WHAT IS GIVING SUNDAY? A special offering conducted over two
Sundays each year [around the anniversary of Quest] where we invite
each person in the Quest community to give beyond their normal giving
to further the church's mission.
WHEN? Giving Sundays will take place this year on November 9 and 16.
Don't miss the Quest Family Gathering from 5-7pm this Friday!
The Children's Ministry is hosting a FALL HARVEST PARTY.
Families with young children (ages infant-5th grade), please join us
for an evening of fellowship, pizza, crafts, cookie decorating and
more. The party will be on October 31st from 5-7pm in the Quest church basement. Remember to come dressed in your best costume!
I first met Shane about six years ago when we spoke at a conference together in Seattle. All the speakers gathered at Q CAFE for some coffee and chat. He's since grown to be an immensely important and prophetic voice to the church and beyond. One reason why is because there's substance to his lifestyle and choices underlying the talk. Agree or disagree or somewhere in between, it's challenging, refreshing, and thought/heart provoking.
Growing up, evolution was a huge issue for me. I was convinced that my faith rested on evolution being a myth which made biology class almost as scary as prom. Every time I cracked open the text book I was on the lookout for some new way that science would take one more strut out of the foundation of my faith. It wasn't until after college that I began to feel that maybe, just maybe, God was actually big enough to handle being Creator and Sustainer, regardless of whether I ended up being young earth or old earth, creationist, evolutionist, or intelligent designist.
So I've been following the Nickelsville situation for a few weeks now, as they've been getting more attention and press here in Seattle. It seems that the Nickelsville community which has just been relocated to Discovery Park from South Seattle will be having to move again... to get more info on the situation you can read here.
Summer at Quest was a busy time of planning and preparation for the future of our church. As an Elder Board, we spent much time in prayer and in the interview process for key ministry positions at Quest. This past week, we made the last of our staff hires, and have been excitedly sharing the news about our new Children and Family Ministries staff members, Youth Director, and College and Community Group Ministry Director. Whew! That's quite a few new staff! Please continue reading to learn more about Christina, Katey, Jason and Josh, and welcome them to Quest Staff!
One of Quest's core values is community because we believe that not only do we need to be meeting as smaller groups in order to be church during the rest of the week, but also because God has wired us to be in relationships with others. C-Groups encompass worship, prayer, study, and service but at their
root, they are about forming deep relationships between each other and
God. This year we have a range of great topics being studied, everything from book studies about Christian discipleship to looking at food and theology to Bible studies. September 28th is the launch date when we'll publish the brochure of various c-groups (which will also be online) and when you can jump in.
Worship is the love, praise, and honor that we express to God. From icons to incesnse to chants, the church through the ages has practiced a myriad of ways to worship. Yet, despite our rich history, the church today often equates worship only with, and then usually only one genre. In this deptch class we'll look how can worship extend to every one of our senses. Can we sense God's presence with sight, touch, smell, and sound?
Quest's annual "learning
conference" will be focused on having some good discussions on issues
surrounding faith, sexuality, and gender issues. Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex, will be speaking on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Quest has always affirmed women in ministry,
but it has been a while since we have had a sustained discussion on why
that is and how we can take the discussion further to issues of what it
means to be men and what it means to be women "in Christ" and how we
can construct our ideas of gender from a Biblical perspective rather
than solely from the messages our culture bombards us with.
On Friday, Oct. 10th at 7pm Lauren will speak on Lessons from the Church Mothers and on Saturday, Oct. 11th at 11am her talk will be Male & Female He Made Them: Gender & the Triune God. The cost of the conference is $15 ($10 for students).
Quest has always affirmed women in ministry, but it has been a while since we have had a sustained discussion on why that is and how we can take the discussion further.
During this three week depth class we'll have small group discussion, lectures, and exercises to get us asking questions like: what is the Scriptural basis for Quest's affirmation of women in ministry? we have the new identity of "brothers and sisters" in the church, but can men and women be friends? what does it mean to be women and what it means to be men "in Christ" and how we can construct our ideas of gender from a Biblical perspective rather than solely from the messages our culture bombards us with?
The class will be Monday nights from 7-9pm at the Q Cafe on Sep. 22nd, Sep. 29th, and Oct. 6th. To cover the cost of the reader, the class costs $10.