Sunday, March 9, 2008 • 11:30 pm
The Interbay neighborhood is in the spotlight – again. A front page article appeared in the Seattle PI today: Interbay in Transition – From ‘No Man’s Land’ to Urban Village. On Saturday, I posted an entry about the changes in the neighborhood and some of our older and newer neighbors:
We’ve had the following businesses in the area: QFC, Starbucks, Pagliacci, Red Mill Burgers, Interbay Golf Course, and a few other small businesses. Recently, the following folks have moved in: Denali Fitness, Pop Multimedia, Dusty Strings, and the Omni Group. Even Whole Foods is moving into the neighborhood. And what would a neighorhood be without a Sex Club.
It will be exciting to see how this neighborhood changes. Quest Church and Q Cafe [a separate non-profit/non-religious cafe started by Quest] will get to have a prominent role in the change as we’re right in the middle of the Interbay neighborhood. Currently, there is only ONE resident living in Interbay. No joke. And the current plan could create approximately 1400 new apartments and condos. Here’s a map of the Interbay Neighborhood and the area of proposed changes [#3 is Quest Church]. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, interbay, quest church, seattle
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 • 12:56 am
Since this past Sunday was the first Sunday of 2008, I chose to preach a ‘Heart to Heart’ message entitled, Rejoice, Reconcile, Reflect, to the community at Quest. I preached from Philippians 4:2-9 and am especially captivated by vv 8-9:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
After each of the services, I felt so personally encouraged and convicted. There’s a great joy and satisfaction when you’ve read, studied, prayed, and prepared — and the sermon just comes together and you sense the Holy Spirit has ministered through you. I particularly enjoy preaching at the 5pm service because it’s my ‘no holds barred’ version of that week’s message. I don’t have to worry about time, usage of certain words, and can just let it rip. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, christianity, quest church
Friday, November 30, 2007 • 2:35 am
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 • 1:24 am
In a city where there seems to be a cafe [mostly with those dang mermaids on the logo] on every other street corner, the path to viability and visibility has not been the easiest thing for our non-profit Q Cafe. We are still alive and kicking but barely. It’s been very tough and the church and cafe leadership have taken some time to really examine the mission of the cafe. Through these conversations, we’re collectively reminded how significant the cafe is to the ecclesiology of our church. Q, a non-profit and non-religious community cafe, is essential to our commitment to be an incarnational presence to our neighborhood and larger city.
Personally, I’m excited to grow back in love Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: emerging church, ministry, religion, seattle, cafes, coffee, Q Cafe, quest church
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 • 1:09 am
As promised, here are some final pics from our recent renovation of our newly gifted church property. In June 07, Interbay Church gifted their property to our church, Quest, and joined our community. For 27 days through several weeks in August and September, we went through a remodel of the church to update the space to better serve our larger community as well as continue our commitment to the larger city of Seattle and beyond.
Because of limited finances, we did about 80% of the work in-house. If possible, I’ll never do this again. It was enjoyable – on many levels – but dealing with stuff afterwards is no fun. It would be much more convenient to hire a construction company and project manager and let them do what they do best. Thanks again to the volunteers that sacrificed much of their time and talents…
Here’s a pic of what the sanctuary looked like before the changes:
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Filed under: emerging church, religion, emerging church, quest church, seattle