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The Future of a Historic Church

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 11:11 AM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, faith, Duvall, fellowship, Friends, Acres of Diamonds, Church

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DuvallChurchIn the past year, we've been blown away by God's faithfulness in opening door after door and the generosity of those who committed to give above and beyond their normal tithes and offerings to support Timberlake Church.

We are driven by our mission to make more and better disciples of Jesus Christ, and we believe that launching a new campus in Duvall is our next right step to accomplish that mission. 

Duvall is located in the Snoqualmie Valley along highway 203, just north of Redmond. It is one of the fastest growing communities on the greater Eastside. The town of 12,000+ estimates a growth of 76% in the next ten years. Our hope is to share Christ’s love and his message of hope and grace to everyone in the Snoqualmie Valley. Currently there are 200 Timberlake families who reside in the area and our Duvall campus will enable them to invite their friends and further reach the community.

The next steps of our new campus will be critical as we raise funds and form teams of volunteers to help renovate this 97-year-old church building.

Additionally, we're thrilled to become the parent organization for Acres of Diamonds, which is also located in Duvall. Acres of Diamonds is a transitional Christian home that provides a loving, safe and nurturing environment for homeless women and their children. Residents learn how to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness. 

God is doing great things inside and outside the walls of Timberlake. And we’re excited for the opportunity to continue to reach the greater Eastside.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit TimberlakeChurch.com/Duvall.

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Exciting Things are Happening...

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:36 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake, Growth Groups, fellowship, Church, community

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We have some exciting things planned at Timberlake this fall.  The church staff and leadership team have been working hard and prayerfully preparing to make the coming weeks and months an incredible experience for our regular attenders and new guests.  

I want to take a moment to highlight some changes and opportunities…

  • On September 7/8 we are having a “Back to School Bash.”  We will have carnival rides for the kids and some good food following our 11:30am service on Sunday. 

  • This fall we have 4 services in Redmond.  Saturday evening at 5:30pm and new service times on Sunday morning – 9:00, 10:15, and 11:30am.  We believe this will allow more people to attend Timberlake this fall than ever before!

  • Growth Groups and Classes – This is a great time of year to get connected.  Whether you have been attending Timberlake a few weeks, or a few years, we believe everyone can benefit from joining a Growth Group.  Group signups begin September 8 and Groups launch three weeks later starting September 29.

  • New message series, “You Make Me Crazy,” starts September 14/15.  Everyone has a “crazymaker” in their life.  Whether it’s your spouse, friend, or boss, join us for our new series where we will learn how to deal with the crazymakers in our life.  

 

We have had an incredible summer as we witnessed so many people take their next right step and experience life change. You won't want to miss what God has in store for you and your family in this next season. Please join us this weekend as we kick-off, what I know will be, an amazing fall!  

Pastor Ben

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More Food Please!

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:29 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in faith, Timberlake, fellowship, Friends, kindness, Leadership, Everyone, People, Food, Heart

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I love to eat.  So does my wife.  Maybe that’s why our favorite type of vacation is a cruise.  All the meals are included!  Our perfect date night would be an extended meal at a restaurant in Seattle.  Our favorite family gatherings also include food.  Come to think of it – pretty much any event with people and food sounds like a good time.

I picked up a book the other day called A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester.  My love of food attracted me to the title.  Throughout the book Chester explains the role meals played in the ministry of Jesus.  He points out that in the New Testament, the phrase “The Son of Man came…” is completed in three different ways. 

Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Luke 19:10 says, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Both of these verses have to do with WHY Jesus came.  The third way the phrase is completed has to do with HOW Jesus came.  Luke 7:34 says, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”

Apparently, Jesus ate and drank a lot – enough to be called a drunk and a glutton!  The Gospel of Luke is filled with stories of Jesus eating with people.  These stories can be found in chapters 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 19, 22 and 24.  Robert Karris, author of the book Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel, concludes that in the Gospel of Luke, “Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.”

Food played a big part in the ministry of Jesus.  He viewed meals as an opportunity to connect with people and to talk about God and life.  There are many ways for Christians today to get involved in ministry and impact people for Jesus.  At times, however, it can be confusing to figure out what it means and looks like to live out our faith in the 21st Century.  But as Jesus shows us, ministry isn’t rocket science.  We don’t have to know all the right answers.  Ministry can be as simple as inviting someone to dinner and sharing a meal with them.  Food and people.  Sounds like a good time to me.

Jordan Lee
Senior Associate Pastor – Redmond Campus

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