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.