Here is a place to get info on our new church expression — Circles of Grace — in the greater Long Beach/Lakewood area. We are excited that the Lord has called the Jentes family to spearhead this effort. You can contact Mike Jentes at [email protected] or at 714 -3three0 -632O.
Sunday Circle Gathering
This Sunday December 8th at 10:30am we will circle up together at the Jentes Residence to continue to celebrate Advent, and continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke conversing around chapter 9.
After our time sharing with one another, we will also share a potluck lunch together. Bring a dish to share, we will provide paper products and some drinks. Feel free to head on to your day as you need, but make some time to enjoy one another for lunch and beyond as well!
Advent is something that Christians have been doing for centuries as a way to focus on Jesus during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. The Latin word advent means “arrival” or “coming.” During this season, we celebrate the glory of Jesus’ first coming even as we wait with anticipation for the even greater glory of his second coming.
Different church traditions celebrate Advent in different ways. One popular tradition, which we will be following this year, is to use the four weeks of Advent to focus on the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. As this is the first Sunday of Advent, the focus of this week is on hope, and the theme passage is 1 Peter 1:3-13 (click to see entire scripture). We shared the following video on HOPE to give more meaning to the concept in our circle on Sunday: https://thebibleproject.com/videos/yakhal-hope/
We also invite you to join us on the Bible App (@YouVersion) for this Bible Reading plan ‘Advent: The Journey To Christmas’. Check it out here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13463
Christmas Precious Lamb Preschool Food Drive
Precious Lamb Preschool is a free preschool for at-risk/homeless kids in downtown Long Beach (PreciousLamb.org). The school lost funding because they pray before they eat. To help underwrite the costs, we would like to provide items that the school uses on a regular basis:
*Smooth Peanut Butter
*Apple Sauce Cups
*Whole Grain Ritz Crackers
*Whole Grain Cheez-Its
*Low Sodium Chicken Broth
(No High Fructose Corn Syrup)
*Krusteaz Pancake Mix
*Pineapple Chunks (no syrup)
You can share/download/print the list from this link. Thanks for your help where it makes a great impact!
Habits for Growing Your Spiritual Life:
Lately we have been talking with one another about developing our habits for growing. We’ve simplified it to four things that we are asking about weekly and encouraging one another in:
- Talk & Listen to God
- Learn & Live the Bible
- Be Devoted to a “Jesus Family” (church)
- Tell & Show Others about Jesus
We are about following Jesus and doing it together. What’s your plan to grow closer to God in these habits during the coming week?
We encourage tools like Life Transformation Groups, 33 Things that Happen at the Moment of Salvation, Bible Reading Plans and other Bible Studies. We have the above tools and even a Bible for you if you don’t have one! Let us know how we can help you- email
Check out our Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/CirclesGrace
If you are already in the loop with us and want to join our private Facebook Group send us an email at [email protected]
- We value an authentic and loving relationship with God.
- We believe that people are the priority, because they are unique and special to God.
- We believe the Bible, God’s love letter, is the actual Word of God to the human race.
- We value an expanding network of authentic and loving relationships with people, so we can care for one another well.
- We believe in life transformation–a super-natural moving from where you are to being all God wants you to be.
- We value GlobaLocal mission— that is, local and global sending— to reach pockets of people in SoCal and all over the global village.
- We believe in the multiplication of disciples, leaders, churches, and communities.
Support This Work:
If you would like to donate to support this new work, you may do so by Text: send a text with “$amount circles” to (562) 200-0946
(example: “$50 circles” would be a $50 donation, you can pick your own amount).
If you feel more comfortable, you are welcome to send/drop off a check to:
“Los Altos Grace Church”
6565 E. Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Please designate “Circles Of Grace” on the Memo Line.
Commissioned from Los Altos Grace
Our Church Planting effort is a part of the outreach of the Los Altos Grace Church family. Listen to Mike Jentes’ announcement “We are Pregnant: Los Altos Grace starting a new spiritual family.”
Below is part of the commissioning service for the Jentes family on January 27, 2019: