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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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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