Wednesday CG Picnic

UPCOMING CG EVENT: Wednesday CG Picnic

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6pm-8pm

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

News and Announcements 5/20


News and Announcements 

RVC Board Nominations (Voting Closes on May 22nd)
Four spots are open on the RVC board. (Hillary Dunham, Doug Foreman, Yee Feng, and Erin McCormick will be finishing their terms.)RVC members, please use the link below to nominate any member who is over 18 and is a member in good standing. See by-laws posted in the thread below for additional qualifications.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1__AlFVtdgdTeFTXMyUqtWI58O_gg7r8oObKBsUvtu-Y/edit

Please encourage other members of RVC to fill out this form by *Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:00 PM.* The final list for voting will be presented to the congregation for a vote on *Sunday, May 26th.*The new board will be presented to the congregation on *Sunday June 2.*

All-Church Picnic  5/26

Sunday, May 26th - Directly after service
Rainier Valley Church - 3800 S Othello St, Seattle, Washington 98118Hi church family, Sharon Pastre will be providing the main dish (curries and satays) for a potluck lunch on Sunday, May 26, following our morning service.  We welcome everyone to join us in sharing a meal together!

If you are able to contribute to the potluck, please, bring the following based on your last name: 
A-H Fruit/Dessert/Drinks
I-Q  Veggie/Salad 
R-Z Grain/potato/bread

Saturday Workshop: Understanding Your Feelings and Emotions

Saturday, May 25 @ 10am-1pm. 

Rainier Valley Church - 3800 S Othello St, Seattle, Washington 98118

We will learn from the people of the Bible how to deal with our emotions and how to use them for our spiritual growth and for more authentic and deeper connection with people.

Lamentations: Walking with God through Suffering, Silence, and Uncertainty

https://rainiervalleychurch.com/latest-sermons

Community Group Discussion Questions

Week #3  - "Hope in the Midst of the Storm"  (Lam 3:1-66) 

How can we create an environment where people can open up about their real fears, doubts, failures, and laments? What fears can keep us from opening up and sharing with others? 

What do you think of "S.E.T." (Sympathy, Empathy, and Truth) as a way of relating to those who are suffering? Which aspects of SET come naturally to you, which ones are more difficult and why do you think that is? 

What do you do when you feel like God is the enemy in your life? What are the poetic metaphors Jeremiah uses for God in verse 1-18? 

When challenges and suffering come into our life, how do we know when we're rightly lamenting the difficulty and when we're sinfully dwelling in unbelief, sorrow, and hopelessness? Why does it matter to our discipleship that we process our pain with God and with others? 

The poet calls to mind truths about God that he isn't currently experiencing, why is it important to let our beliefs channel our emotions and not let our emotions shape our beliefs? How have you seen your emotions lie about who God is and what he is up to in your life and in the world? How have you wrestled with believing God in the midst of suffering? 

How would you explain the beauty and the reality of the steadfast love of the Lord that never ceases to someone who doesn't know or follow Jesus? How would you explain the new mercies of God each day?   

How is God's covenantal love an anchor for us in the midst of our anxieties? What does it mean to say that God is immutable and how is that different than us?  

PRAYER 
Please take some time to pray for those who are suffering in your group (It might be helpful to lay hands on them as a symbol of support and solidarity).  

PRACTICAL CHALLENGE 
Write you own Lament Poem - Reflect on the suffering you have/are experiencing in your own life or that you're seeing in the world around you and entering into those feeling through writing a personal Lament poem. This experience isn't about writing style, or the structure of your prose, you don't have to share this poem is you don't want to, but take the time to cry out to God through writing your own lament. 

Join us tomorrow for service at RVC!

Join us tomorrow for a hot breakfast, the introduction of new members at RVC, Dana Serban's sharing about the upcoming How Christians Understand Feelings and Emotions workshop. The Pratt family will be sharing their testimony, and we will studying about finding hope in the midst of suffering from Lamentations 3. Breakfast starts at 9am and service begins at 10am. 

We would love to have you join us! 

Weekly Update 5/13

News and Announcements 

RVC Board Nominations 
Four spots are open on the RVC board. (Hillary Dunham, Doug Foreman, Yee Feng, and Erin McCormick will be finishing their terms.)

RVC members, please use the link below to nominate any member who is over 18 and is a member in good standing. See by-laws posted in the thread below for additional qualifications.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1__AlFVtdgdTeFTXMyUqtWI58O_gg7r8oObKBsUvtu-Y/edit

Please encourage other members of RVC to fill out this form by *Wednesday, May 22rd at 10:00 PM.* The final list for voting will be presented to the congregation for a vote on *Sunday, May 26th.*

The new board will be presented to the congregation on *Sunday June 2.*

Ladies Craft Night 

Thursday, May 16th @ 7pm
Lischkeland - 6515 44th Ave So. 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

Men's Morning Coffee

Friday, May 17th at @ 6am 

All City Coffee - 1205 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108

Men, join other guys on Friday mornings from 6am-8am at All-City Coffee in Georgetown for encouragement, instruction, and community.  
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." (Pro 27:17) 

Saturday Workshop: Understanding Your Feelings and Emotions

Saturday, May 25 @ 10am-1pm. 

Rainier Valley Church - 3800 S Othello St, Seattle, Washington 98118

We will learn from the people of the Bible how to deal with our emotions and how to use them for our spiritual growth and for more authentic and deeper connection with people.

Week #2  - "The Dark Night of the Soul"  (Lam 2:1-22) 

What have you found to be most helpful, challenging, or thought-provoking in Lamentations so far? 

If you are willing to share, what times in your life have you experienced a "dark night of the soul" and how did it shape and change you? 

What is the difference between innocent suffering, deserved suffering and righteous suffering? What lessons can be learned for each of these forms of suffering? How could the community support people as they walk through each of these forms of suffering? 

How is God's justice seen in Lamentations 2? How is God's justice a comfort and hope for his people? How does God's justice shape the way we understand and respond to suffering and injustice in the world? How are both God's justice and mercy seen on the cross of Christ?

PRAYER 
Please take some time to pray for those who are suffering in your group (It might be helpful to lay hands on them as a symbol of support and solidarity).  

PRACTICAL CHALLENGE 
Write you own Lament Poem - Reflect on the suffering you have/are experiencing in your own life or that you're seeing in the world around you and entering into those feeling through writing a personal Lament poem. This experience isn't about writing style, or the structure of your prose, you don't have to share this poem is you don't want to, but take the time to cry out to God through writing your own lament. 

Lamentations: Walking with God Through Suffering, Silence, and Uncertainty

Lamentations: Walking with God Through Suffering, Silence, and Uncertainty  

Week #1 "The Lost Art of Lament" - Lamentations 1

Discussion Questions

Lamentations deals directly and honesty with the brokenness, suffering, and wickedness of this world. How have you seen the brokenness of this world in your life, your city, or on the news this week? 

The Bible is brutally honest in it's depiction of the suffering of this fallen world, can you name some books beside Lamentations, verses, and stories where people suffer, calling out to God, and lament over the brokenness of the world, their sin, and their spiritual coldness?

Why does Christian culture often project the image that everyone is fine, everyone is smiling, everyone is happy, nobody is suffering, sick, dying, and struggling with doubt?  Why is it important for Christians to understand that emotional maturity is spiritual maturity? 

Lamentations is a book of poetic grief, funeral dirges for Nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. How does poetry uniquely provoke our feelings as well as our thoughts? Do you have a favorite poem or poet and if so, what is draws you to that poem or that poet's work?  

Pastor Kyle shared four reasons for Rainier Valley Church to study the book of Lamentations 

  1. Humanizes, validates, dignify those who are suffering. Are their personal, family or other sufferings that you're currently walking through that you need to share with your Community Group? Can CGs provide space for those who are suffering? 

  2. Suffering is never neutral - Since suffering will change us, why is it important for us to think about, and reflect on how it's changing us? How has the suffering you've experienced changed you? 

  3. Learning the awkward language of Lament - If we insist that being a christian means that we're always happy-clappy folks, how are we fundamentally warping our kids understanding of the Christian life and what it means to be human? 

  4. Equipping us to Suffering Well - Why is it important for us to be equipped to suffering well and not be surprised when suffering comes into our lives?  

Lamentations is a challenging book to study, many of us don't like poetry, we don't like our emotions, we don't like to think about our past, we don't like to think about death. What challenges do you personally bring to the book of Lamentations? 

Do you regularly lament the hardships you experience? If so, how do you lament? 

Pastor Kyle mentioned that If we do not lament our sufferings we will end up denying them, distracting ourselves or demanding everything from other people. What sorts of negative behaviors and actions have you seen manifested in yourself when you don't lament? 

PRAYER 

Please take some time to pray for those who are suffering in your group (May be helpful to lay hands on them as a symbol of support and solidarity) and make a plan to pray for them through this next week. 

PRACTICAL CHALLENGE 

Write you own Lament Poem - Reflect on the suffering you have/are experiencing in your own life or that you're seeing in the world around you and entering into those feeling through writing a personal Lament poem. This experience isn't about writing style, or the structure of your prose, you don't have to share this poem is you don't want to, but take the time to cry out to God through writing your own lament. 

News and Announcements 5/6

News & Announcements 


Mother's Day Video A few years ago we did a Mother's Day video featuring a slideshow of pictures of church members with their Moms or Moms with their kiddos. We would love to do a new video this year and feature a picture of either you with your Mom or if you are a mother, you with your kids. Please send a high-res picture for Mother's Day to Isaiah Huntington (callmeisaiah@gmail.com). Thank you!

Child Dedications Ceremony Child Dedications recognize the blessing and responsibility of the parents and the church to train the next generation to know, love, and follow after Jesus. This Mother's Day, parents, joined by their church community, will celebrate the birth or adoption of a child, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community. Child Dedication is also the parents publicly committing themselves to raise their child in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray, support, and care for them in this important task. If you would like to have your child or children dedicated, please contact Steve Pratt (steveryanpratt@gmail.com).

Rainier Valley Church Board Nominations 

Four spots are open on the RVC board. (Hillary Dunham, Doug Foreman, Yee Feng, and Erin McCormick will be finishing their terms.)

RVC members, please use the link below to nominate any member who is over 18 and is a member in good standing. See by-laws posted in the thread below for additional qualifications.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1__AlFVtdgdTeFTXMyUqtWI58O_gg7r8oObKBsUvtu-Y/edit

Please encourage other members of RVC to fill out this form by *Wednesday, May 22rd at 10:00 PM.* The final list for voting will be presented to the congregation for a vote on *Sunday, May 26th.*

The new board will be presented to the congregation on *Sunday June 2.*

RVC News and Announcements

Hello church!

Just a reminder that Mother's Day is coming up next weekend on Sunday, May 12.  

Mother's Day Video 

A few years ago we did a Mother's Day video featuring a slideshow of pictures of church members with their Moms or Moms with their kiddos. We would love to do a new video this year and feature a picture of either you with your Mom or if you are a mother, you with your kids. Please send a high-res picture for Mother's Day to Isiah Huntington (callmeisaiah@gmail.com). Thank you!

Child Dedications Ceremony 

Child Dedications recognize the blessing and responsibility of the parents and the church to train the next generation to know, love, and follow after Jesus. This Mother's Day, parents, joined by their church community, will celebrate the birth or adoption of a child, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community. Child Dedication is also the parents publicly committing themselves to raise their child in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray, support, and care for them in this important task. If you would like to have your child or children dedicated, please contact Steve Pratt (steveryanpratt@gmail.com).

Recapping Easter 2019  

Thank you to everyone who helped make this Easter a special celebration. We saw many new faces, connected with the community and saw God’s good work in action! All the photos from Easter are available on Rainier Valley Church's Facebook page or on Yee Feng's website

Spring Update from Grace Community Empowerment (our partner ministry in the Philippines):

“Dear friends and supporters, our spring has been full of joy: scholar graduations, preschool graduation, testimonies from preschooler moms, wedding couples studying the bible, scholar marriage, and an invitation to another wedding! Read the full newsletter to see our pictures.”

Manny and Sharon Pastre - Grace Community Empowerment - gceinternational.org

Upcoming Workshop: How Christians Understand Feelings and Emotions

Saturday, May 25, 2019  10 AM – 1 PM

Rainier Valley Church 3800 S Othello St, Seattle, Washington 98118

Emotions and feelings are part of God’s image in humankind. But they are that part of our humanity that is most misunderstood. And because we don’t understand them, we don’t manage them well.

When we ignore, deny or block our emotions, this leads to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, sarcasm or inability to also feel positive emotions like joy, surprise, excitement.

When we dwell in unpleasant emotions, this leads to depression, anxiety, addictions, or we make decisions based on our feelings – we let them control our lives.

We need to learn when specific emotions appear and we need to understand their message. And the message can be one of these three: 1) our needs are unmet, 2) we misinterpreted the reality/event and we need to reinterpret, 3) the situation is difficult and we should either find better mechanisms to cope or change the situation.

In dealing with others’ feelings and emotions, it’s easy to situate ourselves on extremes: ignoring, denying or, the other extreme: feeling responsible for others’ happiness. The balanced way is to care enough about the person and learn how to show this by being present and emphatic, normalizing their feelings, being supportive and encouraging.

I invite you for a 3-hour workshop where we will:

Better understand our emotional life: the connection between body, soul, spirit, and the distinction between emotions, feelings and moods. We will learn from the people of the Bible how to deal with our emotions and how to use them for our spiritual growth and for more authentic and deeper connection with people.

Look at some specific unpleasant emotions (fear, sadness, anger, shame), understand when they appear, how to decode their message and how to manage them well.

Learn how to connect emotionally with dear ones and how to better support each other when we deal with difficult situations and unpleasant feelings.

Discussion Questions - (Matthew 28:16-20)

  • Rainier Valley Church has spent the last five months studying the Gospel of Matthew. What have been some of the highlights of this study for you personally? What was helpful? What was new? What was confusing? What did God teach you through this series? How will you apply it in your life?

  • If someone runs into a building and shouts that there is a fire and that they know the way to safety. If we have faith in them, we will believe what they say and follow them to safety. If we don't have faith in them, we will ignore them. Faith requires following. How would you explain what it means to have faith in Jesus to someone who is interested in becoming a Christian?

  • We see in verse 16 that the disciples followed Jesus instructions. They showed up. Why is showing up so important in life? What ways might we say one thing but not do it? How might we not keep our word? When we keep our commitments and we become men and women of our word, what are we telling the watching world about the character of God?

  • Verse 17 describes the disciples reaction to see the risen Lord, some worshiped and some doubted. How can doubt actually refine our faith and make it stronger when we acknowledge and deal with it? What happens when we don't deal with our doubts?

  • Jesus commission begins with a claim, that all authority has been given to him. What is Jesus' authority? How is Jesus' authority the basis for our mission?

  • Jesus tells his disciples to Go into all the world, into their workplaces, communities, neighborhoods, and other lands to tell and show the good news of Jesus. Where has God called you to Go? How are you being intentional about fulfilling the great commission in your life?

  • What is a disciple? If discipleship isn't just knowledge but application, how can our community help build disciples who make other disciples? What ways can we get distraction from the Great Commission that Jesus has given us?

  • Jesus promises to be with us even to the very end of the age, how have you experienced the fulfillment of this promise in your life? How can we pray for each other to be fulfilling the great commission in your lives?

Thanks, and have a great week!

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Mother's Day Child Dedications

This Mother's Day, May 12, we will be having a Child Dedication Ceremony at our worship service. This is a ceremony recognizing the blessing and responsibility of the parents and the church to train the next generation to know, love, and follow after Jesus.

This Mother's Day, parents, joined by their church community, will celebrate the birth or adoption of a child, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community.

Child Dedication is also the parents publicly committing themselves to raise their child in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray, support, and care for them in this important task.

If you would like to have your child or children dedicated, please contact our Operations Coordinator Kari Culumber - Operations@rainiervalleychurch.com

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