Day of Plenty Neighborhood Produce Exchange, Sunday, Sept. 7th 10am-1pm at the Firehouse PAC

IMG_7324Got 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.

Table Camping this Week

hike 3This 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.

What will you choose?

hebrewIn Jeremiah we witness God’s judgement upon His people. Sounds like a tragedy, a story with a sad ending. It is a sad story. Israel had turned away from the life of God’s way. Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Israel is conquered by Babylon, and many are taken away from their homes. A tragedy, right? Well, not entirely.

Throughout Jeremiah, God repeatedly tells His people that He will punish them, BUT every time He does God also promises restoration. His faithfulness to His people is not temporary; it is everlasting. In the midst of promising restoration God speaks to the prophet and tells him to pass this message on to His people in exile, Jeremiah 29:7-9: This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” In the midst of exile, and in the midst of a promise of restoration, God tells His people to enjoy life. He does not tell them to check out, or give up. Rather, He tells them to seek the grace of His life while in exile. The promises of restoring them to their home land are still in play, but in the meantime God tells His people to thrive, not just survive. Amazing.

This is a good word for us today. In many ways as believers in the hope of Jesus, we are exiles in a culture of different values. The culture around us values security in wealth, in self, and in materials. Our culture pays lip service to generosity, selflessness, and simplicity, but only as leftovers to selfish gain. Where is the hope of Jesus found in this paradigm? As Christians, we are exiled in this culture, and are faced with a choice. Will we engage this culture and speak the life of Jesus into it, or will we separate and segregate ourselves from it? This passage from Jeremiah 29, calls us to engage, to invest, to thrive, while not letting go of the promises of God for restoration. As we seek and focus on the grace of God’s life, while at the same time engaging with out culture, we remain faithful to what God calls us to (worship, integrity, His mission) and become a blessing to the culture around us, giving a faithful witness of Jesus to our neighbors.

So, what will you choose? Separation or engagement?

Table Worship, Sunday, August 24, 5:30pm, Fairhaven Library Basement

The Table is gathering for worship this Sunday, August 24th at the Fairhaven Library. We’ll start with a shared meal at 5:30p. Bring something to share if you can. Then we’ll dive into our fall study of Acts. We’ll be looking at the speeches of Paul in the later sections of Acts, and asking “How does Paul model hope and sharing about hope in Jesus?” Read Acts 21-22 to prepare. Invite a friend. Everyone is welcome!

Blessing Fun

IMG_20140816_110443We had a great time on Saturday, blessing our friends at The Samish School as they prepare for the coming school year. Here’s a message of thanks from them:

“What a beautiful and generous gift of time and energy.  Thank you for organizing the work party.  As I walked around the grounds after you left, it made my heart smile to see how happy the gardens are and how clean it all looks in anticipation of the new school year.”

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Table Blessing Saturday / Prayer & Worship Friday

We are ready for a great Blessing Saturday. Meet us at the Walters’ place at 9am. From there we will head out to various projects: a trash pickup/prayer walk, gardening help for a neighbor, and others. This will be a great time to bless the hood. Our next worship gathering will be on Sunday August 24th at the library.

A reminder, this Friday at John and Kalene’s is a night of worship and prayer. Join us at 7pm. Bring an instrument (if you play) or just show up. I’m looking forward to it, and hope you can come.

Contact us for more details on either of these events.

There will be days like this…

Today I sat on the porch reading a book and sipping a cool beverage. In The Middle Of The Afternoon!  The kids are all recovering from our long road trip and were resting. There were dishes to be done, dinner to be prepped, emails to write, but it all waited. I basked in the quiet sunshine.Then…

I sat outside while the boys entertained themselves in the kiddie pool for almost one hour.  Silas did poop in the grass, but nothing was taking away the good feeling from this girl.

Then…

I made a nutritious and very delicious (if I do say so myself) dinner.  And if I had any lipstick I may have put it on before my husband came home.  I felt that good by the time dinner rolled around.

The kids went to bed amazingly. And now I sit reflecting on the glorious day we had and two things come to mind.

First, it felt so good to be completely present in my day.  I didn’t worry about cleaning or the other millions of things that can so easily consume my mind.  After studying Ecclesiastes at the Table, I was mindful of enjoying life (Ecclesiastes 3:13-14) today.  It is truly a gift from God.  All things apart from Him are meaningless.  He gave me today and I fully enjoyed it.  I rarely do that…normally I just get through to the end of the day when I can collapse on the couch before dragging myself to bed.

Second, I feel that in this season of motherhood I am learning when to push and when to let go. I had grand plans for us today.  Berry picking, making jam, maybe walking to the splash park.  The kids woke up and just wanted to be home. They literally just hung out and and when I tried to get them going they resisted. I wanted to push them.  I wanted blueberries.  I tried to compromise with a nature walk to go buy berries instead and they just shrugged and said, “maybe later.”  It was at that point, I decided to let go of my agenda and as I did something in me released too.  Instead of DO and GO, my children forced me to BE. And it was more wonderful and restful than I could have ever planned.  I read a novel in the middle of the afternoon for goodness sake.

There are some days when I will need to push them.  There are things that need to be done. But sometimes the best thing to do is sit back and enjoy this day. This moment.

My heart is full of gratitude.

~Kate

Table Worship, Sunday, August 10, 5:30pm, Fairhaven Library Basement

fairhaven library 1Join us this Sunday, August 10rd at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) for a worship gathering. We’ll begin at 5:30pm with a shared meal, so bring something to share. This week we’ll conclude our Ecclesiastes study. If you want to read ahead, check our chapter 12. Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

Table Worship, Sunday, August 3, 5:30pm, Fairhaven Library Basement

Join us this Sunday, August 3rd at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) for a worship gathering. We’ll begin at 5:30pm with a shared meal, so bring something to share. We’ll continue this week with our Ecclesiastes study. If you want to read ahead, check our chapters 6-12. Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

Table Blessing, Saturday, July 26th at 9am

Yard-WorkThis Saturday, July 26th, starting at 9am, is our monthly Blessing event. We will gather at Ray and Cheri’s to help them around their place. Bring a rake if you got on, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Contact us if you need directions.

Our next worship gathering will be on August 3rd at the library. On that gathering we’ll be covering a big chunk of scripture, Ecclesiastes 6-12. So if you want to read ahead, go for it.

have a great week!

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