Community News

Seattle CROP Hunger Walk, Oct 5

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Registration: 12pm, walk begins at 1pm

The Seattle CROP Hunger Walk is coming around again this October, so we’re bringing back the Columbia City Church of Hope team to raise funds for Church World Service and their work to end hunger in the US and abroad. You can click the previous link to join the team or make a donation!

Blessing of the Animals, Oct 5

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Bring your cats, dogs, rats, hamsters–all of God’s creatures are welcome in this special Sunday morning service celebrating the wonder of pets and the blessings they continually bestow on us. (Beloved stuffed animals welcome too!)

Church Work Party, Oct 4

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Confirmation class from Holy Trinity Lutheran in Mercer Island and members of the Coalition on Homelessness have offered to help us clean and organize our church building.  This is an opportunity for us to come work beside them as we spruce up our space. If you have ideas of what needs to be done please e-mail Linda and plan to join us on the 4th between 9am and noon.

AIDS Walk, Sept 27

Friday, August 29th, 2014

This year we’re joining Open Door Ministries’ and other RIC Lutheran congregations in the annual benefit walk to fight HIV/AIDS. The money raised will benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Lifelong provides food, housing and care to the 7,200+ people living with HIV/AIDS in King County as well as others fighting chronic illnesses. Join the team here or make a donation to help bring down HIV/AIDS! When you join, please register as an individual. You may also make a donation to a specific walker or to the ODM team.


Welcome Linda Roddis, Pastor of Community Care and Outreach! Potluck on Sept 21!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Linda attended Faith Lutheran Church in Seattle as a child, where she heard the message that God dearly loves each and every person.  Eventually, she learned that not everyone sees people through God’s eyes.  After completing her BA at the University of Washington, she went back into the closet and attended Luther Seminary.  After Seminary she was called to Zion Lutheran in Anoka, MN.  After ten years of preaching the Good News of God’s love, she could no longer hide in the closet. In 1999, when she came out, the ELCA asked her to leave the ministry.

But the ministry kept calling her back, so she started a church and then served a UCC congregation in Bellevue.  She continued to pray that someday, God would make a way for her and all the GLBT to reenter the Lutheran Ministry.  And God did!

I am so excited to begin serving Columbia City Church of Hope of the ELCA.  There is a saying, “as a church starts so it goes.”  And with Pastor Darla DeFrance direction, Columbia City Church of Hope has begun with a very diverse group of people. I hope that as a member of this loving, courageous, gifted and talented church, I can use my gifts and talents to help spread the message that all people are God’s beloved; all orientations, all ages and all cultures.     

Linda begins her part-time work at Church of Hope on September 3. We will kick off her ministry here with a Welcome Celebration on Sunday, September 21 at noon