On Sunday, October 4th, the staff will be hosting a Welcome Brunch following the 11A service. The Welcome Brunch is a gathering for anyone who is new to TCC in the last year or so, and is interested in learning more about the mission and vision of TCC, meeting Pastor Chris and the rest of the staff, and learning about the process of becoming a member. If you are interested in attending, please sign up using the on line registration form here. The Welcome Brunch will last about an hour. Childcare will be available. We would love for you to join us!
Passover Encounter 2014 --- shorter (2 hours), same delicious food. Plan to enjoy this “worship/meal” event with family and friends. The Passover/Seder has been celebrated since Moses led the people away from Egypt (over 3,000 years ago). Jesus Christ celebrated it every year while He was on earth. The Passover meal that Jesus celebrated “on the night He was betrayed” was the institution of our communion. This traditional meal will be a highlight of the Lenten season. This year's TCC Seder will be held on Sunday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The donation will be $10 per adult, $5 per child, max $30 per family. (Unless you need a scholarship, please note that this event must be self supporting, using no TCC budget monies.) There are volunteer opportunities for Saturday afternoon (preparing casseroles), and Sunday afternoon (room setup after hospitality, table settings, helping with cooking, serving etc.) Please fill out the reservation form and indicate your preference. Please make your reservations on line here, by filling out the reservation form inserted in the church bulletin, or on the signup sheet at Connection Hub in the lobby.
For scholarship enquiry or any other questions contact: Margie Langsdorf (email@example.com) or Nancy Germain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We all know life is busy. In our fast paced culture, it is a mark of success to simply “be busy”. Being busy implies we must be getting something done. But what is being left out? Are we spending time with God in prayer or bible study? What opportunities migh we be missing to serve and share Christ with others the midst of our busy days?
Lent is a reminder to take off the blinders. To do some “soul-work” as we prepare for the biggest and brightest celebration at Easter. As in Advent, when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate the birth of Christ, it is in Lent when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate His suffering, death, and resurrection.
Many people give up something for lent: chocolate, coffee, or sweets are common. But a sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice is not the heart of the lenten journey. After all, David writes in Psalm 51:
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.”
Instead of (or in addition to) “giving up” something for lent, consider “giving in” to a broken spirit and leaning into God. By taking a simple but intentional step in faith, we might be surprised by how God uses it. It can be something as simple as a commitment to pray every day, read the bible every day, or turning off computers or TV on weeknights and spending time with friends and family. Take a step! Whatever it is for you, I know that God meets us along the journey as we seek to deepen our relationship with Him.
Growing in Christ together,
Director of Music and Worship
Footnote: for the curious, Lent simply means “spring”, as the English word derives from a Germanic root meaning “length” or “lengthening” in reference to the lengthening of days as Spring approaches. We can’t wait! (And don’t forget about daylight savings time this Sunday!)
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour!
Silence and solitude are spiritual disciplines which, when practiced, open us up to greater sensitivity to God’s movement in our lives. On the second Saturday of each month, TCC is extending an invitation to grow your relationship with Christ through a regularly set aside time for silence and solitude at our church campus.
All are welcome regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Those who are interested are invited to join us Saturday, March 8th in the parlor from 9:30A – 12:00P. Participants will meet there initially for a short time of worship before dispersing throughout the facility for your own personal reflection time with the Lord. Our time will conclude with a brief gathering at 11:50A. No registration is necessary – just show up. Bring a Bible, a journal, devotional books and any snack or beverage you might need. Please avoid bringing distracting electronic equipment.