Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Family Festival will be INSIDE tomorrow!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

We’re moving FFF inside! I love the servant hearts of the volunteers and staff of our church. We’re taking an entire festival designed for outdoors and moving the entire event inside our church. Our purpose is to reach into our community and provide a safe, free and fun event for families. Well this year we’re adding “dry” to our mix. Forecasts are calling for rain on Friday and cold winds. We’ve never had this in the nine years we’ve done this event, but there’s always a first.

So, I have a couple of requests. First, will you please invite people from your circle of influence? It’s going to be rainy and cold, and we’re offering an indoor, dry, warm experience for the entire family. We’ll have food for purchase, a band for entertainment, games, crafts, bounce houses. It’s going to be awesome. Second, will you help? It’s not too late to volunteer to help serve our friends and neighbors and offer an excellent environment so they can be safe, dry and have fun. You can call John or Angel at the office to offer your help. Also, if you have already volunteered, there’s no need to call but please know that we still need you.

If you’re like me, you are fascinated by the situation in the Middle East – especially with Israel. If so, you’ll want to be aware of a seminar at William Jessup University in Rocklin on November 8. If that date doesn’t work, there is also a seminar at Combie Bible Church in LOP on November 9 from 3:00–5:00pm. “Discerning the Times” is a unique seminar designed to help Christians understand more about the days in which we live: The role of Israel, the rise of Islam, the persecuted church, and the way God is moving in the Middle East. Here’s the contact information: www.icejusa.org/events or (800) 379-3897.

As most of you are aware, we are in the process of solidifying our partnership with Courage Worldwide – this is the ministry dedicated to freeing and redeeming girls who are victims of the sex slave trade. I don’t know if you are aware, but the Sacramento region is at the top of the lists of cities where this is a top crime. We’ve even had a prostitution crime in our area in the past few months. Jenny Williams, founder of Courage Worldwide, will be here on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00pm for an informational meeting to help us know the magnitude of this issue and how we can help. Please invite anyone you know who might have a passion to be involved in helping set girls free from the sex trade.

We continue our series this week by looking at more Outrageous Stuff Jesus Said. Our message will be based upon His words to love our enemies. Everyone can relate to being hurt or angry, but doing what Jesus says is difficult. This will be an eye-opener and will challenge everyone in a good way.

Can't wait to see you at FFF,


Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Friend Day" is this Sunday, and we are ready!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Friend Day is Sunday. I am praying for the friends, coworkers, family members and neighbors you are asking to attend with you this week. With all the fear and confusion in our culture from so many events outside of our control, people are more open than ever to spiritual discussions and even coming to church.

All of our Sunday morning teams will be serving on Sunday to create the most inspiring opportunity possible so that our friends encounter the love of Jesus. Now, it’s up to the rest of us to leverage their efforts by inviting our friends to come with us. Let me suggest that you make your invitation personal by offering to meet your friend and sit with them. You’ll be surprised at how many people are pretty nervous about a church, and your warmth may help break down those nervous fears.

A second opportunity to extend an invitation to those in our world is Fall Family Festival. On Friday, October 31, over 3500 families from our community will make their way onto our campus, and we need your help to make sure they have an awesome experience. Part of our strategy as a church is to provide irresistible environments so that we can help people experience the love of Jesus. We need you to help fulfill that vision.

Here’s how you can help. Give, Serve and Invite. Give candy, Serve happily and Invite freely. We still need lots of candy, but the biggest need is for people who are willing to say, “Use me.” You can sign up on Sunday or better yet call Angel or John at the office.

If you’re like me, you are fascinated by the situation in the Middle East – especially with Israel. If so, you’ll want to be aware of a seminar at William Jessup University in Rocklin on November 8. If that date doesn’t work, there is also a seminar at Combie Bible Church in LOP on November 9 from 3–5pm. “Discerning the Times” is a unique seminar designed to help Christians understand more about the days in which we live: The role of Israel, the rise of Islam, the persecuted church, and the way God is moving in the Middle East. Here’s the contact information: http://us.icej.org/events or (800) 379-3897.

We begin a new series on Sunday, and I am praying that it will have a clear and meaningful impact on your friends with an encounter with the living God and His Son Jesus Christ. We’ll be praying for Holy Spirit to stir their hearts to want to pursue the real meaning in life – Jesus. Our series, Outrageous Stuff Jesus Said, will be an eye-opener and will challenge everyone in a good way.

Looking forward to friend day,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Come experience God's presence this Sunday evening!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Three weeks ago as I was working my way through the story of Jehoshaphat, I was inspired by his call to the people of Judah to gather for prayer. That inspiration led to discussions around our office, and we sensed a strong urge to call our church to gather to pray on October 19, 4:00–5:00pm here at our church. We are going to pray for our world, nation, community and church.

We are calling this prayer experience The Gathering based upon this declaration and promise by Jesus – “Where two or three gather together as My followers, I am there among them.” Come experience the presence of Jesus with your church family as we humble ourselves before our God. If you missed that service from September 28, you’ll want to watch the message on Pray Like Jehoshaphat When Your Circumstances Are Overwhelming. It was a day of release and hope.

It doesn’t matter how skilled or eloquent you feel about your praying ability, you will find that it’s not the quality of our prayer ability that matters; what matters is the heart of the one praying. Some of the most meaningful prayers I’ve heard were given by people who had little or no experience at praying.

This Sunday we’ll focus on Habakkuk’s prayer when he felt that God was absent. I love how real and raw the Bible can be. We’ll get an inside look at how a person of deep faith prays to God even when it appears that God is not there or silent. If you know of someone who could relate to this message, please invite them to come with you. We’ll have a time of Communion as part of our service.

Eagerly looking forward to praying with you,


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Inspired to pray

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Sisters’ Closet, one of our most impactful compassion events is this weekend. Sisters’ Closet began as a clothing exchange that has morphed into a clothing giveaway. Imagine 400 women on a shopping excursion to get clothing they need but can’t afford all made possible by your generous donations of gently used clothing. I’ve seen women walk out with bags full, smiles on their faces, feeling like someone cares. It happens every time we do this event. We get amazing stories back from women showing us the immediate and felt blessing they receive.

Here’s the way it works. Ladies bring your gently used clothing items – including shoes and accessories – to church this Friday from 3:00–7:00pm. As you do that a group of women will sort and hang and pile clothes according to sizes. Then on Saturday morning at 9:00 we’ll open the doors and women from our community and church will get to “shop” for free. The really cool thing is that we offer free childcare for those moms with young children. I love watching the smiles and even some tears as women get to have some “new to them clothes” which boosts their dignity and pride.

Two weeks ago as I was working my way through the story of Jehoshaphat, I was inspired by his call to the people of Judah to gather for prayer. That inspiration led to discussions around our office, and we sensed a strong urge to call our church to gather to pray on October 19, 4:00–5:00pm here at our church. We are going to pray for our world, nation, community and church.

We are calling this prayer experience The Gathering based upon this declaration and promise by Jesus – “Where two or three gather together as My followers, I am there among them.” Come experience the presence of Jesus with your church family as we humble ourselves before our God. If you missed the service from September 28, you’ll want to watch the message on Pray Like Jehoshaphat When Your Circumstances Are Overwhelming. It was a day of release and hope.

This Sunday we’ll focus on Hezekiah’s prayer when he felt desperate for God to act on his behalf. I’m sure many of us can relate to feeling like that. If you know someone who is going through a season of difficulty please invite them to come.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walk Thru The Bible with us this Saturday!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Walk Thru the Bible is Saturday, and it’s not too late to sign up. We’ve been so thrilled at the response from our church family. Even more exciting is how many folks from around Northern California are driving all the way to Grass Valley to get this experience.

Everyone I’ve talked to who has been to a Walk Thru the Bible event agrees that it’s fun, informative and inspirational. It’s not a classroom lecture. It’s really a hands on experience. Even though online registration is closed, you can sign up by coming by our office, or if you decide at the last minute, you can just show up on Saturday at 8:30 and register with cash or check (no credit cards) and enjoy our continental breakfast. Make sure to bring your lunch and have fun getting to know other people from TCC.

Last week as I was working my way through the story of Jehoshaphat, I was inspired by his call to the people of Judah to gather for prayer. That inspiration led to discussions with our staff, and we sensed a strong urge to call our church to gather to pray on October 19, 4-5pm here at our church. I am calling our church to pray for our world, nation, community and church. It doesn’t matter how skilled or eloquent you feel about your praying ability, you will find that it’s not the quality of our prayer ability that matters; what matters is the heart of the one praying. Some of the most meaningful prayers I’ve ever heard were given by people who had little or no experience at praying.

We are calling this prayer experience The Gathering based upon this declaration and promise by Jesus – “Where two or three gather together as My followers, I am there among them.” Come experience the presence of Jesus with your church family as we humble ourselves before our God. If you missed Sunday, you’ll want to watch the message on Pray Like Jehoshaphat When Your Circumstances Are Overwhelming. It was a day of release and hope.

This Sunday we’ll focus on Hannah’s prayer when she felt alone and overlooked. I’m sure many of us can relate to feeling like that. If you know someone who is going through a season of loneliness, please invite them to come.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thanks to some amazing people!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

When you drive onto our lovely campus this weekend, your eyes will be greeted by green. This week we were finally able to finish the landscaping out front, and it looks awesome. I can’t wait for the time when it will become established and mature. I am so grateful for the team that helped us get to this place – Ted Sirjesse of TMS Construction, Kevin Blaz of Living Water Landscaping, Dave Matson of DMCE Concrete, Jo McProud of McProud and Associates, Brent Daggett of Daggett Designs, Jeff Heilmann, Doyle Coker and Brett Malech.

While this space will serve all our ministries, I think the biggest recipients will be our children and students. We designed an environment that would be conducive to kids at play. At the same time, the lawn will be a great space for Community Groups, families and friends to have gatherings. In addition, this will be a beautiful spot for weddings. As a couple makes a covenant to become husband and wife, they will have the cross and fountain as a background for all the guests to see. The entire setting will be will be inviting, peaceful and spiritual.

One of the biggest issues we faced was whether to plant grass considering the current California drought. In order to address those concerns we consulted with many different people with expertise in landscaping and lawns of this type. Based upon our projected use for this space, it was determined that grass was the best option.

After that was determined, we went to work to make sure that we used the most efficient irrigation system available today. We then asked for the best grass mix that would use the least amount of water once the lawn was established. It is highly drought resistant. Our Facility Care Team has already been working all summer to replace our site-wide irrigation system with efficient nozzles and devices.

I look forward to how this new addition to our facility will be used by God to lead more people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

This weekend we’re going to continue our Pray Like series as we look at Jehoshaphat. Please make your weekend plans now so that you can be with us as we worship together.

Looking longingly toward God,


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some awesome opportunities to GROW!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

We started out our year with a strategic shift in focus: to help people in their desire to GROW to be more like Jesus. Pastor Mark Hadley was given the responsibility to help us learn what would be helpful in assisting people who are part of our church in their journey of spiritual development. I have been encouraged by Mark and the team God has given him, and we’re beginning to see more and more of you engage more fully to take responsibility for your growth.

A key component of the growth strategy includes helping more and more of our people in what we’ve started to call Bible engagement. We’ve always taught the Bible in our services and Community Groups, but we’re seeing the need to help people engage more with God’s word. You’ve probably noticed a clear shift in our Sunday morning teaching style, but there are other ways in which we’re helping our people engage with the Bible.

This summer we offered a special class to help people learn how to study the Bible on their own. That class is still going if you’d like to join in. We’re also launching a study of Romans as part of our LifeSkills schedule this fall. This class begins TODAY! It’s not too late to come, so join us this evening. If you’re already committed tonight make sure to come next week. The class is taught by Jay Lee. Many of you have been in one of his classes before. Jay has a great love for God’s word, and people fill his group each time he teaches.

The next big deal we’re offering in order to help us grow is Walk Thru the Bible. As word gets out, more and more people are signing up for this informative and inspirational event. We even have people coming from the Sacramento area. I wish I could sit down with each of you and talk about how Walk Thru the Bible will benefit your spiritual journey. I can’t, but I want to ask you to please make this a priority and come. You won’t regret it. Sign up online or at the Groups table on Sunday.

Men, we still have ten spaces available for our Men’s Retreat this weekend. Call John Fairchild at our office to get more information. We’d love to have you join us at beautiful Lake Tahoe!

This Sunday at TCC we’re going to focus on Jonah’s prayer when he was running from God. You won’t want to miss it. Go ahead and invite your friends to come hear this true slice of life story.

Love talking about spiritual growth with you,








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