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8201 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

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Welcome to Wedgwood!

At Wedgwood Community Church, we see faith as a journey;
and as a community of faith, it is our desire to be on that journey together, nurturing, encouraging, and giving strength to one another as we learn and grow and move further along our path. We seek to be a place where everyone feels safe to explore a deep connection to God and with each other, knowing that every person's story is different.

We would love to meet you wherever you are on your journey--
so please, come see for yourself who we are at Wedgwood CC!

ACTIVITY NOTES:

WORK PARTY on OCTOBER 21, 2017
On Saturday, October 21, there will be a work party at the church from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you have some spare time, please come lend a hand. There's pluckin' 'n' prunin' needed before winter sets in!

HARVEST FESTIVAL on OCTOBER 27 5:30-7:30
Our Harvest Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down and participate in the festival. Please see Pastor Sean to volunteer.

MOVIE NIGHT on NOVEMBER 4, 2017 @ 6:00 P.M.
FREE EVENT - ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us when the Wedgwood Community Church "Movie Club" will be watching a fun mainstream movie and relating it to our Christian life. This month's movie will be a drama. For reference, last month's was the family-oriented Beauty and the Beast (2017). The event takes place in the Fellowship Hall on the BIG PROJECTION SCREEN. If you're able, make sure to bring a movie snack to share! UPCOMING DATES: December 2 (TBD - Family).

Children Are Welcome
We encourage your children to attend the worship service with you each Sunday! Nursery care is available if desired from 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Please check with the greeter for directions. In addition, during the worship service, children will be dismissed to activities following the Young Disciples message.


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The Weeks Ahead

Bible Study

Tue 10/17 10:00 a.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 10/17 7:00 p.m.

LLT Meeting

Wed 10/18 6:00 p.m.

Work Party

Sat 10/21 10:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 10/22 11:00 a.m.

Harvest Festival

Fri 10/27 5:30 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 10/29 11:00 a.m.

Movie Night

Sat 11/4 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 11/5 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 11/12 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 11/19 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 11/26 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/3 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/10 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/17 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/24 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/31 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/7 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/14 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/21 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/28 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/4 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/11 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/18 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/25 11:00 a.m.

 Pastor's Ponderings / Ministry Message

More About The Pastor

Rev. Sean Brown
 

It has been a wonderful experience to come back and get reacquainted to what I consider to be my church home. Now that I’ve settled in a bit I wanted to give a bit more information about my philosophy and emphases as a pastor. Since age 18 I have had a strong interest in the scriptures, particularly historical criticism of the New Testament. My Masters of Arts in theology focused primarily on the study of Jesus and the gospels. Later on, as I was pursuing my Masters of Divinity, I was looking for a way to incorporate the more academic stuff I learned in my Masters of Arts degree into a philosophy of pastoral ministry. What I discovered is that the Bible, in all its complexity, offers the reader the prospect of a new identity—the identity of how God sees us as opposed to how the world sees us. Through our faith, the Holy Spirit impresses that new identity on our hearts. I view the role of pastor as being one who teaches parishioners about and encourages parishioners to live into that identity. We learn about that identity through adult education opportunities like bible studies. Our identity is enhanced when we, as a church, engage in fellowship and worship activities with one another. And it is out of that identity that we seek to partner with the neighborhood to do ministry. Therefore, my role as pastor is one of integrating all the diverse things we do as Christians under the umbrella of identity. From a relational standpoint, this also means that I am available to be comforter, encourager, and counselor to the congregation and to simply be present to you when needed. I look forward to the years ahead of journey and growing together.

 

March 2017 The Ideal of Meekness

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem in 1895 titled If. It is a word of advice given from a father to his son. Here is the last stanza:

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

The line “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it” reminds me of Jesus’ Beatitude “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Kipling’s advice in the last stanza of this poem is similar in some ways to Jesus’ teachings and overall demeanor, but quite different in other ways. Certainly, Jesus kept His virtue while interacting with the masses. Jesus was the type who would be comfortable in the presence of lepers and slaves as well as kings and queens, never wavering in His outlook while in their presence, never being intimidated by the powerful or repulsed by the sickly. But where Jesus and Kipling differ is in the lines “if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much.” Contrary to this, Jesus, as God-in-the-flesh, made Himself vulnerable to humans. He opened His heart to them. He risked being wounded when His friends abandoned and betrayed Him, and He truly relished the friendship and fellowship He had with His disciples. People counted so much to Jesus that He was willing to die for them.

Kipling’s poem is a standard reflection of the ideal values of the late 19th century of what it means to have virtue and to be manly. Many of these ideals hold true in our society today. One ideal that is not prevalent today is meekness. Our society teaches the precise opposite. In our society today it is ideal to be brash, grandiose, powerful, and unfazed by anything thrown our way. The last thing our society aspires to is meekness! For Jesus, meekness has precisely to do with opening our hearts to others, letting our guards down, taking the risk of having others different from ourselves and whom we love wound us. The Kiplings of the world would say that is foolish and self-destructive. Jesus says that is the way to inherit the earth.

My prayer for our society as a whole is that we begin to lean more toward Jesus’ counter-intuitive ways than toward the seemingly wise ways of Kipling.

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