Thursday, April 23, 2015

Praying for God's work through us on Saturday!



Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Last Saturday we were able to bless hundreds of Nevada County families through Kidz Closet. As our county continues to lag in economic improvement, more and more families find themselves strapped financially. What an opportunity we have to be Jesus’ hands and feet as we get to bless others in such a tangible way. I am so grateful for Megan Lindsen, Roseann Hultquist and the 40 volunteers who banded together to make Kidz Closet such a huge success and bless 119 families. I am moved to the depths of my heart by your generosity and “others” attitude. You bless me as we bless others together.

Serve Our Community is THIS Saturday, April 25, 8:00am – noon. We’ll gather together at 8:00 for a continental breakfast, time of prayer and instructions, then at 8:30 we’ll go out wearing our Twin Cities Cares t-shirts and blanket our community with the love of Jesus. We have around 20 different projects we’re going to engage in together as we step out and serve. You can sign up by contacting Angel @ ext. 400, or you can just show up! Come join us as we serve together. This will be so fun!

We’ll continue our “You Drive Me Crazy” series this weekend with a look at how essential it is that each of us take a look at and own the part we have in making our relationships crazy. In order to have healthy relationships, we must all ask how we contribute to relational stress and what we can do to contribute to relational peace. Jesus has made us new, let’s act like it.

Engaging with you to share the love of Jesus,








Saturday Prayer Focus: Red Dog Community Church. Let’s offer prayers for Pastors Guy Prudhomme and Joe Ramey as they lead the church to impact their sphere of influence with the love of Jesus. Pray for unity and passion as they love on their neighbors.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tangible expressions of compassion



Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

This was our sixth year of doing Sisters’ Closet, and it just keeps getting more meaningful for me. Many in our culture point fingers at the church and say, “Where is the love and concern for the hurting?” I wish everyone could see the smiling faces and the tears of women who are awed and surprised by such a tangible expression of compassion. Thank you to Melinda Dudley, Karen Abbot, Nancy Cunningham and the amazing team of 87 women who serve to make this event happen.

It was so cool to let the women know that the very next Saturday they could come back for Kidz Closet and shop for FREE again. We’ll have moms from all walks of life here on Saturday to pick out new “gently used” clothes for their kiddos. If you have kids clothing stored at your house, this is a good time for Spring cleaning. Bring them to the church during business hours or on Friday from 3pm–7pm. The shopping begins at 9am on Saturday.

Serve Our Community is just a week away. It’s Saturday, April 25, 8:00am – Noon. We’ll gather together at 8:00 for a continental breakfast, time of prayer and instructions, then at 8:30 we’ll go out wearing our Twin Cities Cares t-shirts and blanket our community with the love of Jesus. We have around 20 different projects we’re going to engage in together as we step out and serve. You can sign up online or at church on Sunday. Come join us as we serve together. This will be so fun!

This week we will talk about how to really love one another and be the kind of church that people will be drawn to and want to experience. Let’s be more than a crazy church. Let’s be a place where people are real and relational.

Engaging with you to share the love of Jesus,










Saturday Prayer Focus: LivingWell Medical Clinic as they bring “Silver Ring Thing” to our community on Thursday, April 22, 7:00pm here at TCC. Cathy Seapy and the team at LivingWell are committed to helping the teens of our county pledge to sexual abstinence and purity. In 4 years over 3500 students and parents have attended SRT - more than 800 have made a commitment to purity - nearly 500 made a first-time or renewed commitment to Christ!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

You make me smile!


Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

You make me smile! I was full of joy as I walked away from our final Easter service on Sunday. Your love for people who need to experience the love of Jesus was so visible in the way you invited folks, served extra services, participated fully and prayed faithfully. Thank you so much for all you did to make our Easter so amazingly worshipful. I know God must have had a huge smile, too.

Over the next few weeks we are going to reach out to our community in a couple of high-impact ways, and I want to let you know how you can participate.

Sisters’ Closet is this weekend. Here’s how it works. You bring your gently used clothing items to the church on Friday from 3pm – 7pm. We will have a team of women who will sort those clothes and get them ready to “sell” on Saturday. The really cool thing is that everything on Saturday is FREE! Imagine with me what it will be like on Saturday morning at 9am as hundreds of women from our community shop for clothes – that many of them couldn’t afford – and it’s all FREE! Sisters’ Closet is a great way to serve the families of our community.

On Sunday, we began the signup process for Serve Our Community, which will be Saturday, April 25, 8:00am – noon. Here’s what we’re going to do. We’ll gather together at 8:00 for a continental breakfast, time of prayer and instructions, then at 8:30 we’ll go out wearing our Twin Cities Cares t-shirts and blanket our community with the love of Jesus. You can sign up for a place to serve online or at church on Sunday. Come join us as we serve together. This will be so fun!

Living the dream together,










Prayer Focus: Word-A-Live Church. Let’s pray for Mike and Sandra Chipchase and the rest of the church that they would continue their ministry to care for the hurting and broken. Pray for them to be the light of Christ in Penn Valley as they seek to bring His healing and joy.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Celebrating the power and promise of Easter!


Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Easter Weekend at Twin Cities is going to be so full hope as we focus on the resurrection. All of our teams are planning and preparing so we can put our best foot forward. Our goal is to make much of Jesus as we celebrate the power and promise of Easter.

Will you help us spread the word about our Easter weekend activities by doing one of the following?


  1. Like and share one or more of our posts on Facebook.
  2. Retweet one of our posts on Twitter.
  3. Extend a personal invitation using the Easter invite cards.
  4. Pray for open doors (see Colossians 4:2).
Here are the activities we’d like your friends and family to know about:


  1. Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast: 8:30am at Scotten School.
  2. Four Easter services: 6:00pm Saturday; 8:00, 9:35 & 11:15am at Twin Cities Church campus.
Over the next few weeks we are going to reach out to our community in a couple of high-impact ways.


  1. Sisters’ Closet, Saturday, April 11 and Kidz Closet, Saturday, April 18. Imagine hundreds of women shopping for clothing and it’s all FREE! These two events are so fun and impactful as we give away clothing and help families in tangible ways.
  2. Serve Our Community, Saturday, April 25, 8am–12pm. We’re going to blanket our portion of Nevada County with the love of Jesus as we make a physical difference. Come join us as we serve together.
This will be so fun! This spring will give us a great opportunity to experience the love of Jesus as we share the love of Jesus with others!







Prayer Focus: Community Good Friday service at Calvary Bible Church, Colfax Highway, 12:00–1:00pm. Let’s also pray for all of our Western Nevada County Christ-based churches as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Pray that many people will say “YES” to Jesus this weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Continuing the simple life...



Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Have you ever been on a vacation and found yourself enjoying it so much that you wished it would not have to end? That’s how I feel every time we get to go to Aptos/Sea Cliff Beach. I could sit for hours and watch the waves, smell the ocean fragrance, feel the cool air on my skin, listen to the seagulls and shout as the dolphins make their appearance. Do you get the picture?

Well, that’s how I am feeling about our Simplify series. On Monday evening, it was really sweet to sit with my Community Group and listen as people were reflecting on the series and the changes they were making in their lives as a result. It’s been super satisfying and exciting for me to be part of what God is doing in the lives of so many as I share how He is transforming me.

I want to suggest that it doesn’t have to end. Even though we’re going to move on to another series after Easter, we can all practice the things we’ve learned as we step back into a different reality. Much like coming home from vacation to a non-vacation reality. I will be praying for all of us that we will realize that Jesus’ offer to come to Him – come and be – is an offer without an expiration date. He wants us to be in relationship with Him so that when we serve, we serve out of an abundance of His Spirit.

On Sunday we conclude the series by talking about a huge consequence of believing we are in charge of the outcomes of our lives – worry and anxiety. We will end by collectively agreeing to let go of our need for control by truly trusting that God’s way is not just the best way to live, it’s the only wise choice to make in order to live a simplified life.

Seeking a simpler way to respond to life,








Saturday Prayer Focus: TCC Mexico Mission Team and Agua Viva Ministries, Ensenada Mexico. Stephanie Murray, the team leader, has asked us to: Pray for unity on the team as they accept and encourage each other. Pray for many in Mexico to establish a relationship with Jesus. Pray for a restored and refreshed spiritual passion for the Mexican youth. Pray for safety and good health for everyone involved.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ruthlessly eliminating hurry


Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Simplifying life will not happen without ruthlessly eliminating hurry and busyness from our lives. I remember hearing Dallas Willard’s words when asked one time about how a person could take care of his soul in a world that was fast-paced, full and often times frantic. Dallas responded by saying, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Easier said than done.

Our Simplify series caused me some frustration this week. I’ve been working on the concept and vision of a simplified life now for quite some time, and I realized two things recently. First, if I’m going to simplify my life, it’s going to take effort on my part. Second, if I’m going to simplify my life, it’s going to take time. It won’t happen overnight. It will take time and determination if I’m going to be able to initiate and carry out a strategy to simplify my life into place. It will take time to see the fruit.

What I realized is that I need to learn to celebrate the steps on the journey that I take as I move toward the goal. It may take much longer to reach the goal than I had ever imagined. So, I need to be ready to give myself the needed grace and mercy when I appear to fail. My trajectory is toward simplification even though my current reality may still be extremely full and even chaotic.

Therefore, I’m even more committed to living in the Cycle of Grace (watch the service from March 1, 2015) and to overcoming busyness in my life (watch the service from March 8, 2015). I am seeking more and more to live for an audience of one! I am grateful to God that He is patient with me.

This Sunday, I will talk more about how we maintain a life that is full and yet still simple. This message is foundational to knowing how to live with power, purpose and potential. In fact, I would say, it will probably be one of the top 10 messages of my 23-year pastoral career – you may think otherwise, but I’m sticking to my story.

Seeking a simpler way to respond to life,









Saturday Prayer Focus: Anew Day. Pray for the folks over at Anew Day who are making sure that those who experience emotional pain and feel alone or suicidal have a safe, inexpensive Bible-based resource where they can turn. Pray for Anew Day as they launch their new venture called Anew Place. Anew Place is a resource center and thrift store. It’s a way to raise money, awareness and offer classes and training.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Serve Our Community" coming April 25! Mark your calendar!

http://www.twincitieschurch.com/#/upcoming-events/serve-our-community

Twin Cities Church has always been committed to following Jesus, to becoming LIKE Jesus, and to sharing Jesus with others in as many ways as possible. Matthew 20:28a says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others,” and we have found that serving our community is a way to both BE like Jesus and SHARE Jesus with our world! It’s a way to show that Twin Cities Cares!

These “marching orders” are launching us into an exciting “Serve Our Community” event this spring, where we are planning to go out into our community and make a difference through serving! We are connecting with some of our local schools and community partners to discover some significant ways that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in serving them. What a great picture: Putting hundreds of TCC people out into the community all at the same time, selflessly working to help local organizations do what they do BETTER!

We are targeting Saturday morning, April 25, as our “Serve Our Community” day, and we need each and every TCC person, group, and family to see how they can get involved. Some projects will be small, some much larger. Some will involve heavy labor, others will be much “lighter duty.” Some projects will need some people to be skilled in certain areas, while others will simply be looking for warm bodies with willing hearts. All that to say: There is a place for YOU!!

More details will be released as we get closer to April 25, but please plan on being a part of this project. So put it on your calendar, and get ready to engage with the rest of TCC as we “Serve Our Community!”



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