mosaic nashville
NEWS

August 15, 2006
new sunday conversation a·wak·en·ing
a·wak·en·ing is about people who sense God's calling on their lives, it?s about a community with dreams, it?s about a community exploring what God might want to do in and through them, it?s about rearrangement, it?s about stretching, it?s about beginning for some and growing for others. Join us over the next few months as we explore the movement of God as told in the book of Acts. Join us as Mosaic continues to open ourselves up to God and allows God to shape and change us. Join us as we experience an ACT of?a·wak·en·ing

May 23, 2006
Mosaic Sabbatical Week
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.

Thoughts and ideas- from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical by Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita

March 13, 2006
threads the conversation
threads: the values from the ancient scriptures that are at the core of God's story and at the core of who Mosaic desires to be as a community of Jesus followers.
these are the essentials that are woven into all we are and all we are becoming ? both as individuals and as a whole. They shape us as followers of Jesus, defining our role in the movement of God. This is who we are. These are non-negotiables that we hold to, that we strive for. They become the rhythms that we live by.
Mission. Love. Design. Relevance. Surrender.
So, join us over the next few weeks as we explore, experience, and engage in the conversation, threads.

January 12, 2006
Community Groups Begin (check out the schedule and Join one)

Mosaic will be a church of "people", not a "place" you go to. For us, the point is not just "going to a church," but being church in our daily lives and everyday interactions with others. At mosaic, commonLIFE in Christ starts @ home and among friends.

Thus community groups gather in homes, but also in other kinds of spaces. Some groups meet in coffeehouses and some in parks. The spaces vary, but the purpose is the same: small groups of people gathering to share life, tell stories, eat meals, pray, serve and grow together in Jesus Christ.

So, join a community group and invest in others.

January 3, 2006
New Sunday Conversation "30 Days"

Morgan Spurlock, creator of the documentary, ?Super Size Me? and the Fx original series, ?30 Days?, makes this statement about his television series, ?My goal with this series is just to plant the seeds that will hopefully inspire you to seek out more information or act to make a change in your own community. So get involved, make a difference, change the world ... in the end it's up to you.?
Over the next 30 days we long to do the same, to dive into conversations about the stories of those in scripture who have placed themselves into the shoes of others, the cultures of others, the lands of others and the lives of others. Our hope is that we may be convinced to act, to seek out, to get involved, to make a change, to follow in the ways of Jesus.
So for the next 30 days join us as we live in someone else?s shoes?.In the end it?s up to you.

December 22, 2005
Christmas Worship Gathering
December 23 Christmas Worship Gathering O' Come let us adore Him Friday 7:00 PM at the Anchor 629 Third Ave South 37210 Nashville, TN This year we'll celebrate Christmas with Carols, lots of Candles and Communion.

November 10, 2005
the ride continues
the ride continues,
the word is out,
yes, we are moving.
on december 4, 2005 to
629 third avenue south in downtown n?ville

On Sunday, December 4 we will be gathering at a new location, 629 Third Avenue South in Downtown Nashville. This location is the gathering place of The Anchor Fellowship http://theanchorfellowship.com.
The Anchor Fellowship Church has graciously allowed us to lease their facilities for Sunday gatherings, a few additional community gatherings a month, storage, and band practice. We continually thank the Lord and the Anchor fFllowship for paving the way for this new location.

So, pass the word and stay tuned for more information, and continue to do life with God and others.

November 7, 2005
The Building at McGavock
It was just a few months ago when we stated we will be moving into a new location at 1525 McGavock St. for our worship gathering. We were excited and felt it was where we needed to be for the time being. However, it is time to move again, we received a notice along with other the tenants of the building stating the building must be vacated by December 31, 2005. We are not exactly sure what is gong to happen to the building but we believe it is going to become a parking lot.
So, we are on the search again, for a venue in which we can gather together, eat meals together, and do life together.
Please be in pray for a new place to do life together. We have always stated that Church is a people not a place?may our actions continue to represent our words. Pass the word and stay tuned for more information about when a move will take place.
In the mean time the people of mosaic still do life all over including a building at 1525 McGavock st. ?. See you there.

September 25, 2005
Our role in foster care
Family Matters "Potluck and special speaker Sunday, September 25th after the service" MeLisa Hovind a foster parent will share from her experience (she became a foster parent at 21 and would've started earlier but that was the age minimum), and then Sharon Zinzow will discuss the ways we can be involved in helping out foster care. We will address service projects and a future meeting date. So come to listen and eat as we discover how God could utilize the community of Mosaic within the foster care system. For more information contact Sharon at Sharon.Zinzow@state.tn.us

September 13, 2005
THE RECEPTION WEEKEND
The Reception: Saturday - September 17
7:00pm
A party to celebrate the coming together of our community
At The Virtual Factory Stage & The Garage
1525 McGavock Street Nashville, TN 37203
Live music- food -Childcare will be provided

Picnic In the Park: Sunday - September 18
11:00am
This is our weekend gathering
We will gather at Centennial Park to wrap up the reception weekend. Bring your lunch, a blanket and a Frisbee and we will provide the drinks

For more information please see www.mosaicnashville.org or call 473-6485.

July 22, 2005
The Merge
It is here, merge week and It is going to be great!
The dates of July 26th picnic in the park & July 31st, our merge Sunday are fast approaching. I am excited about the God given opportunity to do life together. I continue to be blown away by the beautiful fit of vision and values from each community of faith. Thanks to all, for the conversations, questions and prayers, GOD IS GOOD. Let our days ahead be a time for our community to being formed into the image of Christ for the sake of others.

July 26 Picnic at the Park
July 31 Merge Sunday

June 23, 2005
NEW LOCATION
SUNDAY June 26 we will be moving into a new location for our worship gathering located at 1525 McGavock St.
This is not a permanent location as of yet, but it will be our home for the next phase of our life.
Pass the word and stay tuned for more information.

June 13, 2005
**Merge Ahead**
Dear Mosaic Community,
The decision has been made and the news is out, Mosaic is about to experience a blessed expansion! Mosaic Nashville and Mosaic are coming together to further our shared mission and vision. Thanks to all for the conversations, prayers and questions, it is great doing life together Gary



Mosaic Sabbatical Week:
Sabbaticals in today's world refer to an extended time completely away from one's normal work.
Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath. If we look at the Biblical roots of the Sabbath, we see that it means the day of rest. But the intention was to not only rest the body and the mind, but also to refresh our souls.
Beginning May 28th after our morning worship gathering until June 4 we will have no schedule events, in hopes to rest the body, the mind, and the soul.
So prepare yourself and determine what you need to shift your thinking from the normal schedule to sabbatical. Without this mindset rearrangement, it will be difficult to achieve the goals that you've set. Take the time to get your mind and our soul ready.
And may your sabbatical week be a time of refreshment for your mind, your body and your soul. Enjoy the week and we will see you next Sunday.
Thoughts and ideas from Your Vacation as a True Sabbatical Jeff Cornwall Director of the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Bio/Vita

 

 

ABOUT US

Visit the mosaic forum at www.mosaicnashville.org/forum.

Why the name Mosaic?
We desired to have a name that had a story at its foundation and a name that would allow us to engage in conversations about the story of God. We feel the name Mosaic has a story at it is foundation, a story that:

  • Communicates the reality of God’s love, grace and hope for broken people.
  • Illustrates how a broken and fragmented people come together to reflect the beauty of God.
  • Portrays the Body of Christ as a family made up of many parts joined together with Christ as the head.
  • Describe a people who come together with a variety of experiences, thoughts, and dreams

We Value:
In every one of our lives, we have certain values that shape the decisions we make and the way we live from day to day. We may be very deliberate about determining those values, or we may not even realize what they are - but values are very real in every life. The church is no different. How a church functions is determined by its values. We believe the following values to be critical in shaping how we live thus we dream of becoming a family that experiences:

Community Life The building of our relationship with God and others
-- Acts 4:32-34 -- John 13:35
Holistic Life Understanding that all areas of life are connected, including faith, time, family, work, body, money, and intellect.
--Luke 2:52
Authentic Life The act of being transformed into the image of Christ for the sake of others. --Romans 12: 1-2 -- Colossians 2:6-7
Missional Life The helping of people with and through love.
--John 17:18
Relevant Life The involvement in the world around us. Following Christ example, we will strive to speak the Gospel in the language of the culture
-- 1 Cor 9:19-23

What will make this church unique and different?
Mosaic is still in a developmental stage but from a this point we can say…

Mosaic will use a philosophy of ministry that reflects early Christianity.
Christianity is not a modern human-made organized religion, but one that is organic, community-oriented and has roots going back to the very beginning of the Bible. We will not be relying on modern and contemporary approaches to preaching, worship services and ministry methodology to shape what church is supposed to be. Rather, we will go back into the New Testament and look at church history to see what the early church was like, and translate that into a vision and design for a church for Nashville in today's time and culture.


Mosaic will be a church of "people", not a "place" you go to.
This may sound confusing, but nowhere in the New Testament do you read once that they "went to church". What you do read is that the church (the people) gathered together. There is a big difference between the two. The church is the people, not a place or a meeting you attend. We believe that through time in the modern world, the church" has become known to be more of a place that people go to vs. a people on a mission for God. We cannot underestimate the power of words that shape our viewpoints and understanding of what a "church" is, and how it is supposed to function. Mosaic will definitely have large weekly worship gatherings, and will have various classes and other meetings at a "place"- but foremost, we will be defined and function as a community of "people".

Mosaic will be a multi-generational church comprised of people of all-ages.
Mosaic is a church that will be open to anyone of any age who connects with heart of the church community and philosophy of ministry. Due to the nature of the worship approach and philosophy of ministry, it will probably be very attractive in particular to emerging generations and younger families. However, we are finding that the approach to early Christianity we are going to be taking is resonating with a surprising amount of hearts from all generations. Our core leadership will be comprised of those of all ages. A very high value in this church will be older generations mentoring and discipling the younger, so we desire to see a broad age span of those who are part of the Mosaic community.

Mosaic will be a holistically designed family-based church.
We will be paying very special attention to being a family-based church. We plan to design all we do to develop a holistic family ministry. Approaching the family holistically meaning that we will have a very strong children's ministry - yet not departmentalizing ministry to the extent where families never worship together, or have schedules in church which separates and causes conflicts in how a family functions in a Christian community. Our youth ministry will also be designed in a very unique way using a different approach as well. We are extremely passionate about youth since Gary and many of the leaders background is in youth ministry. Youth ministry is also in a transitional condition right now in America, and we will be designing Mosaic to be at the forefront of this new movement for how teenagers are part of a church community.

Mosaic will have the arts and creativity in its core.
We believe that God created us in His image and that God's creativity should be reflected in the church. We will be passionate about expressing our faith and communicating the Scriptures through creative means. Art, music, poetry, photography, dance, acting will all be encouraged and in the fabric of the churches worship expression (Genesis 1, Exodus 31:3-4). Creativity and the arts won't be something the church does, but something ingrained in who we are.

Mosaic will have a heart to clear up misconceptions about Christianity.
The early church was highly criticized in that ancient time period, for many things that were not true, but were misconceptions. Because of these misconceptions about Christianity, apologists in the early church developed (those who gave a defense, an "apology", a reasonable and intelligent explanation of the faith). Today, we live in an age and culture where many criticisms and misconceptions about Christianity have developed again (understandably so). Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I like your Christ, but don't like your Christians. You Christians are so unlike your Christ." Mosaic will be very passionate about trying to clear up the bad name and impression some Christians unfortunately have given about Christianity and the church.

We will make opportunities during events and in our relationships for dialogue -- not just one-way presentation. No question will too foolish, too challenging or too insignificant to ask at Mosaic. We will encourage exploring truth together (Acts 17:11-12). We will be passionate about intelligently and lovingly knowing and explaining why we believe what we do as Christians (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Mosaic will be missional.
Unfortunately, the word "mission" has sometimes been associated negatively in terms of Christianity. Being "missional" simply means to be outward and others-focused with the goal of expressing and sharing the love of Jesus. The church was not created for itself to remain inward-focused, but actually created to worship God and to spread His love to others. We each were created for a missional purpose. Therefore, we won't have a "missions department" because the whole church itself is a mission. Jesus clearly told the church to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:18-20). For us today, this command is not exclusive to overseas missions alone (which we will support), but foremost, take this command from Jesus to live out in our own communities, families, and day to day lives.

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE

Father - we believe in one Triune God, Creator of all things visible and invisible, who is true holiness, all powerful, infinite love and absolute truth. eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; II Cor 13:14).

Jesus Christ - we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became human without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humans (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom 3:24; I Peter 2:24; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Heb 7:25, Heb 9:24; Rom 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

Holy Spirit - we believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Cor 3:6; I Cor 12:12-14; Rom 8:9; Eph 5:18).

Sin - we believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam and Eve's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that humans are totally depraved, and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition (Gen 1:26,27 Rom 3:22, 23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12).

Bible - we believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matt 5:18;John 16:12,13).

Salvation - we believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to humanity by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19).

Eternal Security - we believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38, 39; I Cor 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5).

Assurance of Believers - We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13,14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

Spiritual Gifts and Ministry - we believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereign given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (I Cor. 12:7,11,13 & Eph. 4:7-8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7 & I John5: 14, 15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him or her (Rom 12:1-8; I Cor. 13; I Peter 4:10-11).

Church - we believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Cor 12:12-14; II Cor 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17, I Tim 3:1-3 & Titus 1:5-11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom 16:1,4; I Cor 3:9, 16, I Cor5: 4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4). We recognize believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; Acts 18:8; I Cor 11:23-26).

Mosaic P. O. BOX 60604 Nashville, TN, 37206 :: 615-473-6485 www.mosaicnashville.org