Audio: The Compassion of Christ

Luke 7:11-17
Tim Heinze (7-27-14)


What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

In today’s comforting message, Tim Heinze will introduce us to a woman in Scripture who is having the worst day of her life.  Through her story we will learn what God’s heart is toward us in the worst situations in our lives.

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Sermon Notes 7-27-14

Vacation Bible School a Welcome Success

The Youth Team from the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, Oregon put on Chico Grace Brethren’s Vacation Bible School which brought a total of thirty-six kids to our church and nourished six decisions for Christ.

by Beth Deseelhorst

Vacation Bible School, themed SHINE, burst onto Chico Grace Brethren’s campus the week of July 14 through July 18, targeting ages 5-12.  The youth group of 20 high school students and nine adult leaders from Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, Oregon, planned and produced CGB’s first Vacation Bible School in two years under the leadership of EBC’s high school youth, supervised by EBC Youth Pastor Nathan Ensz and his wife, Kelsey.  Chico Grace Brethren volunteers provided lunches and three dinners for the youth group and snacks and drinks for the children.

There was a total of 36 children who attended VBS week, many of whom were our very own CGB children.  I hung out in the VBS action for two days, and came away wishing all the parents could have attended incognito.  They would have been amazed and joyous over the interaction of their children at VBS.  Under the guidance of the youth leaders, every child–the shy and the unshy–embraced the relaxation and quiet times as fully as the recreation and game times.  Six children decided to receive Christ, and two children re-dedicated their lives to Christ during the VBS week!

Each day began, and ended, with all children congregated in the sanctuary for songs, questions and prizes, short skits, interactive songs and prayer.  After the opening wake-up songs and prayer, the children went to their age-grouped classes.  Most bible lessons were played out with costumed biblical characters, narration and discussion afterward.  Classes rotated through crafts, bible lessons, outdoor games, and snacks.

“What did you learn this week?” one of the VBS leaders asked the kids at Friday’s concluding session.  Among the answers:  “I learned about God,” “I learned I can’t play the piano unless I ask,” “Praise God every day”.  Why does EBC do this type of missionary work?  “To serve God, to stimulate the spiritual growth of the youth, to plant seeds of hope in children,” said Pastor Ensz.  A youth leader elaborated, “I love serving God, plus this helps me learn more about how to move my talents and personal growth toward helping others in the best way that I can.”

“A big word of thanks,” Pastor Ensz added, “to the Grace Brethren Church family for their hospitality in hosting us.  Your church gave in many ways and we are very grateful!”


Why “SHINE”?

“Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Psalm 34:5

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who

turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Daniel 12:3



July Congregational Dinner Largest Turn-out this Summer

As we look forward to the next Congregational dinner on August 6th, Laurie Mathers shares the joy of fellowship we experienced during July’s dinner.

by Laurie Mathers

The popularity of Chico Grace Brethren’s monthly congregational dinners continues to grow, attracting more congregants each month.

The CGB Missions team hosted July’s dinner. Special guests for the evening were the members of the youth group of Evangelical Bible Church of Dallas, Oregon, who traveled to Chico to provide our children with Vacation Bible School and to serve our congregation in a number of other ways, such as cleaning the church buildings and removing the dilapidated wood fence around the duplex. The dinner was a great opportunity for members of Grace Brethren to sit down and get to know the visiting youth, their Pastor Nathan Ensz, and his wife, Kelsey. It was also a special joy to have the opportunity to meet Bob and Joan Gillette’s son, Bob Jr., who is a member of EBC. This family connection was the catalyst for the partnership between our churches.

Genora Germek headed up the crew of cooks and helpers and began the evening with a prayer.  Then, thanks to her direction, about 130 guests helped themselves to taco dinners after only a short time waiting in line. Tables filled up quickly both in the fellowship hall and on the basketball courts, where canopies and a pleasant breeze offered relief from the heat.

Dinner was a time of fellowship for people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Visiting high school students chatted with adults from our congregation, sharing their own experiences of what church has meant to them. Couples who had been raised in church and spent their whole lives in the faith forged bonds with others who, like me, have had a very different life experience. Those who already knew each other enjoyed the time to relax and catch up with one another’s lives in a way that is not possible during the hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning. We passed around babies. We learned who had been sick, who was heading in for surgery, and who was feeling better. And through it all was the sound of children laughing and playing. Evenings like this are the times when the hearts of the church are knit together in love.

Our next congregational dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 6 at 6 pm.

Audio: God’s Will in Your Calling


Your Decisions and Christ’s Kingdom
1 Corinthians 7.17-31
Matthew Raley (7- 13-14)

For the last several weeks we have been studying Paul’s letter to the Corinthians to find out what  it looks like to live for the Kingdom of Christ in the middle of real life. We have learned that principles are like text messages from Jesus telling us the place where, in his grace, he will meet us. In this week’s sermon we look at more examples of decision-making that start where you are in life. How can you serve Christ, not just when your circumstances improve but right now? What does Paul mean when he says to lead the life that the Lord has assigned to you?

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Sermon Notes 7-13-14

Audio: God’s Will in Life Commitments

Your Decisions and Christ’s Kingdom
1 Corinthians 7.1-16
Matthew Raley (7- 6-14)

What if you were able to receive text messages from Jesus?  If he sent you a text asking to meet him for coffee at a certain place and time, would you join him there?  In today’s message we continue studying Paul’s letter to the Corinthians to find out what  it looks like to live for the Kingdom of Christ in the middle of real life. We will see that Paul gives us two principles by which to frame all of our decisions. These principles are like texts from Jesus telling us the place where, in his grace, he will meet us.

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Sermon Notes 7-6-14


Video: How Our Fathers Thought

Your Decisions and Christ’s Kingdom
1 Corinthians 7.29-31
Matthew Raley (6-29-14)

Over the last three weeks we have been studying our passage in 1 Corinthians to learn what it means to live in light of the short season in which we live, awaiting the Day of Christ. But what does it look like when people really believe that this world is passing away? This week, as we prepare to celebrate July 4 we will get a clear picture from our own nation’s heritage. In today’s sermon we will consider how our fathers thought about this world and their place in it, and how their decisions founded our nation and launched a worldwide movement to spread the Gospel that continues to this day.

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Sermon Notes 6-29-14

Reading of the Book of Mark Part 2

Evening Service


On Sunday evening, June the 29th, David Calkins read the last half of the book of Mark, taking us from verse 34 of chapter eight through to the end, finishing his reading of the book from The Message completely and almost without comment.  David did take a few brief and lighthearted moments at the beginning of the service to explain his thoughts about the reading.  “When I got this idea,” he said, “I thought we’d just say a word of prayer, read the Bible, go away . . . I just think the Bible speaks to us.”

By the end of the evening, his very simple statement proved eloquently true.  We began with Jesus’ teaching, “Self-help is no help at all.  Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self” (MSG), and ended with His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.  Taken whole and in context, over the course of an hour, no further comment really needed to be made.  The telling of the gospel spoke for itself.

To hear the first part of the reading of the book of Mark, click here.


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