What Does God Offer Women? Ladies Luncheon with Viki Rife

God’s Unique Design for Woman

January 14, 2017
10 am – 3 pm
Free Event bur RSVP Required!

Norwalk Grace Brethren Church
11005 Foster Road, Norwalk, CA

Viki Rife is National Director of Women’s Ministries for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches USA.  God’s purpose for women often gets lost in the clamor of the world’s competing voices. Viki will lead an interactive time in God’s Word, teaching about God’s place in the life of women, and how women can take advantage of all God has for them. Come enjoy a few hours of encouragement and fellowship at this special ladies luncheon. There is no cost for this event. Please call the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church office to RSVP if you would like to attend 562-863-7322.

Ladies Luncheon Invitation to Download/Print [PDF]

FOCUS Retreat – Registration & Funding For Leaders

“Let’s talk about our families in a very open and honest way so we can gain strength and insight from God’s Word and one another”

Southwest FOCUS Retreat: Jan 30 – Feb 01, 2017

Regional FOCUS Retreats provide opportunities for leaders in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches to refresh, reflect and retool.
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Women’s Leadership Studies – Classes in January!

The partnership between Grace Theological Seminary and Women of Grace USA is glad to be bringing two classes from the Center for Women’s Leadership Studies to Southern California in January of 2017!

Women’s Leadership Studies: Principles of Effective Bible Study by Women of Grace USA

Fri Jan 20 – Sat Jan 21
@ Grace Church of Orange
Details & Registration

La Mujer y Las Escrituras (Women and Scripture in Spanish)

Fri Jan 27 – Sat Jan 28
@ Bellflower Brethren
Details and Registration


We hope you will let the women in your churches know about these classes!  To find out more about the Center for Women’s Leadership Studies check out their webpage!


Captain Jonas Winbolt receives Army Chaplain Assignment

Lt. Jonas Winbolt is no longer a chaplain candidate!!

Jonas received word yesterday that he has been approved as a chaplain in the United States Army.  He was one of five selected out of a pool of 40-60 candidates.

Congratulations to Jonas and Lisa.  This has been more than a 5 year process and it is exciting to be a part of it.

Jonas has been given a report date of 1/23/17 but as of yet does not know where the army will post him.

This placement as a chaplain includes a promotion to the rank of Captain as well.  So congratulations are in order!  

Received from Dr. Roy Halberg-
Grace Fellowship Church in Rancho Cucamonga

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

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


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
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



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

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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