Members throughout Grace Brethren Long Beach are involved in all kinds of organizations and activities that help neighbors in our community. Here are some of our stories.
- Fear and Goading: Is it ok to be selfish during the recession?
Excerpts from a roundtable on the recession and generosity.
Jeff Jensen: I'm going to start with a pretty direct question: are you scared? My wife and I started building a 401(k) ten years ago. We recently called the bank to ask what the state of our 401(k) was, and we found out that we lost 25 percent of our retirement ... (read more)
- Hospitality: Isn't it entertaining?
Grace member Alexa McNabb muses on the distinction between entertaining and hospitality.
There is a certain allure to entertaining the Martha Stewart way. Tabletops gleaming with crystal and gold-edged china, self-arranged bouquets of the latest seasonal flowers and the savory aroma of a precision-crafted gourmet dinner certainly make an impact ... (read more)
- New Hope, 'New Normal'
New Hope Grief Support, founded by Grace member Susan Beeney, helps people cope with losses.
In 2005, there were approximately 3,500 deaths reported to the Long Beach Health Department, says Susan Beeney, founder of New Hope Grief Support. Each death, she adds, impacts at least 13 people.
"What you do the math, that's over 40,000 people in Long Beach ... (read more)