Timberwood Church

Outreach, Spiritual Formation and Leadership

Timberwood Church is a Bible-based, outreach-oriented church designed to help people experience

God’s goodness in their lives. Through teaching and worship, we seek to make the timeless

truth of the Bible relevant for everyday life.  

The purpose of Timberwood Church is to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.

Worshipping, serving, celebrating—together.

June 3rd Letter

“My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me.”  (Jeremiah 8:18)  

“Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; look and see our disgrace.  (Lamentations 5:1)


What do you do when life is so overwhelming?  How do you speak when the unspeakable has happened?  What do you do when you feel oppressed?  What do you do when you see oppression?  What do you do when you see nothing at all?


“There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it.” (Alan Paton)

  • God's Word Speaks

    There are times in any life when the cry of the heart is louder than any voices.  These times may include the loss of a child, prolonged sickness, adverse situations, or current events that tear at one’s soul.  These can rob joy, steal sleep and make an incursion into hope like few things can.  And while much can be said, and should be said, the focus of these letters are not going to fill the void of loss when death has occurred.  Nor are they prescriptive in how injustice or oppression can be solved, although I do believe that the Bible speaks convincingly against oppression and injustice. (Micah 6:8, Malachi 3:5).  And I do believe God is watching and to ignore the reality around us is inconsistent with God.  To put it another way, how can we view the homicide of George Floyd and not realize there is a profound problem?

  • Cry of the Heart

    When Jesus said, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) he is most likely quoting Psalm 22, and to that we might add Psalm 13, “How long, O Lord?”  It’s the heart of the lament, to acknowledge the reality of the situation.  It is a human penitent before a Holy God--not defiant or self-righteous.  It is allowing the grief and emotion to find its right place.  It is being emptied.  My personal lament is for my country and its people.  My personal lament is for the oppressed and the oppressor.  What is your personal lament?  Or perhaps you don’t have one. 

  • Following the life and words of Jesus

    I give my soul, my heart, my mind, my body, (remember Uncle Dallas) to the simple commands of Jesus Christ, “to love God and to love my neighbor as myself.”  (Matthew 22:38-39).  These are not easy commands to follow, and I would be the first to admit I frequently fall very short.  But the outcome of the lament is not only the hope of a better future, but a future that is better only when I follow the life and words of Jesus.  It really silences all the voices, and leaves the only two that matter, me crying out to the Spirit, and the Spirit reminding me of Jesus, his commands, his words, the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-11).


    This Sunday we will live stream our 9 am service.  Additionally, if you would wish, we will have in person services at both 9 and 10:30 am.


    My soul is heavy.  I cry out to a Holy God.

    Peace, I miss you.


    John

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Annual Report

Timberwood's Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, February 2nd

2020 Annual reports are available at the Information Desk or

you may request a digital copy from: joy.walter@timberwoodchurch.org