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Homeless Overflow Shelter Volunteer

September 1st - September 30th, 2017

GraceCentralCoast partners with the Homeless Shelter and other churches to house homeless families each September. Opportunities to serve include playing with the kids, helping kids with homework, cooking breakfast, visiting and building relationships with the people.

Sign up to serve with our Overflow Shelter!

Contact Kirt Collins if you have further questions at (805) 801-3293.

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Adopt A College Student

September 12th - December 3rd, 2017

Potential Adoptive Parents:

Nearly half of San Luis Obispo's population is made up of college students. One of the best ways for our church family to minister to this half of our city is by connecting them to older believers, who have experience, wisdom, and resources that none of their peers do. Please consider serving the next generation by "adopting" a student (or two!). This would entail regularly checking in with the student and inviting him or her over for a meal in order to share your life with one another. It would also include offering rides to church for the student, if he or she needs it. Ultimately, adopting a college student is about discipleship: helping a younger person to know and obey Jesus Christ better.

Whether you are single or married, whether you are an empty-nester or a soccer mom, whether you are 30 or 90, you have something to share with local college students! Please adopt one today!

College Students:

One of the best ways for you as a college student to be ministered to in the church is by connecting to older believers, who have experience, wisdom, and resources that your peers do not. "Adopted Families" will check in with you and invite you over for meals in order for you to share your life with one another. It can also include offering rides to church, if you need it. Ultimately, being adopted is about discipleship: knowing and obeying Jesus Christ more fully in the context of a local church body.

Once you sign up, you will be emailed in a few weeks with your assigned student or adoptive parent.

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MOPS

September 12th - December 12th, 2017

$93

We are so excited that you are interested in MOPs for the 2017-2018 year. We will meet at Grace Church in SLO the second Tuesday of each month from 9-11:00 am. Childcare is provided for kids ages 0-5. The cost for the year is $90, which covers childcare, crafts, and the MOPS international membership fee. Scholarships are available. Contact mopsslo@gmail.com to request a form. We do not want cost to keep anyone from joining. Please fill out the form below to start the registration process. Just put the kids down that will be needing childcare. If you do not have a home church, simply put 'none.' You do not need to go to church to be part of MOPs.

Our registration party will be Tuesday, August 22 at Mitchell Park. Drop by anytime between 9 and 11 am to pay your registration fee, meet the leadership team, and connect with other moms.

Our first official meeting is September 12.

Join us as we explore what it means to be free indeed. Motherhood is hard. Let's not do this alone. Find your tribe of women at MOPS SLO. Questions? Email us at slomops@gmail.com

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Women's Fall Bible Study 2017

September 21st - November 16th, 2017

$31

Starting September 21st 10am - 12pm at GraceSLO $30 Semester Fee due on the first week of study ($33 if you pay online) Early Bird Special: If you sign up and pay before September 7th, only pay $25 ($28 on online) and be entered into a raffle.

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before.

Schedule:

  • Sept. 21: Intro, Week 1
  • Sept.28: Week 2
  • Oct. 5: Week 3
  • Oct. 12: Week 4
  • Oct. 19: Social
  • Oct. 26: Week 5
  • Nov. 2: Serve Day
  • Nov. 9: Week 6
  • Nov. 16: Brunch
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Exploring Grace Class

October 1st, 2017

Whether it's your first morning at GraceSLO or you've been attending for 10 months, we would love for you to join us at our Exploring Grace Class. The class covers information about our church history, various ministries, how to get involved and what we believe at Grace. We will meet in the Fireside Room at 11:00 on October 1st. Contact Pastor Ken at ken@graceslo.org or Kelsey Nelson at kelsey@graceslo.org.

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Financial Peace University

October 8th - December 17th, 2017

Learn how money doesn't have to be stressful during the Sunday Adult Seminar based on Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.

Financial Peace University will touch on such topics as:

  • Super saving
  • Relating with money
  • Cash flow planning
  • Dumping debt
  • Buyer beware
  • The role of insurance
  • Retirement & college planning
  • Real estate & mortgages
  • Plus the biggest money secret Dave Ramsey ever discovered!

Space is limited so sign up today!

Seminar facilitated by Chip Neuenschwander.

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Men's Getaway

October 20th - October 22nd, 2017

$75 - $100

All men are welcome to join us for a Men's Getaway October 20-22!

This Getaway will be a time of relaxation and spiritual growth for men at every stage of life. We'll spend a weekend away at Bass Lake - hiking, biking, connecting and diving into God's Word. Pat Curtis, former senior pastor of 31 years, will be our keynote speaker.

What to bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Any games
  • Manly munchies to share
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen

Highlights:

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Bocce ball, spike ball, horse shoes
  • Lake time enjoying the beauty of Bass Lake

Sign up today!

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Welcoming Children Home 2017

November 4th, 2017

$20

What is Welcoming Children Home?

The purpose of this annual Central Coast Orphan Care Conference is to motivate and inform Christians of both the Biblical call and the needs of orphans. This conference is for everyone! Those interested in foster care and adoption; those with adopted or foster kids looking for more support and training; and those who are wanting to care for orphans globally and domestically but not called to adopt.

Something for Everyone- In addition to three General Sessions we will be offering a wide variety of breakout sessions

2017 Keynote Speaker: Jason Johnson:

Jason Johnson is an adoptive and foster parent who speaks, writes, and blogs on all issues related to his passion for catalyzing a movement of orphan care in the church and around the world. With his wife Emily and their four daughters, he worked to plant a North Houston based church in 2008, out of which grew the non-profit Orphan Care Network. His personal experience with adoption and foster care, combined with his ministry background led to his current role as Director of the National Church Ministry Initiative with Christian Alliance for Orphans. He is author of All In Orphan Care and blogs at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.

Breakout and Panel Sessions Offered:

  • Steps to Foster Care & Adoption:

This workshop will explain the necessary steps to become a Resource Family (foster) and/or to adopt a child through various different agencies. Come learn what it takes and what the various agencies have to offer.

  • NeuroResilience: How to trauma proof your nervous system:

You have a beautifully designed brain and nervous system but what happens when it is exposed to toxic stress and trauma? Learn the basic components of NeuroResilience to calm the brain and body with easy-to- use nervous system hacks.

  • Opportunities to Care for the At-Risk Child:

This panel will help people who are not feeling called to foster or adopt learn the many other ways to help wrap around foster kids/at-risk kids or support families who have adopted or are fostering. Panelists will include Royal Family Kid’s Camp Director, Short-Term Missionaries, Foster parents and a members of an Orphan Ministry team here at GraceSLO

  • First Impressions: Prenatal Trauma and the Loss of Birth Parents:

Trauma associated with prenatal stress, traumatic birth/delivery, and separation associated with at-birth adoption.

  • ReFraming the Struggle - Finding Strength When Things are Hard:

Foster care is a battle, fought with no more powerful of a weapon than the truth of the Word of God. It is imperative that everything about foster care – all the unique experiences, emotions and situations you find yourself walking through during this journey – are filtered through the lens of scripture. It provides context, purpose and meaning to it all and is ultimately the means by which you can be sustained, encouraged and motivated to continue on in a healthy way. This workshop will be an interactive discussion for those in the trenches of their foster care journeys.

  • Healing Strategies for the Hurt Family :

How do power-full families live in close relationships with one another? Learn how to decrease power struggles and teach children to be responsible and fun to be around. Use practical, power-full parenting tools with interactive activities to help your family heal.

  • Navigating the World of Biological Families as a Foster or Adoptive Parent:

One of the hardest and scariest things for foster and adoptive parents is the children’s family of origin. This workshop will focus on the pitfalls and challenges of interactions with biological family members as well as the benefits and blessings. The goal of the workshop is to better prepare adoptive and foster parents to navigate the sometimes troubled waters of biological families.

  • Counting the Cost -- Birth Child / Sibling Panel:

How adoption & Foster Care impacts your birth children – Come hear this panel of grown “bio children” who grew up in families that have adopted and fostered children. Listen to how foster care or adoption impacted their life growing up.

  • The Blessings and Challenges of Adoption & Foster Care:

This panel of adoptive moms share their experiences, both the blessings and challenges that come when they answered the call to adopt.

  • Therapeutic Parenting:

Using intentional strategies to manage children and teens’ dysregulation and increase their sense of safety in the adoptive parent-child bond.

  • We Love Because He First Loved Us:

How our experience of God's love helps us attach to kids from trauma: Workshop on Attachment and Bonding

  • Family Based Care in the Majority World

In the US, we recognize and have built our care systems around families, whether that be foster, adoptive or strengthening vulnerable families. But what does that look like in the majority world? This workshop will discuss the factors surrounding vulnerable children and families in countries where corruption and poverty often lead to children being needlessly separated from families or never entering a family at all. More importantly, we'll discuss how the church, both locally and globally, can play a part to help children be raised in families.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch and breakouts)

For more information, please go to WelcomingChildrenHome.com