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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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

Facebook Event

PowerPoint Slide Invite

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20 Days until First Grace Leaders Network Gathering!

20 Days until First Grace Leaders Network Gathering! 

Here comes the fall with school and all the rhythms of the ministry year…where did the summer go?!?!

We are starting back up with our monthly network gatherings and are excited that our Fellowship Coordinator, Tom Avey will be with us!    

Tuesday, September 11th 
10am-Noon
with a FREE Lunch to follow
Grace Church of Orange
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave. Orange, CA 92869

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Operation Barnabas Impact 

Over this summer, CE National’s Operation Barnabas summer ministry teams with 61 students from around the USA took on California! These teams were all over SoCal (and even off to NorCal) and made a big impact on our churches, leaders, students and communities!  Check out the website for pictures and reports.   THANK YOU to CE National and Operation Barnabas for your Impact!

Also, if your church was impacted, your students can apply to be part of next year’s team! Operation Barnabas is a three week high school summer ministry training program equipping students to live on mission through evangelism training, character development, and servant-leadership. More details for 2019 here

Women’s Fall Retreat with Dr. Christy Hill

November 9-11, 2018

Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center

Join us this year for fun, food, and fellowship!
English Speaker: Dr. Christy Hill, Grace Theological Seminary
Theme:   God’s Fixer-Upper 

Spanish Speaker: Iris Regalado                                         
Special Speaker: Kenna Lourdes Gonzales
Theme:  “Aprendiendo a Descernir la Voz de Dios”

Missions: Josh and Rachel Flaningan, Cameroon with Encompass World Partners

For all the details and registration information check out the webpage

access 2018

July 24-26 in Fremont, Ohio was the annual conference of the Charis Fellowship Family! It was a grand time for the leaders and churches to gather.

One of the helpful resources produced were videos about the core areas of our Fellowship- Biblical Truth, Biblical Relationships, Biblical Mission, Doing Good, and more…

Find the videos about Charis Fellowship online!

You can see the list of all videos online at:
https://vimeo.com/channels/charisfellowship

Stay in the loop by joining our email list! 

Grace Churches Women’s Retreat Registration

Grace Churches Women’s Retreat
November 9-11, 2018

@ Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center

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

Dr. Christy Hill

English Speaker: Dr. Christy Hill, Grace Theological Seminary

            Theme:   God’s Fixer-Upper

Spanish Speaker: Iris Regalado                                        

            Special Speaker: Kenna Lourdes Gonzales

Josh and Rachel Flaningan

Theme:  “Aprendiendo a Descernir la Voz de Dios”      

Missions: Josh and Rachel Flaningan, Cameroon with Encompass World Partners

 

ACCOMMODATIONS–Calvary Chapel Conference Center ~ We will once again enjoy this beautiful facility. This site was formerly the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort. There are numerous mineral water fed hot springs, a Roman spa, a coffeehouse, and a bookstore. The rooms are comfortable with 6 twin beds and a private bath. Included in the retreat are five delicious family style meals beginning with Friday’s dinner.

Check in begins on Friday, November 9th. at 4:00 PM. The first meal is served at 7:00 PM followed by an introductory session at 8:15 PM. The retreat concludes on Sunday, November 11th. after the morning sessions. Check-out will be no later than 1:00 PM.

 

REGISTRATION— The total cost of the Women’s Retreat is $190.  To reserve your place for the retreat, you will need to turn in the Registration Form (including roommate requests) and a deposit of $75 to your Church Retreat Coordinator or to Vivian Sundin, District Registrar, 9553 Beach St. #8, Bellflower, CA 90706  starting August 1st.  ALL MONIES MUST BE IN BY OCTOBER 7TH   ($l15 or any remaining balance).  NO MONIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT RETREAT. 

REGISTRATION FORM TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT 

Roommates:  The Retreat Committee reserves the right to arrange roommates to fulfill the 6 person per room requirement, while attempting to honor your request.

Cancellations:  All registration fees are transferable BUT NOT REFUNDABLE.

Prize Drawings: Bibles, a toolbox, full scholarship for 2019 Retreat

 

For more details about this year’s retreat, contact Robin Workman

A day of GLADNESS

A day of GLADness with our Network on April 10, 2018. Thanks to 40+ leaders from 13 of our regional Grace Churches for the time and the encouragement!

We worshiped, prayed, talked, listened, watched videos, gave away books & coffee and ate steak together with glad and sincere hearts! It was awesome to hear about what God is doing in His Church and through His people all over our region!

The following churches were present and shared a celebration & prayer update:

Beaumont (Cherry Valley), CA – Grace Fellowship Church

Bellflower, CA – Bellflower Brethren Church

Lakewood, CA – Iglesia Christiana de La Communidad

Lancaster, CA – Ministerio Amor y Restauracion

Long Beach, CA – Community Grace Brethren Church

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Grace Brethren Church

Long Beach, CA – Los Altos Grace Brethren Church

Norwalk, CA – Grace Brethren Church

Orange, CA – Grace Church of Orange

Orange, CA – Daily Bread Church Plant

Seal Beach, CA – Grace Community Church

South Pasadena, CA – Grace Brethren Church

Whittier, CA – Community Grace Brethren Church

The following verse was the theme for our day:

“The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.”

Psalm 69:32 NLT

Our network certainly “saw our God at work” through our churches and truly had a day of “being glad!”

Here was a video greeting for our day from Dave Guiles regarding the Charis Alliance and Encompass World Partners: