Friday, November 26, 2010

Hi All,

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

Hey One and All,

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

Hey Everyone,

I'm back from my sojourn in Asia and will be sharing a little bit about the trip this Sunday. Thank you all for praying and supporting me on this trip. I really do feel like our 'small' community is like a mash unit that is being used to draw people to Jesus here and all around the world. It starts by being 'a few faithful forgiving friends' who link arms and travel together in seeing a bit of the dream of His Kingdom coming here on earth. We want to share these missional stories this Sunday. I will share about our friends and extended family in Asia and we'd like to hear the stories of How Jesus is showing up here in Calgary. Then we want to pray for our friends and family who are not yet in the Kingdom, but are close.

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?

So see all of you who can make it on Sunday. Paul and Shari would it be possible to meet at the farm next week?


Tim and Esther