Tuesday, April 15
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The Presbytery of North Puget Sound
“Hey coach, what’s your job?” asked the inquisitive eight-year-old in the middle of soccer practice. I was talking to my team about the next drill and the passing technique that they were working on, so it caught me a little off guard. My first instinct was to move on, to redirect the conversation to the task at hand by gently saying to the child, “We can talk about it later.” But “later” usually doesn’t come, and one of the main reasons I was out on that field was to connect with those kids and their families and to share the gospel of Jesus. So I answered, “Well . . . I’m a pastor.” The child’s response was not what I expected: “A pastor! What’s that?”
Tidelands is a new church expression partnering with North Puget Sound Presbytery and the existing congregation of Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Marysville. We are trying to reach kids and families, just like the one described above, who have no connection with an existing church community. Following a lengthy process of discernment, Tidelands was launched in the Stanwood/Camano Island area with a missional community model. The idea is to meet in smaller groups that will focus on reaching a neighborhood or a people group within the community. The missional community model emphasizes equipping people to live as the church—instead of simply going to church—and supports growth by way of regular multiplication.
The presbytery’s 35 congregations, two fellowships, and one missional community have a total of 8,059 members.
—Rev. Brandon Bailey, pastor, Tidelands Worshiping Community, Stanwood
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Clarence Antioquia, member, PMA Board
Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall, executive presbyter
Rev. Dean Strong, stated clerk
Sarah Beard, communications coordinator
Kris Green, bookkeeper
Eric Eun, director, Wellspring young adult ministry
Rev. Jim Christensen, volunteer in mission
Rev. Jin Suk Kim, associate executive presbyter for Korean ministry
Bill Grosse, treasurer
EJ Lee, Gala coordinator
Rev. David Rohrer, student internship coordinator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Ruth Gardner, PMA
Joe David Garner, PMA
Let us pray
God, grant us peace to rest in you, love to connect with our neighbors, and the courage to venture out. Amen.