Entries by Chris

Time to Celebrate!

It’s time to celebrate! After months of discernment and work, we are celebrating becoming owners of the building at 973 28th St. SE! Join us on June 2 as we reflect on our nearly 20 years at this location (as renters), mark this important transition, and dream together about how we might leverage this facility […]

Vision Sunday

On 5/19 we took a good part of the morning to have a conversation about our vision – breaking into groups, debriefing each other, and collectively identifying what it could look like if we worked together to see our vision become a reality. Because of the unique nature of the morning, we do not have […]

Transformation – Week 5 (5.5.24)

It may seem like growing in our faith would mean that we would end up more certain. That may be true of some things (for example, God’s love for us). But an important part of transformation involves putting on humility; admitting that we don’t have all the answers (and may never have them); even embracing […]

Transformation – Week 4 (4.28.24)

God is always present. And it is in the present moment – no where else – that we experience God (and, each other). Growing, maturing, deepening our faith requires us, therefore, to be present – a very very difficult challenge for humans to believe and live.  

Transformation – Week 2 (4.14.24)

Week 2: The end of the rope is a beginning. The story of Jacob and Esau points us to a number of important truths about growth and transformation: life is not all upward and onward we all will reach the end of our rope but the end of our skills, knowledge and willpower holds immense […]

Transformation – Week 1 (4.7.24)

We begin a new series in which we look at important principles related to our spiritual transformation (and transformation in general). Week 1 considers the truth that in order to grow we must learn to embrace BOTH death AND resurrection.

The Seventh Story – Week 7 – Easter

The six stories we’ve considered so far fall short of their promise. They give us something, but it is not what we really want. We need a seventh story. We see aspects of the seventh story in the hours before and after Christ’s death and resurrection — and we see it clearly in the resurrection […]

Easter Weekend

Good Friday We’re doing something different this year. Instead of a Good Friday gathering, we’ve set up stations of the cross in the sanctuary and are inviting people to come anytime between 5 and 7pm. You’ll walk through the stations at your own pace with a guide that provides Scripture, questions for reflection and a […]

The Seventh Story – Week 6 (3.24.24)

The Story of Accumulation is everywhere. There isn’t a day that we’re not inundated with the message that we’ll find our happiness and security in more (fill in the blank). But does this story give us what it promises? What is the alternative?  

A Conversation on Israel and Palestine

Sunday, March 24, 5:00-6:30pm Please invite anyone who might be interested. Please register by clicking here. After spending over a week in Palestine and Israel as part of a twenty three member, multi-denominational delegation, Chris and Josh Vis will share stories and reflections from their time in Palestine and Israel. The conflict between Israel and […]

The Seventh Story – Week 5 (3.17.24)

The Story of Victimization is a challenging one. It tells us that when we’ve been harmed we should let our pain define us. It’s a story that encourages us to get stuck in our pain — sometimes even fueling us to harm others while feeling righteous in doing so. But getting stuck in our pain […]

The Seventh Story – Week 1 (2.18.24)

We begin a series for Lent that considers six stories we encounter regularly in our day to day lives — a series that ends on Easter, which is a seventh story of sorts. These six stories promise us happiness, security and fulfillment but rarely deliver. As we move through Lent we’ll be asking ourselves which […]

The Seventh Story – Lent

Stories help us make sense of the world and our place in it. Some stories are adopted by entire cultures (i.e. the story of the rugged American individual), while some even transcend time and place. This Lent, we look at seven stories common throughout humanity and ask: where do they show up in our lives, […]