Join us for a Congregational Meeting in which we will take important steps toward making ourselves a legit congregation.
Meal provided. Bring desserts and drinks to share.
More imporant info and background from Pastor Ivar:
In 2001, the Lutheran Synod (ELCA) of NW Washington embraced Rev. Karen Ward's request and calling to plant a new kind of church here in Seattle. This community, that became Church of the Apostles, has been supported all these years as a mission by both the Lutherans and the Episcopalians through money, prayer, guidance, and free reign to experiment and grow. Both of these parents of ours have given immensely to help make what we do possible. Our trajectory has been to eventually move from our «mission» status to become a full-fledged «congregation.» It's just a word and effectively will change almost nothing in the way we do things, but it is an important marker in our development and cause for celebration. On Saturday, May 20 our community will be affirmed by attendees at the annual voting meeting of the Lutheran Synod of NW Washington and COTA will be hosting the worship.
BUT FIRST, two things,
1) We need everyone who considers this place to be their church home to sign as a charter member of the congregation. In the weeks ahead we will have sheets available at worship for people. People who sign up will be considered official «members» of Church of the Apostles.
2) on MAY 7, after a short worship service, we will have a congregational meeting downstairs where we will vote to accept our constitution as a binding artifact of our community, we will vote by affirmation to become a congregation, and you all get to vote whether or not to call me as your pastor to the congregation (please say yes).
I assume there will be many questions. Like maybe, «What's a Lutheran or an Episcopalian», or «Why do we need to do this at all»? I'd like to propose that any questions you might have to send them to my email [email protected]
so we can respond before that meeting date. I'm also planning on staying after church on the 30th across the street at Pecado Bueno to answer anything in person. Please also feel free to ask me in person any time before then as well.
This has been in the works for such a long time. In fact, we went through all of this five or six years ago but had to put everything on hold for reasons related to the purchase of this building. I'm so excited that we are now finally at this point to be celebrated and to celebrate the work we've done to build this home for God and the community.