The Grove’s Weekly Message from Tom – Jan 25, 2017

By January 26, 2017 November 19th, 2019 Tom's Weekly Email
To my Grove family,

Have you ever seen Riverside more beautiful? In my 65 years of life I believe it would be hard to think how our city could be more beautiful…with everything being so green, the beautiful clouds, and the snowcapped mountains all around! Maybe it was a moment like this that inspired Romans 1:20. When we look around at all God’s incredible creation how can anyone say there is no God?

This Weekend’s Message
I am excited to be able to preach this weekend and will be speaking in all the services as we continue our series, “Rise Up and Shine as Jesus Did”. My title is “Invitation to a Wedding” and if you read John 2 you will be ready for the message. If you want to read Genesis 24, the story of the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah, you will get a glimpse of how they did weddings in the Old Testament and then in the times of Jesus. I often say, “God is always working behind the scenes, orchestrating our lives to get us where He wants us to be.” Now look at what I read yesterday in my devotional reading from the Message Bible from Genesis 24:14 (speaking of God), “Then I will know that you’re working graciously behind the scenes for my master.” I really liked that!

Sermon Notes
I read an interesting article on taking sermon notes. If you’d like some helpful ideas for taking notes, this article has some good ideas. You might want to incorporate a couple of the author’s suggestions into your own notetaking.

Ministry Faire
Are you looking for a place to use your God-given talents and gifts? Come to our Ministry Faire in the Gym after services this weekend and find a place to get connected doing what you love to do while blessing others. The different ministries will be represented and Grove staff and volunteers will be there to meet you and help you find the perfect place to serve. Everybody Can Do Something!

New Members Class 
If you would like to become a member of The Grove, the next New Members Class is this Saturday, January 28, from 9:00-10:30 a.m., in Room D-4. A packet with information to complete prior to the class is available at the Welcome Counters tonight during Family Night or from the church office during regular business hours. Please click here to register. if you have any questions.

Spiritual Gifts
This two-session class helps define the gifts God has given you, the style of serving within which you will function most easily, and the area of ministry for which you have passion. The next class is Friday, February 3, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and continuing Saturday, February 4, from 9:00-11 a.m., in Room D-4. Click here to register.

Small Groups At The Grove
Small groups are a great way to get connected with others and grow in your relationship with God. There are two unique home groups we want to highlight.

  • The Love & Respect small group led by Kendall and Gina Brown will meet weekly on Wednesday nights for eight weeks beginningFebruary 1 at 7:00 p.m. It is for married or engaged couples only, and will meet in a home near Poly High school. For more information about the group and to contact the leader, click here.
  • A sermon-based small group led by Kirk and Molly Wilson will meet at6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at a home in Moreno Valley beginning February 4. For more information about the group and to contact the leader, click here.
Our goal is to help you find a group where you can connect and grow. There are more groups you can browse through on our website here. Please contact Trevor Christmas if you have any questions at

KIDS Ministry Assistant
Our KIDS Ministry’s goal is to partner with parents in cultivating the spiritual growth of their children in first through sixth grade. This Ministry Assistant position is highly administrative, giving hands-on guidance and oversight to summer programs, and working as part of a team to plan and evaluate ministry effectiveness. This is a fantastic role for someone who loves kids and is passionate about ministry in the church! For a full job description and to learn how to apply, please click here.

KIDS Ministry Volunteer Opportunity
We are looking for a team of men (8-10) to help one Saturday a month to unload the recycle bins. These bins bring in funds that help provide scholarships for Summer Splash, Summer Camp, and Midnight Madness. Email Amanda Peck at for more information.

Rummage Sale Bins
The collection bins arrive in our back parking lot on Wednesday, February 1. Now is the time to begin boxing and bagging those gently used items you would like to donate to our March 3 and 4 Rummage Sale. Please remember we cannot take mattresses, car seats, computer monitors, and ink jet printers. If you have large items you would like to have picked up, please leave a message on the Large-Item-Pick-Up line at 951-571-9090 x 2429. Pick-ups will only happen the week of the sale.

Hope you are enjoying the free coffee each weekend; we are buying Grove travel mugs soon!

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend. You are loved.