Pray for our missionaries!

Prayer requests for the missionaries we are supporting:

J. – with Tarahumara people in Mexico *

  • for more suitable resources to translate to the Tarahumara language, and for wisdom in what to use and how.
  • for the nutrition program at the village close by – “a community that seems too dark and so deluded by the syncretism” – for God to grant open doors for the Word there.
  • for the children in those villages who suffer from malnutrition, sickness, and abuse.
  • for J.’s tendonitis in her right hand – for relief.

Seita and Emma – Tokyo church plant

  • for their Family Camp with the church, and some non-Christian families – for deepening friendship and tangible presence of Christ and his love.  And especially for the men to connect with each other.
  • for Kazu: who has been attending the Sunday gathering – for spiritual sight and new life. 
  • for an affordable and large enough venue in which to gather to worship Jesus together.

Jose – US Navy Chaplain

  • for grace for current deployment – as he is away from family for an extended period of time.
  • for contexts he’s leading: two Financial Peace classes, a study on the 1689 Baptist confession, a men’s study through Romans, and a weekly worship service.
  • for the worship service he started – as people come, that they would know the only hope in this world – Jesus Christ.
  • for his sons and daughters to grow up into the adults God would have them be.
  • for Jose’s wife, Rebekah – continued gentleness and patience with the kids.

*  missionary’s name intentionally abbreviated

Sunday Service Prep – 09.19.21

Grace Church Family,

As we look forward to this Sunday’s service on September 19th, here are some things to help you prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship the Lord together.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LITURGY – 09.19.21

  • Call to Worship
    • This Is Amazing Grace
    • Romans 8 Congregational Reading
    • Here is Love
    • Your Great Name
    • Worthy Is the Lamb
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 3.16a
  • Sermon – The Scripture-Saturated Church: The God-Breathed Scripture
    • Lord’s Supper
    • Speak, O Lord
    • Doxology
  • Closing / Benediction

09.19.21 SONG LYRICS
To print or access the song lyrics on your phone, click HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON
If you are unable to attend this Sunday, you can live stream our service at 9:00 am on Facebook Live by clicking HERE. Please note that you do not need an account to watch the live stream.

GIVING
There are three ways that you can worship God through your giving at this time.

  1. Mail a check directly to our mailing address: P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91942.
  2. If you are comfortable using your bank’s bill-paying process, simply include Grace Church as a payee. The address is P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91942. The phone number is 858-522-0056. If your bank asks for an account number, just put your name into the account number. With most banks, there is no fee charged for this service.
  3. Clover Give: www.gracechurcheast.org/giving. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for how to give online HERE. Clover takes 1% for ACH (direct payments) and 2.5% for credit cards, plus a small fee for each transaction.

Most importantly, let’s continue to be faithful in prayer as we ask our heavenly Father to “give us our daily bread” (Matt. 6.11), knowing that he knows our needs and is faithful to provide (Matt. 6.25-34).

Thank you for your faithfulness in this area as we glorify God through our finances.

WHEN & WHERE

We will be gathering at 9AM, near the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, which is located at: 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942.

For a full list of what to bring, the guidelines we’ve been asked to follow (masks, distancing, etc.), and other important information, please visit our designated Sunday Services page HERE.

Saturday Announcements – 09.18.21

What we’re memorizing right now:
[14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it [15]and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.      2 Timothy 3:14–17 (ESV)

FEATURED

  • Ever wonder what’s happening at Grace? Check out our new calendar on the website!
  • Parenting: It’s Not What You Think It Is: We’ll be hosting a hybrid parenting equipping in October, based on a Paul Tripp video series. Participants will watch 4 videos (approx. 45min each, see below for titles/topics) at home, then join us Saturday, October 16, 6:30-8:30PM for dessert and discussion. Visit www.notwhatyouthink.live for a preview of content. RSVP for free access through license purchased by Grace Church. Session topics include: Give Up Control, Shape Their Character, Thrive in the Teen Years, Rest in God.
  • Women’s Ministry beach party: Join us TONIGHT, 4-7PM on Coronado Beach for an end-of-summer beach party. Bring your own dinner, beverage, and chair, and join us for games and a sunset. Meet between the dunes and the main lifeguard tower.
  • Membership Explored Class: Sundays, October 10th – October 31st. Interested in learning more about Grace Church or becoming a member? Join us, beginning October 10th after the service, for this four-part class to learn what we believe and how we do life together.  RSVP HERE.
  • October Family Lunch: Lunch will be provided after the service Sunday, October 3. Please be sure to bring your own beverage, as the team will no longer be setting up a water station. Our family lunches are a great opportunity to meet new people or catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while! Email the church office if you have questions about the menu.
  • Women’s Bible Study: Now has 3 attendance options:
    • Wednesdays, 9:30-11AM at Mindy Colton’s home (450 Tilling Way, El Cajon, 92020), outdoors with indoor childcare provided.
    • Thursdays, 7-8:30PM at Amy Devenberg’s home (6207 Monticello St, Santee, 92071), indoors with no childcare provided.
    • 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 via Zoom.
  • CAPS Golf Tournament: Monday, October 18th at Maderas Golf Course in Poway. Tee time is 12:30 with scramble format.  www.capsgolf.com for more info. CAPS is also seeking volunteers for the event and leads for raffle items. Contact church office for more info.

GATHERED WORSHIP

  • Sunday Service Parking: Click HERE for a map that shows alternate parking areas. If you park on Poppy Street, enter through the metal gate to access the trail. 
  • Sunday Service Prep: Click HEREto view the song lyrics or click HERE to view the full Sunday liturgy.

OUTREACH / MISSION

  • Bridge of Hope Donations: For donations to Bridge of Hope (clothes, toys, household supplies, etc.), see Eric Lehmkuhl for drop off for those items. He is unable to take any large items but can help you with how to drop those off.
  • Bridge of Hope Volunteering: There are many different ways for you to get involved with and volunteer at Bridge of Hope! 
    • Food distribution volunteer: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
    • Donations: list of items needed on their website HERE
    • Financial support: giving information on their website HERE
  • CAPS:  College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS) serves women in crisis pregnancy, and you can help: become a prayer partner, donate baby gift items or support CAPS financially. See their website HERE for more info.

FELLOWSHIP / DISCIPLESHIP 

  • Home Groups: Plug into a Home Group to grow “with a growth that comes from God” (Col. 2:19). Our Home Groups meet a couple times each month including a men’s or women’s meeting. Please visit the home group page on our website for more information.
  • Bible Study:
    • Women’s bible study – See above for schedule & link to the Women of Grace page.
    • Men’s bible study – they work through a chapter per book at a time; meetings are from 6-7 a.m. every Tuesday over Zoom. Click HERE for link. For more info, please contact the church office at info@gracechurcheast.org
  • Prayer Meetings: our weekly prayer contexts in which we cry out to God together:
    • Sunday morning: on the amphitheater stage at Harry Griffen Park at 8:15 a.m.
    • Wednesday evening:  via Zoom from 7-8 p.m. Visit the prayer page on our website for more info
    • Prayer requests can now be emailed to prayer@gracechurcheast.org

CONTINUING CARE

         Please continue to pray for those battling cancer and chronic illness, as well as their families: Matthew B., Amanda M., Jeff R., and Debbie S. We’ve received the following recent update from Debbie: “I’ve received treatment for the new spots in my brain and everything appears to be back on track in being stable against any more cancer. I am grateful to receive so many benefits of being part of a loving part of the Body of Christ called Grace Church: Prayer and yummy broth!”

Midweek Update 09.15.21

Midweek Update:  9.15.21

Greetings Grace Church Family!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing our vision and forecasting direction for our church.  I wanted to briefly follow up on those items, as they are important for us as a body.

VISION, MISSION, and VALUES

Two weeks ago, we took a Sunday to talk about our vision, mission, and values as a church.  If you missed that, we handed out THIS DOCUMENT.

We also provided these five priorities to keep in prayer:

  • UPWARD PRIORITY:  further the saturation of Scripture in our church culture (2 Tim 3.14 – 4.4).
  • INWARD PRIORITY:  further our vision for and practice of mutual discipleship (Matt 28.18-20, Eph 4.15-16, Col 3.16).
  • OUTWARD PRIORITY:  further the outreach and evangelism of our members (Matt 28.18-20, Acts 1.8). (See Summary HERE.)
  • SITUATIONAL PRIORITY:  further our transition to post-COVID ministry.
  • PARTNERSHIP PRIORITY:  further direction for any potential church affiliation (Phil 1.5, 4.15).

THE SCRIPTURE-SATURATED CHURCH

Last week we began a 4-part series in 2 Timothy to highlight a long-term initiative of more intentionally “saturating” our church culture with Holy Scripture.  Our goal is to better know and love the Word of God, that we might better know and love the God of the Word!

Here are some aspects of this long-term initiative:

  • preach on this long-term vision (from 2 Tim 3-4)
  • memorize passages of Scripture from each preaching series
  • vary the genre more from what we preach, including more Old Testament
  • suggest a plan for personal Bible intake (see below)
  • apply the Scripture preached in home groups and youth ministry
  • see Scripture govern our lives and relationships in increasing measure

We want to recommend a couple books to help you, including The Wisdom Pyramid:  Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World by Brett McCracken.  The back cover summarizes this book nicely: 

Inspired by the food pyramid model, the Wisdom Pyramid challenges us to increase our intake of enduring, trustworthy sources (like the Bible) while moderating our consumption of less reliable sources (like the Internet and social media).  At a time when so much of our daily media diet is toxic and making us spiritually sick, The Wisdom Pyramid suggests that we become healthy and wise when we reorient our lives around God – the foundation of truth and the eternal source of wisdom.

From that blurb you can tell this is a timely and needed resource; we highly recommend it!  As we discussed on Sunday, we are all being most discipled by something – that is, something is most shaping our thoughts, beliefs, habits, etc.  We want “the sacred writings” – rightly interpreted and appropriately applied – to be what is most shaping us!

HAVE A PLAN!

We also want to urge you to have a doable plan for the regular intake of God’s word. I personally recommend the Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan.  I read, meditate, and pray from Scripture using half of that plan, along with the very helpful and concise commentary found in For the Love of God – a daily commentary by New Testament scholar D.A. Carson.  

Doing half of this plan has me reading through the New Testament and Psalms once per year, and the rest of the Bible once over the span of two years. I find that amount of reading allows me to slow down and “soak” in a given passage for the day. And Dr. Carson helps me better understand and apply a given chapter in a thoughtful manner.  You don’t need to buy Dr. Carson’s book; you can get a daily email with the reading plan and his commentary HERE.

Of course, there are many other Bible reading plans.  You can also just slowly read and meditate through one book of the Bible at a time, which is a great approach.  The point is to have a doable, sustainable plan that works for you, such that you are regularly feeding your soul with God’s word (Matt 4.4).

PRAYER MEETING INFO

As a reminder, every Wednesday evening (that’s tonight!) we have a corporate prayer meeting via Zoom from 7-8pm. Please click HERE for the Zoom link and password. 

With our love for you,

Tab

Sunday Service Prep – 09.12.21

Grace Church Family,

As we look forward to this Sunday’s service on September 12th, here are some things to help you prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship the Lord together.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LITURGY – 09.12.21

  • Call to Worship
    • Let Your Kingdom Come
    • God Is Our Refuge
    • Psalm 46 Responsive Reading
    • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
    • Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Baptism
  • Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 3.10-15
  • Sermon – The Scripture-Saturated Church: Continue in Scripture
    • Lord’s Supper
    • How Firm a Foundation
  • Closing / Benediction

09.12.21 SONG LYRICS
To print or access the song lyrics on your phone, click HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON
If you are unable to attend this Sunday, you can live stream our service at 9:00 am on Facebook Live by clicking HERE. Please note that you do not need an account to watch the live stream.

GIVING
There are two ways that you can worship God through your giving at this time.

  1. Mail a check (or have your bank do so) to our mailing address: P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91942.
  2. Clover Give: www.gracechurcheast.org/giving. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for how to give online HERE.

Most importantly, let’s continue to be faithful in prayer as we ask our heavenly Father to “give us our daily bread” (Matt. 6.11), knowing that he knows our needs and is faithful to provide (Matt. 6.25-34).

Thank you for your faithfulness in this area as we glorify God through our finances.

WHEN & WHERE

We will be gathering near the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, which is located at: 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942.

For a full list of what to bring, the guidelines we’ve been asked to follow (masks, distancing, etc.), and other important information, please visit our designated Sunday Services page HERE.

Saturday Announcements – 09.11.21

FEATURED

  • Ever wonder what’s happening at Grace? Check out our new calendar on the website!
  • Parenting: It’s Not What You Think It Is: We’ll be hosting a hybrid parenting equipping in October, based on a Paul Tripp video series. Participants will watch 4 videos (approx. 45min each) at home, then join us Saturday, October 16, 6:30-8:30PM for dessert and discussion. Visit www.notwhatyouthink.live for a preview of content. RSVP for free access through license purchased by Grace Church.
  • Women’s Ministry beach party: Join us 09.18, 4-7PM on Coronado for an end-of-summer beach party. Bring your own dinner and join us for games and a sunset. Meet near the dunes, to the left of the main lifeguard tower.
  • Women’s Bible Study: Now has 3 attendance options:
    • Wednesdays, 9:30-11AM at Mindy Colton’s home (450 Tilling Way, El Cajon, 92020), outdoors with indoor childcare provided.
    • Thursdays, 7-8:30PM at Amy Devenberg’s home (6207 Monticello St, Santee, 92071), indoors with no childcare provided.
    • 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 via Zoom.
    • CLICK HERE for info on what’s being studied.
  • CAPS Golf Tournament: Monday, October 18th at Maderas Golf Course in Poway. Tee time is 12:30 with scramble format. www.capsgolf.com for more info. CAPS is also seeking volunteers for the event and leads for raffle items. Contact church office for more info.
  • Teach the Bible Equipping:  Tab will be leading a monthly discipleship group to equip people for understanding and teaching passages of Scripture.  We will generally meet the last Saturday morning of each month, beginning Sept. 25.  There is reading to do for the first meeting, so please CLICK HERE to sign up.  
  • Emotional Equipping: Untangling Emotions Conference Recordings
     All of the Untangling Emotions Conference audio as well as the notebook is now available on our website! We’ve password protected this page is because the content was very personal to those who shared, and we would like to limit access to those in our church family. The password is the same as for our Members Portal (if you need the password, please email the church office). 

GATHERED WORSHIP

  • Sunday Service Parking: Click HERE for a map that shows alternate parking areas. If you park on Poppy Street, enter through the metal gate to access the trail. 
  • Sunday Service Prep: Click HERE to view the song lyrics or click HERE to view the full Sunday liturgy.

OUTREACH / MISSION

  • Bridge of Hope Donations: For donations to Bridge of Hope (clothes, toys, household supplies, etc.), see Eric Lehmkuhl for drop off for those items. He is unable to take any large items but can help you with how to drop those off.
  • Bridge of Hope Volunteering: There are many different ways for you to get involved with and volunteer at Bridge of Hope! 
    • Food distribution volunteer: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
    • Donations: list of items needed on their website HERE
    • Financial support: giving information on their website HERE
  • CAPS:  College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS) serves women in crisis pregnancy, and you can help: become a prayer partner, donate baby gift items or support CAPS financially. See their website HERE for more info.

FELLOWSHIP / DISCIPLESHIP 

  • Home Groups: Plug into a Home Group to grow “with a growth that comes from God” (Col. 2:19). Our Home Groups meet a couple times each month including a men’s or women’s meeting. Please visit the home group page on our website for more information.
  • Bible Study:
    • Women’s bible study – See above for schedule & link to the Women of Grace page.
    • Men’s bible study – they work through a chapter per book at a time; meetings are from 6-7 a.m. every Tuesday over Zoom. Click HERE for link. For more info, please contact the church office at info@gracechurcheast.org
  • Prayer Meetings: our weekly prayer contexts in which we cry out to God together:
    • Sunday morning: on the amphitheater stage at Harry Griffen Park at 8:15 a.m.
    • Wednesday evening:  via Zoom from 7-8 p.m. Visit the prayer page on our website for more info
    • Prayer requests can now be emailed to prayer@gracechurcheast.org

CONTINUING CARE

         Please continue to pray for those battling cancer and chronic illness, as well as their families: Matthew B., Amanda M., Jeff R., and Debbie S. We’ve received the following recent update from Debbie: “I’ve received treatment for the new spots in my brain and everything appears to be back on track in being stable against any more cancer. I am grateful to receive so many benefits of being part of a loving part of the Body of Christ called Grace Church: Prayer and yummy broth!”

Midweek Update 09.08.21

Mid-week Update:  Current Facility Considerations

Dear Grace Church family,

On Sunday I gave a facility update for our Sunday services. I mentioned that there are three options currently before us. I mentioned that none of those options are ideal, so we have created a document spelling out what we think are the positives and negatives of each option. 

That document was on our Information Table on Sunday, and its content is below in its entirety. We are asking that you would take time in your home groups to discuss this document together. The reason being that we very much want your help as we seek to engage in this deliberation together.

As you have those discussions, however, please seek to give consideration most of all to what is best for us as a church body, and not just what our individual preferences may or may not be. Your individual preferences are important and we want to know those, but we’re also seeking to think about God’s good will for us as a congregation together.

Thank you so very much!

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Current Facility Considerations
9.5.21


For the location of our Sunday services, our goal has been to explore short-term solutions and then to consider longer-term options. Jeff Richards has been kindly making calls to explore a variety of options, and we’ve been diligently connecting with those with whom we have relationship in the area. 

We believe we have rather thoroughly explored our short-term options, and three are before us at the present time:  return to the La Mesa Community Center, stay in Harry Griffen Park indefinitely, or move indoors to the facility of Lake Murray Community Church.

LA MESA COMMUNITY CENTER

Positives:  The community center is reasonably priced (approx. $40k/year), clean, well-located, air conditioned, and provides us with onsite storage for a Sunday morning timeslot. This is not a common set of circumstances to easily come by in our area.
Negatives:  The stated requirement by the city of La Mesa is for masks to be worn by all who are unvaccinated.  While we understand this approach, we do not believe it would serve us well as a body at this time.  With the current Delta variant increase, La Mesa has indicated that their usage policies will tighten further.  (This may involve a requirement for all to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, as is the current policy for San Diego city facilities). Thus, the situation is rather unstable and unpredictable as La Mesa’s policy is likely to change with the changing pandemic situation. Additionally, there has been a concern about the long-term viability of renting a city property, given our biblical perspective on matters of gender and sexuality and the potential for the city to prohibit us from using their property on relatively short notice.

HARRY GRIFFEN PARK

Positives: Meeting in the park has been a great provision for us, as being outdoors has greatly reduced the risk of COVID transmission. Our rental costs have been significantly lower in the park (approx. $15k/year), and we have ministered to people in the park that, otherwise, we would not have met.
Negatives: The ministry of God’s word in general is hindered by the distractions in the park. It’s also hard for some to see and hear during the preaching, and those preaching cannot see the entire congregation. It’s difficult to feel like we’re assembling together as we ought, since we cannot hear one another very well, if at all, in our singing worship (consider the call of Ephesians 5.19 to be:  “…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…”). In addition, the consensus has been that we cannot conduct a safe and effective children’s ministry during our services in the park. We’d like to conduct age-appropriate gospel ministry during our services for children again, and we’d like all of our parents to be able to consistently receive from the public ministry of God’s word.  Lastly, we do face some rather hot Sunday mornings and will soon face the possibility of rain on some Sundays.

LAKE MURRAY COMMUNITY CHURCH

Positives: Though they are finalizing a “Use Agreement,” the elders at Lake Murray have tentatively offered us the use of their facility for up to a year, as they appreciate our shared gospel ministries and like-mindedness as local churches. The building is conveniently located, air conditioned, clean and well-maintained. They have proposed a very low cost for the use of their facility (a rate that equates to approx. $10k/year), and they do not plan on any mask requirements. Moving our services indoors now seems possible with the current vaccine prevalence, and moving indoors addresses all the “negatives” above about meeting in the park. The sanctuary is an appropriate size for us (seating about 200). It appears that we would be able to use their audio/visual system (and possibly some instruments), greatly reducing our set up and take down needs. It seems the service could be shown via video feed in their fellowship hall for any who would be uncomfortable with the closer proximity in the sanctuary. Suitable and accessible children’s ministry classrooms would also be available. 
Negatives: We would have to move our Sunday services to a late afternoon/early evening timeslot. We would lose our reservation at the park for Sunday mornings, and would more than likely lose our “first right of refusal” for returning to the community center. The desire would be for Sunday afternoon / evening services to only be a short-term, stopgap measure. However, we would have no guarantees as to what our longer-term facility options may or may not be beyond that. 

IN SUMMARY, there is not an “ideal” option before us presently; each option entails both positive and negative factors. Whatever we do, God is setting before each of us an opportunity to “look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2.4) And we can do so because Christ has first done so for us in the most profound way possible – through the incomparable humility of his incarnation and suffering in our stead (Phil 2.5-8)! 

Now we want and need your help as a congregation. We’d like to discern God’s good direction for us together.  Please engage with us in this deliberation process. We welcome your thoughts, questions, and concerns. We ask you to pray for God’s wisdom and direction. God has revealed himself as one who hears and responds to his people as we wait upon him:

From of old no one has heard
                        or perceived by the ear,
            no eye has seen a God besides you,
                        who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4)

So let us pray with great confidence and anticipation, knowing that we have full and free access to such a God – through Christ – who loves us, hears us, and acts for us as we wait for him.

With our love for you,

the elders of Grace Church

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PRAYER MEETINGS & PRAYER EMAIL
Lastly, I invite you to gather with other members of Grace Church at one of our weekly prayer meetings, information for each is below. I also wanted to let you know that we’ve created the email address prayer@gracechurcheast.org so that you can email any prayer request you might have, so that the elders and others in the church can be praying for you.

  1. Every Sunday morning down on the amphitheater stage at 8:15am we have a prayer meeting to pray for our service as well as the ministries of our church.
  2. Every Wednesday evening (that’s tonight!) we have a corporate prayer meeting via Zoom from 7-8pm. Please click HERE for the Zoom link and password.

Sunday Service Prep – 09.05.21

Grace Church Family,

As we look forward to this Sunday’s service on September 5th, here are some things to help you prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship the Lord together.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LITURGY – 09.05.21

  • Call to Worship
    • In Tenderness
    • Out of the Depths
    • Corporate Confession
    • In Christ Alone
    • This is Amazing Grace
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:19-22
  • Sermon – The Church & Our Church
  • Lord’s Supper
    • Cornerstone
  • Closing / Benediction

09.05.21 SONG LYRICS
To print or access the song lyrics on your phone, click HERE.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON
If you are unable to attend this Sunday, you can live stream our service at 9:00 am on Facebook Live by clicking HERE. Please note that you do not need an account to watch the live stream.

GIVING
There are two ways that you can worship God through your giving at this time.

  1. Mail a check (or have your bank do so) to our mailing address: P.O. Box 247, La Mesa, 91942.
  2. Clover Give: www.gracechurcheast.org/giving. We’ve added step-by-step instructions for how to give online HERE.

Most importantly, let’s continue to be faithful in prayer as we ask our heavenly Father to “give us our daily bread” (Matt. 6.11), knowing that he knows our needs and is faithful to provide (Matt. 6.25-34).

Thank you for your faithfulness in this area as we glorify God through our finances.

WHEN & WHERE

We will be gathering near the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, which is located at: 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942.

For a full list of what to bring, the guidelines we’ve been asked to follow (masks, distancing, etc.), and other important information, please visit our designated Sunday Services page HERE.

Saturday Announcements – 09.04.21

FEATURED

  • Ever wonder what’s happening at Grace? Check out our new calendar on the website!
  • Women’s Ministry Beach party: Join us 09.18, 4-7PM on Coronado for an end-of-summer beach party. Bring your own dinner and join us for games and a sunset. Meet near the dunes, to the left of the main lifeguard tower.
  • Women’s Bible Study: Resumes September 8th with 3 attendance options:
    • Wednesdays, 9:30-11AM at Mindy Colton’s home (450 Tilling Way, El Cajon, 92020), outdoors with indoor childcare provided.
    • Thursdays, 7-8:30PM at Amy Devenberg’s home (6207 Monticello St, Santee, 92071), indoors with no childcare provided.
    • 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 via Zoom.
    • CLICK HERE for info on what’s being studied.
  • CAPS Golf Tournament: Monday, October 18th at Maderas Golf Course in Poway. Tee time is 12:30 with scramble format. www.capsgolf.com for more info. CAPS is also seeking volunteers for the event and leads for raffle items. Contact church office for more info.
  • Teach the Bible Equipping:  Tab will be leading a monthly discipleship group to equip people for understanding and teaching passages of Scripture.  We will generally meet the last Saturday morning of each month, beginning Sept. 25.  There is reading to do for the first meeting, so please CLICK HERE to sign up.  
  • Cultural Equipping: Consider joining us this coming ministry year to be equipped to engage questions of faith, sexuality, and gender with biblical faithfulness and compassion as we work through the Digital Leaders Forum (click HERE to watch the trailer). We’ll also be reading and discussing, Taking God at his Word, by Kevin DeYoung, to strengthen our conviction in the authority of God’s word, so that as we come to these conversations we’re doing so from a posture of faith that sees what God says in his word as good, true, and beautiful. This class will meet on the 3rd Saturday each month beginning 09.18. There is a limited number of spots available for this class so please CLICK HERE to sign up
  • Parenting: It’s Not What You Think It Is: We’ll be hosting a hybrid parenting conference in October, based on a Paul Tripp video series. Participants will watch 4 videos (approx. 45min each) at home, then join us Saturday, October 16, 6:30-8:30PM for dessert and discussion. Visit www.notwhatyouthink.live for a preview of content. RSVP for free access through license purchased by Grace Church.
  • Emotional Equipping: Untangling Emotions Conference Recordings:  All of the Untangling Emotions Conference audio as well as the notebook is now available on our website! We’ve password protected this page is because the content was very personal to those who shared, and we would like to limit access to those in our church family. The password is the same as for our Members Portal (if you need the password, please email the church office). 

GATHERED WORSHIP

  • Sunday Service Parking: Click HERE for a map that shows alternate parking areas. If you park on Poppy Street, enter through the metal gate to access the trail. 
  • Sunday Service Prep: Click HERE to view the song lyrics or click HERE to view the full Sunday liturgy.

OUTREACH / MISSION

  • Bridge of Hope Donations: For donations to Bridge of Hope (clothes, toys, household supplies, etc.), see Eric Lehmkuhl for drop off for those items. He is unable to take any large items but can help you with how to drop those off.
  • Bridge of Hope Volunteering: There are many different ways for you to get involved with and volunteer at Bridge of Hope! 
    • Food distribution volunteer: 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
    • Donations: list of items needed on their website HERE
    • Financial support: giving information on their website HERE
  • CAPS:  College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS) serves women in crisis pregnancy, and you can help: become a prayer partner, donate baby gift items or support CAPS financially. See their website HERE for more info.

FELLOWSHIP / DISCIPLESHIP 

  • Children’s Ministry Help Needed: As we prepare to move indoors, we need help for Children’s Ministry in particular. Please consider serving in this way so we can make these classes a reality! We currently still need 5 volunteers to staff the classes fully when we transition inside. Click HERE to sign up or for more information.
  • Home Groups: Plug into a Home Group to grow “with a growth that comes from God” (Col. 2:19). Our Home Groups meet a couple times each month including a men’s or women’s meeting. Please visit the home group page on our website for more information.
  • Bible Study:
    • Women’s bible study – See above for schedule & link to the Women of Grace page.
    • Men’s bible study – they work through a chapter per book at a time; meetings are from 6-7 a.m. every Tuesday over Zoom. Click HERE for link. For more info, please contact the church office at info@gracechurcheast.org
  • Prayer Meetings: our weekly prayer contexts in which we cry out to God together:
    • Sunday morning: on the amphitheater stage at Harry Griffen Park at 8:15 a.m.
    • Wednesday evening:  via Zoom from 7-8 p.m. Visit the prayer page on our website for more info
    • Prayer requests can now be emailed to prayer@gracechurcheast.org

CONTINUING CARE

         Please continue to pray for those battling cancer and chronic illness, as well as their families: Matthew B., Amanda M., Jeff R., and Debbie S. We’ve received the following update from Debbie last week: “I’ve received treatment for the new spots in my brain and everything appears to be back on track in being stable against any more cancer. I am grateful to receive so many benefits of being part of a loving part of the Body of Christ called Grace Church: Prayer and yummy broth!”

Midweek Update 09.1.21

Greeting Church Family,

Grateful for the reminder we received this past Sunday that the spiritually needy find the Savior we need in Jesus. May the Spirit use this reminder to help us remember our spiritual need for Jesus, that we might care all the more about the spiritually needy around us.

Here’s the plan for our update this week:

  • Budget Affirmation
  • Sermon Series Preview
  • Prayer Meetings

Before diving in, to find out about all the good stuff going on at Grace Church (including sign ups for Teach the Bible or Cultural Equipping classes beginning soon), click HERE.

BUDGET AFFIRMATION
Thank you to all of you who responded to the FY2022 Budget Ballot. I am happy to report that the budget received overwhelming support. As we begin this new ministry year, know that we are grateful for your cheerful and sacrificial giving to the work of the gospel in and through our church (2 Cor. 8-9).

SERMON SERIES PREVIEWbookmarks and bible memorization
As we kick off our new ministry year this Sunday, I wanted to give you a preview of our upcoming sermon and sermon series:

This Sunday Tab will be preaching a sermon titled, “The Church and Our Church,” from Ephesians 2.19-22, where we will be envisioned with God’s purposes for the (universal) church and how those get played out in our local church.

Beginning the following Sunday, we’ll begin a 4-week series titled, “The Scripture-Saturated Church,” where we’ll dive deep into 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5. The goal of this series will be to see the importance of scripture for the life of the church and for each of our lives. Here is our plan for each week:

  • 09.12 – 2 Tim. 3.14-15 – Continue in Scripture
  • 09.19 – 2 Tim. 3.16a – The God-Breathed Scripture
  • 09.26 – 2 Tim. 3.16b-17 – The Sufficiency of Scripture
  • 10.03 – 2 Tim. 4.1-5 – The Public Ministry of Scripture

As we kick off this series, we’d also like to encourage the practice of consistent bible memorization, that we might better know and love the Word of God, and better know and love the God of the Word.

To that end, we will be providing bookmarks for each sermon series that will preview our sermon series and include a passage from that series that you’re encouraged to memorize. I’m really excited about this new initiative, and I hope that the practice of memorizing God’s word together will bear much fruit in our church and each of our lives.

For “The Scripture-Saturated Church,” we’ve chosen 2 Tim. 3.14-17 as our memory verses for the series. Check them out below and get a head start on memorizing them!

[14] But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it [15] and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God* may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV, *ESV footnote:  Or “messenger of God”)

PRAYER MEETINGS & PRAYER EMAIL
Lastly, I invite you to gather with other members of Grace Church at one of our weekly prayer meetings, information for each is below. I also wanted to let you know that we’ve created the email address prayer@gracechurcheast.org so that you can email any prayer request you might have, so that the elders and others in the church can be praying for you.

  1. Every Sunday morning down on the amphitheater stage at 8:15am we have a prayer meeting to pray for our service as well as the ministries of our church.
  2. Every Wednesday evening (that’s tonight!) we have a corporate prayer meeting via Zoom from 7-8pm. Please click HERE for the Zoom link and password.

On behalf of Steve, Marshall, Rick, and Tab,

grace and peace,
Joshua