We are a community that is not too big on "we believe" statements. For one, "we" is a diverse group of individuals with many beliefs that we value and two, as Peter Rollins wrote...
"The point is not what we say we serve but what we are truly devoted to in our everyday existence: What we give our energy, our passion, and our dreams to. In short, what we allow to regulate our existence and resources. Our material commitments will show us which master we love and which we hate: not what we confess in our poetry and prose."
That said, words can be powerful and we do have some words that we try to live by:
We believe the Church is beautiful: a place of community where our faith comes alive. We aspire to live Heaven now, loving God, loving others, and producing fruit, together. The journey of faith is sometimes confusing and sometimes frustrating, but we believe that Jesus is our vine and we are branches.There are four words at the bottom of this page that are very important to us as well. Feel free to click on them for a little more information...
We draw from the rich history of Christianity and its traditions. We find great value and truth in the varied historical creeds and doctrines of our faith. We affirm the centrality of Scripture in our lives.
Where doctrine divides we choose dialog, conversation, and relationship believing that absolute truth exists but no one holds truth absolutely.
We acknowledge the mystery of Scripture, and seek to experience the joy of wrestling through it while seeking the truth found inside.
Lent Calendar 2013
You can find printed copies under the tree in the foyer. Pdf version is here (and great for printing yourself).
If you would like the XML share link click here. If you would like the iCal share link click here.
You can also follow along via Twitter - we'll have daily updates.
Or just check it out in list form below:
Branches Jr. High Girls Katie Gilsdorf 503-798-8759
Mountainside/Northwood Ben Gilsdorf 509-828-3262
Mt. Spokane Ali Johnston 509-947-2633
Mead Katherine Bryant 503-515-5939
Rogers Devon Strang 509-386-4481
Gonzaga Prep Jack Dunbar 509-209-1400
North Central Bethany Carrillo 719-761-3140
Shadle Park Sasha Zarubin 925-209-6172
Lakeside Rachel Yancey 509-863-5074
Shadle Park Hans 509-954-1471
Capernaum Mark Franklin 503-550-8830
We would love to sit down and have a chat about life, about doctrine, or whatever else is going on! But since we don't have a receptionist - or office - it's a little on you to make it happen.
Don't worry! It's easy! Just click here and you will be able to schedule a coffee with Ryan at 1 of 5 locations on the days/hours he's available.
Easy. And you'll get a handy email reminder.
So don't think we're cold or impersonal... we're just simple and taking advantage of technology.
Let's make this happen.
Listed below are the three most recent recordings from Sunday mornings.
The three most recent months are available on our iTunes podcast.
Anything older is listed in our archives, sorted by series.
(We also have some random recordings - mid week stuff - located here).
Below is a full list of the series (listed alphabetically) that we have finished since our inception.
1 Corinthians 2011
What Jesus Doesn't Talk About 2012
For the full archive indiviudally listed click here.
Listed below are all our recordings individually listed beginning with our most recent going all the way to our first Sunday:
WHAT JESUS DOESN'T TALK ABOUT:
Like to read? We do too.
Some people are interested in what Ryan is reading, or has read, or has quoted. If that's you, you can check out the list here.
If not, well we're working on some ways to talk about what we're all reading!
We meet on Sunday mornings at 14617 Newport Hwy in Mead, WA.
We are just south of Peone Pines Animal Hospital and across the highway from Arby's:
The Google Map
Sunday mornings get moving at 10am and usually consist of some music, some teaching, some community, and who knows what else...
Childcare is provided for nursery and toddlers and kids (Kindergarten through 4th grade) get their own version of Sunday mornings.
HIRE SOME STUDENTS
Mt. Spokane Young Life students are looking to fundraise their way to camp this summer at Malibu Club in Canada. If you have any yard work, housework, babysitting, or just work in general that you need help with, there are many students that would love to work for you! Please contact Ali Johnston via email or at (509) 947-2633 if you are interested at all!
You can also drop something in the mail and send it to PO Box 751, Mead, WA 99021.
But money is only one way to give... Below are some other ways:
If you would like to give your time with children Angie would love you to email her.
If you would like to give time creating meals for people please contact Jenn.
If you would like to give time at the sound/video table please contact Ben.
If you would like to give your time in another area that we haven't thought of, or if you would like some other ideas, contact Ryan.
But Branches is only one place to give... there are many others, within our community, and without. If you would like to give to something else, below are a few (of the many) options:
Global Neighborhood is an amazing non-profit walking alongside refugees who are coming from all over the world to Spokane. They are always looking for volunteers to help them. Check out their site for more information.
World Relief is a similar organization doing great things for refugees in our community as well. Check out their site for ways to give yourself to those in need.
And if you have any clothing items, housewares, or furniture items both Global Neighborhood and World Relief would love them! Give Barbara Kalin (570-3300) a call and she would be happy to pick them up from your house.
Young Lives is an incredible ministry in Spokane catering to pregnant teens and teen moms. If you are at all interested in mentoring a teen mom or helping out with various events, please contact Young Lives.
Below are some ministries/opportunities/organizations that people at branches are involved in at one level or another:
cup of cool water
local organization aiding spokane youth who are homeless.
a whitworth based ministry serving food and relationship to residents of park towers (downtown).
local non-profit walking along the refugee community in spokane.
inner city christian fellowship
serving food to spokane homeless every other week downtown.
local non-profit promoting biblical sexuality in schools and churches in spokane and nationally.
creating and serving food to spokane homeless.
union gospel mission
meeting needs of poor and homeless.
another non-profit serving the needs of refugees in spokane
serving teens (jr. high/sr. high/with disabilities) in spokane
serving teen moms in spokane (northside meets at Branches)
youth for christ
non-profit serving youth and families in spokane’s most impoverished neighborhoods
Sunday morning is only a part of this thing we call community. Our hope is that we connect in many other ways, some structured, some not, some planned, and some spur of the moment.
We have a mid-week service centered around dialog, community, and creativity that runs for the school calendar. It's a great way to connect although it's over for this 2012-2013 school year. We've still got some stuff happening on the full-church calendar.Youth programs run through Young Life and Wyld Life. If you would like to know dates, check the calendar. If you'd like to find leaders for area schools click here and if you would like more information let us know and we'll fill you in.
If you would like to sit down and have a coffee click here.
If you would like to find information on other stuff going on at Branches, check our calendar or our table project site. You'll find most everything listed in both of those spots.
Part of being a community is also meeting the needs that show up within that community.
If you, or someone you know, needs prayer send an email to Amy.
If you, or someone you know, needs meals or some other form of assistance send an email to Janice.
If you, or someone you know, needs financial support, we have need cards on top of the drum in the foyer. Please let us know!
If you would simply like to contact someone from branches, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.