Ohana means Family....Projects are how we Serve
Ten + years ago, a small of group of us gathered with a vision to create a community who would share life together, and practice hospitality and service.
We have met in our living rooms, a recovery coffee house, and for the last 8 years in the Greenwood Senior Center.
We have grown into a small community, family really, who have walked through life's ups and downs together, learning to serve and love beyond ourselves.
Our values stem from who we are and our life stories. We value each person's unique story, and together our community is rich in diversity. We are "the other" and we value " the other". Simply put, we value loving people, embracing others no matter your beliefs, affiliations, abilities, or how you self-identify in this world.
One of our other strong values is service. We can't ignore the community around us. Everywhere from our own neighborhoods, to the city of Seattle and beyond, there are opportunities for us to put our faith into practice, serving and loving others. We believe in practicing justice in our everyday lives.
Lastly, we are distinctly Christian, meaning that we do our best to model our lives on how Jesus lived. We believe Jesus came here to teach us to love and to serve. We believe we are entering into the Story already being written by our Creator and that even in the ordinariness of our lives, we can find sacred things.
Some of our original founding members are from Hawaii. In Hawaii, OHANA, means family. PROJECTs, reminds us that our faith is expressed in a life lived in love and service to others.
What to Expect/FAQ
What are Sunday Mornings like?
We are scheduled to meet at 10:45 am. If you come in at that time, you will find us talking, drinking French press coffee and eating some treats. At 11am, we normally gather for some kids' songs before they are sent off to our OP Kids program.
After that, we usually settle in for some singing and sharing together. We combine various contemporary songs by Mumford and Sons and Bob Marley as well as traditional hymns and gospel songs. We don't have the latest and greatest technology or perform on a stage, but we sure do sing with heart.
Singing is usually followed by prayer for each other and the world, communal prayers from the common book of prayer and/or Catholic prayer book, followed by announcements, and a sermon that will encourage us to love, serve and bring justice to those around us.
Often we have communion (an open table) and some time to reflect after the sermon. Once we are dismissed at 12:30 pm, many of us stay to help clean up and hang out until 1pm.
We value some traditional church year celebrations like Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and a few others. During these times, our Sunday gatherings may include more artistic expressions, traditional readings or songs.
Are you affiliated with a denomination?
No, we are not affiliated with any denomination. We are a blend of many Christian traditions. We are open and affirming of our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community.
What should I wear?
Wear your yoga pants or jeans, your church hats or reggae shoes. We don't mind. We want you to feel comfortable.
What about our kids?
As mentioned above, our OP Kids program is available for children, ages 1 and up, during the Sunday service. Click here to find out more.
Do I have to give money?
No, there is no expectation that you need to give money. There will always be a basket out for donations for anyone who wants to give. Another basket is also available for donations to pay our toddler helpers during the service.
Who are the leaders?
In our community, we like to share responsibilities. So in some ways all of us are leaders. However, if you would like to connect with people who facilitate some of the things we do, you can find us here.
Other Things We are Into...
University Beyond Bars
Headwater People Consulting, LLC
Chief Seattle Club
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
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