ūüćā Fall and The Rhythm of Life

Purpose and Rhythm

– ryan james ross

I love building things.
Treehouses, doors, homes, toys… I love it all.

But this project was way more profound than mere fun — it was an answer to prayer…

The mission for Uncommon [good] is to create space in our community where people realize their need for connection with God and one another in community. The moment we got invited to help out with Poway Days, we knew that God was at work. Our job was literally to “create space for community”… And that’s what we do!!! We felt God winking at us when we got this job!

Every moment that I was creating the benches and tables for our space at Poway Days, I was talking with God. I was thanking Him for this opportunity to create good space for people, for this great way to live out our mission, and I was praying for all the people that would relax in our space. I prayed that all these strangers would feel connection, that they would experience joy, and that God would give them a taste of his love and belonging.

Being a catalyst of community at Poway Days is only a part of what we get to do through Uncommon [good] this year. There is SO MUCH ahead — and there’s a great rhythm to it all as we jump into Fall.

So, let’s talk rhythm…

We are excited to announce that Uncommon [good] will find a WEEKLY spiritual rhythm in the fall. That’s right folks – every Sunday afternoon there will be an opportunity for you to connect with this Uncommon [community]

You all know that we have been on a journey to reimagine church for a new generation. Not because we just like doing things differently – or for the sake of novelty – but because if we are going to reach the ever growing MAJORTIY of people who want nothing to do with church – then we have to try something new. And so we have studied, talked, dreamed, and prayed our way into what we are calling a new spiritual rhythm:

October 7 Р Uncommon [worship] Night 
A monthly opportunity for corporate worship Рin both familiar and uncommon ways.

October 14Wine & Words
A monthly version of the crowd favorite! We will continue to reframe and reclaim truths about life, faith and being human!

October 21 – Common Table
A monthly family style small group gathering Рcentered around the good old fashioned art of eating and conversing. Join a Common Table group to take part in the rhythm of deep, intentional relationships. This is where you dive deep into the things of life and faith.

October 28 – Taste of Community
We will continue to create gifts of community for the community. We call it the sacrament of party! A chance to invite friends and neighbors to gather together Рa place where people can belong before they believe.

Help Make It Happen…

We cannot wait to make this weekly spiritual rhythm a reality.
But we need your help!

You heard two weeks ago that we are now an official – all grown up – non-profit! Well, now is the time to give so we can continue make Uncommon [good] a reality. We would love for you to consider setting up recurring giving or perhaps sponsoring one of the following events:

Wine & Words – $500
Worship night – $1,500

Taste of Community – $2,500
One Staff Salary for a month – $3,000

This Uncommon [journey] has been a joy and an adventure. Together we’ve done exciting things – and there’s more on the horizon! Push the button below and let’s continue to lean into the adventure God has for us!

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We have plans for growth, business, and financial sustainability. Please shoot us an email if you’d like to meet up and hear our vision for the future — it’s big, and it’s very [good].

 

you are loved
you are valued
you belong

 

 

Broken but [good]

– cody vermillion

So its been a pretty eventful week so far. Full of joy, frustration, fun, sorrow… a¬†dash of weirdness… and some good community.

Some of you may have seen part of this reflection¬†on my social media earlier this week. But so much has¬†happened since, and I wanna give you the whole story…

It all started this past Sunday.

I got the privilege to¬†play my broken guitar while leading worship for my friend¬†Caden’s youth group. It was a great morning! But¬†it got me thinking about brokenness. See I dropped this guitar in a rehearsal a couple of years ago, and the ensuing crack has been held together by tape ever since.

The tape has worked well at making sure the crack doesn’t get worse. But it hasn’t really fixed the problem. I need to introduce some glue or wood puddy and some elbow grease to really fix it. And even then, it will never be the same. The scars will still be there. And it probably won’t sound the way it did before.

But despite all that, I still love this guitar. I love that, even though it’s¬†broken, I can still enjoy playing it. That I can still write songs on it. That I can still lead teenagers in worship with it. That it can still serve a purpose.

And that’s kinda like us, right?

We’re all a little broken. Cracked. Scarred.

And I think¬†too often we want to focus on those things ‚Ästthe things we need to fix ‚Ästthe ways we are, damaged,¬†wrong, or “bad”. We¬†desperately try to cover them¬†up with all manner of things to¬†keep the cracks from spreading and revealing what’s underneath.¬†But I think that’s no way to live.

Because I believe¬†what‚Äôs deepest within you ‚Äď what makes you who you are ‚Äď isn‚Äôt your brokenness.¬†Sure, it has¬†shaped you and changed you in big ways. And maybe even become a huge part of your story. But there‚Äôs so much more to your story, guys! You don‚Äôt have to live from¬†that brokenness. It‚Äôs not who you are. It’s not who you were created to be. You are created by a God who loves you. A God who¬†made you [good]!

And however life has roughed you up, I want you to know, you still have purpose. You’re still worth something.

Because the good news is, God loves us broken messed up people¬†so much that He chose to be broken Himself. To feel the full human experience, even death, so that we can have life to the full. And¬†I know we’ve said this a bunch, but guess what… life to the full can happen now. Today.

I gotta tell you, I think I have been experiencing life to the full this week. Like, the full human experience.

From the high of leading teenagers in worship through music,¬†to the low of our four year old fighting us¬†tooth and nail on everything¬†[ev.er.y.thing.]… to making great connections with like-minded people; to having fun with all of you at the beach and the¬†park; to¬†praying with people in our community facing some really hard stuff; and even saying goodbye to friends we love, knowing we probably won’t see them again for a long time…

Life to the full is getting the complete human experience and seeing God’s¬†beauty¬†in all of it. Even the brokenness. Because even when our kid is driving us¬†nuts, we¬†can see that his strong will is part of how God made him… that the very thing Jen and I are so¬†frustrated with now,¬†will actually¬†serve him pretty well in the future. Even when people we care about are facing hard times,¬†we can see how God pulls his people together in faith to pray for miracles.

And even when we have to say goodbye to good friends, we see how God binds our hearts together in ways no ocean can erode away.

[we love you Croxfords!]

So, if we can step into those hard places with a different perspective, we can begin to see how God actually fills in the cracks around our brokenness. And what starts to define¬†those times isn’t the brokenness itself, but¬†the beauty that God is making from it.

You may or may not have noticed that our logo is a cracked mosaic¬†heart. Yes. This is intentional. ūüėČ Because we believe that all of us broken people can come together like the broken pieces of a mosaic¬†and¬†make something beautiful. And I have seen that so much in this community¬†this week. So, thank you for making that happen!

Now… this week I want you to¬†embrace the truth that the¬†brokenness in your life doesn‚Äôt define you. It’s actually what makes you beautiful. Because God has taken those broken pieces and formed them into something new. You are His creation. You are His child. He has¬†great plans for you…

Brokenness and all.

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Our Week in Photos

 

wine & words is back!

August 19th, 6:30 PM
Espinosa Vineyards and Winery

What’s Wine & Words? Well, it’s an event where we drink wine and share some words about faith, Jesus, and being human. Our last one was awesome!

We expect this one to fill up quick. So make sure to RSVP early.

Wine & Words Tickets

 

don’t forget the summer-tivities…

click the image or visit our events page for more info!

 

you are loved
you are valued
you belong

 

 

Waiting Is The Worst

waiting is hard.

– dawn neldon

I don’t like waiting. I know that there is wisdom (and even inspirational bathroom posters) that tout the benefits of patience. But honestly РI think they’re just trying to make us all feel better. I’m sure many of you are rolling your eyes and crediting my age or our current cultural pace with my lack of patience Рand while you might be right Рit doesn’t change my stance.

Waiting is the worst.

As a people, we are collectively out of practice with waiting. And this can be problematic because Рit would appear РGod doesn’t operate like Amazon Prime (dang it). How nice it would be nice if we could submit our request and find the nicely packaged responses on our doorsteps two days later. But that’s not how it works.

Many of us have things we‚Äôve been pursuing and prayers we‚Äôve been praying for years – and we still find ourselves waiting. It can make us skeptical or cynical when we read verses like Jeremiah 29:11…

‚ÄúI know the plans I have for you,‚ÄĚ says the Lord. ‚ÄúThey are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.‚ÄĚ

Some of us have been waiting to see that good plan unfold in our lives and it feels like we just. keep. waiting. Making the platitudes of well intentioned people (and sappy inspirational posters) feel mocking, instead of helpful.

When I am tempted to feel this way about circumstances in my life I remind (re-mind) myself of two things I’ve learned about God over the years:

1. God works the long game. There are prayers I’ve prayed and dreams I’ve dreamed that seem long forgotten by the time I see an answer. But when I look back I see that all along God had been moving people and aligning circumstances to bring that future hope I had prayed about long before.

2. God wastes nothing. There are times when I feel like things in my life have gone wasted. Things have happened or skills I’ve acquired that seem to be a confusing part of my story at best. But know this: there is no experience or circumstance or skill or hope that God will not loop back in to our story. If we offer these things up to Him he will make them a part of the good plan that He has for us!

Now…¬†Here’s the waiting life hack:
If we are watching for God at work while we wait – we will not despair and lose hope. Instead we will be surprised by hope as we see glimpses of His plan unfolding around us in unexpected ways.

 

And while we’re on the subject of waiting, we can’t wait to show you…

a sweet recap!

A Taste of Summer this past Sunday was awesome!¬†Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed some good community on a beautiful summer day in San Diego. Take a look at all the fun…

 

the summer haps…

Summer ain’t over yet! We’ve still got loads of fun in store.

Check it out…

Mondays at Moonlight Beach 
Mondays until August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
Come hang with us every Monday this summer! Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness! Be sure to also bring some grub for you and yours.

 

Wednesdays At The Park
Every Wednesday until August 15th, 4 PM – Sundown (ish)
Keep an eye on our Social Media for the location each week.

Bring a picnic, some chairs, and a snack to share.
Let’s all enjoy that #summerlife together!

 

you are loved
you are valued
you belong

 

 

Summer

– dawn neldon

Can we all agree that there is something magical about summer? I anticipate the goodness of summer when my kids go back to school in the fall. I. LOVE. summer. It’s as if we feel the slow, warm days of summer in our bones and it changes the way we live our lives – for a few short months. Summer, for me, can be summarized into two words: Freedom and Community.

To me Рsomething about summer screams FREEDOM! I recognize this is a little weird since, I (like most of you) no longer experience summer the way I did when I was a kid when summer meant literal freedom from the daily grind of Math and English.

Even as an adult with year round responsibilities summer still gives me a running through wildflowers sense of freedom (side-note, has anyone ever done that in real life?) Something about summer brings us a freedom from routine. Freedom from bedtime. Freedom from the busy, hectic-ness with which we live the rest of the year. Summer brings a great slow Рdown. A long overdue exhale. It feels free. And free feels good.

Here’s the other sneaky thing that summer does to us that I truly love Рsummer brings us out out of our living rooms and into community. Summer is filled with BBQ’s and picnics, beach days and evenings spent at the pool (way past bedtime). The longer, less hectic days draw us together in ways that we miss out on the rest of the year. A togetherness that we crave.

We were designed for freedom and we were created for community. The magic of summer is that it helps us tap into these two longings of our soul. Join Uncommon [good] this summer as we live into all the goodness that summer has to offer!

RSVP to Summer Fun!

July 15th, 3PM at Liberty Park in 4S Ranch

We wanna capture all the goodness that is a San Diego summer in one big party!

There will be fun. There will be food. There will be music. There will be bouncies for the kiddos. And there miiiiighht be some shenanigans with water‚Ķ But no promises. ūüėČ

RSVP to Taste of Summer

 

Pre-game fun starts at 3PM.

Food and other fun officially begins at 4PM.

As usual with our a Taste of Community events…

This is a FREE Party.

But if you’d like to help make it happen, you can make a donation at check out or on our giving page

Other Summer-tivities

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Mondays at Moonlight Beach 
July 9th – August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
You gotta love a beach day. Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness!

Wednesdays at Silverset Park
July 11th – August 15th, 4 PM
Drop by in the afternoon for some chill time at the park. Bring a picnic and maybe a snack to share. We’ll have music and fun!

 

you are loved
you are valued
you belong

 

 

Good News Part 3: Fun and Fruit

Did you miss parts one and two? Here’s the links:

Good News: Part One

Good News: Part Two

-ryan james ross

Here’s the good news, part three…

‚ÄúGod sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.‚ÄĚ

Hmm… So how are we changed by faith in Jesus?

Galatians is a short letter in the Bible that was written by a devoted follower of Jesus named Paul (likely the earliest letter written in the New Testament). He wrote this letter for the early Christian church in Galatia that was going through some major theological and political challenges as they asked, “how do we follow Jesus in today‚Äôs world?‚ÄĚ

These first Christians were getting pressured to fall into the religious status quo of their time. They were told to follow religious laws, political stances, rituals, and expectations that were in place well before Jesus — and many of these things seemed to confine, restrict, limit, exclude, and even contradict what Jesus spoke about. They wondered, “how does a follower of Jesus navigate all of this? How do we behave?”

So, Paul wrote them this letter to encourage their faith, their freedom, and their [fruit].

Paul essentially says, “let me give you the mindset of living in faith. Here’s how I see it…

‚ÄĚThe life I live in the body [Right now.¬†In my city.¬†Everyday.], I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.‚ÄĚ (Galatians 2:20). This mindset will do something to you.

What comes out of this faith is transformation of your life… yes, you’ll live different.

The letter explains that by faith Christ is living in you. Or in other words, the very Spirit of God is now walking with you (read Galatians chapter 5). This close walk with God in your life will begin to bring out the most beautiful things in humanity [fruit]:

“… the fruit¬†of the Spirit is love,¬†joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,¬†gentleness, and self-control.¬†Against such things there is no law.”

The Good News of walking by faith in the Son of God who loves you and gave himself for you is this: you will become one who lives out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

That is not only good news to you, but to everyone around you and your edges as well : )

Happy Summer, friends!!!

Our dream is to summer with you… join us at the fun below.

And we’ve got some new details on our Summer events,
So be sure to read ahead!

 

Summer-Tivities

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Wednesdays at Silverset Park

June 27th – August 15th, 4 PM
Drop by in the afternoon for some chill time at the park.

Mondays at Moonlight Beach

July 9th – August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
You gotta love a beach day. Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness!

Taste of Summer [Community Event]

July 15th, 3 PM
This will be an awesome summer party, and there just miiiiighht be some slippin’ and slidin’ goin’ on… But no promises ūüėČ We will send out RSVP info in the next couple of weeks. But please, save the date!

 

 

You are loved.

You are valued.

You belong.

 

Good News Needs A Part 2

– ryan james ross

 

Last week‚Äôs “good news¬†inspiration” began and closed with these words:

“You are welcome here. You are valued. You belong.‚ÄĚ
That’s how Jesus made the outcast feel.¬†In short, those phrases are another way to communicate that you are loved, and that‚Äôs the good news.

You are loved by God. Period.

Sit in that a bit.¬†Jesus brought you that news,¬†but it wasn’t his whole message [thank God].

So here’s part two of the good news:
Love doesn‚Äôt leave you as you are ‚ÄĒ it beckons you forward.

That image above was snapped just last week at a baseball game. That’s my son Colton running with all of his might and you can just feel that bundle of fun and joy that he is. I love of that kid with all of my being!!!

Here‚Äôs what you can‚Äôt see in that image though. Seconds before that photo he learned that sticks can hurt people and he had to say sorry to another kid that got whacked in a ‚Äėsword fight‚Äô. Then, just after that picture, he was in tears because he wanted more candy and I had already allowed way too much ‚ÄĒ he would‚Äôve definitely got sick with more sugar in that little body. See, I love him as he is —¬†too much for words even —¬†and because of that love, I can‚Äôt help teaching him more about life, keeping him from harm,¬†and becoming the best version of himself.

Tim Keller explains the good news this way: ‚ÄúGod sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.‚ÄĚ

Love beckons you forward, and that‚Äôs what Jesus welcomes you into when he says, ‚Äúfollow me‚ÄĚ.

Question:

What do you want to talk about
at the next Wine & Words?

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Summer-Tivities

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Are you ready for fun in the sun, and some uncommon community?
Check out what we have going on…

Wednesdays at Silverset Park

June 27th – August 15th, 4 PM
Drop by in the afternoon for some chill time at the park.

Mondays at Moonlight Beach

July 9th – August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
You gotta love a beach day. Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness!

Taste of Community Event

July 15th, 4 PM
Save the date for this one. More deets to come!

 

Summer, here we come!

 

You are loved. You are valued. You belong.

 

 

Good News and Good Times

– ryan james ross

 

You are welcome here.
This is all for you.
You are valued.
You belong.

Those words are good, but they are even better to those that have felt unwelcome, inadequate, unvalued, or perhaps¬†like they don’t belong.

This is what made Jesus the revolutionary Rabbi – He took what was thought to be closed up for¬†a¬†few and¬†He opened up the truly good life to everyone – especially those that felt or had been told, “you don’t have what it takes”.

This last week at Wine & Words we took some time in the conversation to refer to the Sermon on the Mount – Jesus’ most famous message in history (Matthew 5-7). Sometimes we don’t realize that most of Jesus’ teaching went absolutely against the dominant religious narratives of his time. But Jesus, he went out into the streets of the city and out to the edges of water to tell everyone that was on the outside that they are welcomed in. His sermon, particularly the Beatitudes, are radical because they teach that¬†everyone has access to the kingdom – no one is cut off from God – and your life situation (whether past or present) does not keep you from walking with the King.

This is the gospel, the Good News. No matter what you’ve been through, have done, or find yourself in right now, you are actually envied (blessed).¬†Because Jesus is looking right into your eyes and saying,
“You are welcome here.
This is all for you.
You are valued.
You belong.‚ÄĚ

 

Good Wine & Good Times

Click the Facebook album below to see images of the night snapped by the amazing David Manning!

Our first Wine & Words event was amazing!! We loved having you join us for a great convo about exclusive truth and…

Posted by Uncommon Good on Saturday, June 9, 2018

 

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Wine and Words Pics

 

Button not working? Well, you can’t say we didn’t try…

 

Summer-Tivities

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The Uncommon [good] summer vibes are nearly in full swing. And it is packed with fun in the sun, and some chill community!
Check out what we have going on…

Wednesdays at Silverset Park

June 27th – August 15th, 4 PM
Drop by in the afternoon for some chill time at the park.

Mondays at Moonlight Beach

July 9th – August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
You gotta love a beach day. Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness!

Taste of Community Event

July 15th, 4 PM
Save the date for this one. More deets to come!

 

See you this summer!

You are loved. You are valued. You belong.

 

 

Exclusive Truth / Inclusive Love

– dawn neldon

I wonder what the church looks like to those on the outside. Sometimes I think about this and it makes me sad. Because I think that from the outside the Church looks like a group of people clamoring to have the corner on Truth. And since it would seem that Truth can only exist in one corner – battles are waged to take ownership of that real estate.

I think that those outside the Church are confused when they hear about Jesus (who took a wildly inclusive stance on love and hospitality and community) and yet see His followers consumed with judging and correcting and defending their exclusive ‚Äúrightness‚ÄĚ.

Now don’t misunderstand me and think I’m denouncing exclusive truth. I’m not. But what if we’ve gotten it wrong? What if exclusive truth and inclusive love aren’t mutually exclusive concepts? Jesus preached both. Jesus lived both. What would the church look like to those on the outside if we figured out how to do the same?

We, the people of Uncommon [good], are committed to reclaiming truths about faith and Jesus and being human. Join us as we dive into this important conversation June 3rd at Wine and Words.

Know someone (or more than one) who needs to be there? Help us get the word out! Click on one of the graphics below to download and share on your social channels.

If you haven‚Äôt signed up – do that here…

RSVP

 

wine & words

you have heard it said…

[reclaiming] truths about faith, Jesus, and being Human.
June 3rd, 6:30 PM

 

RSVP¬†here¬†and we’ll see you¬†there!

 

small group pics

Last, small groups went great! Check out our Facebook album:

We had an awesome launch to our very first round of small groups. Community, faith, love… FUN! Tag yourself or your friends! ūüôā

Posted by Uncommon Good on Thursday, May 24, 2018

YOU ARE LOVED!

 

 

Togetherness is Better-ness

better together

– cody vermillion

So, I know we say this a lot, but we at uncommon [good] believe deep in our bones that gathering in community is one of the best ways to experience the love, power, and presence of¬†God. That’s why we are so crazy about community.¬†And really,¬†this is nothing new. Since the beginning, the¬†movement we call Christianity wasn’t meant to be a solo mission.

Let me¬†paint you a picture of the early Church found in¬†Acts Chapter¬†2. In those days, followers of Jesus were¬†getting together ALL THE TIME. Like every day. They were doing crazy, counter-cultural stuff like, loving their enemies,¬†selling possessions to meet needs in the community, and breaking bread together with “glad and sincere hearts.” And through that, this movement grew at an insane rate.¬†#SquadGoals, right?

And why did this movement take off the way it did? [Besides the power of God at work, of course]. Because, the world around them looked in and saw something uncommon… A community that loved each other, and embraced anyone and everyone. This, by the way, is exactly what Jesus predicted when He¬†gave the command, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.¬†By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35.

That! That is why we are so hyped on community. That is why we party together.¬†That is why, ultimately, we want to create space FOR community. And that is also why we want to invite you to join an Uncommon Small Group…

JOIN A SMALL GROUP

 

the starting point

Small groups start NEXT WEEK! Woohoo!!

And it’s not too late to join…

For our first small group season, we will be going through a series called Starting Point from¬†Andy Stanley discussing the “starting points” of faith.

Imagine that ūüėČ

Here’s a little descriptor from their materials to get you excited:

Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same.

It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.

Excited yet?
Cause we are!

And if that’s not enough to get you pumped,¬†check out this vid from Ryan and Dawn…

WATCH THIS

 

the schedule

Uncommon small groups are gonna be… uncommon. They will be on Wednesday nights (unless there’s a group that needs to meet on another night) and there¬†is¬†going to be a rhythm to the six weeks that will seem new to some. But we think it will especially allow families to get¬†the most out of the content without breaking the¬†bank with baby-sitters every week.

Check this sched…

May 23rd – Families all together

May 30th¬†– Couples (you’ll need a sitter for this week)

June 6th РJust the Dudes

June 13th –¬†Just the Gals

June 20th – Couples (will need sitter)

June 27th –¬†Families all together/Wednesdays at the Park launch

Cool huh? You’ll see¬†more about this¬†in the coming weeks. But if you’re interested in small groups, NOW is the time to sign up. Just¬†clickety-click¬†the button below to sign up!

JOIN A SMALL GROUP

 

wine & words

We’re so excited to invite you to the next adventure with uncommon [good]…¬†A¬†night of wine & words called:

you have heard it said…
[reclaiming] truths about faith, Jesus, and being Human.
June 3rd, 6:30 PM

We have been feeling God speaking in huge ways to us as we prepare for this event. It is going to be a [good] time of community and conversation that will go very nicely with your wine and charcuterie!

 

RSVP¬†here¬†and we’ll see you¬†there!

RSVP

 

 

YOU ARE LOVED!

 

 

Wine and Adventure

Friends…

Seis de Mayo was AMAZING!!!

We’re so thankful that so many people came out to Lake Poway all for the purpose of enjoying fun and community! The mixture of tacos and Rumba Cha Cha was the perfect cocktail for a hot Sunday afternoon, right?

After the party, we were asked by our mentor (in classic mentor status) “What was the¬†purpose¬†for the event?”¬†‚ÄĒ It was initially scary –¬†almost like your dad asking, ‚ÄúNow why did you think this was a good idea?” (after you did something).

But we recovered quickly because we knew our purpose (and our mentor shared our enthusiasm for it):

We wanted to create a space for people to experience joy in community. We wanted to create a moment in time where everyone felt that they belonged. We wanted to create a shared experience of people leaning into life Рand we had a ridiculously good time in the process!

We pray that‚Äôs what all of you deeply felt… joy, belonging, and great community.¬†We believe that was all a great gift from God!

STAY TUNED… A video of the goodness will be coming out in the near future!

You can check out some of what we captured on our Facebook page

In the mean time, read below because we are REALLY excited about small groups and our upcoming¬†Wine&Words event, “You Have Heard It Said”…

Uncommon [small groups]

All of us are on a journey in our faith. Sometimes that journey feels like¬†a grand adventure, and sometimes it feels like¬†wandering in the wilderness. And what we’ve come to know is that ‚Ästno matter where you find yourself on the journey¬†‚Ästhaving people¬†with you on the path¬†makes all the difference. People who¬†know you, love you, and can enter the adventure or the wandering¬†with you.¬†Read on to see what we will be covering…

For our first small group season, we will be going through a series called Starting Point from¬†Andy Stanley discussing the “starting points” of faith.

Imagine that ūüėČ

Here’s a little descriptor from their materials to get you excited:

Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same.

It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.

Excited yet?
Cause we are!

the schedule

Uncommon small groups are gonna be… uncommon. They will be on Wednesday nights (unless there’s a group that needs to meet on another night) and there¬†is¬†going to be a rhythm to the six weeks that will seem new to some. But we think it will especially allow families to get¬†the most out of the content without breaking the¬†bank with baby-sitters every week.

Check this sched…

May 23rd – Families all together

May 30th¬†– Couples (you’ll need a sitter for this week)

June 6th РJust the Dudes

June 13th –¬†Just the Gals

June 20th – Couples (will need sitter)

June 27th –¬†Families all together/Wednesdays at the Park launch

Cool huh? You’ll see¬†more about this¬†in the coming weeks. But if you’re interested in small groups, NOW is the time to sign up. Just¬†clickety-click¬†the button below to sign up!

JOIN A SMALL GROUP

 

wine & words

We’re so excited to invite you to the next adventure with uncommon [good]…¬†A¬†night of wine & words called:

you have heard it said…
[reclaiming] truths about faith, Jesus, and being Human.
June 3rd, 6:30 PM

Often, Jesus said things like, ‚Äúyou have heard it said‚Ķ but I tell you‚Ķ‚ÄĚ, right before He turned a commonly held idea upside down.

Faith. Community. Religion. Spirituality. Worship. Church.

For many of us, these words come loaded with certain ideas and maybe even some baggage. In some ways, these words and ideas have lost their true meaning.

We think it’s time to reclaim them…

So let’s have a convesation together. And since everything is better with wine and charcuterie, let’s do it at Espinosa Winery.

RSVP¬†here¬†and we’ll see you¬†there!

RSVP

 

You are loved and valued!

Your uncommon [team]