Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sunday morning schedule - come early and hang out with us!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

What a great experience we had Sunday at Pioneer Park. Many of you came to hang out, play, eat and celebrate baptisms. The shade and cooler temperatures of Nevada City, the music from Rob Lambert and Andrew Paden, the swimming pool and the free ice cream blended together to create an atmosphere that was fun! Several people from the community who were attracted by the music and activity stopped to talk. We were able to represent Jesus in a warm and friendly way.  Pray with me that some of those folks will make their way to a TCC service in the future.

I want to thank the amazing and tireless team led by Andi Lambert and Brett Malech who did all they could to make the event such a huge success. We look forward to an opportunity to do this again. What a great way to experience community and develop new relationships which are the core of who we are as a church.

As we’ve listened to people who have commented on our summer service schedule, it’s been clear that seeing more of the larger church, connecting with old friends and the added excitement of being in a fuller service has been a positive for many. Therefore, we’re going to make 9:00 and 10:45 our permanent Sunday morning schedule. This is a great way to connect with friends, make new friends,  and discover new opportunities for service while enjoying the excitement of being part of what God is doing.

For those of you who’ve been part of the 8:00 service, we’ve listened to you as well, and we want to help keep some of what made that service time meaningful for you. If you’ve been part of the 8:00 service, we’re going to open the Coffee Bar at 8:30 a.m.  We invite you to come early, engage with your friends and hang with some of our pastors for a cup of coffee. What a great way to enjoy a more intimate fellowship together before the service begins.

This Sunday we’re going to wrap up our Daniel series. You won’t want to miss Daniel’s words of encouragement and hope for standing strong in tough times. I am thrilled at how God is using this series to help us know how to live in our current cultural reality.

Enjoying God's love and grace,


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's hang out Sunday!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Our annual summer picnic is this Sunday at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Brett Malech and Andi Lambert have pulled a creative group of people together to bring this event to life. We’ve rented the public swimming pool for swimming fun and a great way to escape the heat. We’ll have a band, barbecue, Ultimate Frisbee, face painting, kid’s games and end the evening with BAPTISMS.

You’ll want to bring your own food – either a picnic type meal or meat to barbecue – and your own drinks. We’ll provide hot coals that will be grill-ready at 4:30. We’ll also provide frozen ice cream cups for all who want to indulge, and they’re free. Our picnic is a super time to make new friends, connect with old friends and celebrate God’s grace as we watch some folks go public for Jesus through baptism. Come have a fun time with your church family!

As we move into the fall, we sense a clear direction to stay at the schedule we’ve been at all summer. Our current service schedule, 9:00 and 10:45, will now be our permanent schedule. We’re looking forward to creating more opportunities for people to connect and make Twin Cities feel smaller during this next season. For example, you can come 30 minutes before the service you plan to attend and enjoy coffee and friends. Our goal is to come together, enjoy community with friends, and experience the excitement of what God is doing in our church.

This Sunday we’re going to walk through Daniel 9:1-20 as we continue our Babylon series. I am thrilled at how God is using this series to help us know how to live in our current cultural reality. If you miss a week, please watch or listen online so you can keep up with your church family.

Looking forward to a fun day with you at Pioneer Park,


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Taking off the mask

Hey Friends and Family,

I’ve been extremely challenged by the last two services and wanted to make a short comment. As I said, I was ambushed in the saddle by the service on humility. In order to deal with humility we had to take a long hard look at Nebuchadnezzar’s pride. Up until now, I would have told you that “pride” is not an issue for me. I can no longer say that. Think about it: If pride is the GREAT sin and the root of all sin, then it stands to reason that I, Ron Thompson, chief of sinners, is full of it. I am so glad that God has more than enough grace for me.

This week as we talked about purpose I realized that I can totally get stuck in the rut of image management and making everything about me. I was brought face to face with my disregard for the fact that my days are numbered and that I lack a sense of urgency over certain things that really matter. Can anyone relate to this? I know you can.

God’s grace, Jesus Christ and His cross give me hope that even when I am weak, He is strong and merciful. I look forward to this Sunday as we look at the courage of Daniel as he faced sure death when he was thrown into a den of hungry lions for his unwavering courage in the face of persecution.

One more thing. Instead of looking out at the world and condemning culture for being like Babylon, remember that the darkness of Babylon is in each of us. I fight with it every day. We all do. So let’s remember to look at the sin inside each of us and ask God to help us to have the courage to be real with Him and others. When we live with a pattern of intimacy with God, we will stand apart and be a positive influence in our world.

Love what God is doing in us,


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Picnic and Pride

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Our annual summer picnic has a new location this year. We’ll be meeting at Pioneer Park in Nevada City for a great family time. Brett Malech and Andi Lambert have pulled a creative group of people together to bring this event to life. It’s the place you will want to be on August 17. We’ve rented the public swimming pool which will offer a great way to escape the heat. We’ll also have a band, barbecue, Ultimate Frisbee, face painting, kid’s games and end the evening with my highlight – BAPTISMS.

You’ll want to bring your own food – either a picnic type meal or meat to barbecue – your own drinks. We’ll provide hot coals that will be grill-ready at 5:00. We’ll also provide frozen ice cream cups for all who want to indulge, and it’s free. Our picnic is a super time to make new friends, connect with old friends and celebrate God’s grace as we watch some folks go public for Jesus through baptism. Come have a fun time with your church family!

Last week I told second service that I would send a link to the message by Tim Keller on “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” which he gave at his church in Manhattan, New York. I want to encourage you to set aside time to listen. If you do, I believe it will help you gain even more clarity on the issue of pride we covered on Sunday. Here’s the link:

http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sermons/blessed-self-forgetfulness

This Sunday we’re going to walk through Daniel 5 as we continue our Babylon series. I am thrilled at how God is using this series to help us know how to live in our current cultural reality. If you miss a week, please watch or listen online so you can keep up with your church family.

Enjoying what God is doing this summer,


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer plans at Twin Cities Church!


Wow, this is a great summer! I want to applaud you for adapting and changing to the new Summer Service Schedule. You amaze me with your flexibility and desire to engage as we lead as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Next week we’re going to have dirt-moving equipment come level the space in front of our building where we had planned to build the Courtyard Project. That means we’re moving forward with the portion of the dream that will allow us to create community, deepen relationships, play together and celebrate weddings and other events. The landscape designer created what will be a beautiful place for us to gather, and I am eager to see what it will look like when it’s all finished.

The kitchen portion of the Courtyard Project will be included in our next building project, which will include recreational space, a multi-use room and adult ministry space. I will write more about this in a letter to be sent out in a few weeks with our giving statements through the end of July.

We’re making plans for an awesome end-of-summer picnic on August 17 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. We’ll offer the grills, hot charcoal, ice cream, fun activities, band, swimming and baptisms. You bring your food and drinks. Expect to have a great time with your church family.

This Sunday we’re going to camp out in Daniel 4 as we continue our Babylon series. I am thrilled at how God is using this series to help us know how to live in our current cultural reality. If you miss a week, please watch or listen online so you can keep up with your church family.

Enjoying what God is doing in us this summer,


Thursday, June 19, 2014

A summer of spiritual opportunity

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

I want to applaud you for adapting and changing to the new Summer Service Schedule. You amaze me at your flexibility and desire to engage as we lead as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus. Please plan on making this summer one of our best yet. God is moving, and we all want to be in on what He’s doing in our church and community.

Summer is a great time to change other patterns as well. I’d love to hear how you experience God this summer as you find yourself in different rhythms. I had the opportunity to go on a short vacation last week, and while away I was able to attend a church and a different setting than our own. That experience did three things for me.

First, I met with God as I was able to pray and celebrate with other Followers of Jesus in their ministry setting. Second, I was able to worship and learn – what was so cool is that they taught their crowd a new song called “Cornerstone” – one we do all the time. Third, I was able to hear from God as the pastor taught on the same story about Jesus asleep in the boat I had taught on the week before I went on vacation. I was able to go even deeper with God in applying this to my life.

Summer is really good for reading God’s Word and practicing disciplines like fasting, silence, or solitude. It’s a great time to get together with your Community Group just to hang and work on your spiritual friendships like Pastor Mark talked about on Father’s Day. It’s also a fresh opportunity to take on a new Bible study. We’re offering a study here at the church each Wednesday, July 9 – August 13 at 6:30, called Pursuing God’s Word Together. This group will study the book of 1 Thessalonians. It’s open to everyone.

As we enter into summer, let me encourage you to remain consistent and faithful in your giving. One way to give consistently is to practice giving online. I love how this allows me to give no matter where I am. Also, you can watch every service online no matter where you are this summer.

This Sunday we’re going to wrap up our Good Life series and receive Communion together. I hope you’ll be with us and kick off summer with a clean heart and a contrite spirit.

Looking forward to what God is going to accomplish in us this summer,


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A powerful medium - now in HD!

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

I had the privilege of being out on vacation last Sunday and missed being with you at church, but I was still able to be get the entire service online today. What a great gift from Brian Dougherty, the music team, and John Fairchild. God spoke to me about my pursuit of Him and Godliness in a way that was fresh and meaningful. I am so grateful for this powerful medium God has given us to spread His Word and help people grow.

A couple of weeks ago a woman named Carole stopped me in the Lobby to thank me for making our services available online for the weeks she is forced to miss. Then she told me of a service that was so meaningful to her that she sent the link to a friend. Well, her friend was so moved by what she watched that she also sent the link on to two of her friends. Wow! God is using our church way beyond our church borders.

We've known for some time that the internet is a great tool to help people know and grow in Jesus and have been praying about how to improve our presentation. Then God moved in one of our families who had sold a business to give a gift to God through our church that would impact our community and world. We deposited their sacrificial gift with the goal of eventually going “live” online. Last week we were able to install new cameras and take us into the HD world. There will be a day when you'll be able to watch our services “live” online.

Imagine senior adults in our nursing home joined by those who are homebound, those who are seeking a church, those who are surfing the web and many others experiencing what we get to every weekend. This is just one example of how our giving has a huge impact on our mission. Thank you for your faithful and consistent giving!

Sunday is Father’s Day and the first week for our new service schedule - 9:00 and 10:45. Children's programs are at both services, high school is at 9:00 and junior high is at 10:45.

See you live and in person on Sunday,