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I Want to Be Like Grandpa

by Sam Ward

I want to be like my Grandpa Samuel. I am named for him and he was a pastor too. Actually, he was a pastor for as long as I can remember, but he wasn’t like other pastors you might have met.  He played the ukulele and he was a ventriloquist.  That’s an interesting…

Posted in: Worship Arts Ministry

Why you should attend the IF:Gathering at ECC

by Sara Ward

What is the IF: Gathering? The IF:Gathering’s purpose is to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.  This two-day event gathers women from around the world to examine questions about belief (“If God is real, then what?”) and how…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

A Reach Report—DESTINY RESCUE, Myanmar

by Mission Team Member

Reflections from Myanmar Posted on December 17, 2014 by Destiny Rescue Editor   Floundering to Fledgling to Flourishing In April of this year, with a new country manager on board, Destiny Rescue Myanmar was a fledgling rescue operation. We had two staff members, a houseful of…

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A Reach Report—Janaya Bonner in MACAU

by Mission Team Member

Prepare for Warp Speed Creating space... Do you ever feel your life is headed faster than the speed of light?  I often get this sense that life is whizzing past during the holidays.  Here, that's from about Thanksgiving time to Chinese New Year.  So much to plan and bake and…

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A Reach Report—Update from Datemas

by Mission Team Member

Dave and Cathie Datemas' prayer updates for December. Specific things to pray for: - For Dave to have wisdom and perseverance in his leadership role. - For the collaboration vision (many ministries working together for the unreached) to be fulfilled on our Pasadena campus. - That each of…

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A Reach Report—Shrocks in S. Africa

by Mission Team Member

From Jason Shrock: Praises and an updated Pray-For list. PRAISES + Wonderful news of baby Ndlovu expected in May next year + Jolie's tests showed her stomach is normal just healthy diet and lifestyle needed + Joy had 7 teeth removed in prep for braces and is doing great + Visit from…

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New Music Release: You Will Find The Child

by Sam Ward

We put up our Christmas lights outside this week.  And as you look up and down our street at night, the lights from the other houses twinkle brightly lighting up the darkness. It's a reminder to me that Jesus, the light of the world, came into the darkness of the world, the darkness…

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A Glutton For Grace

by Christy Cabe

I drew in a deep breath and then let it out quickly. I pushed my lips firmly together and shut my eyes while I clenched my fists. Why was I so angry? It was a pile of toys, for crying out loud. And it was in the basement where the kids are supposed to play with toys. But I couldn’t let…

Posted in: General, Women's Ministries

A Reach Report—UKRAINE

by Mission Team Member

From Marti Wade and MISSIONS CATALYST, this reminder to pray for the church international.   UKRAINE: Year-long Training and Evangelism Campaign Source: Crossfield News, November 16, 2014 Mission Ukraine, a year-long training and evangelism campaign for the entire nation, will launch…

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More Advent Ideas for the Family

by Sara Ward

Last week, I compiled our family's Advent ideas in this blog, but I also asked Shandra Hathaway, Pastor of Children's Ministries at ECC, what she likes to do with her family for Advent.  Here are her great family Advent ideas with links: Facebook Online Advent Calendar 1. The…

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