TC Update/Announcements- August 2019

Hey Friends,

So I’m guessing some of you noticed that we missed last month’s monthly update.  That’s because my family and I took time away in June-July to visit with family back home in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.  We are thankful to have had that time to reconnect with our family and friends back in the States.  We are also grateful to our team back in Tamarindo Church who kept ministry going as usual with Sunday services and our Men’s and Women’s bible Studies.  And we’d like to say special thanks to Juan and Justin for filling in on preaching during the Sunday’s that we were gone.  Thank you!  


In early July, our church family was able to say farewell and pray for the Bonfiglio family as they made a move back to the States to relocate to Florida.   Mark, Kat & Nikki were a big part of the community and church family here, and we are grateful for the many ways they loved and served folks in the church and community.   Blessing to you guys as you transition back to the States.  We pray God’s guidance for you as you seek a church family to connect with there.  They will be blessed to have your family with them!


Last week six folks from Tamarindo Church met up with nine folks from Texas to serve in Cristo Rey, Nicaragua.  We spent the week serving kids at Fundacristo School who we have been helping for the past couple years.  Fundacristo has a great vision for giving kids care and education from primary school to graduation from high school… an accomplishment that most children in that neighborhood could never afford.  It is amazing to see what God is doing through their ministry and we are glad to be a part of their efforts.  During our trip our team hung drywall, painted a classroom, cut hair, gave foot massages to teachers (bonus!),  took students on a field trip to Granada, and donated finances for new books and school supplies.  In addition, many who have gone on our past trips to help Fundacristo have also sponsored children… and several of us had the opportunity to visit with our sponsored child (children).  If you are interested in sponsoring a child, you can do so at the fundacristo website.  And if you’d like to join us on our next trip in January 2020, just shoot an email to pastor Lyle to let him know (, and we’ll reserve a spot for you.


Earlier this month several youth from Tamarindo Church met up with kids from all over Costa Rica for a youth camp at Camp La Cumbre.  This camp is put on each year by a group from Texas that collaborates with International Baptist Church (IBC) in San Jose, Costa Rica, and IBC has been gracious enough to invite our youth to attend.  The youth had a great time enjoying the beauty of the mountains… and the cold!  It gets chilly up there.  And of course… there were meaningful conversations that took place with God and each other, and we are grateful for the Holy Spirit’s work in their hearts.  Thank you Kristi for organizing the group from our area and thank you Justin for leading and loving our youth! Thank you IBC for the invitation!  Thank you Texas Team for hosting!  We look forward to next year!


As we look to the months ahead be sure to read below about upcoming events and 

mark your calendars.  These events include:
~ Aug 18th- Pizza Fellowship-  We are still working on a location for this event.  Stay tuned for an update on location at church on Sundays. We will also put word out via Facebook.

~ Men’s Retreat – September 16th-20th @ Casa Bamboo, Playa Pan Dulce
Mark your calendar for now… and see info below for more details.
~ Women’s Retreat- October 18th-20th @ La Carolina Lodge
Mark your calendar for now… more info to come!  

Thank you all again for the many ways that you give and serve in the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church.  Please be sure to check out this month’s Faith in Action to get to know a bit more about our “T-shirt guy”… Jim Titkemeyer. Thanks for your service Jim! 
Blessings to you and your families.  We hope to see you next Sunday!

Pastor Lyle

Faith In Action: Servant’s Spotlight

It would be hard to come to Tamarindo Church and NOT see Jim Titkemeyer serving somewhere!!!  He will always be the guy sporting the Tamarindo Church t-shirt, and a friendly smile!

It’s a challenge to list all the areas where Jim serves… manning the t-shirt table, taking up the offering, participating in men’s group, editing the newsletter, working at special events, and giving away delicious mangoes and grapefruits that he and his wife Suzanne grow in their yard!

Jim started serving about a year ago when TC needed someone to work the t-shirt table, where we raise money for missions.  From that point, he has stepped in to help wherever he’s needed.  Jim shares that, “it really brings joy to me.  I love the unpredictability of it, and I love meeting visitors and talking with people.”  He notes that, “sometimes it’s hard when you make good friends and they move on, but it makes me grateful for the people who live here year round and the team of people I serve with.  People here are great, they step in to help fold t-shirts (which I’m not good at!) and I’ve really felt like part of the community.”

I asked Jim what he would tell others who aren’t serving yet, but want to get more connected.  “Just do it,” he said.  “I believe in what we do, and I know that we help people in a very real way.  Do what you’re passionate about!  Each person has their own gift, and they should just try it out and see what’s a good fit.  The more involved you get, the greater the blessing.”

Jim & Suzanne have lived in nearby Santa Rosa for about 2 years. They generously share the delicious mangoes and grapefruits that grow in their yard not only with their TC family, but they also donate them to the local food bank.

Thank you Jim for your faithfulness in serving each week at Tamarindo Church!

If you would like to explore how your gifts, talents, and passions can be used to serve others, please contact Jean Mixon or WhatsApp 8938-0845.  


Sunday, August 18th
Hey all… just a reminder that we are on for pizza and hanging out after church on Sunday the 19th after church.  Location still to be determined.  We keep you updated at church on Sunday and via Facebook on the location.  Stay tuned!

MEN’S RETREAT- Sept 16-20th

Hey guys,
So… here’s the scoop on the upcoming Men’s Retreat.  We are headed down to the same spot we’ve been the past couple of years in Corcovado.  Here’s a link to the spot. Men’s Retreat .

During our time down there, we will be going through the No Regrets Men’s Conference talks to guide our lessons and discussions.  In addition, we will have some free time to surf, hike, spearfish, etc.  To preview speakers and topics… click the picture below.

Cost will be $260/person and includes all food, gas, transportation, and lodging.  

DEPOSITS DUE Sunday, August 25th.  At this point space is limited to 10, but if we get more than 10 guys we can rent one or two more houses on the property.  For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact Pastor Lyle at

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    

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:

  • Water Tank and Pump– THANK YOU to our anonymous donor who donated $7,000 for us to purchase and install a water tank and pump for continuous water supply at the church and school!  We hope to have this installed in the coming weeks before rainy season.  
  • Sign at Entrance Gate of Church- THANK YOU to another anonymous donor who donated $1200 for the new sign at the entrance of Tamarindo Church!  It’s up already… and looking great!
  • Sound Panels- to dampen sound for acoustics in the sanctuary.  $3,000.


Psalm 95:1
“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: 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. 

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.


  • Please pray also for the Bonfiglio family as they transition to life in Florida.  May God lead them to a new church family to worship and serve with there.
  • Thank you Lord for protecting and blessing our youth on their trip to camp, and for our team as they served in Nicaragua.

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.  Please pray 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.