Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Jun 25
2014

Serve the City | Gatewood Elementary School

City Life, Event, Serve the City, Service

PrintOn Saturday July 26th from 9:30am to 2pm, Downtown Cornerstone Church will be partnering with Seattle Schools and Gatewood Elementary School in West Seattle to help with some much needed maintenance, groundskeeping, and painting around the school in preparation for the coming school year.

WHY ARE WE VOLUNTEERING IN THIS WAY?

  • The Seattle School District has only 5 groundskeepers to maintain 34 schools in the South Seattle school district. This leaves many of the schools without adequate funding and manpower to maintain the properties. As such, these schools heavily rely on volunteer efforts to come alongside and help maintain their properties and facilities.
  • We asked Seattle Schools where their greatest need is, and they told us Gatewood Elementary. Because of the lack of attention and resources over the years, Gatewood Elementary has experienced a massive overgrowth of vines that has taken over their playground fencing, and is quickly becoming a hazard.
  • As a church, we believe that we’ve been infinitely loved and served by God, through the person and work of Jesus. Because of that, we believe that the good news of the Gospel is not only shared in word, but demonstrated in deed. Serving is not just “giving back” but a tangible expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – serving as we’ve been served, in Christ.

WHAT WE WILL DO?

  • Weeding and mulching
  • Removal of bushes and vines from fencing
  • Refreshing paint on play lines and maps in the playground
  • Misc Projects

WHO SHOULD JOIN US?

Everyone. Whether you are single, married, wanting to bring a friend or the whole family, there’s something for everyone to do!

ARE THERE ANY NEEDS BESIDES SHOWING UP?

Yes. We need team captains who can help keep groups of 5-20 busy, and be a point person for your team. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in being a team captain!

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE NEEDED?

Seattle schools will take as many volunteers as we can provide, and we are shooting to have over 200 Volunteers.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Register HERE and share this link with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers!

WHERE SHOULD I GO WHEN I GET THERE?

We will meet in the school parking lot off of SW Frontenac Ave at 9:30 to break into teams and be assigned tasks.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Plan to wear grubby clothes that can get dirty, or you don’t mind getting paint on. Cloth work gloves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own work gloves if you prefer.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Bring a rain coat! Rain or shine, we’ll be there.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

  • By Bus: The 116, 118, and 119 bus stops right in front of the school.
  • By Car: The School is located at: 4320 SW Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98136. Limited parking is available in the school parking lot, but there’s ample street parking on SW Frontenac, SW Fauntleroy, or SW Myrtle.

QUESTIONS?

Email serve@downtowncornerstone.org for any additional questions!

Aug 1
2013

Serve the City Recap & Video

City Life, Photos, Serve the City, Service, Video

At Downtown Cornerstone Church we are committed to building a great city, not just a great church. Our desire is to see gospel renewal take place from the avenues to the alleyways. On July 20th over 100 people from DCC partnered with Dunlap Elementary School in Rainier Valley to help with some much needed maintenance.

Dunlap is located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, and over 85% of the students receive free or subsidized lunches. As a church, we believe that we have been infinitely loved and served by God through the person and work of Jesus, so we serve as we’ve been served in Christ.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Serve the City this year! Check out the video and photos  from the event below and be sure to join us next time we gather as a family to serve the city, loving it to life.

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”(Jeremiah 29:7)

Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to open it in a new window.

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For more pictures from Serve  the City 2013, click here.

Jul 18
2013

Four Reasons to Serve the City this Saturday

City Life, Event, Serve the City, Teaching | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

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This Saturday we are holding our second annual Serve the City project, in partnership with the Seattle School District, at Dunlap Elementary School in Rainier Valley. You can get all of the details here. Please arrive by 9:30am and go directly to the registration tent where you will be assigned to a work team. There will be various work projects suitable to a wide range of skill sets. Families are encouraged to participate. We are expecting to be done by 2:00pm. Snacks and water will be provided, but you will want to pack a lunch. Please RSVP so we have accurate numbers for supplies. Also, if you’d like to help as a team captain you can indicate that when you register.

So, all that said, why serve the city? Let’s look at four reasons:

First, we love this city, warts and all. Seattle is our home. This is where we live, work, play and raise our families. As a church, we are not here to look down on the city (in condemnation), or cower under the city (in fear), or mirror the city (in surrender) but to love and challenge the city with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Fundamentally, we serve because we want to love this city as we’ve been loved by Jesus.

Second, there are great needs in our city. Like any city, Seattle is filled with significant needs to be met and this just one of them. Dunlap Elementary is one of the most culturally diverse and impoverished elementary schools in our region, serving subsidized or free lunches to over 85% of the students. Additionally, the Seattle School District lacks sufficient staff to keep up the grounds. Dunlap is just one of many schools without adequate funding that rely, almost exclusively, on community volunteer efforts. Therefore, we want to meet the needs of this city because when we were at our neediest Jesus came to meet our greatest needs.

Thirdwe have been served. If you follow Jesus, you have been radically served by God. Jesus lived the perfect life we should all live, but can’t. Then, he bore the just wrath of God that we deserve on the cross, in our place, and three days later rose to new life. In so doing, he conquered Satan, sin, death and evil on our behalf.  In so doing, he reconciles us to God, forgives our sin, adopts us into His family, seals us with the Spirit, gives us a new identity and promises us a new future. In other words, we serve because we have been radically served by God, in Christ. (cf Phil 2:4-11)

Fourth, we believe good news and should, therefore, be good news. Good news changes how we live. How much more should the good news of the gospel? We aim to be a declaring and demonstrating community. As you know, we take the declaration of the gospel very seriously as Jesus’ people. But, at the same time, we take the demonstration of its implications just as seriously. All talk, with no walk, leaves people skeptical. All walk, with no talk, leaves people confused. Therefore, we attempt to declare and demonstrate the good news of the gospel, without which no one will see the Lord. (cf Heb 12:14)

I’m looking forward to our time together this Saturday and hope you can make it out. Be sure to invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. There is plenty of work to done and conversations to be had. I’m asking Jesus to use this opportunity to give us favor with the city, open up additional avenues of influence, and lead some to saving faith. I encourage you to the same. See you there!

Because we have been served,

Pastor Adam

 

Jul 2
2013

Serve the City | Dunlap Elementary School

City Life, Event, Serve the City

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On Saturday July 20th from 9:30am to 2pm, Downtown Cornerstone Church will be partnering with Dunlap Elementary School in Rainier Valley to help with some much needed maintenance, groundskeeping, and cleaning around the school in preparation for the coming school year.

Why are we volunteering in this way?

  • The Seattle School District has only 5 groundskeepers to maintain 34 schools in the South Seattle district. This leaves many of the schools without adequate funding and manpower to maintain the properties. As such, these schools heavily rely on volunteer efforts to come alongside and help maintain their properties and facilities.
  • Dunlap Elementary is one of the most culturally diverse and impoverished elementary schools in our region, serving subsidized or free lunches for over 85% of the students.
  • As a church, we believe that we’ve been infinitely loved and served by God, through the person and work of Jesus. Because of that, we believe that the good news of the Gospel is not only shared in word, but demonstrated in deed. Serving is not just “giving back” but a tangible expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – serving as we’ve been served, in Christ.

What we will do:

  • Weeding and mulching all of the grounds
  • Removal of bushes
  • Refreshing paint on all railings
  • Refresh striping lines on parking lot
  • Applying sealant to mural(s)
  • Painting curb lines in bus zone and fire lanes
  • Deep cleaning of hallways and cafeteria tables

Who should join us?

Everyone. Whether you are single, married, wanting to bring a friend or the whole family, there’s something for everyone to do!

Are there any needs besides showing up?

Yes. We need team captains who can help keep groups of 5-20 busy, and be a point person for your team. Please indicate on the form below if you are interested in being a team captain!

How many people are needed?

Seattle schools will take as many volunteers as we can provide, and we are shooting to have over 150 Volunteers.

How do I sign up?

Register HERE and share this link with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers!

Where should I go when I get there?

We will meet in the school parking lot at 9:30 to break into teams and be assigned tasks.

What should I wear?

Plan to wear grubby clothes that can get dirty, or you don’t mind getting paint on. Cloth work gloves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own work gloves if you prefer.

What if it rains?

Bring a rain coat! Rain or shine, we’ll be there.

How do I get there?

By Light Rail: Take the Link Light Rail to the Rainier Beach Station. Walk 2 blocks north to S. Cloverdale St. Walk East on S. Cloverdale for 4 blocks. Dunlap Elementary will be on your right. (Approximately 10 min walk from light rail station)

  • By Bus: The Number 7 Bus stops at Rainier Ave and S. Cloverdale Ave. Walk 4 blocks west on S Cloverdale till you reach Dunlap Elementary.
  • By Car: The School is located at: 4525 S. Cloverdale Seattle, WA 98118 Limited parking is available in the school parking lot, but there’s ample street parking on S. Cloverdale St.

Questions?

Email serve@downtowncornerstone.org for any additional questions!

Jul 27
2012

Serve the City Recap+Photos

City Life, Photos, Serve the City

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Photo credit Christy Giusti

Last Saturday, July 21st, 70 volunteers of Downtown Cornerstone walked the City Center of Seattle, from the avenues to the alley ways, collecting 24 bags of garbage littered throughout the core. Our goal was simple: to sacrificially serve the city as we’ve been sacrificially served by Jesus Christ (Mat 20:28). Jesus willingly entered into our mess of sin and decay, so we gladly do the same for our city. (Rom 5:8; John 3:16; Phil 2:4-11) Check out some of the photos from last Saturday morning above. A big thanks to Seattle Public Utilities and Adopt-a-Street for your partnership and assistance. This is just the beginning as we aim to spread the message and mercy of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, love our city to life.

Jun 30
2012

Serve the City | Sat, July 21st

City Life, News, Serve the City

Join us July 21st as we serve the city by cleaning and connecting with the people in downtown Seattle’s avenues and alleyways! This project includes partnering with the Seattle Public Utilities “Adopt-A-Street” and “Clear Alley’s Program.” DCC will pin point which downtown Seattle streets and alleys will be cleaned by our volunteers. Seattle Public Utilities will provides necessary resources like garbage bags, gloves, brooms, etc.

WHEN: 8:00a – 12:00p on the third Saturday in July (7.21.12), Download this flyer to share with your neighbors and friends!

WHO: You and your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors. This serving opportunity will be a great bridge to build in Seattle and will help us give people a taste of the love, grace and mercy Jesus freely offers them.

WHERE: We will meet up in the parking lot on the northwest corner of 7th Ave & Lenora in front of “Piranha”. Parking in that Impark lot is only $5 for up to 10 hours, so we recommend parking there.

HOW: We are aiming for 65+ volunteers! We will break into 8 teams of 8 or so people. Each team will be assigned specific streets and alleys to “own” by way of cleaning and caring for people within the vicinity. We’ll proceed block by block through the City Center until each street and alley is served or we run out of resources.

MISSION: Our goal is to love the city to life by way of service and care for people. Our primary function is to serve the city and as we do that we will be mindful that we are Jesus’ ambassadors, making much of him in how we serve, and ultimately, why we serve.

More details to come. If you’d like to join us please email info@downtowncornerstone.org.