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June is finally here, it’s that time of year when many of us here at TC are excited to take time to visit with family and friends “back home”. If you are traveling this summer… we will miss you while you’re gone. And we pray safe travels until you return and that you have quality time with your families.
Summer is an interesting time of year for Tamarindo Church in that… while we may have many folks out of town traveling in the summers… we also find that our seats become filled with guests from out of town who are visiting Tamarindo on their vacations. How awesome is that?…. that people take time on their vacations to come and worship with us? This brings something to mind that I should actually share with you more often… and that is… one of the things I regularly hear from our guests who visit Tamarindo Church is that… they really appreciate the hospitality you show them when they are visiting our church. People notice and appreciate how welcoming you all are on Sunday mornings. Whether greeting them at the door, or a brief conversation before service starts, or a ride home after church, or even an invitation to lunch… our guests and visitors are thankful for your exceptional hospitality on Sunday mornings, and I think this is important for you all to know. Thank you for being a church that makes our guests feel welcome… and be sure to keep sharing that love with those who will be visiting us in the coming months!
FAREWELL TO THE MCDERMOTTSPart of being in a transient expat community is that we see many people come and go over the years. This past month, we bid a farewell to the McDermott
family. Kevin, Leslie and their kids have been a regular part of the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church, and they will surely be missed. During their time here, Kevin and Leslie poured out their lives in service in Nicaragua, at the local food bank, at their kids’ schools, and most recently… in helping Nicaraguan families who were seeking asylum to transition to life in Costa Rica . Thank you McDermotts, for simply living your faith, and being an example to all of us of “faith in action”. Blessings to you guys in your new season of life and ministry in Florida.
MARK YOUR CALENDARAs we look to the months ahead be sure to read below about upcoming events and
mark your calendars. These events include:
~ June 16th- Pizza Fellowship- Join us after church on Sunday, June 16th @ 12:00 noon for our monthly Pizza Fellowship at Monkey Bar-Best Western. Bring a swimsuit if you’re up for cooling off in the pool. We hope to see you there!
~Youth Summer Camp- July 8-11th @ La Cumbre Camp
Ages 13-18. Read in youth section below for more details.
~ Nicaragua Mission Trip- July 22-26
We recently had 5 spots open up for our mission trip to Nicaragua in July. The cost is $450/person. If you’d like to join us please contact Pastor Lyle at email@example.com. See more information about the trip below.
~ Men’s Retreat – September 16th-20th @ Casa Bamboo, Playa Pan Dulce
Mark your calendar for now… more info to come!
~ Women’s Retreat- October 18-20th @ La Carolina Lodge
Mark your calendar for now… more info to come!
Thank you all for the many ways you give and serve in the life of Tamarindo Church. Blessings to you and your families. We hope to see you next Sunday!
See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!
~ 1 John 3:1
Faith In Action: Servant’s Spotlight
If it’s Wednesday at 12:30, you’ll find talking, laughing, sharing, and of course yummy sweets, as the ladies gather at TC for their weekly bible study. And leading that study, with her great insight, laughter, and gift for making God’s Word understandable, you will find Mindy Stoms!
This journey started when Mindy led the teaching at the Women’s Retreat last November. It was clear that teaching was her gift, and we all grew together in faith as we went through parts of the Bible to learn about God’s character. This is when Stacey invited Mindy to serve as leader of Tamarindo Church’s weekly women’s bible study. Mindy has served in this role since February.
Mindy’s desire is to teach the big picture of the bible story, about who God is, and what His Word means to us. And she does a great job making the Bible story easy to understand. As Mindy says, “I’ve been amazed at how well it’s been received. The ladies have enjoyed it, and they are connected to the material, and to each other…. We have such a variety of ladies all coming together but everyone is growing in their own way. I see women ‘get it’ and learn who God is, and how they each fit into this story. That is a total joy and blessing to me!”
Leading this group has been a great challenge for Mindy as well… but in a good way. “It challenges me to study deeper so I can answer questions. Also I never know the make up of the group week to week, but that’s also fun. It keeps it fresh and new each week.”
When I asked Mindy how serving has affected her own walk with the Lord, she told me “This has been such a gift to me! I get so much more out of it than I feel that I give. It’s a total joy and blessing to see women grow in knowing who God is, and to get to connect with so many great ladies!”
Mindy shares these thoughts for anyone who is considering serving in a volunteer role at Tamarindo Church…. “Do it, especially if you are serving doing something you are passionate about. Serving is how you grow in your faith. If you’re new, it’s the way to plug in to the community, and to jumpstart your faith.”
Sunday, May 19th
Hey all… just a reminder that we are on for pizza and hanging out after church on Sunday the 19th after church. 12:00 noon at the Monkey Bar/Best Western Vista Villas. Bring a bathing suit if you want to swim. Hope to see you all there!
YOUTH SUMMER CAMP
Looking for something fun and life changing to be a part of this Summer? Join us for a fun-filled week at camp this summer with 100 other teens from all over Costa Rica. Jump from the high swing, tackle the challenging ropes course and climbing wall… or just shoot hoops… or try and see if you can rule the “gaga ball” court. Camp La Cumbre is ready and waiting for you. Sign up soon!
- Date: July 8-11th
- Cost: $190 transportation indluded.
- Sign Up: For more information and to sign up for the trip, contact Justin Novgrod firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP- July 22-26
On July 22nd, Tamarindo Church will be headed up to Cristo Rey in Nicaragua for our second trip this year. We will be partnering with the ministry of Fundacristo, a school in the barrio of Cristo Rey. During our time there we will assisting Fundacristo with ongoing projects at the school.
Here are some interesting facts on education in Nicaragua from Fundacristo’s website:
While many children in the neighborhood don’t make it past a 6th grade education, FundaCristo has a vision for seeing that these children have the opportunity to one day graduate from high school. Here are some statistics that I gathered from their website on elementary education in Nicaragua…
Only 72%of children finished primary school in 2009, the latest year for which data is available. This low figure hides bigger inequalities as only 65% of children from the poorest 20% of families completed primary school compared to 98% from the richest homes.
Secondary school figures are unsurprisingly much worse:46% finished the first tier (9th grade/year 10), and only 19% completed 11th grade (year 12). In the poorest families, only 6% of children finished secondary school.
If you would like to be involved in making a difference in the community of Cristo Rey, please consider the following ways of helping.
1. Come on the trip- The dates for the trip are July 22-26th. If you would like to join us on the trip, please contact pastor Lyle Watson for more info. email@example.com
2. Pray for us & the community- There are always a lot of logistical challenges and surprises on a trip in Central America. Please pray God’s grace, wisdom, and protection on our group. And please pray that our group would represent the love of Christ as we serve. Please pray also for community leaders and pastors… that God would guide them on how best to love and lead their people in community development and spiritual renewal.
3. Give Financially- Fundacristo is currently completing a project which will provide more classroom space and a cafeteria/common area for the students. , They are just $13,000 short of their goal for completing the project. Click the following links to view progress on the project… Video 1, Video 2, Video 3
If you would like to contribute toward this project, please make your donation through the Fundacristo Website. Be sure to send a follow up email to David Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know that you would like your donation to be designated for the Entheos project.
WEEKLY MEETINGS FOR YOUTH
Join us for Youth Group every Friday, 7 – 8:30 pm at Tamarindo Church! Youth nights at Tamarindo Church create an environment where teenagers
feel welcomed and feel safe to be themselves. And join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for diving deeper into God’s truth together at Church.
Each week, we start Youth Group with some crazy games… followed by a time of digging into the Bible together to figure out who Jesus is and what He is all about. All 6th – 12th grade students are invited!
Join our facebook group “TC Youth” and follow our instagram account “tcyouthcr” to stay up to date on what’s happening! Be sure to “LIKE” our Facebook page for Tamarindo Church Youth to stay updated on any changes in schedule or special events. Click here to go to our page. TC Youth
For more information, contact Justin Novgrod: 8765-8310
TC WISH LIST
From time to time, Tamarindo Church will have wants/needs for the church that we do not currently have in our budget. If you would like to help by contributing toward any of the items below, please contact Lyle Watson: email@example.com
- Sound Panels- to dampen sound for acoustics in the sanctuary. $3,000.
- Water Tank and Pump– for water supply during the dry season. $7,000.
- Sign at Entrance Gate of Church- $1200.
MUSICIANS WANTED –
“Come let us sing a song
for joy to the Lord;
Let us shout aloud
to the rock of our salvation”
Has God gifted you with musical or technical talent that you want to use for His glory? If so, we are seeking people to join our worship team. Whatever instrument you play, we’re open to give it a try. Here are the first few steps for becoming part of the worship team…
- Prayerfully consider your involvement.
- Contact Lyle Watson: firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest. The email should include:
- Musical or technical experience and skill.
- The reason you are interested in joining the worship team.
- Pastor Lyle will review your information and schedule time when you can join us for an audition.
TC PRAYER REQUESTS-
Please continue to pray Tamarindo Church……
TC VISION – That God would guide us in our vision and strategy for reaching and serving our community.
MINISTRY TEAM- That God would grow our church board, staff and volunteers who serve at TC in unity of Spirit, in wisdom and in humility as we serve Him. Please also pray spiritual guidance and protection over our church leaders.
VOLUNTEERS- Thanks be to God for our staff and volunteers who serve in many roles in the church. Please pray that God would continue to build a sense of unity and family among our core church members
FINANCES- Please pray that God would continue to provide and meet our financial needs for this year of ministry.
OUTREACH- That God would create a spiritual hunger in our community, and that we would see many come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
CHURCH LIFE- Please pray safe travels for many in our church who are traveling this summer… and for our upcoming mission trip in July to Nicaragua. Please pray also for the McDermott family as they transition to life back in the U.S. May God give them a new church home to call “family”.
THE WATSON FAMILY-
Please pray spiritual wisdom and direction for Pastor Lyle as he leads the church. For Stacey’s job in real estate… that she would find good balance between family, ministry and work.. and that she would earn enough to cover thier children’s school tuition. For their children Olivia and Wolfie… that they would continue to grow to know, love, and serve Him. And also for spiritual protection over their family.