On Saturday, April 13, Awake is turning 5-years-old! We praise Jesus for bringing us this far… what a gift this journey on Aurora Avenue has been! As an expression of our gratitude to God and one another, and as an act of prayer for the journey ahead, we’re going to celebrate our 5th birthday in April/May with a party and some guest preachers who have been friends and mentors to us over the years. Here’s what it looks like:
April 13 (Saturday) - 6pm, Birthday Party
April 14 (Sunday) - 10am meet-up @ Greenwood Park, featuring a Bounce House for all the kiddos. NO GATHERING @ THE COMMONS!
April 21 - Michael Frost
April 28 - Dwight Friesen
May 5 - Nancy Murphy
May 12 - Rose Madrid Swetman
May 19 - TBA
May 26 - No Gathering, Memorial Day weekend
So… yeah, it is going to be an amazing couple of months. These experienced guides in faith, hope, and love have much to teach our young church. We’re so grateful that each one of them will be taking time out of their full lives and schedules to be with us!
For Visitors. If you happen to be visiting us for one of these gatherings, we welcome you! It might be helpful for you to check out our “Gathering” page to get a sense for what the gatherings of our little neighborhood church look like. Additionally, if you are coming with a group, it would be helpful for you to give us a heads up .
You see a van; I see a coffin.
My morning jog came to an end when I rounded the corner of 88th Street and Aurora Avenue and came upon police cars, a firetruck, and an ambulance, surrounding my neighbor’s van, one of the many vans that occupy the Aurora side street where I live.
Smoke was billowing out of the vent on top of the conversion van and flames the size of a small campfire flickered inside. As the fire fighters busted open the rear doors and extinguished the fire, I hugged my neighbor’s friend. She was panicking. She had called 911 after she had noticed the smoke pouring out of the van from her motel room down the street. Given the intensity of the smoke, I was convinced he was dead.
Come one, come all, to our Ash Wednesday Service on February 13 from 7-7:30pm at the Aurora Commons (8914 Aurora Avenue). Our time together will consist of song, prayer, and contemplation.
Also, at this gathering we will begin distributing the Lent book that we have co-created, which explores the theme of “Evil.”
Please continue to cover our church in prayer as we enter into the season of Lent.
by Andy Carlson
There is a narrow road lined with briers of perfectly ripened blackberries. The road winds up hills and down, so we go fast on our bikes around a bend and Cedar laughs. I look back to see my young daughter sitting in the trailer, her smiling face smeared with those deep red stains.
The road has a sign on it with an arrow suggesting we turn left to go down a narrower gravel road that winds through a forest of tall firs and ends at a studio, “Orcas Island Pottery”, the oldest in the northwest they say. I have come looking for some communion dishes. We could use them: a matching set, but then someone has to get them. But how is it me? What merit have I to acquire these vessels that will hold, week after week, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ? He’ll sit there waiting to be broken, ready to be poured out from plastic Welch’s bottles, ready to be torn apart by children, splashed around, consumed or fallen to the floor in drops and crumbs.