February 27, 2008
Quest Outdoors [People, Nature & Outdoors] meets this Saturday, March 1, for another snowshoeing excursion. If you’re interested, contact ministry leaders Eric and Carina Long at carinastrappello[at]yahoo[dot]com.
To give you a glimpse of what to expect:
February 26, 2008
the qjc ministry is asking, ‘how can we go deeper together as we seek to follow god’s mandate to love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly’? we recognize that this is not a peripheral command of our faith but a central part of our identity and we desire to go deeper in fellowship and community as we seek god’s heart together. this next year we will be creating different platforms and venues to do just that.
the quest justice and compassion ministry is hosting two awareness and community building forums in the next month. check it:
on march 15th we will be holding a depth class entitled: why the homeless? this class is typically offered two times a year. in this class we explore the questions: who are homeless? what is our call to serve? how do we dispel myths about the homeless? and more. it is a great opportunity to learn more about how we can care and reach out to our brothers and sisters who are homeless and give us an understanding of the challenges they face each day. we encourage all to come who have an interest in deepening their own knowledge and awareness, as well as commit to serving this growing population in ballard. the class is held from 9 am to 12 pm. lunch will be served. immediately following we will be hosting our ‘to the streets’ outreach and encourage those in the class to join us.
on march 17th we will be hosting our first monthly qjc meeting at q café from 7:30pm to 9:30 pm. the heart of this group is to build community around the issues of justice and compassion. it will be a learning experience, as we study together the book the dangerous act of worship: living god’s call to justice. there will be teaching, food, fellowship and community building. we encourage those who are passionate about issues of justice and compassion to come and share your heart and vision in community and meet others who are like-minded in passion. this is a monthly focus group that will meet on the third monday of every month.
if you have questions please feel free to contact pastor deanza at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20, 2008
Quest will be offering a class on passover as part of our preparation for Easter and as a way to participate in Lent. The class will be from 7-9pm on Feb 28th, Mar 6th, Mar 13th, and culminate in a Seder dinner on the 20th of March. Taught by Jeff Roach & Rebecca Garrett you can RSVP by emailing jeff [at] jnjroach.com
Some more info:
We celebrate The Eucharist (The Lord’s Table) every Sunday, but do we realize that on the night in which Jesus was betrayed, that last supper he was celebrating was the Passover and that he used elements of this event to show fulfilled prophecy and redemption? In this depth class we explore the meaning of Passover, both the historical Jewish symbolism and the prophetic nature of Passover that points to Messiah. We will dive into the culture and language of Passover to discover the rich symbolism for both Jew and Christian in this meal by studying and by doing (you will have an opportunity to prepare traditional food for our Seder). We end this depth class on Maundy Thursday with a Messianic Passover for the entire church.
February 19, 2008
Details are still coming together but we’d figure we’d have some good conversations surround faith, sexuality, chastity, and gender issues. But, who knows. But mark those dates [and forward this link to others] if you are interested in joining us. Our hope and commitment with our learning conferences is to make them financially accessible and a venue for community building. (more…)
February 6, 2008
Q Cafe is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, February 7 from 7-10pm to show off our new space and give folks a chance to check out our new coffee [Stumptown Coffee] and tea [Tea Cup]. Because we’re currently only open from 8-5pm, some folks have been unable to visit. Our hope is to eventually be opened late on Thursday nights and then expand our hours from 7am – 9pm beginning in the Fall.
Also, we’ve put together a new website for Q Cafe (more…)
February 5, 2008
We begin the Lent season this Wednesday. Lent signifies the 40 days (not counting Sundays) that begin on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, or the day before Easter Sunday. The forty days are significant because the Israelites journeyed through the desert for 40 years and Jesus himself fasted in the desert for 40 days.
Historically, early Christians also adopted this rhythm of ‘giving up’ something during this Lenten season. The purpose isn’t simply to give something up but in doing so, it helps us to focus on Jesus Christ – his suffering, sacrifice, and resurrection. (more…)