New Grad Celebration Sunday

Hey Sideris,

This Sunday’s celebration is so important that I wanted to send out a special reminder and ask you to make ever effort to be with us and invite any friends who might be edified by our conversation topic (link to FB event). Laura and a team from Sideris have put in 10s of hours of work preparing for this Sunday’s celebration. Thank you to them for all their hard work and their love for this important project and the people it effects most.

For several weeks now, we have been inviting those people who are about to make one of the biggest TRANSITIONS of their lives to join us for a special discussion about how to effectively move from the structured communities of college life to the less structured communities of post-college life.

I’ve made this transition and I know that it can feel like the floor drops out from under you. Those who once invested much in you (professors, classmates, roommates, housemates and even college ministry workers) are no longer able to invest in you in the the same ways they once did. It can feel like you are now fending for yourself in a world of the survival of the fittest.

But that’s not true!! You are not alone.

This is where the family of God (in the community of the local church) can step in and become THE NEW FLOOR that new grads desperately need. I truly believe that this has been an area in which the local church has consistently dropped the ball; so we decided to do something about it, and it starts by having an honest conversation about the struggles and the hope that they can and will discover.

We love new grads and all those who are experiencing other big life transitions. God has a way of working in these unique seasons of transition to make amazing brush strokes on the portrait of our lives. But it requires us to engage with him with eyes wide open.

Please join me in welcoming these folks this Sunday and telling them that they are not alone; that they have a family waiting for them in a local church, both ours and many others around Seattle.

Graduation does not mean the end of an era of great community, but it can be the beginning of a new era of profound connection, friendship, and shared mission lived out through the local church.

I encourage you to REACH OUT to a new grad and make sure they realize that they are not alone in this next season of life. Thanks for reading this and I hope to see you all this Sunday,



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