A message from our Board Chair…
Olympic View Congregation and Friends,
The Olympic View Community Church Board is pleased to announce that Jeff Barker has been hired as our Interim Pastor effective October 1. Jeff has served as Senior Pastor in south central Seattle for the last 19 years at Columbia-Lakewood Community Church, a duly aligned Church of the Brethren (COB) and United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation. Before that Jeff served at Beacon UCC as an Urban Minister-Associate Pastor and as a Resident Chaplain for Union Gospel Mission.
Jeff is an ordained minister in the UCC, but that ordination is also recognized by the COB. Jeff received his BA degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Seattle University. Jeff loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker. He has been an active Board member at Camp Koinonia, as well as a volunteer for our District’s summer camp at Koinonia.
Though Jeff has made his profile available for other congregations and Christian organizations to consider for future employment, he loves the Pacific Northwest, so he welcomed the opportunity to serve as the Interim pastor at Olympic View for about 6 months during this time of transition.
—Roger Edmark, Board Chair
Join us for inspirational youth-led worship on October 4!
Original skits, music, scripture in multiple languages — get ready for some Holy Spirit!!
After worship, join us for the annual CROP Hunger Walk around Greenlake starting at 12:30! A special offering will be collected to go towards this CWS outreach project. Don’t miss it — bring your friends!
9:30 am – Sunday School (classes for all ages)
11:00 am – Worship
12:15 pm – Fellowship
Join us as we learn and grow in faith — simply, peacefully, together!
…But not forgotten…
You’ll recall that barely four months back the south Asian nation of Nepal suffered the first of two devastating earthquakes. The tremblers left nearly 9000 people dead, thousands of buildings demolished (including 90 percent of schools in some districts) and the people of this already-poor country in even worse straits.
help young girls stay in school ($30 per girl for books, backpacks and a uniform)
assist formerly trafficked girls in finishing high school ($200 per girl)
microloans for especially vulnerable young women to start small businesses ($250 each)
vocational training for trafficking survivors ($500 one-time training program)
build a school in a community in one of the most devastated districts ($15,000)
provide goats, oxen, buffalo for communities ($100 to $1000 each)
Introducing Sunny Language Academy!
Olympic View Community Church is excited to welcome our new community partner, Lan Zhang and the Sunny Language Academy preschool program. Sunny Language Academy is a unique Mandarin Chinese immersion program that will be utilizing classroom 111 on the lower level, with access from our back parking area. We are happy to be able to share our space with such a vibrant new program! You can learn more about Sunny Language Academy on their website: www.sunnylanguageacademy.com
Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to:
Youth Night at Olympic View
Every Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
This week: Thursday, October 1
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!
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.
Click on the image to view our most recent issue!