Tamarindo Church Update/Announcements- October 2018

Hey Friends,

Life and church are in full swing as we move from September into October. Lots of folks are back in town. Many newcomers are visiting church.  We have a great Men’s Retreat to look back on. We have our Harvest Festival outreach to look forward to.  And it looks as if our building will be completed sooner than later!  Please read below to hear about all of this and more at Tamarindo Church.

NEWCOMER’S LUNCH

Last month at TC we hosted our first ever (but not last) newcomers lunch.  It was a great time of fellowship where folks had an opportunity to meet the leadership of Tamarindo Church and to hear about opportunities to get involved in the  life of the church.  TCFamily… let’s be sure to reach out and welcome our new friends and to help them feel at home at Tamarindo Church.  And to all of the newcomers… Welcome!

JOIN THE MULE TRAIN
We need your help!!  If any of you are coming to Costa Rica from the United States between now and December, we are hoping that some of you can help us to “mule” some items down for us for our new church building.  What is muling?  Well… if you have any extra room in your suitcase, or the ability to bring a second suitcase, we’d ask the you consider packing/muling a few items with you for the church.  There are number of items we are purchasing for the  new building that are significantly cheaper to purchase and bring down from the United States.  Like spot lights, LED bulbs, smoke detectors, etc.  So… if you are coming to Costa Rica before December… and are willing to mule some stuff down, please let us know by shooting us an email, and we will contact you regarding details.  Thank you!  

NICARAGUA- IN A TIME OF NEED
In the last newsletter, I shared a short video to explain the situation that our friends in Nicaragua are enduring because of the current political crisis.  During this time, many of them are out of work and unable to provide for their families.  In response to this, we are raising funds to purchase and distribute food bags as we have regularly done on our mission trips to Nicaragua.  Since the last email, I’m glad to say we have raised $3,500 toward our goal of $5,000… and we have a few more undesignated amounts for donations yet to be given.  At this point… it’s looking as if we will not only reach our goal… but possibly surpass it!  Thank you for your generosity and compassion toward helping our friends in Cristo Rey.  

TC MEN’S RETREAT 
Thank you for your prayers for our men’s retreat last month.  It was a great time of meaningful conversation and reflection on what it means to be godly husbands, fathers, and followers of Christ.  On the final day, all of the men considered changes we’d like to make in our lives to honor God in these areas of our lives.  So wives… feel free to ask! =)  Looking forward to next year already.

TC BUILDING INAUGURATION 
YES… we have a date set for the inauguration of our new church building!  The inauguration service will be on Sunday, January 13th.  Crazy enough, January 13th this is the same exact date that we launched the church six years ago.  And as God would have it, this coming January 13th will fall on a Sunday… how cool is that?  So, if you happen to be in Tamarindo on that date… or if you can make it down to CR in January, we invite you to join us for our Inauguration Celebration!

PLEDGE DRIVE UPDATE
The latest on our pledge drive is that we still have $72,125 to be raised.  Of this amount, we are expecting to receive a $20,000 pledge in October, and are hopeful that one of our church partners will be able to raise $40,000 toward the building project in November.  This leaves us with $12,125 to be raised to reach our initial financial goal… which will allow us to start meeting in the new building.

But… as I mentioned in the previous update letter, during the process of construction we had some unforeseen costs arise.  Because of these unforeseen expenses, we have had to put a number of our finishing touches for the church on hold.  To complete those finishing touches, we will need to raise an additional $65,000.  If you would like to contribute to our building campaign, or learn more about those finishing touches, please CLICK HERE  Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Please continue reading below to get more info on upcoming events on our calendar including…..

  • Harvest FestivalFriday, October 12th Please scroll down to our Announcements to see more details!
  • Pizza Fellowship– Sunday, Oct. 21 @ Best Western/Monkey Bar
  • Women’s RetreatNovember 2-4                                                       Sign up soon… scroll down for more info!

It is a joy to be able to share this journey of faith as a church together.  Thank you all again for the many ways you contribute to the life and ministry of Tamarindo Church.  Blessings to you and your families.  We hope to see you on Sunday!

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

– Ephesians 1:17-19

Peace,
Lyle & Stacey

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PIZZA FELLOWSHIP-  Sunday, October 21

Come join us on Sunday the 21st after Church for hanging out, pizza, and a swim in the pool at the 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.

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HARVEST FESTIVAL– Friday, October 12th

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WOMEN’S RETREAT

..Picture your life as a climb up a steep but beautiful mountain…how strong is your lifeline???

Come and join us for the 2018 TC Women’s Retreat ….as we explore our own “equipment”, and our lifeline to God and to others.  It will be a beautiful time of learning, growing, and being transformed.  There will also be time for massage, spa time, art projects, waterfall hike, yoga and Pilates classes, horseback riding, or maybe just a soak in the warm soothing hot tub!

Our retreat is at the beautiful La Carolina Lodge.  We will depart TC on Fri Nov 2, at 2:00 and return Sun Nov 4 at 4:00.  The cost is $175 including everything.  So far, we are 16 women and counting….just reserve your spot with a quick message to Stacey!  staceycostarica@gmail.com. Look forward to sharing this special time with you all! 🌺🙌

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TC Youth 

Hey Everyone,

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 safe to be themselves.
Each week, we start 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.  TCYouth

For more information, contact Ashley Look: 8416-8807    Ashleylook9@gmail.com


MUSICIANS WANTED 
We are seeking people with musical and vocal talent to join our worship team. If God has gifted you with musical or technical talent, we want you to be able to use it for His glory! Our immediate need is for instrumentalists, primarily Bass and Drums. We welcome those who can play other instruments (i.e. keyboard, ukulele, etc.) but the instruments cannot be supplied. Here are the first few steps for becoming part of the worship team…
  • 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.
If you have questions please contact Lyle at tamarindochurch@gmail.com.

MUSICIANS WANTED 
We are seeking people with musical and vocal talent to join our worship team. If God has gifted you with musical or technical talent, we want you to be able to use it for His glory! Our immediate need is for instrumentalists, primarily Bass and Drums. We welcome those who can play other instruments (i.e. keyboard, ukulele, etc.) but the instruments cannot be supplied. Here are the first few steps for becoming part of the worship team…
  • 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.
If you have questions please contact Lyle at tamarindochurch@gmail.com.

WOMEN’S GROUP
WHEN? Wednesdays @12pm-1:30pm
WHERE? Meetings are at the Watson’s home.
For more info contact Stacey staceycostarica@gmail.com
or call 8706-7479
MEN’S GROUP
WHEN? Wednesdays @ 9:00am
WHERE? Come join us on Wednesdays 9:00 AM at Pastor Lyle’s home.  If you would like to come and hang out over coffee, several of us meet early at 8:30.
For more info contact pastor Lyle at lyletamarindo@gmail.com or call 8868-0871

Tamarindo Church Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for……
VISION
That God would guide us in our vision and strategy for reaching and serving our community.MINISTRY TEAM
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… especially our Board, our Ministry Leadership Team, and our Volunteer Team.  Please pray that God would bless our ministry team with gifts of the Spirit to serve and lead well.

FINANCES
Please pray that God would meet our financial needs for our operating budget this year through pledges and regular supporters. 

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 that our church members would be salt and light in the community to those who are not saved.  Please pray for our Harvest Festival outreach… that we we see unchurched people stepping into the church for the first time… and that some would begin coming to church.

CHURCH LIFE

Please pray for our Women’s Retreat coming up in November… that God would be with leaders as they prepare.  Please pray that God would open doors for women to come and encounter Him and have the opportunity to connect in fellowship.y, as a group of us head south for our annual Men’s Retreat.  Please pray that God would move in our hearts, helping us to grow in our roles as Christian men, fathers, husbands, and followers of Jesus.
CHURCH PROPERTY
Thanks and praise be to God in providing the initial finances needed to start construction of the church. At this time we are only $12,125 away from meeting our financial needs for completed construction of the church… and $65,000 away from completing the finishing touches.  Please pray with us for God’s provision for this remaining amount.NICARAGUA
Please pray for those who are suffering from the political and social unrest in Nicaragua.  For the poor who are suffering most, and for those who have lost loved ones in the violence.   Pray for peaceful resolution to the problems Nicaragua is facing.

LYLE & STACEY
For spiritual wisdom and direction as we lead the church.
For Stacey’s job in real estate… that she would find good balance between family, ministry and work… and not feel over-stressed or anxious.  And that she would earn enough to cover our children’s school tuition.
 
OUR FAMILY
Please pray for our children Olivia and Wolfie… that they would  continue to grow to know, love, and serve our Lord.  And for spiritual protection over our family.
 
SPIRITUAL PROTECTION 
Prayer of spiritual protection over our church and our Ministry Teams…. guarding us from spiritual attack and oppression, and anything that causes disunity and divisiveness in the body of Christ at Tamarindo Church.