What a night in Long Beach! Special guest, TCMI intern Luke Pettrey, shared a message for our first service "under the tent" (it's WAY too hot inside during summer so we move our ministry into the courtyard!). Luke kept it central and broke down the Gospel message with fresh passion and conviction: he reminded our community that our only HOPE in turning from sin is reconciliation with God through JESUS CHRIST.
Fun fact: Luke has a rich spiritual heritage behind him - his grandfather is Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York. (Check out some Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir clips on YouTube for a musical treat ... or read "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire".) Luke will be hitting our Newport and Anaheim locations as well before he leaves!
We had a super special opportunity this past weekend: a couple of our staff took a roadtrip to Centinela State Prison all the way in Imperial, CA to PLAY SOFTBALL with the inmates! Laura Suk and Sarah Howard represented as our NorthEast "athletes", and we partnered with leadership from Serving California, one of our ministry partners. Centinela is a maximum security prison (level 3), where inmates are serving long-term to life. The day mixed homeruns and slides with conversation about Jesus and purpose. Ministry comes in all forms ... we're thankful for this one! Link to full story
This past month, a group of our NorthEast of the Well children were privileged to attend “Camp Agape”: a getaway specifically designed for kids who have dealt with parental incarceration. Our Children & Families Coordinator, Haylie Gregory, shares on the impact: “Through the worship, bible study, and games at Camp Agape, I witnessed our kids experience the love of Christ and learn about His forgiveness and grace. Each day had a theme: trust, love, forgiveness, hope and prayer. Every kid from NorthEast had an encounter with Christ at camp and came back with a different look in their eye. They got to be themselves, and felt safe to express their feelings.” The mission of Camp Agape ties DIRECTLY into the vision of NorthEast to see generational sin broken for GOOD. THANK YOU Camp Agape California for making this experience possible for our children; we are so grateful for your ministry. Aftermath: The kids were so moved by their time at camp that they wanted to get up and share with the adults at our Monday night service. Each one took the mic to say what they loved and learned!
[ Camp photos cred to Lauren B Scott ]
Celebrating the BAPTISM of Alison & Brianna! 2 ladies from Prototypes took the plunge last Friday, supported by the NorthEast staff and volunteers that have invested in their lives. In a small and intimate setting the ladies shared their journey of faith, the past they've been brought out of, and what led them to this decision. What's wonderful about our Prototypes women is that they stay at their program for a significant period of time (it works towards reunification of mothers with their children), allowing us to see long-term change. Pictured here is Pastor Jason, Alison, and Pastor Laura.
We spent Mother's Day with some of our favorite moms at Village Church in Laguna Woods. Pastor Ward invited our NorthEast ladies to share their testimonies and for Pastor Laura Suk to give a message on John 4 to their congregation. What better time to celebrate the generational sin that has been broken? Happy Mothers Day, all.
Last Thursday, Northeast was honored to be part of a presentation for 400 Christian business people in Newport Beach. Laura Suk spoke about our ministry and some of our needs, and Star Larsuel shared her story of redemption. The Barnabas Group (TBG) was founded with the goal of allowing Christians to use their collective talents as God would lead, in helping advance His Kingdom. Many thanks to Jim West and the Barnabas Group for allowing us to participate!
NorthEast Staff took a field trip to Costa Mesa City Hall and joined others in prayer for our city, state and country.
Pictured: Pastor Laura Suk prays with Pastor Jordan Hansen of Newport Mesa Church and two others from his congregation
OUR NORTHEAST TEAM is the biggest we've ever had - with two men now on board!
We enjoyed an all-day staff retreat on Balboa Island: we discussed our individual strengths & weaknesses, job duties & descriptions, shared a devotion, dug into scripture, and prayed for one another - and for the people we will reach. We believe God wants to bring many more lives to Him through NorthEast of the Well, and we are humbled and grateful that we get to be His servants. Will you pray for the unity, protection and passion of our team? A special thank you to Judy Tucker for allowing us to use her beautiful home ... any meeting is better with a view!
Pictured left to right (top row): Kristel Miles, Bethany Devine, Jason Griffice, Sarah Howard, Gina Hughes, Peter Sedlewicz. Left to right (bottom row): Haylie Gregory, Star Larsuel, Jen Sandoval, Laura Suk, Emily Schilling
We were thrilled to dedicate sweet baby girl "Serrowa" to the Lord! Mom Lena just graduated her program at Heritage House North and was recently baptized by NorthEast. Big sister Asia was all smiles for the photo. Gina Hughes, Haylie Gregory, and the NorthEast Anaheim community prayed over the family. We love to see our women choose to put God first not only for themselves, but for their entire household. (Joshua 24:15)
We were blessed to be asked to join the Be Fearless event at Mariners Church this past weekend! Mariners Church was gracious enough to ask us to take part in their mission fair on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. How great for us to be able to articulate the vision that God has called us to do. COME SEE ABOUT A MAN! Thank you Mariners! [from left] Bethany (NE staff), Heather Re (Women at the Well Auxiliary President), Laura Suk (Founder/Executive Director), Star (NE staff), Haylie (NE staff)
We were (unexpectedly) blessed by Mariners Church with this over-sized cardboard check! NorthEast recently formed a partnership with Mariners and we are so excited to see where God leads us together on mission. Mariners also asked us to take part in their Be Fearless missions fair.
With deep gratitude, we thank you Mariners Church.
[ Pictured: Pastor Laura Suk receives the gift with MUCH JOY, embracing Resource Center Director, Jonah Hasse. More pics of the day to come! ]
For the 3rd year in a row, our Women at the Well Auxiliary held their home Spring Luncheon. The purpose of this event is to share the vision of NorthEast in a comfortable, intimate setting, and to grow the Women at the Well Auxiliary. The Auxiliary exists to promote our ministry within the community, and also plays a huge role in planning our biggest event of the year - the Fall Gala (SAVE THE DATE: September 22!). Our 3rd Spring Luncheon was certainly a success! Beautiful day, a receptive crowd, and touching testimonies of change. A special thanks to Heather Re, President of Women at the Well Auxiliary, and Robin Brewer, our host.
For the 3rd time, we were privileged to enter YGC (Youth Guidance Center - or Juvenile Hall) to share our testimonies with young women who are incarcerated. Our NorthEast team boldly proclaimed how new life and hope can be found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jason Warren Griffice, our new men's pastor, preached his "first" sermon in Newport last night! Jason was involved with our ministry in the early years, and is back to tackle men's discipleship and teaching full-time. It's an exciting season ahead, folks ... more on our men's ministry development SOON.
Pictured here is the time of teaching before the baptism begins. We worship together, singing songs that the girls feel are significant to their personal experiences, and then Pastor Laura asks the girls to share why they are getting baptised. These ladies represent our outreach to Heritage House North, a county recovery program for women with children. We see them twice a week, and through ourministry we get to build relationships and introduce them to Christ. When they make a decision to follow the Lord, we offer them opportunities like baptism, discipleship, and serving! These ones chose to take a stand with their faith today - so proud of each one!
NorthEast of the Well got to present at Vanguard University last weekend for the Annual Ensure Justice Conference! We led a workshop entitled "New Community, New Way of Life", which detailed our ministry model. Bethany, Jen, and Sarah gave their testimonies, Haylie shared about our children and families ministry, and we closed with a worship song. A big thank you to NorthEast of the Well board member, Sandra Morgan, for inviting us. The purpose of the Ensure Justice Conference is to equip teachers, law enforcement, students, and community members to protect and intervene for women and children at high-risk of exploitation and violence.
NorthEast of the Well has been mega-blessed once again! If you know us, you know we make multiple trips to multiple residences throughout the week to get recovery programs full of women and children to our worship gatherings. To keep up with the demand, we've been given a THIRD VAN - praise GOD! This brand-new 12-passenger van was generously donated by Carol Zinngrabe, of Robert & Carol Zinngrabe Family Foundation. THANK YOU, CAROL! PS Look for us crusin' the streets in our sweet new ride.
Pictured is Carol with staff members Sarah, Jen & Bethany
NorthEast of the Well was honored to take part in the CMCA “Correctional Ministry Matters” Conference last weekend.CMCA is the Correctional Ministries & Chaplains Association, whose ministry is to take the Gospel to those in jails, juvenile centers and prisons. NorthEast was asked to lead worship and host a workshop at this one-day conference. We brought members of our community to share about experiencing incarceration, and how it played a part in their testimony of transformation. The conference covered topics such as ministry to women and adolescents, the reentry process, biblical-based trauma healing, and much more. Some of you may know that Pastor Laura Suk has been bringing God’s Word to the incarcerated for over 10 years – please contact us if you want to get involved!More about CMCA here: https://cmcainternational.org/
Thank you Girl Talk OC for including us in your one-day conference! Girl Talk is an open forum where women of all ages and backgrounds can come together to receive faith-based instructions from the Word of God for help with real-life issues. Pastor Grettel leads this ministry, and both her and husband Bishop Taisi regularly minister at NorthEast of the Well Anaheim through worship and speaking. We’re so grateful for their growing partnership!
NORTHEAST + NORTHWEST ::: It was our 3rd time welcoming guests all the way from Northwest University in Washington! Northwest is a Christian college that partners with us annually for our ministry in downtown Long Beach. This past Wednesday, students joined us on an outreach to Lydia House (Long Beach Rescue Mission) and participated in our community gathering through worship and the sharing of their own testimonies. Thank you for blessing us again, Northwest! (Special thanks to their hosts, Teen Challenge Ministry Institute for making it all possible!)
New Women at the Well Auxiliary LEADS! ~ ~ ~ Women at the Well Auxiliary is a group of ladies that helps us put on fundraisers just like these ... we are so grateful for their influence, investment, and heart to help. New positions this year are: Heather Re: President, Barbara Brawner: Vice President, Gaile Fortier: Memberships. THANK YOU LADIES IN ADVANCE FOR SERVING OUR MINISTRY! (A special mention to Mary Byers, our NorthEast Board President, for launching WatW and serving as lead the past 2 years.) ALSO: Our 3rd Annual Spring Luncheon is coming up in April - if you're interested in getting involved / attending, please call us today 949.515.WELL (9355)
19 women came together from our 3 locations (Anaheim, Newport and Long Beach) for an overnight retreat. This time of focus is so pivotal to the development of our relationships and our faith; our theme for the weekend was the COST of discipleship. Out ladies were honest about the challenges they face as they navigate their walk with Christ, and the cost involved not only for themselves but those around them. "Obedience will always cost us something!"
NorthEast has been asked to bring God's Word into 2 new residences, located in Anaheim and Garden Grove. Both are "safe houses": one full of women recovering from cancer / serious heath concerns, and the other with woman escaping addiction, trafficking, and homelessness. We need volunteers to teach, support, and pray. Weekly outreach times: Anaheim Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. // Garden Grove Fridays @ 10:30 a.m.Contact us today to get involved ... grateful for your support that makes this expansion POSSIBLE!
TODAY was our FIRST BAPTISM CELEBRATION of 2018! We baptised 5 women from Heritage House North (a recovery program for women and children) who have become part of our Anaheim ministry and community. They've each made a decision to turn from the past, and follow Christ into a new life and future. Please pray that this heart change will affect their choices, their healing, their children ...
Every Wednesday we love on a group of people gathered from local recovery and sober living homes with dinner, worship and truth. We continually need drivers, food donations, childcare volunteers, and people to pray. Come join us to check it out, every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. // 600 E 5th Street Long Beach CA.
We were excited to have the opportunity to present our ministry at Reunion Church on June 4, 2017. A church plant of ROCKHARBOR Costa Mesa, Reunion Church holds its gatherings at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana.
Pastor Laura Suk was invited to give an overview of the ministry during the 5;30pm service, during which she shared with the Reunion community our values and our ministry goals.
A group of Reunion volunteers is planning a meal for our Anaheim gathering on Monday, June 26th! We look forward to see how the Lord grows this wonderful friendship!
A great volunteer opportunity to help NorthEast of the Well! We need volunteers for the upcoming Rummage Sale at St. Andrew's. Visitors from around the state flock to St. Andrew's during the annual Rummage Sale to find treasures among the donated clothing, furniture, jewelry, electronics, art and other items. A portion of the proceeds will be gifted to our ministry. Volunteers will receive a few free items from sale, and lunch is included.Read more
St. Andrew's Presbyterian was the first church to support - and actually LAUNCH - the ministry of NorthEast of the Well. Once a year, they invite us to be highlighted in their services to update their congregation on what God is doing at NorthEast. Thanks for having us once again!Read more
TEAM ISRAEL 2017 REUNION! The "Jail to Jerusalem" team gathered last weekend to reconnect and reflect on all God did this past March. This group shares a special bond, and includes NorthEast Board Members, Community Members and Church & Ministry Partners.Read more
Today our very own Pepper Morrison-Hale received the "Caring & Sharing" award at the Flossie Lewis Recovery Center Fundraiser! Pepper attended Flossie back in 2001, and today through the ministry of NorthEast, she gets to encourage the women there with her story of change - coming full circle. WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU!Read more