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LBM goes to Los Ranchos Presbtyery

Jeff McCrory - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Thursday evening the entire LBM team went to the Los Ranchos Presbytery meeting to do two workshops and lead worship. We were thrilled that a larger group of elders and pastors got a chance to hear about LBM and the urban mission hub that we are becoming. 


Here are a few highlights:


At the workshops, each ministry leader shared their particular outreach in Long Beach and how they have benefitted by begin part of the LBM team. Laura Suk from North East of the Well talked about coming to Long Beach in the summer of 2014, and how the ministry has grown from a few women coming to 50-60 ladies out every Wednesday evening. Eun Ae Bae shared about the start of Loving Light Church, an outreach to Koreans, which began in January of 2016. Rodrigo Romano told of how he came to Long Beach from Brazil and started Mision Catolica del Divino Nazareno at LBM. Then Christine Lee Smith spoke of sharing her vision of outreach through art and beauty to a segment of the Long Beach population. Finally, Derek Brooks of LBM told the story of his journey from New York City to Long Beach, and his outreach to homeless in the city.


The greatest joy of the evening was the LBM team leading worship. Kristel Miles and the NEOW team, along with Pastor Jeff and Christine Lee Smith. During the service, Pastor Eun Ae Bae read scripture, and Star Larsuel, Derek Brooks, and Rodrigo Romano spoke on the them of Walking Through Samaria from John 4. It was  great evening. People received us with great enthusiasm

Loving Light Church Begins

Jeff McCrory - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Loving Light Church began its worship in January 2016 at Little Brown Mission. Loving Light Church is the dream of Pastor Eun Ae Bae, one of the few who remained from the former Little Brown Church . She, her husband David Talbert, and Joseph Kang had been coming to the Little Brown Church before it became Little Brown Mission. Pastor Eun Ae is an ordained minister in the Korean Presbyterian Church. Pastor Jeff was honored to have participated in her ordination a few years back. The church meets every Sunday at 10AM in the stage area of the social hall. Loving Light Church is an answer to a long-prayed prayer of both Pastor Eun Ae Bae and Pastor Jeff of Little Brown Mission. If you'd like to drop by some Sunday morning, the Loving Light people would greet you lovingly and warmly. Isn't it wonderful to see what the Holy Spirit has done in getting this new band of believers started! 

Our Vision in Action During Holy Week

Jeff McCrory - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Last week, during Holy Week, Bishop Rodrigo Romano of Mision Catolica del Divino Nazareno invited three of the team leaders from Little Brown Mission (LBM) to preach during a "Seven Last Words of Jesus" service. The service was Wednesday night at LBM, following a communion service at North East of the Well, another of LBM's mission partners.

 

Here's the exciting moment. Pastor Laura Suk from North East of the Well, Pastor Eun Ae Bae from Loving Light Church, and I all delivered short homilies to a gathered Latino congregation of about 150 persons. We spoke some Spanish, some English, and some Korean. The congregation loved seeing a Latino, two Anglos, and one Asian up front modeling the Kingdom of God as we gathered around the cross of Jesus. As I listened to Bishop Rodrigo, Pastor Laura, and Pastor Bae speak, I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Here's what Little Brown Mission looks like!" It was a Pentecost moment.

 

One of the main functions of LBM is to present a unified ethnic and gender inclusive witness to the power of Jesus in Long Beach. In our future team meetings we will be planning more shared events. Please keep up with us and join with us. Already you can join in on Wednesday evenings with North East of the Well or on Sundays with MCDN or Loving LIght Church.

 

God bless you all, Jeff

Little Brown Mission: An Urban Mission Hub 2014 Christmas Letter

- Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Team Leader: Jeff McCrory Jr.
Urban Long Beach, CA

God has blessed us greatly this past year, giving us a start in May 2014 and building us into an urban mission hub with seven mission partners to reach downtown Long Beach with Jesus our team leader.

What is the Little Brown Mission?

We are not a Local Church:
A Local Church Consists of:
 
A Congregation that has programs
A Congregation that has partnerships
A Pastor who is focused on the congregation
 
We are an Urban Mission Hub:
 
            A Mission Hub Consists of:
 
A Team that includes mission-focused groups
A Team that is a partnership that shares a common vision
A Pastor who focuses on, mentors, and leads the Team
 
            The Unique Vision of a Mission Hub:
 
Focused on Kingdom causes not just community development
It’s joining the team not just renting space
It’s a team leader not just a landlord

Core Values
Commissioned:  We believe our Lord Jesus has sent us into urban Long Beach to make new disciples and grow mature disciples.  Therefore, all mission must focus on this commission and depend upon the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
 
Combined:  We believe God will draw mission groups, who have an overlapping vision and passion for making disciples into the mission hub.  Therefore, forming Christ-centered and like-minded partnerships is the pattern for carrying out the commission.
 
Creative:  We believe that effective mission requires new and non-traditional ways of reaching people and make new disciples.  Therefore, attempting new and non-traditional mission will be encouraged.
 
Constructive:  We believe this mission hub belongs to the Lord Jesus who, as an outcome of the mission conducted through it, receives the fruit of followers who love him and live for his glory.  Therefore, it is the glory of Jesus that is to be foremost in all that is done.

Our Current Mission Groups:
• Mision Catolica del Divino Nazareno: Latino outreach
• North East of the Well: outreach to at-risk women
• Christian Outreach in Action: outreach to seniors
• Father Al Scott: feeding the homeless
• Church Resource Ministries: spiritual direction outreach
• Covenant Presbyterian Church: partner in ministry
• Nouma Church: Korean outreach

Little Brown Mission: An Urban Mission Hub Newsletter 1

- Tuesday, October 07, 2014

This is our first newsletter since becoming Little Brown Mission in May 2014. God bless you for your response. The Holy Spirit has been at work forming us into an urban mission hub to make new disciples of Jesus Christ in urban Long Beach. Take a look at our new vision statement.


A Sister of Mercy speaking with a young man at Little Brown MIssion's homeless feeding

What is the Little Brown Mission?

We are not a Local Church:
A Local Church Consists of:
 
A Congregation that has programs
A Congregation that has partnerships
A Pastor who is focused on the congregation
 
We are an Urban Mission Hub:
 
            A Mission Hub Consists of:
 
A Team that includes mission-focused groups
A Team that is a partnership that shares a common vision
A Pastor who focuses on, mentors, and leads the Team
 
            The Unique Vision of a Mission Hub:
 
Focused on Kingdom causes not just community development
It’s joining the team not just renting space
It’s a team leader not just a landlord

Core Values
Commissioned:  We believe our Lord Jesus has sent us into urban Long Beach to make new disciples and grow mature disciples.  Therefore, all mission must focus on this commission and depend upon the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
 
Combined:  We believe God will draw mission groups, who have an overlapping vision and passion for making disciples into the mission hub.  Therefore, forming Christ-centered and like-minded partnerships is the pattern for carrying out the commission.
 
Creative:  We believe that effective mission requires new and non-traditional ways of reaching people and make new disciples.  Therefore, attempting new and non-traditional mission will be encouraged.
 
Constructive:  We believe this mission hub belongs to the Lord Jesus who, as an outcome of the mission conducted through it, receives the fruit of followers who love him and live for his glory.  Therefore, it is the glory of Jesus that is to be foremost in all that is done.

Our Current Mission Groups:
Mision Catolica del Divino Nazareno: Latino outreach
North East of the Well: outreach to at-risk women
Christian Outreach in Action: outreach to seniors
Father Al Scott: feeding the homeless
Church Resource Ministries: spiritual direction outreach
Covenant Presbyterian Church: partner in ministry
Nouma Church: Korean outreach


Waiting for a hot meal at Little Brown Mission

Tell Me a Story about Little Brown Mission:

Father Al Scott is an icon in urban Long Beach. He is a retired eighty-one year old Roman Catholic priest, but hardly retired from the Kingdom of God. Besides spending an hour a day in the daily office, then to the gym, and committing to taking one course per quarter at Long Beach State University, Al recruits a team and feeds the homeless every third Sunday at Little Brown Mission. The reason he does this toward the end of the month is because that is when the homeless have run out of funds.

A few weeks back, I met Al at the church where about 40 volunteers had prepared supper for the 200 people lined up outside the building. Among these volunteers were two sisters from Mother Teresa's Sisters of Mercy. Just before the meal began, Al and I walked down the alley way where the people were waiting. Al shouted out, "Now, no profanity and no fighting or we'll throw you out. OK, let's pray!" Straight forward Jesuit clarity!

Then people of every color and age made their way through a line to a hot meal finished off by a scrumptious dessert. An hour and a half later, the Social Hall at Little Brown Mission was clean and ready for a meal following the Latino service. Praise God for Father Al!
 
What are the budget needs for the mission?
 
Expenses
 
Basic expenses are for minimal personnel and to keep the building open and maintained for the various outreach ministries.
 
Salaries and Benefits                       $108,910        
Building, Grounds, Administration    $21,000
                                   
TOTAL Expenses                              $129,910        
 
Income
Mision Catolica                                  $36,000
Oxy/Arco/Edison                                $24,000
Grant                                                  $25,000 from Presbytery of Los Ranchos
TOTAL income                                   $85,000
 
            *Net Need for 2014-2015 = ($44,910)
 
 
What are the giving levels I could engage?
We ask you to invest in the Kingdom of God through this innovative ministry. We need to raise $45,000 for the year 2014-2015 in addition to the Los Ranchos Presbytery grant. We encourage you to pray and consider investing the following
$20, 000 grant (Los Ranchos Presbytery is giving $25,000)
$10,000 grant
$5,000 grant
$1,000 grant
Monthly/Yearly pledge
 
Contact Information
 
You may reply via email to Pastor Jeff McCrory at jeff.mccroryjr@gmail.com and send your tax-deductible grants/pledges to:
 
Address
Little Brown Mission (First United Presbyterian Church)
600 East 5th Street, Long Beach, CA 90802—come and visit!
 
Or if you want to donate online, please email and we will give you the information.

Mobile Number: 949 510 1658


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Team Leader:

Dr. Jeff H. McCrory Jr.

Phone:

1.949.510.1658

Email:

Jeff@littlebrownmission.org

 

Address:

600 E. 5th St.

Long Beach, CA 90802