God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Sometimes it can be daunting to walk into the Worship Center on a Sunday morning. Among the thousands of people who attend our church, it’s not always easy to find a friend. This is especially true when you’ve lost your spouse—the one who sat next to you and knew you better than anyone else—or when your spouse doesn’t share your love for Christ and the church. That sense of loneliness can be challenging, and it helps to have a friend who can encourage you and share the joys and burdens of life.
One with Christ was started more than twenty-five years ago to care for the widows in our church family. Over the years, this resource has provided strength and support for these women through the friendship of other believers who are walking through the same season of life.
This faithful group of saints meets on campus every other Monday morning to encourage and exhort each other and grow together in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The foundation of this ministry is studying Scripture, remembering God’s character, and focusing on the goodness and grace with which He abundantly blesses His children. The relationships among the women are deep and the fellowship is sweet as they rest in the knowledge that Jesus is the anchor of their soul and their sure and steadfast hope (Heb. 6:19). This year’s study is Growing in Wisdom and Faith, looking at the book of James; join us for our next meeting on November 2.
This group, which meets on the fourth Thursday evening of every month, began through the vision, prayer, and commitment of Emarie Britten, one of the founding members of our church. Since the group’s first meeting in 1972, the purpose of Unequally Yoked has been to encourage women married to unbelieving husbands. Through the teaching and application of God’s Word, this group aims to help women better reflect Christ in their homes, and strive to love their husbands and raise their children according to the principles in Scripture.
The foundation for the study is 1 Peter 3:1–6. As Emarie explains, “Women soon learn that the class doesn’t have a magic solution for changing their husbands. As they apply the Scripture, they learn that they are the ones who are changed and that God can, and will, work in them and through them to live the Christian life before their unsaved families. Our purpose has always been to encourage our sisters who are married to unbelievers, help them to apply God’s Word to their lives and marriages, and provide a place to have fellowship with other women of like circumstances. The class gives these women a place where they are encouraged, nurtured, and have their needs lifted in prayer.” The study this year is Trusting God, by Jerry Bridges; join us for our next meeting on November 19.
Please remember to pray for the saints in both of these groups as they look not at what surrounds them, but at their Lord who sustains them.
Titus Two is a time for all women, both young and mature, to meet informally and discuss biblical principles that promote godly living, help establish relationships, and strengthen one's walk with Christ. The model is found in Titus 2:3–5.
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
Titus Two meetings take place in homes throughout the greater Los Angeles area on the second Tuesday of September, November, January, March, and May from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Whether married or single, women will have a marvelous opportunity to form special bonds of friendship with others in the body of Christ.
Join us for our next Titus Two meeting on Tuesday, November 10, when the topic will be “God’s Sovereign Guidance and Our Trusting Dependence” from Psalm 23:2–3. Studies meet in Encino, Glendale, Northridge, Pasadena, Shadow Hills, Simi Valley, Stevenson Ranch, and Torrance. For specific meeting locations and RSVP information, visit gracechurch.org/women.