Haven Summer BBQ Event!

Join us for a fun summer BBQ event. All are welcome to join.
**We will provide all the food, you provide the company!**

WHEN: Sunday, August 25 from 10:00 AM
to 1:00 PM (you are welcome to stay longer!)
WHERE: Ortega Park Playground, Sunnyvale, CA (Picnic Area 3)
636 Harrow Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

**LOTS OF FOOD**
**ASTRO JUMPER**
**SPORTS**
**WATER PLAY AREA AT THE PARK**
(There’s also a a water park at the park so don’t forget to bring a towel and extra clothes for your kiddos!)

All are welcome to come. Please also specify if you do have food allergies or restrictions.

We are in PICNIC AREA # 3
Here is a link to the park map:

RSVP BY AUG 21 if you can so we can have enough grub for everyone!

For more info, updates or questions, check out our Facebook page


Easter Sunday Celebration – March 31, 2013


We will be having an Easter Sunday celebration at 10:30 AM at John D. Morgan Park in Campbell on March 31. Join us and invite all your friends, coworkers and family! All are welcome. There will be free lunch and Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Most importantly, we will spend some time talking about Jesus.

Please help us by RSVPing on the Easter page if you plan on attending so we can prepare enough food.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday Service

GOOD FRIDAY :: ENCANTO CLUBHOUSE :: APR 6th, 7:30PM

This Friday, folks! Directions to Encanto Clubhouse. Refreshments (but no dinner) will be provided.

EASTER SUNDAY :: HELLYER PARK :: APR 8th, 11AM

Directions to Hellyer Park. NO SUNRISE SERVICE THIS YEAR!!! But instead of waking up early, Invite FRIENDS for a nice time of BBQ and Easter Eggs (so make sure you invite your friends who have kids!). There will be an Easter program as well, of course.

What Really Matters Today

A morning thought from one of our church members, Luanne.

This morning I was pondering about my aging body and life, the older I get the closer I come to eternity with Jesus. You know in reality, the things I worry about is far from these eternal matters. I think about stress at work, bills that needs to be paid, my kids, the pain in my arthritic knees, the adipose tissue around my body (that is fat in layman’s term) and what is on my plate for the day.
Then it struck me, What if God calls me home today? I mean home in eternity today? Am I ready? Will I go to Jesus with excitment ? Or will I be hanging onto unfinished business here on earth?

Jesus, I need to realign my thoughts to live in eternity. I need to be living my life in eternity. I want to walk into heaven as if it is the vacation I have been planning for all my life.Lord what do I do today that will invest in my future life in eternity?

These words that were written to Timothy by Paul were words of preparation to eternity. Paul’s letter to Timothy were words to say “here is the big picture, this is what really matters”:


17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1Timothy 6:17-19

Oh Heavenly Father,help me to live my life today with this mind set of living life that is truly life!
Luanne your daughter in Christ Jesus.

Sundays?

One common question we get is this, “Why don’t we meet every Sunday?” And a common followup is, “What are we supposed to do on those Sundays?”

There’s a larger and longer response to the first question that we’ll tackle later. But for now, a simple response is this: there’s a greater goal of helping all of us nurture greater intimacy with Jesus and follow Jesus intentionally into the world to live out what he teaches us in the Bible. And believe it or not… we may achieve this by doing less, not more.

But let’s tackle the second question, “What are we supposed to do on those Sundays?”

Jesus says this

Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” [Matthew 22:37-40]

The pace of Silicon Valley lives is hostile to genuine relationships. Both with God and with people. There is so much pressure to achieve and produce; we have so much and yet have so little. We’re surrounded by tons of stuff and yet we’re so alone.

So what to do with those Sundays?

Love God

Spend time with God. Really. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Not through a sermon or a choir. It can happen that way. But it can NEVER replace… you and God, together, face to face. These times will fuel greater intimacy with Jesus. These times will unearth areas where you’re mad at God and the world and begin a process to heal. These times will lead you to see the world differently… through His eyes and not your own.

Truth be told, we need to hear his voice daily, every moment. We need time daily to enjoy God’s embrace and embrace him back. But Sundays can be a jumping point into your week, to refresh, refuel and respond to a God that knows you inside and out and has way bigger dreams that you could ever have.

Don’t know how? Try this:

  1. Carve Out Time – At least an hour. Take your time. Turn off your phone, computer, pager, fax, dog, etc. You’ll need some time to quiet your soul. Parents take turns taking care of the kids. Serve each other by giving the other some time.
  2. Talk to God – Try this, “Father, thank you for loving me. What is your heart for me today?” And then listen for at least 2-5 minutes.
  3. Bible – Choose a book in the Bible to read and start from the beginning. If you’re lost, try John. Ask God to show you what He wants. Read about a chapter [slowly] and listen for God as you read.
  4. Journal – Write down what you’re learning, what you feel God is saying to you and whatever you want.
  5. Pray – Talk to God. You can. In your normal voice, no need for big words. Share your heart with him and be quiet for a moment so he can speak to you.
  6. Repeat – Throughout the week [sometimes in smaller time increments] and on other Sundays we do not meet.

Love People

What else might you do? Love people. We’re so busy that we often do not have time for people. Not just do stuff – but be all present, listening, engaging and being with people. Especially with people who have yet to know Jesus. How can our lives intersect with other’s lives? How about cooking breakfast, helping a neighbor paint, taking a hike with a friend? Help someone out or invite a few friends and go do something. It’s not rocket science… you know what to do.

The key is this… how will you give away the love Jesus gave you? Jesus said this:

“Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” [John 13:34-35]

So give it a go. Find simple ways to love people, be friends and be open to how God might use you to bless people with the message of Jesus or simple acts of love.

So if you’re thinking to yourself… “man, no Sundays… sleep in! AWESOME!” You’re missing the point. Really.

Questions? Comments? Objections? Throw ‘em out in the comments. Thanks all.

FEB News

Friends,

RETREAT [2/19-21]
Just a reminder that in 3 weeks we’ll be doing our 3rd Haven Retreat – and we don’t want you to miss out. I’m more encouraged for what God will do. Reminder:

:: PRAY for our time that weekend. PRAY about who to invite to come along with you.
:: REGISTER >> HERE << Click for Info and Registration. DEADLINE: February 7
:: PRAY for Neil and Dana our speakers. PRAY for yourself… yes, you. To be open and ready.

We’ll also unveil a new t-shirt… so if you would like to buy one for sure, put your name and size down HERE. We’ll order extra, but can’t assure we’ll have your size if you don’t put your name down. So there.

DOJO [2/7] – 9:30A – Briz’s
We’ll be meeting for our monthly DOJO this coming Sunday – hosted and led by the Brizuela’s. We’ll talk and work our way through the big idea of the Bible and how to begin seeing yourself in what God is doing. Come on out – 45 Ede Lane, Milpitas. 9:30am. Yes… 9:30am.

Other Items:

GPROJ
Quote for the week:

“Failure is the path of least persistence.”

Continue to listen… dream… go… risk… LOVE.
More info on GPROJ… go here. Or talk to your house community peeps.

MBLOG
Final words on India and pics now here: www.ihaven.org/missions. Check it out, leave a comment.

Thanks folks – blessings this week…

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