Theology Pub is geared for young adults between the ages of 18-35 and meets the third Thursday each month, January through October at the Mueller home in south Torrance. This month they will meet at 7 P.M. on March 21. The focus is to build and strengthen relationships between each other, to grow as brothers and sisters in Christ while equipping each other to engage in discussion with non-Christians. There is a time of fellowship and then a study and discussion which is facilitated by an elder, deacon, or other approved individual. This month the speaker is Jacob Trimper. Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Young Adult Group will meet at 7 P.M., Saturday, March 30, at Mike and Michelle Gregg's home, 1707 247th Place, Lomita, 90717, for a game night. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Missy Ives if you have any questions, email@example.com.
March 31 is our next Fellowship Sunday. The goal of this event is to encourage members to meet new people, refresh old friendships, and just enjoy each other. When we have fellowship together we are all built up and encouraged. You can invite people over for dessert, lunch or dinner or you could make the event a potluck.
The next Apologetics Conference will be April 20 at Branch of Hope. The topic is “Science, Evolution and Intelligent Design: What your teacher couldn’t tell you.” The featured speakers will be Jason Gallagher, speaking on science; Eduardo Anorga, evolution; and Bill Parkinson, intelligent design.
Please join us prior to the
seminar for coffee & light
Speaker: Scott Burnett
Integrity Computer Concepts
Q & A session
Topics that will be covered:
• Current Trends - Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and other social media outlets
• Filtering the Internet & other programs on computers & mobile devices
• Protecting from cyberbullying
•Guidelines for gaming & chat rooms
• Age appropriate guidelines for use of devices
• Addictive nature of today’s technology
There is no charge for this event • Cry rooms with monitors will be available, unstaffed
This presentation may not be suitable for children. Parents only, please!
Branch is hosting a CPR and First Aid class at 9 A.M., Saturday, March 9, at church. This is not a certification class (no test or card). The cost of the class is $30 per person. If you are a Sunday School teacher or nursery volunteer, please contact Maddy Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there are any prepaid spots available. We want to ensure we have enough instructors and materials available, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Maddy.
On March 3, Tracy and Julie Catron will lead a group that is focused on those married less than ten years. The meeting is from 5-7 P.M. at the Catron home. Dinner will be served followed by a book study discussion, the first book will be What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp. Childcare will be provided. For more information contact Tracy at email@example.com or Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 3, is our next church fellowship meal. Everyone is invited to attend. We will have a "baked potato bar!" Everyone is asked to bring potato toppings, in their own dish or in a disposable container, to share. We hope you will join us for this enjoyable event.
Branch will host an all church game night at 7 P.M., Friday, March 1, at church. All ages are welcome, and people are asked to bring and teach their favorite games. This year may include a large group game so come prepared to have tons of fun. For more information contact Jacob at email@example.com.
Theology Pub is geared for young adults between the ages of 18-35 and meets the third Thursday each month, January through October, at the Mueller home in south Torrance. The focus is to build and strengthen relationship between each other, to grow as brothers and sisters in Christ, while equipping each other to engage in discussion with non-Christians. There is a time of fellowship and then a study and discussion which is facilitated by an elder, deacon, or other approved individual. Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Annual Congregational meeting will be Sunday, January 27, during the Sunday school hour. This year, the congregation will vote on the ordination of Dan Parkins as a Ruling Elder; and also vote on various bylaw changes to our corporation. The changes are documented, and may be found in the foyer.
Calling all ladies to come join us for a fun night of Bunco! Never played before? No problem. There is a small learning curve but lots of veterans to help. Mark 6:30 P.M., January 24 on your calendar and get ready for some laughs and a good time. There will be a baked potato bar so bring your favorite toppings to share. We will also be organizing and bagging up clothing to be delivered to Doors of Hope Women's Shelter and we will learn about volunteering at the shelter. RSVP to Katie at, email@example.com.
The event will be held at Kristy Mueller’s home, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention all ladies of Branch - we will have a women’s clothing drive during the month of January for Doors of Hope Women’s Shelter in Wilmington. Their needs are specific; lightly used blue jeans, stretchy pants, jackets, walking shoes and new underwear, bras and socks. The new items can be found easily and with good prices at Amazon and Costco. There will be a large box at church to deposit the items into. Contact Shellee, email@example.com.
Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin
The next reading of the Branch of Hope Book Club will be the Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin, the First Book, approximately 144 pages. At the age of twenty-six, Calvin published his Institutes of the Christian Religion, a seminal work in Christian theology that altered the course of Western history. The book was written as an introductory textbook on the Protestant faith and covered a broad range of theological topics from the doctrines of church and sacraments to justification by faith alone. The over-arching theme of the book - and Calvin’s greatest theological legacy - is the idea of God’s total sovereignty, particularly in salvation and election. The group will meet at 7 P.M., Friday, January 18 at the Ives home, . Contact Scott Reeves for more information.
If you’re a young woman between the ages of 18-35 you’re invited to attend the Young Women’s Group on the second Fridays of the month at the home of Julie Hirtzel. Dinner is from 7-7:30 P.M. with a discussion from 7:30-8:30 P.M. You’re also encouraged to bring a friend. Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in serving those who are in need and live in our community? Beacon Light Missions states, “Our mission is to minister the love and grace of Jesus Christ to the homeless in the South Bay by providing a safe and nurturing environment where they can receive food, clothing, temporary shelter, discipleship and spiritual encouragement in their present life circumstances.” If you’d like to be a part of this ministry, Florianne Lampkins will take sign ups for people to help serve in the evenings by setting up and cleaning up after dinner. Beacon Light has a need for people to fill in with short notice, about two weeks before a shift. You can also contact her at email@example.com.
Beginning in January Tracy and Julie Catron will be leading a group that is focused on those married less than ten years. The group will meet the first Sunday of every month, January through May and September through December. The first meeting will be Sunday, January 6, from 5-7 P.M. at the Catron home. Dinner will be served followed by a book study discussion, the first book will be What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp. Childcare will be provided. For more information contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie at email@example.com.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes the astonishing statement,
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).
Jesus was teaching that the entire Old Testament is about Him! On Sunday, January 6th, we will begin a new sermon series investigating just how the entire Bible is about Jesus-one sermon on every book in the Bible and what it tells us about Christ.
The series is entitled Route Sixty-Six, after the sixty-six books in the Bible.
You’re invited to join us and get the big picture in terms of what the Bible is all about.
Let's fellowship together. Our next fellowship meal will be after Sunday school on January 6, 2019. This is a great time to connect with others. Everyone is asked to bring a main dish to share. If you would like to provide a salad or dessert, please bring this in addition to a main dish. What a great way to start the new year!
Our business complex will be tenting for termites on December 31, so we will need to prepare our facilities for the work. On December 30 come and grab a container to help clean the church to prepare for the termite tenting. Each classroom/room will have certain things to remove and we need your help to clean them. Bring back your container and help move back in on January 3
All are welcome to join us at 9:45 A.M., Tuesday, December 11 for our annual outing to Villa Sorrento Retirement Home, 23450 Madison Street, Torrance. We will hear a short Christmas message and sing some carols. Feel free to bring goodies to share - the residents love the treats! Please RSVP to
Jen Viggiano at firstname.lastname@example.org privately
so she knows how many sheets of music to print.