Loving Tangibly cont.

Missional Community crew – make your own pizza party!

queso.

kneading the dough.

when you knead too much this happens.

delicious goodness.

pizza. calzone and a pizza burrito?

love yvette’s facial expression.

mission for tonight if you choose to accept: pair up or get into groups of 3 and you’ll have exactly 1 hour to somehow tangibly bless and love on the city of la mirada. Each group will pray then listen to God for an idea/direction and then put it into action!

one of the ideas: targeting the talbot married couples’ apts and surprising 3 different families with two bags full of groceries.

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The missional church.

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Give thanks.

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Let our hearts overflow with thankfulness…(Col 2:7)

Missional Community Thanksgiving Dinner

piggies in a blanket.

perfection. so juicy~

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God’s everlasting love.

Remembering what God has done in our lives…remembering God’s truths and who He is.

God’s everlasting love for us:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

-Romans 8: 31-39

God speaks to me often through songs and this particular song immediately came to my mind as we read over this passage tonight and did our rock activity. Hope the song ministers to your hearts as well.

May we be a community who is utterly convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God,

Yeaj

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Loving Tangibly.

Tonight, our missional community discussed the idea of accepting love. Our discussion made me think back on how badly we all really need to be fueled first by love. One of my brilliant “framily” (the combination of friend and family, apparently) members (Oh, her name is Christine, in case you were wondering. And, yes. She IS brilliant.) Anyhow, Christine was discussing some profound stuff: We can’t possibly aim to love others, if we’re not first being fueled by love–specifically God’s perfect love–because, our tangible love experiences are broken and imperfect. How can we expect to love well when our life love experiences have been broken and imperfect? They can’t. Instead, we just keep producing more broken and imperfect love. Because of this, we so often put up walls and we avoid receiving love because it’s uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable to be loved when you’re risking being hurt. However, we can only become healthy, whole individuals when we step out of our “norms” and learn to give and take real, true, pure love. We can’t give unless we’ve received.

Phew. That all being said, today… CHOOSE to accept a form of love you wouldn’t normally allow yourself to accept. Ask someone for help, and allow them to help you. Listen when someone compliments you, and choose to believe that they mean it. When you get a chance, sit down to physically write about your experience. Even if it’s just on a scrap piece of paper that you wind up burning or tossing. Just take some time to process the situation, how it effected you, and how it made you feel. Treasure that in your heart, and allow yourself to soak up the love.

-Erika A.

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Trunk or Treat!

Rock Harbor Fullerton had our 1st annual Trunk N’ Treat, a night to just give back to the city of Fullerton. It was our last sunday at the Wilshire Auditorium and we wanted to love on this neighboring community in a tangible way before our big move to Hope University. Proud of our RH Fullerton crew who came out and came out strong with their decorations and candy donations. Here are some shots from the night!

…until next year!

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Listening.

Tonight our community took some time to consider how we hear God’s voice.  We shared our experiences and wrestled with the idea that, as Francis Schaeffer has said, “God is there and he is not silent.”  We rounded out the night by taking some time to quietly wait upon the Lord.  Thanks to all those who came for their special contributions.  I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!

The following scene was inspired by our meeting:

Sitting next to a mountain lake I stared blankly into the icy water.  Ripples of wind masked the surface, clouding the mysteries beneath.  In time, the branches of the trees around me stilled and the place became eerily silent.  Another moment rolled by and the surface of the lake flattened out like a big sheet of glass.

With my eyes half focused I was able to distinguish the contents of the depths below.  A world of wonderful complexity took shape before me.  At the same time, the sheen on the lake’s surface reflected the majestic beauty of the distant mountains.  My breath was stolen away.  Any fear which had crept into my heart was suddenly overtaken by a profound sense of awe – and a crippling recognition that there was far more to my experience than I had originally realized.

Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…

…For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;

God is a refuge for us.

May you discover the wonderful complexities of your own heart as you wait in silence.  May the beauty of Christ leave you awestruck as salvation overtakes your receptive soul.

Warmly,

Mike G.

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