It’s official! The session of Mountain View and the Executive Board of North Puget Sound Presbytery have both approved our discernment team’s plan to start a “daughter church!” (if you want the plan details, check out the links below the picture at the top of this blog). We are calling this new faith community “Tidelands,” and it will be located in the Stanwood/Camano Island area.

This is the result of a lot of hard work and prayer by many people! It is going to be exciting to see how God uses Tidelands to advance the work of Jesus Christ in the world. The next step in the process will be to have an informational meeting in the Stanwood area on September 17 (location TBA). Also, I will be examined for ordination at the September 12 meeting of the Presbytery of North Puget Sound in order to become the “organizing pastor” of the new church. You are all invited to join us for the ordination service here at Mountain View on September 23, at 3:00 PM. Please continue to lift us up in prayer as we move forward.

Give Us a Name!

How often do you get to have the chance to name a new church? For a long time now we have been referring to this new faith community in many different ways: Mountain View’s daughter Church, Mountain View’s sister church, Stanwood New Church Development, etc. Now we have arrived at that point where we need to find a name. Our discernment team has begun brainstorming, but we would love to hear your ideas as well. Below is a word picture from the documents that we have created so far with the most often used words in bigger type (as a way to spark ideas). What do you think?