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Revitalizing Declining Churches: Embracing Innovation and Adaptation in Shifting Paradigms

The shifting paradigms present a unique opportunity for declining churches to reimagine their path and experience a revitalization. By acknowledging the need for adaptation and embracing innovative strategies, declining churches can regain their relevance in a rapidly changing society and reconnect with their communities.

To begin the process of revitalization, declining churches must first recognize the evolving spiritual needs and preferences of their congregations. Traditional methods that were once effective may no longer resonate with younger generations or address the diverse needs of a changing demographic. Therefore, it is crucial to engage in open dialogues with community members, actively listen to their aspirations and concerns, and genuinely seek their input.

With this understanding in place, declining churches can explore alternative approaches to connect with and serve their communities. Embracing technology becomes essential in reaching a broader audience. Through live streaming services, podcasts, and active engagement on social media platforms, churches can transcend geographical limitations and engage individuals who may not be able to physically attend services.

In addition to leveraging digital tools, declining churches can breathe new life into their worship experiences by incorporating diverse and inclusive elements. This could mean embracing different styles of music, incorporating multi-lingual or multicultural aspects, or creating interactive and participatory formats that encourage congregants to actively engage with their faith journey. By cultivating an atmosphere that resonates with the broader community, declining churches can attract new members and reignite the passion of existing ones.

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” – 1 Corinthians 9:22

Collaboration and partnership are vital for the revitalization of declining churches. By forging connections with other community organizations, churches can extend their reach and impact beyond traditional boundaries. Collaborative initiatives for social justice, environmental stewardship, or community development not only enhance the church’s influence but also create opportunities for shared resources and collective growth.

Empowering their members and cultivating leadership are also essential steps for declining churches. By nurturing a culture of innovation, creativity, and adaptability, churches can tap into the diverse talents and passions within their congregations. Encouraging active participation in decision-making processes and providing platforms for unique contributions can foster a sense of ownership and commitment among members.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10

Learning from successful examples of revitalization, both within their own religious traditions and from other denominations, can provide valuable insights for declining churches. Exploring case studies, attending conferences, and engaging in dialogue with thriving churches can inspire new ideas and practical strategies for transformation.

Lastly, expanding beyond the physical boundaries of the church building can help declining churches attract individuals seeking more than traditional religious experiences. By offering programs that address the broader needs of their communities, such as counseling services, support groups, educational initiatives, and outreach activities, churches can position themselves as centers of holistic development. This holistic approach can create a meaningful and relevant presence in the lives of people, fostering spiritual growth and well-being.

In conclusion, declining churches have the opportunity to embark on a transformative journey by adapting to the shifting paradigms. By embracing innovation, engaging communities, fostering collaboration, empowering members, and adopting a holistic approach, declining churches can revitalize their purpose and regain relevance. With a spirit of openness, willingness to evolve, and a focus on meeting evolving spiritual needs, declining churches can embrace a brighter future and reconnect with individuals seeking spiritual fulfillment and connection.

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Mosaics 2023 Summer-Fall Class Schedule

Mosaics 2023 Summer-Fall Class Schedule, effective from June 9, 2023 to November 23, 2023

In-person gatherings on Saturdays at the Phoenix Hall, DCC:

• 4 pm: Beginning Spanish (North Room, Viviana & Diana)
• 4 pm: Beginning & Intermediate Korean (Youth Room, Stephen)
• 4 pm : Acoustic Guitar (Music Room, Chad)
• 5 pm : Singing (Music Room, Kuldip)
• 5 pm: Learning Spanish Using Song Lyrics (North Room, Phillip)
• 5 pm: Beginning French (North Room, Seth)
• 5 pm: Beginning Mandarin Chinese (Youth Room, Shoui)
• 6 pm: Intercultural Dinner Fellowship (Youth & North Rooms)
• 7 pm: Watercolor Art & Design (Youth Room, Zhannur)
• 7 pm: Tai Chi or Drum Circle Group (North Room, Daniel & Mehdi)
• 7 pm: English Learners Group (Library, Chad & Linda)

Zoom gatherings on 2nd & 4th Fridays: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

• 3 pm: Beginning Korean (Stephen)
• 4 pm: Advanced Korean (Stephen)
• 5 pm: Intermediate Conversational Mandarin Chinese (Allie)
• 6 pm: Intermediate Conversational Japanese (Mutsumi)
• 7 pm: Beginning Chinese (Yuhan)
• 8 pm: Bible Study & Meditation Group (Stephen)

Mosaics Small Group Fellowship on Weekday or Sunday:

• 5 pm to 9 pm: Cooking, Karaoke, Games, Meditation, etc. at various locations (to be announced)

Mosaics Intercultural Events:

• Mosaics Harvest Festival at Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Oct. 28
• Mosaics Thanksgiving Feast & Talent Contest on Saturday, Nov. 18
• Pre-Christmas Party at Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Dec. 16 – tentative

Note:

No gatherings on July 29 (Outdoor Photography with Mini Hike), Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Nov. 24-25 (Thanksgiving Day), Dec. 30 (New Year’s Day).

Starting from Dec. 2, 2023, until March 23, 2024, all classes will be conducted via Zoom to minimize the spread of winter diseases during the COVID, Flu & Cold season.

For further information, kindly reach out to Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 (cell) or via email at catalyst@nextg.org. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Thank you!

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Hospitality

As we gather together, I would like to speak about a topic that holds great significance to God: hospitality. This virtue has been a part of human practice since the beginning of time and is one that the Church must not disregard.

The act of hospitality is prevalent throughout the Bible, and Jesus is a prime example of demonstrating it. His hospitality was founded in his profound love for all individuals, irrespective of their social status or situation. In this discourse, we will delve into the concept of Jesus’ hospitality through the lens of his radical love, comprehend its implications for us, and examine how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.

Jesus’ Hospitality: Core of the Gospel

Jesus’ hospitality was revolutionary, transcending cultural boundaries and societal norms. This act challenges the status quo and calls for a counter-cultural approach. It involves extending kindness and embracing diversity, reaching out to those who are different from us. Jesus welcomed outcasts, sinners, and tax collectors to his inner circle, demonstrating the inclusive nature of his love. He calls us to follow his example, practicing hospitality with radical love.

Matthew 25:35 says, “For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in.” Jesus tells us that when we serve others, we serve Him (Matthew 25:31-43). We are called to provide food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, and a home to the stranger. When we extend hospitality to those who are different from us, we create a safe and welcoming space where people can experience the love of Christ and be drawn closer to Him. This means intentionally breaking down barriers that may exist between different groups of people, actively seeking out those who are on the edges of society, and making them feel welcome.

Creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all requires us to be intentional about our language, communication, and behavior. We should strive to create spaces where people can come together, share their stories, and experiences without judgment. Practicing hospitality and radical love creates opportunities to share the gospel with others, as demonstrated in Acts 2:42-47. By inviting people into our homes, sharing meals, and providing a space where they can experience the love of Christ, we can lead them to salvation.

Being willing to serve others is another way to practice hospitality and radical love. It requires putting others before ourselves, laying down our own desires for the good of others. This means being willing to sacrifice our time, resources, and even our own comfort for the sake of others.

In the 21st century, we have access to many resources to practice hospitality, including social media and online giving. However, we must remember that hospitality is not just programs or initiatives but the very heart of the gospel. As followers of Christ, we are called to love one another as He has loved us, showing hospitality to strangers and caring for those in need. When we practice hospitality and radical love, we live out our faith in tangible ways, making the love of Christ visible to the world.

Biblical Passages about Hospitality

The Bible speaks to us clearly about hospitality and its importance, and I want to share with you ten passages to encourage us to practice hospitality in our time.

1. Hospitality is an expression of love (1 Peter 4:8-9). When we show hospitality, we are demonstrating love to our fellow believers and even to those who are not believers. It is a way of showing care and concern for their needs.

2. Hospitality is a command from God (Romans 12:13). As Christians, we are called to be hospitable. It is not an option, but a command from our Lord. In Romans 12:13, Paul instructs us to “practice hospitality.” This commandment shows us that hospitality is not just something we do when we feel like it, but it is a priority for every follower of Christ.

3. Hospitality is an opportunity to serve others, especially strangers or those in need (Hebrews 13:2). When we open our homes and our hearts to others, we are creating a warm and inviting atmosphere where people feel valued and accepted. The Scriptures says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

4. Hospitality is a way to show God’s grace (Luke 14:12-14). Jesus tells us to invite those who cannot repay us. When we show hospitality to those who cannot repay us, we are showing them God’s grace.

5. Hospitality is a way to share the gospel (Romans 10:14-15). When we welcome others into our homes, we have the opportunity to share the gospel with them. We can demonstrate our faith through our actions, and show them the love of Christ in a tangible way.

6. Hospitality is a way to practice generosity (2 Corinthians 9:7). When we practice hospitality, we are sharing our resources with others. We are giving of ourselves, and showing generosity to those around us.

7. Hospitality is a way to build relationships (Proverbs 18:24). When we open our homes to others, we have the opportunity to build strong relationships. We can share our lives with them, and create a community of love and support.

8. Hospitality is a way to be a witness to the world (John 13:34-35). Jesus tells His disciples that they will be known for their love for one another. When we practice hospitality, we are demonstrating our love for each other and for those around us. We are being a witness to the world of the transformative power of love.

9. Hospitality is a way to create a welcoming community (Acts 2:42-47). In this passage, we see the early Church practicing hospitality by sharing meals and resources with each other. They create a community of love and support, and many are added to their number as a result. Hospitality creates diversity.

10. Hospitality is a way to honor God (Hebrews 13:16). When we show hospitality, we are demonstrating our love for God. We are using the gifts and resources that He has given us to serve others and to bring glory to His name.

How Inherited Churches can Practice Hospitality?

Here are 5 practical suggestions:

1. Lead by example: As leaders, we must model hospitality and radical love in our own lives. When we practice what we preach, others will be more likely to follow.

2. Preach on hospitality: Educate the congregation on the significance of hospitality and radical love through sermons. Share biblical examples and provide practical suggestions for practicing hospitality in our daily lives.

3. Create opportunities for fellowship: Plan events and activities that bring people together and create a space for hospitality. Encourage people to invite their friends and neighbors to these events.

4. Start small: Hospitality doesn’t have to be a big production. Start small by inviting a few people over for dinner or offering to help someone in need. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact.

5. Be intentional: Look for opportunities to practice hospitality in your daily life. Whether it’s inviting a coworker to lunch or welcoming a new family to church, be intentional about showing love to those around you.

Conclusion:

When we choose to combine hospitality and radical love, we unleash a formidable force that can positively impact the lives of individuals and entire communities. However, it is important to acknowledge that embodying hospitality and radical love is not a simple task. It requires us to venture outside of our comfort zones and open ourselves up to others. It necessitates us to take risks and become vulnerable. Nevertheless, by doing so, we create a space where healing and relationships can thrive. Furthermore, hospitality and radical love compel us to see beyond the superficial and into the core of a person. We must perceive others as Christ perceives them and appreciate them for who they are, not just for what they can do for us.

My dear friends, let us heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit and keep a lookout for opportunities to demonstrate hospitality and love in our daily lives. In doing so, we become vessels of God’s grace and exhibit the transformative power of radical love. May our lives be a reflection of Christ’s love, and may we remain steadfast in fulfilling his mandate to love one another. Amen.

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Mosaics Spring BBQ Fellowship

Mosaics Spring BBQ Fellowship

• When: Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

• Where: Davis Community Church North Lawn Picnic Area

• Who: All Mosaics members, friends & family and supporters who are fully vaccinated with booster shot(s) or negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours.

Dinner will start at 4 pm and will last until 7 pm.

Please invite your friends and family for our Mosaics Spring BBQ fellowship to celebrate Mother’s Day. We welcome all musicians.

No Zoom classes on Saturday, May 13. (We will still have Zoom classes on Friday, May 12).

We will have famous Korean-Hawaiian grilled BBQ: Lemon Chicken, Ribs, Fishes and Vegetables.

We will also have dozens of side dishes. Please bring your special side dish, drinks and dessert to share with others, if you can.

Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/259811959722278 or contact Dr. Stephen Moon for more information at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org.

Thank you!! 

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2023 Spring Fundraiser for Mosaics

Friends and families of Mosaics, once again, we need your love offerings to sustain ministries of Intercultural Mosaics, sponsored by Davis Community Church.

Mosaics is ready to thrive through innovative fellowships, creative hospitality, and renewed missions, during the incredibly challenging time.

We’re raising necessary fund for Mosaics, to reach out more people. And your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Our semi-annual fundraiser will end on April 25, 2023 with a goal of $5,000.

Here is the FaceBook donation page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/614381626881345

Your donation will help to reshape Mosaics during the post-pandemic time. We are already offering hybrid gatherings, both online and physical, and reaching out people from all over the world.

Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to Mosaics via Davis Community Church, our partner and sponsoring church.

For more information, please visit: www.nextg.org or contact 916-217-5470.

You may also click following “Give Now” button or scan QR Code to give your love-offerings instantly.

Thank you so much for your support and prayer!

Happy Spring and Have a Blessed Easter!

Rev. Dr. Stephen & Grace Moon

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Mosaics Indian Cultural Festival

Mosaics Indian Cultural Festival ❤️

• Who: Anyone who is vaccinated

• When: March 25, 2023, from 4:30 pm

• Where: Fellowship Hall of Davis Community Church

• What: Indian Dinner Banquet at 5 pm and Indian Cultural Music starting from 6:30 pm. Lots of raffle prizes & karaoke time!

• How: Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1248769035720095

For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470.

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Lunar New Year celebrations held in Davis on Saturday

Over 50 people gathered to celebrate 2023 Lunar New Year’s Day. Just before starting the dinner banquet, KCRA 3 News Team visited us and interviewed me to feature Mosaics in the local news: https://www.kcra.com/…/davis-lunar-new-year…/42607259.

Lunar New Year celebrations held in Davis on Saturday

DAVIS, Calif. —Dozens of people celebrated Lunar New Year Saturday in Davis.

Updated: 7:17 AM PST Jan 22, 2023

Lee Anne Denyer, Reporter

Dozens of people celebrated Lunar New Year Saturday in Davis.

The celebration was held at the Davis Community Church.

“A place to celebrate, and have a good time, and emerging into this cultural event with so many people who are from different backgrounds,” said Rev. Stephen Moon, of Intercultural Mosaics.

Moon said the church regularly holds Lunar New Year celebrations to ensure people have a place to celebrate their culture — and the cultures of others.

See more in the video above.

We celebrated the new ” Year of Rabbit” with traditional Korean banquet with Chinese-Korean dumplings and many delicious traditional desserts followed by various games, music, sharing of gifts and raffle drawings.

Intercultural Mosaics is reaching out all generation in our community to experience God’s love and grace through the radical hospitality built with may different intercultural and spiritual classes since 2013. Currently, we have over 200 regular participants with 15 faithful leaders who serve Mosaics community of faith, hope and love.

Happy New Year!!

Rev. Dr. Stephen Moon

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2023 Mosaics Spring Zoom Class Schedule

Mosaics 2023 Spring Class Schedule, effective from January 7, 2023 to May 20, 2023

All classes will be held on Zoom at PDT/PST Time (California, USA). People without video will be restricted to participate any classes to protect our privacy.

Friday Zoom Site: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

• Beginning Conversational Korean: 4 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Intermediate Conversational Chinese: 5 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

• Beginning Conversational Japanese: 6 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays

Saturday Zoom Site: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

• German Language & Culture: 2 pm

• Beginning Spanish: 3 pm

• Beginning French: 4 pm

• Advanced Korean: 5 pm

• Intermediate Japanese: 6 pm

• English Learners Group: 7 pm

• Bible Study & Meditation: 8 pm

For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/interculturalmosaics and https://www.meetup.com/mosaics.

We haven’t decided when we can effectively switch to in-person gatherings in a weekly basis at the Phoenix Hall, Davis Community Church. There are still great dangers of Omicron variants and sub-variants. Especially now, the winter respiratory viruses (including flu, COVID-19, and RSV) circulating across the state, will last until the late spring. Our leadership will re-discuss at the end of March, if staring in-person gathering weekly from April or May 2023 will be a good idea. We can continue meeting through Zoom (thank God for technology!) with monthly big event at the Fellowship Hall until we are safe to meet in-person regularly in a weekly basis.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Dr. Stephen Moon

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Mosaics Lunar New Year’s Day Festival

Mosaics Lunar New Year’s Day Festival

• When: Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Dinner starting at 5 pm)

• Where: Fellowship Hall of Davis Community Church

• Who: Open to all Mosaics members and their friends & family

• No Zoom classes

• Cooking Class: Chinese Dumpling Making (starting from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

• Dinner Banquet: Starting from 5 pm. Please bring side dishes and desserts to share.

• Games, Raffles and Music: Starting from 6:30 pm. Please donate raffle prizes.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/902182367633095 or contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470. Thank you! ❤ #mosaics 

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Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

Rev. Dr. Stephen & Grace Moon

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