It's that time of year again. Across the country preparations are being made for the eating and drinking that will inevitably send many of us into the annual Thanksgiving food coma. Families and friends will gather around tables, and do their best to keep the conversations light hearted and politics-free, with varying success. And as the day draws to a close, we will usher in the mad rush toward Christmas.
There’s a common story throughout churches in North America when it comes to doing good in the neighborhood. The people say, “We want to do something good in our community!” Then, the leaders go decide what that good thing is, and try and rally people behind it. Inevitably, only a small percentage of people have the right combination of passion, availability and giftedness for that kind of work.
The leaders are left tired and frustrated.
The people are left frustrated as well, with all kinds of untapped energy.
And worst of all, the community is left with far less actual support than it needs.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4 that leaders in the church are meant to equip God’s people for works of service. But does that mean they have to decide on and run programs? Maybe sometimes, but not always. What if churches resourced their people to do the work in their community that the people are passionate about, gifted for, and on their schedule?
This is who we are: People of many cultures woven together into the fabric of Oakland to display the beauty of God’s story. A tapestry is only beautiful if varied strands are interwoven throughout the picture. At Tapestry Church, we are striving for a worship service that is not aimed at “excellence” as much as it’s aimed at beauty. And that can’t happen unless we have the varied strands of our community investing their time, talents, and voice in the work of the church.
Let me tell you about James. James is a Christian and has been for many years. He’s completed 13 of the 16 modules that it takes to finish the Urban Ministry Institute. He’s written a book that he wishes to have published about Christian stewardship. And one more thing...James is a leader in the church inside San Quentin. He’ll be returning home September and he’ll need a community to be a part of and one walk with him. He’ll need a place where he can exercise his gift and live out his calling. That’s why we’re creating the Siafu Leadership Home.
“I think it says something to that person that walks in the door and they see us, and they know it’s a possibility,” he added. “We’re people from different cultures, woven into the fabric of Oakland, to display the beauty of God’s story.”
Join us on Saturday Jun 2nd at 5:00pm at 2035 40th Ave for a Prayer Walk through the Fruitvale neighborhood, where we will gather to pray for the flourishing of the city of Oakland and our new neighbors in the Fruitvale.
We are so grateful to announce that starting June 3rd at 10:30am, we will be meeting for worship at Learning Without Limits elementary school at 2035 40th Ave in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland! There are so many things we love about the space itself and the way it suits our church's needs. But what we are really excited about is the opportunity to partner with a school that cares so deeply about its students.
A Tapestry is woven art. Its a rug with a picture. It’s sometimes a prayer mat, or a wall hanging, or a carpet. In it’s broadest definition, tapestry is a form of art practiced by Native Americans, South Africans, Europeans, Indians, Turks, and many others. It’s something practical that’s also beautiful and meaningful because a tapestry often carries symbols or tells a story that help to make sense of God, the world, and our lives.