Wow… it’s been quite a month in October. Much more that we had expected for sure. When I sent the last update letter, I had mentioned that we were expecting rain. But man… what we expected as rain suddenly developed into what became Tropical Storm Nate which caused major flooding in our region of Costa Rica. During that rain there were many people who live in low lying areas that were flooded out of their homes. The power was going out off and on. Huge trees were going down because the saturated soil wasn’t firm enough for the roots. It was a quite an adventure here for several days. But during that week, it was encouraging to see how the community and folks at Tamarindo Church rallied to help those in need. Donating clothes, donating food and supplies, serving at local shelters, and taking folks in. In addition, we are thankful for the generosity of folks who gave financially to help with relief efforts. With your help we have been able to help people with the purchase of needed prescriptions, food, gas top cookers, rice cookers, and small refrigerators to replace those lost in the flood. This has made a HUGE impact helping people as they move back into their homes and try to get back on their feet. Thank you!In addition to the flood relief efforts, this past month we also hosted a couple of church outreach events including a Family Movie Night where kids had a chance to enjoy a movie and snacks, and parents had an opportunity to just hang out and connect. The second outreach we hosted was a Harvest Festival at Tamarindo Church, and it was awesome!!! The kids had a blast: playing all of the carnival games, jumping in the bounce house, dancing to the bumpin’ tunes. And I even saw several parents gettin’ their groove on with the music. Both events were great opportunities to love on families in our community, connect with the parents, and share with them about the programs our church offers for children. THANK YOU to all of you who volunteered to make these events successful!!
As we look to the coming months there’s a lot going on at Tamarindo Church, and you won’t want to miss them. So be sure to check out the announcements below with details our Thanksgiving Gathering Nov. 23rd, a TC Sailing Day in Dec. 17th, Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24th, and our Nicaragua Mission Trip January 22-26. In addition these announcements, please keep an eye out this month for an email with details on our Annual Pledge Drive. That email will let you know how you can partner financially with Tamarindo Church in 2018.
And lastly, 16 ladies from Tamarindo Church are headed up to the Carolina Lodge for a Fall Getaway this weekend. They will be going learning from passages in scripture that speak to how we are transformed in Christ to become all that God created us to be. Please pray safe travels for the ladies, and for the Holy Spirit to show up big in bringing spiritual refreshment, healing, encouragement, and transformation in their lives.
Thank you all again for the many ways you all support the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church. Thank you for your prayers, your service and your giving. God’s grace, strength and peace be with you.
Lyle & Stacey
Come join us on Sunday the 19th after Church for hanging out, pizza, and a swim in the pool at Monkey Bar/Tamarindo Best Western Vista Villas. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in the church in a way that we just don’t get to do on Sundays after church service. Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel. Hope to see you there!
Directions From Church: Drive toward Tamarindo. You will see Best Western Vista Villas and Monkey Bar on your left
SAILING DAY- Sunday, December 17th
DEPARTURE: 1:00PM– We will leave from Tamarindo Beach, 100mts south of Nogui’s Restaurant. Look for the panga boats shuttling groups to the catamaran.
RETURN: Sunset is around 5:30
NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP
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 o Cristo Rey, please consider the following ways of helping.
1. Come on the trip- The dates for the trip are January 22nd-26th. If you would like to join us on the trip, please contact pastor Lyle Watson for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Pray for us & the community- There are always a lot of logistics and surprises on 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- To accomplish all of the projects mentioned above, we have a goal of raising $9,000. If you would like to contribute toward this trip, please make your donation through the Tamarindo Church Giving page. Just make your donation to Tamarindo Church, and be sure to send a follow up email at email@example.com to let us know that you would like your donation to be designated for the Nicaragua trip in January.
I’m excited to share that month, we started a girls bible study that takes place in addition to Youth Group on Fridays. We meet every other Mondayfor time to hang out, catch up on life, and dive into the Word. We are currently going through the book of Mark, learning the basics on how to read the Bible and apply it’s truth it to our lives. My prayer is that this small group will become like family for these girls – a group we can come to, be real with, laugh, cry, and grow together with.
We also had a big surprise this month…. Tropical Storm Nate destroyed La Cumbre youth camp… the camp we were supposed to attend in early October. So….. we improvised with a lock in! We ate tacos, had a pool party, and played some games at the house. At 11 pm, I surprised the kids and rented out the turf soccer field! We played plenty of dodgeball and fireball, then we cut the lights and played glow in the dark capture the flag! It was a blast. Lots of caffeine and no sleep. I may have bags under my eyes for weeks, but it was well worth it!
Please read below for more info on our regular gatherings for TC Youth…..
Youth nights at Tamarindo Church create an environment where teenagers feel welcomed and safe to be themselves.
Each week, we start with some crazy games together… 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 us for Youth Group every Friday, 7 – 8:30 pm at Tamarindo Church! Join our facebook group “TC Youth” and follow our instagram account “tcyouthcr” to stay up to date on what’s happening! But 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 Ashley Look: 8416-8807 Ashleylook9@gmail.com
- Prayerfully consider your involvement.
- Contact Lyle Watson: tamarindochurch@gmail.
com 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.
Tamarindo Church Prayer Requests
that God would guide us in our vision and strategy for reaching and serving our community.MINISTRY TEAM
Thanks to God for our staff and volounteers who serve in many roles in the church. Please pray that God would continue build a sense of unity and family among our core church members… especially our Board, our Pastor Advisory Group, and our Volunteer Team.
This month we will be sending out information on how people can partner with Tamarindo Church financially next year. We are praying that God would provide for our annual budget through pledges. We are also praying that God would provide finances for the construction of our church building. Please pray to our Father that he would meet our needs in the coming year through pledges and regular supporters!
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 that our church members would be salt and light in the community to those who are not saved.
Please pray that God would guide us in this process, and that our needs would be met for building the first phase of the church which includes the sanctuary, classroooms, youth room, and fellowship room. Please pray that God would provide the $240,000 we need to raise to complete the initial phase of the project.LYLE & STACEY
– For spiritual wisdom and direction as we lead the church.
– For Stacey’s job in real-estate… that she would find balance between family, ministry and work… and not feel over-stressed or anxious. And that she would make enough to cover our children’s school tuition.
For meaningful times together and healthy balance between family and ministry. For our children Olivia and Wolfie… that we would raise them to know, love and serve our Lord.
Prayer of spiritual protection over our family and our church Ministry Teams…. guarding us from spiritual attack and oppression, and anything that causes dis-unity and divisiveness in the body of Christ at Tamarindo Church.