Monday, December 15, 2008


Tonight we had a meal with one of our fellow villagers of barberry town! Amanda and her daughter, destiny and one of Amanda's friends came over to our apartment and a potluck meal with me, david, josh, my girlfriend alison, david's fiance elaina, and elaina's cousins! it was a great time! We had awesome conversations over a great meal, of Spanish rice, made be amanda and her friend, and left overs from the meal yesterday, as well as a few staples that we here in the ACI live off of: water and canned chili (or baked beans? I don't remember which they were)

After dinner, we broke into teams and locked in epic battle of pictionary! God was most definitely glorified as alison and I took first place, followed by david and elaina, we never determined the preceding placings.

Its this opening up of our home and getting to know our neighbors more as friends that I love! this ministry in the flesh, in relationship, in love, with pictionary, this is the way Jesus himself did it right?

p.s. fellowship + pictionary = fellotionary

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snowy Sunday

The crowd was thin on this cold Sunday evening but we still had a great time at the meal hosted by another great growth group from Good Shepherd!...and it was Destiny's first snow!

What a cutie!

I wanted to let everyone know we will have one more community meal in December. Next Saturday (20th!) at 5:30 pm. Before January we will have a calendar up of our (exciting new!) community events in January.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Fun Begins

Sunday the 7th marked the beginning of Christmas festivities for Barberry! It was an amazing time of crafts and fellowship with the kids and even the parents. We made magnetic snowflakes, greeting cards, picture frames, and much more. Not only was it a fun time for the kids, but adults also have revealed creative energies! Talking with several of the women, we are discussing the possibility of starting a women's scrapbooking group! Overall a fabulous time..

So I wanted to give a big thanks to my amazing friends for taking the time to come and share your talents and love with the kids. Also, enormous thanks to the Thurman home group for putting on the most festive meal yet! It was definitely a time to remember :)

Here are some pictures:

I am excited to see what the rest of the month holds, as there are many activities planned!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Psalm 33

Tyrone and I attended the monthly Portland Christian Community Development Association meeting this afternoon. It was a great time of inspiration and encouragement. The meeting facilitator read Psalm 33 which I found to be a wonderful cool spring of refreshment for my soul. With all the chaos in the world and the disruption of the economy taking place these words are ever relevant.

Psalm 33

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars [a] ;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

13 From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth-

15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.

21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.

22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.