Bulletin - Week of Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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Children's Ministry is looking for wonderful people to serve on ministry teams this Fall. You are wonderful! Stop by the CM Office for more information.
Training is NEXT Sun, 8/24 @ 4pm in the MPR.

Awana begins in September on Wednesday evenings. Registration for children continues online and in the CM office. Space is limited.

Small Group Registration & regular meeting THIS Wed, 8/20. Groups begin 9/3. Details
Middle school 180 small groups will begin on Wednesday, 9/3; this program runs throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to register for a small group on Wednesday, August 20, or 27.
MS Staff Dinner, Wed, 9/3 @ 6pm.
MS Girls' Conference: October 3-5. Registration now open; $120. Deadline 9/24.
Solid Rock, Fri, 9/19.

Small Group Registration & regular meeting: THIS Thur, 8/21. Groups begin 9/4. Details
High school small groups will begin on Thursday, 9/4; this program runs throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to register for a small group on Thursday, August 21 or 28.
HS Girls' Conference: September 26-28. Registration now open; $120. Deadline 9/18.
HS Staff Training, Sun, 9/7.

Kairos: Tuesdays, 7-9pm in the MPR: The Way of Discipleship. Details
All young adults age 18-25 are welcome to our weekly Kairos gatherings. We have excellent live band/worship, a challenging message from God's Word, and plenty of fellowship.

Declutter & Delight in Christ: THIS Sat, 8/23, 7-9pm. Tickets TODAY: $12. Details
Over-scheduled. Stressed. Cluttered. How can we simplify our lives and (re) discover the delight in knowing Christ! All ladies 14 years and older are welcome to join author and speaker Wendy Hagen as she brings encouragement and practical ways to declutter our lives without the use of Pinterest! Delicious desserts will be served with coffee or tea. Tickets available outside TODAY while they last. See WM website for details.
TeenMOPS info outside. Details
TeenMOPS meets twice a month on Monday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm in E132. For information, contact Judy Romanoff at jromanoff54@sbcglobal.net or Betty Sanchez at danbet87@yahoo.com or call 925-980-9006.
Bible Studies begin Tues, 9/9--Power in Purpose. Register 8/24 & 9/7. Cost: $5. Details
Knowing why we exist helps us to live the life that God designed for us. During the course of these eight weeks, we will learn afresh to live and function in the way God intended. We trust that throughout this study you can do the following: 1) re-dedicate your life to God; 2) ask Him to show you the work He has for you; 3) listen to God's answer; 4) step out in faith. Join us in W129/130 from Sept 9th - Nov 4th: 9:00-11:00am and 7:00-9:00pm. More information can be found on our website at: LINK
MOPS Open House: This Thur, 8/21, 9-11am, W129/130. Details
Come by anytime between 9-11am to find out more about MOPS, which is held the first and third Thursday starting in September, and register for the beginning of the year. MOPS is for pregnant moms and moms with kids up to 5th grade. Join us for some light refreshments and fun activities for the kids. Contact Michelle Mathat 925-325-4024 or Melissa Buck 619-957-0440.
New Testament Postcards, TODAY @ 9:20am in W248. Details
The best gifts sometimes come in the smallest packages. This is true with four of the shortest ("smallest") books in the New Testament - Philemon, Jude, 2nd & 3rd John. You are invited to come and join us as we open up the lessons from these small but powerful New Testament "Postcards." This is led by Ted Grant.
Colossians Study TODAY @ 10:55am in W246/247. Details
This is a study through the book of Colossians. We will explore Paul's main theme, that Christ is Lord over all creation and that He (Jesus) has secured redemption of His people, empowering them to participate with Him in His death, resurrection, and fullness. This class will also help train believers in various Bible study methods, allowing for a stronger ability to read and interpret Scripture. This class will be taught by Vinnie Angelo, who holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ephesians & Colossians: Tues @ 7pm, W129/130. Details
While imprisoned in Rome, the Apostle Paul penned two of the most powerful epistles in all the Bible: Ephesians and Colossians. These short letters are packed with doctrine, illustrations, and practical insights for victorious Christian living. Come and join Pastor Dave Parsons for an expositional study through Ephesians and Colossians starting Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00pm in rooms W129/130. Bring your Bible, notepad, and anyone else you want to come along with you. Suggested donation of $5/person.
Beginning Tues, 9/2: Defending the Faith 1 @ 7pm. Details
This class is part one of three Defending the Faith classes offered by Biola University. Audio lectures on various apologetics topics by top Christian speakers, including Lee Strobel, Greg Koukl, William Lane Craig, John Mark Reynolds, J. P. Moreland, Craig J. Hazen, Garrett J. DeWeese, and Joe Hellerman. Register on-line at: LINK or call X7101 for more info.

Sacred Marriage class TODAY @ 9:20am in W234/235. Details
What if God designed marriage to make us holy and not just happy? In this 6-week DVD series, author Gary Thomas will help you understand the Lord's intention for matrimony. Discover how respecting your partner, forgiving and accepting forgiveness, engaging in intimacy, and building a history with your spouse, can release the nature of Christ in your life! A Focus on the Family recommendation. Lead by Harry & Caroline Beltram, III.

PrimeTimers Sunday Study: The Journeys of Paul in Acts 11-28, 9:20am, W129/130 * Upcoming Events: Sat, 9/6--Murder Mystery Social; Fri, 9/26--Oakland/Bay Bridge Walk & Lunch; Sat, 12/13--Christmas Banquet.

GO Prayer & Praise: Join us in prayer for our partners in ministry & unreached peoples: Mon, 7pm in GO Room.
Delta Young Life Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser: Fri, 9/19 at Lone Tree Golf Course in ANT. Tickets/info on Plaza.

Interested in serving? We have a critical need for outdoor greeters, security, kitchen help & more! Join us for our next orientation THIS Fri, 8/22. For more information, please call 778-1893.

DivorceCare for adults begins at BRT on Monday, 8/18 @ 7pm in W235. DivorceCare for Kids (children 6-12 years old) meets at the same time in W236. Call Sally at x7163 for adult class info and Erin at 337-7370 for DC4K info. Details
Find Help - Discover Hope - Experience Healing. DivorceCare for adults will begin on Monday, 8/18 at 7pm in W235. NEW this year will be DC4K "Divorce Care for Kids" meeting at the same time in W236. Children 6 - 12 years old can learn about HOPE thru creative activities. Call x7163 for adult class and Erin at 925-337-7370 for DC4K.
Bethesda, our future ministry for young men struggling with life-controlling issues, is holding a fundraiser barbecue on Sat, 9/13 from 6-8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Bethesda table out front TODAY. For info, call Sally at x7163.

Looking for a place to use your musical abilities? Celebration Singers, our adult choir, is starting back up soon!! We'd love to have you join us on Thursdays beginning 8/28 at 7pm. Praise, singing, worship & prayer.
Call x7134 with questions.

English as a Second Language (ESL) begins THIS Sat, 8/23 from 10am-noon.
Monthly potluck: 8/24.
Annual Church Picnic: 9/7.
Women's Bible Study: Power in Purpose begins 9/4 from 9:30-11:30am. Class fee of $5 includes booklet!

9:20 AM Details
  • Lillian Carolyn Donisanu
  • Josiah Anthony Gallegos
  • Nya Douglas
10:55 AM Details
  • Evan Nicolis Arnone
  • Emily Joy Butterfield
  • Ethan Taylor Thai
  • Francisco Adelai Velasco
  • Grayson Alan Velasco

All Church Prayer: TOMORROW, Mon, 8/18, @ 7pm in W248. Everyone is welcome to join us as we bring our prayers & petitions before our Heavenly Father.
Grace Land Christian Bookstore is re-opening under new ownership in Brentwood: 8640 Brentwood Blvd. Planned opening is September 1st.
GHCC Budget Report: Our 2014 general fund is running at 97% of budget. This represents a year-to-date shortfall of $105,637. Praise the Lord for meeting our every need (Phil. 4:19) and for your faithfulness.
A BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to bake homemade cookies during our hot weather. The kids at Juvenile Hall really appreciated all the goodies that were donated. Thank you for your caring and generosity.