In 2012 – after Timberline Old Town church had gathered for a decade – we started to talk about what we wanted people to see when they walked past the building. How we wanted to communicate our mission when not using words. The conversation turned to the neighborhood pubs in parts of the world where some folks around the table had spent some time. These pubs are focal points of a community, with picture-based signs hanging out front to identify what the place has to offer and what the place is…or perhaps who the place is.
What emerged from more conversations were the core values we didn’t even know we had, but had found their way in over the years.
The crown represents the Kingdom Of God that Jesus came to usher in - the now and not yet we seek to catch glimpses of and participate in. It is who and whose we are. The lightning bolt is our mark for history. The building we occupy used to be an electrical appliance warehouse, and we honor that. We also honor and need to remember where we’ve been, what we’ve come through, how we’ve arrived - personally & congregationally. The train points to our spaces. An active train track runs right down our street. We believe in the power of space and that powerful happenings occur is spaces stewarded well. We believe in being redeemers of our spaces. We believe one way of going about this is service, and that is the role of the coffee cup. Six days a week, the building puts on its work clothes and serves the community as a coffee house and gathering space, powered by the hearts and fine craft of volunteers committed to taking care of whoever they come into contact with. And none of this without the cross. - the gateway to living out salvation as a congregation and community of living, breathing souls with stories to tell.
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