Calling All TD’ers – TD “Town Hall” Mtg. on Friday

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Hey TD,

We are requesting all TD’ers to come to TD this Friday.

Coming off of last week’s honest and open (and unexpected) “TD family” meeting and right before next week’s Food For Thought outreach, we decided to delay this month’s message until next month and instead use this Friday’s meeting to regroup, re-calibrate, and reset ourselves as a TD family.

So, we will hold a “town hall” meeting to discuss who we are, what we do, how we do it, what our core DNA is, what our calling is, where we’re going,  etc.  We’ll also continue the discussion started last week as we seek to develop our culture into a safe community where we can actually deal with the highs and lows of life together – safely, lovingly, graciously, humbly, sensitively, clearly, and biblically.

Our potential together as a united fellowship family, under God, is amazing. When we sacrifice for one another, lay down our “arms,” and unite under His banner, incredible God-honoring things take place. TD’s history bears that out.  Will you be a part of writing the next chapter?

See you Friday! – Arthur

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TD Fri. – “Food For Thought” Training/Prepping

Hey TD!

We need you to make sure you come to TD this Friday, so we can do some training and prepping for our big outreach to your friends on 4/28, Food For Thought (FFT).   We will not be doing this again before the event, so please make plans to join us.

We’ll go over what we’ll be doing, why we’ll be doing it, and how we’ll be doing it.  And then we’ll do some training in doing it.

In the end, we want to help you love and reach your un-churched friends with good food, good fellowship, and some good, thoughtful discussion.  We’ll post something next week that you send your friends to check-out.

FFT FAQ:

What will the evening be like?

It will be a casual, informal, yet an alive and engaging time of thought-provoking conversation, great made-to-order food, and good fellowship. Arthur will bring up some issues that are common to everyone, not just Christians, and not just non-Christians.  Everyone.  Then we’ll try to make sense of those issues over good conversation, good food, and good fellowship in small conversation groups.

What does it cost?

Your price of admission is to bring a friend that you know would like to engage in conversations that count, and who is interested in questions of life.  That’s it.  If you don’t bring a friend, but would like to come anyway, you will be put on a waiting list, and we’ll let you know if there’s space for you. Priority goes to TD’ers with friends.

Do we need to rsvp?

Yes!  Please let your small group leader know how many of you will be coming by 4/22.

Event details?

Date and Time: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (or whenever the last person leaves!)

Place: The Hsieh Residence

What can I do to help?

Three things:

  • Reach out to your friends to come.  We will do our part in preparing a great night to help you blessing your friends.  We need you to do your part in reaching out to them to come.
  • Pray.  Pray for our time together, yourself, your friends, and TD
  • Be who God meant you to be and do what God meant you to do.  As recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, reminds in his song, Meant to Be,

You were meant to be touching
The lives that you touch
And meant to be here
Making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it

You were meant to be bringing
The gifts that you bring
And singing the songs
You’ve been given to sing

You are perfectly, wonderfully,
Beautifully meant to be
You were meant to be

See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Triple Whammy Friday!

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Hey TD!
This Friday, we’re in for a triple-whammy! We will be playing, creating and memorizing! There will be games! We will also have an Artreach opportunity to express our thoughts on Romans 12. These thoughts can come from what you’ve heard from the messages, your small group discussions, etc. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and continuing the discussion on Romans 12. Later on that evening, we will spend time memorizing Romans 12 to ingrain more of His Truth in us. Hope to see you guys there!
– Bev

TD Sat. – SOS Saturday!!!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another.” – Gal. 5:13

Hey TD!

This Saturday morning, we’ll have a glorious opportunity to visit the elderly in Jesus’ Name at the Care Center! What a chance to “visit widows … in their distress” as commanded in James 1:27, for this is “[T]rue religion that is pleasing in the sight of our Father”.

We’ll meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m. and will return by noon.  You are welcome to stay for lunch afterwards, if you’d like.  Just let your TD sg leaders know you’ll be coming!

Blessed Easter Weekend! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Guess Who’s Speaking?

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Hey TD!

We are in for a treat this Friday as my beloved Sandra continues our theme from Romans 12, Renew: Transforming Our Life in Christ!  Did you know that Sandra was a professional teacher for 17 years, having taught math full-time at Pasadena City College and prior to that, Long Beach City College (back when we were dating!) prior to her retirement from teaching to help raise our young family?

Sandra is an excellent teacher (as so many former students, both at church and at school have attested to) who likes to help simplify complex subjects by using memorable associations, analogies, and devices to make the abstract more concrete and understandable.

Here’s the very insightful message that she gave last year on our conscious and sub-conscious thoughts:

“The Power of Sub-Conscious Liturgies” (mp3) – Sandra

She will be teaching very practically on verses 10-13:

10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Please meditate on these verses this week and continue to memorize Romans 12.  By the end of this month, you should have memorized verses 1-13:

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 

so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 

or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 

11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 

12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 

13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

See you on Friday! – Arthur

Come to SOS Saturday!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another.” – Gal. 5:13

Hey TD!

We have another wonderful opportunity to serve our elders and to be part of what’s right in society.  It’s not only a blessing to serve the widows and elderly, but it’s our duty as His hands and feet to do so in His Name.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m. at my home.  We’ll return by noon.  IF you want to stay for lunch, you’re welcome to as well!  See you then! – Arthur