Friday, December 17, 2010
Photo credit: Lars Hammar, Tuscon, Arizona
For church this weekend, we're planning to head downtown on Sat.(tomorrow) at 1pm from our place to give away coats, socks, gloves, sweaters and such to our street friends. We want to put into practice Proverbs 19:17 which says, "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done." and I John 3:17 "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him how can the love of God be in him. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
So if you can make it bring any of the above items and meet at our house at 1pm.
Next weekend is Christmas and with all the family shindigs going on we will not be gathering.
On New Year's Eve, we're planning a party at Mac and Joanne's place. If you're interested in coming let us know. I will post their address and further details in the next couple of weeks.
Peace and rest on you all,
Tim and Esther
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
We had a sweet time last Saturday evening at our house. What I really enjoyed and what brought a smile to my face was watching how 'interactive' and 'participatory' our gathering was- "everyone got to play", and it was totally intergenerational...two values that Esther and I so believe in. It was so cool to watch the kids dive in on the 'Lectio Divina'- an ancient way of reading the Bible and letting the Scriptures speak to us right where we're at. What an amazing thing when 6 active boys are actually attentive and engaged in worship and the Scriptures. Thanks, Mac for taking the complicated and making it simple! Oh yeah, the food was awesome capped off with celebrating Jesus around the table with communion. We ended the evening with our families gathered around the globe and praying for some nations and current events. I love it when I see kids praying out loud with really insightful stuff.
This week we will again be gathering on Saturday evening at 5pm at the Schultz abode. We are experimenting with Saturday evenings to give folks Sunday off or to facilitate anyone who wants to go to a larger Sunday gathering.
We start with a potluck so bring your favourite main dishes and a salad or desert. A few drinks would also be helpful. Beth will be sharing a Christmas poem or two that she's written. Mac will facilitate us in a time of worship, and Esther creatively teaching us about community from Phil. 2. Mike has offered to lead us in our time of prayer for friends or folks we are relating who have not entered the Kingdom yet as well as praying for a country together.
Next week we would like to do something missional together. The idea we had was to gather some of our 'extra' jackets, sweaters, sleeping bages, or socks and on Sat. or Sunday down to the bottle depot on 10th and give these items away to the street folk who need them. If someone would like to make some hot chocolate or if we'd like to take sandwhiches down that would be cool to. We'll talk about it this Sat. and come up with a game plan.
Doug, will be invloved in the Christmas Concert and Play going on at 1st Alliance this weekend. So if he comes to mind pray for him. Have a great weekend, Doug and we'll be cheering you on. I know you've invited some work friends to come, so we'll be praying for their spiritual eyes and ears to be opened to the Father's invitation for them to return home to Him. Let us know what happens.
A new thing on the horizon for us is that we are formally getting Mosaic Ministries licenced with the gov't. Mosaic Ministries will be an umbrella for Esther and I as missionaries and as coaches/catalysts to other simple churches, as well as a home for other simple churches like Close2Home to link into if they want. The board of Global Hope Society has decided that the mandate of Gobal Hope Society is done, and all have agreed to shut it down. Thus for all of you who are financially supporting us, cheques in the New Year will be made out to Mosaic Ministries not GHS. We are forming a board for Mosaic which will include Doug R. and Mac from our community, and a couple others from other simple churches we have relationship with. So without further adieu, and so I don't put you to sleep, I'll stop with that. Keep praying for us as we take the next 'faith steps' forward and for financial provision for us as a family. The Rocky Mountain College teaching opportunity for this winter did not pan out, so we're trusting the Father to provide in other ways. If you have any questions let us know.
We love you all and remember to keep initiating with each other outside the context of our regluar gatherings.
Tim and Esther
Thursday, December 2, 2010
You're all welcome to come to our home for a potluck at 5pm this Saturday. Bring a main dish and salad or desert. We want to celebrate and welcome Jesus through a time of communion and sharing any stories of how you see Jesus at work in your spheres of influence. We will then have a time of participatory worship and discussion from the book of James flowing into a time of prayer or application.
A quick reminder that if you are interested in going to Christmas program that Doug Rempel is a part of at 1st Alliance let him know this Sunday. Last time I checked the tickets were almost sold out.
See all of you who can make it on Saturday.
Tim and Esther
Friday, November 26, 2010
Welcome home Pauline and kids from you visiting your family in Holland! Sounds from talking to Scott that you had a great time.
Well if your November has been anything like ours, then you've also been experiencing the juggle of work, kids with homework and all their activities, things ramping for the holiday season with all the parties and events that go with this season. Then for some of us guys its been hunting season and trying to squeeze in a few days getting into the great outdoors!
It seems like its been a few weeks since we've been able to find a time when we could all be together as a community. Yet what Esther and I are learning and trying to live is that its not so important when you meet or how you meet, but that we gather in all kinds of different ways to encourage one another in our walk with Jesus as well as to build significant relationship with those who are not yet in the Kingdom. This has been happening through the women's group on Thursday nights, hunting excursions, connecting with parents through our kids school activities, going out for coffee with a friend and sharing the 'deeper' stuff, and so on. The main and the plain as it comes to when or how we gather is summed up in Hebrews 10:24-25 which says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
So this weekend is another full one for us. On Sunday we have hockey stuff all day and I hope to get out hunting with Paul as the season is quickly coming to an end. We know many of you also have a busy weekend so we thought we would gather with anyone who can on Sat. night from say 4-7 pm. If anyone can make it, please let us know by tomorrow morning. We would have a potluck meal together and then an opportunity for people to share and pray for one another. If no one can make it no worries just let us know one way or another.
Have a great weekend and keep your eyes open through all the activities for Jesus and how he is at work in the most unlikely places and even in the hearts of the most unlikely people.
We want to encourage you all to keep putting your stories about how you are seeing Jesus at work, your devotional ideas, faith questions you have, a poem-come on Beth, pictures or such on this blog site.
We'd also appreciate your prayers for our Matrix to sell this weekend.
Tim and Esther
Friday, November 12, 2010
A quick note to let everyone know that we'll be meeting this weekend at the Pointen's farm at 10:30am on Sunday for house church. Come ready to share around the question: Where do you see Jesus at work in your family, work place, neighbourhood or elsewhere? Where would Jesus being showing up? We may watch a podcast by a guy named Carl Madearis.
We also want to begin to process the questions that I posed in the last blog. Though I can't remember the wording exactly the gist of the questions were: Where are you at with how we have been 'being' and 'doing' church? What do you like about what we have been doing and what would you change? What is God speaking to you personally and for the group?
Pauline and and two of the kids are in Holland for a few weeks. Have a great time Pauline and eat some good Dutch licorice for me!
Tim and Esther
Friday, November 5, 2010
For next week, we want everyone to start pondering a couple key questions concerning how we move forward as a community: Where is everyone at with how we've been doing church? What do you like about what we're doing and what would you like to see changed? Are we committed to traveling the next leg of the journey together and what does that look like?
Friday, October 15, 2010
If you've been around me long enough you'll have heard me use the phrase "a few faithful, forgiving friends". In a succint the verse John 15:13 "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." sums up what church is to be like. This kind of friendship is such a rare treasurer, but when you find it, one feels so rich. What Esther and I have found is that there are two ways to find these kinds of friends: Through the passage of time and weathering conflict or crisis together. This last weekend we tasted of it as we had the privilege of being with Paul and Shari - who we've known for a gazillion years and who have walked with us through many ups and downs - as well as Linda Hill our dear friend, as the family had a spreading of Steve's ashes on Moose Mountain. Being there was such an honour. So the long and skinny of it, is that we want to encourage all of you to find your band of faithful and forgiving friends and don't settle for 'church light'. This kind of friendship costs something but is worth more than gold.
This Sunday we will meet at the Schultz abode at 10:30am. Since most were out of town last week, we canceled house church. Thus we will have a bring your gift Sunday - INCLUDING THE CHILDREN! Bring a song you've written or is on your heart to sing, a poem, some food, a story, a Scripture, a painting, or whatever else to share with the group and let's see what the Holy Spirit says to us through each other.
I would also appreciate being prayed for as I leave on Tuesday for Asia. Still praying in some more bucks for the trip so would appreciate prayer on that and if you'd like to contribute let me know on Sunday.
Esther and I are so blessed to watch the friendships that are growing in our community and how people are laying down their lives for one another in small yet significant ways like baby sitting, prayer and counsel, sharing and giving to one another in practical ways such as help in moving or finances. Keep it up and let's invite others into the circle!
Tim and Esther
Friday, October 8, 2010
Welcome back Paul and Shari from your family getaway down to Disneyland. Sounds like it was just the tonic that you guys needed. Though we didn't have 30+C weather here at home, it sure has been a much desired Indian summer.
This Sunday all those of you who are in town are welcome to our place at 10:30am. Please come prepared to share a gift--a song, poem, Bible verse that is meanful to you, something you have created, a food item to share, a God story, etc. We call it "Bring Your Gift Sunday". Of course, your presence is also a gift. Also, we want to spend some time sharing how God has blessed us over this last year, and offering up our thanksgiving to God, maybe around a campfire in the back yard. After we share how God has blessed us, we want to pray for others in our lives that still haven't met Him yet, so our theme could also be "Blessed to be a Blessing." If anyone wants to stay afterwards, we thought we could keep the fire going and roast hot dogs or sausages. If you plan to stay for that, please bring your own meat and buns and roasting sticks, as well as a salad or some veggies. We want to keep it simple because many of you may already be involved in hosting or contributing to Thankgiving dinners.
I leave a week next Tuesday for Asia, so appreciate your prayers for that as I prepare to go and still prayin in some bucks for the trip. Next Sunday I would love to be 'commissioned' or given the 'left foot of fellowship' out by our community.
Have a great weekend with family and friends,
Tim and Esther
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Esther and I leave this afternoon for the grand metropolis of Winkler, Man. for our Vineyard Regional Meetings. We'll be gone for the weekend and would appreciate your prayers for safety in travel and over our kids that we have farmed out to friends. Also pray for God's guidance in these meetings as the Canadian Vineyard is in transition from one leadership couple to a leadership team. We would also appreciate favour for us as we continue to communicate what we are doing with our coaching stuff and how it may be of service to churches in the region.
There will be no formal gathering this weekend, but feel free to spontaneously gather or visit another church community or just take some time to get out in nature and enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves.
I would appreciate your prayers as I get ready to go to Asia on October the 19th. The trip is coming together and I have a good chunk of what I need in bucks for the trip, but still praying in $1500. I will be doing some training with the leaders of the Singapore Vineyard, celebrating with them their 10 year anniversary, and then going to see Trang, our spiritual daughter in Vietnam to encourage her. If you want to contribute, you can do that through GHS.
We had a great time at our Mosaic Feast last Sat. So cool to see the diversity in colours, all the great food, and the cool missional stories of how God's Kingdom is breaking in. We had at least 9 different simple missional communities represented.
Have a great weekend and we love you all.
Tim and Esther
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
This Sunday we'll be gathering at the Schultz residence at 10:30 am. Parents remember to bring a pair of gloves for each of your kids and a couple pieces of junk or rubbish. We will be creating a work of art out garbage we collect from a field trip into the neighbourhood depending on the weather-thus the need to bring some junk. The theme is how God can create something beautiful out of our mess- remember the Hebrew phrase 'tohu bohu' from Genesis chapter 1 -God took what is formless and void and created all the diversity and beauty of creation.
Doug will be leading us in a discussion from the book of James.
Next Saturday, Sept. 25th is our Mosaic Feast gathering with other communities from Calgary and the surrounding area. It will start at 5:30 pm down at JLYS downtown with a potluck meal. So invite some friends and bring enough food for your clan and to share with others. After the meal, there will be worship, missional stories, communion, different stations to connect with God, and so on.
Should be a great time.
See you on Sunday!
Tim and Esther
Friday, September 10, 2010
We'll be gathering at the Schultz residence at 10:30 am this Sunday. Doug will be leading us in a discussion from James and Scott will facilitate us in worship.
The Pointen's are away in Edmonton celebrating their anniversary and Pauline is in Winnipeg catching up with friends at a women's retreat...so Godspeed to you guys as you travel and enjoy some R & R. We pray for peace over Scott and the kids this weekend!
There is a single mom and her kids in our neighbourhood who are in need of some beds for the kids, so if you're aware of some beds that are available let us know so we can get them to her.
See you all on Sunday!
Tim and Esther
Friday, September 3, 2010
Just a heads up that we'll be meeting this Sunday at 10:30am at the Schultz residence. Bring your lunch along if you'd like to hang out afterwards. Our friends Mac and Joanne will be joining us. It was great to have our friends the Kungs with us last week and hear a little of their story. We look forward to seeing who God adds to our family circle this year.
This weekend is the Pointen's anniversary, and it sounds like they're getting away for a romantic weekend...so Happy Anniversary, Paul and Shari. Man, I can still remember that day and thinking what a fine couple you were. Thanks for the privilege of officiating at your wedding and allowing us to be a part of your lives all these years. We love you guys!
Our family went to the Bowness Community meal on Weds. night and had a great time connecting with some of our Bownessian community. I sat with a first nations gal and her daughter. They were sitting at the far corner of the room and though I didn't feel like it, I felt prompted to just go sit with them and welcome them. They had just moved into the Bowness from Morley. I asked her why she left and she said she had to get away from a 'bad' relationship. Again I realized how small yet big a thing it is to just 'be' with people and to make them feel like they are welcome and belong.
Another guy named Fraser shared with me that evening how he used to live on the streets, but now has been sober for almost a year, and has a place of his own. He then shared his suffering of the last couple of years. Both his mom and common law wife have recently passed away. Inspite of all the pain, he has chosen to live and get his life back on track. I felt honoured that this man who barely knew me would be so free to share his story. I also recognized that all of us are looking for someone who will simply listen to us. So often I am to busy to listen or feel like I have to have answers to people's problems which are often so over whelming. Yet in reality all we are looking for is someone who has the time to listen and that listening is one of the most powerful ways to show care or be missional which simply means to be and do what Jesus would do...so the lessons for me out of the evening are to keep learning to be a better listener and to embrace people by welcoming them and making them feel like they belong! I can do that by just showing up and taking that first step of welcoming those on the outside! By the way, it turns out that Fraser and the aboriginal gal had met 10 years earlier, though they hadn't seen each other since.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Here is a tentative schedule for this Sunday's gathering and then forms of gathering and 'missional living' for September:
- This Sunday we'll gather at the Schultz's at 10:30 am. Bring your "Tangible Kingdom" and we'll discuss Chapter 4 on the U-Haul.
- September 5th we'll gather at the Pointen's and Scott, would you facilitate us in a discussion around Chapter 5 from the Tangible Kingdom. Doug would you have something for the kids, and Shari would you lead us in some worship and communion?
- September 12th: Would it be possible to meet at your place, Scott and Pauline? Doug, if you would prepare to lead us in a discussion from James that would be great.
- September 19th: We want to gather with Doug's Iranian friends who are close to the Kingdom and want to experience what church is like. Doug, will get us more details on this.
- September 25th, yes I know a Saturday, is when we will be gathering with some other communities across the city who are part of the forming Mosaic for a Potluck, missional stories, worship and communion. More details coming on this.
Other gathering and missional opportunities are the Weds. night supper for the community of Bowness, the women's group on Thursday, the boys getting together for beer, wings, and accountability, and on Tuesday nights starting September 21st, if you or anyone else is interested I'll be starting The Discovering Your Dream course -this basically a discipling/mentoring course-both to be discipled and to give a framework of how to disciple others. Let me know if you or anyone you know would be served by this course.
Peace on you All,
Tim and Esther
Sunday, August 22, 2010
We were wondering, Paul and Shari, if we could meet next Sunday at the farm. If the weather is warm enough we'd love to check out your swimming hole. Scott, I was wondering if you would lead us in a discussion of chapter 4 from the Tangible Kingdom?
A few of the simple missional communities that Esther and I have been connecting with and coaching would like to come together for a gathering called the Feast. The tentative plan for this is Sat. Sept. 11th though we may bump to Oct. due to the challenges of planning something like this over the summer months when all good Canadians migrate to the mountains or elsewhere to enjoy the great outdoors. More details on this to come!
We would like to try again at having church with Doug's Iranian friends who are very close to the Kingdom, especially the sister who is visiting from Iran. The plan is to do this on Sept.19th so mark that on your calendar.
Sometime in Sept. we are also working towards a block party with some of our neighbours here in Bowness. We haven't finalized the date yet for that.
Guys, it would be good to get back in to a regular time of meeting. What would work best for you all...Sat. mornings...an evening?
That's all from the Schultz clan for now.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Here is a heads up on what is happening in our community the next few weeks:
- Had a great time at the Pointen ranch on Sunday with the sharing, encouragement, discussion from James, watching the World Cup-so sorry Pauline about the Dutch- and target shooting-thanks so much Paul and Shari for being great hosts.
- This next Sunday Esther and I will be away in Penticton at the National Vineyard Conference for 5 days. Doug Rempel will be facilitating a gathering of our community on Sunday if anyone is around so please get back to him if you want to gather.
- On Sunday July 25th, we could meet at our place or the Kolochuk's. Beth, would you be willing to facilitate a discussion from Chapter 3 of the book "Tangible Kingdom"?
- The back packing trip is going ahead from July 29th or to August the 1st. If you are interested in coming, I need to know by July the 24th. We will get more details out to those who are going.
- Worship and Prayer for Breakthroughs on August 8.
A praise item from our end is that we got approved for a grant to do our roof which is a major faith booster for us. Now we're praying in the $2000 for our soffit and fascia that needs to be done. Esther and I would appreciate prayer for protection over us as we travel to Penticton on Sunday. The kids are staying with friends and Joel is staying with my parents- so pray for health and protection over them as well.
Tim and Esther
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wow, what a game! Tim and Esther and Michael came over to our house to watch Holland play soccer against Uruguay. 3-1 for Holland! We won! Some of our dutch friends were here as well. Love the color Orange these days. Love Holland, love celebrating sports and having fun yelling and being happy!
Hup Holland Hup..! See you all this Sunday at Sherrie's house! 12.30 pm.. the finals..
Thursday, July 1, 2010
- Next Weds. if you would like to join Doug at the Community meal in Bowness let him know
- Next Sunday, July 11 we will meet at the Pointen farm at 10:30am and after some sharing and teaching from the book of James, we'll watch the final of the World Cup
- Every Weds. at our Lady of Assumption School soccer fields in Bowness there is family soccer for anyone interested. It starts at 7pm and is alot of fun
- There will be a backpacking trip from July 29th to August 1st in the Highwood country for any dads and sons or daughters.
I had a good trip to Winkler, Man. so thanks for all your prayers.
See you all Sunday or somewhere in between.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I, Tim will be going to Winkler Manitoba this weekend to speak at the Cornerstone Vineyard and to do some coaching on missions. I would appreciate your prayers.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Yip. Here I sit... posting the photo's and all the stuff we had packed today, is still all around me.. I gotta clean up here. I just love to show you all these pictures. The kids had a bath and are sound a sleep in their beds. Awesome! They were so excited about today. If it wasn't for the older ones helping us out today, they would have had a way harder time making the walk up the river. Thanks everyone for helping Reubs and Rachel doing something they did not think they could have done.. They are so proud of them self! Love it! We are such a great group of people together.. you all mean so much to our family! Thanks!
Wowh, I loved this day! Today we met with our housegroup at Heart Creek trail. Did we have one sunny day. What a day to celebrate the fathers in our midst and their families. Here are some pictures. Enjoy. I have so many Beautiful shots! It was hard to choose! I might have to make another post of today..
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Anyone interested in getting involved in a Bowness community supper on Weds. nights talk to Doug or myself. Our family is thinking of doing this once a month.
Also if you are interested in going to Asia in late October for two weeks with me let me know and I can give you the details.
Thank-you everyone who came out to our family birthday last week at Edworthy Park. The kids had a blast and are now enjoying their new trampoline that we were able to buy with help from generous contributions at the party. We definitely couldn't have asked for better weather. It was just perfect in that regard.