We’re heading out for an all-network camp out on August 26th.
Watch for the details by email. As some of you already know, we’ve reserved Victory Retreat in Molalla, OR for a retreat/campout the weekend of August 26, 2016. We have the place to ourselves from Friday night to Sunday noon. Here’s some things that we could possibly do:
- No-score baseball.
- Shoot some hoops.
- Sit around and talk.
- Take a nap.
- Bible study, sharing, learning.
- One thing we have in mind is to finish the weekend at Shady Dell Miniature Steamers. It’s on the way back to Portland. Here’s their Facebook Page.
[This is a “Vine” gathering, that is, an all-network get-together.]
A quote from An Army of Ordinary People by Felicity Dale. The book will be the discussion topic at Roseway Summit Fellowship in the month of August. I have heard of this kind of thing happening when churches here in the states tried dividing up the neighborhood for evangelistic outreach.
A young couple in India tried an experiment. They picked two villages, and prayer-walked in only one of them. In the village where they prayer-walked, forty-five families became believers. They were thrown out of the other village.
By Community, I mean the commonwealth and common interests, commonly understood, of people living together in a place and wishing to continue to do so. To put it another way, community is a locally understood interdependence of local people, local culture, local economy, and local nature…A community identifies itself by an understood mutuality of interests. But it lives and acts by the common virtues of trust, goodwill, forbearance, self-restraint, compassion and forgiveness…Community life is by definition a life of cooperation and responsibility. Private life and public life, without the disciplines of community interest, necessarily gravitate toward competition and exploitation.
~Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community-a collection of essays. pp. 120-121.
Mix Three Ingredients
This is where community and much of our experience with conventional church structures part company. If Berry is right in his definition community, then most of our experience in church does not reflect it. It seems to me that our people—by that, I mean the followers of Christ—should naturally reflect the qualities that Berry mentions. Indeed, those very qualities seemed to emerge quite spontaneously in Acts chapter two. The significance is in the fact that there were no other influences on the newborn church than the gospel message and the presence of the Spirit. There were no slick programs and stewardship drives. No Evangelism Explosion, Experiencing God, or Purpose Driven Life. There was the gospel, the Spirit and the Church. Mix the three and the elements of community came forth like a fragrance. Continue reading Community: Deliberate Obedience