Did you know that Tahoma Church, a Latino church plant led by Pastor José Lopez, meets in our building at the Parkland Campus each and every Sunday morning?
We’ve had a relationship with José and his wife, Maribel, for many years. RVCC got to know them while they were pastoring and leading a church in Chile, where RVCC took short-term mission trips for many years. When God called the Lopez family to move to the U.S. and begin to reach the Latino community in and around Parkland, it was an opportunity for us to partner in many more practical and unique ways. We were already supporting them prayerfully, financially and relationally, but were excited to do more!
Then came Covid.
José and Maribel Lopez
After hitting pause for over a year, we are now ready to get back to continuing to build our partnership! Let me tell you about the first four ways:
Mike Parejo, our Digital Campus Pastor and primary teacher/preacher at Parkland, is speaking at Tahoma Church this Sunday! He’ll be showing off his new Spanish-speaking skills as he preaches for the Tahoma Church family. (Just kidding, he’ll have an interpreter, but he REALLY IS speaking there on Sunday.) It will be the first time one of our teaching team members has joined Tahoma in this way. Pray for a great morning of connection, for both Mike and Tahoma.
Outdoor Praise Nightwill be JBRT (Joint Band Rainier View-Tahoma). Members of both bands and vocalists from both churches teams will come together for an evening of sunshine and singing.Make sure you have this evening on your calendar for July 25 at 7:00pm at our Graham Campus. Will Trevor sing in Spanish?? Come find out!
BONUS: members of Tahoma church will be providing Latino, Mexican and Chilean food for purchase at 6:00pm before Praise Night! All proceeds will go to supporting Tahoma Church, so eat early and often! Will Jeff overindulge on street tacos, empanadas, and nachos?? 100% for sure.
On the Sunday of Labor day weekend, September 5, Tahoma and Rainier View will combine again for a joint worship service, as Tahoma moves into the Parkland Auditorium for the day. They will have their regular worship service in that space with RVCC folks as the special first-time guests! I’m really looking forward to participating in a service that is not in my native language, not completely familiar to me, and forces me out of my comfort zone. I hope many of you will join me in an experience that will be unique, stretching, and yet totally accessible.
Serve Sunday 2021 is on September 26 and the folks from Tahoma and RVCC Parkland will be working side by side across the street at Washington High School. Wherever you attend RVCC (Parkland, Graham, or Online), circle that date on your calendars as we make plans to get outside our walls to literally serve our neighbors in our annual Sunday of worship AS serving.
As you see Pastor José and the Tahoma Church members in the building on Sundays and at these events, be sure and extend some second-mile hospitality. Get to know them, take a chance that not speaking the same language might be awkward, and offer a smile and a “glad you’re here!” at the very least. God is up to something, and we’re thrilled to be a part.
Now I’m hungry for chips and salsa… I hope we have some.