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Earthcare/Social Justice – July 2017

Summer Foodbank Drive: Bring Food All Summer Long! We have a goal for our Summer Food Bank Drive – to collect and donate 750 pounds of food for the Ballard Food Bank! Help us meet this goal! All are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to each service you attend, and kid’s especially are invited to bring food to give during Kid’s Offering. We will collect non-perishable food all summer long and weigh the food to keep track progress towards our … Continued

Faith Formation – July 2017

Vacation Bible School July 10-14 We are adventuring to EGYPT for VBS!  Come meet Pharaoh, and learn about Joseph’s journey from prison to palace.  We were very blessed to be given the curriculum and sets and costumes as a donation, and we can’t wait to set up our marketplace and maybe even a pyramid! Volunteers are needed to help make VBS possible!  If you like costumes and story telling, crafts and activities, music and games, please donate your time.  We … Continued

Worship and Music – July 2017

New! Summer Worship on the Lawn Have you ever attended concerts at the zoo and wished that church could be like that?  Jump into summer with a refreshing change in the worship schedule!  Wednesdays, bring your picnic and a blanket and head to church for worship on the lawn.  6:00 we will gather for dinner on the grass, with worship starting at 6:30.  Our informal worship band will be leading the music, as we join together for communion and prayer. … Continued

Synod Assembly Reflections 2017

On May 20, over 400 clergy and lay leaders of the Pacific Northwest Conference (ELCA) gathered at Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon for the annual Synod Assembly. The theme of this year’s assembly was RISE. Representing Our Redeemer’s were: PastorsKathy Hawks and Gretchen Mertes, Terrence Rindler, Paul Oldenkamp, and Shelbe and Chauntae Kukowski. Also part of the Our Redeemer’s contingent were Pastor John-Otto (Joshua) Liljenstolpe and Don Boelter, Parish Administrator. This year’s assembly,unlike recent years, was a one day … Continued

Vision-Aligned Building Update – July 2017

The Year in Review Over the past twelve months, we have seen a great deal of progress on our Vision-Aligned Building (VAB) project. In August, the congregation voted to proceed with a fall capital campaign, Build the Vision… Share the Vision. A committee was then formed to plan and implement the campaign under the guidance of our professional fundraising consultant, Pastor Steve Olson.  During this time, members of the VAB Team held ongoing meeting with our architect, Susan Jones, to … Continued

From the Pastor – July 2017

10 “SPIRITUAL” WAYS TO RELAX THIS SUMMER Even when you’re not on vacation! Summer — such a delicious time of year!  Even if the pace doesn’t slow as much as we’d like, the focus shifts and the weather (usually) is glorious! In keeping with our Spiritual Life Hack explorations and focus on how faith practices can transform our spirits and our lives, here are some ways to relax and deepen your enjoyment of the season — whether you’re traveling or … Continued

From the Pastor – June 2017

Can a rock concert be holy?  Can it be church? On Mother’s Day, I had the honor of seeing the Irish band U2 at Century Link Field.  2017 is the 30th anniversary year of the release of their Grammy winning album ‘Joshua Tree.’  Along with 50,000 of my closest friends (and Eddy Vedder of Pearl Jam), I crammed into the stadium with my heart racing in excitement.  I grew up with U2, and in fact, I’m starting to think that … Continued

Summer Worship Schedule 2017

July & August Traditional Worship Sundays – 10am – Sanctuary Join us as we praise God through traditional liturgy.  Featuring the varied music gifts of our congregation, each week will bring special music from varied instruments & voices, and people of all ages. Worship on the Lawn Wednesdays – 6pm – The Front Lawn Bring your picnic dinner at 6pm, and stay for worship with our Informal Ensemble starting at 6:30.  We will be celebrating communion every week, and have … Continued

Spiritual Lifehack*

Daily connections with God, self and others, always nourish and energize us. We know this, right? Those moments of serenity and clarity in prayer. The power of connecting with someone on an honest, human level. The satisfaction when we do something that matters to the universe and to us. But boy, spiritual connections are easy to forget, and hard to turn into habits.   How can we find more that’s good and centering and positive – every day? Well, it … Continued

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