From Our Pastor
Welcome to our front porch! Grace Church LaCenter is unlike any other church I’ve ever been part of. It has made me see “church” in a brand new way and I hope and pray it can do the same thing for you. We’re a little outside of the norm and that’s what makes it so life changing. I’ve learned that hanging out with church folk, who have completely sold out to the vision Jesus shared, can make a bad day good and a good day better. We won’t beat you over the head with our bibles, but we’ll show you the same kind of radical acceptance Jesus showed the people he met. He surrounded himself with folks that no one else wanted to hang out with, and at Grace, we are here for the sole purpose of welcoming the ones who don’t feel welcomed in other churches. Doing that opens the door to new relationships, and new relationships open the door to a life changing encounter with the Jesus who’s steering this ship.
One of the things I’ve heard over 16 years of ministry is that some people are afraid the walls will cave if they come to church. Grace Church built a steel building so there would be no chance of that happening. Guaranteed. It doesn’t matter what may be following you around from your past, because we know you don’t live there anymore. So, regardless of whether or not you may have a record, an addiction, a broken heart, depression, a bad relationship, guilt from some bad decision at some point, ink or piercings, if you give us a chance, we’re going to love you as Christ loves you. When you’re ready, we’ll be here for you.
It’s said that music soothes the savage beast. At Grace Church, we may not always be quiet during worship, and sometimes it may not even seem all that soothing, but every guitar chord, every piano key, and every drum solo is a prayer sent directly to heaven from a group of folks who don’t fit inside a traditional box.
Worship is our life, and at 10:00 on Sunday mornings, we come together for a chance to worship together. We really do celebrate when we get together because life is so different once grace and forgiveness fill up the holes once occupied by guilt, fear, and self-hate.
We do have a dress code, though…”Wear some.” That’s it. So, don’t worry about what you wear, because we’re not going to, and neither does the God who we come together to adore.
We’re pretty laid back.
We enjoy being together and it shows on Sunday morning.
We know how it feels to be loved through our own mess.
We can’t wait for you to be part of what’s going on here.
We have a place for you.
Grace Church LaCenter…connecting people to Christ and to each other
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God never wastes a hurt. Celebrate Recovery meets at 7:00 on Thursday nights for two hours. The first hour is worship with each week rotating between one of the 26 lessons and a testimony about the previous week’s lesson. The second hour is open share small groups, where we come together for mutual support and accountability. In that small group we have the opportunity to share our struggles with others who may have been through similar circumstances.
It’s a Christ centered, Twelve step program where we step out of denial about the struggles in our lives, and into a life filled with grace, forgiveness, and healing. We’re all a little messed up. The question is, how messed up are we, and are we ready to not be anymore.
What do people enjoy about the church?
We don’t have an “anything goes” mindset, but when you come through our doors you will be loved as Christ loved, you won’t be judged, and you’ll realize that we have all messed up, too. Grace is not just the name on the sign out front; it’s how we do life together.
Each Sunday, you’ll find business people worshipping next to former addicts. You’ll find shorts and flip flops sitting beside sport coats. We have people with many years of life experience worshipping alongside millennials. Our worship celebrations are wide open, fast paced, and different from what you may find in other places, but we also cherish our quiet, slower times as well. If you’re looking for a good place to take a nap during church, this probably isn’t it.
Grace is more than Sunday morning worship, though. It’s every day. Most days of the week there is something going on, from worship, prayer times, small groups, youth, mission opportunities, meals, and countless other opportunities to get your hands dirty for Jesus.