Trunk or Treat With Emmaus

Saturday, October 27, 3-5PM

We love opportunities to express partnership with other local churches in our city seeking to reach our city with the Gospel. Especially when that church meets at the school across the street. These are opportunities to get to know and rejoice in the work that God is doing through our brothers and sisters who don’t go to church with us.

On the Saturday before Halloween, we’ll be joining hands with Emmaus Church to put on a fun “Trunk-or-Treat” for our neighbors. There are two ways that we as a church can participate:

Volunteer on an Individual Basis

Emmaus has done most of the legwork and set up the structure for most of the event. Now we just need people to plug into the roles. You can serve on the setup team, the welcome team, at the concession stand, at the craft station, at the game station or … you can decorate your very own car to enter it in as a trunk or treat car! Sign up directly for these roles here.

Volunteer a Group of Sovereign Grace People

If you’d like to take on a little more, you can gather a few of your friends and take responsibility over an entire area of the event. Possibilities include:

  • Decor

  • Photo Booth

  • Games station with three games and small prizes

  • Crafts station with 1-2 simple crafts for kids to take home

If you have interest in any of the above group opportunities, email Kyle Houlton at before the end of the day Wednesday, 10/17.

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Celebrating a Year of God's Faithfulness
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Sunday, November 4, Immediately Following the Service

Believe it or not, Sovereign Grace Santa Ana has been meeting on Sundays for nearly a year. We’ve met dozens of new Santa Ana neighbors. We’ve delighted in Christ and grown closer together in our Gospel fellowship. All this and more is reason to celebrate how faithful God has been, which is exactly what we plan to do on Sunday, November 4.

Plan on staying after the service for a potluck and our first annual kickball game. There will be activities for the kiddos, including a piñata! Invite your friends and neighbors. Sign up for to bring food, drink or utensils below.

Sign up for a potluck Item here.

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What Is The World and What Does It Need?

The World Needs The Cross of Christ

One of the most repetitive and significant themes in the Gospel of John is “the world”. It’s a theme whose overtones aren’t exactly positive. Jesus uses sin, darkness and even evil to describe it at times. Surprisingly, in John 7:1-13, Jesus even hints that His own brothers belong to the world. Understanding this theme helps us to understand the Gospel of John. It helps us to understand our neighbors. It helps us to understand ourselves. Most importantly, it helps us to understand and appreciate the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Listen to the message here.

Santa Ana is Official!

Approved For Funding. Approved For Partnership.

For the past year, Sovereign Grace Santa Ana has been functioning as a church, yet, technically is a “campus” of Sovereign Grace Church of Orange. They’ve been our lifeline for many needs, they’ve supported us with funding and they’ve been the “umbrella” church under whom we’ve operated.

At this year’s Pastor’s Conference, after Kyle submitted a 40 page prospectus describing the location and vision for a church in DTSA, we applied to be recognized as an official Sovereign Grace Church plant. What are the implications of approval?

  • Approval gives us the means to move toward becoming an independent congregation

  • Approval initiates a church plant grant from Sovereign Grace Churches, assisting us to take the next steps as we grow as a church

  • Approval formalizes our partnership with the churches in Sovereign Grace Churches and secures us into a family of churches granting us support, accountability, relationship, training, etc.

The big news: We’ve been approved!

How should you respond to this news? Praise God for the work that He’s doing in Santa Ana! If you’re a member of Sovereign Grace Santa Ana or have been praying for Sovereign Grace Santa Ana, this large step is a result of God’s grace particularly through you. Thank you for your Gospel partnership.

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Men's Meeting Thursday

Thursday, October 11 @ 7:00pm

If you’re a man, high-school-age or older, head over to the front patio of the 4th Street Market this Thursday evening for our monthly men’s meeting. It’s a meeting where men learn to talk like men about God. We learn how to disagree well. We learn and are reminded about what God’s Word says about what it means to be a man. We learn how the Gospel shapes our manhood. They’re meeting you don’t want to miss.

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2018 Pastors Conference

Church Partnership Built on the Foundation of the Gospel

From Tuesday to Thursday, October 2-4, hundreds of pastors, wives and other members from Sovereign Grace Churches around the globe converged on Orlando, Florida for the 2018 Pastors Conference. The theme was “servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor. 4:5). We worshipped together, heard God’s Word preached and spent all hours of every day and night covering with brothers and sisters from around the world. It refreshed weary pastors and strengthened the resolve of all to continue in faith in God’s calling of Gospel mission.

Kyle was privileged to give an update on the progress of the Gospel in Downtown Santa Ana. We also heard many other updates, including that 13 churches have been planted in the last 3 years in the United States, more than 30 churches in the Philippines and dozens in India are pursuing adoption with Sovereign Grace Churches and that 19 different nations were represented at the conference.

All messages from the conference can be found here.

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The First Ever Picnic in the Promenade

The Next One Will Be On Sunday, December 2nd

We love our DTSA neighbors. We enjoy food. By the time our Sunday morning services end, nearly everybody is hungry for lunch. For all of these reasons and more, every other first Sunday, we’ll be enjoying a “picnic in the promenade” together after church. It’s “BYOL” (bring your own lunch) and “BYOFC” (bring your own folding chair). The 2nd street promenade is located at 2nd street and Broadway. We had our first one this past Sunday and had a blast together. It’s just another means for us as a church to “spread the joy of Jesus in DTSA”.

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Grace Alone

Sovereign Grace Church of Santa Ana exists by God’s grace through the partnership of other churches. One of those churches is Sovereign Grace Church of Tucson, Arizona, where Kyle and Kelsey Houlton moved from to live in Santa Ana. This past Sunday, we had the privilege of hearing from that church’s senior pastor, Derek Overstreet. He preached from Titus 3:3-7 about the God-glorifying doctrine of grace alone.

Listen to the message here.

Women's Meeting Thursday

Women Talking Like Women About God

Our monthly women’s meeting takes place this Thursday in DTSA at the Houlton apartment at 7:00pm. Any and all women, high-school-age and up are welcome to join for an evening of robust discussion at a level that any guest or long-time attendee can engage in. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. No need to bring anything else but your self and a Bible. We’ll have extras even if you don’t have one. For questions or directions, contact Kelsey Houlton at

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