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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Weekly Update 4/29

Recapping Easter 2019  

Pastor Kyle - "My heart is full this afternoon reflecting on the five baptisms, lots of visitors, and lots of new connections, friendships, and first steps of faith we saw today at Rainier Valley Church. We have so much to be thankful for: the tomb is empty, the Spirit is at work, and Jesus reigns!"

Pastor Nate - "Just spent a couple hours breaking down the baptismal, picking up empty coffee cups, turning off lights, locking doors…Feels incredible to know that the Gospel was preached boldly, He was worshiped (loudly), and that the kingdom of heaven is coming, and at the same time... is already here! Happy Easter to my Rainier Valley Church family!"

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 

Rainier Valley Church Family, here is the 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 their 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?  

Spring Updates from Grace Community Empowerment

Rainier Valley Church Family, here is the latest updates from GCE.

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

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Easter Weekend Reminders and Encouragements

Good morning RVC family, 

As a reminder, here's our Easter Weekend Schedule:

Good Friday - tonight @ 7pm, family-style

Easter Sunday - hot breakfast @ 9am, family-style service & baptisms @ 10am,  Easter activities @ 11am. 

Pastoral encouragements for Easter Weekend: 

  1. Prepare Your Heart

    1. Pray Thank God that Jesus died in our place, absorbing our punishment into himself; praise him for the power of the resurrection. Ask the Father to stir your affections, and prepare your heart. Pray that our neighborhood, friends, and family would respond to the invitation to Easter this weekend.  

    2. Invite - I've listened to a couple different stories of people inviting their friends to church this weekend. If there is ever a Sunday to invite someone to church and not feel awkward, it's Easter! 

    3. Reflect - We're all very busy with school, work, and preparing for Easter weekend so it's important to slow down and get some silence and solitude to reflect. What is God teaching you this Easter? What truth about the cross, resurrection, power, and rescue of God is resonating with you this year and why? 

  2. Serve Your Community 

    1. Breakfast Ministry - This Easter Sunday we've invited our community to come celebrate the hope of the resurrection. This means we may double in attendance this Sunday so we need all hands on deck. If you're interested in helping on in the kitchen, please e-mail Kari at @Operations 

    2. Welcome Team - First impressions are very important, and as believers we want to offer warm hospitality and help as new folks come to RVC for the first time. If you're interested in welcoming folks, please contact @Samuel Bretz  

    3. Activities Team - Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, Face-Painting, Bounce Houses, Photo Booth, If you're interesting in helping out with all the fun Easter activities starting at 11am, please contact @Yee Feng or @Jason Lischke

  3. Worship Your Lord 

    1. Sing - Singing is a powerful way of meditating on the truth of Easter. Sing songs that focus your heart on Jesus' death and resurrection. Sing his praises, sing of his sacrifice, sing of his love. 

    2. Eat - Worship through meals and hospitality this Easter weekend. Acknowledge God's provision and enjoy his goodness. Food is a great way to connect with others, offer friendship, and enjoy family and friends. 

    3. Rejoice - We're to be a Good News people, and far more is caught than taught. Our neighbors, family, friends, kids, and visitors need to see us rejoicing, delighting, and celebrating in the Good News. Easter is a celebration, death has been defeated, Jesus is victorious, eternity is secure, and there is hope beyond the grave. Let's rejoice! 

Happy Easter Rainier Valley Church Family!

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Training - Working with Kids in Trauma

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Naara Taylor will be with us after the service on April 28th to lead a training on working with kids in Trauma.

This training is open to everyone. Naara's focus will be providing both the background on how being in trauma affects the brain & child development as well as tools / management strategies to use when working with kids who have gone through trauma.
For more info contact Kids Ministry Pastor Steve Pratt

How Christians Understand Feelings and Emotions

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NEW WORKSHOP - Saturday, May 25th 10am-1pm at Rainier Valley Church

How Much Should Christians Care About Their and Others’ Feelings and Emotions?

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 unmeet, 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.

Service Teams Update

Hello church family! If you were in church on Sunday, you heard Nate walk us through our new operational model for Sunday service. Here’s an overview in case you missed it!

What are they?

Service teams are groups of members and volunteers who will set up and tear down church every Sunday. Rather than maintaining individual ministry teams for each task (make coffee, put out signs, etc.), we are establishing five (5) service teams who are equipped to do those tasks.  

Why the change?

The elders of RVC have committed to improve the internal health of the church in 2019. One of the ways we will accomplish that goal is to take the weight of setting up for a Sunday service off a few individuals, and instead, collectively share the load with all people who call RVC home.

What will Service Teams do on Sundays?

  • Tidy up the lobby and outside the entrance (taking out trash, moving tables, etc.)

  • Put out sandwich boards around the block

  • Make coffee and setting up beverage table

  • Set up welcome desk by the front door

  • Set up communion table in the sanctuary

  • Set up and staff the nursery

  • Welcome people at the door from 9am to 10am

  • Offer communion during service

  • Pass the offering plates during service

  • Clean up after service for all of the above

Who will lead each team?

Each Service Team will need one volunteer leader to help coordinate communication and tasks. This person can be anyone who decides that they have a heart to serve RVC in this way.

How often?

All five service teams will be scheduled on a weekly rotation, which means each team will serve about once a month.

What’s next?

  • We will have service team trainings over the next two Sundays, 4/7 and 4/14 to cover the basics of what’s needed. Please plan to attend at least one of these sessions.

  • Each service team will be set up with a Slack channel this week. If you’re not on Slack yet, you’ll receive an email invitation to join.

  • Service Teams will start the Sunday after Easter, April 28th.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Kari Culumber

operations@rainiervalleychurch.com