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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

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

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