December 26, 2008

One Gathering ...

hey everyone, this coming Sunday, December 28th, we're having an all Stirring gathering at the Eureka Way Campus at 10 am ... we're calling it the One Gathering ...

yep, the entire Stirring packed into the Adventist Church ... filling every pew and the balcony ... it's gonna be sweet ...

remember, NO Sunday evening Stirring ... No 5 pm gathering and NO 7 pm gathering ... One Gathering at 10 am ... everyone's invited ... coffee and donuts and muffins and pews ... bring your mom and your children and your friends ...

this Sunday, we're wrapping up the Simple Series ... it's been such an amazing few weeks ... live simple, love loud ...

and then next Sunday, January 4th, we'll celebrate our 2 year Anniversary as a church ... we'll be reflecting on where God has brought us as a church and where God is taking us this coming year ... you're all invited ...

merry Christmas and a happy new year ...

December 10, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

This year we will send our operation Christmas Child Boxes to children in Mongolia. The Lains, missionaries we support, will pass out the boxes to children in need in their ministry.
Please use 8x10 Tupperware/shoeboxes to fill with some of the items below. Turn them in on Sunday, December 14th & 21st at the Stirring Gatherings. Thanks!

Items needed:
· Toys: cars, dolls, games, coloring books/sheets
· Clothing: tights, thermals, thick socks, cloth diapers, winter hats and gloves, warm sleepers for babies, belts

· School supplies: eraser tops, fat pencils, #2 pencil, color pencils, crayons

· Misc: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap (bar only), vitamins, teething rings, zip locks & Tupperware (could be used as packing)

· Food: instant oatmeal and soups, meal seasonings: taco & spices, kool-aid or equivalent

December 3, 2008

Simple: Worry and Wealth

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here.

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from Sunday to think about this week:

In a world that is spilling into the margins in every area of life, shouldn't the people of God be choosing a better way?

Jesus lived a simple, focused, and single-minded life. Every moment mattered. He was busy but not hurried. Lived out of relationship with the father. Had room for interruption.

Matthew 13:1-23 (The parable of the sower)
- Have you seen people respond to the message of this new kingdom in these different ways?
- Do you feel the choking from the worry of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth?

God's people have always been called to be set apart with their money. 23% of their income in the old testament was set aside for others.
- Are you living simple with your money?

We want to live simply so we can love loudly.
We want the life that is truly life!

December 2, 2008

December: a month of prayer and fasting

As a family, we wanted to have a month of prayer and fasting for some pressing issues in our community. On Sunday, some of you signed up to pray and fast for a day in December. Here are a few things to pray for:

Miller Family

· Randy’s complete Healing from Cancer

· God’s presence and protection in their marriage

· Strength for Chemotherapy & Side Effects

· No outside sickness during chemotherapy

· Parenting: understanding & support

· Provision in Finances & Insurance

· Support from community

The Stirring Community for 2009

· Unity in Marriages, Families

· Wisdom & support for Single Parents, Students, Kids

· Discipleship & Mentorship of a generation

· Provision in Finances

· New Spring Life Groups and Leaders

· Allowing margin in our lives: live simple.

· Becoming a family

Daniel 9:3

You can still sign up for a day at the Community Life Table on Sunday.

November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving lunch at Market Street Manor

This Saturday November 22nd at noon we are feeding a group of people living at the Market Street Manor and handing out winter clothes. Go to Chris' blog to get the details.
Go here to get directions to Market Street Manor. Thanks for your willingness to serve.

The Green Elephant

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here.

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from Sunday to think about this week:

In the beginning there was shalom (peace, wholeness) in every relationship:
- with God, with each other, with ourselves and with the earth

At the fall in Genesis 3 all of those relationships were broken.

In Jesus life, death and resurrection he was making a way for peace again in those relationships.
Read Colossians 1:15-21

Read Romans 8:18-23

Read Job 38 and 39 to see Gods intimate connection with creation.

How you treat the creation reflects how you feel about the creator. Thoughts...

We've been given responsibility to lovingly care for and steward the earth. Read Genesis 1:27-31
This responsibility is not a duty, it's worship.

What are some creative ways we can start to be more responsible with the earth God has given us?

November 12, 2008

The Porn Addicted Elephant

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here.

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

Read Ephesians 6:10
There are so many things we can be strong in but Paul urges us to be strong in the Lord

Porn teaches us:
- What are some of the lies?

Porn shapes us:
- How does it affect how you see men and women?

Porn follows us:
- Had you thought about the affect of porn following you into marriage?

With a click of the mouse we invite the enemy into our house.

Porn fuels the enemies attack against women
- What are ways we can encourage our sisters at the Stirring?

Read I Samuel 17
How does the story of David and Goliath encourage us in the battle against porn?

November 5, 2008

The Political Elephant

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here.

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

What should our posture be as we enter this political season?
Read Ephesians 4:1-3

Submert = Submit + Subvert

God always wanted to be our king
Read I Samuel 8

The slogans: Change / Country First

The kingdom of God will not be advanced on November 4th through a person or a political party. The kingdom of God will be advanced when the people of God through the power of the Holy Spirit embody the radical love of Jesus on this earth. We are the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth and we are the change we want to see in the world. We talk too much.

Where is your hope?

October 29, 2008

The Drunk Elephant

Sorry for the late post...I've been moving.

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here.

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

Read Ephesians 5:8-9
We have a light calling
- Some run from the world to the safe Christian sub culture.
- Some immerse themselves so much in the world that they lose their light.
- We live in the land of gray.

How do we deal with the tension?

Read Ephesians 5:15
Paul calls us to a life of wisdom.
We need to ask what pleases the Lord.

Read Ephesians 5:18
What did you think of Nate's illustration of staying filled with the spirit?

It's more than a drinking's a calling issue.

What are the wounds and areas of tension you face when it comes to drinking?

How do we live as the people of God set apart in the land of gray?

Risen King Harverst Carnival this Friday

October 31st
Harvest Carnival

Jump house, raffles, games, candy
Mistletoe Elementary School
1225 Mistletoe Lane
Hosted by Risen King

October 22, 2008

Couples date night

Saturday November 1st.
Go to Angie's blog to get all the details.

October 21, 2008

The Sexy Elephant

If you missed this week you can listen to the podcast here. (Should be up by Wednesdays)

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

When it comes to the subject of sex...

the world says HAVE IT
the church says HIDE IT
but God says HONOR IT

Have you found that to be true? How does the church hide it? What are some ways we can honor sex?

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure
I Thessalonians 4:4 each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable

Why is it that we aren't talking about sex in the church and in the home? Two places that we need to talk about it the most.

We have a calling to shape and teach our kids for sex. We've reduced that calling to a talk. How many of you have had the talk? If we aren't shaping our kids the world will and already is!

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

October 13, 2008

BBQ for Market Street Manor this Saturday

Date: Saturday October 18th, 12:00 p.m.
Go here for directions.
Objective: Feed 65-70 people in Market Street Manor. Great practical way to love some amazing people in our city.
Go to Chris Cable's blog to get more info.
Leave him a comment or call him so he can plan on you being there.

The Greedy Elephant

This weekend was huge...we planted our new campus on Eureka Way
We also started a new series about the elephant in the church.
This first week we tackled greed.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Should be up by Wednesdays)

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

Read this scripture: Luke 12:13-21
- Talk about some of the words and phrases Nate brought out of the text:
- Be on your guard (war language)
- The ground
- But God
- Rich toward God

Greed means: to have more. It's not about what you have. It's about not being content with what you do have.

We talked about the land of when...
- When I'm old enough, when I'm in my career, when I get out of debt...
- Do you find yourself saying these kind of things?

Big question for this week:
- I HAVE ENOUGH are three words you never hear. Do you have enough?

Read I Timothy 6:17-19

October 8, 2008

the Elephant in the Church ...

this coming Sunday morning and evening, we'll kick off our new series the Elephant in the Church ... everyone's thinking about it, but no one's talking about it ...

I love the challenge of taking on tough topics or controversial issues ... too many churches are answering questions no one is asking ... we dance around the real issues ... but when we have the courage to talk about tough topics, I believe we experience a healthy tension as a church community ...

Some of the issues we'll explore in this series are things that God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-following people have disagreed about for two thousand years ... and because of that, we often steer clear of them ... but I'm convinced that God wants to weigh in ... God wants to speak ... and that is what this series is all about ... as a church, we need permission to talk about difficult and avoided topics ...

Join us for this six week series ... Sunday mornings 10 am at the Eureka Way Campus and Sunday evenings 5 & 7 pm at the Bechelli Campus ... Let's talk about the Elephant in the Church ...

October 6, 2008

We Make Disciples

Last night concluded our we love...we make disciples series.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Should be up by Wednesdays)

Here's some questions, thoughts and scriptures from the night to think about this week:

Read Matthew 28:16-20
- This is the last words Jesus had for his followers while he was here with them.
- Jesus chose some boys and young men to travel with him for three years and as he leaves them he tells them to go and do the same thing with others. Simple.
- Age isn't the issue. Jesus was 30. Did you have a picture in your mind of older disciples?

Read Luke 24:13-35
- What does Jesus teach us in his approach to making disciples?
- He believes in them, calls them out, and travels with them

Making disciples is about traveling with someone
- You don't have to have all the answers.
- Disciple simply means "learner"

If you're not making disciples then what are you doing?

We want to be a community that loves and makes disciples. Those that are just starting to follow Jesus are learning what it means to become a disciple and those that are further along and bringing others along with them.

Is there someone in your life that you are traveling with right now?

October 1, 2008

Stirring BBQ & Swim at the Hayes!

This Friday, October 3rd
3035 Winding Way
Bring your own meat and a side to share!

Don't forget your towel!

Kid's Rooms

The church plant (countdown: 10 days!) kid's rooms are in need of the following items . If any Stirring Parents have these laying around your house, not being used, in good condition - please let us know!

Infant Room: Changing table, Pack-n-Play (portable crib or any kind), “Push” toys for newly walking children, Stackable blocks, Teething toys, Rattles, Books

Toddler Room: Table and chairs, Changing table, Baby dolls with clothes, Large Legos ,Books, Rocking chair, Kitchen set, Puzzles (age appropriate), Arts & Crafts

PreK-Kindergarten: Table and chairs, Puzzles, Large Legos, Trucks/Cars, Baby dolls with clothes, Kitchen set, Books, Board games (age appropriate), Arts & Crafts

1st-5th Grade: Board Games, Mancala, Jenga, Twister, Legos, Dress-up clothes, Arts & Crafts

In each room we would love to have a portable CD player. Thanks!

September 29, 2008

We love the least

Last night was part 4 in our we love...we make disciples series.

We want to be wrestling with these ideas through the week in Life Groups and in our day to day relationships.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Should be up by Wednesdays)

We talked about 4 interactions that Jesus and his disciples had with the least:
- The Samaritan woman: John 4:1-26
- Zacchaeus: Luke 19:1-9
- The man with leprosy: Luke 5:12-15
- Peter and John heal the crippled beggar: Acts 3:1-10

Spend some time skimming the gospels and look at the amount of interactions that Jesus had with the ones that had been marginalized and overlooked.

Read Matthew 25:31-46
- Loving the least takes Gods eyes for people
- When we start seeing with the eyes of Jesus the world doesn't change...we just see the whole world's like a new lens that we see the world through.
- Nothing changes but everything changes!

We start seeing our city and world differently
We start seeing the Stirring differently

Talking about the least gets overwhelming but Jesus makes it simple:
- a glass of water, a meal, clothes, shelter, visitation.
- invest in one

Are there some creative ways you and your friends or life group can see the least this week and practically meet a need?

September 24, 2008

Couples night

Saturday September 27
Meet at 6:30pm for dinner or dessert at Red Lobster
Then we are going to Movies 10 at 7:30pm.
No child care provided.
The trailer can be viewed at
If you have any questions please email Angie at

Stirring BBQ this Friday at the Flecks

Friday September 26th
Stirring BBQ
6 - 8pm
2888 Salmonberry Dr (the Fleck's)
Bring your own meat & a side to share. It will be a great night to get to know people at the Stirring.

We love shirts

We are going to have kids, guys and girls shirts available this weekend at the Stirring. $20 a shirt. All the proceeds go to our church plant. Bring cash on Sunday!
Thanks Jeremy for creating a great shirt.

September 22, 2008

We love the world

Last night was part 3 in our we love...we make disciples series.

We want to be wrestling with these ideas through the week in Life Groups and in our day to day relationships.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Should be up by Wednesdays)

Read Acts 17:16-34
- Paul's heart is burning for the people of Athens...he stands up in the center of the Greek world...he starts describing God to them.
- What was his posture towards the people he was addressing?

Three big thoughts from the night:
1. God is already moving in people's lives. He's already there. We don't bring him to places like Africa in our pockets. He's the God of the whole world. He wants us to join him in what he's already doing.
- Is this a shift in thinking for you?
- Do we see everyone first as created in God's image?

2. God is calling all creation back to himself. John 12:31-32 He has placed a deep hunger for God in the heart of every person. We were created to live face to face with God...All of us. It's not our calling to get people saved...salvation belongs to God. Our calling is to love people towards Jesus
- Is this a shift in thinking for you?
- What are some creative ways God is asking you to ignite that hunger in others?

3. God is bringing people into our lives every day. Are we willing to get uncomfortable enough to love the world God has placed us in? Talk...pray...share...listen. We don't have to go out to do outreach. All of life is reaching out to those around us. That's why we keep things simple with Life Groups. We want to spend as little amount of time as possible in the church building so we can give our lives to the people in our community.
- Do you see the people in your life that you bump up against everyday this way?

Read Colossians 4:2-6
- Let this be our prayer for the world God has called us to love every day.

September 19, 2008

Stirring parking lot sale THIS SATURDAY!!!

September 20th
Garage Sale Fundraiser for Church Plant

7am - 3pm
2225 Bechelli - by the big flag
*drop off donations there on Sept.19th between 6 & 8pm

Stirring BBQ tonight!

September 19th
Stirring BBQ & Swim
2907 Camulos Way (the Miller's)
Bring your own meat & a side to share.

September 15, 2008

We Love Each Other

Last night was part 2 in our we love...we make disciples series.

I'm posting on Mondays with some thoughts, questions, and verses from our Sunday gatherings. We're hoping that our gatherings are not just a one way conversation. We want to be wrestling with these ideas through the week in Life Groups and in our day to day relationships. Feel free to leave some comments.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Might take a couple days to get up...sorry)

Read Acts 2:42
The disciples were devoted to four things
- The apostles teaching: learning and living the way of Jesus
- Fellowship: that word means as committed to each other as we are to much more than church potlucks!
- The breaking of the bread- sharing a meal with the risen Lord
- Prayer: the most natural expression of our love for God

- Do you really want to be a part of a movement like this?
- Are we as committed to each other as we are to Jesus?

Read I John 4:7-21
- Thoughts?

So many times our love is THIN...we're too busy...spread thin...committed to everything so we're really committed to nothing.

We want to be a community that loves THICK...Jesus loved the world but was devoted to a few. We want to follow his example.

- Who are you devoted to?
- Who are you in fellowship with?
- Who are you locking arms with this year?

Loving God is easy. He never lets us down...never leaves us...never wounds us.
Loving other Christians is hard. Most of our deepest wounds come from other Christians. Why?
Sometimes we need to bear with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
We have the choice to run when we're faced with difficult people but what happens if we do?

Read John 13:34-35
As a church you can be known for a lot of things but we want to be disciples that are known by love!
It's easy to go to church...sing songs...and wear Christian t-shirts.
Loving thick...being devoted to a few...loving through pain and wounds...that's church!

September 9, 2008

Cambodia sharing night

Come hear from the women about their summer trip at 7pm
2413 Ramona (Emily's House)
Contact: Jenna (559)760-1028

Night of prayer this Wednesday

Wednesday night, September 10th
@ the Stirring in the main sanctuary of the Nazarene church
No child care provided
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

September 8, 2008

We Love God

Last night we started our vision series at the Stirring.
From now on I'm going to put up a post on Monday with some thoughts, questions, and verses from our Sunday gatherings. We're hoping that our gatherings are not just a one way conversation. We want to be wrestling with these ideas through the week in Life Groups and in our day to day relationships. Feel free to leave some comments.

If you missed last night listen to the podcast here. (Might take a couple days to get up...sorry)

Read Luke 7:36-50 (The story of the sinful woman at the feet of Jesus)
- After hearing the context of the story last night did the passage open up to you in new ways?
- Who do you identify with in the story?
The Pharisees caught up in religion and judgment of others?
The ones on the outskirts of the courtyard, hiding in shame in the shadows?
The sinful woman that disgraced herself and risked everything to get to Jesus?

Read Acts 1-4 this week
- When Jesus ascends to heaven the first thing the disciples do is worship together. They spend time in prayer and God shows up in powerful, unexplainable ways. Do we want that for our church? Are we that crazy in love with God?

- Prayer should be the most natural expression of our love for God. Is that how we see prayer? Do you find ourselves talking to God in the car, when we wake up, and when we're at work and school?

Acts 4:13 says the people took notice that Peter and John had been with Jesus even though they were unschooled and ordinary men. Do people take notice of that in our lives?

Here's a great verse to memorize this week: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

We are having a night of prayer this Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Nazarene Church. Everyone's invited. For more information check the website.

September 5, 2008

we love. we make disciples.

this Sunday night, we begin a new 5 week series ... we love, we make disciples ... we believe this is why God has placed the Stirring community in Redding ... we want to spend the next 5 years living these 5 words ...

I can't wait to spend the next few weeks calling our church to give their lives to what matters most ...

props to my peeps Jeremy Coverdale for the most excellent image ... I'm blown away by the passion and creativity in our church ... Jeremy's images ... Cory's t-shirts ... Juan's paintings ... Patrick's design ... and all the other creative minds ... you guys help me see God in so many profound and life changing ways ... thanks ...

if you get a chance, read the first couple chapters of Acts before Sunday night ... for the next few weeks, we're going to live in the book of Acts ...

September 4, 2008

Blog changes

Starting this week this blog is going to serve a new purpose.
So I thought I'd switch up the template to symbolically show something new was happening!
Each week I'm going to start posting scripture, thoughts, and questions on this blog from our Sunday gatherings. All of our Life Groups are going to be wrestling through what we're talking about on the weekend so I want a hub that everyone can come to so that we are asking the same questions and moving in the same direction. This week we start our We Love...We Make Disciples series. 5 weeks that get at why we are in Redding. These are 5 words that we want to live out in our city and world for as long God allows it. I can't wait to hear the feedback and the talks that come out of your Life Groups.

August 18, 2008

some books shaping us ...

just wanted to remind you about a few books shaping us as a community ... you must read these books before you die, or before the end of the year ...

Shane Claiborne ... Irresistible Revolution ... living as an ordinary radical ... this revolution begins inside each of us, and through little acts of love, it will take over the world ... let us begin to be Christians again ... Jesus, give us the courage ...

N.T. Wright ... Simply Christian ... why Christianity makes sense ... N.T Wright gives the most profound and captivating picture of the God story ... moving us from Genesis to Revelation, this book will change your life ...

Rob Bell ... Velvet Elvis ... what does it really mean to follow Jesus ... if there is one book I would recommend everyone read, it's this one (and I like the Bible) ... wrestle with this book ... wrestle with God ... just read it ...

August 15, 2008

Backpack sort for Cypress.

Just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Emily, Laura, Becky, Rosetta, Anna, Catrina, Aidan, Juan, Brent, Jenna, Christian, and Brad for helping out with our Cypress Elementary School Backpack/School Supply sort today.

It was an insane 5 hours of filling 24 huge boxes with 265 girls and boys' backpacks, paints, wide-ruled paper, pencils galore, hand-sanitizer, glue, toothbrushes, games, snacks, underwear, socks, and Cypress t-shirts. These kids will be set!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to those who put their time in today and who donated supplies and backpacks and money to make this happen. Thanks to Juan for the glorious t-shirt design! They look amazing! We'll be meeting at the office at 8:30am Monday to load up and take everything over to the school (if anyone wants to help). See you there!

August 6, 2008

face to face ...

Have you ever wondered if there's more?

Think about it. The God of the universe, the Creator of all things, pursues us with this jealous, reckless, endless, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our response? We go to church, sing songs and try not to cuss. It may sound a bit crazy, but God created us for so much more.

We were created to live face to face with God. To live and move and breathe with the One who spoke us into being. So why don't we? Does something in your heart long for more?

Over the next four weeks, our prayer is that God would awaken in us a deep passion to know Him, to hear His voice, to see His face. And when you encounter His face, you will never be the same.

Our new series begins August 10th. Join us Sunday evenings.

August 2, 2008

Stirring Missions blog

Go check it out! It's so exciting to see the way our Stirring family is extending all over the world.
Thanks for putting it together Kari.

July 31, 2008

Stirring Baptism ...

Join us this friday night, August 1st, for our Stirring baptism and bbq ... we're baptizing at least 15 new followers of Jesus ... amazing ... leaving our old lives and becoming who God has created us to be ... and eating hot dogs and fruit salad ...

bring your own meat, a sidedish to share, towel, and swimwear ...

2036 Princeton Way, Redding

take Simpson Blvd off of Shasta View (across from Simpson University entrance)
Right on Princeton Way (2036 Princeton Way)

if you can come early and help set up, that would be awesome ...

July 28, 2008

Go check out Leah's blog

We had a chance to pray for Leah last night at the Stirring and it was awesome. Leah has her blog up and rolling. She is leaving soon for South Africa. Please leave her some encouragement and continue to keep checking so we can know how to best pray for her.

July 25, 2008

Night of worship tonight

Risen King is putting on a night of worship at Mistletoe elementary school tonight, Friday at 7pm if anyone wants to go. (1225 Mistletoe Ln.)
Garrett will be leading with his team. It will be awesome.

July 17, 2008

the Lains ...

hey Stirring community ... please pray for Larry and Krista Lain, and their family ... they leave for Mongolia this week ...

pray that God would lead them as a family ... pray for Averianna and Eli, their two amazing children ... pray that God would open doors in the community where God places them ... pray that the Spirit of God would fill them and speak through them ...

God has a burning passion for the people of Mongolia ... I was recently told that half of the population in Mongolia is under 18 years of age ... they are so ready to hear the message of Jesus ... they are so ready to meet with God ... pray for the people of Mongolia ...

Arise and Shine, for your light has come for all nations to see. For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you.

Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations on earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine over you. All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

Look and see, for everyone is coming home!

Isaiah 60:1-4

July 16, 2008

Updated Stirring peeps

Sorry we've been slacking on posting to this blog. I added a bunch of Stirring peeps to our blog roll. If I forgot anyone or spelled anyones name wrong or your link is broken please let me know. I think it's nuts that we have 55 bloggers at the Stirring that we know about. How cool is that!?!

Hackfest 08

Go here and get all the details. The Stirring is ready to plant its first church and Hackfest is gonna help us get there. Help sponsor one of our golfers if you have the means or ask someone you know that might be interested. We really want to cover all the overhead costs of planting so we are ready to go on the first day!

July 3, 2008

Single Mom Saturday

Saturday July 12th, 11-1:30pm
Mom's show up with their kids at 11am at the Nazarene church.
We're taking portraits of the moms with their kids that we will print off and give as gifts.
Mom's leave the kids, we have a crew that will spoil the kiddos.
Mom's carpool with another crew that is taking them to Tierra Oaks for lunch...our treat.
While they're gone we got a crew that will be washing and detailing their cars.
We have 6 moms right now and we can take around 10. Know a single mom that needs some love? Send em' our way.
I can't think of a harder job in the world then raising your kids by yourself. We want to be the kind of community that takes care of our single moms!
Our hope is that this one event will turn into long term investment in the lives of these families. We want to be a church that is known for our love...anyone down to help?

July 1, 2008

Stirring Baptism ...

hey guys, just wanted to remind you about the Stirring Baptism ...

save the date ... friday evening, August 1st ... baptism and BBQ and swimming and cannon balls ...

if you are interested in being baptized or what it means to be baptized, please connect with us at the Stirring on a Sunday night ... see Dan Lance or Sean Gafner ... or email ...

June 30, 2008

becoming who we are ...

As a prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

we're five weeks into this Ephesians series ... what an amazing journey for our community ...

our prayer is that God speak to you this week ... that He would remind you of the call on your life ... that you are blessed, you are chosen, you are adopted, you are forgiven, you are alive ... you are called ... and God will never change the way He sees you ...

and may you live a life worthy of this call on your life ... may you live who you are ...

June 23, 2008

Picnic & Ultimate Frisbee ...

just a reminder ...

this tuesday night at Enterprise Park ... on the field above Kid's Kingdom ... picnic and ultimate frisbe ... show at at 6 p.m. ... bring your own picnic ... bring your family ... bring your girlfriend ... bring your mom ...

June 17, 2008

June 14, 2008

ashley's story ...

last week at the Stirring, we talked about how God pursues us ... when we least expect it and when we least deserve it ... we were dead, but God makes us alive ... here's one of our stories ...

June 9, 2008

ephesians ...

hey stirring community ...

a couple weeks ago, we began a new series 'becoming who we are' ... we're reading through the book of Ephesians ... I believe God has so much to say to us over these next few weeks ... let's keep pressing into Jesus ...

and I pray that you, being rooted in love, may grasp how wide and how long and how high and how deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge ... that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God ...

Ephesians 3:17-19 ... we're praying for you ...

June 2, 2008

adopting sofia ...

on Sunday night, we began an eight week series in the book of Ephesians ... becoming who we are ...

what is so awesome about this story is that Dan and Alyssa would travel across the world to get to this one girl, Sofia ... that they would spend so much time and energy and money to bring this one girl home as their own ...

and what if God pursues us with that same passion?

May 29, 2008

becoming who we are ...

this sunday night, we begin a new series 'becoming who we are' ...

most Christians still believe that following Jesus is about what you do ... but it's just not true ... following Jesus is about who you are because of what Jesus Christ has done ... and yet we get this so confused ...

so many of us spend our entire lives trying to do all the right things to please God and everyone else ... and it gets so exhausting ...

so over the next few weeks, we want to create space for God to speak to us and shape us and remind us who we are ... and when God speaks and we get a glimpse of who we are in Jesus Christ, we will never be the same ...

see you Sunday night ...

Couples night

Saturday May 31st
Ralph and Pricella's house (2602 Yana Dr.)
Bring a food dish to share
Childcare available if RSVP
RSVP to Ralph and Pricella 222.2432

This is a great way to connect with other couples at the Stirring.

May 20, 2008

newcomer's gathering ...

if you're new to the Stirring or you just feel new to the Stirring, don't miss our newcomer's gathering this Friday night, May 23rd, at Dan and Alyssa's house ...

just show up, hang out and meet our team ... and eat dessert ... check out our website for directions to the party ...

May 16, 2008

Let's try to help the White's

Jared and Amanda White are in need of a low cost apartment or in-laws quarters so they can save money for a year long mission trip to Ukraine, working with orphans. They need to move out of their current apartment (Simpson married housing) by May 31st, because Amanda just graduated from Simpson. They're looking for a place to stay for about 8 months so if you have any leads, give them a call! Thanks.
(530) 917-7911

May 7, 2008

tuesday nights ...

so, we played a little Ultimate Frisbee last night ... the conditions were perfect ...

light winds ... cool summer air ... steak on the barbie ... and my wife packed me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ... homemade jelly ... perfect ...

we're playing Tuesday nights at 6 pm for the month of May (and maybe longer) ... we're meeting on the upper grass at Kid's Kingdom ... see you next week ...

May 3, 2008

Stirring Kids

just wanted to say thank you to our Stirring Kids team ... you guys are amazing ...

I am convinced that our 'Greatest Call' is to our children ... Jesus always welcomes the children ... to Jesus, they are not a second thought ...

if you get a chance, thank Bethany Hardy, Emily Branca, Cassie Cable and the rest of the Stirring Kids team ... thank you for showing God's love to our children ... they will never be the same ... and my wife and I will forever be grateful ...

and thank you, Jeremy Coverdale, for this amazing photo ... you are such a huge and creative blessing to our church ...

May 2, 2008

Abby Will @ Yaks

hey everyone ... just wanted to remind you about tonight ...

Matt and Abby Will, our missionary's in South East Asia, are spending a week with us ... I spent a couple hours with them this morning ... amazing ... they have such a passion for justice and ending poverty ...

if you're interested, Abby will be speaking tonight, friday, May 2nd, about 'women in poverty' at Yaks @ 6:30 p.m. ... you're all invited ... if you get a chance to meet and encourage Matt and Abby while they are in Redding, that would be awesome ...

April 30, 2008

ultimate frisbee & picnic

so, it's that time of the year ...

Ultimate Frisbee and picnic ... next tuesday night, May 6th, @ 6 p.m. at Enterprise Park (above Kid's Kingdom) ... 

I'll bring the frisbee and you bring the picnic ... bring your own picnic (BYOP) ... bring your family or your girlfriend and don't forget a blanket ... see you there ...

please comment if you are interested ... I'm not playing Ultimate Frisbee all alone ...

April 25, 2008

Thoughts on last week

Sorry this is late. Anna and Leah had some great thoughts about last week at the Stirring. Let me know if I missed your thoughts.

April 24, 2008

The terminal

The conference is officially over. Amazing. Nate and I are both moving to a remote village in Honduras for two years to start up a clean water project and plant 4 churches. It will be cool. Someone tell our wives. Meghan is speaking till we get back.
If that doesn't pan out we will be home tonight at 11:30pm in Sac...that get us home at 2:30am. At least we aren't acclimated to east coast time! It's gonna feel like 5:3oam.
We are gonna be fresh at the Stirring!
Can't wait to see you all...keep blogging.

April 22, 2008

spiritual gifts & questions

hey guys, we're just sitting in this hotel room in Orlando ... dan lance and I flew out for a 'church planting' conference called Exponential ... so far, speakers Andy Stanley, Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch (the shaping of things to come) ... it's been provoking ...

this coming Sunday night, we'll be talking a bit more about spiritual gifts ... that God has given each one of us unique spiritual gifts ... healing, prophecy, discernment, service, mercy, teaching, leadership and many more ... and God calls each one of us to bring our gifts to encourage, strengthen and provoke the family ...

so, what are your questions when it comes to spiritual gifts? what would you like to hear more about? if you have any thoughts, weigh in ...

and don't forget love ...

April 17, 2008

Dudes responding...this blog is blowin' up!

I asked the dudes to step up the blog love at the Stirring and they have responded like crazy: Aaron, Derrick, John, Juan, Kendall, Paul, Sean, and Tyler have all recently created blogs.
I think it's pretty crazy that in 2.5 months we have 37 Stirring peeps with blogs and an average of over 50 individual visits to our blog a day!
I love the direction a few of the blogs have moved to in serving needs. Go check out Amy and Chris' blog.
I'm hoping that this community gets larger and larger and that we find all kinds of creative ways to become family. Keep the blogs comin'!

April 15, 2008

we are family

all right, we're 3 weeks into this series 'we are family' ... 

we've talked about God's heart for family ... we believe that God is calling us out of a dark room into family ... that God is calling us out of hiding into this messy, imperfect family that bears His name ... 

and not only that, God is family ... the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit ... God has always been family ... God has never been alone ... and that we cannot fully reflect God's image by ourselves ... together as a family, we bear the image of our God ... as we love and forgive and sacrifice together ... amazing ...

we've talked about family responsibility ... that as we mature in family, we are called to carry weight ... it's so easy for church to become a chair ... we come and sit and sing and leave ... and that's it ... 

we realize this is America ... and for many, this series is uncomfortable ... for most people, church has and always will be a chair ...

but for those who are serious about living the way of Jesus, it's time to become the family God has created us to be ... to step into our unique family calling ... to come out of hiding ... to sacrifice ... to make the time ... to get out of the chair ... to become fathers to the fatherless ... to carry weight ... to put God on display in every way possible ... 

we are family ...

What our community has been saying...

...about Sunday night at the Stirring. Here's Nate, Amy and Leah's thoughts. If I missed your thoughts feel free to link to your site in the comments!

April 12, 2008

What in the world???

Erase the Dark was ridiculous
450+ people in a gym
6 amazing musicians
6 great films
100+ pieces of art
The best food ever eaten
$5500 total raised for Cypress Elementary and Eagles Soar after school program
Our first Erase the Dark music, art, and film festival was a huge success.
Thanks to everyone that made it happen!
Pictures will be coming shortly...hint, hint Emily

April 11, 2008

John's story

We shared John's story during the second night of our "We are family" series...powerful stuff!

April 8, 2008

Our ladies are talkin' about the retreat

Emily, Sarah, Erica, Anna, and Bethany share their thoughts. Sounds like it was an amazing retreat.

April 6, 2008

props to the family

just wanted to say how grateful we are to have such an amazing family ...

those who show up early and set up chairs and couches ... those who lead us in worship every week ... those who run sound for those who lead us in worship every week ... 

and the girls at spot (coffee bar) ... and those who greet at the door with smiles and bulletins ... and our amazing Stirring kids team, who love and shape our children ...

and the Stirring staff ... and the Advisory Team ... and those guys who do the announcements ... and those who create graphics ... and those who show up every week to help out with media and lights ...

and our life group leaders ... and the prayer team who show up early every week and pray for us ... unbelievable ... and those who stay late and tear down the stage and screens ... 
God has given us such an incredible family ... 
nathan and erica edwardson   

April 4, 2008

The stories keep coming

Annie shares her amazing story here about how the family series is affecting her...WOW!

Cable's in the house

Chris Cable is starting a Life Group that is focusing all it's energy on serving others. Interested? Go check out his blog and tell him you're down.

April 1, 2008


Jamie Williams is moving out of her apartment on Saturday. Jeff got a job in Spokane and he's been there for a couple weeks now. Jeff's family is down to help Jamie but we need a crew to help. I've got 4 dudes but we need more. Can anyone out there help? 8:30am this Saturday. I've got the info. Leave a comment if you're down. Don't forget...we are family!

More thoughts on family...

Emily's story gets right at the heart of what Nate was talking about on Sunday night. Check it out. Kari also has an amazing story about what God is showing her in this family series.

March 31, 2008

Need some more dudes in the blog roll

Seriously guys...we know you've got things to say...where are the dude blogs at the Stirring? I'm calling you out. Don't make me come to your house!

What our blogging community has to say

Kalyn had some cool things to share about our new "We are family" series.

March 29, 2008

we are family

tomorrow night, we begin a new series called 'we are family' ... thank you Jeremy Coverdale for the brilliant image ...

over these next 6 weeks, our prayer is that we would see and get God's heart for family ... that God is calling us out of a dark room on Sunday nights into family ... 

it's so easy to come each week and sit in a chair, but church is more than a chair ... it's a family ... fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters ... 

in fact, the phrase 'personal relationship with God' is not found in the Bible ... yes, Jesus does love us personally and we can approach God personally, but the way salvation is described in the scriptures is all communal ... Jesus saves us into a family ... this messy, imperfect family that bears His name ... and in this family, we become everything He has created us to be ... 

we are family ... so, how do we become the family God had in mind? 

Work day at Cypress

Posted some pics here from today.
Today was a great first step in a relationship we look forward to starting with this school.

March 27, 2008

Our people are awesome

I got a call from a friend that just started going to the Stirring. He told us about a women that just gave birth and really doesn't have any resources. He asked if there was anything people at the Stirring could do. Meghan made a couple calls and this is what showed up within the hour. 3 other people are bringing by stuff and we are giving it to her tomorrow. This is what it means to be a family living out God's heart in the city. Good stuff!

March 26, 2008

erase the dark

15 days and counting ... our first music, art and film festival ... erase the dark ...

everything seems to be falling into place ... we have two new music videos ... at least four short films ... the art gallery will be amazing ... I can't wait to see what people create ...

and some of the featured artists ... Wesley Jensen ... Phil Wickham ... the Myriad ... I spoke with Kim Walker today ... she'll be performing some of her new songs during the night ... amazing ...

and don't forget about the food ... Sean Gafner ...

props to the team ... meghan, emily, aaron, patrick, trisha, and everyone else involved with this festival ... thanks ...

The aftermath

This is what our baptuzi looked like after the onslaught of baptisms we had on Easter. It kind of resembled a swampy lagoon. I'm glad there were no petri dish samples taken.
Easter was amazing and that word doesn't come close to describing how good it was. I talked a little about it here. Over 20 people baptized...lost count because we had about 8 people at the end decide on the spot to get baptized. It was so cool to celebrate so much new life on Easter.
Note to self though: Next baptism be the first one in the water. The last ones in are the truly hardcore.

March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

We will take some pictures tonight and post them tomorrow. Today we celebrate that Jesus is alive. I cant think of a better way to do that then by throwing 25 people under water and have them come out alive in Christ in a brand new way. So many people. So many stories. I know a few already and I literally can't wait to get to the Stirring tonight. See you there!

March 22, 2008

stirring shirts

finally, Stirring shirts ... as if bumper stickers weren't enough ...

Under the Chuppah (hoopah) shirts from our money, sex and power series ... for the guys, it's a couple under the chuppah (hoopah) ... for the girls, it's a candle in the window sill ... genius ... Juan designed these shirts ... he does an amazing job ...

I've been wearing my Stirring shirt for two days straight ... ask Dan Lance ... this morning, he asked me if I had slept in it ... to which I replied, "Of course" ... who wouldn't want to sleep in a Stirring shirt ... all night long ...

This week, one of my friends asked me, "what about Stirring boxers?" ... to which I replied, "what would Jesus think about that?" ... my friend stood silent ... to which I replied, "exactly" ...

March 19, 2008

women's retreat

if you're a woman ...
if you need some time away from your kids ...
if you need some time away from your big kid (husband)...
if you want to get more connected ...

if you're thinking about the women's retreat, sign up ... only 10 spots left ... it's going to be an amazing time for our women ...

my wife and I spent a couple hours last night just dreaming and planning this retreat ... my wife has some great ideas ... jenna is leading worship ...

and of course, I get to watch the kids for the weekend ... guys poker night?

March 17, 2008

What our blogging community is saying

Here are some responses from last nights gathering at the Stirring: Annie and Jeff. If you are posting in response to things God is doing at the Stirring please send them to me and I'll post them here.
ps. We're gonna miss you Jeff and Jamie!

March 13, 2008

Thanks Covers!!!

Jeremy Coverdale made our new header for the blog. Nice work!

stirring baptism

in a couple of weeks, on Easter Sunday, we'll be baptizing some men and women in our community ...

Jesus calls us to be baptized ... baptism is all about belonging ... baptism is this way that we show the world that we are in God's family ... that our lives are wrapped up in this God life ... that God does not leave us alone ...

Jesus did not come promoting a religion called Christianity ... Jesus came to draw us into a family ... to draw us into a relationship with the Father ... to show us what it means to be sons and daughters of the living God ...

if you would like to be baptized and you're apart of the Stirring community, please let us know ... we are family ...

March 12, 2008

Stirring bloopers

So this week Nate is talking about Brent VanAuken and how he knew him when he was a kid. He was trying to say, "he didn't even have hair on his chest," but it came out "he didn't even have chair on his hest." Amazing!
Until next week.

March 11, 2008

the Myriad

I just saw the Myriad's new music video 'clean shot' ... it's amazing ... little creatures ... hunters on a journey ... an evil presence in the woods ... jeremy shoots a bow and arrow ... unbelievable ...

actually, they may show this music video Saturday night at the Cascade ... don't miss it ... also, Wesley Jensen and friends ...

come on, it's Redding ... what else can you do on a Saturday night?

March 10, 2008

What our community has to say...

We've had a ton of people in our community talking about our latest series. Check out their stories here, here, here, here, and here. If you have a blog out there and you go to the Stirring, leave me a comment so we can add you to the blog roll. We want to hear your stories.

March 9, 2008

something that should have been said..

So we have been talking about God dreams, and how God longs to dream through his children.. which essentially means that God loves to see His dreams, that He has given to us lived out..

Well tonight we talked about encouragement, and the fact that we all need to be encourager's, and be surrounded by encourager's..

Well I just wanted to say something that I should of said tonight as an encouragement to everyone out there.. I just feel like there are some people who don't know who they are, or really who God has called them to be.. Well I just want to say.. Ask.. God knows.. He wants to tell you.. He believes in you, even though you may think that their are no encourager's in your life.. He has always believed in you..

You see, God gets excited when we realize, and start to live out who we were created to be.. So be encouraged, God is speaking to you and telling you who you are, who you have always been..

Jedidiah, a clothing company from SoCal, did this campaign a while back where they printed inside their shirts the phrase "Become what you wear".. The name Jedidiah means "friend of the Lord".. So what they were saying is "Become a friend of God." I really liked that idea.. I would like to rephrase this a bit and make it relevant for our series.. So..

"Become who you were created to be.."

March 7, 2008

wake up and dream

this week we're wrapping up our series 'when God dreams' ...

we've been talking about how God is a dreamer, but when God dreams, He dreams through His children ... when God has a dream, He begins to look for men and women who are God ready to live His dreams with Him ...

there is only one thing that brings God more pleasure than living His dreams ... it's living His dreams through His children ... through you and I ... not because He needs us, but because He loves us ...

over the past few weeks, we have heard so many crazy stories about God speaking and awakening His dreams in the Stirring ... dreams for children and families ... dreams for cities and nations ... dreams for couples and marriage ... dreams for the poor and the hurting and the least ... God is just waiting for men and women crazy enough to believe that WITH God all things are possible ...

for us, this is more than just a series ... I'm convinced that God is looking for a community of God dreamers in Redding who will dream His dreams with Him ... who will lock onto His dreams and refuse to let go ...

so let's wake up and dream ...

March 4, 2008

Stirring bloopers

This week Nate is doing announcements...I'm sitting in the front row and ask..."why are you talking into the hand held mic?" He's rockin' the over the ear mic but forgot about it and was talking into the hand held. It was making a really loud stereo sound and I put two and two together. I should of let it go and seen if he would of shared all night into two mics! Until next week...

February 29, 2008

first 2 backpacks

In order to launch Erase the Dark backpack donations this weekend (see "200 backpacks"), we're going to be sporting kid's backpacks this Sunday-oh, and mine will be the coolest....or should I say both of mine will be. I still have to figure out how to wear both.....
I woke up this morning determined to find a backpack to wear this weekend. So...I drove to the closest store that I knew would have everything I needed. In my haste, I sailed past the shopping carts-thinking I didn't need one - a grave mistake.
I briskly walked to the backpack section of this certain store, and my anticipation grew. I scoured the aisle, only to find the backpack of my elementary school dreams-brown and pink, silk-like, full of secret pockets and printed Hawaiian flowers. THEN my heart lurched as I spotted the pink, green, and brown camouflage with matching purse and I couldn't make up my mind. I pictured the smiles on the 2 5th grade girls faces as they were each handed one of these backpacks and I couldn't resist. As I practically skipped to the school supply section (one backpack over each arm), I thought of the wonderful times my mom and I shopped for school supplies right before a new school year started. Happiness overcame me-mistake #2. I seriously LOADED those backpacks up with everything I ever wanted in Elementary School (hoping the store clerk wouldn't think I was stealing everything AND also not thinking of the cash register outcome.) It was a bit heavy and awkward to lug those filled backpacks half a mile up to the register (I received some questioning stares and raised eyebrows in the process), but with a bounce in my step and a smile on my face, I paid and left the store with my purchases over my shoulders and thought of the girls who would be getting the coolest backpacks that I have ever wanted. I can't wait to see what else we can do for them!

life groups

we couldn't be more excited about the Stirring Life Groups . . . we're hearing so many stories of what God is doing in these communities . . .

the love & respect groups . . . men's groups . . . women's groups . . . high school groups . . . film groups . . . financial groups . . . i think we have over 26 groups and new groups beginning each week . . .

in fact, Dan and I figured out that there are more than 200 people in Life Groups right now . . . we really believe that this is the heart of our community . . . Sunday nights are just the beginning of a conversation . . .

our hope and prayer is that these Life Groups become where and how we follow Jesus and put His love on display in our city . . .

February 26, 2008

200 backpacks

we met with the principle at Cypress Elementary school downtown . . . she has an amazing heart for the students in her school . . . we're joining with the school to show God's love to these kids in the most creative ways . . .

here are some of our ideas . . . design a school shirt for the kids . . . sand the bleachers . . . paint the halls . . . create short videos for assemblies . . . provide clothes and socks . . . pizza parties for classrooms . . . and this is just the beginning . . .

this is such an amazing opportunity for us to move into the community and put God's love on display . . .

over the next 6 weeks, our goal is to purchase and fill at least 200 backpacks for kids in this coming fall . . . we'll fill these backpacks with socks and toothbrushes and school supplies and backpack kind of stuff . . .

in fact, Ava and I are going out shopping this week to buy our backpack for a kid . . . Transformers . . . because every kid deserves a Transformers backpack . . .

February 24, 2008

man in the water

i'm working on a screenplay for a short film I would like to submit in Erase the Dark . . . I call it 'Man in the Water' . . . kind of like M. Night's 'Lady in the Water,' but with a man in the water . . .

we're casting for the film . . . at this point, starring Kristina Hayes, Aaron Holmes, Dan Lance, Billy Brown, Derrick Fleck . . . and more to come . . . it's a work in process . . .

we may shoot the film at the Manzanita Manor . . . it's perfect . . . a bit creepy . . . the Coverdales are hooking it up . . . if you've seen it, you know exactly what I'm talking about . . . I'll keep you guys in the loop . . . if you want to help with the film, let us know . . .

February 22, 2008

erase the dark

we've just finished creating the fliar for erase the dark . . . we can't wait for this music, art and film festival . . . actually, this has been one of our dreams for the past few years . . . finally, we get to live it out . . . 

we've spoken with so many artists who are already writing songs . . . I have two friends who are already working on films . . . the art gallery will be off the hook . . . I'm writing a script for a film . . . my wife is a mad photographer these days . . . in fact, I think my daughter Ava may even submit some of her drawings . . . she's amazing . . . little people and monsters and flowers . . . she blows my mind . . . we want kids involved in this thing . . .  

and I'm trying to talk Dan and Patrick into doing an interpretive dance to open the festival . . . we'll see . . . anyways, if you're an artist, we'd love to have you involved . . . 

and all the proceeds go to Cypress Elementary School and the Eagle's Soar after school program to provide basic needs for children in the most creative ways . . . more to come . . .   

February 21, 2008

texas and hot tubs

yes, I'm in Texas . . . ribs . . . hot sauce . . . huge freeways . . . hot tubs . . .

we've finished day one at the C3 conference . . . creative church conference . . . ed young from Texas . . . bryan houston from Hillsong, Australia . . . tomorrow, T.D Jakes . . . unbelievable . . . the best speaker ever . . . T.D. Jakes brings it like no one else . . . takes it to a 'ho notha level' . . .hnl . . .

anyways, I sat in a hot tub with Patrick and Dan this evening . . . must have been at least 112 degrees . . . we talked about life and love as our skin melted off our bodies . . . 

we love what God is doing in Redding and we can't wait to see where God takes the Stirring this year . . . it's just the beginning . . . and we hope to blog about every single moment . . .  

February 18, 2008

Stirring bloopers

Our weekly installment of keepin' it real. This week, second gathering I was supposed to give an announcement...went for the handheld was dead...give the soundman the look and he says it's turned off...awesome...I turn it on and try it again...still dead...another look to the soundman...then I feel Nate's beard on my cheek. He's putting his over the ear mic in my face so people can hear problem...we are inches away from kissing each other...awesome. I decide to go with the no mic yell at people approach and get the announcement out. Until next week...

What was the moment for you?

I forgot to put up this post last week so here goes. Each week we are going ask what the moment was for you at our gathering that you want to walk out in a tangible way or wrestle with this week. A song, a conversation, the kids, a point in the message, one of the testimonies?
This week we talked about heaven on earth and I have been trying to wrap my mind around what the restored earth that God originally had for us is going to be like. Nate said that we have never seen the earth the way that God intended it to be and I can't wait till the restoration of all things! I want to be an agent in bringing heaven to earth on a daily basis in and through my life.
What was the moment for you?

Stirring kids

Emily commented about the kids helping us lead worship this week and I thought I'd make it a post to get your thoughts. I love that our kids our learning to worship God at such a young age. My son (Zeke) was the one up there in the argyle sweater that didn't move or sing the entire time. He told me after the Stirring that I was singing way to loud when he came in and it scared him! Our kids can teach us so much about the heart of God. Freedom to love him even to the point of being silly, being quiet and realizing that we're being too loud. Jumping around and waving our hands in the air without a care of what the world thinks. I loved it...what did you think?

February 17, 2008

Set list for Sunday

We're playing Point of difference by Hillsong
Then Jesus paid it all, right into How great is our God.
We're doing God of justice for the second time and ending with From the inside out.
If anyone plays guitar and cares I have transposed the last four songs to be played with your capo on the 4th fret. I'll send you the sheet music if you're interested.
During our first gathering we are having our kids come in to help lead us in worship. We are going to have them come in periodically to show us how it's done.

February 11, 2008

Stirring bloopers

We like to keep it real here at the Stirring so I think we'll have a reoccurring post about the ridiculous things we do and say on any given week in our community. Last night I'm leading worship at the 7pm gathering and it's the last song (All I need is you)...Nate has just led us in a time of talking about our micro-finance loan to the Philippines and I'm not paying attention to what I'm doing...He tells people it's time to bring our offerings to the Lord ...I go into the song...I play through the first verse by myself...then the rest of the band kicks in...sounds like a train wreck mixed with a tone deaf tuba and bassoon solo...I'm thinkin'...what the heck is wrong with Jeremy and Tyler...we practiced this song and we nailed it at 5pm? Then I panic as I make a crazy realization....I started the song with a capo on the second fret of my guitar which raises the key of the song an entire step...I was supposed to take it off and somehow I spaced...So now I'm just praying that the guys figure out what's wrong...after a few more wrong notes and weird looks back and forth from Tyler and Jeremy...they realize what happened and transpose the song on the fly and lock into the rest of it like nothing happened.
My band is amazing and I'm an idiot. Things could of gone a lot worse but they pulled it off like champs. Oh, and the best part was the key of the song. Now it's a full step higher and it already has a really high part and I haven't really had my voice now for 3.5 weeks. When I go for the note it sounds like a cat getting punched in the stomach...good times. Anyways...stuff like this happens all the time so keep an eye out for the latest bloopers.
I almost forgot...Nate had a great one last week. He was introducing Sarah Schepens to come pray for Matt and Abby in the Philippines and he hurried her name and called her Scarah on accident. It was amazing...sorry Sarah.

February 9, 2008

Set list for Sunday

Point of Difference by Hillsong (first time we are going to attempt this song at the Stirring.)
Lord of all creation
All creatures of our God and King
Enchanted by Mars Hill (This is a new song that rules!)
All I need is you

This week we are talking about God's dream for beauty. He is the creator of all things and we are going to use songs that talk about God's creativity in nature. Should be really cool.

February 7, 2008

What books are shaping you?

Don't put the Bible and try to be more spiritual than everyone. We hope our community is in love with the scriptures...we hope that's a given. We listed some books on the right side with some links that are shaping us on staff. What are some of the books that are shaping you into the person you're becoming?

February 6, 2008

Do yourself a favor...

go buy this book. Nate and I sat across a table from each other today at Starbucks reading sections to each other like we were junior high girls. Every five minutes one of us would get our minds blown. This book is fueling a lot of themes we are covering in the "When God Dreams" series. It's my second time through the book and it keeps getting better. N.T. Wright is brilliant!