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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Gathering Locations and Topics for the Rest of the Year

We are glad to share the list of locations and topics for our 2018-2019 Grace Leaders Network Gatherings!

Tues. November 13
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Grandparenting Ministry
10 AM – Noon
@ Grace Fellowship Cherry Valley

Tues. December 11
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Bowling Together 
in Lakewood, CA  Details TBA

Tues. January 8
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Gospel Sowing by Ed Waken
10 AM – Lunch
@ Grace Rancho Cucamonga

Jan 29-31
FOCUS Retreat
Camp Lawrence Daley at Mt. Crags
Calabasas, CA 
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Tues. March 12
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Growing Worshippers with Justin Fox & Beth Balmer
10 AM – Lunch
@ Grace Long Beach

Tues. April 9
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Israel Insight & At Risk School
10 AM – Lunch
@ New Hope Canyon Lake

Tues. May 14
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Pornography
10 AM – Lunch
@ Grace Community Seal Beach
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November Gathering Topic is Grandparenting!

Grandparenting on Purpose! 

Our November network gathering, we are excited to highlight the legacy and equipping of grandparents for the sake of the future generations!

We will gather at Grace Fellowship in Cherry Valley with Pastor Brian Zuniga and enjoy their hospitality and lunch!

Pastor Steve
Dr. Steve Williams

Fowler
Larry Fowler

We will have the pleasure of having Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition and our own Dr. Steve Williams, from Grace Community Seal Beach who is now serving as Pastor of Seniors share with us. Together they will challenge us and share some tools to help equip the grandparents in our congregation to make the investment in the next generations and yield great returns!

Make the time to be with us for this great time with leaders and from around the region!

Tuesday, November 13th 
10am-Noon
with a FREE Lunch to follow
@ Grace Fellowship
10257 Beaumont Ave, Cherry Valley, CA 92223
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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:

One Week until our Regional Roundtable

Our Regional Roundtable is an important time where we want EVERY leader in our network churches and ministries to attempt to be there!

Tuesday, April 10
10am – Lunch 
(done by 1pm)
at Bellflower Brethren Church9405 E. Flower St. Bellflower, CA 90706

We will have greetings from the Charis Fellowship office, Charis Alliance Global, updates from around our region and connecting with your ministry friends and colleagues! We will also have some special gifts/raffle prizes as well!  Then make sure you stick around for a FREE Tri-Tip Steak Lunch!

BRING YOUR STAFF, ELDERS, LEADERS, & VOLUNTEERS (both men & women are welcome)!  We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Support our Network by Contributing your Dues!

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 2018-2019 annual dues are due on May 1, 2018, 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 that each church which is a member of the Grace Churches Network contribute annually a fair dues amount. Annual dues is $1 per Church Member.  (Note: The National Charis Fellowship (formerly FGBC) dues are based on another figure.)

*Please Enclose a copy of the 2018 Charis Fellowship Statistical Form along with the District Dues for your church. Dues Deadline for 2018-2019 is May 15, 2018.

CHECK WRITTEN TO: Grace Churches Network
MAIL TO: Dale Workman, Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805

Save the Date for our Regional Roundtable April 10

Put this date and time on your calendar right now  — Tuesday, April 10 from 10am – 1pm — meeting at Bellflower Brethren Church.

Why? Because it’s going to be a time of conversations, celebrations and challenges from one another and leaders around the globe!

Our Regional Roundtable is an important time where we want EVERY leader in our network 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!)!

To thank you for your labor for our Lord, we are providing a nice steak lunch for all who come! Also, we will have some give-a-ways of books and coffee…so you could go home with even more than an energizing conversations with fellow leaders. We want you to be glad about what God is doing in our region!

Did you put this  appointment in your calendar yet?  If so, see you there!  If not, would you… please! 🙂

Southwest Focus Retreat Report

A team from Los Altos Grace Brethren Church is leading worship.

Charis Fellowship ministry leaders from throughout the southwestern United States are gathered at Lake Hughes, Calif., for the Southwest Focus Retreat. Beginning Monday evening, January 29, the 48 hours away is allowing the leaders to take a look at “Developing an Apprentice Culture.” The sessions are led by Clancy Cruise, executive director of the Charis Fellowship/Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and pastor of Marysville Grace, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Marysville, Ohio.

Worship is being led by Jason Dunn, worship leader at Los Altos Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., along with Bob Mabry, family pastor, and Phil Helfer, pastor at the Los Altos church.

Keep on reading!

Announcing the Leadership for the Coming Year

We are glad to announce the following list of leaders and their roles in the network for the coming year:

2017-2018 Officers (Serving annually June 1-May 31)

Grace Churches Network
COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS

Moderator: Terry Daniels, 920 Fremont Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030 (626) 799-6081

Vice Moderator: Mike Jentes, 6565 E. Stearns St. Long Beach, CA 90815 (562) 596-3358

Secretary: Tom Hocking 9405 E Flower St Bellflower, CA 90706 (562)925-6561

Treasurer: Dale Workman 5885 Downey Ave. Long Beach CA 90805 (562) 634-1056

Members-at-Large: Glen Sykes, Ed Waken, & Brian Zuniga
*added later by the Council- Manuel Espinosa & Vet Gonzalez

 

MINISTERIAL EXAMINING BOARD

Chair: Terry Daniels

Secretary: Philip Teran

Additional Members: Roy Halberg, Tom Hocking, Cecil O’Dell, Glen Sykes, Richard Todd, Steve Williams, Dale Workman

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Mike Jentes, Matt Simms, Dale Workman

 

GRACE LEADERS NETWORK  

Coordinator: Mike Jentes

Equipping Advocate: Mike Sciarra

Missional Advocate: Ed Waken

Shepherding Advocate: Richard Todd

Treasurer: Dale Workman

 

CHURCH MULTIPLICATION ASSOCIATES  

Exec. Director Neil Cole; Dezi Baker, Phil Helfer, Chris Suitt, Ed Waken


Downloadable 2017-18 Grace Churches Network Officers Sheet (PDF) 

Immigration Thoughts, Mexico Border Churches & Upcoming Gatherings and

Thoughts on Immigration

The topic of immigration has certainly been at the forefront of cultural and political discussion. What do history, the Bible, and current thought have to say about this hot-button issue?

Also, Dave Guiles was just with churches from our movement along the Mexican Border. Click the image below to watch the video:

 

UPCOMING Network Gatherings

Grace Leaders Network
Tues. March 14th 

10:30am- 1pm with Lunch!
@ Simi Valley Grace


Grace Leaders Network – Regional RoundTable
Tues. April 11th 

10am-Lunch
@ Community Grace Brethren Church Long Beach


Grace Leaders Network
Tues. May 9th 

10am-Noon (Dutch Lunch on Main St.)
@ Grace Community Church – Seal Beach