First of all, I want to thank Pastor Matt and the team from Colossae Beaverton for hosting last week's service. Even though my family and I were away on vacation, I did hear great things about the music and message. I also heard how much people loved seeing the worship center and our children's area full of families worshiping and learning about how much Jesus loves them. Isn't that what church is supposed to be about.....a place where families can gather, sing about, and continue to grow in their journey with Jesus!
This week, Pastor Avery and the team from Common Ground will be joining us. Pastor Avery will be preaching and his worship team will lead us in a time of praising God for the many blessings that He pours out on us each and every day.
Remember, during the month of July, our Adult Sunday morning Bible study meets at 9:15am, followed by church at 10:30am.
I hope to see you there!
From distant Rome--in the midst of a busy ministry of his own--Peter felt the need to write to beleaguered believers in a region two seas away. He easily could have left them in the care of another. Instead, he took the time to write them a letter. That compassionate expression made all the difference in their lives. Perhaps you know of individuals who are struggling through tough times who could use your encouragement......or maybe that person is you.
Peter, probably better than anyone during his lifetime, understood discouragement. When I consider how that rough-hewn Galilean went from failure to faithfulness through God's transforming grace, it gives me hope! This is the message of I Peter. Peter had a heart for the hurting and broken. He had a ministry to the suffering. Sincerity and truth, encouragement and exhortation--these things go hand in hand. So we shouldn't be surprised that Peter wrote his first letter to hurting people on the brink of hopelessness.
Join us this Sunday at 9:15am as we begin a 5 week journey through I Peter. A letter written to remind us of our hope in Jesus. Designed to exhort us to hopeful living despite today's chaotic culture and crafted to provide us comfort in the midst of difficult circumstances.
At our 10:30am service we will continue to discuss what it looks like to live as a Christian in this Age of Outrage. This week, we will be reminded of our role as ambassadors of the King. When we take our eyes of the Gospel-mission of the local church, we risk fostering disunity, division, disagreement and ultimately outrage.
Finally, let me leave you with two important truths that I was reminded of this week.....
"When we begin to pray for the lost, we will begin to see the lost."
"Evangelism is simply joining a conversation the Holy Spirit is already having with someone."
See you Sunday!
I know it's been awhile since you've received my weekly TAB email. The last few weeks have been busy ones, both in the Boyd house and here at church. The chaos started three weeks ago when Rose and I made a quick trip to Utah in order to move Cassie out of her campus dorm room and into an apartment in downtown Salt Lake. Cassie will not be coming home this summer, as she will be taking summer classes and establishing residency in order to reduce her tuition cost. Pray for Rose and I as we enter this new season of being "short" one kid at home.
Once we got back, our church began a two week partnership with Beaverton High School, as we hosted their Advance Placement Testing in our sanctuary. In all, around 350 different students spent 3 to 4 hours on our campus taking tests. As the first week progressed, I heard comments from both parents and students as they were surprised that we would open up our church campus to the community, but grateful to be spending such a stressful time, in such a nice, comfortable, welcoming environment. I also had the opportunity to invite various students and parents to visit us on a Sunday. Be praying that God would use these conversations to point people to Himself.
From there, the busyness only increased, as our number #1 candidate for the Associate Pastor position, Roger Sharp and his wife Mary Jo, spent 5 days getting to know us as a church and the ministry opportunities that exist in our community. During their time with us, they had several meetings with the Church Council, as well as individual meals with some of our council members and their spouses. On Saturday, we hosted a bbq at our house, where members of our Grow Young Team were able to get to know them better. During this evening, we also had a time of Q&A so the team could ask more in-depth questions. The next day, we invited our church congregation to join us for a time of Q&A during our 10:30am service and many of you took advantage of this opportunity to further acquaint yourself with Roger and Mary Jo. I want to thank those of you who attended the Sunday morning Q&A. I appreciated your questions and have heard only positive comments from this meeting.
After taking a week to process all the information from their visit, both our personnel committee and church council met separately to debrief their time with the Sharps and to make a recommendation as to whether they felt God leading us to hire Roger as our Associate Pastor.
There have been some questions as to the hiring process and whether or not this type of hire requires a church vote by our congregation. To ensure clarity with regards to the hiring of church staff, below are the hiring guidelines as written in Article 5 of our church bylaws:
Paid staff positions shall be created, filled, vacated, or discontinued as needed in order to establish and execute the various and essential functions of the church. The Lead Pastor, advised by the Personnel Committee and accountable to the Church Council, shall be responsible for hiring, managing and removing all staff.
So, based on my time spent with Roger and Mary Jo, and at the recommendation of the personnel committee and church council, I asked Roger to consider filling the role of Associate Pastor at Parkside Fellowship and he enthusiastically accepted the position.
While I am excited to have Roger join me on staff, having moved multiple times over the last 10 years, I also know how stressful this process can be. Please pray for Roger and Mary Jo as they wrap-up their individual ministries in Houston, sell their home, say "goodbye" to family and friends and make the move to the Pacific Northwest.
I want to personally thank our personnel committee, Church Council and everyone who took the time to speak with me, as my desire, throughout this process, has been to make the best hire possible for the future of Parkside Fellowship.
Should you have additional questions about the process we went through to hire Roger or about what his duties might be, please don't hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Thanks again for your commitment to the future of Parkside Fellowship. I firmly believe that our best days are yet to come!
See you Sunday
I want to provide you with an update on Parkside's search for an associate pastor. At our annual meeting in February, I shared with our church family that I had posted on ChurchStaffing.com, Parkside Fellowship's desire to hire an Associate Pastor to help us move forward in our Replant/Revitalization process.
Since then, myself, along with our church council has poured over many resumes, narrowing our search to a list of 5 potential candidates. After reading through their responses to a "Get-to-Know You" questionnaire and a theological questionnaire, we conducted phone interviews with 2 candidates and have narrowed our search to the individual we believe God is calling to join us as our new associate pastor.
We feel very good about the calling, character and competency of our final candidate and now want to evaluate his chemistry with myself, our council and our church, by inviting he and his wife to visit Parkside for a few days.
During this visit, I will be spending significant time meeting with him, driving him around Beaverton and sharing with him the vision of Parkside to become a church of irresistible influence in our community. In addition, he will meet with our church council, personnel committee members and I would like to have him meet members of our Grow Young team as well.
I understand this may be short notice for some of you and that this is also Mother's Day weekend, but would love to have you join us if possible. We will also have a Q&A with he and his wife on Sunday, May 12th during our 10:30am service.
I am still in Utah helping Cassie move out of her dorm room and into an apartment, but when I return to the office on Monday, I will send each of you a copy of his resume, along with his answers to the two questionnaires we had him fill-out.
I want to thank each of you for your prayers and efforts in helping Parkside continue it's revitalization process and I view this potential addition to our staff as another key step in this process. Please continue to pray for both our church and our potential candidate as we prepare to meet and discern whether or not God is calling us to join together to expand our influence in our community.
See you Sunday.
Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited.
Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete.
Nobody is a whole play. Each one is an actor. But take away one actor and the performance suffers.
Nobody is a whole hospital. Each one is part of the staff. But take away one person and it isn't long before the patient can tell.
Cars are comprised of numerous parts. Each one is connected to and dependent upon the other. Even a tiny screw, if it comes loose and falls out of the carburetor, can bring the whole vehicle to a stop.
You guessed it. We need one another. You need someone and someone needs you.
To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace. And release and rely.
Especially in God's family.....where the "One Another" of the New Testament should be a part of every church's standard operating procedures manual. For the church, love and acceptance are not optional luxuries. Neither is tolerance. Or understanding. Or patience. You know, all those things you need from others when your humanity crowds out your divinity.
Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful human, let's quit acting like we are.
Join us this Sunday as we kick-off a brand-new series at 9:15am titled, "One Another". Each week we will focus our attention on one of the key characteristics that not only sets us apart from the world, but is vital if we desire to have a "Jesus" influence in our community.
During our 10:30am service, we will be looking at the essentials of a healthy marriage and how trusting Jesus is vital to married life.
Finally, our Room 4 Hope ministry is one way we come together to provide hope to those who have been affected by homelessness.
Starting Sunday, Parkside Fellowship will become a safe, temporary “home” for families in our community.
To learn more or to volunteer, simply write “HOPE” on your connection card or reply to this email and we will contact you.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Jesus knew it. He knew before the war was over, he would be taken captive. He knew that before victory would come defeat. Jesus knew that before the light of Sunday would come the darkness of Friday.
Never had Jesus felt so alone. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak," Jesus confesses. His humanity begged to be delivered from what his divinity could see. Jesus, the human, peers into the dark pit and begs, "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me."
Did he know the answer before he asked the question? Did his human side hope his heavenly Father had found another way? Regardless, Jesus asked God for an escape plan. He begged for an exit strategy that involved something other than suffering a horrific death on a cross. There's an old hymn titled, "He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels" that speaks to the ability of Jesus to forgo the cross and return to his throne in heaven.
But he couldn't
He couldn't because, as he knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, begging his father for another way, out of the corner of his spiritual eyes, he saw you and he saw me. He saw you living in a world that isn't fair. He saw you betrayed by those you love. He saw you with a body that gets sick and a heart that grows weak. He saw you staring into the mouth of your own pain and suffering and he didn't want you to be alone.
He wanted you to know that he understands, for he too has lived in a messy, broken world. He too has been plotted against and betrayed by those who claimed to love him. He knows what it's like to smell the stench of Satan. And, perhaps most of all, he knows what it's like to beg God to change his mind and to hear God say, "No."
For that is what God says to Jesus and Jesus accepts the answer. You may have thought the battle was won on Golgotha. It wasn't. You may have thought the sign of victory is the empty tomb. It isn't. The final battle was won on a dark, lonely night in Gethsemane. And the sign of conquest is our Savior, at peace with what lies before him.
It was in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus proclaimed, "I would rather go to hell for you than to go to heaven without you."
Join us tonight as we reflect on this unbelievable act of compassion and love by Jesus. Our Good Friday service begins at 7:00pm. There will be times of reflection around the Lord's Supper, special music by members of Parkside Fellowship and El Buen Pastor and a Good Friday message by Pastor Daniel from El Buen Pastor.
Finally, plan to stick around after our service and join with El Buen Pastor, Anthem Church, Global Community Church and members of Common Ground as we gather in the Fireside room for a time of fellowship.
See you tonight.
You might be wondering what happened the last few weeks, as I have not been consistent in sending out my weekly TAB update. It's really very simple.....3 kids, 2 spring breaks, separated by 1 week, equals chaos in the Boyd household! Hopefully with spring breaks behind us, our family can get back to "normal" which really isn't all that normal.
There is a lot going on this month, so hopefully this edition of TAB will serve as a reminder to pray for and consider being a part of what God is doing at Parkside Fellowship. Below is a list of upcoming events:
Tomorrow, April 6th. Spring Cleaning Day at Parkside Fellowship. We will gather rain or shine at 9:00am and clean-up the church campus, in preparation for our Good Friday and Easter Services. Due to the rainy forecast for tomorrow, we will spend the majority of our time inside. With this in mind, please bring any cleaning supplies that you would like (cleaning rags, window cleaner, disinfecting wipes, etc.). We will focus our efforts on windows, classroom floors, tables, etc. I hope to see you there.
Good Friday Service will take place at 7:00pm on April 19th. We will be joining with El Buen Pastor for a English/Spanish service. Songs will be sung in both English and Spanish. Pastor Daniel will preach a Good Friday message in Spanish and it will be translated into English. I will officiate the Lord's Supper in English and it will be translated into Spanish. I'm excited to see two cultures coming together to remember the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. In addition to our combined service, the Korean church, Chinese church and Anthem church will also hold services on our campus at 7:00pm. Needless to say, it will be a busy Good Friday at Parkside! Be praying for each church as they remember in there own way, the death of Jesus.
Easter at Parkside. This Easter, we will offer our two regular service times at 9:15am and 10:30am. At our 9:15am service, the goal will be to create a service that allows believers to gather together and celebrate our risen Savior. There will be congregational singing, special music, a special Easter video and a brief message on the importance of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. At 10:30am, Paul Metzger, Professor of Theology at Multnomah Seminary, will lead us in a conversation focused on the claim that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Dr. Metzger will focus his discussion on the disciples of Jesus, answering the question, "Were the disciples liars, lunatics or sane and sound in presenting Jesus as Lord". Begin praying now and asking God to show you who is your one that needs to hear the message about a Savior who died and rose from dead so they can experience eternity with God in Heaven.
Room 4 Hope. Beginning Sunday night, April 28th, we will once again provide a week-long "home" to families who are currently experiencing homelessness. Please consider being a part of this amazing opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Stay tuned for more details on how you can volunteer.
Finally, join us on Sunday at 9:15am, as we continue our journey through the book of John. This Sunday's message will be from John 11 and will begin a transition from the ministry of Jesus to his final week here on earth. At 10:15am, we will wrap-up our series on navigating the multi-faith maze. During this hour, we will discuss the fear that many believers struggle with.....the fear that God is not real. Take some time over the next day or so and read Luke 24:13-35, then come ready to discover how the chasm between doubt and faith can be filled with scripture and fellowship.
See you Sunday.
This Sunday at 9:15am, we will continue our series in the Gospel of John.
Why did Jesus change the water into wine? To impress the crowds? Because He was thirsty for some good wine? Because his mom asked him to? To get the wedding party's attention? What motivated his first miracle?
John 2:1-12 tells the story of this often overlooked miracle by our Savior. In preparation for our time together on Sunday, let me briefly talk about this inaugural event marking the beginning of Jesus' ministry here on earth.
While the wedding ceremony was a complete success, the reception hit a snag that threatened to derail the entire event. Back in the first century, wine was to a wedding what a cake is to a wedding today. Guests couldn't imagine a wedding without wine. To offer wine was to show respect to your guests. Not to offer wine at a wedding was an insult.
As part of the catering company, what Mary faced was a large knot that quickly needed to be untied. So what did she do? Her solution poses a practical plan for untangling life's knots. "They have no more wine." she told Jesus (John 2:3). That's it. That's all she said. She didn't go ballistic, throw a temper-tantrum, she simply assessed the problem and gave it to Christ. She could have passed the blame on to someone else. She could have imploded, blaming herself for not planning accordingly. She could have hid in the kitchen, hoping no one would notice that the wine was all gone, but instead, she focused on the problem and took it to the right person.
Let's move on and see what happened next. "Jesus told the servants, 'Fill the jars with water,' when the jars had been filled, he said, 'Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.' So the servants followed his instructions." and as we know, the water, while in transit, became wine.
While there are several things we can learn from this simple story, without spoiling Sunday's message, let me leave you with this thought. Next time you face a problem, follow the example of Mary at the wineless wedding:
Identify the problem.....don't waste time blaming yourself or others
Present it to Jesus......he wants to help you
Do what he says.....no matter how crazy it sounds
Join us on Sunday at 9:15am, as we dive a little bit deeper into this story and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen your belief in Jesus as the Son of God.
At 10:15am we will continue to make our way through the multi-faith maze, as we discuss the different paths people try and take in their journey to find God.
See you Sunday
This week's edition of TAB is meant to keep you updated on what's happening around our church campus over the next week.
It all begins tomorrow at 3:00pm, as we gather together for our all-church annual meeting. At this meeting, we will look back at how God has shaped our church for the future and look ahead at some of where we see God taking us in 2019. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the 2019 budget. Ballots to approve the 2019 budget will be available after the meeting and must be submitted by noon on Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, at our 9:15am service, we will wrap-up our series on Loving God......Loving Others. For this final week, my goal is to tie the past seven weeks together around one central theme......LOVE! Take some time over the next few days and read John 15; then, join us on Sunday at 9:15am and learn what it really looks like to be a loving church.
At our 10:30am service, we kick-off a brand-new series called, Do All Roads Lead to God (Navigating the Multi-Faith Maze). Through-out this series, we will look at what other world religions teach and compare each with Christianity. My hope is to give you the opportunity to wrestle with the implications of a message that says all these outside faiths are missing the one crucial ingredient.
On Thursday, both our Adults on Mission group and our Young @ Heart group will be meeting. I'm excited about our Adults on Mission meeting, as our newest editions to the Parkside Fellowship family, Charles and Diana Jordan will be sharing about their time spent as missionaries in Japan. This meeting begins at 10:30am and will be followed by our Young @ Heart lunch at noon. Please join us for both of these relationship-building opportunities.
I hope to see you at one or all of these events over the next week.
Have a great weekend, stay warm and as always.....see you Sunday!
I want to quickly thank all of those who attended our church's annual meeting last Saturday and took the time to vote on our 2019 proposed church budget. The budget passed with 100% approval.....God is good!
In case you missed the meeting, below is a recap of the main talking points:
I shared some facility projects that we will be focusing on throughout the year.....
This Sunday at 9:15am, we will begin a 9 week journey through the book of John. Take a few minutes and read John 1:1-18, as we will take this first Sunday to look at the purpose behind the writing of this book.
At 10:30am, we will continue to navigate the multi-faith maze that exists in today's religious landscape. Greg Malinowski will be presenting the differences between Roman Catholicism and our Christian faith.
See you Sunday!
Sr. Pastor of Parkside Fellowship.