To my Grove family,
Will you please pray for my great friend and accountability partner Pastor Terry Morrow. Terry is the pastor of Hillside Community Church in Wrightwood and I just spoke with him. Both his house and the church are now threatened by the Cajon fire. He says “the fire is coming over the ridge toward the church” and they are very concerned. Please pray for him and his church of about 1,000 and all those who have been impacted by this fire. Pray for our firefighters as well. I will keep you informed and let you know of any needs they have. I told him to tell us what they need and the answer from the Grove is “yes”.
Pastor Trevor Christmas will be speaking in all of the services this weekend as we continue the series, “Symbols”. Trevor’s message is called “It’s Bigger Than a Building”. If you will read the whole letter to the Ephesians it will help prepare you for the weekend message. It only takes about 15 minutes to read it all!
All-Church Volunteer Appreciation & Training
Our Annual All-Church Volunteer Appreciation & Training is Wednesday, August 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., starting in the Worship Center. Dinner will be provided, then we will break into ministry groups for individual training as we get ready to kick off another church calendar year. Some of you volunteer in more than one area so you will need to choose which one ministry training you will attend. The other leaders will contact you later with the information you missed. Sorry, but childcare is not available due to the training portion of our meeting. Please register here.
Speaking of Volunteers
We have a big need for a volunteer with our Food Pantry Ministry. This is a very important and detailed position that will require a volunteer for 10-15 hours a week. I know we have the right person somewhere in our church who is looking to volunteer and make our Food Pantry even better than it is already. Click here for the job description.
Financial Peace University
Do you know what having Financial Peace really means? Do you want to pay off those credit card bills, have a savings, invest your money, and plan for a secure retirement? Financial Peace University will teach you how, plus much more. Class is starting on Sunday, September 11, in Room D-2, at 10:45 a.m. It is our desire that everyone goes through this class at least one time. Sign up here to truly understand what Financial Peace is all about.
Premarital Counseling Class
Are you or someone you know getting married in 2017? The Grove’s upcoming premarital program will help engaged couples of any age get their marriage off to a healthy, Biblical start. This two-session class will take place at The Grove Corner on Saturdays, October 1 and October 15, from 9a.m. to 2p.m. The cost is $100 per couple (each person registers individually). Click here to pre-register. For additional information, call The Grove Corner at 951-571-9096.
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.
Food for the Homeless
Donations for our Homeless and Corner Pantry Ministries at The Grove are needed to help provide nutritious hot meals to the homeless and food for the needy in our community. Please click here for the ‘Donations Items Needed’ list. Grove volunteers will collect the donations from behind your vehicles during services this weekend on August 20 and 21.
In the next few months this is where we are going with the sermons:
- Next week I will conclude the series on symbols with a sermon on the cross I am calling, “Much More Than Just a Symbol”.
- September 3-4 Pastor Matt will be preaching a “Take Heart and Pray” message.
- September 10-11 through October 15-16, I am going to preach a six-week series I am calling, “Be Resolved”, with the tagline, “Navigating Through Life’s Storms and Temptations”. It is a series I am hoping to turn in to a book but am looking for your feedback before going ahead with that idea. It is a sermon series where I am going to ask for your help each week in making the possible book better as you share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences which would make the book so much better, because you know… “We are better together.” I look forward to sharing this with you.
- October 22-23 through November 12-13 will be our Love Offering series.
- October 19-20 through the end of the year will be messages about Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- That will take us in to 2017 and a brand new year to serve Christ.
Dinner at the HUB
On Saturday evening the special will be chicken tamales served with rice and beans and a beverage for $8.40 plus tax. There will be a dessert of the chef’s choice for all guests. Our free “Uncrustable” peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit cup, chocolate chip cookie, and Kool-Aid juice packet is for our guests 12 and under with an adult entrée purchase.
See you all this weekend and don’t forget our Volunteer Appreciation and Training Night is Wednesday, August 24.