Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Apr 7
2021

Good Friday & Easter Recap (Pictures, Video, Sermon Link)

Easter, Good Friday

On Good Friday and Easter, we remembered and celebrated Jesus' sinless life, substitutionary death, triumphant resurrection, and ultimate victory over sin!

This year, we gathered at the Washington State Convention Center with adequate space to safely meet in one gathering amidst Covid-19 health guidelines. Given the unique challenges of this season, it was a huge evidence of grace to be able to meet together as one body for worship.

On Good Friday, Pastor Adam shared a brief message about the significance of Jesus' last supper with his disciples, we listened to a scriptural account of the first Good Friday by different readers from the DCC body, and we reflected on the cross with songs and the Lord's Supper.

On Easter, we worshiped our risen King! Pastor Adam preached on what it means to be a Christian—being born again through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. This was followed by Scripture reading from DCC members in their first languages.

If you missed these gatherings, click here to watch a recording of our Good Friday service and click here to listen to the Easter sermon.

See below for a few photos from the weekend!

Good Friday

Good Friday Photos

Easter

Easter Photos

Gather With Us

If you're newly participating with DCC in this season, we gather as a church on Sundays at 9AM & 11AM in Belltown on Western & Battery. As we continue to abide by ongoing Covid-19 health guidelines, we invite you to pre-register to attend a gathering via our website or by using the link below.

Pre-Register to attend a Sunday Gathering

Our Sunday Livestream will also continue for those unable to attend in person in this season.

If you have any other questions, comments, or need during this time please do not hesitate to email us at .

Mar 26
2021

Celebrating 10 Years of God’s Unfolding Story at DCC

Event | by Pastor Justin Keogh

Friends,

Do you remember your 10th birthday? Maybe you celebrated with a Batman-themed ice-cream cake, or painting nails and a make-over with your friends, or a trip to an amusement park? While we can’t gather for piñata and pony rides this year, we can still party with our extended DCC family!

As Pastor Adam mentioned on Sunday, 10 years as a church plant is quite a milestone! Especially in our context of downtown Seattle. We want to celebrate this gift of God's grace to us along with countless answered prayers, changed lives, and new brothers and sisters in the Lord. And we want you to join us!

Maybe you've only started participating with us since Covid hit? Come hear about a motley few meeting in an underground bunker back in 2011. Maybe you've been around since the AMC theater days? Come share how God has matured our church over the last 5 years. Maybe you're not in Seattle anymore? Come see God's faithfulness to us as we navigate a once-in-a-century pandemic.

We have a great time planned that will use our virtual setting to its fullest. We'll hear from Pastor Adam and Pastor David about those early days of hearing God's call to plant. We'll have time to hear from attenders and members about God's work through Downtown Cornerstone over the years. You'll have a chance to share your favorite memories—serious and funny—of this family of God's people!

So join us, friends new and old, for our 10th Birthday Celebration! See more details below.

When

Sunday, March 28th at 6pm

Theme/Attire

Zoom Fancy. This can be anything from “silly” (party hat, sunglasses, crazy wig, suit jacket paired with pajama pants) to “formal” (dressed to the nines in your favorite tux or sparkly dress). How you interpret is up to you!

Where

Video call. Zoom meeting info available via the mailing list and DCC app. (Not yet connected with us? Fill out our Connect Form to be added to our mailing list.)

In Christ,
Pastor Justin

P.S. We also made a few fun virtual backgrounds to use during the party! Download your favorite from here, here and here. (To learn how to set a virtual background in Zoom, click here.)

Mar 11
2021

Our New Building: FAQs (Design, Finances, Pledging, and More!)

Onward Building Campaign | by Pastor David Parker

Downtown Cornerstone,

Over the last several weeks, many of you have asked some great questions about our new building and the Onward campaign. We wrote this FAQ to help answer those questions, and to serve as a helpful resource as you seek to learn more and consider ways you can participate with us in this campaign.

If you weren’t able to join us for our open houses, you can view some of our preliminary design boards here.

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at .

For the King,
Pastor David

The Onward Campaign

How much money are we seeking to raise through Onward?

We are seeking to raise $2,500,000 to help cover needed funds for renovations. These dollars will go towards the demolition of most of the existing structure, new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, seismic retrofitting, building a 700-seat auditorium, building out new classrooms and offices, a new children’s ministry space, and much more!

How much money has already been given?

As of today, almost $1,000,000 has already been given towards the campaign by 132 donors. We are praising the Lord, that we’re over a third of the way to our goal, and praying that he would continue to provide for our every need!

How can I contribute towards the Onward campaign?

You can contribute by giving, pledging, and praying. All giving is tax-deductible and can be done online, via mail, or during Sunday gatherings. You can also give non-cash assets like stock or mutual funds to minimize your tax burden.

In addition, pledging is a distinctly helpful way to contribute by telling us how much you plan on giving over the course of a year.

What is pledging?

Pledging allows you to tell us how much you plan on giving to the Onward campaign over the course of a particular time period (i.e. a year). You can pledge to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly, or tell us your own unique plan to give. Pledging also gives our team a better idea of how much money we will realistically raise and when we can expect that money to come in, so we can plan accordingly.

For example, if the following pledges came in, we’d reach the remainder of our goal!

If you would like to pledge to give towards our Onward campaign, you can do so here!

Can we do a fundraiser or are there other creative ways we could raise more money?

While we’re not opposed to doing a fundraiser, planning and executing those kinds of events can take lots of time. However, our government has given us a unique opportunity for many of us to pass along unneeded stimulus checks to help fund our new building!

For example, if 325 family units donated their unneeded March 2021 Covid-19 relief checks, we’d be able to raise an additional $700,000 dollars:

Should my regular giving to the general fund go instead to the Onward campaign?

One of the unique challenges of a building project is that our normal everyday expenses as a church continue (building lease, operations, technology, staffing, discipleship materials, church planting, benevolence, etc.). Therefore, as you consider partnering with us in this campaign, we encourage you to think of your contributions as “above and beyond” your normal giving, and not have it replace your general fund giving.

I don’t have much money. How can smaller donations help?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught us that the poor widow’s offering was greater than the large offerings of the wealthy (Mark 12:41-44). God’s kingdom is advanced by all of his people joyfully stewarding whatever God has given them. That means there is no insignificant gift! Even a gift that covers the cost of one chair ($125), will still create an opportunity for literally hundreds if not thousands of people to sit in that chair and hear the gospel for years to come.

The Search

How long has DCC been looking for a building?

We have been prayerfully saving for a building since we planted our church over a decade ago, and actively looking for a more permanent space for the past 5 years. There were countless obstacles and seasons of discouragement, but the Lord has been faithful to us every step of the way. For a church to be able to buy a building like this in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country is nothing short of a miracle.

What were DCC’s priorities during the search?

We wanted to find a building in or near the downtown core of Seattle, which has always been the geographical heart of DCC’s mission. We looked for a space that was or could be coded for assembly, have ample parking nearby, and allow us to gather several hundred people at a time. By God’s grace, it looks like this new space will meet all those requirements and more!

The Building

What’s our new building like?

Our new building is a 3-story, 26,000 square foot building with a brick facade, built in the 1940’s in an Art-Deco style. It has a large main floor where we will gather for worship, classes, and fellowship. The main floor also has enough space where we will be able to worship together in one gathering! It is also spacious enough to host events and conferences to advance the gospel in Seattle. The upper and lower floors provide great space for our children’s ministry, counseling meetings, and offices.

If you’d like to see more layouts and floor plans we’ve been working on, click here.

Where is it located?

The building is in Belltown at 2828 1st Ave, right between the Space Needle and Olympic Sculpture Park. Our new location is very walkable with parks, the waterfront, coffee shops, and restaurants all within a few blocks. It’s also more accessible from the freeway and has ample parking. With views looking out to the Space Needle and Elliot Bay, we pray this will be a place where the gospel goes forth to every corner of Seattle.

Why does the building need to be renovated?

Although the building was an old union hall, it is in significant need of renovation to not only bring it up to code (e.g. fire sprinklers, energy codes, seismic retrofitting, etc.), but to also prepare it for our unique purposes.

Who is leading the renovations?

A small DCC team, along with Risepointe Architects are leading this project. Risepointe is made up of brothers and sisters in Christ who specialize in designing churches and we are excited to be partnered with them as they work to understand the unique culture and needs of our church.

What are our priorities with the renovation?

We have sought to make the priorities of our building renovation consistent with the priorities of our mission as a church. To that end, we have prioritized gathering as one body to hear the Word of God proclaimed in preaching and worship together, additional gathering and classroom spaces, places to connect and converse as a body, creating a welcoming and secure children’s area, and added space for pastoral care and counseling. In short, we want to leverage this building to be maximized for making disciples!

Will we be saving costs by doing the work ourselves?

While there might be some aspects of the renovations we’ll be inviting the church to participate in (who doesn’t like to tear down some walls?!), we plan to contract out the bulk of the work. This is due to the fact that our church is not filled with lots of trade workers, and we also have a tight timeline that we are hoping to hit before our current lease is up. However, as projects come up that would make sense to invite the congregation into, we’ll be sure to let you know!

What if I know someone that might be interested in helping DCC get into their new building?

If you are a trade worker or know of another believer who is interested in donating their time and/or materials, please email .

Will the new building have parking?

Yes, with the purchase of the building, we were fortunate to also receive a 102-stall parking garage just a block west. In addition, we are coordinating with other parking lots close to the building to allow for ample parking on Sunday mornings.

What about the kids?

We are excited about how our new building will serve our children and families. The children’s floor will be a secure space with a nursery, five classrooms and a large group worship space. Additionally, we will have a much larger and more comfortable nursing mom’s room on the main floor, and a “family room” next to the auditorium where parents can take children who are learning to participate in the larger gathering.

The Mission

How will the new building contribute to Downtown Cornerstone’s mission?

As a church, our mission remains the same; “To know Jesus and to make Him known for the glory of God and the joy of all people.” That means we want to gather in a space that can equip us to proclaim the good news of Jesus and form us into a gospel-spreading, God-glorifying, joy-filled church. To that end, it’s our prayer that the Lord would use this space to train up thousands of men and women, who will then take the gospel across the street to their neighbor and around the world, for generations to come. If you have yet to watch our short video and read about our full vision for this space, you can do that here.

Will we be able to start a food pantry?

Our approach to mercy ministries is one of partnership with gospel-motivated non-profits, which may change over the years, but are all centered on care for the most vulnerable populations (read more about our mercy efforts and current partners here). Strategically, we believe the local church is called first and foremost to the great commission, making disciples and equipping the saints for the work of ministry, which we expect to lead to changed hearts and lives lived in service to others as a response to God’s love (read more about this in this series of posts)

THE FINANCES

What is the cost of the building and renovations?

The building, along with a 102-stall parking garage, cost us $10,650,000 to purchase. We estimate renovations will cost close to $5,000,000, not including softs costs (taxes, permitting, engineering fees, fixtures, equipment, etc.)

How will the building be paid for?

By God’s grace and the generosity within our DCC family, we’ve been able to set aside over $5,000,000 towards the building purchase and renovation costs. Additionally, we’ve received a loan for $7,550,000. This leaves us with about $2,500,000 that we are looking to raise through our Onward Campaign. You can help us reach that goal by pledging or giving here.

What if the renovation costs go higher than we anticipate?

Although we are hoping that we would not need to borrow any more money, we are still learning details about the building that may change the scope of work required. The bank has tentatively approved us to borrow up to $3,000,000 more dollars if additional funds are needed to complete the renovations.

How are we being good stewards of the resources God has given us?

From the day we began searching for a building, to the hiring of a design team when we found the building, we have sought to keep costs low while keeping DCC’s mission at the forefront. Because of that, we’re doing everything from getting multiple bids for construction services, to hiring a disbursing agent to make sure all funds are adequately accounted for. In all that we do, we not only want to be above board, but also want to ensure that what we spend money on ultimately helps further Jesus’ mission.