Back-To-School BBQ and Festival


The Mountain View Community Center (MVCC) has a goal of providing 1,000 backpacks and water bottles to kids at their annual Back-to-School BBQ and Festival on Saturday, August 24 (from 10am to 2pm). They still need 500 backpacks and water bottles to meet their goal!

Boys and girls of all ages—elementary school, middle school, junior high school, high school—are in need.

You can drop off • NEW Backpacks; • NEW Reusable Water Bottles; and/or • Gently used clothing for kids K-12 at the MVCC (3607 – 122nd Ave E, Edgewood WA 98372) from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Thursday.

You can also donate $ online, so that the MVCC can purchase backpacks:



Help hand out backpacks, serve hot dogs, supervise fun activities, and more!

For information on volunteering or to sign up to help, contact Gretchen Johnsrud at or 253-826-4329, ext. 104.



Saturday, August 24, 2019 • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Mountain View Community Center
3607 – 122nd Ave E, Edgewood WA 98372

  • New backpacks.
  • Haircuts.
  • Clothing room.
  • BBQ lunch.
  • Family fun and games.

Children must be present.

For more information:

“God’s work. Our hands.”

On Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, members of MVLC serve the needs of the community (Saturday) and the needs of the campus (Sunday).

Sign up for one of the following events in the Gathering Space. (Or email the Church Office at and we can add your name to the appropriate list.)

Seeds of Change Breakfast 
Saturday 08 September 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Team leader: Emily Thompson.
Serve breakfast to the community and our neighbors at the Mountain View Community Center. Sign up to help prepare/cook (9:00 a.m.); serve (10:00–11:30 a.m.); and/or clean up (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.).

Car Wash for Food Bank Clients
Saturday 08 September 2018. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Team leader: Sonja Dahl.
Wash cars behind the Gym for clients of the Edgewood Nourish Food Bank.

Community Clean Up
Location, date, time to be determined.
Team leader: Skip Harrison.
Sign up if you are interested and Skip will contact you with all of the relevant information. Most likely it will include cleaning up an area park.

Make “Kid PowerPacks” at MVCC
Saturday 08 September 2018. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Team leader: Beth Ann Johnson.
Put together packs of food for kids within the Puyallup and Fife school districts to take home on weekends and holidays.

Clean the Sanctuary
Saturday 08 September 2018. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Team leader: Mark Williams.
Help make the Sanctuary sparkle and shine for upcoming worship services.

Writing Letters of Encouragement to Members
Date and time to be determined.
Team leader: Lynn Wadnizak.
Sign up if you are interested and Lynn will contact you with all of the relevant information. Help lift up the spirits of fellow members of the congregation.

Kids’ Worship Bags
Team leader: Wendy Wadnizak.
A team is putting together about a dozen “Worship Bags” that kids can bring into worship with them as a God’s Work Our Hands project. Your help is needed to gather the items to go in these bags. We need:

*Crayons and/or colored pencils.
*Children’s books for various ages.
*Coloring pages/books (Bible-themed ones are most preferable).
*Pipe cleaners.
*Bible stickers.
*Finger puppets.
*Donations to purchase fun Bible-themed supplies in bulk.

If you are able and willing to donate any of these items, then please bring them to the Church Office.

Thanks for your help creating this resource for our kids.

★ MVLC families! Service is an important part of living out our faith. Be sure to sign up for a project with your kids and help them learn what it means to give of their time. (Events marked with a star are “family friendly.”)

The Great Commission…and What It Means to You

from the July 2018 MVLC newsletter

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
—MATTHEW 28:16-20 (The Great Commission)

This scripture defines the mission of the “GO Team.” Jesus delivered the Great Commission and in it comes the command for all the peoples of the earth to be reached with the good news. Our evangelism job description consists of the following:

  • Become an ambassador of Christ, Sunday through Saturday.
  • Share the good news of Jesus Christ during one-to-one conversations in daily life.
  • Invite family, friends, and acquaintances to learn more about God’s love.
  • Invite people to worship, study, fellowship, and service.
  • Witness to Jesus by living compassionate, gracious, and loving lives.
  • Welcome guests who come to church activities.
  • Encourage each other to grow in faith.

You may realize as you read the description that this is describing what every disciple should be doing. Each of us is called to be a witness to Jesus Christ. What if every member of our congregation made the effort to invite someone that hasn’t been to our church to a worship service, fellowship event, or another opportunity on our church campus?  Can you imagine?

Evangelism is a Greek word meaning good news. The word has the same root as angels, messengers who announce good news. The GO Team, since it formed almost two years ago, has been working to identify various ways to announce the good news and to invite the stranger into our midst. The challenge is how to have the conversation with someone whom you don’t know very well.

We invite people all the time. It is part of living with others. We invite people to share a meal with us or meet for coffee at Starbucks. We invite them to a movie or to go out to eat. We invite for a variety of reasons and it seems like there is nothing to it. But there is a challenge to invite someone into the faith.

Inviting people to a church activity can be more challenging for us. Why do you think this may be true? Don’t we think the church activity will be a blessing to that person’s life? Perhaps we fear we might impinge on that individual’s private faith-life. To a certain degree, this is true, but in a positive way. God blesses people. Hopefully, others might be blessed by the fellowship found in our church. Not everyone is ready to attend a service of worship every Sunday, but inviting someone to an event or to a Wednesday dinner may not be so difficult for us. I challenge all of us to step out of our  comfort zones and try it. At least once. There are opportunities that are forthcoming for you to do just that.

The GO Team has identified various entrance points for conversation through activities in the community and at the Community Center that we hope will allow opportunities for invitation. We will be present and encourage you to do the same at various activities throughout the summer: Edgewood Community Picnic, Saturday 21 July; Milton Days Parade, Saturday 18 August; and the Mountain View Community Center Back-to-School BBQ and Health Fair, Saturday 25 August.

There is another excellent opportunity for you as a disciple on the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018. The ELCA, to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor—has set aside a date for an opportunity of celebration titled “God’s work. Our hands.” We, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, are working to identify opportunities for you to use your hands in service to Christ during this weekend to carry out not only Great Commission work but also the Great Commandment. Please save these dates on your calendar, as there will be various ways that you can participate in the celebration of “Gods Work, Our hands.” You may choose a portion of time throughout that weekend to either use your hands in service to God on our church campus or in the community. Specifics will follow in upcoming newsletters, MVLC E-news, and announcements.  Please mark your calendars for this weekend and make the commitment to serve sometime during it.

The GO Team currently consists of the following members: Daryl Bakke, Skip Harrison, Gretchen Johnsrud, Kim Lawson, Emily Thompson, and Julie Williams (chairperson).

We continue to discuss what the great commission means to our church and we encourage you to participate in the conversation.  We are currently seeking new members.  If you feel called to serve please contact one of us.

In closing I ask for your prayers as the GO Team works on invitation into the great news of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 
—ACTS 1:8

Join the GO Team in witnessing the goods news of Jesus Christ!

Thanks be to God!

—Julie Williams


Save the dates!

Mountain View Lutheran Church will be holding a weekend of service to kick off our fall programming.

Saturday 08 September 2018 will focus on serving in our local communities, including the Mountain View Community Center and the Edgewood Nourish Food Bank.

Sunday 09 September 2018 will focus on serving on the Mountain View campus.

Look for more information in future newsletters and the MVLC E-news.



Come and See

For there to be a
there first has to be a

In the Gospel reading for Sunday, January 14, 2018, the ministry of Jesus begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to see Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”

Be a Philip or Phoebe for your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Invite them to worship with us on Sunday 1/14, so that they too can “Come and see!”

Take the “Come and See” bulletin insert home with you (which you will find in your 1/7 worship folders) and then give it to someone you know, as you invite them to worship, fellowship, and education with your faith community!

Additional inserts/invitations are available in the Gathering Space.

Take ONE to share with someone!

Take MANY to share with many!

An electronic (PDF) version of the insert is available HERE. Share it on your various social media accounts or email the link to your friends and family!

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