A R E A S S U R I N G R E A L I T Y
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welcome to the next level church
If this is your first time to TNL please take one of the Information Cards as they pass; we would
like to send you a note to thank you for coming and send you some more information about our
church. The Information Cards and envelopes may be placed in the silver buckets as you leave.
Visit us at www.tnl.org or call (303) 422-3777
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD
TNL has partnered with other local churches to build a home with Habitat for Humanity for
Khalid and Nadia Mahmoud. Khalid and Nadia emigrated from Sudan and Pakistan, they met
in Denver, and started a family with twin daughters Safaa and Duaa. Their home is a part of a
nationally recognized transit-oriented green community located at Colorado and I-25. TNL has
committed to have 80 volunteers give one day building on the site and 100 supporters give
$90.00 in partnership with the build. To support the Habitat Build financially, please make your
payment to “TNL” and designate “HFH” in the note section of your direct deposit or check. To
build with Habitat, visit tnl.org and follow the link to Volunteer Hub. If you have questions about
the Habitat build, please contact Jason Meyer at email@example.com.
A R E A S S U R I N G R E A L I T Y
“FAITH IS NOT OPPRESSIVE”
by CHIP ANDERSON on FEBRUARY 9, 2010
TNL MIDDLE SCHOOL: OLYMPIC GAMES
Middle School students and family are invited to participate in the “Olympic Games” on
Saturday, February 20, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Acoma. The afternoon will include activities,
snacks, and a variety of games. Please RSVP to Janice Skiles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-
FAT TUESDAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY AT ACOMA
On Tuesday February 16, GCC will not be available for TNL. That night, we will be holding a Fat
Tuesday event at Acoma. There are two gathering times – one at 6:30pm that will include elements
for children, and the second at 8:00pm. Together we want to engage the Lenten idea
of taking up a practice that encourages your faith or giving something up that may distract
from it. For the Fat Tuesday event we ask that you bring a physical representation of what you
are giving/taking up for Lent – together we will incorporate them as a visual concept piece at
Acoma. The next day we will initiate Lent together through a traditional Ash Wednesday service.
The 45 minute service of prayer, reflection, and worship will be both at 7:00am and 7:00pm
at Acoma; childcare will not be provided.
Class: Theology of Money
Led by Kyle Kinsinger
Wednesday February 17th, TNL is beginning a 3 week “Theology of Money” class. If you are
interested in hearing and discussing ways to live out biblical principles on money, join us for
this short class. Some issues and questions we will tackle include: How do we manage the
resources God has given to us? Does the Bible condemn those who are wealthy? What is the
goal of giving to the church? Is retirement a biblical concept? How do Christians financially
care for the poor? What does “sacrificial giving” look like? The class will meet at the Acoma
offices from 6:30-8pm on Feb 17th, Feb 24th, and Mar 3rd. Email email@example.com in order
For Your Information
GIVING SUMMARY: MTD Prior Month YTD
Budget $8,750 $35,000 $253,750
Actual $3,474 $26,123 $207,651
+/(-) ($5,276) ($8,876) ($46,099) (Giving is 82% of Budget)
TNLC’s current budget period is from July 1, 2009 through June 2010.
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ABOUT “A REASSURING REALITY”
Our society offers alternative solutions for just about everything. It’s no surprise we have a buffet
of religious options as well. Our instinct may be to pick a little of this and a little of that from the
array of faiths and philosophies we are offered. With the endless options and opinions, it can be
difficult to hold to a belief in one God who chooses to reveal himself in the one person of Jesus
Christ. For the next five weeks, TNL will walk through the letter of 1 John which is written to reassure
followers of Christ that their faith is a reality, not a religious illusion.
Reading 1 John Together:
As we look at the book of 1 John during these five weeks, we want to encourage the community
to read through the book each week in a variety of ways. The book of 1 John is fairly brief
- only five chapters on two or three pages in most Bibles. It is our hope that as a community we
would spend time reading the text both individually and collectively, listening to the voice of
the author as a concerned and caring parent offering a reassuring reality to our faith.
Reading 1 John This Week:
This week look back over the book of 1 John. Take a moment to write out two or three verses
that have impacted you during this series in a journal or a card. Keep it as a reminder of the
reassuring reality of your faith. If you do not have a copy of the Bible feel free to take one of the
Bibles home with you from TNL.