The Secret To Happiness And Contentment
by Gino Grunberg on November 25th, 2020
I am always perplexed by a title that includes the word "Secret." Somehow it communicates the idea that only a few people know something we don't. I understand why we use it. It's a way of saying the result desired comes from something not commonly practiced. Contentment is one of those desires we long to experience. Yet, most people think that it is acquired by something you purchase or by a long...  Read More
Quick HCC Update!
by Gino Grunberg on November 19th, 2020
As many of you know, our recent Pierce County numbers regarding COVID infections have gone up again, and the governor's office has issued a new set of guidelines. With that in mind, a few weeks ago, our HCC council prayerfully discerned and decided to hold off regathering on Sunday mornings.This decision was difficult in light of the need for many of us to gather as a community of believers and wo...  Read More
How To Overcome An Isolated Pandemic Winter
by Gino Grunberg on November 12th, 2020
By now, you are well aware that we are experiencing another surge of COVID-19 infections in Pierce County and across our nation. Making matters worse for many people is the dread of being inside during the winter when it's dark earlier in the day, feeling anxious and isolated.How can we make it through these bleak, lonely, and dark months?"SHIFT YOUR FOCUS OUTWARD"Author and psychology professor a...  Read More
Meet The HCC Council
by Gino Grunberg on November 5th, 2020
When we started HCC 25 years ago, one of the leadership values we had was building a leadership community that would help oversee the church's mission. From the very beginning, we believed that God worked through people in relationships, empowering a spiritual community of leaders to bear the emotional and spiritual burdens of leading the church. For HCC, this group of people is known as the HCC C...  Read More
Just passing through!
by Gino Grunberg on October 30th, 2020
Learning English was one of the first things I had to do when moving to the United States from France. One of the challenges was understanding that the American language is filled with clichés or idioms. One of those idioms is used when speaking about someone who is indecisive. We say they are “sitting on the fence.” They have not decided which side of the fence they are on, therefore they are in ...  Read More
We'll Get Through This!
by Gino Grunberg on October 22nd, 2020
This past week I posted this profound line on my Twitter feed (@ginogrunberg) by Thomas Keating, who was a Catholic monk:“God is not necessarily going to take away all our difficulties. He does something much more wonderful, which is to join us in them.”When faced with obstacles, challenges, and difficulties, our desperate prayer in those moments is, “God get me out of this.” I think God’s respons...  Read More
Dream BIG!
by Gino Grunberg on October 15th, 2020
Our HCC Small groups are presently working through 5 sessions with Bob Goff with the "DREAM BIG" series. Bob says, "God has a wild and exciting dream for your life, and it is time to take the necessary steps to see it clearly and make it a reality."One of those steps is to deal with our setbacks. The things that come along and blindside us, causing us to be unprepared, foolish, and maybe embarrass...  Read More
A Space For Grace
by Gino Grunberg on October 8th, 2020
I am presently reading a book titled “The Space Between Us”. It’s very timely and insightful in these tense times, where our country is very polarized on many fronts. The sad part is that many relationships are fractured among families, friends, and even churches due to these divisions.  Author Sarah Bauer Anderson is willing to admit that there is a space, a divide between many people in our cult...  Read More
HCC Update Regarding Live Services
by Gino Grunberg on October 1st, 2020
As we begin the seventh month of following the Washington COVID Guidelines for faith community gatherings, I want to update you on what we are doing to move us forward in having services on Sunday mornings. First, we have communicated with the school district, letting them know we are ready to relaunch our Sunday services. All of our tech and sound equipment is mounted in the gym with lights, proj...  Read More
Did You Know?
by Gino Grunberg on September 24th, 2020
Six people made a public profession of their faith in Jesus last week by being baptized.Over 50 backpacks and school supplies were provided for under-resourced students in our community. Eighteen HCC people donated blood through the NW Mobile Blood Bank parked at the HCC office this past Sunday.We opened a new home for homeless female students in the Peninsula area last week through our partnershi...  Read More
What Keeps You Up At Night?
by Gino Grunberg on September 17th, 2020
Many of us toss and turn at night, awakened not by our spouse snoring, but by a mind occupied by worry. We lose our peace of mind and sleep because we focus on things beyond our control and thus subject ourselves to fear.Author Tim Keller says, "I worry because I know the way my life is supposed to be, and God is not getting it right."Everybody worries. Some people worry a little; others are champ...  Read More
Happy Birthday HCC!
by Gino Grunberg on September 10th, 2020
We invited eighteen people to our living room In September of 1995 to initiate a community in mission known today as Harbor Christian Center. This small group of people, 25 years ago, dared to believe that God was calling them to establish a church whose purpose was to reach unchurched people. Our motto was “no church experience required.” Our desire was to reach a generation of people who had wri...  Read More