Weekly Announcements for Tuesday 5/21 & Sunday 5/26

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 5/21:

Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. As I’ve said many a time: I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place. 

Community Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 5:30 pm on Sunday 2/24:

Dinner starts at 6, but they’d love to see you early to chat, etc. Please bring a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend. Please RSVP by noon on Sunday if you can so Steve and Destiny get a general head count to stevendestiny@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who they consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table. Basically a pot-luck party.

Weekly Announcements - Friday 5/17 & Sunday 5/19

Hi friends,

This week (spilling into Sunday) we have two formal gatherings. The Family Table in Rocky River is CANCELLED this week because - well - we’ve got too much going on :) … but the gathering at the Hisey home in West Park is still happening.

Also, please note that we have TWO LORD’S TABLE GATHERINGS LEFT THIS SPRING. Why am I writing this in ALL CAPS? Well, because if you’d like to get a TASTE of how our Sunday rhythms will be when we launch in the fall - this is a good time to check it out. I think we’ve got something special going on - that’s why I’d love for you to get a TASTE OF TABLE.

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland) - 6:30 pm on Friday 5/17:

As always, it's a children's lesson with with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com. Come and hang out!

Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 5/19:

Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.

As we continue to explore what Lord’s Table (Sunday service) can and should look like for us, I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table. Like I said last time, it’s been fun to see how our “liturgical” format can leave so much space for participation. Not the kind of participation that singles people out. During these gatherings we not only celebrate God’s goodness, but also practice lament through the Psalms we read and the prayers we pray. We don’t gather to escape reality, but to bring ourselves and our concerns to God.

For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements for 5/7 & 5/10 - Community Tables!

Hi friends,

1/2 of our two gatherings this week have a special theme - but both gatherings are special and important.

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 5/7:

Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place (and the people who own it).  The prepositional phrase “to Action” means that they expect God to answer their prayers. And he does, he has, and he will.

International Food Night Belated Cinco de Mayo Edition - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 5/10:

Bring a Mexican variety main or a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend (your friends are our friends). If you’re feeling rebellious, bring something that isn’t related to the Cinco de Mayo party theme. Please RSVP by noon on Friday if you can so we’ll get a general head count to mattburly@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who we consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table.

Also, on Friday evening and Sunday morning, we prayed for the ministry of Safe Families for Children. To donate on a regular basis or as a one time gift, please go here.

Peace!

Matt

Weekly Announcements - 5/3 (Friday) & 5/5 (Sunday)

Hi friends -

What we do at Table is to aim at Biblical hospitality. I was reading a section in “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” yesterday and found this to be a target to aim toward: “Not only were the early Christians to practice hospitality; they were to depend on it. There was no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ ‘My’ became a cussword for Christians. My house is no longer mine but is God’s, which means it is open to all.” The following are some of the spaces where we aim toward this vision.

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 5/3:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at mattburly@gmail.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share. There will be one meatless pizza. Also, just so you’re aware, the lesson and prayer time are almost always from 7:15 to 8:00 pm. If you can’t make it during that time, always feel free to drop in before or after that time. The evening consists of more than the meeting time!

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland) - 6:30 pm on Friday 5/3:

As always, it's a children's lesson with with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com. Just like the River Family Table, the evening consists of more than the meeting time.

Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 5/5:

Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.

As we continue to explore what Lord’s Table (Sunday service) can and should look like for us, I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table. If you’ve not come to Lord’s Table, I happen to think you’re missing out because I’ve enjoyed our format so much. It’s been fun to see how our “liturgical” format can leave so much space for participation from all! Not the kind of participation that singles people out. It’s also been exciting to hear God at work in weaving together the same themes from the Scriptures, testimony time, etc. What am I talking about? Guess you’ll have to come and see. During these gatherings we not only celebrate God’s goodness, but also practice lament through the Psalms we read and the prayers we pray. We don’t gather to escape reality, but to bring ourselves and our concerns to God.

For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcement - 4/16 (Tuesday); 4/19 (Good Friday); and 4/21 (Easter Sunday)

Hi friends -

Lent is coming to a close and resurrection season begins on Sunday. If you’re actively observing Lent, I hope you don’t rush through this week.

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 4/16:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place (and the people who own it).  The prepositional phrase “to Action” means that they expect God to answer their prayers. And he does, he has, and he will. I’m not talking about spectacular things [necessarily]. I’m talking about sometimes being the answer to our own prayers.

Good Friday Service - Savor the Moment - 7:00 - 7:45 pm on Friday 4/19:
Again in West Park we are having an “uplugged” (guitar, Scripture reading, prayer) good Friday service. It will be a solemn and hopefully meaningful time for all. We’ll be setting up the chairs and tables in the shop to have our service. Because it’s a solemn and at times silent time, we will welcome all children who are able to participate.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive).

This is in place of our Family Table gatherings.

Easter Sunday Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood, OH - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 4/:21:

We don’t have a huge crowd at this gathering, but some have described the feel of our service as highly participatory, simple, and meaningful. Participatory, because it doesn’t feel like a performance - everyone “plays” without being singled out in doing so. Though we still consider this “preseason” or “soft open” church, real church community and worship happens in this space. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.

Finally, there will be an Easter brunch at 12:30 pm at the Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave., Rocky River, OH) following the service. If I know my wife (and I’m pretty sure I do) there will be something fun for kids. Probably not a helicopter hovering over our house dropping eggs, but something fun nevertheless.

For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcement (singular) for 4/12 - Community Table - International Food Night in Rocky River

International Food Night - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 4/12:

Bring an International variety main or a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend (your friends are our friends). Please RSVP by noon on Friday if you can so we’ll get a general head count to mattburly@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who we consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table.

Have a great week, my friends.

Matt Buehrle

P.S. Looking forward, keep your calendar clear for Good Friday and Easter Sunday!

Weekly Announcements 4/2 (Tuesday), 4/5 (Friday), and 4/7 (Sunday)

Hi friends -

There are no formal Tables this weekend. Next week we have four Tables:

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 4/2:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place (and the people who own it). 

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 4/5:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at mattburly@gmail.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share. There will be one meatless pizza. Also, just so you’re aware, the lesson and prayer time are almost always from 7:15 to 8:00 pm. If you can’t make it during that time, always feel free to drop in before or after that time. The evening consists of more than the meeting time!

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 6:30 pm on Friday 4/5:

As always, it's a children's lesson with time to explore how to join God in his mission where we live work and play starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com.

Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood, OH - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 4/7:

Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.

As we continue to explore what Lord’s Table (Sunday service) can and should look like for us, I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table.

For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Remember this week what I mentioned a couple weeks ago: the Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements – Community Tables 3/19 & 3/22

Hi friends –

The gatherings for this week are as follows:

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 3/19:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place. 

Lenten “Retreat” - St. Christopher’s Church in Rocky River - 7 pm on Tuesday 3/19:

Our friend and neighbor, Maureen Kishna has invited us to join her at an event sponsored by her church. I will be joining her and welcome you all to join us! We’ll be walking over to the church from our house (19781 Riverview Ave., Rocky River) at 6:45 pm. The “retreat” is a “Lenten journey down the Sacred Path with prayer, song, reflection, and stories” of the life long journey of Dan Schutte “in search of the Sacred.”

Community Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 3/22:

Bring a main or a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend. Please RSVP by noon on Friday if you can so we’ll get a general head count to mattburly@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who we consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table. Just a pot-luck party.

Have a great week, my friends.

Matt Buehrle

P.S. Here’s a couple pics below from our Lord’s Table gathering yesterday.

While setting up for the gathering so you can have a idea of what the full space looks like.

While setting up for the gathering so you can have a idea of what the full space looks like.

There are three types of gatherings - and they’re all tables. This is THE table - complete with Lenten centerpiece.

There are three types of gatherings - and they’re all tables. This is THE table - complete with Lenten centerpiece.

Weekly Announcements 3/15 to 3/17

Hi friends -

We’re entering the second week of Lent (for those who observe it). Whether you observe it or not, I hope you’ll be able to enter into this week finding God in the times that bring you joy, when you feel like you’re alone, and when you face sorrow. He’s waiting for you.

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 3/15:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at mattburly@gmail.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share. There will be one meatless pizza.

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 6:30 pm on Friday 3/15:

As always, it's a children's lesson with time to explore how to join God in his mission where we live work and play starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com.

Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood, OH - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:15 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 3/17:

Don’t worry: Patrick the Saint will be mentioned and stay tuned for where people will be dining following the service to take in the full effect of St. Patrick’s Day.  Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors – and your enemies if you feel that bold. J After all, St. Patrick himself went to share the good news of Jesus with people who he should have considered his enemies.  Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.

I often use the language of “cross pollination” as it relates to our Family Tables and Community Tables coming together. In fact, I’m copy/pasting this from two weeks ago, because I still believe it. J I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table.

For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Remember this week: the Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements 3/6 to 3/10

Hi friends -

We had our first “Table preseason” (as it relates to Sunday mornings in a public space) at Hayes Elementary School on Sunday. Again, Lord’s Table is where all our Tables come together to encounter God, share what God is at work doing at our Tables, and celebrate God making all things new - even us. For FAQ’s on the Lord’s Table, please click here. I enjoyed the gathering with Luke leading us in Scripture reading, Steven proclaiming the gospel, Josh leading us on his guitar to worship God, and me for making people stand too long because I forgot to say, “you may be seated” … a few times. The kids liked the novelty of it. Come on out next time and see what’s happening.

A wrinkle in the first gathering was the fact that Laurie was going to lead our Kids Table. We kept the kids in the service. Laurie was up all night with Jim (who is stable now) who decided to go to the ER on Saturday night at 11 pm! I saw him last night and he was in as good of spirits as one can be for not having slept since 4 am on Saturday morning! So, please be praying that he’ll get good rest. And for Laurie, too. That being said, they will not have their Prayer to Action at Savor the Moment on Tuesday. Also, our joint Ash Wednesday service will be at our house instead of Savor the Moment.

Ash Wednesday - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 7 pm on Wednesday 3/6:

We will be having a short service at our home to receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads to include prayers, confession, and song with guitar (thanks, Josh). Some great resources in preparation for Lent can be found over at the website of our friends - Liturgical Folk. Also, our friend in the neighborhood, Maureen has invited us to join her at a Lent event(s) next week. More details to come.

International DESSERT Night- Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 8 pm on Friday 3/8:

Because two of our boys are in a play at the middle school (across the street from our house) - Pirates 2 at 7 pm, we will delay our International Food Night and turn it into an International DESSERT Night at 8 pm. Feel free to bring an International beverage and/or a small International dessert. If you want to join us for the show, feel free to come to the show at 7 pm, but come early so you can get a seat.

Renew Communities announces Table Communities as a church - Three services at Renew Communities in Berea via video on Sunday 3/10:

It’s Andy Sikora (one of the pastors) interviewing me in the video. If you have participated in Table and want to show up to answer any questions people may have alongside me, feel free to do so. I’ll be there at the end of the first service, throughout the second service, and until “social break” in the third service.

Also, short notice, but this event tonight at Scranton Road Bible Church through Building Hope looks to be very helpful. Naomi will be there. Don’t worry about registering if you want to go tonight. They can handle you being there.

Have a great week, y’all. Hope to see some of y’all soon.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements – Family Tables 3/1; Lord's Table 3/3 at Hayes Elementary; Beyond!

Hi friends -

We’re one week away from the “Table preseason” (as it relates to Sunday mornings in a public space) at Hayes Elementary School. I’m looking forward to exploring with some (many?) of you all what a church service can look like in a public space with the Lord’s Table at the center of it all. Again, Lord’s Table is where all our Tables come together to encounter God, share what God is at work doing at our Tables, and celebrate God making all things new - even us. For the updated FAQ’s on the Lord’s Table, please click here.

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 3/1:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at mattburly@gmail.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share.

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 6:30 pm on Friday 3/1:

As always, it's a children's lesson with time to explore how to join God in his mission where we live work and play starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com.

Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood, OH - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:15 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 3/3:

Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. This week only, we will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please let me know (mattburly@gmail.com) if you’ll be coming by Saturday at noon (if possible). That way, if I find out we have specific needs along the way, I’ll know I can contact you.

I’m excited that we have this public gathering in a public space. I often use the language of “cross pollination” as it relates to our Family Tables and Community Tables coming together. I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table.

For future events (including an Ash Wednesday service at Savor the Moment on 3/6), please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.

Finally (these announcements are getting long!), Laurie Pantelemon told me about a free app for Common Prayer. In Google Play it’s called “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” and was created by an organization called “The School for Conversion,” an organization committed to helping communities unlearn habits of social division. A resource I use for daily reading is called “Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year.” I mention this because I think it would be cool and helpful if many of us could be reading the same passages and praying the same prayers throughout the year.

Okay, I’ve written enough. Let me end by saying may the Lord bless you all and be gracious to you all and may his face shine upon you all this week!

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements – Community Tables in West Park on 2/19 and 2/24

Hi friends –

We’re quickly approaching our public “preseason” Sunday services (Lord’s Table).  Details can be found in last week’s announcements here.  The events for this week are as follows:

West Park Prayer to Action - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 2/19:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I may not live in West Park, but I’m fond of that place.  I’ll be there if my schedule doesn’t correct me (i.e. if I’m forgetting a commitment that night).

Community Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 5:30 pm on Sunday 2/24:

Dinner starts at 6, but they’d love to see you early to chat, etc. Please bring a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend. Please RSVP by noon on Sunday if you can so Steve and Destiny get a general head count to stevendestiny@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who they consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table. Just a pot-luck party.

I was reading “Seeking God’s Face” (readings and prayers compiled by Philip F. Reinders).  This was the reading for the day:

Mark 3:31-35 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Following the reading is this beautiful prayer that I invite you to pray today:

Brother Jesus, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of time to this world’s dying seconds, you gather together the most unlikely people as a family. Politically left and right, rich and poor, crooks and commoners, adolescents and aged, skeptics and scholars, all united together as a family of faith in Jesus. In a world that struggles to live together with all our differences, make your church a beautiful display of created diversity and gospel unity. Amen. (HC 54)

Have a great week, my friends.

Matt Buehrle

Weekly Announcements - Family Tables on Friday 2/15

Hi friends -

Of interest to some of you, the Cleveland Indians’ preseason is about to start. Of interest to others of you, the Table preseason (as it relates to Sunday mornings in a public space) is about to start! Naomi and I went and visited Hayes Elementary School on Friday. Our guide around the school was a woman named Sue who was extremely helpful and excited about our presence there for our Sunday gatherings (Lord’s Table) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month starting in March. We anticipate the service starting at 10:30 am in the cafeteria. We’ll have the space set up with some tables and some benches with a Communion/Eucharist/Lord’s Table set-up at the center. The service will last one hour until 11:30 am. The younger children will be present with us for the first half of the service and then they will go off to Kids Table in the Art Room. Those who are working with the kids will bring them back to the cafeteria a few minutes after 11:30 in order to allow some additional mingling time for the adults and older kids and teens.

Again, Lord’s Table is where all our Tables come together to encounter God, share what God is at work doing at our Tables, and celebrate God making all things new - even us. For FAQ’s on the Lord’s Table, click here.

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 2/15:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at mattburly@gmail.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share.

Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 6:30 pm on Friday 2/15:

As always, it's a children's lesson with time to explore how to join God in his mission where we live work and play starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at stevendestiny@gmail.com.

Peace, my friends.

Matt Buehrle

Cafeteria from the front - Lord’s Table will be set up at the front.

Cafeteria from the front - Lord’s Table will be set up at the front.

Art Room for Kids Table.

Art Room for Kids Table.

Weekly Announcements - Tuesday 2/5 to Saturday 2/9

Hi friends -

We have a minor shift in the action this week. West Park Prayer tomorrow night is the same (see below), but International Food Night is going to be International Dessert Night Saturday instead of Friday (again, see below).

West Park Prayer - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 2/5:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I might even show up this time ;) …

International Dessert Night with International Friends - Buehrle Home - 7 pm on Saturday 2/9:

There’s a group called International Friends that we’ve done things with in the past. They are having a progressive dinner for International students this Saturday night. We are on the route for dessert and games. Please come and bring yourself and a dessert - or just yourself if I discover that we’re going to be overloaded with desserts! Please RSVP by noon on Saturday so that we can get a head count, but more importantly a dessert count to mattburly@gmail.com. Also, of high importance, we will not have any alcohol, as we a.) do not want to offend any who are Muslim in faith who may abstain, and b.) that is the request of International Friends, so since we’re doing this in tandem with them, we want to honor that request. But we’ll have regular and decaf coffee, of course! Also, please note that Naomi’s parents cats will be in the house. They’ll be in the basement, but in case you have a severe allergy - we wanted you to know!

Also, we are on the verge of signing a contract with Hayes Elementary School in Lakewood to use their cafeteria for Sunday Lord’s Table gatherings on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month starting in March. Be thinking about ways you may want to help join us in that transition, as we will need elbow grease for moving stuff around, some money to make it happen, and most importantly, your presence at these gatherings. I have always said that our Family Table and Community Table (i.e. International Food Night) are central to what we do - and Lord’s Table gives us the opportunity to connect with the Tables in the other neighborhoods. So, stay tuned for more info. on the move toward Table Communities having a public face in the community.

Peace!

Matt Buehrle

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P.S. Our (mine and Naomi’s) friends, Ryan and Melissa have a new album out in advance of Lent and you can find it here. I don’t mind promoting their album, because it’s fits into our value of “Forming Worship.” And because they put out good stuff.

Weekly Announcements Tuesday (1/29) to Tuesday (2/5)


Hi friends -

It’s shaping up to be a frigid week, so it’s good to know that there will be a place to come and thaw and find your body and hearts warmed by food, conversation, and friendship.

Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 2/1:

As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share.

Family Table (Life on Mission) - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 6:30 pm on Friday 2/1:

As always, it's a children's lesson with time to explore how to join God in his mission where we live work and play starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself.  Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday.

Lord's Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 11 to noon 2/3:

This is where all our Tables come together to encounter God, share what God is at work doing at our Tables, and celebrate God making all things new - even us. For FAQ’s on the Lord’s Table, click here. Come a bit early for coffee if you so desire.

West Park Prayer - Savor the Moment - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday 2/5:
Over in West Park the Pantelemons are hosting a prayer time for anybody who wants to pray that the blessings of God's kingdom would be evident in West Park.  It takes place at the coffee shop (Savor the Moment on Rocky River Drive). There WILL be prayer, there MIGHT be coffee. I might even show up this time ;) …


For those who missed it, Renew Communities has agreed to be the supporting church for Table Communities.  They are providing over 1/3 of our budget for this year, as we anticipate "launching" Sunday services twice a month this year. I am grateful for the relationship between Table and Renew and for the financial resources. For more information on supporting the mission, click here.

Peace my friends,

Matt Buehrle

Announcements for week of Sunday, January 20th to Sunday, January 27th

Hi friends -

I’d like to declare this the year of the table. But I guess I do that every year. My kids always ask me why I immediately talk about tables when I talk about church. Well, this website is littered with the answer to that question.

I look forward to seeing friends and neighbors new and old this year. Specifically this week, here’s what’s happening:

EVENTS

Community Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 1/25:

Bring a main or a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend. Please RSVP by noon on Friday if you can so we’ll get a general head count to mattburly@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who we consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table. Just a pot-luck party.

Community Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland, OH) - 5:30 pm on Sunday 1/27:

Dinner starts at 6, but they’d love to see you early to chat, etc. Please bring a side or a beverage or a dessert and/or a friend. Please RSVP by noon on Sunday if you can so Steve and Destiny get a general head count to stevendestiny@gmail.com. This is for neighbors and friends who they consider neighbors for purposes of getting them a spot at the table. Just a pot-luck party.

“PRESEASON” CHURCH AND SUPPORTING THE MISSION

For those who may have missed it, Renew Communities has agreed to be our sending church and they are providing more than 1/3 of our budget for 2019. It’s not a big budget when compared to traditional church plants, but it does contain costs associated with rental space and other costs. Since money is “the root of all kinds of evil,” I don’t like talking about it or asking for it. No person is immune to what money can do, so we as a church (which is made up of people!) want to be as transparent as possible with how we steward the resources (people and money) that God has given us. If you do want to give to the mission, please check out the link here. I’m not blowing smoke when I say that prayers and your presence at our gatherings are what we value most. That being said, we want to be sure to afford those who have asked the opportunity to give and to provide the rest with the opportunity to consider giving. Check out the link here for the 2019 budget. Always feel free to ask about any line items or the whole.

Speaking of rental space, we are looking to have preseason church starting in March so that all of our Tables can gather on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for public worship. It’s real church, but we’re calling it preseason church to work out [some of] the kinks associated with launching a public service. We’re mainly looking at locations in Lakewood, so stay tuned, as it relates to our preseason launch in March and our regular season launch in September. Again, what we’ve been doing the last year and a half around tables has already been legit church in my sometimes humble opinion. What we’ll be doing at these gatherings won’t be fancy-schmancy, but we pray that these gatherings will be of great value in bringing glory to God and transformation to our lives. The link here provides some information about the Sunday gathering (Lord’s Table).

IN CONCLUSION

Y’all are the best!

-Matt Buehrle, Table Guardian/Pastor