July 31st, 2015

If It’s AUGUST, It Must Be Uganda

By Paul Murphy Departure date is just 3 days away (AUGUST 3). Pray for health, and for safe travel (17 hours on airplanes and 6 hours by car). I am praying for deepening bonds with our Ugandan friends and for extended impact as we train trainers in “Discipleship – growing as followers of Jesus”. We […]

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July 29th, 2015

Season of Renewal

My wife, Amy, and I have been regular attendees of Ecclesia since 2012. As new creative professionals in a city loaded with a daunting stock of creative talent, we floated for a few months seeking a church with weekly bible-based fare and congregation somewhere near our demographic. We currently serve on the parking team and […]

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July 7th, 2015

Welcome Charles McDonald!

We are very happy to welcome Charles McDonald to Ecclesia as interim Worship Director!  While new to the Ecclesia family, his friendship with a few Ecclesians attracted him to apply for this position.  He will lead worship for the first time at Ecclesia this coming Sunday, July 12.  He will also work directly with the Worship […]

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June 21st, 2015

Welcome New Lead Pastor Jon Ritner!

Announcing Jon Ritner as the new Lead Pastor of Ecclesia! [8/25 Update:  Jon & Kristyn have been with us for three Sundays now, and are getting their family settled in LA.  Jon will teach on Sunday September 6 and September 13.] After a leadership search spanning five months and hundreds of candidates, we are excited […]

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May 28th, 2015

Gettin’ Churched in Kids Club

Late last year, about the only thing I had not done at this church, because it always felt way out of my skillset, was Kids Club. What little I did know about children I learned from my little cousins, but they see me more as an indestructible toy or a freelance pet, and their parents […]

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May 22nd, 2015

Ecclesia Turns 10 Years Old

Since 1993 I’ve kept a journal. Not a diary. A journal. The result is volumes and volumes of notes on my day: where I traveled, who I visited, what I ate for lunch and which games I played. Just the facts, not feelings. These records serve a practical purpose come tax season when I need […]

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May 19th, 2015

Marie Scanlan recaps “Blind 8”

I’ve been a Deacon at Ecclesia for about two years.  Back home in Sacramento I worked at my church, temporarily until I found something better I thought, but as the church grew, my job did too.  Eventually I was a manager of our cafe/concert venue ministry.  Growing up with the traditional “my life will start […]

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May 17th, 2015

Update from the Lead Pastor Interview Team

On the weekend of May 1, we invited Jon Ritner, a candidate for Ecclesia’s next lead pastor, to meet with the interview team, the staff of Ecclesia, our board of elders, several volunteer leaders and others who were able to chat with him and his wife Kristyn after both of the worship services on Sunday, […]

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