Delivered Jan. 12, 2013, by Aaron Peterson
If you were totally loved and accepted by a community of people, for all of your strengths and weaknesses and passions…what’s the one thing that you would want to do in the life of that community?
Would you hang out with kids? Would you feed your inner clean-freak? Would you lead a group? Would you nerd-out on a sound board? Would you learn how to pray for healing?
Our vision is that everyone at the Hub does just one ‘thing.’ (Not five things before they burnout, not zero things and feel disconnected.) What’s your one thing? What could it be? Ask God this week, and let Aaron or Brian buy you some coffee.
Starting this month, Krash will lead local a hike each last Sunday of the month after worship. Jan. 26, plan to grab a bite for lunch and meet back at the church around noon. Details to follow. Need some inspiration to brave the California low-60s? Recall the famed lines of Joyce Kilmer:
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree hose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Take a hike, see a tree. That’s Ranger Krash’s guarantee.
Delivered Jan. 5, 2013, by Aaron Peterson
December 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
To gather on the ‘eve’ of Christmas Eve Eve is something we always seek to achieve, when to the warmth of carols and cookies we cleave.
Our community will tell the story of the Jesse Tree, where a series of home-crafted images from Scripture will interweave. And be sure to bring cookies—fresh-baked, we’ll believe, unless you neglect to take them out of the sleeve.
Below is Aaron explaining this year’s Eve Eve. Please watch so that, in light of my rhyming, you do not misconceive.
Don’t miss it, or you’ll grieve the cookies you did not receive! Please note: No childcare will be available, and if your kid eats all of the cookies, we’ll ask you to leave.
I did not come to my faith in what’s known as a liturgical church. When I became a Christian, all I knew about Advent was that it came before Christmas. Some years my church would light three purple candles and a pink one, something I vaguely remembered from growing up a kid in a Catholic family, but it was always overshadowed by nativity songs and tree trimmings. Only a few years ago when I got caught up into a young Vineyard church plant did I develop an appreciation for Advent as a season in its own right and for what it means in our shared calendar as the Church Universal.
We celebrate Advent during the darkest days of the year in our hemisphere, when, even in Southern California, once the sun goes down we huddle toward sources warmth and seek out sources of light. We are reminded that in our spiritual lives, we enter periods when light and warmth are scarce, where our unknowing, our doubts and our loneliness set us searching and hoping hopelessly for a flicker, for a flame. We are reminded that the people Israel, in exile within their own land under an oppressive power, yearned and cried out for Gød’s presence and justice through generations of suffering, in the silence of an age without prophets. And Gød answered. He came down into our world as the human Jesus.
Advent is often a time of quiet reflection, of soul searching, sometimes of grieving, because it’s a time of the year where we recognize the reality of the darkness around us and of the doubts within us, yet we also recognize their impermanence. We can face the darkness together because we know that a great light is coming–indeed has come! So we huddle together during these four winter weeks, through whatever trials, and light a little candle each for hope, peace, joy and love. Happy Advent, friends.
November 23, 11 a.m.
There are a lot of ways to give back, to pass on God’s generosity with us to others, but not all of these uplift and empower the recipient; not all of them bring the recipient into conversation, relationship, equal footing. That’s what we’re trying to do with an experiment called the Hub Give-Back ‘5 & Dime.’ The families we hope to help provide affordable Christmas presents to are providers, and we want them to see themselves as providers for their children. It’s just a matter of making it a little easier for them to do so.
What we did.
As I write this, I’m sitting in our fellowship hall, which is packed with clothes, toys, games and miscellany that you all donated. Nicole and volunteers have arranged them on tables and borrowed clothing racks, set up as a little one-day ‘thrift store’ for people to come and buy with the money they’ve earned gifts of love for their loved ones.
What we’re doing.
Our doors open at 11 a.m. this Saturday, and we’re going to resell all of these donated items for cents on the dollar. Our ‘customers’ are families in and around our lives that we’ve invited because we think they can benefit from this outreach. If you haven’t invited a family, please do so. Let’s get a good turnout.
You all are also invited, so even if you’re not signed up to volunteer, come down and hang out with us. We’re open till 2 p.m., and before we close up shop, we’ll all have an opportunity to purchase what’s leftover of our inventory.
I hope you are all as excited about this as many of us are. Please pray for this event, come down and support us, and if you would could lend a hand before, during or after, e-mail Nicole.
December 8, 2013
Last year, around Christmas, the Hub took a second offering on Sunday, and the community inside of and outside of the Hub was exceedingly generous. The 2012 Christmas Offering gave us room to grow and a surplus to help us through the lighter months of the 2013 summer.
This year, on December 8, we’re asking for support through the Annual Christmas Offering in order to create a space for children—both ours and our neighbors’—to meet Jesus. The collection will cover the costs of new, highly acclaimed Sunday School curriculum, additional building space and appropriate renovations.
Please be praying about the amount the Spirit might invite you to give, but we also ask that you invite people to be a part of work we believe that Gød is doing for and through Sunland-Tujunga’s youngest generation.