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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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Creating a New Normal

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:52 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, Friends, grace, community, Encouragement, Groups

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Yesterday I arrived at church at 8am to check on how things were going with an event set-up. I left at 4:15pm to grab one of my kids from volleyball, arrived home to cook up some chicken legs and potatoes, answered a couple of homework questions, listened to the family debrief over dinner, and went back to work for an evening event. I pulled into our driveway just in time to laugh with my family over the day’s stories before bedtime. The winning vignette involved baby carrots, braces and the Heimlich maneuver. My husband calls this the “new normal" - the balancing of priorities we do, now that we both have full time jobs.

I’ve just passed my one year anniversary in ministry at Timberlake. There have been some amazing moments in which I've seen God’s handiwork. There have been hard times which I can thankfully see God overcoming. This past week has been difficult emotionally and I haven’t slept much.

My friend Cindy and I tried out a new exercise class on Monday followed by coffee that grew cold as we shared our spiritual challenges over the past week. As we talked, she astutely reminded me: the Enemy wants to highlight my failures. I left restored and focused on Jesus. And that night I slept long and deeply.

I am hugely grateful for a handful of girlfriends, my prayer partners, whom I’ve acquired over the years. Most are bible study gals who’ve stuck long after the study ended, and I’ve formed friendships with a few new ladies since joining the team at Timberlake. These are the people I can be real with, people who listen confidentially, offer biblical advice, pray for me (and I for them), and recognize my habit of not giving myself grace. Yet, it would be sad to think that God has nothing more for me. I still need to actively seeking out new relationships. If I’m not moving outward, well … I’m not moving. God has more designed for all of us; we just need to not hold back. Whatever the excuse, it keeps us from the connections that make life better. 

It’s time for me to commit to a new Growth Group for fall. I'm signing up today. I need it too much, not to do it. I want this to be my “new normal."

Madelyn Jansma
Director of Groups & Care 

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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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