Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Aug 10
2013

Get Dunked | September 10th, 2013

Baptism, City Life, Community, Event

Baptisms-(620x130)In exactly one month, on September 10, DCC will close out the end of the summer with a BBQ and Baptisms celebration at Lake Union Park. We’ll gather as a family, eat together, and hear accounts of God’s goodness in the lives of individuals. This will be such a rich time to enjoy our city and be encouraged by those that have repented from sin and trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

When we repent of our sin and trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we should be baptized (Acts 2:41). If you’re considering baptism for yourself or simply want to learn more, click here or e-mail info@downtowncornerstone.org with any questions you might have.

Save the date, invite friends and neighbors, and enjoy last year’s video.

08.16.2012 Baptisms from Downtown Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

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 30
2013

Back to School Supply Drive

City Life, Service

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-BANNERAs a follow up to our Serve the City event on July 20th, we are partnering with Dunlap Elementary School again by hosting a Back to School Drive through September 1st! 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 the good news of the Gospel is not only shared in word, but demonstrated in deed.

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. On September 4th, Dunlap Elementary will start a new school year and many students will show up on the first day of class with little or no school supplies.

Who:

Anyone and everyone can provide donations*.

What:

We’re in need of these items this week.

When:

September 1st is the last Sunday to drop off the supplies, but the sooner the better!

Where:

We’ll have designated barrels set up during our church gathering on Sundays.

Why:

Serving is a tangible expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – serving as we’ve been served, in Christ.

*Please do not wrap donations or take them out of their original packaging. We are creating a store of supplies for the teachers, who will then divvy out supplies as needed.

Email info@downtowncornerstone.org for any additional questions!

We’re excited to see how God will use this for His glory!

 

Nov 30
2012

Christmas Eve Service

Event

ce_Blog Feature image (620x130)2We invite you to join us for a family style service on Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! This will be an hour long family-style (i.e. with kids) service with Christmas music, scripture reading and a short gospel message.

Let us rejoice and be glad in this season together as we remember Immanuel, God is with us! (Matthew 1:23)
 

WHENTuesday, December 24th @ 5PM

WHERE: AMC Theaters, Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

PARKING: For this evening, we will offer 3 hour validation to the Pacific Place Parking garage in the event that street parking is not available. Stop by the connect desk to get your parking validated.

CORNERSTONE KIDSThere will be no Children’s Ministry provided for this short family-style service, but some coloring/activity packets will be available on your way into the theater.

Nov 29
2012

Adopt-A-Neighbor

Community

Adopt-A-Neighbor

As we kick off this advent season, we want to demonstrate the love of Christ in Action by having each community “adopt-a-neighbor(s)”. This will be an opportunity for each of our Cornerstone Communities to serve an individual, a family, or an organization during the month of December.

The Church is a people not a place…

The primary channel for Adopt-a-Neighbor will be communities (i.e. the people). Therefore, every community will seek to identify a need within their geographic or relational circles – particularly, among those outside the church. For example, do you have a connection to an immigrant family, a single mom, a real change seller, or a homeless individual that you could adopt in this season? Is there an organization that is meeting needs that you’d like to specifically partner with this month?
Take some time to talk with your community and decide how/where/who you want to serve/give/adopt this month. Focus on making it relational, involving people.
Get creative, be generous, and ask Jesus to give you and your community a vision for incarnating the love of Christ this season.

In Christ we have been given much. By Him and through Him we have much to give.

Oct 30
2012

Reflections (and help) on Halloween

City Life | by Pastor Adam Sinnett


To be honest, I’m indifferent about Halloween. On the one hand, costumes and candy are part of God’s common grace extended to all people to be enjoyed. (Who, after all, would be quick to turn down a roll of Smarties?) Its also one of the few holidays where people actually visit your home (albeit dressed as zombies) without any effort on your part. It’s a creative, relational and tasty holiday.

But, like anything, it has a darker side. It can glorify evil, promote drunkenness and relativize that which is meant to be frightening (e.g. Satan). It also eclipses Reformation Day, the exact day which marks Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses to the castle door in Wittenburg, thus launching the Reformation and the recapturing of the gospel of Jesus Christ (i.e. salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, to the glory of God alone).

When it comes to Halloween, Christians have long fallen on both sides of the fence. Its history is long, complex and uncertain with pagan, Catholic, and recent American roots. Its difficult to pinpoint any one single source of this over-commercialized holiday, let alone a general consensus as to what it actually means.

So what do we do with it?

#1 Don’t violate your conscience. (1 Tim 1:19; Heb 13:18) Depending on your upbringing, or particular experiences, you may not be able to participate without violating your conscience. Do your homework. Pray through it. Talk to fellow Christians regarding your concerns. If you have kids, carefully consider your their costumes.

Consider thinking through the following:
First, 1 Cor 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.” Q: Is it helpful – physically, spiritually, emotionally?
Second, it goes on to say “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.” Q: Does it enslave me in any way?
Third, 1 Cor 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Q: Can I glorify God in it – and make him look as good as he is?

#2 Enjoy God’s common grace. Every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). If you can celebrate with a clean conscience, enjoy! Image our creative God by being creative. Engage your friends. Make memories. Enjoy your favorite candy. Throw a party. Get into it.

#3 Go where the people go. Those in the city will be out of their homes, so you should consider getting out of yours. Go where the people are. Ask what your friends are doing. There are lots of activities already happening in the city, so you don’t have to make up your own. Use the holiday to build relationships with those around you for the sake of the gospel.

#4 Meet your neighbors. It can be hard to meet all your neighbors, let alone have a conversation. Use Halloween to intentionally meet and greet your neighbors. Invite them in. Have snacks and cider prepared. Be intentional. Or, do the reverse, and consider visiting your neighbors and dropping off a small gift. At least you know they’re likely to answer the door.

#5 Be generous. Be hospitable. Give out the biggest candy bars on your street. Christians should be the most generous people in the city. (2 Cor 9:11) Make your home/apartment (if your complex is doing this sort of thing) the go-to-home on the block. Tangibly demonstrate the generosity you’ve received by God in Christ.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31

Oct 15
2012

Beach Baptisms Video is Live!

City Life, Community, Video

Watch on Vimeo.com. Video credit: Peter Isaza.

On August 16th, 2012, we had the privilege and honor of holding our second annual summer baptisms as a newly forming church in the heart of downtown Seattle. Simply speaking, it was an awesome evening. There were testimonies of God’s grace, great food and 12 baptisms. What a night!

God has not called us to plant this church in order to merely build a great church – but to build a great city, from the avenues to the alley ways. That happens as individual lives are changed by Jesus and sent into the city armed with His message and mercy. Baptism marks that change and for that we rejoice.
Learn more about baptism here.

Sep 20
2012

Fall Sock Drive

City Life, News


Downtown Cornerstone is happy to partner with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) during their Fall Giving Campaign by collecting socks at our Sunday gatherings! Beginning this Sunday, Sept 23rd, please bring in any new pairs of men’s, women’s or children’s socks to drop in the marked donation bins. Our goal is to raise 500 pairs of socks by the end of October. This means that if 83 people purchase just one 6-pack of socks, we can reach our goal! Be sure to print up this poster to hang in your break room or apartment building to spread the word.

One of the seven distinctives of DCC is RENEWAL. We believe that out of personal gospel renewal, urban renewal will flow, as the very spiritual, social and cultural fabric of Seattle is redeemed. We love this city, and are called to be salt and light in both word and deed. Will you join us?

If you’d like to partner with the UGM by donating more than just socks, find more info here.

What is Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission?
    UGM is the only shelter in Seattle that offers three meals a day, 365 days a year.
    The Mission serves an average of 1,400 meals a day.
    It costs an average of $1.92 to feed a hungry man, woman or child a single meal.
    UGM has one of the few family shelters that accepts boys through age 18.
    UGM’s Women and Children’s Shelter sleeps an average of 72 women and children each night.
    The Mission provides meals, shelter, clothing, homework assistance, counseling and educational field trips for homeless children.
    Approximately 20 percent of Mission staff were once program residents.

Watch the video below to learn more about where your socks are going.

Sep 5
2012

BBQ & Baptism Recap+Photos

City Life, Community, Photos

[portfolio_slideshow slideheight=400] Photo credit Leah Dankertson, Christy Frey

On Thursday, August 16th, 155 of us gathered at Lake Union Park to enjoy summer barbeque, our beautiful city and God’s great grace in baptism. Throughout the night we got to hear of Jesus’ real, active, transforming work in the lives of 12 brothers and sisters in Christ.
Click here to see the full slideshow from the evening. You can also learn more about baptism here.

Ephesians 5:1,4And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world…But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him.”

Video coming soon. Stay tuned!

Aug 15
2012

This Thursday | BBQ & Baptisms!

City Life, Community, News | by Pastor Adam Sinnett


Join us this Thursday (August 16th) for our second annual summer baptism and BBQ at the west side of South Lake Union Park. BBQ’s will be hot and grilling at 6:00pm – don’t forget your meat! We’ll transition to testimonies and baptisms at 7:00pm. There are a number of things to keep in mind as we prepare to celebrate together. This is going to be a great night!

#1 PRAY. Please pray for the 12 that are set to be baptized. First, pray God gives them courage and clarity to share what He has done in their lives. Second, pray God uses what they share to lead others to know Him and stirs the faith of those that already do.

#2 VOLUNTEER. If you have not yet signed-up to volunteer (grilling, set-up, tear-down, etc) there are still a good number of needs. You can RSVP and sign up here. If you’ll just be visiting, there’s no need to volunteer, we’re glad you’re joining us and happy to host.

#3 COMMUNITIES. Every community is shouldering a portion of the load in providing side dishes and desserts. If you haven’t yet, please talk to your community lead to find out how you can help. Don’t worry if you’re unable to provide anything. There will be plenty to go around.

#4 INVITE. This is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, coworkers and family to celebrate with us and hear the gospel through lives that have been changed by Jesus.

#5 TIMING. Please arrive as early as you can to allow ample time for your meat to grill, to hang out with friends, meet new folks, grab a game of bocce and be available to help as needed. If you’re able, please consider staying after to help us clean and pack-up.

Can’t wait! See you on Thursday at South Lake Union.