Marysville’s pulpit swap unites congregations

Beginning tonight and tomorrow morning, a diverse group of Marysville faith communities — including Methodist, Baptists, Pentecostal and others — will experience a kind-of-musical chairs when they arrive for worship services.

A group of Marysville pastors will swap pulpits to preach to one another’s congregations.

The second annual “pulpit swap” kicks off at 6 tonight at Venture Church in Marysville with guest pastor Steve Hill of Marysville First Baptist Church preaching to the Venture congregation. Sunday morning beginning at 8:15, guest pastor James Berkley of Judah Praise Center will preach at First Baptist Church and guest pastor Tom Albright of Marysville United Methodist will preach at Marysville Free Methodist Church.

The swap is designed to demonstrate unity among Christian churches. This weekend, and again on May 4, it will bring nearly a dozen Marysville-area congregations together to welcome guest pastors from other Marysville churches.

While many of the pastors will be from different “flavors” of Christianity, the congregations are affirming that, at the core, they embrace the same message. The unifying theme is “the lordship of Jesus Christ and the hope and salvation that come through Him,” said Megan Minnick of Turning Point Church in Marysville.

Several Marysville pastors launched the pulpit swap last year in an effort to encourage unity in their Christian churches. The pastors and their congregations first joined together in the pulpit swap and then in a Summer Jubilee Festival and school-supply giveaway, held the second weekend of August. Fifteen Marysville churches participated in the jubilee and an estimated 10,000 people attended events at participating churches.

Here are the times, locations and churches participating in this year’s swap:

Today

6 p.m.: Venture Church, 14511 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. Guest pastor, Steve Hill of Marysville First Baptist Church. For more information, go to www.venture church.net.

Sunday

8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.: Marysville Free Methodist Church, 6715 Grove St., Marysville. Guest pastor is Tom Albright of Marysville United Methodist. For more information, go to www.marysvillefmc.org.

8:15 and 11 a.m.: First Baptist Church, 4011 81st Place NE, Marysville. Guest pastor is James Berkley of Judah Praise Center. For more information, go to www.fbcmarysville.org.

8:45 and 11 a.m.: Turning Point Church World Outreach Center meets at Totem Middle School, 1605 Seventh St. NE. Guest pastor is Keith Kippen of Jake’s House. For more information, go to www.turningpointchurch.com.

9 and 10:45 a.m.: Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. Guest pastor is Mike Villamor of Turning Point Church. For more information, go to www. marysvilleumc.org or www. turningpointchurch.com.

10 a.m.: Judah Praise Center, 3707 124th St. NE, No. 7, Marysville. Guest pastor is Victor Rodriquez of Marysville Free Methodist Church. For more information, go to www. judahpraisecenter.com.

10 a.m.: Jake’s House, meets at the Hawthorn Inn and Suites, 17710 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Guest pastor is Troy VanHorn of Venture Church. For more information, go to www.keithkippenministries.com.

May 4

10:30 a.m.: Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church, 9028 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. Guest pastor is Jym Cook of Emmanuel Baptist Church. For more information, go to www.wordoflifelb.org.

10:30 a.m.: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14511 51st Ave. NE, Marysville. Guest Pastor is Brad Hoganson of Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church. For more information, call 360-659-9565.

Call Leita Hermanson-Crossfield at 425-339-3449 or e-mail lcrossfield@heraldnet.com.

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