When we recognize that we need each other. When we recognize that the strongest way forward has always been with the support of others. We understand that called men, are men who understand to love God and to love humanity is the greatest and hardest call. To submit to God to submit to each other only makes us stronger.
Several weeks ago, Japhet asked me to help in a lead role so along with Tom Eickmann, Bryan Wernick and Matthew West, we will be working with the Japhet and the pastoral staff to foster a meaningful movement among men in both our church and surrounding community.
As we continue on our journey as men, Called to gather together, to grow, mentor, teach and connect with each other, we are starting a new series of gatherings we’ll call Called Cafe, which will coincide on the evenings Boulder Church will have a guest speakers visiting. While the word Cafe, is usually associated with coffee or a type of restaurant, it is also known as a place where information can be exchanged. For each Called Cafe gathering, we will invite our guest speaker from earlier in the day to lead with a short message followed by a discussion as we share a meal together.
Our first Called Cafe will be Saturday evening March 3, which will be lead by guest speaker Time Gillespie. Tim is lead pastor of Crosswalk Church in Redlands, CA. He has an earned doctorate in semiotics and future studies from George Fox University and is currently an adjunct professor at both Azusa Pacific University and La Sierra University. He recently gave a TEDx Talk entitled “Faith by Design” and is working on a book by that same title.
Boulder Church and the Collective will be focused on the triumph of Jesus in the early church for services on Saturday. For many of us, fear limits, thwarts or blocks us from living the life of triumph and success that God has called us as men to experience and enjoy. If fear often stands in the way of triumph and success, I thought it would be fitting to have Tim lead a discussion entitled, ‘Is My Fear Bigger than My Faith’.
Many of us live in a life of fear. For some, it might be the fear of knowing we’re one paycheck away from losing our car or house. Or maybe it's the fear of failing in a marriage, relationship, job or with our kids. Or perhaps it could be the fear of being found out with a painful or embarrassing secret or not successfully dealing with an addiction. Regardless of what it is, fear can stand in the way of us being better men, the men God has called us to be for each other, our wives, girlfriends, kids and community.
Called Cafe will meet at 6:00PM Saturday evening March 3 at Gordon Biersch Restaurant located across from the AMC Theater at the Flat Irons Mall. This is going to be a great evening in our own private reserved room with dinner being served. For those wanting to catch a movie after, the AMC is 25 feet away.
The cost of our first Called Cafe will be only $26. I’m asking each of us donate $26, which will include a fine three course dinner and an unforgetable discussion. If you are in a place in your life where that is too much, as my Italian friends in New York would say, “don’t worry ‘bout it, just come.” If you have the ability to donate more on behalf of some who are unable, that would be fantastic! Even if you are unable to join us on the 3rd but want to help make this event and future Called Cafe’s possible, we would welcome your generosity to defray costs.
Please make your online donation and let Melissa know your donation is for Called Cafe. If she doesn’t know the donation is for Called Cafe the money will disappear somewhere else in the church budget and this event will be underfunded.
Please RSVP by no later than Wednesday February 28 so the restaurant can make preparations.
Please provide your selection of main entree from one of the following:
1) Linguini Primavera (vegetarian): Crimini & Button mushrooms sautéed with fresh garlic. Tossed with balsamic vinegar, housemade garlic butter, red & yellow tomatoes and linguini. Topped with feta cheese and fresh basil
2) Woodford Reserve Chicken (not vegetarian): Seasoned and grilled to perfection, glazed with signature sauce. Served with brown rice and quinoa & kale
3) Kobe Cheeseburger (also not vegetarian): Kobe-style Wagyu beef burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. Served with legendary garlic fries
I’m looking forward to a packed house for an evening of sharing and fun. You will not want to miss this!!
If you have any questions, need to talk or someone to pray with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my cell or the email below.
Called for You,
Boulder Adventist Church