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March 6-8, 2015

How shall we sing the Lord’s song?

This question from the 137th psalm is our theme for the weekend.  Faced with declining attendance and budgets, “business as usual” is not an option for many of our churches.  What creativity can we bring to the challenge of being church in changing circumstances?

Guest speaker: Jonathan Shively currently serves as the executive director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren.  A former pastor of a small church, Jonathan has particular empathy for churches like ours.

Oh, and did the theme mention something about “singing the Lord’s song”?  Jonathan is also an accomplished musician.

Registration is now open!  For schedule, registration information and other details, click here or visit www.cobpacificnorthwest.org.


KMR Guate 2

Guatemala Immersion

Unión Victoria Learning Tour

April 10-19, 2015

We’ve been taught  ‘God helps those who help themselves.’  But what if the way we ‘help ourselves’ actually makes things harder for others?

The globalization of economies and cultures creates both danger and opportunity at home and abroad.  For some of us, the issues feel academic.  To those on the edge of economic survival they are anything but.

Our learning tour will give participants the chance to live with and learn from those who experience globalization from the bottom up.

The conventional western models of development were part of what sparked and fueled thirty years of Guatemalan civil war.  Out of desperation, the indigenous people of Guatemala’s hill country came together to survive and resist the forces dividing their people.

After the war, the challenge turned to building a just and sustainable future in Unión Victoria, a village designed from scratch on an old coffee plantation up in the hills.

Ninety families, with support from the government, the church, and non-governmental partners have built homes, schools, and health clinics.  Together they maintain and operate their coffee cooperative, hydro-power system, bridge, roads, botanical nursery and community center.  Families earn income from both private and collective economic pursuits.

But it’s not utopia.  Climate change, deforestation, poor access to increasingly volatile markets, and limited capital keep the people of Unión Victoria living on the edge.  They know short-term solutions can create longer term problems so they continue seeking new knowledge and methods.

Our small delegation will give you the chance to build friendships with warm, open, courageous, and determined people.

You will join them in their study and practice of building sustainable community.

You will return home with a deeper understanding of how your lifestyle and our public policies affect those living on the edge.

And if you are willing, you will have enlarged the circle of your concern, commitment  and creativity with new partners and a common pursuit.

Cost: $700 plus about $700 in airfare.

Register your interest with:

Ken Miller Rieman, Pastor, Olympic View Community Church

206.920.4893 (mobile) / kenrieman [at] gmail [dot] com

Click here for a printable flyer!

Click here to read “Christmas on the Edge”, a reflection from our BVS team living in Unión Victoria, Guatemala!


Youth Night 1

Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to:

Youth Night at Olympic View 

Every Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Experience spirit-filled gathering in community, art-making, games, movies, outings, and much more.  Meet new friends, ask questions, share stories, eat great food, and have fun! 

Thursday, January 29: This week, as Jesus begins his ministry, some are questioning where he gets his authority.  We’ll talk about that, and also welcome special guests Tom and Julie Watley.  Tom has worked in the juvenile justice system, and Julie loves sharing crafts – we are sure to have a fun and interesting time together this week!  Join us at 6:00 pm.

For more information, call the church office at: 206.525.8900


Library Catalog – now online!

Thanks especially to the hard work of Kathryn Smith-Derksen, our church library renovation is complete.

Members and friends can now browse our collection on-line.

Please take some time to check it out and see what’s there.  You’ll still need to come to the library to sign the books out.

 


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