New church to focus on service projects

By Sara Bruestle | Jun 26, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Don and Marcia Saul, of Mukilteo, are starting the new Jericho Bridge Church this summer. The church will meet at Rosehill Community Center.

A new church is developing in Old Town with a heart for community service.

With Mukilteo Foursquare Church’s blessing, Pastor Don Saul and his wife Marcia were sent off on June 23 to start Jericho Bridge Church, which will meet as soon as this summer at Rosehill Community Center.

In lieu of one Sunday service per month, the church will be out in the community actually doing service – such as projects for Japanese Gulch, the Community Garden, Community Orchestra and Lighthouse Park.

“We have a heart specifically for Old Town, and we want to build relationships with our neighbors there by serving alongside them,” Don Saul said. “The people down there have such a passion for service.”

When they do service projects, church members will wear blue T-shirts and sweatshirts to show that they are from JBC and relevant in the community – “that group in the blue shirts that is always out helping.”

Jericho Bridge will have a Core Team of about10-15 members to lead the congregation in serving God, the church and the Mukilteo community. It will also have a Pulpit Team, open to any member with the desire to speak and teach.

Instead of rows of chairs set up for a Sunday sermon, the church will have round tables to encourage interactive services that bridge gaps between all members, young and old.

“We don’t know exactly what this will look like, but it will have to do with who these people are and their gifts and talents,” Marcia Saul said. “It really is a step of faith right now.”

The couple moved from St. Paul, Minn. to Mukilteo four years ago. At that time, they had a sense that God wanted them to be in Mukilteo for a reason – they just didn’t know what that was yet.

They joined Mukilteo Foursquare Church, where Don served first as youth pastor and then community connection pastor.

They liked that the church was community based, but they soon realized that God wanted them to start a church in Mukilteo that serves as Christ served, by “putting the service back into ‘church service.’”

Over the years, the couple has fallen in love with the character of Old Town. Nearly everyone they meet there serves in a community organization, and that struck a chord with them.

It was settled: Their church would meet at Rosehill, the heart of Mukilteo.

They said that too many churches these days are irrelevant, and Christians invisible and out-of-touch with the pulse of the community. Don and Marcia hope to change that.

They don’t want JBC members to go to church, but to be the church – tending the gardens, working the trails, cleaning up the beaches, setting up orchestra chairs and risers and helping wherever they’re needed.

“After all, Jesus Himself didn’t try to drag people into a building so He could hit them with the Bible,” Don Saul said. “He went where they were, getting personal and building relationships.”

They said that the church’s name is symbolic of God’s love and His job for them: to make connections with their neighbors and to serve with them in their passions.

“Through service, we will build bridges with those we come alongside,” he said. “We have people, time and energy: whatever they need help with, we’ll come and help.

“We want to build bridges between people and God, between community members, between generations and even between churches.”

As its first project, the church is teaming up with Mukilteo Foursquare Church to hold a summer service in the bandshell at Lighthouse Park on Aug. 4. Following the service, they will help serve 1,000 hot dogs to the community.

Jericho Bridge Church will meet in the Christiansen Room at Rosehill at 10:30 a.m. Sundays starting in August or September. Regular service will be held at least three times a month and community service once a month.

“I don’t see us needing or even wanting our own building,” Don Saul said. “I’d be happy renting a building wherever it is and, if we don’t have a building that’s big enough, then we won’t have a building.”

Want to join? Contact Pastor Don Saul at 425-530-9491 or pastor@jerichobridge.org.

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