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Of course hospitality is more than just donuts – we have bagels and coffee too, but beyond that hospitality is so much more. Hospitality plays a huge role in creating the inviting atmosphere Ballard Church seeks to portray.

The Hospitality Team is responsible making drip coffee, placing bagels and donuts out, and maintaining a stocked and clean coffee area. While this behind the scenes role might not be the most glamorous, it is one of the most essential pieces in BC’s hospitable environment. Each Sunday morning people are immediately welcomed and made comfortable with coffee, bagels, and donuts. In any situation, food has a way of putting people at ease, especially in a new place, and as a hospitality volunteer you are a key player in BC’s welcome.

We are currently looking for people that are passionate about serving people and interested in joining the Hospitality Team. If that’s you, contact Christy or Matt Frederick to get involved!

groups_website-04-11Summer groups are launching the week of July 6th and I highly suggest you join a group. Why? Well I’m glad you asked, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you should join a group. There are countless reasons to join a group, but these are the top 5:

1. Groups create community. By joining you have the opportunity to connect with one another outside of Sunday service and immerse yourself in the BC community. You can find community among women, men, marrieds, families…whatever stage of life you are in, we have a group for that.

2. Meet new people. I think it’s safe to say that you don’t know everyone at BC, so if you join a group you are bound to meet someone new. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your future spouse, or more likely, a great friend. Meet people that you see every week at church, but haven’t had a chance to connect with, or bring a friend and introduce them to your developing BC community. Every group is an opportunity to meet someone new–so we definitely have a group for that.

3. Something to look forward to each week. During the summer schedules tend to shift and we’re left with extra free time. If we aren’t careful summer can get away from us and before we know it, summer is over. All of our groups meet on a weekly basis so each week there is something to look forward to–a bonfire, time with friends, or hiking–we’re taking full advantage of summer. So start getting excited for the week because we have a group for that.

4. Seattle summers are made for summer groups. Seattle summers might be Seattle’s best kept secret. Seattle may be known for grey skies, gloom and rain, but in July, August, and September, Seattle really starts to show off. Summer is the best time to spend time outside – whether it’s for a BBQ, a bonfire or a hike – we have a group for that.

5. FUN. Groups are fun for all of the aforementioned reasons! Come check out a weekly group in the Seattle summer and connect with your community and meet new friends. Sounds like a blast!  Those of you motivated primarily by fun or a good time, we have a group for that.

Now there’s only one thing left to do: JOIN A GROUP! Follow this link to the group page and sign up–you can thank me later.

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Summer has finally arrived and we want to toast to the summer season in the best way possible, with a LAWN BOWLING POTLUCK! What is Lawn Bowling you ask? I’m still not sure, but I’ve been told it’s similar to bocce ball. And for your pleasure, I’ve done a little research, check out the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club to learn more about Lawn Bowling. It’s all just for fun, but we will also be hosting a tournament, so dust off your bowling arm and get ready for some summer fun. Maybe some Wii Bowling could be of some help getting you ready?

This will be a great event to invite all your friends – you could even challenge them to rousing game of Lawn Bowling. It will also be a potluck so bring a dish to share. We are excited to see you there this Sunday, June 29th from 12:30pm – 3:00pm at Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club. For more information contact Juliet McAndrew or Dave McAndrew.

Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club: 6098 Aurora Ave N, Seattle. (Click here for driving directions)

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Spring Cleaning Slide
CALLING ALL CLEANING SUPERHEROES!
Okay, so maybe there’s no such thing, but if you’re reading this I’m calling you. On Saturday, May 31st, we are doing some Spring Cleaning and we need your help. As you’ve probably noticed,  BC is huge. It’s also been a few different churches, and over those years its managed to collect a little more than cobwebs. Sure, we’ve got some cobwebs, but along with those cobwebs we have about 1000 glass cups, a pool table, the most random assortment of furniture, and God only knows what else is stored in the caves of BC. Now, don’t let the daunting task of cleaning the church intimidate you, because I know you’re a hero and you can handle this whole cleaning thing.
We’re also making a special ask for people with trucks — we have  a lot of stuff to move and trucks make the job that much easier. Can you imagine me driving down Aurora with a pool table in my Honda Civic? I don’t think I’d get too far, so if you have a truck, bring it along!
And one more ask, carpenters and builders — we’re calling you — we have a few building projects we’d like to work on, so pack up those tools and bring your best building skills!
On Saturday we will have two shifts: 10am – 12:30pm and 12:30pm – 3pm, but of course you’re welcome to stay for both! We will also provide lunch and as always great company. This will be a great way to engage and connect with others within the BC community, because let’s be honest, there’s nothing that bonds people like spring cleaning. We look forward to seeing you on May 31st, let us know you’re coming by emailing Andrew Van Ness at andrew@ballardchurch.com.
Thanks for being such a hero!
Categories : Events, Volunteers

Frozen movie night

Let it go…a few simple words, but if it triggers a heartfelt ballad, you may have seen a little movie called Frozen. Along with the rest of the world, are your kids obsessed with the movie Frozen? I’m sure Frozen has taken over your house, with your kids acting out all the characters, quoting all the lines, and singing all the songs.
 
Now it’s time to take Frozen to the next level and play it on the big screen in the sanctuary. Ballard Kidz is hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday May 16th from 6pm – 8pm. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families in the BC community. We’ll bring the popcorn and movie, you bring the family, and we’re sure to have a great night that just might knock your gloves off.
 
For more information or to RSVP, email Sam Sandquist at sam@ballardchurch.com.
 
Also, for a fun conversation ask Rob about his opinion of Frozen. 
Categories : Ballard Kids, Events

God Unboxed

 Did you know that five out of six people will come to church on Easter if invited by a friend? Five out of six. The very best baseball players don’t have a batting average that high. Why not take a leap of faith and invite the friend you’ve been wanting to invite all year? Maybe a coworker, a relative, a neighbor, a coach, a gym buddy, or your favorite barista? Invite them all, chances are five of them will show up to church on Easter; they just need to be invited. 

There is simply no better Sunday to visit Ballard Church. Easter is the pinnacle of the Christian faith. It’s the day we celebrate Jesus’ life and resurrection. This Sunday we will be kicking off a series titled God Unboxed in which we will explore some of God’s lesser known and more unique characteristics. 
 
Invite a friend and join us as we celebrate Easter and the launch of this fun series!
Categories : Events, Sermon Series

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Our new lead pastor, Rob Stewart is kicking off this new series on Sunday, March 23rd. More info coming soon!

Categories : Sermon Series

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Ballard Church – Mr. Clean Team!

Do you know how to use a broom? Do you know how to walk a vacuum? Or how about putting a toilet paper roll in the little thingy that holds it? If the answer is no, that is sad! We want to help you learn some important life skills, basic cleaning. This will help attract your future spouse, or if you’re already in a relationship, it will help you keep that relationship going strong… Unless your significant other is just as dirty as you, then that is sad. Regardless, let us help you.

One of the things that is really important to us as a church is cleanliness. People don’t notice when it’s clean, but they sure notice when it’s dirty. We want people to feel welcome, we want parents to know their kids won’t get sick! We want people to feel free to use our restrooms, so they don’t have to hold it until they get home! A clean facility is one of the first things new people see when they come to Ballard Church and we want that first impression to a positive one!

Ballard Church gets dirty, people drop crumbs on the floor mostly unintentionally (some do this intentionally, we’re watching you!), and paper towels and garbage cans all need to be restocked. Do you know who does this at Ballard Church? YOU! BC doesn’t have a paid janitorial service because of people just like you who give a few hours of their Saturdays to help clean the church. It’s not too painful, we pump music and have a good time! If you are interested in hanging out with some cool folks and helping clean the church on Saturdays, email us and we’ll get you plugged in!

To sign up, Email Michi Kozu
michi@ballardchurch.com

Categories : Groups, Volunteers

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6-8th GRADE: SUNDAYS AT 11AM & 5PM!

Every student is unique, hipsters, goths, preps, jocks, cheerleaders, superheroes, band geeks, real geeks, you know the jist. That is because as students are growing into adults, they all want to have their own identity. Students all have a common desire to matter, to be accepted and become “awesome”. Ballard Student Ministries exists to simply love our students, encourage them, and most importantly point them towards Jesus. Our desire is to see each any every student meet Jesus, not just study what Jesus was like, but actually encounter him. As our teenagers grow, we want their identity to be in their faith. Faith surpasses clothing trends, pop-culture, music, sports… Faith is forever and deeply influences who we are at the core. There is no better time than when we are students to learn about who Jesus really is! So if your student is 6-8th grade, or you know a student in that age range, bring them by! We promise we don’t bite :)

Questions? Email Sam Sandquist, Youth Director
sam@ballardchurch.com

Categories : Ballard Kids, Groups

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TOXIC: NEW MESSAGE SERIES BEGINNING FEBRUARY 9TH AT BALLARD CHURCH!

In this message series we are going to be looking at some of the toxic influences in our lives, even toxic religion! Sometimes it is difficult for us to determine and fully understand the negative effects that toxic behaviors, friends, emotions and words all play in determining our spiritual and emotional health. During this series we encourage you to take a step back each week and try to allow yourself to get a 360 degree view of your life, friends and priorities to determine if there are some things that God can point out in your life that are toxic and a poisoning to your health and the health of the people around you.