West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle religion http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:41:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 First Lutheran Church of West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/first-lutheran-church-of-west-seattle-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/first-lutheran-church-of-west-seattle-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:17:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302115 We’re welcoming First Lutheran Church of West Seattle as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about who they are and what they do:

We are a Lutheran church that has been on the corner of California Ave. SW & SW Dakota St. for close to a hundred years – established in 1918. We don’t go in for gimmicks or the newly popular ways of modern Christianity. Our church is a historical Lutheran congregation which holds to the glorious Christian heritage that has been handed down through the centuries in our worship, theology, and rich tradition in church music.

We are also big champions of our community. We regularly give food and money to the West Seattle Food Bank. Our pastor has been on the board since 1996. He has recently written a history of the food bank for its 30th anniversary. We also are a big supporter of the West Seattle Helpline – which our congregation helped establish back in 1989. Each December we host the St. Nicholas Faire, which raises money for both the West Seattle Food Bank and Helpline. Helping our neighbors in need means a lot to us.

We are also a house of studies – working on the Biblical message every week in classes; reading regularly from Martin Luther’s vast body of writings from the sixteenth century; studying the Qur’an of Islam in order to better understand our geo-political situation; and taking up other discussions involving contemporary social issues.

At the center of our life together is worship on Sundays. This is our time to praise God for the gift of his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, as revealed to us in the Holy Bible and preserved in the liturgies of the historical Christian Church. Everyone is always welcome to join us and we look forward to seeing you and getting acquainted. If you have any questions, check out our website or give us a call – 206-935-6530.

We thank First Lutheran Church of West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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Admiral Church’s new pastor Andrew Conley-Holcom to be ordained just after New Year’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/admiral-churchs-new-pastor-andrew-conley-holcom-to-be-ordained-just-after-new-years/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/admiral-churchs-new-pastor-andrew-conley-holcom-to-be-ordained-just-after-new-years/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:49:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295690 Admiral Congregational Church is formally introducing its new pastor, who is already leading worship services there, though his ordination is set for just after New Year’s and his formal installation in the spring. Here’s the announcement the church is sharing with the community:

The oldest church in West Seattle has recently called Andrew Conley-Holcom as its new pastor. Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ, located in North Admiral, was founded in 1899 as the West Seattle Congregational Church. Pastor Andrew, in his early thirties and a recent graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, is the youngest pastor that Admiral has ever called.

The congregation voted to accept its Search Committee’s unanimous recommendation to call Andrew in mid-October, and he has been leading worship services since October 19th. He will be ordained on January 3, 2015 at his home church, First Congregational Church of Bellingham, and will be formally installed as Admiral’s pastor in the spring.

Andrew and his wife, Leann (church-provided photo, above right), are originally from the Tacoma area and currently reside in the Ravenna neighborhood. Leann is active as a professional singer, directs the Concert Choir of the Tacoma Youth Chorus, and is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Washington.

Peggy Rich, who chaired the Search Committee that selected Andrew from among nearly 50 potential candidates, reports, “Our search for a new pastor took us ten months. We were looking for the person who could help Admiral Church reach out and connect with individuals, couples, and young families in the West Seattle Community who shared our interest in promoting the qualities of peace and justice. We found someone who happens to be young and energetic, who is very focused on relationships and people. We feel that he is the perfect pastor for Admiral Church at this time. We are excited to welcome him into our church family and, of course, would also welcome everyone who enters our doors.”

Dennis Smedsrud, the lay leader of the congregation, was equally impressed with Andrew’s credentials and sees this as an exciting time for Admiral Church. “His spirit and exuberance are infectious and I think church members are very pleased to have him here, and see it as a beginning of a new chapter in Admiral’s spiritual journey”.

When Andrew arrived at Admiral Church, he was delighted to find such a joyful congregation. Speaking at the annual Admiral Sings Christmas, he exclaimed, “I had no idea what I was getting into here in West Seattle. I feel so blessed to be in a congregation with this kind of vitality.”

Andrew is enjoying getting to know members of the congregation, and is excited about the future of Admiral Church; he hopes to further integrate the church with the local community. In his second week he organized a Trunk-or-Treat in Admiral’s parking lot for Halloween, playing games and giving out candy to over 90 kids. He is part of the Westside Interfaith Network and is actively seeking partnerships with other churches and organizations in our community to build robust programs for social justice and inclusive ministry in West Seattle and beyond.

Admiral UCC’s previous pastor, Rev. Donald Schmidt, left a year ago to work with the denomination’s Hawai’i COnference.

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West Seattle holiday scene: Eastridge Church’s turkey tradition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-scene-eastridge-churchs-turkey-tradition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-scene-eastridge-churchs-turkey-tradition/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:25:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292865

Those are a few of the people who served the hundreds lining up along 39th SW this morning, giving the gifts Eastridge Church offers before Thanksgiving every year – turkeys and bags of groceries for holiday meals. This year, between their West Seattle and Issaquah campuses, Eastridge planned to give out 1,500 turkeys – that’s quite the logistical undertaking.

But it goes faster if you keep smiling.

It’s the 12th year Eastridge has given the pre-Thanksgiving gifts – no questions asked, no proof of need required.

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Mars Hill Church disbanding, says its sites can go indie or be sold http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/mars-hill-church-disbanding-says-its-sites-can-go-indie-or-be-sold/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/mars-hill-church-disbanding-says-its-sites-can-go-indie-or-be-sold/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:14:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290574 For the first time since the latest round of controversy started roiling Mars Hill Church, its West Seattle site‘s future is in question. Today Mars Hill leadership announced online that it’s disbanding and that individual remaining churches will be able to either go independent, or will be sold:

…the board of Mars Hill has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities. This means that each of our locations has an opportunity to become a new church, rooted in the best of what Mars Hill has been in the past, and independently led and run by its own local elder teams. …

The West Seattle Mars Hill building at 35th/Ida in Gatewood was previously Doxa Church, whose members joined forces with Mars Hill in 2006. That’s when Mars Hill bought the church for $180,000, according to county records, which show its appraised value at almost $3 million. Today’s announcement says, “All of Mars Hill’s existing church properties will either be sold, or the loans on the individual properties will be assumed by the independent churches, subject to approval by the lender …”

The online message about Mars Hill’s future is signed by Pastor Dave Bruskas, who has spoken for the church since its founder and Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll resigned earlier this month. He writes that Mars Hill is on a fast timeline for the reorganization plan – to be complete by the first of the year.

ADDED 8:50 PM: One more note on the Mars Hill purchase of the West Seattle church in 2006: As noted in the comment discussion below, we have found one more document, indicating that the purchase price was the “underlying debt” that remained on the property, while the equity beyond that was “a gift” from the seller. Even back in 2006, the county valued the property at almost $1.8 million.

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Feeding those in need: Lettuce Pray delivers 2 1/2 tons of food http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/feeding-those-in-need-lettuce-pray-delivers-2-12-tons-of-food/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/feeding-those-in-need-lettuce-pray-delivers-2-12-tons-of-food/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:05:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287978

Back in 2009, we reported on Lettuce Pray – local faith communities collecting food donations, particularly fresh-grown produce, for local food banks. It’s been going strong ever since, and just wrapped up another season. Jane Taylor shares this update:

I wanted to pass along the success of this summer’s Lettuce Pray collection. Kristen Parsons and I were unable to carry on these weekly collections of food from the churches, so Becky Boberg from WestSide Universalist Unitarian Church took it over for us.

As you can see, she collected about 1500 pounds of food, of which 1150 were fresh produce, grown by West Seattleites and taken to church on Sunday, where Becky picked it all up and deposited it directly into cold storage at the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks.Besides OLG and WWUU, participating churches included Alki UCC, St. John the Baptist Episcopal, Tibbetts United Methodist, Holy Rosary, and St. Bernadette’s.

In its six years, Lettuce Pray has collected over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce and an equal amount of canned goods and non perishables. Our thanks to the generous souls (and gardeners) of West Seattle – and to Becky Boberg! We’ll be back next summer!

Jane also forwarded the photos – noting that’s Becky’s hand, holding those beautiful tomatoes!

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‘Bless those who curl themselves around your hearts’: Blessing of the Animals 2014 at St. John’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/bless-those-who-curl-themselves-around-your-hearts-blessing-of-the-animals-2014-at-st-johns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/bless-those-who-curl-themselves-around-your-hearts-blessing-of-the-animals-2014-at-st-johns/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:13:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287902

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
Sunshine again graced the annual Blessing of the Animals event presented by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral, drawing pets and their humans to the West Seattle High School parking lot next door this afternoon.

While St. John’s isn’t the only local church offering animal blessings, it’s the only one where you’ll find a member of the Order of Saint Francis participating in this tradition inspired by the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals:

That’s Brother Paul from the OSF, explained here. St. John’s priest in charge Rev. JD Godwin offered blessings as well – below, he blesses Waffles:

Even if you’re not religious, if you have a companion animal in your life, you might appreciate this offered prayer: “Bless those who curl themselves around our hearts, who twine themselves through our days, who companion us in our labor and who call us to come and play.”

We did spot one brave, well-behaved cat, named Purrcilla:

Rev. Godwin and Brother Paul blessed St. Francis medals and offered one for each pet blessed.

Most waited patiently for their turn.

West Seattle’s Peace Lutheran Church also offered animal blessings today, and next Sunday afternoon, they’re planned at Fauntleroy UCC Church.

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Blessing of the Animals: 3 West Seattle churches this year http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/blessing-of-the-animals-3-west-seattle-churches-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/blessing-of-the-animals-3-west-seattle-churches-this-year/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:26:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287644

(WSB photo: Rev. JD Godwin blessing Pace the dog at St. John’s 2013 Blessing of the Animals)
St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is the inspiration for Blessing of the Animals events each fall, and this year we have heard from three West Seattle churches welcoming you and your pet(s) for the occasion, at events being held independent of the churches’ regular services:

PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH: Happening this Sunday morning:

Pastor Erik Kindem and Peace congregation offer an opportunity to bless your special companion/pet on Sunday, October 5 @ Peace Lutheran Church, 39th Ave SW and SW Thistle. The blessing will take place on the Westside Patio (8316 39th Ave SW) at the conclusion of worship (11:45am). Community invited!

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Happening this Sunday afternoon:

Sunday at 1 pm: Plan now to bring your pet or pets for St. John the Baptist’s annual community-wide St. Francis’ Day Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 5, at 1:00 p.m. on the West Seattle High School parking lot. Parishioner Paul Dahlke is coordinating the event again this year.

WSHS is at 3000 California SW, just north of St. John’s.

FAUNTLEROY UCC CHURCH: Happening Sunday, October 12th, 2 pm – details on this flyer. The church is at 9140 California SW.

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Co-op preschool moves to Tibbetts UMC, with rummage-sale ramifications http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/co-op-preschool-moves-to-tibbetts-umc-with-rummage-sale-ramifications/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/co-op-preschool-moves-to-tibbetts-umc-with-rummage-sale-ramifications/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:52:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285188

Two-part announcement from Tibbetts United Methodist Church (longtime WSB sponsor):

Tibbetts is well known for its Autumn and Spring rummage sales, but instead this year we are welcoming a second pre-school cooperative, Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool, as a new group who will use the church facility.

For all those in the West Seattle community who look forward to the twice-yearly sale, we announce that the rummage sale will not be held this Fall (2014) and next Spring (2015). While the co-op is not intending to make Tibbetts its permanent home, unfortunately, the space to be occupied in the church building is the same space ordinarily used for the staging and display of all the articles that wind up in our popular rummage sales. It is our sincere intention to reprise our rummage sale in the near future, bigger and better than ever before! For information regarding the Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool, contact Judy Hall, SSCC Parent Educator, Registration Co-Chair, 206-938-2278. Thank you to the West Seattle Community for your continued support!

AH Co-op previously was based at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, currently being renovated as the permanent home of Westside School (WSB sponsor). Tibbetts also is home of the Admiral Co-op Preschool, which, like Arbor Heights, is part of the South Seattle College Parent Cooperative Preschool group.

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Video: Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s new plaque, honoring present & past http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westside-unitarian-universalist-congregations-new-plaque-honoring-present-past/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westside-unitarian-universalist-congregations-new-plaque-honoring-present-past/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:31:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275167

A joyful moment for Rev. Peg Boyle Morgan and her Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Gatewood before this morning’s service: Four years after they moved into the former Gatewood Baptist Church at California/Othello, they have installed a commemorative plaque in the church entryway – right next to the one the Baptists placed there 64 years ago:

WSUU had intended all along for the original plaque to stay; it was even mentioned in this WSB feature published shortly after they got the keys to the building in April 2010. Adding their own is also a nod to the WSUU past, present, and future, as the church celebrates its golden anniversary – 50 years – this year.

ADDED: Video of the dedication, above.

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Holy Rosary School celebrates its first century, and looks ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/holy-rosary-school-celebrates-its-first-century-and-looks-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/holy-rosary-school-celebrates-its-first-century-and-looks-ahead/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 04:13:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272380

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
For the second time in five years, a centennial celebration for Holy Rosary. In 2009, the church marked its 100th anniversary; today, the school. Students were part of today’s Centennial Mass, with a special guest, Seattle’s Archbishop J. Peter Sartain:

Honoring the past and looking to the future, the Mass was followed by a reception and events involving time capsules old and new:

That one was from a quarter-century ago, 1989; here’s some of what was inside:

Archbishop Sartain and Holy Rosary’s pastor Father John Madigan also presided as a new time capsule was placed:

This one is meant to be opened a half-century from now:

What’s in it? That’s supposed to be a surprise for the people who open it in 2064. Earlier centennial events included a group photo last November, featuring more than 400 students (see it in WSB coverage).

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Video: 20 years in the making, Pastor Ron Marshall’s book ‘Kierkegaard for the Church’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-20-years-in-the-making-pastor-ron-marshalls-book-kierkegaard-for-the-church/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-20-years-in-the-making-pastor-ron-marshalls-book-kierkegaard-for-the-church/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:05:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265852 Existential philosophy and Christian faith might not sound likely to intersect – but when it comes to Denmark’s renowned 19th-century thinker Søren Kierkegaard, they do. Few know this better than First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor Rev. Ron Marshall, who has just published “Kierkegaard for The Church,” and gave us a show-and-tell the other day:

The book would be helpful both “for the educated layperson and pastors,” Rev. Marshall says. This Monday, 9 am-1 pm, he’s hosting an “open conference” about it at his church north of The Junction, open to the public, focused on the book and some of what you can hear him discuss in our video – which concludes with a shorter clip below, elaborating on who the book is for and on the Monday forum (at which you can buy a signed copy of “Kierkegaard for the Church”:

Behind the pastor and author in our clips is the Kierkegaard statue you can see at First Lutheran, by Northwest artist Dr. Rita Marie Kepner, dedicated when the church celebrated the bicentennial of the philosopher/theologian last year (WSB coverage here). As Rev. Marshall mentioned, First Lutheran commemorates him in November every year. Drop in Monday for minutes or hours and check out the statue, the discussion, the book.

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Video: West Seattle’s Tibbetts UMC donates big to ‘United in Blue’ pre-Super Bowl food-drive challenge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:24:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=263718

So many pre-game Seattle-vs.-Denver sideline challenges this week, hard to keep track of them all – but this one has a specific West Seattle component: Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) joined in the “United in Blue” food-drive challenge between the UMC’s in Seattle and the UMC’s in Denver. In something like this, EVERYBODY wins, since it means more help for those in need. Betsy Wharton shares the video put together today for Tibbetts after its part of the drive (featured on the WSB Super Bowl page) brought in 770 nonperishable food items for local food banks! Money too, but that’s still being counted. Fun video – thanks for sharing; go, Hawks! (And go help your local food banks if you haven’t done so lately – online, you can donate to the West Seattle Food Bank here, the White Center Food Bank here.)

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West Seattle scene: Eastridge Church’s annual turkey giveaway http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-scene-eastridge-churchs-annual-turkey-giveaway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-scene-eastridge-churchs-annual-turkey-giveaway/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:32:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256988

Just outside Eastridge Church at 39th/Oregon, it was the busiest morning of the year – volunteers and church staffers offering turkeys, groceries, coats, gloves, and Bibles to hundreds of people. The line stretched down 39th to Fauntleroy and eastward down the sidewalk in front of Trader Joe’s by the time the distribution began at 9 am. Eastridge does the same thing at the same time outside its Issaquah campus, and this year announced it planned to distribute 1,500 turkey/groceries/etc. bags between the two sites.

SIDE NOTE: At least two places in West Seattle are serving a free community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday – The Hall at Fauntleroy (noon-3 pm) and the West Seattle Eagles‘ aerie (2-5 pm); more information in the Thanksgiving section atop the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide.

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West Seattle holidays: Eastridge Church sets turkey giveaway date http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-holidays-eastridge-church-sets-turkey-giveaway-date/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-holidays-eastridge-church-sets-turkey-giveaway-date/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:43:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255461 Eastridge Church has just announced the date for its annual turkey-and-groceries giveaway. This year, between its West Seattle and Issaquah campuses, it’s increasing the number of turkeys to 1,500. Lori from Eastridge says they’re offering “a helping hand and a little hope this Thanksgiving” with the giveaway starting at 9 am Saturday, November 23rd, “no questions asked, nothing to fill out.” Eastridge is at 39th/Oregon.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Pet blessings, graced with sunshine http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-pet-blessings-graced-with-sunshine/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-pet-blessings-graced-with-sunshine/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:24:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=252005

It’s an October tradition for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in south Admiral – the annual Blessing of the Animals in the West Seattle High School parking lot next door. Most of this year’s blessing-seekers brought their dogs; we did spot one cat, Yahzi Farouche:

This was the first Blessing of the Animals since Rev. J.D. Godwin took over as spiritual leader almost half a year ago. Below, Rev. Godwin blessed Pace the dog:

He was joined by Paul Dahlke from the Order of St. Francis. There was a special gift for the people who brought their pets today – this medal:

P.S. If you missed this event – Alki UCC Church usually has a Blessing of the Animals service this time of year too, and the church website says it’s at 10 am next Sunday (October 13th).

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