Hospitality Meeting

February 22, 2017 by  
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February 26th after Sunday Service

All current and interested folks in the Hospitality ministry are welcome to attend the meeting this Sunday after church.  We will gather for lunch, chat about all things hospitality, and share our vision moving forward.  If you would like to attend please RSVP with Laura at laurachou1@gmail.com.

February Family Night!

December 12, 2016 by  
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Please join us Thursday, February 23rd from 6-7:30pm for a a night of Motown sound Family!  We will have dinner, dancing, and games!

Family Night’s mission is to create a safe and consistent space for families to come together to be community and enjoy food, games and fellowship together.  FN occurs the last Thursday of every month (except for certain holidays).

Convergence Re-Launch!

June 27, 2015 by  
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Dear Convergence Leader, Member, Attendee, and/or Visitor,

For those of you who could not attend our member meeting on June 14th, we wanted to share the main thrust of the meeting with you, which had to do with the future of our church and the vision for a “re-launch.”

We began with a re-sharing of our vision and mission:

Our vision is God converging with our lives, changing us to change the world.

Our mission is to hear God, know God, and respond to God.

This is not something that is new for us. It’s not a new direction for us. This is not something that I made up.  This is what I believe to be the word of God that came to me and that inspired the launch of Convergence in the first place.  Why our vision and mission are so crucial to our future is that they undergird everything that we do as a faith community.  We long to see God influence every aspect of our lives and believe that in order to accomplish this, we must hear Him, know Him, and respond to Him.   Our hope is to live out God’s calling for us individually and collectively as a church with faithfulness and perseverance.

Why Re-Launch?

When churches are planted, there are a few characteristics that are deemed to be indicators of health:

  1. A launch team of about 35-40 people.
  2. Planting in the vicinity of the sending church (within 50 miles).
  3. The character of the church planter.

Convergence didn’t have the first or the second characteristic, and the third one (as many of you have come to know) was questionable. 😉  In any case, after seven years of ministry, growing every which way, we are now in a season where we are considering a re-launch.  There is a concept for toddlers called, “parallel play.”  Parallel play is when toddlers are doing their own thing next to each other thinking that they’re playing with each other. In some ways, I feel that this describes our church.  We have so many humble and faithful servants of God who are pouring out their lives faithfully in their respective ministries, but many of us feel alone in our mission and ministry. Also, there have been many people who have had a challenging time connecting with the church members on a deeper level.  All of this is a natural occurrence that many churches face over time.  This is why I believe that now is the time for us to gather together as a whole family and re-launch our church.

The church is God’s missional force in this world. The church is what God uses to fulfill His redemptive work. And now, we have the opportunity to establish ourselves as an enduring faith community that will last far into the future.  We have the opportunity to love one another as we experience God’s love to us in Christ Jesus.  We have the opportunity to pour our lives into something that is greater than us and simultaneously life-giving to us.  I believe that God is doing something absolutely amazing in our church right now.  I believe that He is calling us to hear Him, know Him, and respond to Him.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ moves and is on the move.  It begins in God, makes itself manifest in Jesus Christ, and empowers you and me through the Holy Spirit living and moving in us.  This movement of God in us is illustrated in Jesus’ final words in this world:

6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywherein Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:6-8

With all of this being said, we are asking for people who feel called to this new movement at Convergence to commit to being a part of this new launch team.  So far, we have 29 committed people who have said yes this past Sunday and we believe that there are more that will be committing through this week as word gets out.

Jeff Chou, one of our Convergence elders, has felt called to lead the strategic implementation of this re-launch and has laid out a brief outline of what this process will look like below.  We don’t have everything figured out. Why? One of our core tenets is to hear God.  This is a continual aspect of our lives and this is what we will continue to do as we move forward.  We do, however, know that we feel convicted to move forward in this re-launch process and that our God is faithful and good!!!

 

Stepping out in faith with you,

 

Pastor Bobby

 

Outline of Re-Launch Process

We’re planning the re-launch to happen in 3 phases.  We’re calling these phases “Listening & Learning”, “Planning”, and finally, “Launching”.  Each phase lasts between 2-4 months.

In the “Listening & Learning” phase we’ll be going through time of hearing from God, hearing from each other, assessing where we are as a church, and who we are as people.  The church is going to be investing in us by sending us to a leadership conference in August.

We’ll then move into a phase of “Planning” what Convergence 2.0 will look like.  This phase will be characterized by more frequent meetings, which will include planning church service and ministries logistically, but also times of fellowship and breaking bread together.  For a period of 6 weeks in September and October, we will be meeting twice a week.  Once on Sunday afternoon, and once during the mid week.  We’re asking people on the re-launch team to commit to attending at least 4 of the 6 weeks of this intensive.

The “Launching” phase starts on November 1st, and will run through January of 2016.  We’ll roll out our new service and ministries format, and have a couple months to tweak and fine tune things as we go along.

The elder team at Convergence would love to serve with any and all who feel called to join this process.  We believe that our church is comprised of uniquely gifted individuals whom God will use to shape and define the future of the church.  The elder team has no preconceived notions as to what the church should look like at the re-launch – this is truly an opportunity to create alongside brothers and sisters in Christ.

It is definitely not a light commitment.  We believe that along this journey we will be challenged into better listening to, knowing, and responding to God.  It is through our response that we hope to re-launch a church to reach the lost and give hope to the hopeless.

If you feel that God is calling you into committing to the re-launch team, please contact Jeff (jeff.chou@gmail.com or 510-676-7447), and we will be in touch with next steps!

 

Leading the charge,

 

Jeff

Family Night!

May 4, 2015 by  
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In partnership with the City of Oakland and the DeFremery Recreation Center, we’ve been hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community with free dinner, followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes.  Please join us on Thursday, May 28th for a science themed Family Night!  We will have fun experiments for families to enjoy!

Renewed Mission!

April 20, 2015 by  
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RenewedDear Convergence Family,

This week I kept hearing messages about God cultivating our lives, especially in times of waiting and uncertainty. One message was about Abraham and how God would instruct him, but not give him a timeline or necessarily details of how things would play out; the example being God promising Abraham his son Isaac in old age, only to ask him to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham waited a long time to have a son, but he still obeyed. God ultimately stopped him from killing his son and the author of Hebrews tells us that his faithfulness was credited to him as righteousness.

A few months ago, I attended a benefit concert by an artist named Tad Worku. During the concert, he shared his testimony with the crowd. Back in 2012, Tad was set to release his first major studio album and go on tour with his band. Simultaneously, he felt God call him in a different direction. Instead of completing his album, he enrolled in nursing school. He shared what a challenging journey it was for him as he very much loved music, but the path he was going did not feel like the path God was leading him to pursue. He continued to write music as he went though nursing school and an idea came to him where he could use his music talents and nursing to give glory to God. The concert I attended was part of his vision becoming reality. Just earlier that day, Tad and many healthy professionals volunteered their services to meet the needs of the homeless. In the same place where the concert was held, people had access to physicals, eye check-ups, and dental care that morning They even had equipment to make prescription eyewear on site. All of these resources were being paid by the proceeds of Tad’s concert. He was using his music to give glory to God.

Five years from when Tad was set to release his first pop album, he will now release an album, but with a different focus. The proceeds from his album and future shows will serve to provide more free clinics for the homeless. When he walked away from his previous album, a lot of money was lost. He feared that his relationships with his producers and band would be destroyed, but when he shared what God was prompting they wanted in on whatever God was going to do and they lent their support.

Tad Worku’s testimony reminded me of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We must remind ourselves to seek God continually and be faithful to his calling. Even when things seem at their bleakest, God can use it for ultimate good. Like Moses and Tad, God is prompting us and leading us on journeys that stretch and grow us to places that glorify Him and bless the world around us. In our seasons of waiting and of uncertainty, let us continue to press in our relationship with Him and allow Him to renew us.

“I left behind a career in pop music because I wanted to live out my values and give back to my community as a nurse. But now I am working to bring both paths together as one and help people heal through the power of music. With this concert I am working to answer a question that’s deeply important to me – What would it look like if we could truly live out the Gospel?” – Tad Worku

Grace and Peace,

Joe

 

Family Night!

April 13, 2015 by  
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In partnership with the City of Oakland and the DeFremery Recreation Center, we’ve been hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community with free dinner, followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes.  Please join us on Thursday, April 30th for a science themed Family Night!  We will have fun experiments for families to enjoy!

 

Convergence Membership Classes

March 9, 2015 by  
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Membership is an opportunity to make a commitment to the life of the church body.  The commitment lasts one year and is renewed annually. If you are interested in becoming an official member of Convergence Church there is a 3-part process.  It begins with a membership class, then an interview with the elder board, and finally a consecration service where you will be presented before God and the congregation as an official member.  The membership classes are broken up into two 2-hour courses. The dates of the next classes are:

PART 1: March 22nd (1-3pm) & March 29th (1-3pm)

PART 2: April 12th (1-3pm) & April 19th (4-6pm)

If you are interested in becoming a member of Convergence Church or would like more information, please contact Joe at joe@convergeoakland.org.

 

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Come Join Us this Sunday Evening!

October 29, 2014 by  
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Renovate_SimpleGraphic Dear Convergence Family,

 

In case you haven’t heard, we are having a gathering on November 2nd from 5pm to 8pm called “Renovate.”  What is this? and Why are we doing this?

 

In any journey, there comes a moment when it is both healthy and necessary to pause, reflect, reassess, and adjust.  We’re about to begin our seventh year as a church and I believe that we are at that moment.  There are things to be pruned, things to be cultivated, and new things to be imagined! In order to grow into the future as a healthy and vibrant church, we need all of us as a diverse and unified body of Christ to pour into the establishing of our church for the future.  We need our whole presence and our whole participation so that we can truly be a whole church.  Even if you’ve joined our church in the last week, this is an opportunity to jump in and be a part of shaping our future.

 

You can find details for “Renovate” (how to RSVP, location, time, etc.) HERE.  I really want to encourage you to RSVP and join us!

 

 

In partnership with you,

 

 

Pastor Bobby

 

RENOVATE!!!

October 29, 2014 by  
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Renovate_SimpleGraphicWHO: Everyone who calls Convergence their church community.

WHAT: This will be an event that will be our launching pad for 2015. Our purpose is to share a meal together, fellowship, hear each others’ experiences of Convergence (good and bad), testify of God’s movement in our lives, and envision our future.

WHY: In any journey, there comes a moment when it is both healthy and necessary to pause, reflect, reassess, and adjust.  We’re about to begin our seventh year as a church and we are at that moment.  There are things to be pruned, things to be cultivated, new things to be imagined! In order to grow into the future as a healthy and vibrant church, we need all of you.  We need your whole presence and your whole participation so that we can truly be a whole church.  Even if you’ve joined our church in the last week, this is the opportunity to jump in and be a part of shaping our future.

WHEN: November 2 from 5pm-8pm.

WHERE: West Oakland Senior Center (1724 Adeline St.)

HOW: RSVP HERE.

 

Beautiful and Eternal!

May 9, 2014 by  
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Dear Convergence Family,

I was so blessed to be able to officiate the wedding of Stephen and Kathy Mew this past weekend in Maui! It was absolutely beautiful. As I was enjoying spending time with the Convergence folks that were able to make it out and reflecting on Stephen and Kathy’s journey to marriage, I was deeply encouraged. It is so encouraging to know that Jesus has been, is, and will continue to work through our church to form marriages, birth new life, and restore relationships with God and with one another. It was such a testament to the life giving nature of Christ’s body – Convergence.

I want to encourage you to take one step closer in engaging with the church. If you’ve been following us from a distance (online), I encourage you to join us for worship on Sunday (10:30am at DeFremery Park, Oakland). If you’ve been attending our services on Sunday, I encourage you to join a Life Group (http://convergeoakland.org/life-groups/). If you’ve been attending service and are part of a Life Group, I encourage you to serve and pursue covenant membership with Convergence (http://convergeoakland.org/serving/). Only God knows what the future holds. But I am certain that following Him will lead us to that which is both beautiful and eternal.

In His Amazing Grace,

Pastor Bobby

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