The Table is gathering for worship at the Fairhaven Library this Sunday, October 5th. Starting at 5:30pm we will share in a potluck meal. Bring something to share if you’re able, or just show up and eat. This week week John Barry will bring a message examining the New Testament book of Colossians.
Bring a friend along, everyone is welcome! See you soon.
As part of this fall’s Missional Challenge at The Table, we are challenging ourselves to build up our individual practices of Hospitality. This is one of the core rhythms of The Table. Hospitality is core to who we are as a church because in it we seek to imitate Jesus. Jesus “made space” for those around Him, inviting the “un-invitable” to come and be with Him. He made space for children, women, the unclean, Gentiles, sinners, and more. He was hospitable, and I wonder if this allowed folks to build their own trust in Christ, which removed barriers and allowed them to hear His message of life more clearly. This is our hope, with our practice of Hospitality, to build relationships and allow truth and grace to be shared.
In the rhythm of Hospitality, the Missional Challenge is calling us to sit across the table w/ three people a week, one of which does not come to The Table. This practice/challenge is simple but requires an intentionality. Ideas for this aspect of the challenge include: inviting someone for coffee or to your house for dinner, spending your lunch hour by intentionally eating with someone, or playing games with your neighbors. It’s a practice of “making space” for those around us; it’s a call to build up community.
May Christ bless you as you step out and invite those around you to your table. And, may He grow His hospitality in you as you follow through.
The Table is gathering this Sunday, September 28th at the Fairhaven Library Basement (1117 12th St.). If you consider The Table “your church,” we invite you come come at 4:30pm for a “family meeting.” At the family meeting we will get a financial update, approve new leaders, and chat about vision of The Table.
Then at 5:30pm, we welcome everyone to join us for worship. We will begin with a shared meal. Then we will pray, sing praises to God, and study Acts 25-26. As you prepare for this gathering look at this scripture and ask, “How does Paul proclaim hope in these chapters?”
See you soon!
This fall at The Table, we are taking on “The Missional Challenge.” Check out our Missional Challenge blog post for the details. We have adapted the the ideas of Michael Frost’s “The Five Habit’s of Highly Missional People.” The second piece of the challenge coincides with The Table rhythm of Discipleship. It is broken into two parts. The first part is to “study Jesus.”
Our rhythm of Discipleship is rooted in the concept that we are disciples of Christ, and therefore require ourselves to walk in His steps. We desire to become more like our master and savior. So as part of the Missional Challenge, we are challenging ourselves to sit down and study Jesus once a week. How else will the hope of Jesus saturate our lives unless we seek Him out? How else will we be reminded of His freedom and deliverance unless we look at His life and work? This aspect is most important of all. His hope feeds us, and restores us. His hope beats down the false promises that call to us. So make a special intention to sit down once a week and study Jesus in one of the New Testament gospels, or read about him in a book by a reliable author.
May Christ reveal Himself to you greatly as you do this. And, may you grow to be more like Him as you do it.
This Sunday, The Table is gathering for a worship gathering at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). Join us at 5:30pm for a shared meal. Bring something to share if you are able. After the meal we will sing, pray, and continue our study of Acts, looking at 23:12-24:27. As you read ahead ask yourself, “How does the hope of Jesus threaten various agendas of our culture? We will continue to challenge ourselves with the “Missional Challenge.” If you didn’t get a chance, check out what this challenge looks like at: The Missional Challenge on our website.
See you Sunday. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome.
This fall we are calling ourselves to develop our missional habits. Michael Frost, a missional thinker from Australia, has developed missional habits that pair nicely with our rhythms at The Table. We are challenging ourselves to develop these habits. Will you join us, and take on the Missional Challenge?
Here’s what is looks like:
*Sit across the table w/ 3 people a week (One of which does not come to The Table)
*Sit down and study Jesus once a week
*Sit down & pray and listen to the Holy Spirit once a week
*Bless 3 people a week (1 of who does not come to The Table)
This Sunday, The Table is gathering for a worship gathering at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). Join us at 5:30pm for a shared meal. Bring something to share if you are able. After the meal we will sing, pray, and continue our study of Acts, looking at 22:30-23:11. As you read ahead ask yourself, “How do we share Christ with those who know us well?” Invite a friend, everyone is welcome.
We had a great day with neighbors, swapping produce (there were plums, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, grapes, peppers, apples, pears, beans, and cookies), hanging out, and drinking coffee. The Day of Plenty is such a great community event, gathering neighbors who normally do not mingle. Thanks for all who contributed. We got a picture of the kingdom today!
Got zucchini coming out your ears? Or plums dropping off the tree? No worries, relief is here!
This Sunday, September 7th, from 10am-1pm, is the 3rd annual “Day of Plenty” neighborhood produce exchange. Bring the excess from your garden/farm to the Firehouse PAC (1314 Harris Ave) and share in the bounty of the harvest. You will be able to drop off your produce and walk home with produce from your different neighbors gardens/farms. If you are unable to give, you can still get; it’s the Day of Plenty after all. This fun event has proven to be a great time to connect with neighbors and bless the community. So invite a friend, and join us!
The Table’s next worship gathering is on September 14th at the Fairhaven Library.
This weekend The Table is camping. Join us Friday night at Bryce Creek Camp, near Sumas. If you can camp w/ us let me know. If you are unable but want to hang out Friday, join us for a shared meal and fire. We’ll eat at 6pm on Friday. We’ll have pulled pork provided if you can bring a side dish/salad to share. Also bring a camp chair and s’more fixings. Let us know if you need directions.
We will not be worshiping at the library this week. Next Sunday Sept 7th is our monthly blessing “The Day of Plenty” produce exchange at the Firehouse. Our next worship gathering is September 14th at the library.