2015 Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt

We will be celebrating Easter again for the second year at Newhall Park San Jose. With families from our community residing in the area, it seems to be a fitting place to celebrate and meet new friends. Join us for this FREE Easter Egg Hunt and celebration of Jesus with us on April 5, 2015 at 10:30am. RSVP is not mandatory but would be helpful. All are welcome to join! There will be an epic egg hunt including a separate egg hunt for the younger kids. There will also be crafts, food, and new friends to make. Rain or Shine!

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/509084622563772/

Map of Newhall Park in San Jose.

He is Risen!

We celebrated a big gathering at the Newhall Park in San Jose with our friends and neighbors. It was a great time of celebration and fun with the kids and getting to know our neighbors. Members of Haven live in the complex next to Newhall Park and thought it would be a great way to build community and meet their neighbors by hosting the Haven Easter Celebration at the park near their home.

It was our first time throwing a very largely advertised event. We had no idea who was coming and only 5 people had RSVPed on the Facebook event page though no one was required to RSVP. We weren’t sure how many eggs or snacks to buy. About 80 kids & parents showed up it was just enough for everyone. It echoed the message the Jesus love for us is enough. We had a great time with delicious snacks and good conversation. Can’t wait until the next one!

The big kids egg hunt. Waiting for the green light to attack!

Hunting!

The little kids egg hunt getting ready!

The young ones going for it!

Balloons were a big hit. So were new and old friends!

HAVEN EASTER

“Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” – Jesus

Friends,

We’ll be meeting all together next week in three different gatherings for Easter-Holy Week. It’ll be homely and intimate, communal and revelrous… and as always food will be involved. Here’s a run down:

Tuesday – March 30
Sergio and Lisa’s House – 45 Ede Lane, Milpitas7:30pm
Dinner on your own – light refreshments afterwards.

Friday – April 2
Billy and Lisa’s House – 3607 Place de Louis, San Jose7:00pm
Dinner after our gathering – kid’s care available.

Sunday Morning – April 4
Meet @ Montgomery Hill Park Near Evergreen College – Go HERE6:30am
Brunch @ Alan and Luanne’s – 3059 Silver Estates, San Jose – 9:00am
Lunch w/the Victorians – Next Door to LPT [72 N. Fifth St., San Jose] – 11:45am

Thanks all – see you there and check in with your house communities on what to bring for food.

More info – contact us at info[at]ihaven.org.

LENT

Today is ASH WEDNESDAY – which is the beginning of LENT – the 40 days prior to the Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s a Christian tradition – and traditions are meaningful only when it points you to something else. It’s never the goal. So what’s the goal?

Jesus.

Easter is for celebrating what Jesus did on the Cross – it should be the craziest celebration of them all. But we live in a delusional time in the West. We live as though we have no need [when in fact we’re completely desperate]. And avoid pain like the plague. God becomes like Target – we go when we when need something or need some pain taken away. We’ll never *get* Jesus this way…

We get Jesus, understand him, become awestruck by what he did… when we realize that we can NOT do it on our own. No way. No how. When we embrace our inability… we’ll see his ability… to do what we can never do. Redeem, restore and bring life to where there is no life.

FASTING is a simple way… to remind us that we can’t do it. Take food for example: say you fast lunch… around 12:30, you’re stomach’s screaming. At 2:30… you start dreaming of that glazed donut. By 4:30 you wonder whether that old piece of cheese in the fridge is still good. Finally at 7:00 you’ll eat anything that moves.

Two responses while you’re fasting:

:: I’m going to destroy anyone who gets in the way of me and my double double. OR…

:: You can use the desperation to:

  1. Remind you that you need him. Really need him. Even more than a burger. It might show you that you love burgers more than Jesus.
  2. Help you understand in a very, very small way that many in the world go without a regular daily meal. And your understanding will lead you to action. Donate to the Red Cross, buy a meal for a buddy who is low on the dough, buy 2 hotdogs [1 for you and 1 for the homeless guy you’re going to sit next to for lunch]… for example.

That’s if you choose to fast lunch for the next 40 days. You do have some options. Here’s a handout for our community on fasting for Lent. Download and read.

There is this thing that happens when we are broken down to our core. We see God for who he is. We see ourselves for who we really are. We’ll love him for who he is. And we’ll find that he loves us for who we are too. I think that’s worth it.

More info on fasting written by Bill Bright HERE.

So do this:

  1. Ask God what you should fast. Ask him. He might bring some surprising things to mind.
  2. Share it with your house community or zealot group or as a comment on this post.
  3. Go.

We’ll do a community wide fast on food on the final week before Easter and break our fast on Good Friday together – more info to come. But for Lent, ask God… and then do what he says. Go.

Don’t Forget… [Easter 2009]

It was a full and fruitful Easter weekend – each of our house communities celebrated Good Friday with a traditional Passover Seder dinner… the dinner many Jewish families traditionally celebrate during Passover and the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before he went to the Cross. We don’t have a lot of pictures because I think people were busy participating. But we learned how Jesus used the Passover Seder to foreshadow what he would do on the Cross… to bring freedom and hope to a dying world.

Easter Sunday was a full day starting with a sunrise worship hike at 6:30am @ Montgomery Hill in San Jose.

 

As we walked the trail, we recounted Jesus’ journey to the Cross and the moments after the resurrection. We realized though we celebrate Easter every year, we so easily forget the freedom, joy and victory that was achieved on the Cross and in the resurrection. That we no longer need to let the guilt, the shame, the anger, the fear hang over us anymore. It no longer separates us from God [because of what Jesus did] and we have the freedom/power to reconcile with others. That’s huge.

 

We were also reminded that we need to spread the life we were given in Jesus. We weren’t meant to keep it to ourselves, but to give it away as freely and often as possible: both the truth and the love. 

Afterwards, it was time for brunch at the Hom’s… and as always, it was time to feast… waffles, hash browns, enchiladas [I think], bacon and lots of other stuff. It’s taken time, but we’ve all grown to be family together… we’ve cried together, celebrated together, worked out issues together. And the fruit of all that was a simple pleasure we all shared as we sat, ate, laughed and reminisced. Lisa jumped in to make waffles, new girls-friends were made to feel at home, Alan taught Billy how to chop wood and we all took naps on the couch. Real family is hard to come by – and it was a blessing from God that morning.

   

We finished our Easter Sunday with lunch with our friends at the Victorians. The Victorians are boarding houses for many who are formerly homeless and have some form of mental illness. We’ve had a long relationship with our friends there and Billy and Leo took care of bringing buffalo wings and hot dogs to share. It has not always been easy when we’ve done this in the past. We’ve had to get over our own uncomfortableness; learn how to talk to people who are not like us [at all]. And learn to love by just showing up. 

After several years of sporadically spending time there, I think we can say that they are our friends [or more like they’re gracious to consider us their friends]. It’s true that they give us more than we give them. Sure we bring all the food, but they remind us that God loves them just as much as he loves us… just because we’re a little cleaner, have jobs, have gone to school doesn’t make us any more loved and them any less loved. They teach us about the Gospel every time we go. 

   

Thanks folks for a rich Easter season – until next time [though lunch with the Vic’s will happen again soon].

Easter 2009

In case you were wondering what’s happening Easter weekend for us:

April 10th – Good Friday – Seder Dinner in House Communities

Each House Community will be doing their own Passover Seder dinner. It’s the dinner Jesus celebrated with his disciples before he went to die on the cross the next day. Invite friends – and if you’re not a part of a house community feel free to join up with any of them. Contact info@ihaven.org for more info.

April 12th – Sunrise Worship – Lunch w/the Victorians – Gardening w/the Girls

EDIT: Gardening w/Advent Girls is POSTPONED

>> Sunrise Worship [6:30am] @ Montgomery Hill Park, San Jose – Meet at the base where you can park your car @ 6:30am and we’ll hike up together. The parking lot is actually a shared parking lot with Evergreen Valley College. See link above for exact location.

After our sunrise worship to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we’ll split off to connect and serve two groups of people that we’ve been friends with for the past few years:

>> Lunch w/the Victorians [11:00am] - The Victorians are the three Victorian homes located next to LPT. They are boarding homes that house persons who were formerly homeless and with mental illness. We will bring lunch over and spend some time together with our friends there. Meet in front of LPT [72 North 5th St., San Jose] @ 11am. We need at least 6-8 people to help with this – contact info[at]ihaven.org.

>> Gardening w/Advent [POSTPONED to MAY] - We have been connecting with a group home for girls who have a history with drug/alcohol abuse. We’ll be going over to help plant a small flower/vegetable garden in the back yard with the girls. We need at least 3-4 people to help with this – if you’re interested with this contact info[at]ihaven.org and let us know that you’re coming and are interested. We need “RSVP’s” for this one.