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.

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

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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.*