Posted by ljoh3106 on April 25, 2011
Posted by ljoh3106 on April 25, 2011
The house church in the east valley wishes everyone a very blessed Easter 2011.
Posted by ljoh3106 on April 15, 2010
Our friends at “Consider This” are looking for someone who shares their calling to music outreach. They specifically need a sound person and/or someone with electronic technical skills. If you feel a calling for this type of volunteer outreach, please call Howie at 602-390-2585.
Posted by ljoh3106 on March 28, 2010
I came across a resource that seems like a good one for the house church. Micro Churches.net at http://www.micro-churches.net , is full of free Bible study and training resources. On their main page, there are links to the Online Bible College, that offers free classes in a Biblical Studies Course and a Practical Ministry Course. These can be taken free or for fee towards credits for entrance to Ames Christian University (an online university). Other resources like The Kings Table studies to help in starting a Kings Table ministry in your neighborhood. They also have 5 minute video messages or seminars on a variety of subjects.
They are in Australia so the website response is sometimes not the best. But they are free although the opportunity to support them is present on most pages.
If you try them, shoot me an email with your impression.
Posted by ljoh3106 on March 10, 2010
Friends, I apologize for not posting on whats been going on within the house/organic/simple church movement in Phoenix for several months. I’m not making excuses, rather, I want to let you know how we have been blessed by God during this time.
In October of last year, I was laid off from my position at one of the largest employers in the valley after almost 11 years. October 30 was to be my last day. If you know me, you know that I’m no youngster. The prospect of being out of work, like many others, was dismal at best. I spent two weeks in fervent prayer, determined to be totally dependent on God for whatever was to come next. Because of that, I was blessed with a comfort that I haven’t experienced since my heart attack in 1997. But I also felt like God wanted me to be active and do what I could to find a new job. I called on my network of associates in my seach for new opportunities.
On October 30, I was notified that a new position was being created for me in another business group. It seems that God had another plan to provide for us in a way that I didn’t expect. Since moving into the new position, I have a new sense of purpose that I didn’t have previously. God is so good.
We were able to spend Christmas with our daughter and grand-daughters again in Tennessee. Our return drive was plagued by heavy snow but God again provided safe travel for us.
In January, Sue’s mom, Mary became sick and was admited to Banner Good Samaritan. Even in her eighties, it still amazed me how quickly her condition deteriorated during two weeks. Several years ago, Mary accepted the Lord and was baptized. She expressed to Sue that she knew where she was going and was ready. At the end, she passed into the presence of the Lord with Sue and I and another close couple praying and singing praise to our Lord. It was sad to see her leave all of those that loved her and that she loved but joy to know that she is now in a resurrected body in the presence of the Lord.
Part of my new position has involved travel almost every week since the beginning of February. But we still go to the Coffee Rush every other Wednesday to pray and we still go to ‘A’ mountain the first Saturday of each month to pray for the cities. If you are in the east valley, consider joining us. Call me at 602-524-9400 for directions and times.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone of “The Gathering in Globe”, sponsored by CMA, April 9-11. If you haven’t received emails from other sources about this event, please go to the website http://www.cmaresources.org/globe to learn more about it. It is being held for anyone involved in the organic church movement and promises to be a very unique gathering. They are calling it “Less like a conference, more like Woodstock…”, only without the excesses. I hope you consider taking advantage of this event so close to the Phoenix area.
We will also be having another house church meeting at the Durango Grill sometime in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned for that.
Posted by ljoh3106 on November 19, 2009
Be sure to plan to be at the Music Festival/Outreach at Encanto Park next Saturday, November 21. The music will begin around 11:00am with Dotty and Tina followed by The McCabes and Consider This. There will be free hot dogs (courtesy of John and Debbie Rowden of the Durango Grill) until they run out during this time. We could still use some volunteers to help with setup/teardown, prayer table, and ministering. The last one we did in February was a great time, even though the temp was in the 90s that day. We had 3 confirmed salvation decisions and we are praying for a greater move of the Spirit this time. Please come and help minister in any way you can. If you are so led, please contact Colleen Kolb (602-390-9600) or Howard Kolb (602-390-2585).
If you are on Facebook, go to the fan page for the outreach here and become a fan. And then share it with all your friends.
Posted by ljoh3106 on November 14, 2009
As I mentioned last weekend, an organic church conference was held in Las Vegas that featured Frank Viola and Milt Rodriguez. Chad Irving and some others from Oasis House Church in Tempe were there and Chad sent a newsletter out tonight with some observations. If you didn’t get it, go to his website, http://organicchurchresource.org , and sign up for his newsletter. Chad wrote that a detailed discourse of the information covered in the conference can be found in Frank Viola’s book From Eternity to Here, which is offered by the Organic Church Resource website at an excellent price.
Also last weeked, John Rowden and I went to Tempe to pray on “A” mountain. We try to do this the first Saturday of each month as I explained last week. What a surprise we found. It was so crowded that our usual parking lot was full and there didn’t seem to be any place available to park that didn’t require some cash, and of course we didn’t have any. After some driving around we ended up at the new Tempe Arts Center buiding on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake. I was able to park there and we walked east toward the Mill Ave. bridges. We noticed that there were thousands of people doing a charity walk across the bridge. And people were setting up snacks and refreshments in the park area to welcome the walkers back. It looked like their route would bring them back across the other bridge and down into the park. John and I decided to stop a little distance past the bridge and sat down and spent some time in prayer.
After we finished praying, we started walking back toward the park where we passed some tables that had water and snacks. We were surprised that they were offering them to us. We declined and thanked them as we continued on our way. After we passed them we realized that they must have thought we were part of the walk. Or maybe it was because they saw us praying. Anyway, we had a good laugh about that.
I want to remind everyone again about the Music Festival/Outreach at Encanto Park next Saturday, November 21. The music will begin around 11:00am with Dotty and Tina followed by The McCabes and Consider This. We will also be giving away hot dogs (courtesy of John and Debbie Rowden of the Durango Grill) until they run out during this time. We still need volunteers to help with setup/teardown, prayer table, and ministering. The last one we did in February was a great time, even though the temp was in the 90s that day. We had 3 confirmed salvation decisions and we are praying for a greater move of the Spirit this time. Please come and help minister in any way you can. If you are so led, please contact Colleen Kolb (602-390-9600) or Howard Kolb (602-390-2585).
I hope everyone has a blessed week filled with moments where God’s presence is so obvious, so clear, that you just have to share them with someone else.
Posted by ljoh3106 on November 7, 2009
This is the first of what I hope to be regular weekly posts to the website to let everyone know what is happening with the house churches in the valley of the Son.
This weekend, there is a house church conference going on in Las Vegas with Frank Viola and Milt Rodriguez. There are some folks from Oasis in Tempe attending and will be returning tomorrow. If you didn’t go, like me, check Chad Irvings website http://organicchurchresource.org for information and resources from the conference.
Every first Saturday of each month, several of us from the east valley house churches go to ‘A’ mountain in Tempe in the morning and hike up to the overlook or the top and spend some time in prayer. This was begun a couple of years ago and we have been pretty consistent. We focus our prayers on the cities of the east valley and the students at ASU. We also pray for our county, state, and federal leaders. Tomorrow is the first Saturday of November and at least of couple of us will be there at 8am.
Every other Wednesday, some of us from the east valley house churches meet for prayer at the Coffee Rush at Gilbert and Baseline at 7pm. We catch up on how things are going and then spend some time praying for individual needs within the house churches. This is a great time of fellowship and prayer. We will be meeting there this Wednesday, Nov. 11. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome.
Speaking of Nov. 11, it is Veteran’s Day. Applebee’s is honoring all veterans and active duty military with a free lunch or dinner on that day. Tell every veteran you know about this. See their website http://www.applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx for more information.
Last of all, don’t forget about the Music Festival/Outreach at Encanto Park on November 21. The music will begin around 11:00am with Dotty and Tina followed by The McCabes and Consider This. We will also be giving away hot dogs (courtesy of John and Debbie Rowden of the Durango Grill) during this time. We still need volunteers to help with setup/teardown, prayer table, and ministering. The last one we did in February was a great time, even though the temp was in the 90s that day. We had 3 confirmed salvation decisions and we are praying for a greater move of the Spirit this time. Please come and help minister in any way you can. If you are so led, please contact Colleen Kolb (602-390-9600) or Howard Kolb (602-390-2585).
Posted by ljoh3106 on September 24, 2009
I hope you can join us the next meeting at the Durango Grill at 9AM, Saturday, October 10. John Rowden has promised to cook up some pancakes and bacon. We will also be talking about the park outreach in November and the house church conference in Las Vegas in November.
If you need directions to the Durango Grill, feel free to call me at 602-524-9400.
There was only a couple of house churches involved in the last Encanto Park outreach. If God has given you a heart for reaching the people of Phoenix, please join the effort. We look forward to seeing you there. If you plan to come, please let us know so that John will have an idea for the food. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Posted by ljoh3106 on August 29, 2009
Just a reminder that the Phoenix Area House Churches has a fan page on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, become a fan by clicking on the link on the right sidebar. As a fan, you can post content on the wall. Hope to see you there.