January was an exciting month at Tamarindo Church. In addition to welcoming and
catching up with many of our seasonal visitors we also hosted a successful Bingo Night fundraiser and had a great mission trip up to Nicaragua. And in mid-January, we were sad to say farewell and pray blessings over Justin Novgrod and family as they returned to the U.S. We will deeply miss having the Novgrods as part of our church family.
To hear more about what’s been going on and what’s coming up at Tamarindo Church this month… please read below.
NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP
During the last week of January Tamarindo Church led a team on a mission trip to Tipitapa, Nicaragua. While there we focused primarily on maintenance and construction projects at Fundacristo’s School in Barrio Cristo Rey. In addition to working on projects at the school….
- One member our team gave free haircuts to students.
- Two other members of our team played soccer in the streets with kids.
- We bought and helped serve food at a local feeding center at a church.
- We donated funds for the purchase of text books and school supplies.
- We took 25 students on a full-day field trip.
- And we had two homes built for families in need in the community.
Throughout our time together we sensed God’s presence and blessing over our interaction with and service to the community up there. And during our nightly meetings together… the Holy Spirit worked in our hearts as we reflected on scriptures and processed each day’s events.
Thank you all for your prayers over our team and and for your prayers over the community of Cristo Rey. And thank you to all who gave of their time and resources to help us raise the funds needed to accomplish all that was done .
BINGO FUNDRAISEREarlier in January, Tamarindo Church hosted a community Bingo Night at the Surf Club Bar & Grill in Playa Langosta. It was a super fun night with folks from church and from the community coming out to support our efforts for the Nicaragua Mission Trip. Lots of fun prizes were won, we had some great fellowship, and we were able to raise and additional $1247 to go toward our projects on the mission trip. A special thanks goes out to all of the local business who donated for the event. Thanks to Gary, Sabra, Jim and Suzanne for helping to organize the event. And thanks to Matty at The Surf Club for allowing us to host the event at your place.
MARK YOUR CALENDARAs we look to the months ahead be sure to read below about upcoming events and mark your calendars. You can fin
d out details about these events by scrolling down further in the newsletter.
~ Pizza Fellowship
Sun, Feb 16th
~ Prayer Night–
Tues, Feb 18th
Scroll down in the newsletter to find out more about the events listed above.
PASTOR’S PERSECTIVEAs I reflect over the past month… what stands out most in my mind is the blessing it has been to do our annual mission trips up to Nicaragua every year. From the first year that we planted we have been taking these trips, and God has always blessed our efforts and our experiences in Nicaragua. Over the past seven years we’ve had the privilege of leading about 14 trips up to Nicaragua… most of them being with groups from our church. But we’ve also had the opportunity to lead trips with local high school students and to partner with a couple of groups from the US as well. In that time we have built 35 houses, distributed 2500 bags of food, hosted 4 VBS events, donated food and participated in feeding centers, and delivered over 100 suitcases filled with shoes, clothes, toys, etc. Because of your generosity with time and resources.. over the past seven years we have been able to have this kind of impact in Nicaragua. Thank you!
But I should mention here that… it’s not just the difference that we have made in Cristo Rey, Nicaragua that makes these mission trips so meaningful. During these trips, God is profoundly impacting the lives of those who go and serve in Nicaragua. When we come back from these trips… I can’t help but notice how people’s lives have changed as a result of stepping out of their comfort zones and serving in ways that they never have before. After spending five days of serving, worshipping, praying, processing, and studying God’s word together… I see people who have grown in deeper fellowship with their brothers and sisters Christ. And upon our return, I see people who have grown in their devotion to God and in their willingness to demonstrate compassion, generosity, and service to those in need. I am a huge fan of these mission trips… and I hope I’m not being presumptuous in saying that… I think Jesus is too.
Thank you Holy Spirit, for showing up big on our mission trips! And thank you to all of YOU… for the variety of ways you have participated in our efforts to make a difference in Nicaragua… and for the many other ways that you contribute to the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
~1 Timothy 6:17-19
Lyle & Stacey
Sunday, Feb 16th
Hey all…This Sunday, January 12th after church. We will be hanging out after church for a time of pizza and fellowship together. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, February 18th
6:30pm @ Tamarindo Church
On Tuesday February 18th, we will be hosting a prayer meeting at Tamarindo Church. Join us for an hour or prayer together as we pray for for our church, our community, and for requests shared among those gathered. If you are unable to make the meeting but have a prayer request, please send your prayer requests to email@example.com
WEEKLY MEETINGS FOR YOUTH
Youth nights at Tamarindo Church create an environment where teenagers feel welcomed and feel safe to be themselves.. Each week, we start Youth Group with some crazy games… followed by a time of learning about God and how to apply God’s truth in their lives. All 6th – 12th grade students are welcome!
Be sure to stay updated on any changes to our schedule by checking our “TC Youth” Facebook page.
SUNDAY MORNINGS– Teens can grow deeper in their faith on Sunday mornings at 10:00am where they have the opportunity to dive deeper into God’s truth together at church. Ages 13 and older welcome!
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.
For more information, contact Lyle Watson: 8868-0871
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 looking for 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 Elizabeth: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.
- Elizabeth, our worship team leader, will review your information and schedule time when you can join us for an audition.
TC PRAYER REQUESTS-
Please continue to pray for 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 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 volunteers who serve in many roles in the church. Please pray that God would give us discernment in finding the best places for individuals to serve… and that God bless our volunteers in their service to Him.
FINANCES- Please pray that God would meet the rest of our financial needs for 2020 through unforeseen gifts and Sunday offerings. Pray also that God would give us wisdom in being good stewards of the resources he has given us.
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. And pray for our church members to be sensitive to open doors to the love of Christ, to share the gospel, and to invite someone to church.
- Praise God for a successful fundraiser last month.
- Thanks be to God for his blessing and protection over our mission trip to Nicaragua last month.
- Prayer for deepened spiritual maturity and unity in the church body.
- Prayer that God would use our church family to reach and bless the community around us.
THE WATSON FAMILY-
Please pray spiritual wisdom and direction for Pastor Lyle as he leads the church. For Stacey to find good balance between family, ministry and work. For their children Olivia and Wolfie… that they would continue to grow to know, love, and serve Him. Please also pray for spiritual protection over their family.