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This is a quote I’ve heard on more than one occasion from some of my favorite people, Jim and Carrie Tienken. Chances are, if you’ve lived in Fresno and attended any of the local churches for long enough, you’ve run into one or both of these fine people. We recently shot a video of them at a local coffee shop, just telling us a bit of their story. The questions were simple:
- What do you love about our cities (Fresno and Clovis)?
- What do you think we could improve upon in our cities?
- Why are you a part of Two Cities Church?
- What kinds of roles do you play at the church?
- What’s one of your favorite wins we’ve experienced?
You know, simple stuff.
But in the middle of all of that Carrie calls herself a “Recovering Pharisee” and explains that when she first came to Two Cities, she was extremely judgmental. She is brave. She just said that on video for the whole world to see. Wow.
I think far more of us, Jesus people, Christians have more of that in us than we’d like to admit. But what I love about Jim and Carrie is that they’ve realized that’s not Jesus’ response to people, his response is gracious and so they are actively seeking ways to be more gracious and giving their judgements over to God.
I want to be like them when I grow up!
Maybe you’re asking, “What’s a Pharisee?” Well, a Pharisee was a certain class of people that lived contemporary with Jesus in Jerusalem and the surrounding communities. They were devout religious-Jews. They took the Hebrew Scriptures very seriously, literally and they held every part of those documents in high esteem. So high, in fact, that treating people with graciousness was hard to do. Consequently, they were notoriously harsh with people they felt were breaking the Law of Moses. They were judgmental.
Sometimes, we, Christians can be that way, even with the Old Covenantal Law of Moses, which, by the way, doesn’t apply to us because we are actually under the New Covenantal Law of Christ. That’s enough back story, here’s their video, enjoy.
An english chocolate company made me cry.
They told a compelling story that was inspired by true events in WWI.
Christmas isn’t just about sharing, but the power of this simple story is truly amazing.
The message of the birth of Jesus and what that means for the world can overcome your circumstances and bring you peace.
I hope to see you at Two Cities Church for some peace this Christmas season.
December 21, 2014
808 4th St
Clovis, Ca 93612
There’s a unique group of people who dare to be different. They do things against the odds. They believe so deeply in their mission that they sacrifice time, money, energy and put relationships on the line for that very mission. The best way I know how to describe this group of people is, Two Cities Church. It’s not so much a place, but a people. It’s not so much a destination, but a community. It’s a church. And it’s new. And you’re invited to Come and See what it’s all about. It’s simple. There’s a singular mission. You just have to Come and See for yourself.
Come and See this Sunday
August 3 at 10:30am
808 4th St.
Clovis, Ca 93612
Message: Promises, Promises
More Details Here.
Watch this highlight reel from a recent preview service and then Come and See it in person, this Sunday.
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It’s time to celebrate what God’s been doing in and through Two Cities Church.
- Paul Haugen’s brother told a coworker about TCC. That guy came and said to Paul’s brother after, “It was great. Micah was a really good speaker and the music was awesome. I will definitely go back in December.”
- Thilani Grubel had a mom come back to her after their video testimony played and give her a huge hug. The Grubels’ story seemed to really touch people’s hearts.
- Micah had several people come up to him after commenting about what a great service it was.
- Waumba Land doubled in attendance from Glimpse service #1!
- One man said, “Just want to say how grateful my family and I are for two cities. It is a church for unchurched for sure, but it also is a church we enjoy even though we are “churched.” We wouldn’t have a place to hear from God if you guys didn’t exist.”
- Several Waumba Land kids were able to retell the story they heard in Large Group!
- Someone came up to Chris Loach at the connections table after and said, “I think this is where we will be coming now and I can’t wait to bring my niece who’s 22 here.”
- Someone told Darren Grubel she has been struggling for awhile, but felt home in the first 5 minutes.
- Tyler (Lisa’s son) came to help us set up yesterday morning. He has been going through a difficult time, and this was a big step!
- We had over 100 people again, even on a night where there were a lot of other options including the Winter Jam at Save Mart Center.
- One couple dropped their son Ghavin off in WL for the first time they have left him anywhere, and he did great!
- One of the young guys in the Loach’s Launch Group brought 3 guys with him from his fraternity and they were really excited after and took home CDs of an Andy Stanley sermon which communicates our vision.
- Paul and Jenn’s sister in law came with her two girls. Her daughter said to Grace (her cousin) after Waumba Land, “This church is fun! I want to come again.”
- The guy who drove our trailer said he wants to come back and check it out.
- We have tapped into a really good group of young musicians who seem to really enjoy playing and want to come back.
- A mom who had two kids in WL wrote on our Facebook wall, “had the BEST time tonight and can’t wait for more events!” Josiah (my son) was so excited all day for WL. At bedtime he said “When I am bigger I will work at TCC and talk to all the people in the other room like Daddy.” A selfish win, but in all honesty planting this church has been the best thing we could have done for our family. Our kids are seeing God work in real tangible ways and are excited about church and learning about God!
[see more stories at WeAreTwoCities.com]
What did you think?
This only happens once.
There is only one time in the history of a church that they have a first service.
There will be other once-in-a-lifetime events, but this one, for Two Cities Church is the biggest so far.
In the words of Paul Haugen, “This feels milestony.”
So, I invite you to help us #PackTheVet and catch a glimpse of Two Cities Church at our first ever preview service.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 5:00PM
At the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building
Located in Old Town Clovis
808 4th St
Clovis, Ca 93612
There’s 347 seats. Help us pack it.
This week we are holding a vision gathering. It’s a great place to come hear the vision of the church without any commitment. If you’re curious, if you’d like to know more about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, this is the perfect environment for you to come hang out with us.
Here’s how I worded it on our Facebook Event:
NEXT is an environment where people who are a part of our launch team as well as people who are interested in hearing more about the vision, mission and strategy of Two Cities Church gather. Our next NEXT will be Sunday, Sep 16 @ 6pm. (2080 E. Tollhouse, Clovis, Ca)
If you came to our last NEXT event, we invite you back and ask you to invite some friends!