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Bishop's Fall Gatherings
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"80 Years of Welcome"
Krish O'Mara Vignarajah
Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services
October 5 & 6, 2019 at Mt. Olive, Santa Monica
Another Level 10th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, October 11
"Strength to Serve – Like Jesus"
Men’s Advance
October 11 – 13, 2019 at El Camino Pines
Serving others is one of the central themes of Jesus’ Ministry. We are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.
How do we find the time and strength to serve? During this year’s Men’s Advance, Pastor Marsha Harris will share her experience of serving others, and facilitate discussion on how we can find the strength to serve.
Autumn Renewal
"Sharing God's Love through Gratitude"
October 11 - 13 at CLU
Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

How does living a life of gratitude impact who we are and how we relate to the world around us? What if we incorporated into our lives the daily practice of gratitude? What would that look like? Join us as Keia Morris leads us in Bible Study, Pastor Tracy Williams and Pastor Marta Salazar lead us in worship and Dona Kintzi and friends lead us in song. 

We especially want to welcome our Latina sisters and plan to support them with Spanish speaking leaders and a sensitivity to their needs. We celebrate our diversity and thank God for the gifts that we all bring.

Early bird registration continues until September 1st. Register now to get the price break and assure your place at this Autumn Renewal!
Autumn Renewal!
11th Annual Interfaith Walk
Sunday, October 20 in Claremont
Theoasis: Professional Leaders' Conference
October 21 - 24 in La Quinta
2019 Speakers
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge, United Church of Christ
Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Bishop Yvette Flunder is a native San Franciscan and third generation preacher with roots in the Church of God in Christ. She is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and holds both masters and doctorate degrees in Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion and the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Michael A. Mata
Community and Faith-Based ProgramDesigner/Administrator
Former Director of the Transformational Urban Leadership Program at Azusa Pacific Seminary

Michael A. Mata has designed and administered community and faith-based programs for over thirty years, particularly in the areas of community development, urban youth work, intercultural relations, organizational and leadership development.
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