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Summer Sundays at the Park ~ 7pm

Summer Sundays at the Park ~ 7pm All of the Sundays in July and August, Our Redeemer’s will be hosting worship in various parks around North Seattle. Featuring musicians from the informal ensemble, it will be a casual gathering at 7pm with communion, song, and story. The schedule is as follows: July 21 – Carkeek Park July 28 – Green Lake August 4 – Golden Gardens August 11 – Sunset Hill Park August 18 – Carkeek Park Added live stream … 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

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


10:15am, Sunday, August 28 HEAR about the findings of the recently conducted Capital Campaign Feasibility/Implementation Study VOTE to hire a consultant and proceed with a VAB Capital Campaign Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Completed! Pastor Steve Olson, of Olson Advancement, presented his final Capital Campaign Feasibility / Implementation Study report to the Church Council and VAB Team at the July 19th council meeting. The purpose of the study was to solicit feedback on the VAB plan concept and then provide recommendations … Continued

The Ethnic Peoples of Burma

Sunday, July 17: 4-6:00pm at Our Redeemer’s. Clarice Swanson (former member of Our Redeemer’s, daughter-in-law of Carolyn Swanson) will present through pictures and songs her experience spending 90 days in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. In her words, “Learn how jumping off bridges, encountering endangered ethnic cultures, recording traditional ethnic music in rice field, and water coloring with orphans is shaping her future…” She will also perform songs inspired by this trip. Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is Coming!

July 11-15, 9am to 3pm at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church For grades K – 5. Registration Forms available in the Fellowship Hall or by contacting Steven Rystrom at faithformation@ourredeemers.net or 206-783-7900 x. 103. Cost is $50 per child. For our VBS this year, the dedicated staff of Camp Lutherwood will be leading a week of energetic worship, creative Bible encounters, new friends, fabulous crafts, and team-building activities. This will be a week your kids will be talking about all summer!

Vision-Aligned Building (VAB) Meeting: Sunday, June 5 after the 11am Service

Mike Hlastala and other members of our VAB Team will be on hand to further discuss the concept designs presented at the May 15th meeting (and currently on display in the church narthex), and talk more about how they reflect our strategic objectives. If you can’t attend this follow-up meeting and have additional questions, please contact the VAB Team through VAB@ourredeemers.net or the “VAB Comments” Box in the Fellowship Hall.

Vision-Aligned Building (VAB) meetings in May

You will have three opportunities in May to hear more about the upcoming VAB building project, ask questions, and provide input into how we move forward with the process. Sundays May 8, May 15, and and May 22 between services. Sunday, May 8th between services in Fellowship Hall Members of the VAB Team will explain and answer questions about the process thus far, what the current set of drawings does and does not include, what kinds of input and decisions … Continued

Theology on Tap

Next Meeting: May 24th at 7:00pm Come talk about theology while drinking beer (no kidding!) in an open, informal setting. Everyone over 18 is invited to join in as we chat about group-generational topics ranging from “does hell exist?” to “how do you hear God?”. We drum up all sorts of questions, ponder the possibilities and share our stories with one another. Hosted this month at Tom Bernard’s home. For details, email David Eicke

Our Redeemer’s Blog

Along with our calendar, our blog is a great place to see what we’re up to. Read the posts below to hear musings from Pastor Kathy, ministry leaders and folks in our community. You can use a filter to read updates on our high school youth activities, Kids’ Church and much more. There’s a lot happening around here. Feel free to leave a comment, email the author, share things on facebook, and join the conversation.

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