Tuesday May 10th in Boyle Heights was a special time. One pastor shared his perspective:
"I thought Tuesday was very encouraging and potentially we may look back on that day as something very big."
Our friends at Norwalk Grace and their Heights of Grace team shared about their outreach & disciple making efforts. Pastor Jeff Patton shared their written plan. Vet Gonzales shared his heart, journey and passion as one who lived in the neighborhood and now wants to reach out there. We also heard from Ron, Alfred, Rob & Laura too. We took time to go to Hollenbeck Park-one of the spaces where the ministry is happening and prayed onsite!
PARTNERS are needed & wanted for this effort...for prayer, for ministry and for resources. If you are interested in finding ways to come alongside this burgeoning ministry, please contact Jeff Patton or Vet Gonzalez.
During this time of year, there are four (4) distinct dues/fees which are requested in our fellowship. Two of them are regional/district and two of them are national. To help you and your church bookkeeper, we are making the last call for these district dues (Deadlines May 15):
1) Grace Brethren Conference of SoCal - AZ
This is the "Fellowship" of our Grace Brethren Churches here in SoCal-AZ.
$1 per Church Member. (Note: National dues are based on another figure.) *Enclose a copy of the FGBC Statistical Form along with the District Dues for your church. Dues Deadline May 15. Online info http://southwestbrethren.info/socalaz-district/
CHECK WRITTEN TO: Grace Brethren Conference of SoCal - AZ, Inc.
MAIL TO: Terry Daniels, Grace Brethren Church, 920 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
2) SoCal - AZ Ministerium
This is the group that sponsors our regular Ministers' Gatherings.
The Council of Directors has been working hard plans for a bright future together. Some hints have been dropped at recent Minister's Gatherings, but coming later this week these recommendations will be put on a ballot to our churches (to be sent via email directly to each Senior Pastor).
FYI, here is your Council of Directors 2015-2016:
Moderator: Mike Jentes Vice Moderator: Terry Daniels
Secretary: Tom Hocking Treasurer: Dale Workman
Members-at-Large: Jeff Patton, Glen Sykes, Ed Waken, and Brian Zuniga
The bulk of work has been in a reconfiguration of what we have known as Ministerium. We are recommending this become a broader and more balanced group called theGrace Leaders Network.
The purpose of this organization shall be to facilitate a relational learning and collaborating network of leaders for the holistic development of churches in harmony with the Grace Brethren Conference of Southern California-Arizona.
It maintains some of the things we have known-- monthly relational gatherings of leaders and dues of only $25 per year, but pushes into a broader and more balanced membership of all church leaders and the leadership of the network has advocates for Equipping, Shepherding, Missional work. We encourage you to check out the Grace Leaders Network Charterfor the details.
Beyond that, the Council of Directors would like to encourage the use of a new streamlined name for our conference of churches -- the Grace Churches Network. This will need to be approved via the vote so we can legally use it as our "Doing Business As" (DBA) name.
Summary of Recommendations
Briefly here are the 4 recommendations from the Council of Directors which will be on our May 2016 Ballot:
1) The approval & use of a Doing Business As (DBA) name for the Grace Brethren Conference of Southern California - Arizona, Inc. as the Grace Churches Network.
2) The removal of the defunct Traditional Church Planting Board Charter from our by-laws.
3) The inclusion of the Grace Leaders Network Charter 2016 as an addition to our by-laws and approve the Grace Leaders Network as a Cooperating Organization in Article V. (d). The Grace Leaders Network would replace The Southern California - Arizona District Ministerium.
4) If #3 is affirmed (the approval of the Grace Leaders Network), then the initial slate of officers would be selected by the Council of Directors of The Conference for the 2016-2017 Grace Leaders Network roles.
SPECIAL NOTE: this ballot is for our CHURCHES, and will go to each Senior Pastor of each of our churches.
If you have special interest in this vote, please make sure you contact your Senior Pastor.
September 13, 2016
Enjoy your summer full of fun and ministry. We will start back up with our Gatherings on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year in September.
Just put that second Tuesday of the month in your calendar from September 2016 and through May of 2017 right now!