Godly surprises keep surprising

By Pastors John and Joan Beck | Jun 27, 2018

The joke goes something like, “If you ever want to make God laugh, tell God your plans.”  The short form is, “Humans plan; God laughs.”

I appreciate that sentiment because if you had asked me a year ago what we would be doing at Pointe of Grace on Aug. 5, 2018, my answer would not have been, “Becoming an independent congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).” Yet that’s what we are doing.

The former church at our location - Harbour Pointe Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1984 - ceased to exist in 2009. Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood stepped in as the lead congregation and fostered Pointe of Grace in Mukilteo as its second site.

Trinity’s gesture of love, support, and outreach to the Mukilteo community reflected the Lynnwood congregation’s central purpose: to witness to God’s love in ways that make a difference in the community.

Pointe of Grace has been one of their ongoing ministries, along with (for example) supporting community musical groups, offering cold weather shelter, providing weekly food and resources to neighbors in need, and constructing homes and wells around the world.

Then God laughs. Since last September, Pointe of Grace people have been praying and discerning that now is a time God wants us to take even greater responsibility for our presence in Mukilteo by becoming a fully recognized congregation.

On June 12, the Trinity Church Council unanimously approved the mechanism for our separation, fiscally and administratively.

Currently, Pointe of Grace leaders are diligently trying to put all the puzzle pieces together for a smooth transition.  There are lots of pieces, generating both tangible excitement and honest trepidation.

The list of needed volunteers is long, but the chance to more directly set our own course invites all hands on deck.

The shorthand for our identity is this:  Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church:  Grounded in God, Growing in community with Christ; Giving of ourselves.

I like the clarity that the initiative is God’s and that our response is to embrace one another in community as we give ourselves away.

Pointe of Grace already practices that giving by filling 115 supplementary food Packs for Kids each week; by opening the church on Wednesdays for the Teen Lounge; through our amazing preschool serving almost 120 families; through the Teaching Garden that keeps growing; by organizing special events like the annual Children’s Memorial in December; while sharing our facility with Muslim neighbors as they wait for a house of worship; and by providing space for numerous groups that meet a great variety of needs.

We hope you will join us on Sunday, August 5, at 9:30 a.m. for an energetic kick-off to this newest phase of our life in God.

We would love to see representatives from other faith communities, Mukilteo civic organizations, and the community at large.  Consider this your hand-lettered invitation.

God has so blessed us, and we want to be a blessing to others and this community.  Please remember us on Aug. 5.

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