That’s when I decided I was going to be an engineer when I grow up to build mini-houses for Camp Unity2017-05-19 16:44:30
Earlier this year my small group and I had signed up to help Camp Unity move. Camp Unity moves every three months, which is always a lot of work. We got there and we were fresh and ready for work. I helped screw in the boards that go under the tents. Then it started raining and we got very wet. After the boards were done, I helped unload the U-Haul. On one of my trips back, I set down some tents and noticed people setting up the living room tent which was made of PVC pipes and tarps. My first thought was, “That would not keep you warm.” My second thought was “That doesn’t look stable and the water might seep in.” The rain had already been making the roof seep in.
Fast forward two days later. There was a snow day and school was closed. Yea! I woke up and got very excited, but then I thought how Camp Unity might be feeling, cold. Maybe some residents had broken tents, maybe other residents had tarps collapse. I was worried. That’s when I decided that I was going to be an engineer when I grow up so that I could design and build mini-houses on wheels for Camp Unity. I thought that if I could find a way to make it easier and faster to setup up portable housing, that it would greatly improve the quality of life for this community. What if we could do that on a larger scale?
I also have an eye on a specific hotel that I want to buy when I grow up so that I could transform it into a shelter and help the homeless cause from another perspective. I even spoke with my girl scout troop to adopt this cause to complete our
community project and earn our Bronze Award. I think I inspired them enough to take on the project and we are looking at several different ways to turn some of these ideas into reality today! We will also donate some of our girl scout money to help get the materials for the mini-houses on wheels.
Isabella B. is 11 years old and attends Imprint with her parents, Barclay and Edna. Their Generosity Group meets in Kirkland.
Did you know Imprint Church gives grants to Generosity Groups to serve in all kinds of ways? Your group can apply here!
Multiplying new churches has been a part of the DNA and vision of Imprint Church from Day 1. It was Darren and the board’s vision to not merely grow a bigger church, but to multiply. In other words, the aim has not been simply addition, but multiplication—to multiply churches for the sake of multiplying disciples, to fulfill our role in carrying out the Great Commission. In God’s mercy, he’s brought Imprint to the cusp of planting a new church(about 7 months away). I came to Imprint in April of 2015 with a loose goal to launch in a couple of years. But life took a sharp and unexpected turn after just two months with Imprint. For those unfamiliar with the backstory, you can read about it on Northshore’s blog here.
“In God’s mercy, he’s brought Imprint to the cusp of planting a new church(about 7 months away).”
Given this winding road we’ve traveled with Jesus to get to this point, I am thankful to be holding our first official Church Planting Vision and Prayer Meeting this Friday night. I will lay out the vision and mission of Imprint Church. I will also explain the Family of Churches model, something we are employing for greater effectiveness in church planting. We’ll talk through some essential aspects of what a healthy church is, which is what we aim to be (as numerical growth is not the only or best indicator of a church’s health). We’ll also look at a rough timeline of events leading up to the launch as well as have a time of Q & A, prayer, and dessert.
“We’ll also look at a rough timeline of events leading up to the launch as well as have a time of Q & A”
In particular, I’m eager to share the convictions I have regarding the centrality of Christ and his gospel through the unapologetic preaching of the Bible. My dream is that this new church (i.e., the people of God) would be used by God to bring those far from him into a saving and transforming knowledge of Jesus Christ though Holy Spirit-given boldness in verbally sharing the good news of Jesus. In a phrase: to make and multiply grateful and generous disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Church Planting Pastor
A huge shout out to the 120+ volunteers who helped make The Great Community Egg Hunt a total success this year!
On April 8th, 2017, Imprint Church and Branches Church came together to provide a spectacular Easter egg hunt for the Woodinville community. Aside from the largest egg hunt on the Eastside, there were inflatables, games, face painting, and more.
This year we hosted over 3,750 people in the Woodinville Sports Fields!
The Great Community Egg Hunt is a great way to make connections within our community and reach out to people who live just down the street from us. By keeping the event free and asking for food donations, we were able to give 800 lbs. of food to the Woodinville Store House, along with $100 in donations! This is incredible and will go a long way in serving the deeper needs of the community.
We asked some of our volunteers for highlights during the event. Here’s what you guys had to say:
“I loved seeing the joy of kids and parents faces when the face paint when done, and the thank you’s from most of the people.”
“I enjoyed greeting people and seeing the excitement of the children.
It was such a unique opportunity to get to know other volunteers that I don’t know very well.”
“It felt good just being out in the community serving.
Lots of kids, lots of fun, lots of smiles!”
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who helped to bring this event together. From stuffing eggs to painting faces, and everything in between – you made this happen!
We’re in a series called, “Light in a Land of Darkness: A Study of Isaiah.” The book of Isaiah is so rich and full of symbolism; it’s part history, poetry, prophecy and more, all rolled into one book spanning generations! There’s no way we could possibly glean everything it has to offer from listening to sermons on a Sunday morning (no matter how well researched and eloquent Darren and Tom’s sermons are.)
The good news is, you don’t have to be a pastor or a theologian to dig into God’s word. We know that God’s word is profitable for teaching and training in righteousness so that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17.) While it may take discipline to sit with the weight of some of these texts, it is not out of reach for anyone willing to make an effort to study God’s word!
We’ve gathered wonderful resources for anyone looking to better understand Isaiah. There is something here for every level of interest!
For starters, The Bible Project has put out several great videos on the book of Isaiah. These videos explain the context, set up the literary structure, and summarize the main events. Take a few minutes to watch the first video right now:
For those willing to invest some time in additional study, we present:
Darren’s Top 4 Study Books On Isaiah
In this accessible commentary on the book of Isaiah, Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. argues that Isaiah imparts a single vision of God throughout all sixty-six chapters. It is a unified, woven whole that ultimately shows that God saves sinners2. The NIV Application Commentary On Isaiah by John Oswalt
A unique commentary that explores each passage from three vital perspectives: original meaning, bridging context, contemporary significance.3. Holman Bible Commentary by Trent Butler
One in a series of twenty Old Testament verse-by-verse commentary books edited by Max Anders. Includes discussion starters, teaching plan, and more.
4. The Book Of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom by Andrew Abernathy
In view of what the structure of the book of Isaiah aims to emphasize, this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume employs the concept of “kingdom” as an entry point for organizing the book’s major themes.
**Darren’s disclaimer: This is such a good book, but it can feel intimidating. Anything from the New Studies in Biblical Theology series is fantastic!
– Light Beckons, an article by John Piper
– The Holiness Of God, a sermon by R.C. Sproul
– The Branch And Banner Of David, John Piper speaking at the 2015 TGC National Conference
– Click here to find hundreds of other sermons, videos, and articles from The Gospel Coalition
By now hopefully, you’ve seen the new building that’s been going up on the north side of Imprint Church. If you haven’t heard, we’re calling it The Annex.
We are so excited about the potential of having more space to do ministry — specifically, ministry with our kids and students. Moreover, the potential of having extra space for other special events and to be able to train people for the work of the ministry is something we will be so grateful to have both now and into the future.
A few weeks ago, we had signups for people to get involved in the work, and about 30 of you signed up to help with various things like electrical, roofing, framing, and even clean up. Thank you so much for your willingness to jump in and help build the church.
Many people are probably wondering when the building will be completed. The good news is that a lot of the major work has been done (foundation, framing, and roofing), and now we are doing a lot of the work on the inside to make it ready for people. Currently the plan is to start moving some of our kids ministry to The Annex for Sunday morning ministry this summer, and then we will fully transition to our new classroom setups at the start of Fall 2017 when school is getting back in. Please note that all this is contingent on the progress of construction. Sara and Charissa, our Kids Leads, will communicate more about these details in the near future. Ben, our Student & Families Lead, will move the students out to The Annex as soon as we give him the green light!
The bottom line of why I am reaching out to you is that we still need your help! We found that the cost of building The Annex was a moving target from the time when we first got an estimate. Because of the upturn of the economy, and because builders have been busy with new construction all over the Seattle area, the cost of doing business turned out to be significantly more than we originally planned for. We did a giving campaign for this building in 2016, and through your generosity, we raised just over $80,000. The board made the decision to pitch in the rest of the money from our savings for this as we don’t want to go into debt and we really needed the extra space. However, we want to come back to you and ask if you would consider giving to this building project — especially if you have not given already. This is taking a significant amount from our savings.
For your information, we know a few things about the folks who originally gave to this:
- The original $80,000 was given by 51 families. Again, we are exceedingly grateful for your generosity.
- Half of the families that gave were families with kids at Imprint, and the other half are either empty nesters or do not have children. The range of giving was between $35-$5000. Please know that every bit helps!
- Imprint has over 125 families who regularly attend our Gatherings.
So the first thing I would ask is if you have children, would you seriously and prayerfully consider giving to this building campaign? If you do, you’re investing in the discipleship of the kids and students of Imprint Church, and the future of your own children. Secondly, if you do not have kids or have empty nested, take a look around Imprint on Sunday mornings. We have so many kids and youth. And we could really use the space to have age-specific discipleship for these kids. You can invest in their lives by your giving.
Please prayerfully consider giving. And if you’d like to, click here and choose “Building Campaign” from the pull-down menu, to designate your giving.
Thank you for allowing the gospel to change your lives — resulting in gratitude and generosity. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at email@example.com.
There’s nothing that better exemplifies our gratitude for the Gospel than baptisms! We love baptisms and Easter is a perfect day to do them!
We had a handful of students who chose to get baptized on Easter Sunday and publicly profess their faith in Jesus. Here are a few of their words for why they got baptized:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
“My parents chose this verse for me when I was little, and it’s always been a favorite of mine. I know that baptism is the next step for me, to be able to show others of the work God has already done in my life.”
– Bethany Larson
“Originally, I was raised in a Christian family and gained a decent understanding of the Bible, yet I was afraid of the very idea of baptism. I was constantly questioning my integrity and faith. I was terrified of being too broken or imperfect for God. But thanks to my parents and the Baptism classes, I realized that I don’t need to have it all together in order to proclaim my dedication to Jesus.”
– Jonathan Shi
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. – Romans 4:20
– Brody Bicksler
One key distinctive of Imprint Church is generosity, and you blew that out of the water on April 2nd, Dream Sunday!
Matt and Lillian, from Africa New Life, came with 40 profiles of kids from Bugesera, Rwanda who were in need of sponsorship, and all 40 profiles were claimed that day!
We also were blessed to hear from Lillian, a former ANL sponsored child, who is finishing her schooling in Oregon. Thank you for changing lives. Your generosity is beautiful!
If you didn’t get an opportunity to sponsor a child and would like to, just visit africanewlife.org and make sure to designate the community of Bugesera, which is the region where Imprint Church has focused our efforts. If you have questions about sponsorship you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can watch Lillian’s testimony at about minute 30, which is quite compelling!
Alice grew up in a small house in Rwanda. Her parents didn’t know Jesus, and her father was an alcoholic.
Alice learned about Africa New Life (ANL) and her life was changed. She received the support she needed to continue her schooling and she experienced the power of the gospel.
As part of her schooling, Alice was able to do what she loves, worshiping Jesus in the New Life Children’s Choir.
Africa New Life has two goals for each child they work with; to complete high school and to bring them into a loving relationship with and knowledge of Christ. Sponsorship covers school fees, scholastic materials, a uniform, center day, camp and medical assistance.
In addition to child sponsorships, ANL provides vocational training for sewing and cosmetology, moving 80 to 95 women toward a better life. They’ve established New Life Bible Churches in 5 communities in Rwanda. They provide formal theological training to Rwandan pastors through the Africa College of Theology.
Later this year Africa New Life will open the Dream Medical Center in Kigali. It’s mission is to meet the needs of patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually, for the glory of Jesus Christ.
You have the power to change a life, to give a child the chance to dream. If you’re interested in sponsoring a child, head over to africanewlife.org to learn more about the process and what you can do to help.
“When you sponsor a kid, you’re changing the world in general. You are giving a chance to one life, but this life may be able to give a chance to a thousand lives and more.” -John Bosco, sponsored student
** You can watch Alice’s whole story below, especially when she sings in the beginning!
Prepare with Prayer
The time for The Great Community Egg Hunt is approaching and we are looking forward with great anticipation to see what the Lord will do through this awesome event! On the surface our plans involve a lot of candy, eggs, and games. However, the actual reason we put in the hard work to this community is to simply love, serve and interact with local families to make real life connections with people who don’t yet know of Jesus’ amazing love for them. It is our deep desire in all we do to point people to the living Christ. At the same time, we recognize that it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of people that draws them to Jesus. So, as the plans come together, we are calling upon our people to join us in preparing in prayer for this incredible event.
What to Specifically Pray For:
For the love of Christ to shine through His people to everyone we interact with in preparation for, and during the Egg Hunt.
For lasting connections to get started at this event.
For details to continue to come together smoothly and for great joy to be found in serving our community.
For long-lasting cooperative connections to be made between our churches and the Woodinville business community.
For volunteer positions to be filled with back-ups on hand.
For a sense of excitement in our Church families.
**It’s not too late- start asking the Lord now to nudge you about which friends, neighbors, kid’s classmates and team-mates you can invite and/or bring.
Prayer Walk Options:
Join us in prayer-walking around Woodinville Sports Fields. A site map will be available so we can pray specifically for areas and events.
We will meet up at the corner of the Woodinville Sports fields in front of the Carol Edwards Center on:
Friday April 7th @ 7pm (After the Volunteer Training)
Saturday April 8th @ 7:30am (Before Set-Up for the Event Begins)
The Woodinville Fields are located at:
13103 NE 175th St, Woodinville, WA 98072
On Friday, February 24th, Imprint students and leaders boarded a bus and headed over the pass to Leavenworth to spend a weekend learning more about God and building community. This retreat was an opportunity for students to get away from distractions and drama of everyday life, and dig into God’s word.
The weekend was packed full of sessions, small groups, sugar, late nights, coffee (for the leaders), scripture, and snowball fights. There was even a photo scavenger hunt involving hot sauce and human pyramids – all of the building blocks for an impactful weekend away!
Here are a few photos from the weekend we think you’ll enjoy:
Session 1: Friday Night
We arrived in Leavenworth on Friday evening and had a time of worship before opening up the Bible to Acts 9 to learn about Saul. Ben challenged the students to discuss what it means to have every part of your life open to God.
Snow Shenanigans & Session Two: Saturday Morning
After breakfast, we enjoyed a nice long walk in the snow to a park. The game for the morning was Snow Gladiator, and as you can see, David did not hold back! During the morning session we talked more about Saul on the road to Damascus, and the students were challenged to seek out intentional time with their leaders and discuss where they are at in their walk with God.
Photo scavenger hunt, inner tubing, and fashion shows!
Session Three: Saturday Evening
We finished talking about Saul’s conversion and transformation (and renaming to Paul). Students were reminded that any true transformation and life change starts with a moment of honesty. In small groups, we discussed where students are versus where they would like to be in their relationship with God.
Morning session was spent in small groups, where students discussed next steps they could take, and how they were going to find support to help make these changes last. We boarded the bus and returned to Woodinville at around 4.
Thank you, Imprint Church, for your prayers and support throughout the weekend! Thank you, parents, for letting us spend time with your kids and learn a bit more about each of them. What we lacked in sleep for the weekend, we more than made up for in laughs, discussions, and pictures of snow.
Find more pictures from the weekend, and stay up to date on what the students are learning by following the Imprint Student Ministries Facebook page!