Greenlake church recently began a series of events carefully designed to reach out to the people in their neighborhood, as well as to the young adults and University of Washington students in the area. One such event, a special program on marriage, took place on Nov. 6, 2004. John Gottman, a renowned expert on marriage, was the featured speaker. Gottman has studied thousands of couples to determine how to have a successful relationship.
During the Sabbath evening seminar, Gottman shared highlights of his study, and a question and answer session followed. The session gave clear, concise ideas for keeping marriages strong.
The majority of the large crowd were community guests who were invited to share refreshments, upcoming musical events, and the brand new Improv ministry to begin one week later.
Opening night of the Improv ministry was Nov. 13, 2004. David Wood and Jennifer Scott, Greenlake pastors, report that it was very successful. Karl Haffner, Walla Walla College Church senior pastor, was the keynote speaker and 110 people attended. The Clean Slate Improv team members are Brian Cafferky, Will Frie, Tina Guldhammer and Ryan Lunsford.
Greenlake Church is planning to continue this innovative ministry for Seattle’s young adult community in the University District throughout 2005.