It was a quintessential summer picnic: salads, fruit, desserts and lemonade; conversations around the picnic tables; views across the sand, of families, beach umbrellas and the waters of Puget Sound! That’s what some of us from Denny Park Lutheran enjoyed last Sunday as we gathered at Golden Gardens Park for a congregational picnic. Yes, these are the slower-paced days of summer, when we are eager to enjoy the warm weather and some time outdoors!
While the calendar is not as full during the summer weeks, there is a bit of a buzz at Denny Park Lutheran Church as we gear up for the fall. The landscaping around the southeast corner of the church has been completed and looks great! There are plans for enhanced lighting to highlight the beautiful architecture of the building and to allow the church to be more visible to the South Lake Union neighborhood. And there are ideas for updating some inside areas that will see more use in the upcoming months.
Physical updates and enhancements of the building are the visible expression of new opportunities to share the Gospel and make a positive impact in our community! We want our building to be a warm place of refuge in a fast-paced, frenetic urban area; a space where people can gather, learn, grow, worship, and build community. Ultimately, a place that radiates the love of God, and encourages people to meet Jesus. This is the long-term goal and direction we have as a congregation!
Already, our building houses four different congregations with a variety of worship styles and languages. This fall we anticipate hosting some additional groups and gatherings. I am grateful for the ways that Denny Park Lutheran, the Sanctuary at Denny Park, and the various groups that meet here, are making a positive impact in our neighborhood. Let us pray that God will continue to work with and through us, in this time and place!
Pastor Deborah Lunde