GBC Menifee update

28 07 2008

This week we’re saying goodbye to two families that are moving away: Adam & Kristi Lee and Javier & Lisa Villagran. Financial considerations have been at the center of both of these moves, and it won’t be any surprise if we lose more families in the coming months as the economic pain continues to hit home. Our attendance has been flirting with 100, but these departures will obviously have an impact on that. We had about 80 people at a wonderful picnic last night to say goodbye to the Lees and Villagrans.

My Sunday was highlighted by two conversations in which people expressed very sincere appreciation for the preaching, and specifically expressed the ways God has been changing their lives and homes through the Word. We’ve finished up our series on the Fear of God, and by the end of August we’ll begin our new series exploring the rest of the Pentateuch.

We also voted this Sunday to appoint Eric True as an elder. In one sense this was just a formality, but in another sense it is very important for our church family to commit to follow his leadership as God designs in Scripture. This past Sunday was the vote – next Sunday we’ll have an appointment service to remind both Eric and the people of their biblical responsibilities to one another.

We’ve finalized plans for an elders’ planning retreat September 5-6. This will be an important time of planning both for GBC Menifee and for the next church plant.

While we are losing two families, we’re excited that the Lord is also bringing another one! Nate & Erin Hamblen are on their way across the country (oh, that wonderful time of life when you can fit all of your belongings into a car!). They are scheduled to arrive this Friday. They will be living and working in Corona for now, but they are excited to serve any way they can in our church family.


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