Trauma Informed Care

Our hope, as Light Up the City, is to equip, inform and inspire those in our network. We also want to do the same for your congregations and open trainings, at times, for a broader audience. Our own Dawn Zern hosts trainings for Trauma Informed Care with other Seattle's Union Gospel Mission staff- see below for more details. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is hosting our next Trauma Informed Care training on March 15th from 5:30-7:30pm at Christ the King Bible Fellowship in Federal Way, WA. This FREE event is great for volunteers that work with anyone who may have experienced trauma, whether that is someone volunteering in a local homeless shelter, a mentoring program for youth, or a Sunday s

Trauma Informed Care

Our hope, as Light Up the City, is to equip, inform and inspire those in our network. We also want to do the same for your congregations and open trainings, at times, for a broader audience. Our own Dawn Zern hosts trainings for Trauma Informed Care with other Seattle's Union Gospel Mission staff- see below for more details. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is hosting our next Trauma Informed Care training on March 15th from 5:30-7:30pm at Christ the King Bible Fellowship in Federal Way, WA. This FREE event is great for volunteers that work with anyone who may have experienced trauma, whether that is someone volunteering in a local homeless shelter, a mentoring program for youth, or a Sunday s

Network Spotlight: Enumclaw

Light Up the City is a network of networked congregations in the Greater Seattle region. Over the past four years, all around the Puget Sound, we have witnessed congregations gather together across denominational lines to serve their cities in the spirit of unity.One of our networks is in the far reaches of King County (we lovingly like to call our Guam), Enumclaw. The City of Enumclaw website claims it is the "Gateway to Mt. Rainier", the name means "thundering noise", and has a thriving population of about eleven thousand souls. The city is known for its picturesque pastures, forests and close proximity to the mountains.What Enumclaw is less known for (outside of the city) is a deep spirit

Network Spotlight: Enumclaw

Light Up the City is a network of networked congregations in the Greater Seattle region. Over the past four years, all around the Puget Sound, we have witnessed congregations gather together across denominational lines to serve their cities in the spirit of unity.One of our networks is in the far reaches of King County (we lovingly like to call our Guam), Enumclaw. The City of Enumclaw website claims it is the "Gateway to Mt. Rainier", the name means "thundering noise", and has a thriving population of about eleven thousand souls. The city is known for its picturesque pastures, forests and close proximity to the mountains.What Enumclaw is less known for (outside of the city) is a deep spirit

Lent, Love and Ashes

Living as a persecuted Christian in the third century, St. Valentine was beheaded. After praying for his jailer's daughter, and after she was healed of her blindness, he wrote her a note signed, "Your Valentine," on the day of his execution. He did not buy her chocolates, roses, or land a reservation at Ruth's Chris steakhouse. In fact, Valentine's love was not even romantic in nature... he lead her to Jesus, who healed her. He introduced her to love... the love that he was martyred for. On Ash Wednesday, followers of Jesus spread last years Palm Sunday Branches, charred to ashes, in the shape of the cross on parishioner's foreheads. As the ashes are applied, a charge is given: "Repent, and

Lent, Love and Ashes

Living as a persecuted Christian in the third century, St. Valentine was beheaded. After praying for his jailer's daughter, and after she was healed of her blindness, he wrote her a note signed, "Your Valentine," on the day of his execution. He did not buy her chocolates, roses, or land a reservation at Ruth's Chris steakhouse. In fact, Valentine's love was not even romantic in nature... he lead her to Jesus, who healed her. He introduced her to love... the love that he was martyred for. On Ash Wednesday, followers of Jesus spread last years Palm Sunday Branches, charred to ashes, in the shape of the cross on parishioner's foreheads. As the ashes are applied, a charge is given: "Repent, and

Orphan Care Seminar

Jason Johnson (from the Christian Alliance for Orphans) will teach us about the “why” of foster care ministry and then really dive into the nuts & bolts of incorporating orphan care into our pre-existing ministry & program structures. Whether you are just becoming interested in foster care support or already have a thriving ministry, you will come away both inspired & equipped. You’ll also get the chance to hear from and network with church leaders from your specific community and all around the Puget Sound! The seminar is only $25 and includes free lunch. You can register HERE or at the link above. Hope to see you on Thursday, March 1st! Follow our Facebook page to receive more info leading

Orphan Care Seminar

Jason Johnson (from the Christian Alliance for Orphans) will teach us about the “why” of foster care ministry and then really dive into the nuts & bolts of incorporating orphan care into our pre-existing ministry & program structures. Whether you are just becoming interested in foster care support or already have a thriving ministry, you will come away both inspired & equipped. You’ll also get the chance to hear from and network with church leaders from your specific community and all around the Puget Sound! The seminar is only $25 and includes free lunch. You can register HERE or at the link above. Hope to see you on Thursday, March 1st! Follow our Facebook page to receive more info leading

The Advance 2018 Recap

Last week, on January 30-31st, we were encouraged to gather with leaders, pastors and networkers from 18 different cities for The Advance 2018. This year's focus was being Rooted in Christ through: Identity, Discipleship, Place and the Church. Chris Gough started our time together with a presentation of our current state of uprootedness- in a politicized and divisive cultural atmosphere, but that also God prunes and uproots things that will not glorify Him and the tension of living it out through the gospel. We were also blessed by Jamie Winship who shared a powerful talk about the importance of rooting our identities in Christ in a deep and profound way - one that will ultimately transform

The Advance 2018 Recap

Last week, on January 30-31st, we were encouraged to gather with leaders, pastors and networkers from 18 different cities for The Advance 2018. This year's focus was being Rooted in Christ through: Identity, Discipleship, Place and the Church. Chris Gough started our time together with a presentation of our current state of uprootedness- in a politicized and divisive cultural atmosphere, but that also God prunes and uproots things that will not glorify Him and the tension of living it out through the gospel. We were also blessed by Jamie Winship who shared a powerful talk about the importance of rooting our identities in Christ in a deep and profound way - one that will ultimately transform

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