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JSeascape Newsletter ISSUE 7, VOLUME I

JUNE 1, 2009

Join a Team/Be a Leader Membership Team: Welcomes and invites new members, contacts absentees, coordinates support in times of crisis. Tamra, April

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Sunday, June 7th: FCC Singles Beach Day. 2pm-8pm. Cost $7 (includes food/fire). Bring chair/sunscreen. Weenie roast at 6pm. Beach activities and fellowship all day. Need help manning the connect table for the next three weekends. See April Saturday, June 13th Relay for Life: Jseascape joining FCC family team. Afternoon into evening. Walk as long or as little as you want. See Events team. Monday, June 22nd Celebration: Completion of Grace series at Christina’s house in San Pedro Monday, June 29th Start new series on Parables. Runs parallel to Pastor Bruce’s teachings. Sunday, July 26th Fieldtrip #3 OC Fair and concert with Benatar/ Blonie/Romantics. August/September Fieldtrip # 4: Angel baseball game. Date TBD

Communication Team: Maintains/ updates yahoo group and website, organizes birthday celebrations, sends out reEvents Team: Coordinates minders and updates. field trips, reservations, Tamra, Shalini transportation, pricing, plans calendar. Christina. Prayer Team: Leads prayer Promote events: Gary, time, creates master prayer requests, follows up on Dana, Alicia, Doc prayers. Tamra Service Team: Organizes and schedules service Stewardship Team: Colprojects, coordinates com- lects/accounts for funds munity volunteer opportuni- towards activities, books, ties. Dana

gifts and grants Discipleship Team: Encourages members to grown in faith, attend FCC Discovery classes, establish a reading plan for personal bible study. Leadership Team: Facilitates meetings, coordinates material series’, supports other teams. April and Tamra Getting involved on a team is a great way to connect to Jseascape & church family. We still need help with Membership, Prayer, and Stewardship.

GRACE TRIVIA GRACE is mentioned in the Bible many times, yet Jesus never spoke the word "GRACE" as recorded in English. GRACE is a result of "faith in Jesus Christ." The word "GRACE" appears in the Old Testament approximately 38 times. The word "GRACE" appears in the New Testament approximately 128 times. The word "GRACE" as it is used in the Old Testament can mean the following: GRACE can mean: graciousness, kindness, favor, well-favored, highly favored. GRACE can also mean: to beseech, to give, grant, to entreat, merciful, to have pity upon GRACE can also mean: to stoop in kindness to an inferior, to bestow, to implore, and to move to favor by petition. GRACE can also mean: pleasant and precious. The word "GRACE" in the New Testament can mean the following: GRACE can mean: divine influence upon the heart, benefit, favor, gift GRACE can mean: God’s goodness, love, mercy, and kindness toward people without regard to their work, deeds, and in spite of what they deserve. GRACE can also mean: GRACEfulness, good, well, well-done, to be suitable or proper, graciousness, acceptable, joy, liberality, pleasure, thankworthy, happy or well-off, be glad, God speed, greeting, hail, joy, rejoice. It also has other meanings in the English language that do not apply to the usage of the biblical word of "GRACE." GRACE is an expression or demonstration of God’s love. The most commonly used meaning for the word "GRACE" appears to be "unmerited favor." GRACE, regarding salvation, conveys the meaning of the greatest free gift that can be given to someone totally separated from any effort one might do to deserve it. GRACE may be said to be the greatest most wonderful gift, paid for with the greatest price in history, and given freely to those who do not deserve it. GRACE may be said to be the culmination of all the past covenants. It does not destroy the Law, but fulfills it. It is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. (Excerpted from www.unision.com/Documents/Doctrines/Grace.htm)

MEMORY VERSE: John 1:17 For the Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


First Christian Church 1207 Main St Huntington Beach CA

Leadership Team of FCC 30s-40s Singles: April Gentry: 714-322-3399 Tamra Wood: 714-651-1753

Our Group Guidelines: !"

We are an open, fun, mature, and creative place to learn about God

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Next Week: Continue series on Grace. Please read Session Three before next week.

Our discussions are confidential and stay within the group. We do not gossip, nor talk negatively about each other

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Need $7 from those attending 6/7 beach party. Let’s make this a great turn out for our church spirit.

We welcome newcomers, and cherish each other’s contribution to the group.

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We encourage spiritual growth within the group and individually

WE HAVE A YAHOO GROUP: FCCHBSINGLES

REMINDERS:

Prayer Partners: Don’t forget to pray for your assigned prayer partner this week. You could even call, email, or text them during the week to encourage them.

Our new website: JSeascape.org Would you believe just two weeks after we decided on our name, we have a website? Thanks to our member, Shalini, who is a web designer. She took the name and ran with it. We have a new logo (see the front) and already some text on the website. Now you can tell your friends, Christians and non-Christians, out about group just by referring them to the website. Let’s discuss what other content we can add to the website to make it more informative and fun.

Member Point of Interest – Common phrases and where they came from Circle of Friends: The early Normans are credited with being the creators of open hearths for domestic use (and, as a result, of indoor heating). Because the first open hearths, semicircular in shape, were crude and primitive, people had to sit very close to one to get warm. When the weather was cold, an entire family would gather in a semicircle opposite the one formed by the hearth, forming a complete circle. Only the immediate family used the hearth in this fashion, giving rise to the common phrase, “family circle.” Later, when others were invited to sit around the hearth, the phrase evolved into “circle of friends.” Mend Fences: The expression “mending fences” means “to make amends” or “to apologize to those we have wronged.” The phrase originated in the presidential campaign of 1880. John Sherman, an Ohio senator at the time, left Washington while Congress was in session for his farm near Mansfield, Ohio. It was rumored that he’d retired to his farm in order to confer secretly with Republican political leaders and elicit their support for his candidacy for president. One day while he was on his farm with his friend, Colonel Moulton, a political report found Sherman and Moulton mending a fence. The reporter, bent on a scoop, asked what Sherman was doing. Colonel Mouton, answering for Sherman, said, “why you can see for yourself, he’s mending his fences.” The reporter made “mending fences” the feature of his story, and the phrase has been in popular use ever since.

Phrases to consider while studying Grace. (Excepted from Moredock and Korach, “Common Phrases and Where They Came From”)

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