Join us at 4:00pm every Sunday  
@ The Hillman City Collaboratory 
(5623 Rainier Ave S. 98118)

This Sunday at Celebration:
Letting Go

Reflection by David Ayala-Zamora

This Sunday’s reflection will be shared by David Ayala-Zamora. You may have met David at a past Celebration or seen him leading the Sea-Tac Airport Workers organizing campaign.  David has a mind-blowing story (read a version of it here at ForeignPolicyFocus). He was a prominent organizer in El Salvador, inspired by Liberation Theology, who vocalized resistance to the brutal governement regime of the 80’s. Captured, tortured, imprisoned, miraculously released, and escaped into the US (on a second try), he has a powerful story to tell and a deep source of strength to draw upon.

David continues our series on “Letting Go.”

Join us this Sunday from 4:00-5:30pm at the Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave South!

Encounter Groups This Sunday
*Arts Group with Emily
*Prayer Groups with John
*Reflection Debrief with David
*New Jim Crow discussion with Alicia

Like To Sing?

Come at 3:30pm to rehearse with Yasmin, Tiffani and others to make our music beautiful!


Update: Circle of Support Success!

With great joy and thanksgiving we report: the Circle of Support that formed to help a family with their transportation situation has been successful in meeting the need!   A “Circle of Support” is a small group (3-6 people or households) that forms around a particular, concrete need. Originally inspired by the first community of the Jesus movement described in Acts 2, Circles are taking on a life of their own. They may get help forming through V&M and the Collab, but are designed not to need much staff coordination. They operate by someone in the group coordinating with person/family that has the need.  The Circle members use their networks and assets to assist, share information, collect resources, and make connections to help.

There’s no guarantee a need can be met, but since we launched this 6 weeks ago, we’ve now had two successful Circles provide crucial support with a housing need and a transportation need.

This, friends, is real down-to-the-roots community living. What a joy to be in this loving community!

Update: Commitment Campaign
Coming to a close. Have you 

After several weeks of the pledge drive, 24 householdshave made 2016 commitments totaling $47,180.  This includes 8 new pledgers and 8 from last year who increased their commitments!

To fund our work in 2016 we need a total of $75,000 in commitments, so still have $27,820 to go. If you haven’t made a commitment yet, we need you!  Our goal is 100% of those who participate in V&M to make a commitment, no matter how big or small.

Here is a link to the Campaign Letter that includes a basic budget breakdown– please check it out.

And here is a link to the online giving page where you can make your commitment.

A final budget will be discussed and decided on in a congregational meeting after Celebration on Sunday, Dec 6th.  

Join the Morning Service Core Team!
Visioining Session on Nov 22nd

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the idea of a morning service for V&M, and several folks have said they’d like to be on the core team that helps plan and launch that service.

We will also be having a visioning session for the morning service (and making potential changes to the afternoon one if we want to). It will be on Sunday,  Nov 22nd. We’ll have a 45-minute session starting during the Love Feast and going til about 6:00pm.

Email john@valleyandmountain.org to join the morning service core team or with any thoughts/questions.
“The New Jim Crow” Reading Group at Celebration Each Week

In line with our Creative Liberation focus of the 2015, we have a 10-person book group that started meeting weekly on Nov 11th to read “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.

We wanted to let the broader community benefit from what the group is learning so each of the following 6 Sundays while the book group is meeting, a member will lead an Encounter Group that facilitates a discussion or does activities related to the content in this important book.

The book is about the atrocities and racism embedded into our current prison system, and the group is connecting this to our personal experiences, identities, and spiritualities. Alicia is convening the group. Contact her atalicia.delosreyes@gmail.com
Taize Services this Advent

You’re invited to gather together to sing favorite Christmas carols & meditative Taize songs for the four weeks of advent. Come once, or all four weeks. Sip hot tea, find calm in candle light, and detox from the hectic holiday season. Let’s us collectively embrace the hope, love, joy, and peace of the advent season.

Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17 and Wednesday, December 23rd7:00-8:15pm at Amanda’s House (email/or call for location: Potter.amanda@gmail.com425-212-7095).

C-Lib Invitation: Turning Guns into Garden Tools

Contact Irene “The Freakin’ Deacon” DeMaris atirenedemaris@gmail.com to RSVP for this or to carpool with her from the Collab!

Do you wonder how a gun can be an instrument nonviolence? Come find out on the third Thursday of November as we welcome The PeaceMaker Tour to The Well (in Queen Anne)

“PeaceMaker” is an hour-long ceremony centered in the Christian faith in which a gun is forged into a garden tool while songs, art, stories, and scripture are shared. By the event’s end a physical representation of God’s prophecy of “beating your swords into plowshares” from Isaiah and Micah is created in actuality. People experience opportunities for healing, purpose, and a reinvigoration of imagination as a new reality is encountered in this physical representation of “forging peace.”

Facebook event here.
*note there is a ticket cost for this event*

Celebration Team Meeting

Starting during the Love Feast at Celebration this Sunday, Nov 15th, we’ll meet to plan out Celebration for the month of December and brainstorm for January.

“Space To Shine”
Collaboratory 2nd Anniversary Party & Fundraiser: Dec 3rd

All are invited to “Space to Shine” in celebration of 2 years of building community and equipping change-makers.

Why “Space to Shine”?
First, the Collab provides space for people’s talents to shine!
Second, because it’s an Outer Space theme party! Think sparkly cloths (shine!) and lots of tin foil.

*4:00-6:00pm Family Friendly Party with music, kids games, and dancing
*6:00-7:00pm All Community Time: Gourmet Appetizers, Live Music, and the Bar Opens Up
*7:00-7:30pm Space to Shine: Talents, Skits, Toasts (emailhillmancitycollaboratory@gmail.com to sign up for a slot)
*7:30-9:30pm Dancing the Night Away

Tarik Abdullah, celebrity chef and “In the Kitchen With Chef T” kids program founder
Liz Davis and Friends, chef, African-American health advocate and “Walkable Seattle” founder

Want to Volunteer?
We need help with decorations, family fun games, door management, fund collection, tech, set-up, and clean-up.
Email john@valleyandmountain.org


(in case you missed them)

Thanksgiving at the Collab!

Thanksgiving Day may be a month away, but it’s time to start preparing for our 2nd Collab T-Day Feast! A free meal for all people! But we will need plenty of help to pull it off. Email Annette at villageoutreach5623@gmail.com if you can help or have questions.

Bring Food to Celebration!

From Amanda: “Interested in bringing food for the Love Feast on Sundays? We’re simplifying how we do food at Celebration. I’m looking for folks to bring bread (store bought is fine!), or just make one kind of soup, or make a salad, or just bring Gluten Free bread! It’s simple and we’re hoping more folks will contribute! Talk to Amanda if you want to sign up! (Pottter.amanda@gmail.com)
Our goal is to have yummy food (with a vegan, gluten-free main dish), that multiple people help make.”

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5 Responses to home

  1. beacon hillite says:

    I just saw your article in the 12/15/10 issue of the South Seattle Beacon. This was the first I have heard about your fellowship. As a person who has been uninterested in traditional churches for pretty much my whole life, I have to say that I was pretty impressed and even a little excited about what you are doing. Celebrating creativity and working to stop injustice in the world are two of the most divine things that humans can do; I’m pleased to see that you have made this so important to your mission! Keep it up!

  2. Jud Hendrix says:


    You rock! Glad things are going well! I need to come hang you with you!

  3. Shira Nahari says:

    My Dear Brother-in-Peace John,

    I just read your incredible report of how you were beaten and arrested in Seattle recently.
    I intend to share it widely to enroll people in following your advice issued on the heels of this unprovoked abuse:
    · Listen deeply.
    · Get upset.
    · Generate Love.

    Among the recipients of your repoert will be the Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn and some City council members.

    You are a sterling template for unconditional Love and I am very sure Jesus would be proud to call you a disciple! You are spreading His message in a very pure form by BEing Peace.

    Blessed be
    in Love and Light,
    Shira Nahari, Everson WA

  4. Polly Burns says:

    I have just read your account of the happenings in Seattle…as I prepare to visit the city. I was there in October when the Occupy protest began and spent time with protesters. I am only there two days this time…I will be holding you in prayer and I will be publicizing your report.
    God bless you and thankyou for your challenge
    Polly in the UK

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