From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Mosaic Partners

by Lon on November 30, 2009

At Mosaic, no matter who you are, or where you’re from, you are welcome with us. Our hope is that we can create a radically inclusive space where even those who may often feel most on the fringe can also feel a deep sense of belonging.

While technically we do offer ‘memberships’, if you’re not a member, we want to re-iterate that there is nothing you need to do for us to love you or accept you. Our membership provides no benefits or privileges other than additional opportunities to give and to serve.

We try to stress that members at Mosaic are in fact ‘partners’ because they are committed to joining God and participating in actively living a life of faith, love, and hope for the good of the world.

If you’d like to join us as a member and partner, we’d love to have you on board. Feel free to speak to us personally about doing so. You can also find an application form here.

If you’ve already been partnering with us this past year, we want to say a collective Thank You for being a part of this great adventure and taking us thus far! We don’t keep an unending ‘membership roll’ as we understand that people transition to different life stages and communities. We ask that you reflect and recommit to Mosaic as an active Christ-following partner in the community each year. Annual Renewal Form.

We’re currently also making an open invitation for nominations to our leadership team. This entails being an active partner as well as spiritually and strategically guiding our community. Nomination Form

All these forms and more can be found on our partners page. If you need the password or have any questions feel free to leave a comment or contact us.

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Sharing our Stories

by Lon on November 27, 2009

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Mosaic Christmas

by Lon on November 27, 2009

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In celebrating the birth of Christ this year, we will be shifting our Sunday morning Gathering on December 20th to arrange for a special time of worship and feasting together.

Christmas Serving – Christmas can be a time of immense joy for many, but also incredible loneliness for others.  We’re looking for volunteers to join us as we serve in two seniors homes on Dec. 19th/20th. See Details.

Christmas worship
Dec 20, 4:30 pm at Monte Carlo Inn

Christmas Dinner
Dec 20, 6:30 pm at China Buffet King , 9737 Yonge St Richmond Hill,  (905) 737-9933

Everyone and friends are welcome to come.

Contact Eleanor or drop a comment if you’d like to join us!

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Walmer Art & Craft Show

by Lon on November 27, 2009

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Walmer Road Baptist church has an Art & Craft Show / Sale – It will be hosting local artists (including Carol in our community) with proceeds going towards the walmer center and their neighborhood programs.

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State of the Mosaic Blog

by Lon on November 25, 2009

I just wanted post a few thoughts on why we use this blog

Church is not exclusive to Sundays – While this is not a replacement for real physical daily encounters, this online portal allows for at least some level of interaction outside of our sunday gatherings.

In-depth – Especially for those of you longing to get more into the Scriptures, as we’ve been doing with the Book of Acts this past year, I’ll be posting verse-by-verse reflections through the Gospel of John this next year. This frees us from any time limitations we have in our regular teaching time and allows for deeper reflection.

More contributions – We are a community of many unique voices and anyone in our community is allowed to post to this blog. We believe that every voice matters no matter how divergent the opinions and we want to humbly listen and learn from one another. Comments are even allowed to be anonymous as I personally believe anonymous feedback (if necessary) is better than no feedback at all.

Unique content – Lots of thought provoking images, links, media and news can be channeled here for our community. Churches everywhere are building and releasing great content that a community like ours can now leverage due to technology. Our blog provides a place for this and all sorts of other fun, powerful, inspiring content.

Interactions - I understand not everyone will speak out loud during our sunday gatherings, no matter how open we create it. Those of you who find the written word or sharing of images more conducive to how you’d like to share can also have a space of expression here. Comments from people you might not typically engage with may also be a doorway to deeper real community.

Your own pace – Although we send out weekly emails, having a blog also allows for less spam. You can always check here for up to date real-time information on our community. If it’s too much for you, or don’t care to read a certain post, just skip it! This allows for you to take in as much or little as you’d like from our community without being intrusive. You’re also able share at your own pace as well – Have something you wanted to say during a sunday gathering, but wanted some time to pull your thoughts together? Take your time, reflect, and then post it here as you’d like.

There’s so much more, but these are a few important ones. Let me know what you think.

Btw, thanks goes out to Ian for refreshing our header images.

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John 1:6-9

by Lon on November 25, 2009

Continuing our Journey through the Gospel of John

6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.9 There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world.

Several times in the gospels when John the Baptist is mentioned there is always a question of whether he is the Messiah. Here again, a special distinction is made that he himself was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. However, a wonderful truth beneath all of this, is that John spoke and lived in such a way that he reflected ‘light’.

Witness. If you’re going to be a witness, you need to see or experience something first-hand. Not something you heard from a friend or a book. What have you personally been a witness to?

Testify. I see a lot of things every day that I don’t necessarily share about. But when you encounter something or someone that is utterly extraordinary, you won’t be able to help but testify and share.

Light. The passage states that the true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. Here’s the crazy truth, especially as we celebrate Christmas, that light has already come in Christ. And he gives this light to all of humanity. Don’t say you don’t see it anywhere, the whole earth is filled…

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Caring for those who are shut in

by pomankwan on November 23, 2009

This Christmas celebrate the incarnation of Christ through caring for those who are confined indoors due to age and illness.

[REVISED]

Dec 19 (Sat) 10:30 am -12:30 pm Christmas Gathering – brunch, games & caroling at Aurora Resthaven Long-term Care Centre

Dec 20 (Sun) 2 -3 pm Christmas Worship at Tendercare Living Centre

Contact: poman.kwan@gmail.com

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Response: Missional Communities Video

by Philthevoid on November 22, 2009

We are born with perceptions of other people. Stumbling upon the weird and strange outside of our little worlds can be a scary thing to experience. We all fear the unknown…

 I can understand that viewing this video through the lens of a parent might be a bit disturbing at first glance. If I had children, I’m sure I would probably be a bit averse to showing them this video. But if you’d take a chance and look past their tattoos and piercings you will likely hear the bigger message. You will note they are only advocating positivity, the spirit of inclusivity, and the gospel.  These are all things we all hope to achieve as we stumble together under the banner of “mosaic” (a collection of UNIQUE, broken pieces, hoping to unite into something beautiful).

We are all different – but we should all learn to come together… Yes, even with the weirdos.

How could we ever possibly hope to help the beaten and battered, the elderly, mentally-ill, or the homeless if we are afraid of people who look different from us?

I reviewed the video three times and noted 17 actors. Seven of these actors I would classify as “weird “, based on first impressions (ie. Wearing tattoos, face-piercings, or wearing funny orange glasses). I wrote down the names of these seven people and researched if these people were just “actors”. I learned a valuable lesson – don’t judge a book by it’s cover. These actors were more than just weird faces selling a flashy new idea. They are pastors / spiritual leaders who were trained at reputable Christian colleges and universities with inspirational faith journeys to share (along with non-conservative fashion sense).

We ALL have a beautiful story to tell, no matter what we look like.

What I learned about the presenters in the video:

Julie Clawson (Nose-ring)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Writer, Activist & Mother of two beautiful young children
  • Served as a childrens’ pastor, church planter, teacher
  • http://julieclawson.com/

Makeesha Fisher (Nose-ring, tattoo)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Mother of two young children
  • Executive Director of Generate & Get Born Magazine
  • Co-Leader of Revolution Missional Faith Community in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 15+ years of service in ministry, preaching, church planting
  • http://www.swingingfromthevine.com/

Jay Bakker (Lip-ring, tattoos)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • American Christian Pastor at Revolution Church in Brooklyn, NYC
  •  Son of Jim and Tammy Faye, Minister-turned-TV-hosts who helped start both the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the 700 Club in the 1970’s … (his story is very interesting, with some dark turns, not-suburban perfect, but a life definitely worth learning from. Please read his biography in the “about” section from the link below.)
  • http://www.revolutionnyc.com/

Mark Scandrette (Orange glasses, like Bono of U2)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Minister, Writer, and Spiritual Leader for 15 years
  • BS in Applied Pyschology and studied Theology at Bethel Seminary in St.Paul, MN
  • http://www.markscandrette.com/

Phil Shepherd (Big earrings, tattoos)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Bachelor of Science of Occupational Education in Religion – Wayland Baptist University
  • Master of Divinity – Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor College, Waco TX
  • Pastor and spiritual leader
  • http://philshepherd.com/

Shane Claiborne (Earrings, Bees-wax hair)

  • Follower-of-Christ
  • Graduate of Eastern University, studied sociology and youth ministry
  • Studied at Princeton Seminary, and studying at Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia
  • Served with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India
  • Served Christians during armed conflict in Rutba, Iraq
  • The Mosaic Baptist Church, North York Life Group – read his book “The Irrisistible Revolution” and shared it with the larger congregation, and are at the cusp of starting our own action inspired by his words
  • http://www.thesimpleway.org/shane/

Nadia Bolz-Weber (Nose-ring, Tattoos)

 We are all weird in our own ways. We all dress differently. Some of us wear funny glasses. Some of us wear nothing but black, grey and blue clothing. Some of us have pants that aren’t hemmed properly. Some of us do nothing but eat kraft dinner. Some of us have substance addictions. Some of us mumble when we speak. Some of us play too many video games. Some of us are fearful of the unknown. Some of us are over-confident…

Whatever we might be… it is certain we are all broken people.

That is why we need Christ.  ALL of us.

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