In the Know

In the Know is our weekly newsletter highlighting events, gatherings, discipleship classes and serving opportunities, and as well as insights from our pastoral and leadership teams.

In the Know July 25, 2017

In the Know July 25, 2017

I THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I AM NOT . . .

By Lori Arnold
Pride is a stealthy culprit. While we are typically loathe to embrace it in others, we often fail to see it operating in our own orbit. The Bible has plenty to say about pride. Matthew 20:20-28 illustrates it well when the mother …

Also inside:
• Chick & Chat
• Calendar

In the Know July 18, 2017

In the Know July 18, 2017

ARE YOU AUTHENTIC

By Mark Miller
Christianity has gone abuzz with trending the word “authentic.” I have literally viewed over a couple dozen websites of churches that list “authenticity” as a core value for their community. And none of them, no not one …

Also inside:
• Calendar

In the Know July 11, 2017

In the Know July 11, 2017

EXTRAORDINARY ROUTINES!

By Mark Miller
I woke up Monday, feeling as though my soul had been plundered. Odd use of the word, eh? The definition of plunder, according to Webster, is to “take the goods of by force (as in war): pillage, sack invaders plundered the town.” How, then,

Also inside:
• Baby Titus finally arrives
• New Night for Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know July 4, 2017

In the Know July 4, 2017

SOMETIMES BOILING FROGS ARE A GOOD THING

By Lori Arnold
Most of us are familiar with the modern, secular parable of the frog in boiling water. The story goes that if you put a frog in lukewarm water and slowly heat it up on a stove, the frog will never notice the temperature change or the pending danger, so he will unwittingly allow himself to cook …

Also inside:
• Joint worship service planned this Sunday
• Calendar

In the Know June 27, 2017

In the Know June 27, 2017

SOMETIMES BOILING FROGS ARE A GOOD THING

By Lori Arnold
Most of us are familiar with the modern, secular parable of the frog in boiling water. The story goes that if you put a frog in lukewarm water and slowly heat it up on a stove, the frog will never notice the temperature change or the pending danger, so he will unwittingly allow himself to cook …

Also inside:
• Joint worship service planned this Sunday
• Calendar

In the Know June 20, 2017

In the Know June 20, 2017

GOING DEEPER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

By Pastor Mark Miller
Two Sundays ago, Pastor Mark preached on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. One of the points he brought out was the role of the Holy Spirit as comforter, one who comes along side us and guides us during uncertain and or difficult times. …

Also inside:
• Joint worship service planned
• Calendar

In the Know June 6, 2017

In the Know June 6, 2017

THE TEACHER IS ALWAYS SILENT DURING THE TEST!

By Pastor Mark Miller
The Miller family spent the evening watching the movie “God’s Not Dead Part 2” Sunday evening. I have been impressed at the quality of Christian movies lately, especially after also recently seeing …

Also inside:
• Apostolos “Mentoring and Coaching” course
• Calendar

In the Know May 30, 2017

In the Know May 30, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY AND THE CHRISTIAN TRUTH

By Pastor Mark Miller
I just returned from an intensive week in Washington D. C. were 160 California pastors were treated to a series of events highlighting America’s spiritual heritage and the need for clergy engagement. As a result, this Memorial Day has a heightened awareness of the tremendous sacrifices that have been …

Also inside:
• Apostolos “Mentoring and Coaching” course
• Pastor Search update
• Calendar

In the Know May 23, 2017

In the Know May 23, 2017

TRANSITIONS ARE NECESSARY

By Pastor Mark

Greetings Narratives! This brief article is excerpted from a much longer article I wrote several months back for In The Know (http://narrativeschurch.org/transitions-habits-and-the-gospel-worry /). We, the Narratives community, are experiencing the winds of transition among us once again and this article serves as a brief reminder that transitions are a necessary part of God’s divine …

Also inside:
• Apostolos “Mentoring and Coaching” course
• Pastor Search update
• Sanchez send off
• Calendar

In the Know May 16, 2017

In the Know May 16, 2017

If not YOU, then the ROCKS!

By Pastor Mark

Stones are not by nature designed to “cry out.” “Crying out” in this context is an attribute given specifically to people—you and me. The phrase is an interesting phrase when you look at how often …

Also inside:
• The Gift of a Grill
• East County Homeless Outreach
• Calendar

In the Know May 9, 2017

In the Know May 9, 2017

REFLECTION: PASTORAL TRANSITION

By Pastor Mark

I’m not even sure how to express thoughts, share my heart, say to you, Narratives peeps, what I’m feeling as I write this letter. This past Sunday-May 7, 2017 at 12 noon-I shared with you the transition …

Also inside:
• Thanks from the Wion family
• East County Homeless Outreach
• Calendar

In the Know May 2, 2017

In the Know May 2, 2017

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

By Pastor Mark

Have you ever searched Scripture to find out how many times God is referred to as “Father” in relation to those created in His image-you and me? Hundreds! In the NT alone, of Jesus’ 25,000 recorded words, he mentions God as Father 181 times! In each of these 181 references Jesus’ message …

Also inside:
• Calendar

In the Know April 25, 2017

In the Know April 25, 2017

WHERE ARE THE MIRACLES?

“Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ ” — Luke 8:50

By Pastor Mark

Jairus, a wealthy, well-respected leader of the Synagogue in the city of Capernaum, is standing near Jesus as the news comes about his dying 12-year-old daughter — his only daughter. He’s been dreading this moment and his grief turns into …

Also inside:
• Benevolence Sunday
• Fifth Sunday Fellowship
• Virtuous Women’s Glen Ivy trip
• Calendar

In the Know April 18, 2017

In the Know April 18, 2017

CELEBRATING THE CROSS
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” ― Pastor and Author John Piper, “Don’t Waste Your Life”

By Lori Arnold

One of my fondest memories of Easter was attending service at the Methodist Church. Because it was spring and the sun was still sitting low in the sky, the morning rays …

Also inside:
• Virtuous Women’s trip to Glen Ivy
• Calendar

In the Know April 4, 2017

In the Know April 4, 2017

SEEN FROM A DISTANCE

“God has planted eternity in the human heart. Even so, we cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

By Pastor Tami

God has put an awareness of and longing for eternity in our hearts.

This is the aching I’m sometimes overwhelmed by. Especially so during times of pain, failure, internal disorientation, and when …

Also inside:
• Virtuous Women’s Glen Ivy trip
• Calendar