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From the Pastor – August 2017

Here are some responses to my recent sermon called, “Jesus Repents”, which spoke to the need, as followers of Jesus, to repent of our own distancing from the racism in our nation and ourselves, and commit ourselves to listen, learn and act with people of color. “You should have condemned Trump outright.  Spell out how he is leading the U.S. toward a fascist state.” “You weren’t empathetic enough.  Condemning incidents in Moses Lake, Charlottesville and the U.S. is a judgment … Continued

Feed the Hungry: Ballard Sunday Dinner – August 2017

by Cara Kiggins Lack of shelter and hunger in our community are human rights issues. The best way to address this human rights issue is debatable – these are big questions, with no easy answers. As followers of Christ, we feel called to respond to the folks we see in our neighborhood streets experiencing hunger and homelessness. While feeding hungry people at the Ballard Sunday Dinner might not be a big-picture solution, the immediate effect is providing a compassionate, safe … Continued

Social Justice – August 2017

Interested in Social Justice? Check it out! Sunday, August 13th at 11:30am All-call: if you have an interest in social justice issues in our community and worldwide, please save the date for the next Social Justice Quarterly Meeting & Brunch Potluck on Sunday, August 13th at 11:30am (after the 10am Summer worship). We will be voting on which organizations to direct Our Redeemer’s Benevolence giving towards, discussing current social justice ministries, and making plans for social justice activities moving forward. … Continued

Faith Formation Dates for September!

Hello families with kids!  Here are the dates you need to know for September! Rally Sunday – September 10! Backpack Blessing – 9:00 AM – Bring your backpack to worship for a blessing & token. Kid’s Church Orientation – 10:00 am – We will be decorating and setting up the Kid’s Church room upstairs, and looking at the curriculum and the upcoming year. First Confirmation Class – 10:10 am – all 7th, 8th, and 9th graders are invited. Confirmation Registration … Continued

Vision-Aligned Building Update – August 2017

Fellowship Hall Work Completed! With the installation of carpet tiles, renovation work on the Fellowship Hall was completed in mid-July and dedicated on July 30 after the worship service. I am happy to report that the project came in on time and under budget. With these savings, we were able to put the original lighting design concepts– that were removed due to cost concerns–back into the plan. Money for the project came entirely from money already collected from the Capital … Continued

Book (and Music) Recommendations from the Staff

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott Anne Lamott’s nontraditional journey to faith is unusual and inspiring as someone nontraditional myself, it’s encouraging to hear her story of transition moving through loss into a place of growth. I highly recommend this book. It’s hilarious and profane and funny and she’s an alcoholic who’s a mess and dealing with having a kid when she shouldn’t have had a kid. It’s great. -Pastor Gretchen Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die by Karol … Continued

The 5 W’s on Ballard Sunday Dinner

What?: Ballard Sunday Dinner is a neighborhood effort we’re proud to be a part of, organized by five area churches along with Sustainable Ballard, with each church taking responsibility for one Sunday a month. Ballard Sunday Dinner provides a hot, wholesome meal every Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ballard First Lutheran Church. Our Redeemer’s hosts once monthly on the third Sunday of each month. Why?: Former volunteers, when asked why they volunteer at the Ballard Sunday … Continued

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