Saturday, June 7, 2008

Updated Website ::

Our website has recently been updated to include new information. It has the location of where we will be meeting and has an area where our newsletter and computer backgrounds can be downloaded. The Google map that is found on the Where You Can Find Us page will be extreemly helpful to you in finding us. Bible studies and other information will be posted very soon. Enjoy!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Church in a Box

This is the epitome of Home Missions. Since we are in the infancy of our church's history, we do not own a building, have a state of the art sound system, or a beautifully decorated fellowship hall.

Therefore the contents of our church are housed in this plastic box. Within it is a large coffee pot, plates, utensils, cups, and other items for fellowship and conducting our meetings.

In addition to this box we used a sound system for the first time. It was no more than my PowerBook connected to some portable speakers. As we gather for the meeting, I used iTunes to play some contemporary Christian music. Then we used Abelton Live for the music my wife used for praise and worship. It takes some getting used to, but it proved to greatly enhance our meeting.

Meeting on March 2, 2008

Yesterday, we conducted our meeting at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. This was truly a beautiful place for our meeting. My family and I stayed over Saturday night and used a conference room connected to our room.

6 were in attendance as we talked about knowing Jesus.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and KNOWS Me, that I am the LORD…"

If we possess anything in this life, we need to possess a knowledge of God. When we have an intimate relationship with Him, we can then introduce Him to others. During our lesson we talked about a rod used to stoke a fire. If you place the rod into the fire and leave it there long enough, it will become red hot—showing that the heat of the fire has transformed it. Then, whatever you touch with the rod will feel the heat of the fire. In much the same way, if you have been with Christ long enough and truly are getting to know Him—His influence is sure to rub off on you. Those who come in contact with you will feel Christ’s love and divine presence through you—because you have been with Jesus.”

Life's Little Celebrations Part 2

Another celebration we recently enjoyed was our 8th anniversary.

Last Tuesday we celebrated 8 wonderful years of marriage. I am truly blessed with a special woman for my wife. The Bible says in the book of Genesis that Adam needed a helper. The Lord knows how much my wife has been a help to me. Especially because I need it so much.

I look forward to spending the rest of my life with my one and only love.

Life's Little Celebrations Part 1

As much as we would like you to think it is this way, church planting is not all about spiritual things. Along the way events happen that are worth celebrating. One of these recent events is the potty training of my son.

Why would I put this on my blog you ask? Because to me this is a great achievement.

While my wife was at Western District Ladies conference, I worked with Micah to get out of diapers. I am happy to say that He no longer wears them! We are so proud of our little boy.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New Meeting Location

Previously we met at the St. Vincent de Paul building in downtown San Rafael. This past weekend we enjoyed a new location for our meeting; in a meeting room at our hotel. It worked out great except that that the room was semi private. During the meeting a gentleman walked in to get coffee and enjoyed one of our donuts. We are looking in to other hotels within the city to accommodate our by-monthly meetings. When we locate a more permanent location, we will post it.

Also, we are very thankful for Sis. Ivy joining our group. She was a blessing to us this weekend!

Recent Visit to San Rafael

Over the Valentine's Day weekend we loaded up the van and spent 3 1/3 days in San Rafael. We had a great time visiting this beautiful city and the surrounding area. Most of the time we spent in the city of San Rafael. However, we also saw San Anselmo, Ross, Stinson Beach, Corte Madera, Novato, and North Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Our purpose was to locate a new facility to hold our meetings and to survey the city for potential crusade and outreach sites. We found that San Rafael, for being a small town, has a little bit of everything. From multi-million dollar hillside homes to condominium projects. This city has a mix of upper, middle, and lower class neighborhoods. In addition this city has a diverse types of landscapes. It has green hillsides, beaches, a quaint downtown and business district, and a canal.

From the south end near San Quinten State Prison to the northern boundary by Northgate Mall and Lucas Valley, we found numerous sites that could be beneficial to outreach and crusades. As far as a building to hold the crusade we looked at the gym of centrally located San Rafael High School. Boyd Park appears to be great location for outreach. It is a quaint park near the western edge of downtown and the business district. Other potential areas for outreach are Montecito Shopping Center, Northgate Mall, Domincan University, and other parks throughout they city.

We will continue to research these locations and others as we prepare for outreach within the city. In my next entry, I'll talk about potential sites for hosting our meetings.