SUGM - Workshop on Homelessness

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission - Free Workshop/Lunch

"Loving & Serving our Homeless Neighbors"


You are invited to attend the launch of a new initiative from Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, designed for churches. The workshop looks behind the scenes on homelessness and its root causes, touches on lessons that God has taught us, ways we see Him working, and how we, collectively, can respond.

Date And Time

Wed, October 23, 2019

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

We know that God loves our homeless neighbors and we believe strongly that the Church in the greater Seattle area will play a critical role in His plan to find and restore lost people to Himself. Our goal is to equip you with the facts, insights, and practical ways your church can take action, independently or with the Mission.

Please feel free to bring others who might be interested.

RSVP required for all attending. No fee for the event or lunch.


Ladies Craft Night

Ladies Craft Night is coming up this Thursday!

Join other ladies to enjoy fellowship, refreshments, and crafting fun. Craft tutorial provided for those who need inspiration. Feel free to B.Y.O.C.P. (Bring your own craft project).

When: Thursday, October 17th at 7pm

Where: This Event will be Hosted at the Lischke House. Please Contact Shelly for details.

If you have any questions please contact Shelly Lischke


You Never Leave it Behind

What is your relationship with God? We often do so many mental and emotional gymnastics to "justify" ourselves before God, explain why we're worthy of heaven, better than others, why God should accept us, how we are good enough for God. Learn how the message of the Gospel is freedom, assurance, and salvation. What is your relationship with God?
Listen, watch or download

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You Never Leave it Behind

Sunday, September 29th 

Galatians 3:1-14

3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

3:7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

3:10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Reflection Questions 

  • Are you in danger of forgetting that the gospel is the source of your ongoing acceptance? How, and why? 

  • How do you “re-depict” Christ to yourself? Could you do this more? 

  • Think of a sin that you regularly commit. What are you worshiping more than Jesus that causes you to decide to disobey Him? How will you replace that false savior with your true Savior next time you’re tempted? 

  • How does having righteousness credited to us change the way we see ourselves? Our Christian lives? Jesus Christ? 

  • Have you experience, or witnessed others experiencing, the psychological “curse” of living by the law? 

  • Which truth in Galatians 3:13-14 excites you most today?

  • Why is it important for Christians to study the Old Testament? What are some of the dangers of ignoring the Old Testament? 

  • How did God’s promise to Abraham highlight the need for faith? What is the relationship between faith and obedience?  

Exercise - List out 3-5 ongoing sins and journal on their roots and effects in your heart. 

Weekly Update 9/23-29

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RVC Fall Members Meeting

Rainier Valley Church's Fall Member Meeting is coming up on Sunday, September 29th directly after service. Food and childcare will be provided. We will be giving operations, outreach, and elder updates as well as talking about developments with the Union Gospel Mission.

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Rainier Valley Church is passionate about fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20) so that every member becomes a mature and fully-equipped followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4: 11-16).

We believe that in Community Groups (CGs), Christians are coming together regularly to discover how our lives were meant to be lived in Jesus and empowered by the Spirit.   It's our desire  that CG's cultivate fully-formed followers of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life.

A Community Group is a group of 10-12 people who live life together by regularly meeting throughout the week to eat, learn, pray, study the scriptures and do ordinary life together following the way of Jesus.

Join us and follow the way of Jesus in community.

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Sunday Baptism

Baptism Sunday is coming up on Sunday, November 3rd.

Baptism provides an opportunity for every believer to publicly acknowledge their faith. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace alone, and the outworking of this faith is demonstrated by obedience. Taking the step of baptism demonstrates our obedience to Christ! Now is your time to be baptized.

If you or someone you know needs to be baptized, please sign up to be baptized on November 3rd. Invite family and friends to celebrate this incredible step of obedience and faith! It's time to celebrate your baptism!


Galatians: Finding Freedom

Living In Line with the Gospel

Francis Schaeffer once said, "biblical orthodoxy without biblical compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world." The Gospel is a set of beliefs that should flow into our actual behaviors. Gospel Doctrine should flow into a Gospel Culture. What does it mean to live in line with the Gospel? Listen or download this message on Galatians 2:11-21

Living in Line with the Gospel

Sunday, September 22nd 

Galatians 2:11-21

2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

2:15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

2:17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Reflection Questions 

  • In which areas have you been increasingly walking in line with the gospel over the last month? The last year? 

  • Are there people in your church you have not been “eating with” because they are not “like you”? What self-righteousness lies beneath this attitude? 

  • How could you motivate yourself, and other Chritians, less with guilt and more with the gospel? 

  • Is Christ’s death everything to you? What difference does this make to your love for Him and your actions in life? 

  • How would you explain “justification by faith” to someone who has never been to church before? 

  • How would you explain the difference between being moral and being a Christian to someone who thinks being good makes them acceptable to God?

  • How would you counsel someone who claims to believe in justification by faith but shows no sign of love for Christ? 

Exercise - Talk sometime this week to have a meal with someone in the church you’ve  never eaten with and ask them questions to get to know them better. 

Baptism Sunday (3/11)

It's time to celebrate baptisms!

What is Baptism?
Baptism does not save a person, but we believe that Christians should be baptized. We believe that baptism is for those who have chosen to put their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ—a public declaration of an inward decision to follow Christ. We believe that baptizing by immersion in water is a faithful representation of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

Why be Baptized?
Because Jesus has called everyone of his followers to be baptized. Baptism should be one of our first steps of obedience. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19)

Baptism provides an opportunity for every believer to publicly acknowledge their faith. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)

Salvation is a free gift of God’s grace alone, and the outworking of this faith is demonstrated by obedience. Taking the step of baptism demonstrates our obedience to Christ! Now is your time to be baptized.

Invite family and friends to celebrate this incredible step of obedience and faith! It's time to celebrate your baptism!

Men's Retreat 2019

Rainier Valley Church Men’s Retreat 2019

September 13-15

Camp Casey

Overview of Men’s Retreat 2019

It’s impossible for men to live the Christian life without the resources God has made available to each of us. God has given us His Word, His people, His Spirit, His truth, and His Son to fulfill our mission. As the Apostle Peter says it: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” We have everything we need for life and godliness but as men, we must humble ourselves, learn to look to God for His supply and live in his power. Our prayer for the 2019 Men’s Retreat is that we would become humble, useful, powerful men of God.

Time: Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15

Cost: $75 (scholarships available if needed)

Location: Camp Casey Conference Center 1276 S Engle Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239

What to Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, Bible and journal, toiletries.

Optional Stuff: Deck of cards, board games, football, Frisbee, snacks to share, etc.

Activities: Explore the Fort, Beach, and the Grounds. Games in the game room. Huge field for Frisbee, football, soccer, etc.

2019 Men’s Retreat Overview


  • Friday Night (Sept. 28)

    • 6:00pm Men being arriving at Camp Casey

    • 7:00pm - Dinner (Prayer/Welcome/Updates)

    • 8:00pm - Evening Session

      • Nate Porter - Worship / Manny Pastre - Testimony

      • Steve Pratt - “The Resources we’ve Been Given”

    • 9:00pm - Small Group Discussion/Prayer

    • 9:30pm - Free time to hangout or go to bed early

  • Saturday (Sept. 29)

    • 8am-Breakfast

    • 9am-Morning Session

      • Nate Porter - Worship / Ben Johnson - Testimony

      • James Armstrong - “How God Changes Us”

    • 10:00am - Small Group Discussion/Prayer

    • 10:30 -Free Time / Hike / Rest

    • 12-Lunch

    • 1-4pm-Free Time / Hike / Rest

    • 5pm-Afternoon Session

      • Nate Porter - Worship / Minh Hung Le - Testimony

      • Andrew Bierbaum - “The Weapons We Fight with”

    • 6:00pm-Small Group Discussion/Prayer

    • 6:30pm-Dinner

    • 7:30pm-Evening Session

      • Nate Porter - Worship / Ken Shores - Testimony

      • Sam Bretz - “The Truth We Proclaim”

    • 8:30 - Small Group Discussion/Prayer

    • 9:00 - Free time to hangout or go to bed early

  • Sunday Morning (Sept 30)

    • 8am - Breakfast Together

    • 9:30am - Morning Session

      • Nate Porter - Worship / David Murphy - Testimony

      • Doug Foreman - “The Brotherhood We Need”

    • 11am Pickup, clean-up and head home

Happy Monday (9-10-19)

Happy Monday! There is a lot going on this week for the RVC family. Tonight the Board is meeting to plan for the Fall. Please be in prayer for our Leadership Team. Wednesday is the September Hope Place Graduation. Come and support many of gals in our church who are moving up in the program. This coming weekend is the RVC Men's Retreat at Camp Casey. If you haven't signed up yet, please contact Doug Foreman. God bless and have a great week!

Weekly Update 9/4

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Men’s Retreat 2019

Men, the Christian life is a battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It’s impossible for men to live this life without the resources God has made available to each of us. God has given us His Word, His people, His Spirit, His truth, and His Son to fulfill our mission. As men, we must humble ourselves, learn to look to God for His supply and live in his power.

Join other men from Rainier Valley Church as we learn what it means to follow Jesus as we enjoy fellowship, food, teaching and worship at the 2019 RVC Men's Retreat at Camp Casey.

Time: Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15
Cost: $75 (scholarships available if needed)
Location: Camp Casey
Contact: Doug Foreman and Kari Culumber for more details


Hope Place Graduation

You're invited to join us at Rainier Valley Church for a night of celebration and testimonies at September's Hope Place Graduation. Graduations are inspiring events filled with stories of life transformation. If you've never been, we'd highly encourage you to go, support many of the ladies who come to RVC, and be encouraged by their stories.

RVC also helps provide childcare for this event as well. If you're interested in helping families celebrate their big night by providing childcare for kiddos please talk with Kari Culumber

Hope Place Graduation
September 11, 2019
6:30pm - 8pm

RVC Members Meeting

Rainier Valley Church’s Fall Members Meeting is coming up on Sunday, September 29th. The Members Meeting will begin directly after the worship service. The Elders and the Board will be sharing some upcoming outreach events, giving church-wide updates, and sharing the direction and goals for RVC this Fall.

Come join your church family and hear what God is up to and be praying about what role you can plan in this next season of life together as Jesus’ people in South Seattle.

Rainier Valley Church Members Meeting

Sunday, September 29th

Directly after the worship service


Galatians: Finding Freedom - Week #1

“The Uniqueness of the Gospel”

Sunday, September 1st  

(Galatians 1:1-9)

1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Questions for Reflection 

  • Paul is astounded that once believing Christians are turning to another Gospel. What other Gospels exist in our culture and why might a Christian be tempted to turn to them instead of the true Gospel? 

  • How does legalism undermine the Gospel? What’s the difference between legalism and zealous obedience? 

  • Why is the fact that the Father initiated salvation important for understanding that the gospel is free? 

  • In what ways do we add to the Gospel? What are some “Jesus+something else” messages taught today?

  • What does Paul say about those who preach false gospels? Do you think Paul is out of control in this passage? Why or why not? 

  • Does free grace lead to carelessness about sin? Explain. 

  • How do Paul’s words about pleasing Christ, not men, affect you? Do you struggle with the desire to please others over Christ? How might we fight this sin? 

  • What practical steps can you take to avoid legalism in your life? 

  • When do you find it hardest to accept the authority of apostolic New testament teaching? Why? 

  • How would you explain the gospel to someone who asked you today what you believe? Why is the Gospel good news to some suffering? Why is it good news to someone who doesn’t know God? Why is it good news to the self-righteous? 

Exercise - Talk with someone from your neighborhood, workplace, or school about their life and discern what “Gospel” they believe about the good life, God, and themselves