The Grove’s Weekly Message from Tom

By July 21, 2016 November 19th, 2019 Tom's Weekly Email

To my Grove family,

I apologize but I forgot to mention in my email to you on Tuesday the text we want you to read before coming to church this weekend. If you will read 2 Timothy 1 you will be ready for Pastor Joe Hobbs’ message this weekend. If you will read Acts 13:22 you will be ready for Pastor Josh Camping’s message at the Sunday night service.

Christmas in July
Tomorrow night at 5 p.m. we are having our Christmas in July event. We will have sled runs, a snow play area, food trucks, crafts, bounce houses, and will be showing the movie Elf inside our cooled down Worship Center. Admission for the event is free. This is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family to church for the first time. We are still in need of more volunteers. To sign up to volunteer or for more information, please contact Hannah McKee at

Need Construction Workers
The church is often asked for referrals for contract work that needs to be done around the home. If you are interested in helping the church and helping your fellow Grovites, let us know what you do. We need contractors who are willing to do both paid and volunteer work. We are also looking for handymen who might be available to use their talents to help those in our church with small household repairs. Please send your information to Andy Gibeault at

Big Thank You!
When you come to church this weekend check out how our new soccer field is coming along on the east side of our campus. Big thanks to all of our great volunteers who made this happen! “We are so much better together.” You made God smile with all your hard work, using your giftedness for Him. The grass should be coming in the next couple of weeks! We are very excited for this new area of fun and ministry for The Grove.

Below are a couple of reminders about events I let you know about in Tuesday’s email:

Back-to-School Supplies
We are still in need of supplies for our Perris Back-to-School event on Saturday, August 6: number 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, large erasers, pens (blue and black), crayons, markers, tape, scissors, highlighters, index cards, rulers, glue sticks, school glue, pocket folders, composition notebooks (college and wide ruled), spiral notebooks (college and wide ruled), loose notebook paper (college and wide ruled), graphing paper, 3-ring binders (2 inch). Please place all donations in the outreach bins in the lobby hallway, or bring to the church office or the corner building by Sunday, July 31. We are also looking for volunteers to assemble the backpacks on Thursday, August 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or help with the event on Saturday, August 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Noland at 951-750-2372 or

Dealing with Faith & Government Class Coming Soon
This year, in addition to the men’s and women’s study on Wednesday night, we have a brand new opportunity for you to consider. Dr. Dan Wilson, one of our most favorite professors at CBU, will be joining us and teaching a class. Below is a brief bio of the class to read over and help you decide if this is a class for you.

  • Dealing with Faith & Government: OT Kings & Kingdoms
    How can and should a Christian relate to government in an American culture that is increasingly counter-Christian? Often our answers to such questions are shallow and without adequate Biblical foundation, based as much on personal preferences and/or Western capitalistic values as anything else. We’ll wrestle in this class with developing a biblical theology of citizenship, working primarily through the Old Testament (OT) texts related to the Israelite monarchy, that is, when Israel had kings (the OT historical books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles). We will not teach you how to cast the perfect “Christian” vote in November, but our goal will be to come to practical and ethical conclusions about how to live the Christian life in these complex times.

Now we should be all caught up. See you this weekend!