Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hello Everyone from the Schultz Clan,

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

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