Women’s Retreat (Saturday) / Church Birthday Party (Sunday)

Chocolate 4th birthday cupcakeThis is an excited week at The Table!

1st, this Saturday from 9am – 1pm at the Fairhaven Library, The Table is hosting a retreat for women, with speaker Misha Thompson. We are expecting it to be an awesome time of connection and encouragement. Let us know if you can come.

2nd, on Sunday The Table is celebrating our 4th birthday! God has blessed us richly this year and over the last 4 years. Please, come and join us at 4:30pm for potluck party at Fairhaven Park (107 Chuckanut Dr.). We’ll hang out, talk about the year, eat, and hang out some more. It should be a great time, so invite a friend and join us.

Table Women’s Retreat, Saturday, June 28, 9am Fairhaven Library

black-and-white-friends-having-coffeeCalling all ladies. This Saturday, at the Fairhaven Library, The Table is hosting a retreat for women, with speaker Misha Thompson. It should be a great time to relax together, connect and be inspired. Invite a friend along to this great event. We’ll begin at 9am and go until about 1pm. Bring along a brunch type dish/plat to share. If you are able to join us, please RSVP at thetablebellingham@gmail.com by this Wednesday. See you soon!

Table Worship, Sunday, June 22, 5:30pm (Fairhaven Library)

fairhaven library 1Join us this Sunday at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) for a worship gathering. We’ll start at 5:30pm with a shared meal. We will then continue our summer study of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. If you want read ahead, look at 1:12 to the end of chapter 2, and ask yourself, “What accomplishments do I strive for? And what would I accomplish if I achieved them?” Bring a friend, everyone is welcome!

What’s the Deal with Ecclesiastes?

eeyore-1As we begin a summer study of Ecclesiastes, at first glance it seems to be a book authored by Eeyore or Debbie Downer, but that’s not the case. It’s a book designed to make us consider the meaning of it all. The message of Ecclesiastes demonstrates how faith can triumph over doubt. The Christian faith never attempts to suppress the questioning mind, and the presence of a book like Ecclesiastes in the Bible is proof our faith welcomes questions. “Over time, such honest grapplings stretch our faith and lead to deeper faith commitments.”* The author of Ecclesiastes allows us to acknowledge that life circumstances make faith difficult. That’s the bulk of the book. Ecclesiastes makes observations that the things we put our hope in do not pan out. In the end the bottom line is given to us in 12:13-14, that “Life without truth in God becomes truly meaningless. [So] our task is to enjoy life as He grants it and to continue trusting Him who gives meaning to our existence.”*

So where do we go from here, after reading this (apparently) melancholy book? The book’s final declaration is to “Fear God and keep His commands” (12:13). It is not a message saying, “give up,” “why bother,” or “be passive.” It’s a message declaring that the goal in life is to live in relationship with God, because “To obey Him is to be TRULY human and to reach our greatest potential as part of His creation.”* In other words, keep truckin’. Put your hope in the only stable thing around. Put your hope in Jesus, who’s death and resurrection invites us to rest in security, and invites us to the feast table of the king of hope. That’s good news.

* Encountering the Old Testament. by Arnold & Beyer (Baker, 1999).

Table Worship, Sunday, June 15, 5:30pm (Fairhaven Library)

ethicThis Sunday, The Table is gathering for worship at the Fairhaven library basement (1117 12th St.). Starting at 5:30pm, we’ll share a potluck meal, so bring something to share. This week we begin our summer study of the book of Ecclesiastes, asking “What’s the bottom-line of our life?” Bring a friend, everyone is welcome!

Successful Blessings!

_MG_7206-LThe Table helped bring together neighbors around an incredible event of painting gut intersection of 22nd and Harris Ave. Check out the sweet video documenting the painting at the intersection: Video.

We also had a great time partnering with Days for Girls International, completing 300 sustainable feminine hygiene kits for girls in Africa!

Here’s to Blessing the hood and the world in Jesus name!

Table Blessing Double Header, Saturday, June 7th

1150cf_a8eaaaa2b77f5d1ffa4c968bc2298d23.jpg_srz_391_421_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzJoin us for a Blessing filled Saturday with The Table

First, starting at 9am at the intersection of 22nd St. and Harris Ave., we’re joining neighbors to paint the city and neighborhood approved design. Come and help us paint. We’ll have some coffee and treats available, and around lunch time we’ll fire up the grill (so bring something to grill and something to share). We hope to be done painting around 1pm, and cleaned up by 3pm. This is also sponsored by the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association.

Second, join us at 5pm as we partnering with Days for Girls International. This organization provides sustainable feminine hygiene kits that allow girls in the developing world the chance to go to school during their monthly cycle (otherwise they would have to stay home and miss school). We will gather at Bellingham Cohousing’s Common House (2614 Donovan Ave.) at 5pm for a potluck. Bring something to share (a main dish, side/salad, or dessert). Then we will together assemble these sustainable feminine hygiene kits together for Days for Girls to ship out.

Join us for either or both of these great events, and bring a friend!

Backpacks!

IMG_20140530_095751The Table, along with friends and neighbors, raised 40 backpacks for Happy Valley Elementary School! These new backpacks for will be given to low income students coming to the school in the fall. They will be filled with school supplies and a new pair of shoes.

Thanks for those who contributed ro donated to the cause. Way to go!

Table Family Meeting and Worship this Week

imagesThis Sunday is a special Sunday at The Table. If you consider The Table your home church, please join us at 4:30pm at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) for our Spring family meeting. We will be reviewing the financials of the church, looking ahead to leadership in the fall, and casting vision for the summer. Please make a special effort to come early for this meeting.

Then at 5:30pm, The Table will gather for worship, starting with a shared meal. Bring something to share. After our meal, we’ll conclude our study of the book of Ephesians. Read Ephesians 6:10-24, and ask yourself, “Why should we strive for unity together and with Christ.”

This Sunday is also our tithe week, meaning all our local offering will go toward a missions endeavor. We do this every 10 worship gatherings. This week’s offering will be going to a great organization called Days for Girls International. This organization supplies feminine hygiene kits for girls in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, allowing girls to attend school during the monthly cycle (whereas normally they would have to stay home). Next week, June 7th The Table will be assembling these kits for our June Blessing event, but this week we are giving to the cause.

Thoughts on Prayer in Ephesians

UnknownThe poem below (quoted from Alvin VanderGriend’s book “Love to Pray”) is a great reflection on Ephesians 3:14-19.

Ephesians 3, “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

 

“Could we with ink the oceans fill

And where the skies of parchment made,

Were every stock on earth quill

And every man a scribe by trade–

To write the love of God above

Would drain the oceans dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole

Though the stretched from sky to sky.”