Book Review: The Turquoise Table

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At Church of the Resurrection, we desire to reach out to others in our community and meet them where they are comfortable, on their turf. We refer to this as the Third Table (read more about Our Vision here: http://www.churchoftheres.com/our-vision/). This can often seem daunting; how do you fold in friends and neighbors in a natural way?

Texan and mother Kristin Schell wondered this, too. Like many of us, her schedule was already pretty full with social commitments, community events, school carpools, church programs, and the general hustle and bustle of daily life. Amid the chaos, she came up with a simple solution: a picnic table (painted in a bright aqua hue) positioned prominently in her front yard. All the activities that they were used to doing in the backyard moved to the front yard. Within 30 minutes of moving the table to the front, a neighbor wandered over and introduced herself. From then on, homework was done in the front yard at the table; the table became the place to drink coffee in the morning and juice boxes in the afternoon. Soon, the turquoise table became the place to catch up with friends, chat with neighbors, grab a coffee, or eat a snack.

Schell details the magic of the turquoise picnic table in her book the Turquoise Table. The simple act of relocating a picnic table was the catalyst for developing community in her suburban Austin neighborhood. Schell details the story of her table, its effects in her neighbor, and efforts to be “front yard people” in the book and on her blog. In the end, this small change had big results.

So, check out the book and Schell’s ideas. And as summer draws to a close, as it cools down in Texas, and as picnic tables go on clearance, you may want to paint your table turquoise and move it to the front yard.

Learn more about the Turquoise Table and get ideas for fostering community in your neighborhood on Schell’s blog: http://www.kristinschell.com .

The book Turquoise Table is available via the links below:

-Hilary Dawson

I Am the Lord Your God

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I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now
I stand beside you
I’m all around you
And though you feel I’m far away
I’m closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

I am the Lord your peace
No evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind
Come into my rest
And oh, let your faith arise
And lift up your weary head
I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
And I am your steadfast, so don’t be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you
I’m your faithful strength
And I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

Don’t look to the right or to the left, keep your eyes on me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved, oh

I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way, hey
Just come to me, come to me cause I’m all that you need

 

– by Jenn Johnson and John Hendrickson

 

 

Events & Announcements

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Throughout the summer, Resurrection has had a single Sunday service. We return to the two services schedule on August 20th. The first service begins at 9am; the second begins at 11am. Mark your calendar to note the change. Resurrection Children’s Ministry and nursery will be provided at this service.

Save The Date! Join us on Sunday, September 10th as we kick-off another season of Mesa groups. More details to come. Interested in joining a Mesa group? Contact Jarrett Davis at jarrett@churchoftheres.com for more information.

Open Harvest is a food pantry serving neighbors in need in Denton County. Church of the Resurrection has long been involved with this ministry. To learn more about this ministry and opportunities to get involved, please contact Chris Gregory at chris@doconomics.com.

Common Ground Community Garden is looking for volunteers for this ministry team—green thumb not required. Please contact Vanessa Bailey to learn how you can help make the community garden a success. No gardening experience is required; we’re looking for joyful hearts and willing hands. We need help with simple tasks like tending the beds and harvesting the crops. Visit the garden before or after services to see what we’ve done and what is growing. You can learn more about Common Ground Community garden here.

Our community at Church of the Resurrection continues to grow. Make sure you stay connected by providing and updating your contact information. It’s as simple as emailing Cindy Matthews. Updated directories are available each month in the lobby.

Did you know…during our time of communion in the service, a prayer team is available to meet and pray with you? Exit the sanctuary through the back door near the kitchen and classrooms.

Other events and activities can be found on the Community Calendar.

 

 

 

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.

Amen.

-attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Seek Restfulness

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At Church of the Resurrection, we seek to be a community that is rooted, restful, and relational—a distinct counter-narrative to the typical pace of life in North Texas. As we head into the weekend, ask yourself, “Am I resting? Is my family restful? How am I encouraging and facilitating rest and restoration in my own life and the lives of those around me?” Make the extra effort to take Sabbath rest this weekend.

 

O day of rest! How beautiful, how fair,

How welcome to the weary and the old!

Day of the Lord! And truce to earthly care!

Day of the Lord! As all our days should be!

 

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Events & Announcements

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Breaking Bread is the collaborative effort of several churches in the area to reach out to, serve, and bless the homeless of Denton. Volunteers from Church of the Resurrection serve at Breaking Bread the fourth Saturday of each month. Church of the Resurrection serves the fourth Saturday of each month; mark your calendar now for our next service day: Saturday, July 22nd. How can you help?   There are many simple tasks that need to be done—work that can be done individually, by teams or small groups, and by families. For more information, contact John Campbell at 469-363-7802.

Open Harvest is a food pantry serving neighbors in need in Denton County. Church of the Resurrection has long been involved with this ministry. To learn more about this ministry and opportunities to get involved, please contact Chris Gregory at chris@doconomics.com.

Common Ground Community Garden is looking for volunteers for this ministry team—green thumb not required. Please contact Vanessa Bailey to learn how you can help make the community garden a success. No gardening experience is required; we’re looking for joyful hearts and willing hands. We need help with simple tasks like tending the beds and harvesting the crops. Visit the garden before or after services to see what we’ve done and what is growing. You can learn more about Common Ground Community garden here.

  • The next garden workday is Saturday, August 5th.

Our community at Church of the Resurrection continues to grow. Make sure you stay connected by providing and updating your contact information. It’s as simple as emailing Cindy Matthews. Updated directories are available each month in the lobby.

Connection and Prayer Cards are available in the seat pockets of the chairs in the sanctuary. Please take a moment to fill out one or both of the cards; drop them in the offering basket as it passes. We’d love to connect with you and pray for any needs you have. During our time of communion in the service, a prayer team is available to meet and pray with you? Exit the sanctuary through the back door near the kitchen and classrooms.

Other events and activities can be found on the Community Calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

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