: Nuestra Unidad

Sábado, 19 de Octubre, 2019

4:00 – 7:00PM

Iglesia de los Hermanos de Norwalk (Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk)

11005 Foster Rd., Norwalk, CA

Conozca a, y celebre con, hermanos de nuestras iglesias hermanas.

Habrá cuidado de niños.

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First Grace Leaders Network Gathering is September 10!

Welcome back to the groove…and we look forward to gathering as leaders in our region to connect, learn and collaborate!

Put Tuesday September 10 at 10am
at Grace Community Church of Seal Beach on your calendar NOW!

We will take some time to catch up as is our custom, but we will also have two presenters for our gathering:

Phil Sparling

Our guest speaker will be Phil Sparling who is the Pastor of Auburn Grace Community Church in Auburn, Calif. and is the new Executive Director of the Charis Fellowship for the next three years.  Phil will be with us to continue building relationships, share his vision and plans for upcoming conferences and more.

Bob Wriedt

Our second presenter is from our region and is from our host church for the day — Bob Wriedt, Pastor at Grace Community Church Seal Beach.  He was asked to share at the summer Access Conference and gave a challenge about “How Do We Cooperate Well.” This challenge was worth hearing again (or for the first time) and might have even more teeth as we strive to live it out in our region. You can see the talk online at https://vimeo.com/350136796 and Bob’s presentation begins at the 4:23 mark.
Bob is going to reprise and refine this message and give us some tangible questions to wrestle with for our regional network.

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Ed Waken

We will also be challenged by our own Missional Advocate: Ed Waken. Ed is a church planter, professor and author from Valley Life Church in Peoria, Arizona and he will be sharing about the Fearless Spreading of the Gospel and sowing Gospel seeds! 

After our morning together, at about 11:30am, we will have LUNCH – provided for by Grace Seal Beach

In addition, over the summer there have been a variety of conversations in our region and our fellowship about how our churches ought to relate together especially in light of theological diversity. We will have an optional extended conversation about the particulars and an opportunity for feedback from 12:30-2:00pm.

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!


Theme:   “Faithful and True All the Way Through”


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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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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Celebrando Nuestra Unidad – Celebrating Our Unity (Spanish Speaking Churches Conference)

Las Iglesias de los Hermanos le invita a la Confraternidad
Celebrando Nuestra Unidad
Sábado, 20 de Octubre, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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The Spanish-speaking Churches in our Network invite you to a Conference: Celebrating Our Unity
Saturday, October 20, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave, Orange, CA 92869

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