Children's Ministry To Do: Get Summer VBS Ready- Check!
On top of my to do list this month was ordering our summer curriculum for VBS. Yes- we are going old school. We'll tell it like it is. It's Vacation Bible School...but I don't think kids can get turned off by that name anymore. We've set the precedent. They know VBS at Quest means fun, games, music, laughter, great leaders that become friends and life-transforming learning about God's Love and our best friend Jesus!
'History will have to record that the greatest
tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor
of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people'.Martin Luther King, Jr
Dorothy Sayers once observed that "there was never anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy, nothing so sane and so thrilling." I would guess, however, that most folks would beg to disagree with Sayers. Heresy is the thing that's exciting, edgy, interesting, and perilous. Just the word "orthodoxy," meaning right belief, seems a heavy-handed word that entails dullness, boredom, and exclusion. Or perhaps all this talk about belief and orthodoxy and heresy just seems antiquated. Instead we should focus on action and let beliefs be a private matter. Relativism, that giving up of thinking truth can be found, is certainly en vogue.
This year's Giving Tree is going towards building awareness and support of the organization One 4 One. One 4 One is a local non-profit organization that has established a mission that goes beyond just serving the homeless to building relationships with those who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. One 4 One emphasizes the necessity of seeing people differently and acknowledging the beauty, dignity and integrity of every person-- housed or non-housed. It is this mission that we should all be striving to live out in our day to day interactions. However, when we're honest with ourselves it is easier to assign someone who looks different, smells different, acts different then us with stereotypes & stigmas which perpetuate the idea that we must maintain our dista
The Elder Board is pleased to nominate Jeff Roach to the church
membership for ratification. Please take some time to review his 'elder board profile,' pray, and discern your vote at the church Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 16.
contact the current elder board at elders(at)seattlequest.org if you
have any concerns about Jeff Roach's nomination to the EB. Please
remember that only members can ratify and affirm someone to the Elder
Advent is upon us. And this season not only marks the anticipation of our Savior but an anticipation of a life marked by Hope and Grace.
This is precisely why the Advent and Christmas season isn't just merely a time of self-gluttony and consumption. We are to look to the One and to look to others in need.
This year (as we've done in years past), we are hosting the Global Market (Global Presence Ministries) and The Giving Tree (Quest Justice Compassion Ministries) - our investments in both the Local and Global context.
The Giving Tree (available at the church lobby) will benefit our homeless friends through the One4One Ministry in Seattle.Please pick up an "ornament" and bless our local community in need.The Global Market is a very unique opportunity for our global partners to share their work, ministry, info, and in many cases, share handcrafts, jewelry, and projects for Questers to purchase and invest.Orgs and partners that will be represented are: World Aid, HEAL Africa, Wycliffe, Chamwino Connect, TUSUBIRA, World Concern, IJM, Quest To the Streets, and Nickelsville (One4One).
So make sure you join us for fellowship at the Q Cafe over the next two Sundays. To motivate you a little more, our Children's Ministry will be conducting a bake sale for the Global Village vision and Q Cafe (who donates 10% each month to local/global causes) will be open during Global Market for your enjoyment.
Saturday night was a great success thanks to each of you! We had 85+
men and women join us for a spectacular thanksgiving meal. The evening
was incredibly smooth-- from the roasting of turkeys to the decorations
to the serving each person that walked in the door. What a blessing!
There were many stories from folks who shared they couldn't
remember the last time they had a dinner like this. Folks felt that
they were indeed our VIP's of the evening and that was definitely the
message we wanted to share.
A couple of highlights... we were able to feed 70+ more people by
taking the left overs which included 2 whole turkeys and all the other
fixings to Nickelsville.
A woman who was having a difficult
evening due to some health issues and being incredibly tired was able
to get into shelter that night.
I am so glad that Jesus invited children to be a part of his time on earth. Jesus never hesitated to allow children to participate in the kingdom and gospel he was proclaiming. Whether it was challenging adults to "become like a child", or "welcome a child"; his miraculous healing of a child, or letting a child praise his name, or sit on his lap, it seems Jesus valued children greatly. I can think of no better way to acknowledge the importance of children in the life of the church (other than dedication, baptism, and confirmation :)) than giving kids an opportunity to serve others and be the hands and feet of Christ today!
N.O.W. Embracing the Present: As many women are faced with the realities and burdens of everyday life, of trying to successfully juggle family, friends and careers, it’s often hard to savor the present moments and to appreciate the seasons that we are in. We are constantly consumed by the “to do’s,” meeting deadlines and losing ourselves in endless acts of service all while we mourn the inability to engage in enough quality girl time. Well, ladies, this is your chance!
We've rescheduled our Fall Training to allow all new volunteers to participate!Once a year, we ask all our volunteers in kids ministry to make room in their schedules to gather together for worship, training, and relationship building. This year we will spend time catching the vision of Global Village, and what it look like to Love God, Love Others, and Love God's world through the Children's Ministry at Quest.