News, Events, and Study Materials (6/16-6/23)

--Upcoming Events

*Ladies Craft Night  (6/20)  When: Thursday, June 20th @ 7pm Where: Lischkeland ~ 6515 44th Ave S, Seattle WA 98118 Join us for an evening of fellowship and saving the world from mass production. Light refreshments will be served.  Craft tutorial provided for those needing inspiration.  Feel free to B.Y.O.C.P (bring your own craft project) Questions? Contact Shelly @ shellylischke@comcast.net

*Hope Place Graduation (6/26) Rainier Valley Church will be helping with the Reception and Childcare for the Hope Place graduation on 6/26. Folks willing to volunteer can contact me at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com or via Slack.

--News and Announcements

*New Board of Directors This last Monday the newly elected members of the board of directors gathered together to assign leadership roles for the next season of the board and plan some exciting upcoming events. Stay tune for some exciting updates this Sunday during the morning announcements.

*Seattle Urban Academy is Moving An important update to be aware of over the next few weeks is that the Seattle Urban Academy is moving out of the Union Gospel Mission building and so the classrooms and breakfast area will be filled with extra equipment and moving boxes over the next few weeks during SUA's transition.

--Sermon and Study Questions *Making Sense of Church "Participate - Community"

Making Sense of Church - Week #2 - Participate / Community - Rainier Valley Church - Seattle, Washington

Making Sense of Church - Week #2 - Participate / Community - Rainier Valley Church - Seattle, Washington

Listen, watch, or download on YouTube, iTunes, MP3, Podbay, RSS feedMaking Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people in the city of Seattle.

*Study/Discussion Questions

Making Sense of Church  Week #2 (Acts 2:37-46)  "Participate - Community" 

1.Christian Community is Powerful

Who has God used in your life to bring you to faith? How did Christian community play a role in your conversion and growth? When you think of your christian community in contrast with other communities you are part of (work, hobbies, family, neighborhood, etc) what are some of the differences and similarities? 

2.Christian Community is Responsive

What happened to the crowd that was listening to Peter's message and why is repentance essential to the Christian faith? Why does it matter that we respond to the Gospel?  What are some ways we should respond to the Sunday morning message during the service, afterwards, and throughout the week? What are some negative outcomes of us listening to a Gospel message and not responding to it? 

3.Christian Community is Devoted

What are some of the defining marks of the early church according to these verses?  Which of these marks of the early christian community are you passionate about and why? Which one of the marks of the early Christian community are personal growth areas that need work and don't come easily to you?    What is the difference between being devoted to apostolic teaching and just appreciating it? What are some things that might keep you from deeper Christian fellowship? What practical needs do you see in your community that you can help meet? 

4.Christian Community is Transformative  

Who can your group be praying for and reaching out to?   In what areas do you need to encourage each other? How will your group apply the principles from Acts 2?  


Join us tomorrow

Join us tomorrow as we continue the "making sense of church" series by answering the question, what is a community group and why does it matter? We will look at how Christian community is powerful, foundational, devoted, and transformative from Acts 2:37-46.

Breakfast at 9am and Service at 10am. See you tomorrow!

#RainierValleyChurch #Seattle #MakingSenseofChurch #Community #RVC #SouthSeattle

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Events, News, and Study Materials (6/9-16)

--Upcoming Events

*Picnic in the Park TONIGHT! (6/12) 

The Picnic in the Park is tonight from 6pm-8pm at Seward Park. The Wednesday Community Groups have organized and planned a picnic and everyone is invited join in! The forecast looks great with weather in the high eighties. We will be hanging out at shelter #1 right next to the playground. Bring a picnic dinner and we'll see you there for a great night! 

*Hope Place Graduation (6/26) 

Rainier Valley Church will be helping with the Reception and Childcare for the Hope Place graduation on 6/26. Folks willing to volunteer can contact me at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com or via Slack.

--News and Announcements 

*New Board of Directors 

This last Monday the newly elected members of the board of directors gathered together to assign leadership roles for the next season of the board and plan some exciting upcoming events. Stay tune for some exciting updates this Sunday during the morning announcements.    

*Seattle Urban Academy is Moving 

An important update to be aware of over the next few weeks is that the Seattle Urban Academy is moving out of the Union Gospel Mission building and so the classrooms and breakfast area will be filled with extra equipment and moving boxes over the next few weeks during SUA's transition.  

--Sermon and Study Questions  

*Making Sense of Church "Belong-Membership" 

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Listen, watch, or download on YouTube, iTunesMP3, PodbayRSS feed

Making Sense of Church sermon series has been designed to answer the practical questions about what the church is and why we're called to be an active part of a local church as Jesus-followers. Join us as we seek to discover what it means to love Jesus and be his people in the city of Seattle.     

*Study/Discussion Questions  

Unity (12:12-13)

The world finds unity in hobbies, family, and culture. What are some examples of unity you've experienced with other people in Seattle? What does Seattle unify around? How is Christian unity different than mere commonalities such as age, life stage, and shared hobbies? 

Paul compares the church with a body, what are some of the different parts of the body and how do they interact with each other and perform specific tasks? Have you ever lose function in a part of your body? if so, what was the experience like? 

What are ways we can foster unity within our local church? What are ways we can undermine unity in our local church? 

How would you answer someone that doesn't think it's important for a Christian to be a part of a local church? 

Diversity (12:14-20)

Using the illustration of the body working together, why is it so important that the church be diverse and yet unified? How have you been blessed, served, and helped by Christians with different gifts, abilities, and passions? 

How can local churches, community groups, and ministries become mono-cultural and single-issue voter communities? What steps can we take both personally and as a community group to cultivate each others specific passions and gifts?   

Interdependence (12:21-26) 

Why is an individual Christian not a full representation of Jesus to the watching world? In what ways are we practically interdependent on one another? What gifts, personality types, and passions do you not have that you are thankful others do? 

Who are some people that come to mind that you would like to thank for their unique contribution to the local church? 

Does anyone have any questions about membership at Rainier Valley Church? 

How can we be praying for one another and practically meeting each others needs this week? 

News and Announcements 5/3

News and Announcements 5/3 

Board Updates

This last Sunday we announced the results of the board election. First, we want to start by thanking Doug Foreman, Erin McCormick, and Hillary Dunham for their faithful service on the board of directors over this last season. If you get a chance, please thank them for their hard work, faithfulness, and dedication to our church family. 

The new board members will be Yee Feng (returning for a second term), Jesse Epperson, Lucas Clements, and Ken Sabalza. 

Thank you Isaiah Huntington 

This last Sunday we thanked Isaiah Huntington, our ministry intern, for his faithful service over the last six months. We're excited for him as he graduates SPU and begins working in youth ministry down in Vancouver, Washington this summer. 

Community Group Picnic

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6pm-8pm at Seward Park  The Wednesday CGs are planning a picnic on Wednesday, June 12, at 6pm, and they would like to invite anyone available to join in! One of the families has generously reserved a picnic shelter by the playground Seward Park for our use. 

Bring a picnic dinner for your family, and be sure to dress for the weather (whatever it may be). We hope you can attend!

Hope Place Graduation

Rainier Valley Church will be helping with the Reception and Childcare for the Hope Place graduation on 6/26. Folks willing to volunteer can contact me at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com or via Slack.

Seattle Urban Academy 

An important update to be aware of over the next few weeks is that the Seattle Urban Academy is moving out of the Union Gospel Mission building and so the classrooms and breakfast area will be filled with extra equipment and moving boxes over the next few weeks during SUA's transition. 

Community Group Discussion Questions 

Pastor Kyle made three observations about how this series in the book of Lamentations has impacted our church family. God has broken, Connected, and freed us a church family as we have studied and applied the truths of the book of Lamentations into the realities of our sufferings. 

  • God has Broken us - We've heard lots of different testimonies on Sunday and shared stories within our community groups. We’re all suffering in many ways and brokenness, sickness, disease, cancer, chronic illness, loss and death are a part of our community. How do you think this series has changed us a Church community? What impact has it had on you personally to listen to the stories of follow brothers and sisters in Christ sharing their suffering and their resolve to walk with God in the midst of their storms? 

  • God has Connected us - When suffering hits us there is often a tendency to isolate or pretend that we aren't hurting, why is this? How can sharing in the suffering of others around us help us to connect deeper with fellow believers? Suffering either creates dependence on God and others or bitterness towards God and others, which of these results have you experienced? How can we draw near to God and be honest with one another in our suffering? How have you seen God connecting our church family throughout this series in Lamentations? 

  • God has Freed us - God often uses suffering to break us of our pride, help draw our attention to eternal realities, and humbles us of our pride. How has God used suffering in your life to free you of your sin, shortsightedness and spiritual apathy? 

Pastor Kyle talked about how Lamentations 5 ends with a question about if God will be faithful to his promises and restore his people. 

How does Jesus answer the Poet's question? 

Kyle outlined that Jesus shows us that life is often unjust, always purposeful, and ultimately redeemed. 

Jesus shows us that suffering is often unjust. How can Jesus uniquely identify with our sufferings and how does that make Christianity unique among the religions of the world? How does worshiping a God who has the scars of human suffering show us that suffering is often unjust?

Why is it such a precious reality to know that suffering is always purposeful and how does looking at the life of Jesus confirm this? What promises of God do you hold on to in the midst of your suffering? 

Jesus' life, death, and resurrection shows us that suffering is ultimately redeemed. How does the resurrection give a unique answer to the problem of suffering? Since the resurrection isn't just a consolation but a restorationhow does the resurrection speak to the goodness of God and give us eternal hope in the midst of the suffering, tragedies and heartaches of this life?

What questions do you have about walking with God through pain, suffering, and uncertainty? 

What was the most helpful insight, story or biblical truth you discovered in this series and how will you apply this truth? 

How can we pray for each other this week? 



News and Updates 5/29

BOARD NOMINATIONS

- Sun May 26: Voting for New Board Members - Wed May 29, 10pm: Voting for New Board Members Close - Sun Jun 2: new board members presented to congregation

Nominees -Andrew Bierbaum -Ben Johnson -Jesse Epperson -Ken Sabalza -Lucas Clements -Ryan Jones -Tom Mipalar -Yee Feng

https://docs.google.com/…/1Ey6HaKMceiZNe6IluYzmlfxLscf…/edit

Please reach out to Hillary at hgrigel@msn.com or message her directly if you have questions on the voting process.

Wednesday CG Picnic

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6pm-8pm at Seward Park The Wednesday CGs are planning a picnic on Wednesday, June 12, at 6pm, and they would like to invite anyone available to join in! One of the families has generously reserved a picnic shelter by the playground Seward Park for our use.

Bring a picnic dinner for your family, and be sure to dress for the weather (whatever it may be). We hope you can attend!

Dealing with Loss - Lamentations 4 - Rainier Valley Church

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Discussion Questions

Below is the poem Shelly Lischke shared with us this last Sunday during her testimony. What has stood out to you about having members of the church share their testimonies? What have you learned?

CHRONIC by Shelly Lischke

“Crippling fears can consume me daily, yet my life continues forward at times on lightspeed, others wading through molasses.

Honest expression is something that tosses about in my sea of despair despite your ways of crashing grace.

Respite alludes me like a mirage teases a thirsty soul.

Only you can satisfy my weary heart if my grip would just hold fast.

"Normal", a word used only in quotes is banished from my vocabulary. I find myself saturated, soaking in the isolation of our circumstances, despite your never ending pursuit.

Captivate me Lord! Take my thoughts into your hands for mine are stained with my iniquities that only you can wash clean.”

1.Grieving the Loss of What Was (4:1-12)

It’s been said that loss is inevitable but grieving that loss is a choice. What are the results of stuffing, denying, and avoiding loss instead of grieving it? If we don’t let grief out in healthy ways, we’ll act it out in unhealthy ways. How have you seen yourself acting out because your grief instead of expressing and processing it?

How can accepting and expressing grief help us to grow spiritually? How has your relationship with the Lord be changed by your loss and suffering?

How would you respond with grace and truth to someone who says that, “sadness is weakness” instead of grieving the loss in their life?

There are many different experiences of loss in our lives. Below is a list of various common losses. Identify what sorts of losses you have experienced in your life and how have you grieved these losses? Are there losses in your life that you haven’t identified, acknowledged, thought about, or grieved over?

  • Death of a spouse, family member or friend

  • Divorce or separation

  • Imprisonment

  • Personal injury or illness

  • Dismissal from work

  • Retirement

  • Change in health of family member

  • Sexual difficulties

  • Business readjustment

  • Change in financial state

  • Change to different line of work

  • Foreclosure of mortgage or loan

  • Change in responsibilities at work

  • Child leaving home

  • Trouble with in-laws

  • Spouse starts or stops work

  • Begin or end school

  • Change in living conditions

  • Change in working hours or conditions

  • Change in residence, school, church, or social activities.

  • Loss of Trust, Loss of Approval, Loss of Safety and Loss of control of my body

2.Lamenting when Leaders Fail (4:13-20)

If everything rises and falls on leadership, in what ways has your life been affected by the failure of leaders? In what has your life been blessed by the faithfulness of leaders?

  • Be Strong in the Lord (Why is it important to build our faith in Jesus and not piggyback off the faith of our leaders? How have you responded to the failure of leaders you have followed?)

  • Hold Them Accountable (Why is it important that leaders be held accountable? Have you seen leaders restored to their position of leadership?)

  • Watch out for Pride & Bitterness (How have you seen pride or bitterness in your own heart as a response to the failure of other leaders?)

  • Evaluate your Own Life (Why is it important to evaluate our life in light of the failure of the leaders we’ve followed? How are the seeds of our leaders failures likely in us?)

  • Learn from their Mistakes (How have you learned from the failure of leaders in your life?)

3.Finding Hope for the Future (4:21-22)

How does the poet find hope in both the mercy and justice of God in the final section of the poem? How do you wrestle to find your hope in the Lord when you’re struggling with loss?

How does the judgement of Jerusalem foreshadow the cross of Christ?

BOARD NOMINATIONS

BOARD NOMINATIONS

- Sun May 26: Voting for New Board Members

- Wed May 29, 10pm: Voting for New Board Members Close

- Sun Jun 2: new board members presented to congregation

Nominees

-Andrew Bierbaum

-Ben Johnson

-Jesse Epperson

-Ken Sabalza

-Lucas Clements

-Ryan Jones

-Fausto Mipalar

-Yee Feng

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ey6HaKMceiZNe6IluYzmlfxLscfRb9rYGna-4lJ91Zc/edit

Please reach out to Hillary at hgrigel@msn.com or message at Hillary Dunham, if you have questions on the voting process.