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June 30, 2018, 4:12 PM

From the Pastor - June 30, 2018


Dear Friends,

Lake Union is a great church, filled with great people. God is doing some great things in our midst, and there is an amazing future in front of us. Lake Union does not stand alone as an independent congregation. We are a Covenant church. That means that we are part of a local conference (The Northwest Conference). It also means that we are part of a national church (The Evangelical Covenant Church).

What that means to each of us will likely vary from person to person. However, there are some big picture things that we should all know.

  1. Greater things can be done in our conference area because we are doing them together.
  2. Greater things can be done in our nation because we are doing them together.
  3. The conference and the national church provide us with printed resources, theological resources and life changing events for both pastors and lay people.
  4. The conference and the national church have wonderful people that can be helpful when new challenges arise. They are open to conversations with pastors and lay people.
  5. Mission projects around the world are undertaken because of the gathering of resources from local congregations.
  6. Missionaries are sent around the world, again because of our shared resources.

If you missed my sermon last Sunday, I encourage you to check it out. It will give you some great news about how our national church is doing, and why it’s important. Additionally, there is a short document (click here to view), that can give you even more information that I was able to share in my message. I hope this information is encouraging to you, and I pray that as you grow deeper in faith you will get even more involved!

In God’s Grip,
Pastor Mark




March 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

From the Pastor - March 10, 2018


Dear Friends,

As the big snows from last week begin to melt, it is undeniable that we are getting closer to spring, and closer to Easter.  As a Christian (if you’ve made that choice) I hope you are feeling a rush of excitement as we celebrate that day when Jesus rose from the dead.  The stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty and eternity was forever changed.  What a day!

You may never have thought about it, but there are a lot of people who aren’t part of a church.  These people are not the enemy. They are not bad guys and they are not very different from you and me.  Many of them have never been exposed to Christianity in a safe way, where they could ask questions and come to a reasonable conclusion.  

Some of them have been part of a church before and may have even made a commitment to Jesus.  Then “it” happened.  “It” can be one of many many things.  “It” hurt them.  “It” made it easier to walk away than work it out.  They may have rejected a congregation or even an entire denomination because of “it," but only they know for sure how “it” affected their relationship with Jesus.

You have lots and lots of these people in your life.  I hope that you have been doing your best to love them like Jesus would love them, serving them like Jesus would serve them, praying for them, well, like Jesus was talking to himself. (I hope your are laughing a little.)

Easter is one of the two times a year when many of them ponder spiritual things and even ask what the season (Easter or Christmas) is really about.  For those who have never been a part of the church it can be very intimidating to “just drop in” all by themselves, no matter how hard our church works to make it a safe and accessible place.  For those who were hurt and left, the thought of trying again can be daunting.

People in both groups (those people you work with, study with, hang out with) are more open to an invitation to come to church right now than any other time of the year.  Seizing this moment in time is not false, it’s not marketing and it’s not _____ (fill in the blank with whatever objection you might have).

Think of it like this. What if you had a seed, a seed that you know could change the world if it bloomed. A seed that cost you nothing, but cost God everything to put in your hands.

When would you plant it?  In the dead of winter when the ground was frozen?  In the harsh heat of summer when the blazing sun would wither it instantly? In the fall amidst the death and resting of all things natural? Of course not.

You would plant it when the ground was open and inviting.  When the weather was heading in the right direction so it could nurture the new life you prayed would spring forth.

Inviting people to church and sharing the love of Jesus with them is just like that.  You want to share when people are most open.  Good news folks, the time is now!

Think about who you know that could use a change in their life.  Think about who you know that needs love, encouragement and friends in their life.  Close your eyes and think a bout them right now.

So, what is stopping you from walking across the street, or the classroom, or the shop floor and simply inviting them to come to church with you.  At the worst, all they can tell you is no.  If everything clicked, someone’s present AND eternity could change very soon.

I’m praying for all of you as you follow Jesus’ instructions to be salt and light.  Go for it!

In God’s Grip,
Pastor Mark

 

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February 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

From the Pastor - February 9, 2018


Dear Friends,

I wanted to bring you up to speed on a few things.

1) I am feeling WAY better. It’s been a rough couple weeks, with a cold, a flu and just for fun, a sinus infection. I’ll be there Sunday for Week 2 of "Once Upon A Marriage" and I hope to see all of there too.

2) It’s hard to believe, but Ash Wednesday is almost here. Here is the scoop on what will be happening on Wednesday, February 14 (in addition to whatever Valentine's Day plans you have).

*Confirmation meets at its normal time.
*The Ash Wednesday service begins at 7.
*After the service the high school youth will meet, finishing at 8:30 like normal.

3) We launched a new podcast. It’s a verse-by-verse study of Philippians, and it’s great to be working with this amazing book once again. Check out the audio on our church website which includes a link to iTunes where you can subscribe and download audio.

In God’s Grip,
Pastor Mark

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January 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

February sermon series, "Once Upon a Marriage"


As we enter February, many of us turn our thoughts towards romance.  The youngest may begin to dream of what kind of relationship they would like to build in the future.  Married people often examine their relationship with their spouse and think about what is working in their marriage and what things could be better.  Those among us whose spouses have died recall fondly the many memories we have of wonderful moments in their marriage.  Men and women who have gone through a divorce may feel sad about the death of a relationship they hoped and dreamed would last their lifetime while also holding on to a spark of hope that they may find love with another person once again.

This February Lake Union is going to look at four unique and amazing marriages from the pages of scripture. It’s a fun, and thought provoking, series called “Once Upon A Marriage”, and I am really excited to take this adventure with all of you.  A special thanks goes out to one of the largest Covenant churches, Life Church in Oklahoma.  For years now they have freely shared the resources their church creates.  This is a series they created a few years ago, and the artwork and videos they have made available really help make a preaching series stand out.

Wherever you may be your relationships, I hope and pray that this series will be a blessing to all of you.

Pastor Mark Andrews

 

Take a little time and read about these marriages for yourself before the services each week!

 

February 4th

Jacob & Leah (and Rachel)

Genesis 29:1-35

 

February 11th

Ahab & Jezebel

1 Kings 21:1-28

 

February 18th

Abraham & Sarah

Genesis 12:1-20

 

February 25th 

Hosea & Gomer (This is a TOUGH story: get the highlights with these verses)

Hosea 1:1-3, Hosea 2:8-10, 14-15, Hosea 3:1, Hosea 10:12

 

 

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December 26, 2017, 2:15 PM

"Socks" - a poem by Pastor Mark - December 26, 2017


’Twas the night before Christmas and all through my house,
everything had been opened, a few by my spouse.
The gifts were all strewn under the Christmas tree;
emotions were forgotten, including the glee.

The children were texting or sending a snap
while mother and I held our dreams of a nap.
But Karla was cleaning, and feeding the dogs,
while I sat there wishing that I had some clogs.

I’d been given some socks, for this Christmas season.
You might ask me why, but I don’t know the reason.
Some claimed in my sermon, I’d linked socks and joy,
while others thought I was too old for a toy.

The first pair I received was quite lovely with stripes;
I was quite pleased; I had none of this type.
Two more bags were delivered, one chock full of tea,
in the other gift bag, there were socks I could see.

The giver asked me if the socks brought me joy,
I told her they did, but my thoughts were “Oh boy.
The tea made some sense, for we both drank the stuff,
but joy from some socks?” to me seemed quite tough.

Before I could wonder, or ponder the meaning,
A couple approached with Republican-leaning.
They too had a bag likely hiding a gift,
and their ever-present joy gave my spirits a lift.

They asked me to open the bag oh so nice.
Of course, I obliged there’s no need to ask twice.
The socks that appeared bore the likeness of Trump,
but his face and his name weren’t what made me jump.
The part of the socks that caused me to stare,
was a miniature lock of Donald Trump’s hair.

Those on the center, the left and the right,
can all come together on this Christmas night.
Some things they embrace and some things surely rankle,
like the feeling of Donald Trump’s hair on their ankle.

At this point in the day I had an odd feeling,
I asked my Admin for some facts now revealing.
Is this a plan that was made in advance?
Or did people all sync up their presents by chance?

Bravely she tried to keep secrets concealed,
It took almost three asks, ‘fore the truth was revealed.
It seems in my sermon a few weeks ago,
I had said socks could not bring you joy, dontcha know.

One of our people after hearing me preach,
decided that socks would a good lesson teach.
A text was sent out to each woman and man,
informing them all of the great joy sock plan.

More people snuck in and hung socks on the tree,
the joyous socks put there for people to see.
I was surely amazed at the scope of the scale,
I half expected to get socks in the mail!

One pair was emblazoned with green polka dots,
another had tacos and chilis, that was hot.
Thumbs up from bananas upon their skateboards,
and a pair with Darth Vader, that scary Sith lord.

Santa’s hat with deer antlers decorated one pair,
they were joined by a mustache, minus the hair.
Two pairs of low socks had Santa’s bright face,
and another had dinosaurs dancing in place.

The last pair had S’s, that meant Superman,
perhaps they were given by a big Seinfeld fan.
I can’t help but laugh, as I look at each pair,
I think all of them rock, even those with the hair.

The socks did bring me joy, of that I am certain,
but socks, sweaters, gift cards or a new shower curtain;
all pale when compared to the people I see,
and what binds us together, Christ’s divinity.

I love all the people at our church by the lake,
they gather to worship, some comfort to take,
from the stories of Jesus, as a Babe and a Man,
and to take their great part in God’s amazing plan.

Thanks for all the gifts everyone,
I hope you had a Merry Christmas.
What a blessing to know that our joy in Christ will last longer
than this season, or the socks!  Hang on to what matters most
this week as we enter a new year.


Pastor Mark



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07-03-2018 at 1:00 AM
pastor peter mabonga silo
Hello thank you pastor Mark for the great work you doing at lake union church...we appreciate you in jesus name.....
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