Join us at 4:00pm every Sunday
@ The Hillman City Collaboratory
(5623 Rainier Ave S. 98118)
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!
NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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 pledged?
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
C-Lib Invitation: Turning Guns into Garden Tools
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PAST NEWS ITEMS
(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 email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our goal is to have yummy food (with a vegan, gluten-free main dish), that multiple people help make.”
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