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January 8 Network Gathering 

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. This morning 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.

Make A Year-End Donation to our Network!

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 do 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:

Grandparenting Ministry! 

In last month's network gathering, we had the pleasure of Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition share with us. His challenge to consider Deuteronomy 4:9 that we have to "Teach our children AND their children" was a call for Grandparents to be Intentional from the Scripture!

He invited us to consider the resource of the Legacy Coalition and the upcoming national summit on February 21-23, 2019 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton. Check out more by clicking the picture below:

Social Justice & The Bible 

Our friends at Eternity Bible College are offering a free evening class or for credit class on this important topic.  January 8-11, 2019. You can find details online

Grace Churches Network Taking Applications! 

Our Grace Churches Network is ready for new churches to join our network!  You can find our application and details on our website at

Grace Leaders Network Dates for the coming year:

Tues. Jan 8
Grace Leaders Network Gathering
Fearless Spreading of the Gospel by Ed Waken
10 AM - Lunch 
@ Grace Rancho Cucamonga

Sat. Jan 12
Spanish-Speaking Leaders Reunión
9 AM
in Fountain Valley
Contact Guy for info

January 25-26
Soul Care Women's Class (Spanish)
Bellflower Brethren

Jan 29-31
FOCUS Retreat
Camp Lawrence Daley at Mt. Crags
Calabasas, CA 

February 1-2
Spiritual Formation Women's Class (English)
Community Grace Brethren Long Beach

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
10 AM - Lunch 
@ Grace Community Seal Beach

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 were due on May 1, 2018, we have an online way for you to do so via credit card or you are welcome to send a check to “Grace Leaders Network,” Attn: Mike Jentes, E. 6565 Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815.

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