Welcome to Grace Covenant Church! We are an intergenerational worshipping community committed to working together to share the gospel's message of new life in Christ. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we follow the Great Commandment to love God with all our heart, soul strength and mind in serving God, neighbors and one another. We invite you to come and get a glimpse of what life was really meant to be about.


Mission Statement
Reflecting God’s love in our community through praying, caring and sharing

Vision Statement
Changing Lives from the Inside Out!




Grace Covenant Sermons Online
We invite you to maintain your connection to our faith community through access to these audio recordings of our past sermon messages.

Date
title and Audio File
Text
Sermon Series
Speaker
October 15, 2017
Psalm 1
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Dennis Pollard
October 8, 2017
Psalm 42
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Cameron Wu-Cardona
October 1, 2017
Psalm 145
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Dennis Pollard
September 24, 2017
Psalm 13
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Cameron Wu-Cardona
September 17, 2017
Psalm 24:1-10
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Dennis Pollard
September 10, 2017
Psalm 139
The Psalms: Passages for Life
Cameron Wu-Cardona
September 3, 2017
Testimonies
Caesar Evangelista
August 27, 2017
Giving Together
Better Together
Caesar Evangelista
August 20, 2017
Better Together
Caesar Evangelista
August 13, 2017
1 Thessalonians 5:11-12
Better Together
Cameron Wu-Cardona
August 6, 2017
Romans 12:4-5
Better Together
Caesar Evangelista
July 30, 2017
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Better Together
Dennis Pollard
July 23, 2017
Romans 12:4-8
Better Together
Cameron Wu-Cardona

 

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Our 10:00am Sunday morning worship service is casual and family-friendly with a blended worship style, embracing both traditional hymns as well as contemporary songs of praise. The preaching style is biblical with scripture readings and sermon texts often coming from the Revised Common Lectionary. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper by serving Holy Communion every first Sunday of the month. Grace Covenant aspires to serve the local community by "being a neighbor" through our monthly "Abundant Harvest" food pantry ministry, family programs and summer Kids Camp, involvement with our neighborhood school Buri Buri Elementary, partnerships with other churches...ultimately desiring to be a positive presence in our neighborhood. We invite you to experience what God's going at Grace Covenant and be part of a community that's "changing lives from the inside out!"


Grace Covenant Church
Grace Covenant was founded in 1954 as “Winston Manor Covenant Church” in Colma and moved in 1959 to its current location at 740 Del Monte Avenue which it remains an active part of the life of South San Francisco. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in November 2009 to commemorate the beginning of our missional work in South City. We continue to hold various outreach events organized throughout the year as well as making its facilities available for community functions. We enjoy partnering with both local South City churches as well as our broader denomination to further the Kingdom-building work to see more people engage in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, across more populations, in a more caring and just world.

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelical Covenant Church Grace is a member church of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination, a growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength the comes from unity within diversity.

As a denomination, we are:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent
For more information on the ECC, click: HERE


 

 


Pacific Southwest Conference
Grace is regionally connected to our local conference, the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) a mission region of the Evangelical Covenant Church encompassing Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. The PSWC supports ministries to and with all ages reflecting the diversity of race, culture, and class within our region and affirms the Covenant's identity, biblical mission, enduring commitments, and core beliefs. The PSWC’s vision for mission is to be a mosaic of churches working interdependently to reach the unchurched and equip believers to transform lives and communities. For more information about the PSWC, click: HERE

 

 

 

 

 


City of South San Francisco
Grace is situated on the slopes west of El Camino near the 280 freeway on the northwest side of South San Francisco, a working class community with over sixty-two thousand residents. Grace embraces being part of a small city that offers its citizens a place in which to live comfortably in fine residential areas; a place of recreation in parks, swimming pools, and marina; a place to work in more than 2,800 firms and businesses including many biotech companies which give the city the title of “Birthplace of Biotechnology.” Nestled along the sides of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west, much of the valley Grace Covenant is located faces the adjacent San Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas, from higher levels and a definite sense of identification with the Bay. SSF has mild winters and dry cool summers and the hills to the west shield the city from much of the fog that prevails in neighboring areas. For more information about the City of South San Francisco, click: HERE

Spiritual Formation
At Grace, we prioritize growing deeper in our relationship with Christ! As we learn to follow the Great Commandment to "love God and love others," change begins to take place from the inside out. We encourage the study of scripture and the practice of prayer, among other ways to nurture our relationship with Christ. Some small group options for personal formation include our Sunday morning "first hour" adult Sunday School (9:00am); Wednesday morning study (10:00am); Thursday "Community Night" dinner & prayer (5:00pm); and small group Ministry Teams that are being formed in the area of fellowship, worship, children/youth and food pantry. We also have various activities and events throughout the year that, unless otherwise noted, take place at Grace Covenant.

Life Skills
Grace offers a unique 28-week course developed by Dr. Paul Hengstrom called "Life Skills" that is offered year round. Life Skills encourages us to look at the "under-the-surface" issues that reveal an emotionally unhealthy spirituality many of us possess, without even realizing it. Through small group interactions, discussion and a video-based curriculum, Life Skills helps promotes greater self-awareness to overcome areas of life that prevent us from experiencing the freedom God desires for us. The course is offered separately for men and women, so for information on upcoming classes, contact class instructor/coordinator, Linda Stainthorp (lindastainthorp@yahoo.com).

"The Season of Lent and Easter"
Join us during the "pre-Easter" season of Lent, as you're encouraged to consider "giving up" or "taking on" something as part of your reflection and remembrance of Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. In addition to our Worship Night on March 22nd, you are invited to come to our unique interactive walk-thru "Stations of the Cross" that connects us with Christ's journey to the Cross, following the ancient Christian tradition been passed along for centuries (click on this link for more background). Good Friday, March 29th is the date we reflect on this. Photographs of previous "Stations" are found in the church sanctuary, capturing this step-by-step journey with Jesus to the Cross. Click here for VISUAL of The Stations of The Cross. Then on Sunday, March 31st, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, marking the amazing miracle of Christ rising from the dead and conquering death. We will have a special luncheon afterwards, so please join us!

Children’s Ministry
We have an amazing children’s ministry on Sunday morning that the kids really enjoy! After participating in intergenerational worship, children are invited to the front for Mystery Box, a "Chalk Talk" or story and prayed for and dismissed. They then move to separate age-appropriate classes for a time of singing, games, arts and crafts, Bible lessons and refreshments, with "play time" afterwards in our next door "adventure playground." For special occasions, the children share something with the rest of the congregation, such as A Lamb's Tale (a Christmas musical that took place in 2014).  For parents with infants or toddlers, a sound-proof nursery is available at the rear of the sanctuary as well.

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Grace Covenant is a partner agency with Second Harvest serving food to the low-income of our community. As a Partners, we help serve the culturally-diverse population of SSF, San Bruno and Brisbane through our "Abundant Harvest Food Pantry" ministry every 1st Saturday of the month from 8:00-9:30am. Volunteers are welcome!

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Jehova Es Mi Pastor, Covenant Church On Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm, lively and prayer-filled worship can be heard in Grace’s sanctuary as Jehova Es Mi Pastor holds its Spanish-speaking service. Contact Pastor Humberto Reyes for more information about their services and other meeting times: (650) 742-0280 (office); (415) 648-0368 (cell).

Little Hugs Preschool Little Hugs Preschool is an independent preschool that meets in the downstairs classrooms of Grace Covenant. LHP that has been serving families at this location since 1993 providing quality childcare that meets the highest standards possible while encouraging the personal involvement of parents. LHP is licensed to serve thirty-six children from ages two to six. (650-869-HUGS).


Currently, we support the following missionaries:

Christian Veterinary Mission (Trent & Tabby Cox in Ethiopia): Christian Veterinary Mission seeks to help veterinarians serve others and live out their Christian faith through their profession. We seek to change lives and communities by improving the care of livestock and other animals.

Mission to Unreached People (John & Etsuko Martin in Japan): The Martins serve in Japan where they want to help people know the love of God, to grow as disciples of Jesus, and to discover and use the spiritual gifts God's given each of His children to minister to each other and the world. They encourage the growth of communities of disciples where people can simply live loved by the Father believing THIS is what will truly make the most impact in Japan and, in fact, the whole world. Their agency, Mission to Unreached Peoples is a broadly interdenominational agency that focuses on unreached people groups by investing in the lives, gifts, resources, and vocational skills in God's work throughout Asia and Europe.

InterVarsity (Yu-Shuan & Javier Tarango-Sho): InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA® is an evangelical campus mission serving more than 32,000 students and faculty on more than 550 college and university campuses nationwide. Incorporated in 1941, InterVarsity has a rich tradition of campus witness, thoughtful discipleship, and a concern for world missions.

Meet the Staff of Grace Covenant!

Cameron Wu-Cardona

Cameron Wu-Cardona, Lead Pastor

Cameron has been at Grace since 2007 after many years of urban ministry in Oakland. He and his wife, Alice have three amazing, gifted and beautiful daughters all attending local public schools in South City, to which they are very involved and committed. Cameron enjoys following all the local sports teams, including his alma mater Cal Bears.  He enjoys road biking the Peninsula hills (or wherever a cycling buddy will go); backyard BBQ’s (South City wind permitting); and quality time with his family. Cameron strives to live out Christ’s great commandment to “love neighbor” through a parish approach to ministry by living out the Gospel incarnationally among those around him.  It's his desire to “be the church” in relevant ways with other committed followers of Jesus.  He enjoys spending time with people is glad to make time to chat over coffee or lunch!


Dennis Pollard

Dennis Pollard, Teaching Pastor

Dennis loves to find ways to help people to enjoy life as much as he does with many reasons for his overflowing contentment. Dennis was raised in beautiful Santa Rosa by exceptionally loving and responsible parents and with a younger brother, by two years, whom he has come to admire greatly. An all-out search for an unknown God in the late 80’s guided him into a purpose-driven life led by the living God Jesus Christ.  Dennis’ hobbies include tennis and discovering the wonders of God’s underwater creation through scuba diving.  The ultimate abundant contentment has come through the best gift in his my life, his wife Elizabeth. Dennis’ heart could best be expressed in these words, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31). This is what life is about and Dennis is in constant awe that God lives to somehow share His glory with us, his creation.


Erwin Vista

Erwin Vista, Director of Worship Arts

Erwin has been involved with leading and participating in worship ministries since the age of 13. When arranging music for Sunday services, he enjoys the challenge of balancing old hymns and contemporary music of all styles, seeing them as equally believing that "all music speaks to the experiences of God's nature & character, of Jesus' love & grace, of the Spirit's work, and of our ever-complicated yet fulfilling lives as Christians." Music and music ministry are a constant part of his life as he: teaches at a Berkeley preschool on weekday mornings where every transition is defined by a song, teaches piano during weekday afternoons, plucks at the bass or guitar while watching TV, and sings and plays "air drums" in the car while sitting in traffic. Erwin is thankful for the opportunity to contribute music variety to Grace Covenant's Sunday worship.

 


Sarah Silva

 

 

 


Sarah Silva, Director of Student Ministries

Sarah grew up in the church as a pastor/missionary kid and has been serving children, youth, and young adults in recent years. She has a deep and abiding passion and calling for the young generation of tomorrow! Before moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Sarah lived, studied and served in San Diego, as well as spent several years in Japan as a teen and is currently studying Psychology and Bible at the SoCal School of Ministry. As a tri-lingual Portuguese-Brazilian, Sarah is truly a “third culture” person, embracing the diversity of the world around her.  On her down time, she enjoys movies, adventures, good music, good coffee, and the beach, which she considers a second home. Her life motto is: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33)

 


Regular Church Activities

Sunday

Worship
10:00am
 
Children’s Ministry
children stay with adults for opening worship
10:30am
Fellowship*
11:15am

Life Groups

  • Tuesdays from 11am-12pm in church fellowship hall
  • Tuesdays from 6-8pm, dinner and childcare included (840 Brookside Lane, Milbrae)

Abundant Harvest Food Pantry: on the 1st Saturday from 8:00-09:30 am (delivery and set-up takes place the Friday before from 9:00-11:00 am)

Other lunches, small groups and outreach events take place throughout the month. Call the church for more information at 650-826-3463.

2017 Leadership Team


Percy Mueda
Chair
Allison Tungseth
Secretary
Dennis Pollard
Treasurer
Cameron Wu-Cardona