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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.
Rhythm is excited to have Gary Francis with us on September 2nd. Gary is the Youth Coordinator for Touching Miami with Love, an inner city ministry that works with children, students, and families in the Overtown community. He has a masters degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary and is the author of Where’s My Father, a memoir style book that is filled with stories of seeking and finding God in persons, places, and things both expected and unexpected.
Join us at 10:30 am on Sunday, September 2nd as Gary shares about his own journey of following Jesus and finding God in unexpected places.
Rhythm is looking for a few new folks to help serve our community on Sunday mornings in different areas of Public Worship. This is a great way to get connected to others in our community and serve alongside one another. Please contact Lauren to learn more about serving once a month with hospitality, set-up and tear down, or with Rhythm Kids!
This summer Rhythm is facilitating three study groups on different themes and topics. Each group will focus on a significant discipleship topic and we’d love for you to participate! Each person will need to register for each group by contacting the respective contact person.
Sabbath and Rest
Wednesday’s, 6:45–8:30 pm (June 13 – August 2)
Do you have the STBs? Are you Stressed? Tired? Busy? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you may have the STBs. There’s good news, God has provided a treatment, a rhythm of rest, called the Sabbath the practice of resting. Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moral laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or buy beer on Sundays. This study will challenge traditional conceptions of the Sabbath, providing you with a robust theology and practical tools. God doesn’t just want us to live fragmented lives, but rather he wants us to become a whole person and a whole society. With this perspective, Sabbath can be the starting point for a life that breaks the restless cycle of a demanding culture and allows you to focus on what is truly important: God, people, and His creation.
The Book of Colossians
Thursday’s, 7:30–9:30 pm (June 14 – August 3)
In the book of Colossians, Paul addresses problems the Church faces and encourages believers to remain devoted to the exalted Jesus. Because of Jesus’ position as the firstborn and head of the body and because of His resurrection, they are reconciled to God, free from the law and able to live transformed lives. They are joined to Jesus as new creations and are part of His new multi-ethnic family. As members of the new humanity, no part of their human existence remains untouched by the loving and liberating rule of Jesus. Their suffering, temptation to compromise, moral character and the power dynamic in their home must all be re-examined and can be transformed.
This group will meet at Whole Foods in South Miami (6701 Red Rd). Contact John for more information.
Restorative Justice & Jubilee
Tuesday’s, 7-9 pm (July 3 – July 31)
This class will develop an understanding of biblical ethics that centers on God’s plan to preserve the spiritual, social, and economic welfare of his people. The focus of study will be anchored in the Old Testament concept of Jubilee and the elements of Old Testament law that are intended to intersect the community spiritual, social, and economic life of God’s people. Biblical textual and contextual study will be a core discipline of the course.
*** Rhythm is hosting this as a satellite course at the Center for Social Change (2103 Coral Way). The live presentation will occur in Tampa, FL and Rhythm will participate via satellite feed. Contact Lauren for more information and to sign-up.
Rhythm is excited to have Mark Scandrette with us on April 29th. Mark is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Mark has written numerous books that can be found HERE.
Join us at 10:30 am on April 29th as Mark shares his own journey of raising a family in the urban core of San Francisco and what it can look like for a family to flourish in the way of Jesus.
If you are new to Rhythm we’d love to connect with you! Newcomers Lunch is specifically designed for people who have recently connected to Rhythm and want to learn a bit more about our story, vision, and ways to integrate into the life of the community.
Come have lunch, meet the pastors, and make some new friends!
Please email Lauren Fernandez by Friday, June 8th for more information and to attend on Sunday, June 10.
We invite you to journey with us during the season of Lent. Beginning in the fourth century, the church began observing Lent as a forty-day period of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of repentance, of considering Christ’s sufferings, and rethinking how we are called to take up our own crosses and follow Jesus.
We also encourage you to download this Lent Devotional Guide that our community is using this Lenten season. Each day has its own Psalm to use for prayer and a scripture passage to meditate on. Take a few minutes each day to spend time with Jesus during this season, opening up your heart to his presence as he journey’s to the cross.
The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, February 11th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s budget and financial vision for 2018 and will be creating a space for dialogue and prayer about the direction God is leading our church. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch!
Please RSVP HERE
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre
In September 2017 Rhythm’s leadership began a public search process for a half-time pastoral role. Over the past four months, both the temporary Search Team (ST) and Guidance Team have spent considerable time, prayer, and dialogue in the pastoral search process.
Rhythm’s GT and temporary ST are excited to announce that we unanimously recommend that Lauren Fernandez join Rhythm’s pastoral team!
We believe Lauren is a fantastic candidate for this pastoral position and believe God has led her to serve and lead Rhythm during this season of our church’s life. We are thankful for God’s quick provision for Rhythm and are excited to take the next faith step as a community!
Both the GT and ST are very encouraged by the spirit of unity and enthusiasm within the leadership throughout the search, interview, and hiring process. In Christian tradition, unity is a fundamental marker that God’s direction has been discerned. Please pray that we continue “being one in spirit and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2) as we seek God’s direction for our community.
Please read Lauren’s bio and Q&A about her pastoral role.
The word agape means “unconditional love.” The Agape Meal celebrates that we are people who are unconditionally loved by God and called to spread his love to the world. We spend time with one another eating potluck dishes, worshipping, praying, and talking about what it means to live into our community’s Rule of Life.
The next Agape Meal is Friday, December 1st, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Center for Social Change on the 5th floor (2103 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145).
Everyone is welcome to come and participate at the Agape Meal, but we especially encourage those who consider Rhythm to be their “home church” to be at the meal.
Email Matt Alexander if you have any questions. Sign-up on the link below to bring or make a dish to share and we’ll see you at the Agape Meal!