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We are excited for all that God has in store for us in 2019! Our calling is to be a church that loves God, loves Miami, goes deep in discipleship, and bridges the divisions of this world with the grace and faithful love of Christ. Make sure to watch the short video of Matt sharing more about the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge on our website to learn more about what’s in store for us in 2019.
Our hope is that the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge would help you (and us) plan and engage with your Participation, Presence, and Partnership in 2019.
We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you are going to be involved in a Missional Church, where you are going to serve, and the amount you are going to financially give in 2019. Please indicate this on the form below.
The deadline for the pledge is Sunday, January 27 so please complete this by that date. You can do this in 3 different ways:
- Complete the hard-copy form drop in the Generosity Box on Sunday
- Complete the hard-copy form and mail to our PO Box
- Complete the form online (see link below)
Thank you for being part of Rhythm and investing in the kingdom of God this year!
Rhythm’s Guidance Team
Matt Alexander Lauren Fernandez Natalie Freitas
Paul Olver Angel Pittman Liz Sastre
The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, January 20th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s vision for 2019, the budget for this year, and some other exciting news! If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch, so bring $5 cash to help cover this expense if you are able!
RSVP quickly so we can plan accordingly! Thanks!
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre
Join us at Public Worship on Sunday, January 13th as we welcome guest preacher Keisha Polonio! Keisha currently serves as the Associate Director and Coaching Director of the Underground Network in Tampa, FL. She is a certified leadership coach and a sought after public speaker. Keisha also served for several years as the Director of Created Women, a ministry committed to serving vulnerable women caught in the sex industry. She lives in Tampa with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Jarron and Evan. You can learn more about Keisha’s work and her story here.
Rhythm ladies, we are also hosting an informal gathering with Keisha on Saturday evening of January 12th to dialogue around being women in leadership and to encourage one another! All women are welcome to join. For details on this gathering, click here to check out the Facebook event!
Join us at 10:30 am this Sunday, December 23, as we celebrate the coming of the Christ-child and reflect on what this means for our lives, our city, and our world today. This will be a great morning to bring friends and family. Candles will be raised, good cheer spread, and Joy to the World sung.
Come early and stay late – a lite breakfast will be available before the worship service.
Save the date for Rhythm’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16th at 6 PM! An evening of good food, celebration, community, and fun surprises, everyone from the Rhythm community is welcome to join! There will also be activities provided for children.
The party will be held at the Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami 33145.
Please RSVP with Lauren Fernandez by December 7th and let us know if you have children who will be attending.
Rhythm will not be meeting for Public Worship this Sunday, November 4 because we will be in LaBelle, FL on the Pilgrimage Retreat!
See you next Sunday, November 11 to continue in our sermon series on Acts!
“Poured Out” was written and crafted by Terri Dewey as she prepared to preach on Acts 2. You can listen to the sermon audio here.
the Spirit has been given
…to daughters, sons, servants and slaves,
immigrants, outsiders, the barren,
widows and divorced, abused, neglected,
the single and the spouses,
pastors and politicians,
janitors and judges,
the oppressor and the oppressed
beyond the box of religious duty & fearful obedience
the wind blew and filled the whole house
the breath of heaven was a violent, crazy sound
not restrained and timid
the fire of the holy, good, beautiful, lovely and sweet
that only could be encountered from a distance
came to rest like a tiny flame on every single person
who came from all the world
to worship in one temple, one city, one holy ground
but every Jewish pilgrim, from every nation, heard the sound
the presence of God outside
outside the walls
outside what they had been taught
outside their systems
outside the holy temple
the presence of God encountered
right on the street
the common somehow sacred
where heaven meets with me
where the Spirit of the Lord is…
there is forgiveness and there is freedom
there is healing, a home where we belong
our human spaces changing
through our risen King
and these wonder-things
point us back to You
so we will worship
when we serve, or when we sit
when we give, when we forgive
when we work, and when we rest
holy, breathing things
You are crafting us together
Your people, we gather, we go
we pray, we eat, we sing
Your presence left a building
You’re living now in me
We are inviting anyone who wants to commit to following Jesus with Rhythm to do so during Public Worship on Sunday, October 7.
We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to following Jesus with a local expression of his Body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When you ask how can I “be a part of Rhythm,” our first response is simply to say, “Come have a seat at the table. We’d love for you to take part in everything we do. If you want in, you’re in.” However, if the question you’re asking is “How do I live as a disciple of Jesus, commit myself to this community, and participate in the mission?” – then we invite you to consider becoming part of the Vowed Community.
Joining the Vowed Community is a great step to take if you are a follower of Jesus and see Rhythm as your “church home.” The Vowed Community are the people in Rhythm who are ready to say, “This is my church! I want to follow Jesus with these people and to invest in this community.”
Below are two documents that help to articulate more about Rhythm and what it means to join the Vowed Community:
Joining the Vowed Community 101 gives a basic overview of Rhythm’s history, purpose, the Rhythm of Life, and the commitments of being part of the Vowed Community. Everyone considering making this commitment needs to read this short document.
Joining the Vowed Community 201 is a deeper explanation of Rhythm’s theology, core convictions, leadership structure, and strategy. This is a much longer, more detailed document.
On Sunday, September 23 we are facilitating a Q&A luncheon for anyone considering joining the Vowed Community. The pastors will spend time sharing about Rhythm’s history, values, and purpose and answer any questions. If you want to attend, please email Lauren no later than Friday, September 21.
If you have made this commitment in the past and do not have any questions, then simply communicate with one of the pastors about continuing your commitment.
Whether you are renewing your commitment or joining for the first time, please confirm with one of the pastors of your final decision by Sunday, September 30.
DNA is deep inside each one of us – it’s what makes us who we are. Every person has unique DNA and so does every church. Rhythm has a unique story, identity, and purpose that gives us clarity about who we are but also what we’ve been called to do together in Miami.
Join us for this four-week series in September as we refresh our minds and hearts in what it looks like to be a disciple-making church together.
Rhythm is going on a pilgrimage retreat this fall to play, pray, and personalize the Rhythm of Life.
Retreating has been an important practice for Christians since Jesus’ time. Christ often invited his disciples to retreat with him so that they could recover their lives through rest, prayer, and community. Getting away for a few days with other followers of Jesus helps us to experience the deeper soul rest that we all hunger and long for.
Anyone who is part of the Rhythm community is invited to join us this year, November 2-4 in LaBelle, FL (about 2 hr and 30 min drive from Miami) for the Pilgrimage.
Registration and deposits must be submitted online no later than Sunday, September 30 to secure your spot on the Pilgrimage. Check out more details below.
Dates and Location
November 2-4, 2018 (Friday evening – Sunday early afternoon)
Riverside Retreat Center
7305 Co Rd 78
LaBelle, FL 33935
$116/adult for Indoor Lodging
$54/adult for Outdoor Camping
Children under 10 are free.
Costs including lodging for 2 nights, all meals, snacks, and retreat activities (transportation not included).
Deposits are due no later than Sunday, September 30 and the full payment is due no later than Sunday, October 28.
Indoor Lodging – this option includes staying inside an air-conditioned building with restrooms and bunk-bed rooms. Individuals/families are responsible for bringing their own pillow and linens.
Outdoor Camping – this option includes a campsite area to set-up a tent. Individuals/families are responsible for bringing their own camping gear.