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 November 27, 2018

In the Know November 27, 2018

ISOLATION AND THE SALVE OF COMMUNITY

By Lori Arnold

Early last week I was in the manager’s office of our apartment complex, waiting as she finished a call. I was chit chatting with Sergio, the maintenance man, a hard worker who seems to stuff 12 hours into eight. I asked what he was doing for Thanksgiving.

“It’s just going to be two turkeys and me. That’s it.”

His eyes sparkled.

I don’t know if it was the content, the way he delivered the line or both, but it struck my funny bone. I was still chuckling as I …

Inside this edition

• We’re Reversing Advent
• Missional Moment: River Park Clean Up in Santee
• Beyond Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know November 20, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

By Lori Arnold

We are on the advent of big changes as we enter the next chapter in the life of Narratives Church. We have lots of preparations to make and the options before us are vast and exciting. Preparation is key in many aspects of life. We do early shopping and advance prep for our Thanksgiving dinner. We help our children select clothes for their next day at school. We study for exams. At work, we tidy up our workstations as the big bosses plan a visit. We update our resumes and scrub our Facebook pages when looking for a new job.

Advent, from the Latin word for “coming,” is also about preparation. It’s about preparing …

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• Friendsgiving Sunday
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know November 13, 2018

ESCAPING THE DARKNESS

Editor’s note: Our Missional Communities are embarking on a new study, one that is so important the leadership team is asking everyone to read the book, even if you can’t participate in a weekly MC group. Here’s a thought-provoking excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book, “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. Christianbook.com is offering the book right now for $5.

A DECISION OR A COMMITMENT?
By Kyle Idleman

At night no one would see him. At night he would avoid awkward questions from the other religious leaders. At night he …

Inside this edition

• Friendsgiving Sunday
• Beyond Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know November 6, 2018

ELECTING TO SEEK

By Lori Arnold

Blue Waves. The Trump Factor. Caravans. Millennials. Exit polls. Super PACs. The airwaves and Internet have been worked into a political frenzy for months now, all culminating, hopefully, later today when the voting booths close. In reality, the 2020 election begins tomorrow; an endless cycle of mind-numbing allegations, counter punches and statistics.

Probably more than any other election in modern history, fear and anger has its fingerprints on the American electorate.

As born-again believers, though, we have hope because we are The Elect. But what …

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• Beyond Missional Communities
• Friendsgiving Sunday
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know October 30, 2018

A TALE OF THE DEAD WEEDS

By Lori Arnold

By American standards, it was a most unusual setting for a worship service. I was standing on a small mesa along Interstate 8. Cars were whizzing past, many well above the posted limit. Occasionally, a whiff of pot, most likely emanating from a homeless encampment along the adjacent San Diego River, mingled with the earthy scent from the coastal sage.

Near me were seven other Narratives peeps as we …

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• Special Meeting This Sunday
• Beyond Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know October 23, 2018

A HUMBLING LESSON ON STEWARDSHIP

By Michael King

Back around 1985, I was in Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to videotape some nature scenes to use in our church’s worship service. A guide had come along to show me how to get there. I brought my camera and he brought … some personal gear.

Once we arrived at The Spot-a wooded meadow facing a mountain, with a gurgling stream in the foreground and a hissing waterfall in the background-I began …

Inside this edition

• New Update on Pastoral Search
• Beyond Missional Communities
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know October 15, 2018

OUR PSALM: WRITTEN BY NARRATIVES CHURCH DURING A SEASON OF DISCOVERY

Editors Note: Culminating out of our 21 Day Presence Challenge, last Sunday every person at Narratives authored a verse of the following psalm. If a specific verse resonates with you, ask around, find out who wrote it and share where your hearts meet.

High above is the Lord most majestic. He is powerful. His name is Power. He is my salvation, my rock. His view is vast. I see ants and fleas, but You, oh Lord, touch the moon and stars.

By the word of the Lord were the Heavens …

Inside this edition

• Love Box for Fabian
• San Diego River Garden Work Party
• Lead Pastor Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know October 9, 2018

ARE YOU A PONTOON OR A SUBMARINE?

By Lori Arnold

It’s hard to believe we are now in the 10th month of our Discovery emphasis at Narratives. It’s especially fitting to ponder the topic on the same week the nation commemorates Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus.

Sunday, during our impactful Communion observance, the Lord brought to my mind the image …

Inside this edition

• Love Box for Fabian
• San Diego River Garden Work Party
• Lead Pastor Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know October 2, 2018

SPLASH DANCE: MOVING SMARTER, NOT HARDER

By Lori Arnold
The preschooler had a grin as wide as a freightliner. Cinched in a vest floatee, he bounced up and down, much like the prized fruit in a game of bobbing for apples. Dad was swimming nearby, coaching his son on how to kick. Keep your legs straight, Dad said, as the boy unleashed a flurry of water heavenward. He generated an impressive water cloud, but traveled nowhere.

“It’s not about doing it hard. It’s about doing it right,” Dad explained.

How many times have …

Inside this edition

• Love Box for Fabian
• San Diego River Garden Work Party
• Lead Pastor Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know September 25, 2018

21 DAY ‘PRESENCE’ CHALLENGE

By Tami Ashland
Who is this King of glory?
Who do you say He is?

For the next three weeks, leading up to October 14, we’re all reading the same Scriptures together. We’re intentionally creating space to seek God and His presence, acknowledging He is our sole need, and recording our individual …

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• Love Box for Fabian
• Fifth Sunday Fellowship
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know September 18, 2018

THE OTHER SIDE OF BALANCE

I merged onto the highway for a short jaunt since I was going to take the very next exit. Although I was focused on the approaching off ramp, it didn’t take long for me to notice the back end of the big box truck one lane over.

It had a company logo but it didn’t register. No, I was too busy marveling at the load. There was no way to tell …

Inside this edition

• Special Request Sunday
• Chicks & Chat
• Love Box for Fabian
• Fifth Sunday Fellowship
• Pastoral Search Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know September 11, 2018

29 REASONS

During our worship gathering September 2nd, Narratives peeps drafted an impressive list of 29 Reasons why we love Narratives Church. Here it is! …

Inside this edition

• 29 Reasons
• Special Request Sunday
• Fifth Sunday Fellowship
• Pastoral Search Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know September 4, 2018

THE CORRUPTION OF ASSUMPTION

By Lori Arnold
The ear-piercing shriek from the child came from behind me. It was one of those spine-chilling sounds that prompts moms to stop in their tracks. A child in trouble. As I turned, I saw what appeared to be a grandfather trying to calm the little girl. Every effort on his part, though, brought another round of screams.

I instantly recognized the girl. A week earlier …

Inside this edition

• Sunday of Hope
• 29 Reasons
• Pastoral Search Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know August 28, 2018

ASSUMING THE BEST

By Lori Arnold
Monday at the pool, a young girl was making quite a ruckus. I recognized her because she had made a similar scene several weeks back. My mind immediately began crafting stories, assumptions about this child and her family. Next week, I’ll share more about that. But, in the interim, I invite you …

Inside this edition

• Pastoral Search Update
• Calendar

In the Know November 27, 2018

In the Know August 21, 2018

BOO BOO BUNNIES AND BACTINE

By Lori Arnold
Sometimes I wish Boo Boo Bunnies came by the case. What is a Boo Boo bunny, you may ask? They are adorable, non-breathing support critters for children who have an owie, such as a scraped knee, teething gums or a cut on the chin. (Perhaps we could distribute these instead of letting adults bring comfort kangaroos on airplanes!!) Boo Boo Bunnies are ice packs made of towels, diapers or other soft fabric. They are a clever (and cute) tool to help Mommies and Daddies ease wounds. At the hand of a loving parent, they can also soothe the soul, much like butterfly kisses.

But as we are all too aware, wounding doesn’t …

Inside this edition

• Pastoral Search Update
• Calendar