Friday, December 2, 2011

Rhythms For December

Seasons Greetings to You All,

Yes, it is almost Christmas folks! Time to get the Christmas decorations and tree up. If you're like us, that tradition usually happens later rather than sooner with all the other stuff like hockey, school programs, homework, work, and other Christmas events going on filling our schedules. We're really looking forward to the break and chilling out over the break. With that in mind, we don't want to fill our calendars up with to many other meetings, yet we'd love to catch up with some of you and celebrate Jesus and have some fun!

We thought we would propose two intentional gatherings:

  • This Sunday we'll meet at 10:30 am at our house for an Advent celebration of God coming as Jesus and moving into the neighborhood. I love how The Message translates John 1: 14 "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish."
  • The other gathering we are proposing would be either a pre-Christmas carol sing on the Friday night Dec. 23rd or a skating/hot chocolate party at Bowness park after New Years...more info to come on this! Let us know if you are interested in either of these ways of connecting.

A reminder that if you haven't signed up for the Simply Jesus Conference on March 2nd-3rd 2012 and want to get in on the early bird deal, do so before Jan.10. If you haven't heard Carl Medearis speak, you won't want to miss this event. He has some incredible stories of how Jesus is showing up and drawing people to Himself from the Muslim world to the bars of Denver, Colorado. You will be inspired and encouraged through 'normal' people who will be sharing their stories of how the Kingdom of God is coming in their neighborhoods through friendships, hospitality, and simply loving the widow, the foreigner, and the orphan. There will also opportunity to connect to God through worship and ministry to one another.

If you get a chance, ask Doug about what is happening up in his neck of the woods. Some cool stuff going on as he simply practices the rhythms of being present and available with and for his neighbors. Through simple acts of kindness he is tripping into the Kingdom in the midst of the mess and chaos of people's lives! Or ask Beth what she has seen happening through her work with Servants Anonymous as she cares for women at risk.

Esther and I hope you all have a rich time with family and friends over this holiday season. Take some time to dial down and reflect on all the blessings we have and ask the question: "What has Jesus done for me or us lately."


Tim and Esther