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Mosaics Cooking Class: Making Kazakh Manti Dumplings

To celebrate Korean/Chinese Full Moon Festival, Lila, a Kazakh native, will teach how to make authentic Kazakh dumplings from scratch.

• Place: Fireside Room Kitchen (next to Main Sanctuary)
• Time: Sept. 14, 2019, from 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Please reserve the spot as this cooking event is for the first 8 people who RSVP’ed. For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. Thank you! ♥ #mosaics

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Mosaics Fall Class Schedule effective from August 17, 2019

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Mosaics Summer Class Schedule

Mosaics Summer Class Schedule effective from July 13, 2019

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Mosaics Summer BBQ

Mosaics Summer BBQ at North Lawn of DCC

Mosaics will have its first BBQ picnic of the year at the North Lawn of DCC (in front of Phoenix Hall). All classes will be meeting at the classroom until 5 pm and will continue meeting at the lawn area.

We will grill baby back ribs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, Grace’s famous lemon & lime chicken thighs, fishes and vegetables.

We will start the BBQ around 5 pm. We will enjoy various games, mini soccer and music. Please bring side dishes, drinks and desserts to share.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. Thank you for your support and participation!

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Mosaics Festival of Venezuela & Colombia

Mosaics Festival of Venezuela & Colombia

June 15, 2019 @ Fellowship Hall, Davis Community Church

Reception @ 5:15 pm | Venezuelan Culture Presentation @ 6 pm | Fundraising Dinner Banquet @ 6:30 pm | Open Mic for Music & Colombian Dance @ 7 pm | Raffle Drawing @ 8:15 pm

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This event is for all mosaics participants and their friends & families. We will prepare Venezuelan & Colombian Dinner Banquet (Suggested Donation of $10 for dinner & 1 raffle ticket, additional raffle tickets are available at $2.50 each). Raised fund will benefit Mosaics ministries. There will be a time for introducing Venezuelan culture & history and will pray for Venezuela during the event.

• All Mosaics’ Saturday classes will be held as usual but will end at 5 pm.

• Please donate raffle prizes, auction prizes and/or cash donation to Davis Mosaics on or before June 15, 2019. Also, please bring/donate desserts and non-alcoholic drinks on the date of event.

• We need volunteers to cook, to set up tables and decoration from 2:30 pm.

• For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2263590100391237/ or contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org. Thank you! ♥ #mosaics

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Mosaics Hike to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Coyote Peak

Mosaics Hike to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Coyote Peak

No classroom gatherings on Saturday, May 25, 2019

We will meet at Davis Community Church’s Staff Parking Lot at 8:45 am for carpooling and will leave together at 9 am on time. Total driving miles from Davis to the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (3801 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515) is 76 miles (about 1 hour 30 minutes of driving time).

For those who come directly to the parking area near the trailhead of the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, please meet the group at 10:45 am. We will start hiking at 11 am on time.

Please bring your own water and lunch.

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Highlight of Coyote Peak Trail Hiking:

4.4 mile loop hike through redwood forest is easy, with some short steep stretches, and plenty of level ground. Total elevation change is about 800 feet.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is accessible right off Highway 29 and just down the street from downtown St. Helena. The park is located 5 miles north of St. Helena and 4 miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29/128. (Latitude/Longitude: 38.5376 / -122.5788)

Dogs are restricted to the camp and picnic areas and must be leashed.

Trail (1.5 miles) – starting from Ritchey Creek, this hike climbs up to 1170 feet to a point from which hikers can oversee Napa Valley.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Napa Valley via a little slice of open space filled with some of the easternmost coastal redwood trees in the state. Located just north of St. Helena Bothe-Napa Valley State Park features a hiking loop with lots of variety and rewarding views.

We will start the hike alongside Ritchey Creek. The path eventually veers and rises steadily; near the summit, the trees give way and the trail becomes exposed. There good views just below Coyote Peak, where a break in the forest creates a wide-angle panorama of St. Helena and the Vaca Mountain Range.

For those people who choose, there will be time to explore and wine taste in the Napa Valley before returning home.

The park access fee is $8 per car. You can park right near the trailhead.

For additional information, please visit following websites:

http://www.eastbaytrails.com/todayoneastbaytrails/2013/9/2/hike-to-coyote-peak-bothe-napa-valley-state-park.html

http://www.napahiking.com/Bothe_Napa_Valley_State_Park.htm?fbclid=IwAR3qQdDUrHyWZ6BAj-Tp8eU_vfo3jsUV35QTzg2afd97A5tWB_Y_4vqZEOM

http://napavalleystateparks.org/bothe-napa/

For more information, please visit our FB event site at: https://www.facebook.com/events/404900023693103/ or contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. ♥ #mosaics

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Why Mosaics?

Why Mosaics? Rethinking Future of Church during the Holy Week

Mosaics provides a unique opportunity to create a “proximity space” where Christians and non-Christians can interact meaningfully with each other (Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church). Mosaics reaches out people through hospitality, enabling Davis Community Church to more fully meet, live with and know its neighbors.  Since the original word for hospitality – “philoxenia” — literally means the ‘love of strangers,’ Christians were (and are!) called to an attitude of welcome not only to other believers, but also to those who are `outsiders.’

Mosaics is more than simply a new nonprofit; it is a “proximity space” where ministry can be carried out as we seek to engage the wider community of Davis and surrounding cities. Mosaics is a new expression of Christianity that responds to changing culture in dynamic ways.

Mosaics provides 8 language classes on Saturdays

Dr. Diana Butler Bass says in her book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution, “When the Bible is read from the perspective of divine nearness, it becomes clear that most prophets, poets, and preachers are particularly worried about religious institutions and practices that perpetuate the gap between God and humanity, making the divine unapproachable or cordoned off behind cadres of priestly mediators, whose interest is in exercising their own power as brokers of salvation. The biblical narrative is that of a God who comes close, compelled by a burning desire to make heaven on earth and occupy human hearts.”

Religion always entails the “3B’s” of believing, behaving, and belonging. Over the centuries, Christianity has engaged the 3B’s in different ways, with different interrogators and emphases. For the last 300 years or so, the questions were asked as follows:

1) What do I believe? (What does my church say I should think about God?)

2) How should I behave? (What are the rules my church asks me to follow?)

3) Who am I? (What does it mean to be a faithful church member?)

But the questions have changed. Contemporary people care less about what to believe than how they might believe; less about rules for behavior than in what they should do with their lives; and less about church membership than in whose company they find themselves. The questions have become:

1) How do I believe? (How do I understand faith that seems to conflict with science and pluralism?)

2) What should I do? (How do my actions make a difference in the world?)

3) Whose am I? (How do my relationships shape my self-understanding?)

Mosaics Halloween & Harvest Festival

The foci of religion have not changed–believing, behaving, and belonging still matter. But the ways in which people engage each area have undergone a revolution.”

Dr. Bass also contends that we need to reverse the three B’s to move the “church as institution” to “religion as spiritual faith.”

FROM TO
Believing: creed and dogma
Behaving: rules and techniques
Belonging: being part of community
Belonging: being part of community
Behaving: rules and techniques
Believing: creed and dogma

Dr. Bass says, “We no longer live isolated behind boundaries of ethnicity, race, or religion. We are connected in global community. We search the Internet for answers; we ask our Buddhist or Hindu neighbors; we read our own sacred texts and the texts of others; we listen to preachers from the world’s religions. Answers are no longer confined to the opinions of a local priest, mullah, rabbi, or guru. The answers depend on us figuring this out together. This shift in religious consciousness is a worldwide phenomenon, a sort of divine web in which we are tangled.” 

Lord’s Supper at Mosaics

Mosaics seeks to move the “church as institution” to “religion as spiritual faith,” placing an emphasis on creating a culture of belonging and knowing one another deeply first. As Dr. Bass so eloquently puts it, “Christianity did not begin with a confession. It began with an invitation into friendship, into creating a new community, into forming relationships based on love and service.” 

Mosaics is grounded in the theology that God is with us (Immanuel). As many Gen X-Y-Zers are away from institutionalized churches, there are also great spiritual awakening (counter-movement) of seeking God among new generations. Mosaics are planted to provide places to belong, to practice “common good” in meaningful ways, and places to invite (and/or to encounter with) God in many innovated ways, interwoven with cross-cultural dynamic activities, which are available to anyone, especially Mosaics who are heart-broken and lost in this world, freely without any restrictions.

Mosaics continues to restore the koinonia of the early 1st century movement (Acts 2:42-47), encounter (paga) with God in a daily basis to share everything in common, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people, which is the authentic agape fellowship instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ. In the new era of paradigm shift, Mosaics will truly be an exciting movement for the church of future.

Mosaics Community Drum Circle

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

Pastor Stephen Moon

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