We are excited about telling the stories of the many “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things. Far too often, we can tend to think that serving God is the work of specially trained professionals. This view is tragic because it tends to devalue the many wonderful things that people in our congregation do, but are not seen as sacred kingdom work.
The purpose of the Cascade Co-Mission Celebration on Jan 25, 2014 is to rethink what it means to serve God in the unique ways that we are wired. We want to capture and tell the stories to those in our midst that are doing incredible things, but quite frankly, these things might not be widely known. It may not be celebrated because the people doing it have, appropriately so, a humility that shuns attention. Or it may not be celebrated because it is not seen as sacred kingdom work.
If you have a little time and would like a fuller explanation of what Cascade does, and to get a glimpse into the four pathways that can help you think about who to nominate, watch this video.
Who Should I Nominate?
We are looking for people who are in or involved with Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church who is loving their city and community to life. We’d like to learn about and give a glimpse of how God is working through these people in what they are doing. While we hope these people will be honored, the object of bringing these acts to light is to teach, celebrate and bring glory to God.
Do you know someone that has been faithfully serving as a volunteer in some community endeavor? Someone that has tirelessly coached basketball, coordinated a softball league, or volunteer organization? Do you know someone that has quietly volunteered their vocational talent to to bookkeeping for a nonprofit, raise funds for a cause, or provide legal work pro bono?
And before you think we are looking for superheroes, we are also looking for the non-flashy quietly faithful person that works with great faithfulness. We are looking for people who can embrace their daily work as a faithful way to exercise their gifts for the common good.
How to Nominate
When someone comes to mind, let us know who they are and how you see God at work through them. We’d love to honor them with an acknowledgment and short interview. We are planning on producing a lovely printed brochure that functions as part keepsake and part teaching tool.
We’d like to know:
- Contact info
- If you want to remain anonymous to the Nominee
- How you see God at work through them (deed, service, exercise of a gift/ability/talent, etc.
- Contact info
You can now enter this info into a handy form at the church website.
Questions? Send Geoff Hsu or Shauna Schneider an email.
Here at Cascade, we are thrilled to introduce you to the new thing that our own pioneering RBCPC elder Scott Schimmel has been up to. In short, along with some great partners, Scott has developed some terrific curriculum to help equip young adults with the tools they need to better understand themselves, gain clarity about their futures, and fashion a life based from their unique passions, skills, interests and motivation.
At their website, you can get a better sense of what it is, how it works and who the people are that are working with Scott. It is a must visit for all parents of high school and college students. The basic idea: with so much time is spent on test-preparation classes, perhaps it is time to help students understand how they have been uniquely wired and shaped.
This summer the YouSchool is offering their class at RBCPC! It begins July 8th and runs for four consecutive Mondays from 6-9p. Your students, along with their peers, and facilitated by trained YouSchool guides, promises to be a great opportunity to learn about themselves.
Location: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church 17010 Pomerado Rd. San Diego, CA 92128
Dates: Mondays from 6p-9p beginning July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29.
Cost: $300 for the four week session.
To download a flyer for this event:Flyer
More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-291-9061.
In Our Great Exchange, Geoff Hsu will be facilitating a 7 week video series that casts a beautiful vision of how to flourish as people by deploying our gifts and lives on mission with Him. Get a preview of the teaching series that our small groups will be offered in the Fall.
From the website: Why would an all knowing God call us to be stewards of his creation? Why were we granted such a high calling as his stewards? In God’s economy, we indeed play a profound role. With the help of our guide, Pastor Jim Liske, along with seven inspiring stories and key biblical insights, Our Great Exchange takes us on a journey to explore his purposes for our stewardship of all that he created. Ultimately, stewardship is about doing what God calls each of us to do, so we can become the people he created us to be.
Seven powerful small group videos spark your thinking and discussion in your group. Over 75 minutes of additional video, Bible passages, and supplemental content from the NIV Stewardship Study Bible is then delivered daily to your device of choice. All designed for staying connected to the content and your small group throughout the study, and packaged in a flexible structure allowing you to move at your own pace and according to your own learning style.
As residents living and working each day in God’s household, this in-depth, small group study explores why our almighty God entrusts us to be managers of—and collaborators in—his restoration project. This inspiring and insightful journey reveals the characteristics he is cultivating in and through us as we become the people he created us to be.
- 7 week curriculum on Monday evenings from 7p – 8:15p, beginning July 8th and running until Aug 19th.
- Location: RBCPC, Dormer East & West.
- 20-minute weekly video segments
- Video hosted by Jim Liske and facilitated (live!) with Geoff Hsu
- Featuring Chuck Colson and six other powerful stories
Bonus: We will also be able to reinforce the weekly teaching session through daily reflections, scriptures, and video clips at StudySpace.org. This innovative learning environment should be a great teaching aid and we are excited to employ it at RBCPC.
Please RSVP with Geoff at Geoff@cascadesandiego.org
We are often asked about what Cascade is and what we are about. We are often able to share bits and pieces about the things we see God doing, but rarely are we able to put all those pieces together in a cohesive way.
Last year we were able to present a few of the ways God is at work in our church through the Cascade initiative. We have taken the presentation that we made before leaders within our church and presbytery and distilled it into the video below. We hope this will at a minimum give an overall framework of what we are doing, and why we are so excited about it.
- Whose mission are we on?
- Why is discipleship, otherwise known as spiritual formation, linked to God’s mission?
- The challenge of combining discipleship and mission.
- The role of calling and vocation to make the connection between discipleship and mission.
- Four pathways for people to be on mission with God.
While the video is under 30 minutes, the interactive give and take during a live presentation is a far superior way of understanding these concepts. Feel free to request a presentation for your small group, fellowship group, or even one-on-one coffee.
*** Since the filming of this video, I (Geoff) have had the wonderful opportunity to Acton University, where I’ve been given the tools to rethink my casual use of Tom’s Shoes as an example of “starting something new.” While at the surface, donating free shoes to needy parts of the world appears to be an idea that is redemptive from a theological lens, it may be harmful from an economic theory lens. Acton helped put those two disciplines together for me. This video does a better job of explaining my point.
In Kansas City earlier this month at the Vocation Infusion Learning Community, we were introduced to some wonderful small group curriculum called, Our Great Exchange. Produced by our friends over at the Acton Institute, these seven sessions include some wonderfully instructive videos illustrating several aspects that will help us steward our lives.
I look forward to using this with a group of people. Any takers? email@example.com.
Here is the first lesson on Character:
Gayle has some amazing gifts. She is a people person and in her responsibilities in running the RBCPC Resale Shops, she meets lots of people. It seems that there is always a conversation to be had, a person to be valued, and a volunteer to be embraced.
The resale shops are more than a place to find great deals. They are more than a place to find a new treasure from what was someone’s cast offs. The shops more than just a nice way to recycle, repurpose or redeem old stuff. They are more than providing a place for people to volunteer and show the love of Christ. It is more than a place for kids to work and get an introduction to responsibility in the work place. The sesale shops are also more than a way to generate revenue for the Missions programs of our church.
It is of course, all those things. But through the lens of “calling and vocation,” it is a place where many people can steward who they are and what they have been given by the Lord and use it to help the resale shops do all that it does.
Particularly impressive is how Gayle and her army of volunteers are able to take whatever shows up at the back door as a donation, and display it in a way that makes the stores look amazing and dignified. In some ways, what happens at the resale shops is like what the Gospel does to people: new lives, second chances, restoration and redemption.
This post will actually be more of a launching point to some of the incredible ideas, organizations and resources that creative forward-thinking Christians have been moving, well, “forward” with. Many of these ideas stem from certain fundamental assumptions about what God is up to in this world and therefore how Christians can come alongside God in this mission.
A central and helpful shift is reflected in the idea that merely saving souls and escaping an evil material world (while true), actually reflects a dualism that does not help Christians understand how to live on earth in redemptive ways. God’s redemption, renewal, and restoration is certainly focused on people, but not as an end. God’s interest includes employing people who are being redeemed, renewed, and restored, as means to redeeming, renewing, and restoring a good creation that has been ravished by sin.
Q Ideas is a wonderful entity that captures the work of creative pioneers and innovators (thinkers, theologians, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, social activists, pastors and poets), seeking to illustrate how to come alongside God and help the world and it’s people flourish. Cascade was represented at the Q Los Angeles Experience this past week (April 15-17, 2013) and here is a glimpse.
Liberty in North Korea – We heard from people working on human rights issues in North Korea, describing the incredible oppression, poverty and hunger that drives people to escape the country in the face of death and slavery.
Saving Innocence - Kim Biddle delivered a powerful talk about the objectification of women through pornography, among other factors, and how this leads to so many the many ills that affect our children. Her organization works to rescue and restore victims of sex trafficking.
Praxis Labs - As attendees, we served as the jury to award $100,000 dollars in awards to three startup organizations. Praxis Labs is an incubator that seeks to create new models for social and cultural change.
Mark Burnett – Yes, that one, the guy behind all those TV shows like Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice, and most recently the History Channel sensation, The Bible. It was lovely to hear his heart about how his faith implores him to work toward unity, especially in how Catholics and Evangelicals were able to work together in the creation of series on The Bible.
Just about every presenter began a deep rethink about how our faith should inform our thinking on matters like:
- How to contribute to peace in the Middle East between Palestinians, Jews, Arabs and Christians.
- A very different approach to homelessness just up the street in Orange Country, called Village of Hope.
- Ever wonder if our aid to the developing world may be a terrible way to solve persistent poverty? Poverty Cure (along with many, many others) is certainly rethinking it. Take a look at this video.
As you might imagine, there was so much more. Watch the first morning here and click on the “live” link.
Here are a few photos from the “What I Wish My Parents Knew” parenting resource event.
Here are a few more reasons to join us for our next Prodigal Retreat and Lunch on Saturday, Feb 16th.
We have already mentioned that God is up to some great stuff as he draws the faith community and area educators together. Area principals have identified the great need to help parents parent, especially during a time when everything is so different. While social media, the internet and technology in general have created a very different environment for families today, good sound parenting principles are timeless.
We are very pleased to announce that RBCPC and Cascade will be hosting a parenting workshop with the author, speaker, and coach, Diana Sterling. Diana will be a featured workshop speaker at the “What I Wish My Parent’s Knew” event on Feb 12th. In anticipation of the response to her message, we are offering the general community as well as the RBCPC congregation the opportunity to better our parenting skills.
Come and attend this four-week workshop that will give you very practical tools and perspectives that will radically shift your thinking and approach toward your children.
“The Parent as Coach Approach is a must-read handbook for parents. I use this approach in my own family.” Jack Canfield Author Chicken Soup Series
A few Cascade committee couples and some leaders involved in the clergy/school initiative have been attending Diana’s class. I’ve experienced first hand how the tools you will learn will be very helpful in your parent/teen relationships (Geoff).
The essentials are below, but you’ll want to click through to Diana Sterling’s site to read the “take aways” and endorsements. You can also download a flyer for this event to pass along to others.
Where: Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Rd. San Diego, CA 92128
When: March 5, 12, 19, 26. Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30-pm
Includes: Workshop with workbook, complimentary signed copy of The Parent as Coach Approach
Investment: $147 per person or $197 per couple. Need-based partial scholarships available.
Call 505-247-2902 for information.