Last week, I met a friend from seminary for dinner and conversation in the University District. As we munched our pizza, she shared about her new internship at a local church, and I shared about Sinners & Saints and our dreams for connecting with the U-District community. As we left the restaurant, we noticed the security guard on the corner. My friend greeted this gentleman and we struck up a conversation. Turns out the security guard from Fiji came to the United States as a missionary, works part time as a pastor, and is going back to school to reach out to local immigrants caught in the criminal justice system. All that, and he works as a security guard. We exchanged phone numbers and promised to have a conversation soon about ministry and churchplanting. Joe’s a churchplanting and outreach ministry veteran.
I have walked down Joe’s street quite a few times. I’m sure at some point, I walked right past him and didn’t notice. His story reminds me again that we all have stories. So often, in places like the U-District, the people who make the neighborhood run become invisible, part of the background. How can we be intentional about slowing down, talking to the person singing for quarters on the sidewalk, the security guard at the building down the street, the guy making your coffee or your falafel, or the woman sweeping up at UW? As we continue to partner with folks in the U-District, let’s get out and meet our neighbors!
Hang out with us in the neighborhood this Thursday at the U-District Food Bank from 5-8pm, and next Tuesday, August 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30 for a little Frisbee and conversation at Gasworks Park. Join us for our first church Retreat August 27-29!
Peace to you,
- DINNER & A FRISBEE
Join us for our second Frisbee Picnic at Gasworks Park Tuesday, August 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We will be spending some time chilling out together at the Park. Join at the bottom of the hill near the parking lot around 6:30, and we’ll find a good location to enjoy the sun (hopefully) and throw the frisbee around. Plan on bringing a sack dinner, a blanket if you’ve got one, and a friend. See you the 17th! Questions? Connect@sinnersandsaintschurch.com
- THURSDAY NIGHT FOOD BANK ROTATION: U-District Food Bank, 5-8pm
Join us on Thursday nights as we hang out with our neighbors, sort food, laugh, bag groceries, and have a good time. Up to 5 volunteers per week, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info!
- SINNERS & SAINTS CHURCHWIDE RETREAT
Our first-ever churchwide retreat for August 27-29. Note the date change! Let me know if you can make those dates, and we’ll see you at the Lake House. If you haven’t signed up yet, or would like more info, shoot us an email at email@example.com
- S&S SUMMER FUN!
This summer, Ramen Night is transitioning from once-a-week Tuesday night event to once-a-month. The first Tuesday of the month, still means a bowl of steaming ramen at Lounjin, but other Tuesdays will be devoted to fun activities planned by church folks. If you’d like to join in planning fun events, casual outings like picnics at Gasworks, kayaking on Lake Union, or dinner at Paseo’s near Golden Gardens, let me know! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SUNDAY DINNER POTLUCK: 5-7:30 pm
Join us for Sunday Dinner and Bible Study at Alan and Leah’s home from 5-7:30. The meal sign-up is below, email me if you’d like to bring something to share. email@example.com to sign up or for more info!
- This Sunday, 8/1: Potluck Night!
It’s Rice Bowl night this Sunday! Join us for Sunday dinner from 5-7:30 this week. Sign-up for the potluck by choosing an item and shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stir Fry Veggies: ______________________
Stir Fry Meat (Teriyaki Chicken/Marinated Beef/??): _____________________
Egg Rolls/Mandu/Gyoza: _______________________
Kimchi/Side Dish: ______________________
See you Sunday!