🦃 Thanksgiving Already? 😮


This year flew by so fast! How?!

November signals the one year birthday of Uncommon [good]! We teased our one year mark a couple of months ago… But now it’s official…


A year of beginnings and learning.

A year of community and party.

A year of stories and freedom.

A year of people engaging faith in new and different ways.

One year ago we cast the vision to bridge the gap between church and culture. We had great ideas about how we were going to do that and we were anxious to start the journey. And now, our Uncommon [community] has a whole year of experience adventuring towards the vision God is calling us to!

This year has felt like a flower blooming. Or a picture coming into focus… slowly revealing the beauty that God knew existed all along. And it’s not over – the journey is still unfolding. But every good journey requires a pit-stop or two where you pause and admire how far you’ve come. Our team has done that in the video at the end of this email. And we will continue to reflect and share stories in the coming weeks…

But for now, here’s what we know: this journey has truly only just begun. The adventure of figuring out how to reclaim truths about life, faith and being humanis just getting started. And all of this – ALL OF THIS – has only been possible because of you – our Uncommon [community].

You, who believed that we could create something new.

You, who believed that it was possible and necessary to re-envision the conversation around faith in our community.

You, who believed that we could create a space for people to belong before they believed.

This year is because of you. And we want to thank you for joining us on the journey. We have big plans for 2019, and – y’all – God is on the MOVE!

We’d love to ask you to continue to partner with Uncommon [good] as we take this next year by storm!

As we all enter this season of giving – give to what God is doing through Uncommon [good]. Literally every donation makes a huge impact towards helping us accomplish the vision that God has called us ALL to!

But we have goal… Cause next week is Giving Tuesday which is a huge fundraising day for non-profits. And we think our Uncommon [community] can make a huge impact on bridging the gap between church and culture. So what’s the goal? Drumroll please…

Let’s raise $10,000 by Giving Tuesday!

That’s 100 people giving $100, or 200 people giving $50.
Yeah, we can do maths!

Will you help us reach our goal? 😁 🙏 👇


If you need another nudge, check out this little video we made at one of our favorite spots. In it, we reflect on the year and look forward to the next…


Oh, and be sure to save the date for what’s next…

Uncommon Christmas

Sunday, December 2nd, 4 PM
Maderas Golf Club

Adults: $25  //  Kids: $10

Cost covers delicious food and all the Christmas fun!

Christmas is the time when we celebrate a miracle. But it’s also the time we enjoy fun traditions that have nothing to do with said miracle. And guess what… that’s okay!

At Uncommon Christmas, we’ll celebrate the miracle of Jesus and have all the Christmas fun (including Santa) at one time. In one place.

And we have a special musical guest joining us!! You won’t want to miss it.

See you there!

RSVP to Christmas



You are loved
You are valued
You belong





Walls, Doors, and New Beginnings ⛅


Cody here. As we gear up for uncommon [worship] this Sunday we’re thinking about newness…

“Every new beginning
Comes from some other
Beginning’s end…”

Ah, yes… the wisdom of late 90’s pop rock.

In case you don’t know the line, it’s from a song called Closing Time by Semisonic. And if you don’t know it, well, then… I’m glad you finally came out from under your rock to read this email. 😉

Now, even though that song is about grabbing the last round and closing up the bar, I find myself hanging on that line. “Every new beginning, comes from some other beginning’s end.” As I typed that line, I let out a heavy sigh. And it’s for two reasons…

One, I’ve known my fair share of endings. Endings that came from what felt like THE beginning. You know? That thing that happened for you that seemed so good and so right, that you thought, “this is it”, “I’ve arrived.” Maybe it was finding the “one”. Maybe it was a new career. Maybe it was an amazing taco shop. Whatever that beginning was, it was exciting and seemed like everything you had been waiting for.

Until it ended.

And you.



You thought you’d never have something like that again. You felt like you hit a wall, and there was nothing more to look forward to.

But some time after that, that ending gave way to something new.

If you’re in the midst of that new beginning, lean in. We don’t get them very often, so let yourself experience it. It’s not always gonna be easy. But the best things never are.

Now, if you’re still in the ending, and you haven’t seen the new beginning… If you’re still stuck against the wall… I am here to tell you that maybe your wall… maybe, it’s not a wall at all. Maybe it’s a door. Cause if there’s one thing I know (besides 90’s rock lyrics), it’s this: what feels like a hard stop is often only the start of something new.

And that’s the second reason I love those lyrics…

Because I have seen new beginnings come from the bitterest of ends. To be totally transparent, I am in a new beginning that came from a very rough end. And let me tell you, if someone came to me during that ending and told me what this new beginning was really going to look like, I wouldn’t have believed them. Because when you’re in the midst of the death of something, new life seems like a distant and impossible hope.

But can I give you some hope today?

If you’re in the midst of an ending, believe me when I say, a new beginning is on it’s way. The dying of what is, will certainly hurt. But it WILL give way to new life.

So hang in there!

Oh! And here’s some more rock lyrics to keep you going…

“Yeah, in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to get by
Yeah in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to shine”


I will post links to the songs below.

And if you want some more encrouagement and hope, come hang out with us this Sunday for our Uncommon [worship] Night…


Sunday, November 4th, 4PM, Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

This uncommon [worship] night, we’ll be talking about fresh starts. Newness. Healing from old wounds. And letting a new beginning change the course of your story.

We’ll have good food, kid programming and general awesomeness… OH! And… our venue this time is pretty amazing!

But what will make it perfect, is having you there with us, so…



And now as promised, here’s those songs I mentioned…







We’re Going Weekly 🎉

In case you missed it… Uncommon [good] is beginning a new weekly spiritual rhythm in October. And it’s kind of a big deal! 

We’re reimagining church. Both for people who want nothing to do with it, and those who want to see something new from church. Each event below will happen once a month. Our hope is to give everyone an entry point to this uncommon [community], regardless of where they are with faith or Jesus… and that includes you! So save the dates and keep an eye out for locations.

The Schedule

Uncommon [worship]
October 7, 4 PM
A monthly opportunity for us to gather in corporate worship… In both familiar and uncommon ways.

Wine & Words
October 14, 6:30 PM
A monthly version of the crowd favorite! We will continue to reframe and reclaim truths about life, faith and being human!

The Common [table]
October 21, 4 PM
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.

Taste of Community
October 28, 4 PM
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.


You Can Help…

As we mentioned last week, we would love your help to make this happen. And we are so grateful for those of you who gave!

If you didn’t get the chance, please consider setting up recurring giving or sponsoring one of the items below:

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

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

Push the button below to help this uncommon [adventure] continue!

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…


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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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



It’s Time To Go

– ryan ross

So summer’s been hot… and super busy… right?!
Heat and constant activity aren’t exactly a recipe for perfection…
But sometimes you just find yourself in perfect moments amongst all the ordinary and rushed comings and goings of our days. Well, Cody and I walked in to such a divine moment this week.

We got a text inviting us to hang out with our Uncommon friend, Kalin as she prepared to go on an incredible journey the next day…

But before we get into what she’s doing, we want you to meet her…

Kalin and the whole Johnston fam have been a huge part of Uncommon [good] since our first community event in Old Poway Park. In fact, if you’ve been to any of our events, their finger prints have been all over the place.

We’ve been lucky to know the Johnston’s since Kalin was in Middle School! And seriously, it’s no surprise that she is following her big heart and God’s calling to [go]…

Because this is no ordinary summer trip that she’s jumping into. Kalin quite randomly got connected with a group of creatives in design and business that are going to Uganda for the purpose of giving away their talents for the good of others.

This creative team of incredibly gifted and successful women are helping an impoverished Ugandan community create a business for themselves so that they can bring jobs, income, dignity, hope and security to a community that currently lacks all of those things. All through an organization called WEND

Kalin was invited into this out of nowhere, and her soul heard the Godly whisper of [go]. So Wednesday night we met in a backyard with family and friends and we prayed with Kalin. Around an ordinary patio table under cafe lights, the moment became extraordinary and beautiful, even heavenly, as we laid fear and hope all before God, and Kalin stepped out in courage and faith.

[calling] & [going] always have an element of risk and fear,
otherwise there would be no need for faith.

What is God calling you into? What does His whisper of [go] spark in you?

Your calling probably isn’t Uganda, but perhaps your [go] is acting on a dream that you’ve set aside, or reaching out to someone that’s been on your mind. Maybe it’s leaving a job and stepping into something new that brings good into the world…

We don’t know, but I know that you and God will know.

We haven’t done this before, but we want to accompany this inspirational thought with some music. This week, another dear friend shared this song with me right on top of Kalin’s calling to make this world a better place for others.

More often then we’d like to admit, we choose to sit, stay, and remain unchanged when we feel a calling to go and do something good. Especially if it’s something that may be risky, uncomfortable, or out of the ordinary. This song from All Son’s & Daughters is about how God has called you higher… higher than the norm of ordinary days… higher than days lived for your life only… to a life lived that brings life to others.

And now the Uncommon [challenge]:
Click the link below, listen to the song, and enjoy a moment of reflecting with God and listening to His whisper.

Is there an area in which God is whispering [go]?

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 – I 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 – and while you might be right – it 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 – it would appear – God 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’ve been pursuing and prayers we’ve 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…

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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




– 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 – something 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 – down. 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 – summer 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… But no promises. 😉

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

[click the image for a larger version of the flier]

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 Needs A Part 2

– ryan james ross


Last week’s “good news inspiration” began and closed with these words:

“You are welcome here. You are valued. You belong.”
That’s how Jesus made the outcast feel. In short, those phrases are another way to communicate that you are loved, and that’s 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’t leave you as you are — 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’s what you can’t 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 ‘sword fight’. Then, just after that picture, he was in tears because he wanted more candy and I had already allowed way too much — he would’ve 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’t 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: “God 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.”

Love beckons you forward, and that’s what Jesus welcomes you into when he says, “follow me”.


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You are loved. You are valued. You belong.