Bob Marley Easter

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Sunrise Service

Redemption Songs

Far more than being an international reggae music superstar, Bob Marley was a Prophet.

He saw, in the struggle of his people against poverty and oppression, an ancient struggle. Even as he named the beastly dimensions of empire in the modern age, he believed that redeeming the world takes recognizing and engaging the spiritual reality beneath the glamour of wealth and might.  His music stands as an eternal call to join with God in the pursuit of justice and love for all of creation.

Bob Marley’s redemption songs tell the Easter story. Death does not get the final word.

4/20 8:00 AM

Come as you are. Sing along. Wake up and Live!


Breakfast will be served after the sunrise service.

Sunday School meets at 9:30.

Our traditional Easter service begins at 11:00 AM.


The Great Feast4/17 Maundy Thursday

Love Feast and Feetwashing Service

Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.  For which is the greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? 

… I am among you as one who serves.

- Luke 22.24   

Love Feast is one of our tradition’s most cherished and most distinctive rituals.  It is distinctive in the way that it attempts to re-enact the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples.  It is cherished because it bring people from every race and station to the same table, to share in a sacred, yet simple meal.  Participants who choose may wish to also re-enact the footwashing.

The Gospel of John recounts the powerful impact Jesus’ decision to wash his disciples feet had upon them.  In this humble act he disarmed them of their pretense and obsession with greatness.  He taught them that true greatness comes through service to others.

In our culture, we have become ashamed of our bodies and are too often fearful of having them touched, or cleaned.  So the power of this intimate act disarms us too and reminds us that the love of Christ is not far away, but can be found in the hands and feet of our sister and brother.

Those who attend a Love Feast, even those who choose to simply observe the footwashing part of the service often describe it as a deeply spiritual encounter.  Those who have had the privilege of washing the feet of sisters or brothers from other faiths or cultures describe a sense of having shared in an even more direct way than words allow.

Our faith proclaims that all people are welcome at Christ’s table.  But more than that, the body of Christ is not complete without you.  Your presence would be a blessing to our whole congregation, and if you have friends that you would like to share this special occasion with, bring them as well.

The service will begin at 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 17.  All are invited to enter the sanctuary in silence, for a brief meditative service of preparation.  Then, we will move downstairs to our candle-lit social hall for the footwashing, love feast, and service of communion.  Following the service, all are invited to assist the deacons in cleaning up.

If you would like to come, but are in need of transportation, please call the office at 206.525.8900.

Beauty in the House:art talk image

Art and Meaning in the Christian Church, 235 – 2014 AD

In 1920, a soldier digging a trench near the village of Salhiyé in present-day Syria unearthed an extraordinary group of wall paintings.  This discovery brought to light the earliest Christian church art yet known.  For nearly 2,000 years, Christians have labored to make the words of scripture both visible and beautiful in the interiors (and sometimes exteriors) of churches, often creating new interpretations of familiar stories and giving them new power.

Dr. Bobbi Dykema will present a slide presentation and talk on some of the glories of Christian visual art through the centuries…

When:    Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7 pm
Where:  Broadview Community United Church of Christ, 325 N. 125th Street, Seattle

A freewill offering to benefit Broadview Church will be taken.  For more information, please contact their office at 206.363.8060.

Bobbi Dykema, PhD, is the author of numerous scholarly articles on artistic representations in the Reformation and of Mary Magdalene at the Resurrection.  She teaches in the Humanities department at Strayer University, and serves as a youth pastor here at Olympic View Community Church of the Brethren.

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! 

This week, Thursday April 10:  Join us for another installment of our Roots of Empathy series with baby Brianna and family!  As always, we’ll gather at 6:00 for a meal before beginning our activities.

Note:  Next week, Thursday April 17 there will be no Youth Night gathering.

For more information, call the church office at: 206.525.8900


Many Faiths, One World:

Earth Ministry Logo space

An Interfaith Earth Day Gathering

Wednesday, April 30, 4:00–5:30 pm

Seattle University, Student Center 160
901 12th Ave, Seattle

Come hear speakers from five different traditions – am Orthodox rabbi, Muslim community leader, Episcopal priest, Zen Buddhist, and Swinomish tribal elder – on how faith puts us in touch with the natural world.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Sponsored by Earth Ministry / WAIPL and Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministrty, Interreligious Dialogue Initiative, and Campus Ministry.  For more information, contact karin [at] earthministry [dot] org or call 206.632.2426.


Welcome Robin’s Nest Pre-K

Olympic View Community Church is happy to announce our new non-profit tenant and community partner, Robin’s Nest Pre-K, offering a morning pre-k program and an afternoon pre-k / kindergarten enrichment program, housed right here at OVCC.  Since June 1 they’ve been preparing their classroom, which is located downstairs in room 111. It’s a preschooler’s dream come true with warm colors, welcoming furnishings, an overall creative feel and something to do in every corner! Robin’s nest is a small, cozy program offering an inquiry-based classroom environment with an emphasis on science and cooking.  An off-shoot from program director Anna Coble’s Little Nest Preschool, which is located in Lake City, Robin’s Nest Pre-K is a great addition to our community and the Maple Leaf neighborhood.  Check out their website for more information on enrollment and teaching staff, including Robin’s Nest head teacher and program manager, Hilary Proctor, and co-teacher Caitlin Ewing.

As a community church we are committed to partnering with like-minded non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of those closest to us and enhance our combined impact on our community.

If your non-profit needs to rent office, meeting, or activity space, we welcome your inquiries.

Please contact our secretary, Jessica Quiroz at 206.525.8900 or ovsecretary [at] gmail [dot] com.

Library Catalog – now online!

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