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04.24.14

OC MARATHON - 2014

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The OC Marathon is taking place Sunday, May 4, 2014. There will be several road closures that morning, so to assist you in getting to Grace Fellowship Church, we have the suggested routes listed below:

From Long Beach - Take 405 South to the 73 South Freeway, exit Campus/Irvine. Turn left on Campus Drive and left again on Bristol Street. Turn right on Red Hill Avenue (north bound lanes will be opened).

From Orange/Fullerton - Take 55 South to 73 South Freeway, exit Campus/Irvine. Turn left on Campus Drive and left again on Bristol Street. Turn right on Red Hill Avenue (north bound lanes will be opened).

From Laguna Beach/Irvine - Take 73 Freeway, exit Birch Street. Follow Birch Street as it turns into Bristol. Turn right on Red Hill Avenue (north bound lanes will be opened).

Areas to avoid are as follows: Red Hill Avenue - South bound lanes will be closed from Main Street (Irvine) to Mesa Drive (Costa Mesa). Therefore, the Baker and Paularino thoroughfare streets to Red Hill will be closed at Red Hill. In addition, South bound vehicles on Bristol Street will not be able to turn left onto Red Hill Avenue.

If you would like additional routing information or have any questions, you can refer to www.ocmarathon.com.

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04.08.14

WOMEN'S SILENT RETREAT

Experience the blessing of silence and time for deeper communion with the Lord at a two-day, one-night silent retreat. The retreat will begin on Thursday, May 1st at 12:30 and will conclude at 2pm on Friday, May 2nd.

Register online at www.newim.org - CLICK HERE to register.

Cost is $180 per person - Half and Full Scholarships available.

CLICK HERE to view a flyer for the event.

Location: Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center - Sierra Madre, CA

Program:  Silence is observed for the entire retreat. Facilitators Pam Cashion and Lisa Bergstedt will lead short scriptural meditations designed to launch reflection time with the Lord. Attendance for meditation sessions is optional as the Lord directs.

02.26.14

Rummage Sale RESCHEDULED!!

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Due to Rain....OVERFLOW's Annual Rummage Sale is being rescheduled for MARCH 15th!! This rummage sale raises money for OVERFLOW's spring break mission trip to Peru. This year there is a group of 8 high school students and 3 leaders traveling down the Peru to work with Every Generations Ministry. EGM partners with local churches to teach children about the Gospel. The OVERFLOW team will be working with an indigenous tribe and sharing the gospel. They will also be attending a training for teachers, where they will be able to distribute curriculum that they are currently fundraising for. 

But here is the deal, the team needs your help for this rummage sale. They are currently collecting items in a POD in the church parking lot to sell. You can bring items Tuesday-Friday between 10a-5p and Sunday 8a-12p. Also, please come to the rummage sale on March 15th to shop.

Contact Chad Merrihew if you have any questions.

02.19.14

Cara Domene - "In My Own Words"

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TRUST. Trust has been the word the Lord has placed upon my life. When I was a freshmen in high school I was asked, 'What is your life verse?' I didn't have an answer. After looking through scripture, the verse that resonated in my heart was Proverbs 3:5-6: 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths straight.'

This verse has been etched into my mind over the years. As I chose a college, as I decided to work at Kids Across America in Missouri, as I decided to work at Hume Lake Christian Camps (for 4 summers), as I decided to move to Germany for 2 years after college, as I decided to move home from Germany, as I decided to work at Grace...this verse stuck by my side and guided those decisions. My life has been rooted in TRUST! Trusting God in the big decisions and trusting Him in the day-to-day moments.

This brings me to this past fall. For as long as I can remember God has given me a love for people and a desire to serve. I knew that was what I was currently doing, so why the stir in my heart? I ignored it for a bit; I battled it; I tried to find different ways around it, but at the end of the day I had to explore it this stirring. So with that in mind, I began praying and asking the question of what would the Lord have me do? Fast Forward to Christmas time... The Lord gave me the words 'Trust, Don't Worry, Be With Me.' Those words were the peace where I needed to find rest, so I could step out of my boat in faith.

This is my long winded way of saying, in June I will be stepping down from my position at Grace and heading back to school to pursue a degree and career in nursing.

As I reflect back on my time here at Grace it seems strange that I won't be spending most of my summer with our students at the beach or hiking, that I won't be at Hume Lake (my 2nd home), that I won't be a part of the school year kickoff, the valentine's party, the halloween party, mission trips, lunch dates, sporting events or everything else that has colored my calendar for the last four school years. I think about all the people I have had the opportunity to know, the families that have touched my life, and the students that have challenged/encouraged me daily. It does not make sense; it does not make sense why I would leave such a place. But as the Lord told me when I went to the beach a week ago, 'You are mine. I am with You.' I can walk forward in peace, knowing the I am not alone and that no matter where I choose to go, the Lord is walking right alongside me. He is not going to do it for me and it won't be easy, but He will be growing me and molding me more into the woman He would have me be. And that is something I can TRUST in.

01.22.14

A Reason for Hope Apologetics Series

Following up on our very successful program "Loving God with All Your Mind," GFC is conducting a 6-week apologetics program titled "A Reason for the Hope." As Peter said, you should "be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you." This program will provide tools for defending your faith and explaining why you have Hope!

We'll be keying off the book by Geisler & Turek, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. Get it right away on line for about $14 (or less if you can find it used!)

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CLICK HERE to Register.

When: 6 consecutive Wednesday nights, January 29th ' March 5th 

' Jan 29: Why Should I Believe Anything at All? (Brett Kunkle- GFC & Stand to Reason)
' Feb 5: Does God Really Exist? (Brett Kunkle)
' Feb 12: Why Should I Trust the Bible? (Paul Hoffman ' GFC)
' Feb 19: Is There Evidence That Jesus Rose from the Dead? (J. Warner Wallace ' Stand to Reason)
' Feb 26: Is One Way the Only Way? (Brett Kunkle)
' Mar 5: Tactics in Defending the Faith (Alan Shlemon ' Stand to Reason)

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Grace Fellowship Church

Cost: Preregister: $30 per person/series or $45 per couple (*Scholarships available)
- At the door: $10 per person/class or $15 per couple
- NO CHARGE for your non-Christian friends

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