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Gravity & Grace

We live in a world of complexity, a time and place where we are surrounded by intriguing opportunities and curious ideas.

In the midst of a world swirling with stories, Paul invites the Colossian church (and us!)  to center their lives in the fullness of Christ: the deep well of grace, the source of life, the gravity making sense of all stories and holding all things together.

This past Sunday, we explored Paul's invitation in Col. 2:16-23 to see the ways that Jesus = Good News (and the ways that Jesus + [stuff] = not good news!). 

If you missed our last Gathering, catch up on the podcast and join us next week as we continue in this letter of gravity and grace!

New Circles

spaces of cultivation & connection

Upcoming Circles this season will focus on pressing questions and practices such as:

  • Environmental Stewardship (with Dr. Rick Lindroth this Sunday evening after the Gathering)
  • The Parables of Jesus (digital/text-based scripture & practice starting this Monday)
  • The Meditation Project 
  • Contending for Schools
  • Kids' Faith Formation & Development 
  • a number of open, easy-invite, connection points for men, women, and families! 
see all upcoming Circles on our calendar>

Calendar Snapshot 

Feb 17: Sunday Gathering: Gravity & Grace
Feb 17: Environmental Justice & Climate Crisis
Feb 18: Parables of Jesus Circle

Feb 19: Open Door (re)orientation Circle
Feb 20: Women's Circle: Scripture & Practice
Feb 24: Sunday Gathering: Gravity & Grace
Mar 02: Project Peace Day of Service

see the calendar>

Love your neighbors

join us on March 2!

We're inviting Open Door to show up at one of these projects:

(1) Crossroads/Young Lives (Concord)
(2) Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (PH)
(3) Piedmont Ave Elementary (Oak)

register for your spot today with Project Peace>

Join a team! Lend a hand!

in one of the following opportunities
  • Gathering Hospitality (1x/month helping create a warm & welcoming atmosphere in our Gathering space)
  • Prayer Team (1x/month leading prayer on behalf of and alongside our community in our Gathering space and praying throughout the weeks/months for Open Door)
  • School Investment Champions (spearheading the next steps in our efforts to be prayerfully and impactfully present in our local schools)
more about each of these on the OD blog>

Retrospect Stories

This story is part of our series reflecting on 2018 and looking forward to 2019.

My name is Dave.
One key experience God used to shape me in 2018 was this year's Retrospect. It helped me realize that after a few decades of natural life transitions every 3-4 years, I am entering a season "without bookends." I've honed in on some practices to grow my trust and reliance on God in the mundane and magic of a season where
everyday is kind of like both yesterday and tomorrow. Rather than feeling bored or trapped in this, I feel it's the start of a risky adventure!
My focus for 2019 is RESOLVE, which carries a few different connotations for the year. I have a number of projects I want to move toward their resolution, and I want to live with direction, purpose, and confidence - resolve!

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