Embracing our future together l Worship

By John Beck | Sep 05, 2018

The past year Pointe of Grace has been going through a remodel - to redo our infrastructure. For the last 12 months we have focused on becoming a separate congregation, no longer a site belonging to Trinity Lutheran in Lynnwood.

This has its joys and sorrows, like when the kids go off to college.

I remember the incredible freedom I felt when I arrived at Pacific Lutheran University back several decades; A roommate, classes to take, cafeteria food, no one telling me when to go to bed, relationships to form, a future to plan.

But I wasn’t so good at planning my future, thinking about my strengths and weaknesses, identifying what gave me energy and what drained it. I proceeded with a rather safe “let’s see what doors might open” approach that never required me to clarify who I was, where I wanted to go, and how I might proceed in that direction.

Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church, on the other hand, has done significant preparation for the next steps as an independent congregation.

Hours of planning, community conversation, and discernment have brought us to this new place and it gets summed up quite simply.

Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church: Grounded in God; Growing in community with Christ; Giving of ourselves (a fuller graphic explication of our vision, mission and values can be found at https://pointeofgrace.org/who-we-are/our-vision-mission-values/).

God the beginning: For our community, God is not an afterthought; God is where we begin. God’s creative love, mercy and justice are the ground of our being and the place we begin each day. It is why we worship, and it forms the basis of how we seek to live our lives.

Relationships that shape us: Our living has a particular focus: relationships that are based on the self-giving love of Jesus. We practice connecting lovingly with one another, and we seek to provide radical hospitality for groups that share our facility and with everyone we encounter. Primarily, we listen.

Moving into action: That listening moves us to give ourselves away in love. There are lots of examples how we do that as a faith community. It extends through our amazing preschool and through our “Packs” program that feeds food-insecure families. It is in play when we welcome teens for the weekly “Teen Lounge” and when we give 10 percent of our offerings to support wildly varied and important ministries through our denomination. Things that we could never do alone. And much more, since members and friends of Pointe of Grace take action in their daily and weekly choices of how to spend time and money.

We are excited to be in this new phase of our ministry. There are many unknowns, but we have a direction and a map, with relationships at the center.

We are updating our web presence at www.pointeofgrace.org. Our preschool is experiencing strongest registration in memory. We have new leaders:  President – Marcia Black; VP – Karin Lannertone; Treasurer – Jens Johanson; Secretary – Rebecca Herivel.

Worship (with new hymnbooks) is still at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. It’s followed by scrumptuous fellowship time. Starting Sept. 23, learning time for adults and “Godly Play” for younger folks will be back.

Please come and check us out and let us know how we are doing.

What was your experience like at Pointe of Grace? Or visit our booth at Mukfest this weekend.

 

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