Quest celebrated our first service together as ONE church yesterday [Sunday, June 3]. I was exhausted [mainly because of an intense trip to Detroit] but the gathering was momentous. It almost seems surreal but the merger is now a done deal; We now enter the third season as a church community and missional ministry [The first season was the literal birth and planting of Quest and the second season was the founding of our non-profit community development – the QCafe]. The city of Seattle seems to be surprised and intrigued by this “merger” as well. The Seattle PI published a huge Local Section front cover article [and front page photo] on the Quest/Interbay merger and their observations from yesterday’s service. UPDATE: here’s another article from the Covenant Wire.
Here’s the video we showed to honor the “Interbay community” at yesterday’s service and the ONE CHURCH newsletter [pdf]. The photo below the video is from yesterday’s service [taken by Joanie K]. On behalf of Quest, I am presenting the first of many framed photos that will be hung on the church entrance as a “tribute” to the legacy of Interbay. Pastor Ray Bartel, Interbay’s former senior pastor, is accepting the gift. As of June 1, he joined our church’s pastoral staff.
On Saturday, my family and I, along with some of our church staff and leaders welcomed some of the folks from the “Interbay Community” to our home for a barbecue lunch. It was great to enjoy some time with them outside the church Continue reading “we are one”