Mulenga Chella, a Northrise University graduate, came to Grace three years ago and captured the hearts of all who met him his story of God’s protection, grace and redemption while falsely imprisoned for two years in Tanzania is amazing. Mulenga married Hellen and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Divinity at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mulenga and Hellen plan to return to their homeland of Zambia to plant a church in the capital city of Lusaka.
This will take place Sunday, July 6th at Grace Fellowship Church (3170 Redhill Avenue, Costa Mesa) at 9am & 11am, followed by an evening of sharing with Mulenga and Hellen at the home of Tom and Jean Humphrey.
Tom and Jean Humphrey:
10601 Hambletonian Place
Mulenga and Hellen will be available after each service and would love to meet you
If you are interested in hearing more about Mulenga and Hellen's future ministry plans, and his upcoming book about his prison experiences, join us on Sunday, July 6th at 6pm at the home of Tom and Jean Humphrey.
Standing Stone Ministry recognizes the need for safe and confidential mentoring relationships and are doing something about it. They are training Standing Stone Associates; retired, semi-retired, and bi-vocational pastors to come alongside those actively serving in the ministry to be a voice of encouragement, perspective, wisdom, and experience. Who better to shepherd the shepherds than one who has already walked in their shoes? Who better to ask the meaningful questions than one who has lived the life and faced the same struggles and temptations? Who better to pray for and with these young men and women than men and women who understand the high call of ministry and the high stress of ministry? Who better to educate church boards to the care of church leadership than a former pastor?
Will you help us get the word out? This training event is coming August 19-21 to Grace, we will need help with set-up and tear-down, feeding and housing the pastors. Please contact Phil Langford at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15 if you would like to be involved.
As most of you know by now, this week we will be moving to two Sunday services.
Our services will begin at 9 and 11. We encourage you to arrive on time, and we have committed ourselves to beginning our services on time. When we had only one service, it was natural to start and end a bit late, but with two services we can no longer afford to do that.
If you are a parent of a child, pre-K through 5th grade, your child will now be joining you in the main sanctuary for the first 15 minutes of worship. Check-in Process: When you arrive, there will be a check-in table on the patio for you to sign your child in. Then you will go with your child into the sanctuary for worship. After a few songs, your child will be dismissed and will follow his or her teacher to their respective classroom. For those of you with babies and toddlers, the check-in process is unchanged. And the check-out process for all is unchanged.
As a reminder our Junior High and High School Overflow ministries will only be meeting at the 11am service. Our Overflow leadership will be encouraging students to attend or serve during the 9am service with the larger church body.
The Women of Grace spent May 1-2nd at a retreat in silence. These are several photos from their time at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, and below is a letter from the retreat coordinators to those women in attendance. Our hope is you are encouraged and will attend a silent retreat in the future.
Dear Precious Sisters - What a gift it was to be with you at the silent retreat. Your commitment to “fixing your eyes” on the Lord was such a powerful witness & encouragement. Each of you…... on your own unique journey, seeking the author and perfecter of our faith. Glorious indeed!! Our prayer is always that whatever the Lord opened to you during the retreat continues to draw you to Him each and every day. Thank you for your faithful example to us.
While we may not be able to keep the peaceful nature of the retreat center around us everyday, attached are some photos that Ally took to remind you of our sacred space. Thank you dear Ally for sharing your heavenly gift!!! Truly AMAZING!
Our next silent retreat will be at Mater Dolorosa again on October 23-24, 2014. More details and registration information will be available this summer.
Blessings to you, who ARE the JOY set before Him.
Pam and Lisa