What Is Worship? 🙌

– cody vermillion

This week, we have been thinking a lot about worship. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our first worship service is only a few days away!!!

Ok, it’s definitely that.

But also because we have been thinking and praying about this day for at least a year, probably longer, and now it’s here! And as we have been planning, learning, talking, and ideating about what it will look like for Uncommon [good] to do “worship” regularly, we have come to some conclusions…

Worship is Weird

Lemme ‘splain… For some, the typical idea of corporate worship is strange. Maybe even intimidating. People coming together to sing some songs that everyone seems to know, raising hands, standing up and sitting down all together, and at the right times… I mean, to an outsider, that’s weird. *Pause* – I wanna be clear in saying that there’s nothing wrong with that way of worship. I personally do those things when I worship. And we welcome it! But we also want to make our uncommon [worship] night a place with no expectations for those who might not be familiar with the typical patterns of worship. Because…

Worship is For Everyone

We mean that in the sense that, all are welcome to worship. But also, all are created to worship. That’s right. We were made to give glory to God. Not just with singing and raising hands. But with everything we are. And God invites all His creation (even rocks) to worship Him. Regardless of where you are in your faith, you are welcome to worship. You are created to worship. But what we want to help you understand is that worship is so much more than singing songs together…

Worship is a Lifestyle

Many of us are conditioned to think worship is some event that we attend once a week. But, a weekly gathering to sing and hear someone talk was never meant to be the end-all-be-all worship experience. Each and every day we are given the opportunity to worship the One whose image we were created in. Whether through our work, as a parent, as a student, as a friend, as a human trying to muddle through the rhythms of this life… No matter where we are, or what we are doing, it can be an act of worship to God. How, you ask? Well, we’ve gotta save something to talk about at the worship night. 😉

Speaking of… are you coming?!

Rhythm: A Night of Uncommon [worship]
Sunday, October 7, 4 PM
Poway Community Center

Rediscover what worship is all about as we do “church” in an uncommon way.

13094 Civic Center Dr, Poway, CA  92064

Kids programs provided for ages 1 through 10 years old.

 

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We welcome your help to continue this uncommon [adventure]!



you are loved
you are valued
you belong

 

 

 

🍂 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 –  Uncommon [worship] Night 
A monthly opportunity for corporate worship – in 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 – centered 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 – a 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

 

 

We’re Super Official ✅

Last week we got word that we are officially a 501(c)3 Non-Profit! Woohoo!! And we even got our own bank account…

Now, we know what you’re thinking, “they grow up so fast”… And that’s exactly what we want to talk to you about today. We have grown. so. fast. And we want to keep growing. But we need your help…

#SpoilerAlert, we’re gonna ask you to give to Uncommon [good]. But hang in there, cause it is so worth the read!

an uncommon [dream]

It’s been almost a year! Almost a year since the day we gathered people together to begin telling them about this Uncommon [dream]. A dream that God had planted in our hearts long ago. A dream to “do church” differently.

Throughout our years in traditional church ministry we became painfully aware that the current way we “do church” isn’t working. That there’s an ever-widening gap between church and culture – between people who go to church and people who simply won’t. And many won’t go to church because they’ve been told [overtly or subtly] that they don’t belong there. They believe that the church has nothing to offer them and that, by extension, Jesus has nothing to offer them.

We believe they’re wrong.

We believe that Jesus has this crazy proposition where He offers people LIFE – honest to goodness, real, fully-alive LIFE. But most people won’t ever experience this life because they don’t believe the church has anything to offer them. This is tragic. But it is in to this exact space that God has called Uncommon [good]. To build a bridge between church and culture; between people who believe they don’t belong and a God who desperately wants them to know that they ab-so-lute-ly do.

This is important work. And we need your help!

Way back in November, we invited you to be a part of something that didn’t yet exist. To be a part of the birth of something new. And this new thing is actually a really old concept where we leave the walls of the church and bring the life-giving, community-loving reality of Jesus to the streets – to the people.

We asked you to support hopes and dreams. We invited you to give towards a vision that didn’t actually exist. But now – nearly a year later – we can share stories of how Uncommon [good] is changing lives and impacting communities.

We need you to keep this Uncommon [dream] alive because here’s the thing…

IT’S WORKING.

At parks [with tacos and beer in hand] people are connecting with our Uncommon [community] who never felt they had a place in church.

At wineries, we are having conversations about the real nitty gritty of faith and doubt in a setting where it becomes okay to be honest about our faith… [the wine helps]

In homes, people who had never been in a Bible study sat with some who had, and got real about their faith and obstacles to faith.

Families in crisis are being embraced and supported by an Uncommon [community] that has been built over this last year at those same parks and wineries and living rooms.

This is because of you. Because of your commitment to Uncommon [good] – because you show up. Because you give – people are experiencing the life and the community and the freedom that Jesus offers – in Uncommon ways.

And in the next couple of months, we want to do even more. We have an ambitious goal to bring all of this goodness in the form of a weekly gathering by this October. Which means renting space and keeping momentum while we pursue the full vision of Uncommon [good].

But here’s the thing – it will only continue if you decide to help. Thanks to your generosity all those months ago [seriously, THANK YOU!], we raised enough funds for the first year within a few weeks. But there’s so much more that God has in store for Uncommon [good]! And we will only grow into the FULL vision that God has for our community if you choose to give. Truly – we need you!

Be a part of this movement that says you belong before you believe – Be a part of imagining church in a new way – Be a part of reshaping the Gospel for future generations – Be a part of Uncommon [good].

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We also accept donations through our partner organization, Gateway Leadership Initiative.

 

need more convincing?

You may be wondering, “so, where is all of this headed? What is this full visionyou’re talking about?” Well, check out this document that lays it all out…

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THE VISION

 

then watch this video to get a taste of all the goodness… [in case you missed it]

 

went to wine and words?

Thank you so much for making it an awesome night! We have a recap video in the works, so stay tuned on social media. If you simply CAN’T wait, go check out our Facebook page for some pics and a hilarious video.

 

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 – the things we need to fix – the 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’s deepest within you – what makes you who you are – isn’t 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’s so much more to your story, guys! You don’t have to live from that brokenness. It’s 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. 😉 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’t 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

 

 

Weekly Update 2-16-2018


We see great pain today…

and here is life.

At the same moment we celebrate love, evil is right there with us. And when we encounter evil, it shatters our sense of security and comfort in an instant.

We are shaken, afraid, angry, and we lift our eyes to God for answers and help.

We had some other words to share today, but we dropped them because our hearts and prayers go out to all of those families, students, and faculty in Florida. So we offer this prayer…

Dear God…
May your presence draw near and comfort those that are crushed, hurt, afraid, and angry.

May you surround those families with loving arms — with a community that can grieve alongside them and cry out for a brighter future.

May your Spirit guide humanity towards wisdom that brings about a better world — one of safety, liberty, and mental health — one of protection, freedom and hope for the next generation. Give us your eyes for justice, love, and life, Lord.

May your will be done on earth as it is heaven.

Amen

An Invitation To Hope

As you pray this week and hold on even tighter to those you love,
we invite you to a night of hope and love — celebrating life and community.

This will be a night of music, inspiring words, food, and drink for the whole family. We want to share a taste of this community that God is bringing together!

And we’re calling it…

A Taste of Uncommon [Community]
Saturday, March 3rd, 5PM
Old Poway Park

RSVP

btw… THANK YOU!

We raised over $500 last week to make this event happen. Thanks to everyone who contributed. We are so grateful to have you with us on the adventure of uncommon [good]. See you March 3rd!

You are loved and valued.
God Bless our uncommon [community]

Weekly Update 1-26-2018

You ought to listen to some Gospel today…

This last week I had a friend with a birthday that didn’t want any happy birthday wishes.

Due to tragedy and loss in her family, she wasn’t exactly feeling like being flooded with happy wishes in a time when life felt anything but happy.

So she asked for something different.

In lieu of ‘happy birthdays’, my friend asked people to leave a note of a memory they had with her, or to just simply share what my friend meant to them. Messages came flooding in — all kinds of memories from friends and family about moments in their lives and lots of statements about who my friend was – kind, courageous, loyal, loving, and the list went on.

In a time of sadness, my friend wanted to be reminded of who she was and what she meant to others. My friend needed some Gospel.

Real Gospel (the good news about Jesus) gives us two gifts:

It shows us who God is and it reminds us of who we are.

Gospel says that we, despite our circumstances, feelings and imperfections, are lovingly and purposefully made by God, fully known by God and still loved deeply. The gospel is that we are so loved that Jesus gave up His life for us so that we can have life with Him — and know a life of forgiveness and freedom. Listening to a little gospel reminds us that we are children of God as we walk through days that are good, bad, or sometimes straight up ugly.

There is a common phrase in faithful circles that “we must preach the gospel to ourselves everyday”. What does that mean? Everyday we need to hear about how God sees us over how we or anyone else may see ourselves. We are loved. We are valuable. We are worth dying for. And the God of the universe did just that very thing for us so that we may have life.

Maybe you really needed to hear this today.

The gospel about God’s love and about who we are in His eyes changes us.
It will change every interaction we have throughout the day.

Try starting the morning with a little bit of that gospel in your ears.

 

 

You’re gonna love this…

Last week we invited you to join us on a journey of Spiritual formation – which is a fancy, (and perhaps intimidating) way of saying taking time to practice the things that Jesus taught.

Our Uncommon [team] is reading The Good and Beautiful God. which is a quick and practical guide through some great devotional thoughts. And it’s accompanied with practical things we can do every day to actually practice the things that Jesus taught!

Whether you’ve jumped in this week or not, we want to invite you to join in the first week’s practice with us – wait ’til you hear what it is – you will probably run out and buy the book immediately (can you even do that anymore? Are bookstores still a thing?)

Drum roll, please… The first spiritual practice is… REST! You didn’t read that wrong. REST is actually considered a spiritual practice (thank you sweet Jesus!) Did you ever consider that God (the all-powerful, world-sustaining-being) modeled resting! The same God that also designed our bodies to spend 1/3 of our lives asleep. Yet rest is the first thing we ignore when life gets busy. More than that – we often feel guilty or lazy for getting rest when the to do list is never ending!

But the truth is we can’t operate at our best, live life at our optimum, or focus on any other spiritual practices well if we are haggard and tired. So – here’s the challenge: spend time intentionally resting this week – it’s kind of like a choose your own adventure situation, so pick one of the following:

1. Choose one day this week and sleep until you can’t sleep anymore! Don’t feel bad about it either!

2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep for 3 days in a row. Set an alarm to get in bed not just one to wake yourself up!

3. Take a nap. Maybe you can’t sleep in (cause, hello! small children) and maybe your week is crazy and you simply can’t get 7 hours for multiple nights in a row. That’s okay! Find a window of time one afternoon and instead of doing the dishes, take a nap! WOOHOO for Spiritual Formation (#amiright?)

Let us know how this challenge goes or you! Chime in on our Instagram to share your adventures in REST.

You are loved and valued.
Worthy of the Savior giving His life for you, in fact!

God Bless our uncommon [community]

 

 

Four Quirky Friends Seeking Uncommon [space] For Cool Jesus Stuff…

We found ourselves peering into several buildings this last week — in the least creepy way possible, of course — We’re looking for the future space of Uncommon [good]!

Somewhere in Poway Unified School District we know that God has a place for us… we just have to identify it and move forward.

We need a large place with lots of parking and great outdoor space as well. The zoning has to be right for events and retail (ie. coffee, food, music, beverages, etc.) and more.

We’d love it to look like a beautiful barn – but we hold our ideas and dreams with open hands and plan for flexibility : ) Keep your eyes open with us!

We have began to build a team of architects, designers, and real estate friends that will make this Uncommon [space] a reality! Maybe you could be key to this team if you have experience in commercial real estate, building, LLC incorporation, etc. Is this you? CLICK HERE

If you’re not clear on what that vision is exactly, check out our website to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

When we’re not looking at buildings and meeting with development teams, we’re working everyday with Gateway Leadership Initiative. They help people like us make visions a reality and will take us from zero to the launch of a successful, long lasting ministry through support and in depth training. We have an overwhelming amount of good work to do with them every day – ranging from demographic studies, forming bylaws, 501(c)3 incorporation, and yes, even spiritual development so we keep Jesus at the forefront of everything in our planning!

This Uncommon [dream] is huge.

It’s God-sized for sure.

We encourage you to pray for Uncommon [good] and that God would use us ALL to bring it into being as we move forward into this new Spirit driven vision of ‘church’ in our community!