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50th Anniversay Celebration Service
September 24, 2017     .     9:00 am - 12:30 pm

1967-2017

Serving God and the Federal Way Community for 50 years.


Join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration Service on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
We will be celebrating with former pastors, members and friends. Our District Superintendent, Jerry Kester will be attendance. We will hear great testimonies of God's faithfullness and goodness, along with some rocking praise and worship.
Arrive by 9:00 AM for pastries, coffee and fellowship.

 

History of the Nazarene Church

The Church of the Nazarene was organized in 1895 in Los Angeles, California, based on the doctrine of entire sanctification. Founders included Phineas F. Bresee, D.D., Joseph P. Widney, M.D., Alice P. Baldwin, Leslie F. Gay, W.S. and Lucy P. Knott, C.E. McKee, and about 100 others.

These early believers felt that the term "Nazarene" embodied Jesus Christ's simple lifestyle and service to the poor. They rejected ornate, elegant houses of worship as reflecting the spirit of the world. Instead, they felt their money was better spent on saving souls and providing relief for the needy.

In those early years, the Church of the Nazarene spread up and down the West Coast and eastward as far as Illinois.

The Association of Pentecostal Churches of America, The Holiness Church of Christ, and the Church of the Nazarene convened in Chicago in 1907. The result was a merger with a new name: The Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene.

In 1919, the General Assembly changed the name to Church of the Nazarene because of new meanings people associated with the term "Pentecostal."

Through the years, other groups united with the Nazarene Churches: The Pentecostal Mission, 1915; Pentecostal Church of Scotland, 1915; Laymen's Holiness Association, 1922; Hephzibah Faith Missionary Association, 1950; International Holiness Mission, 1952; Calvary Holiness Church, 1955; Gospel Workers Church of Canada, 1958; and Church of the Nazarene in Nigeria, 1988.

Missionary Work of the Nazarene Churches

Throughout its history, missionary work has taken a high priority in the Church of the Nazarene. Early work was done in the Cape Verde Islands, India, Japan, South Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The group expanded into Australia and the South Pacific in 1945, then into continental Europe in 1948. Compassionate ministry and famine relief have been hallmarks of the organization from its beginning.Education is another key element in the Church of the Nazarene. Today Nazarenes support graduate seminaries in the United States and Philippines; liberal arts schools in the U.S., Africa, and Korea; a junior college in Japan; nursing schools in India and Papua New Guinea; and more than 40 Bible and theological schools throughout the world.

 


TOP: Original Federal Way Church of the Nazarene building.
BOTTOM: The church as it appears today.

Federal Way Church of the Nazarene


HISTORY

September 17, 1967, the Federal Way Church of the Nazarene was organized. The late Rev. Bert Daniels, District Superintendent for the Washington Pacific District, Church of the Nazarene, officiated in the appointing of the boards for the local church, which began its meeting in the Federal Way Grange. September 24, 1967, was set as the date for the first official Church Board Meeting.  The actual Charter was signed November 26, 1967.

On November 5, 1967, it was determined that due to the rapid growth of the Sunday school and church, it would be necessary to find larger facilities. On December 3, 1967, the church was moved to Wildwood School. Three days later, December 6, 1967, the church board approved the purchase of the property on 312th and Maltby Road for the future church buildings. Before completion of the original church building, the congregation again moved to Star Lake School.

The Ground Breaking Service was held on May 2, 1971 and construction began on May 7, 1971.

 Since that time, the existing church building has been completed and periodically remodeled. Additional property adjacent to the church has been purchased, and a Dedication of the Church property was held on June 18, 1995. The Church of the Nazarene is alive and growing in Federal Way, Washington. The members and friends of the church continue to have vision and to set goals for this thriving congregation and community.

INFLUENCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS

The Nazarenes have contributed their energies to those churches already engaged in evangelism in the community, with a particular emphasis on the holiness “Wesleyan” approach. For a number of years a particular contribution to the community was the operation of a Christian Pre-school and Kindergarten.

The Nazarene congregation and pastors participate in the community in cooperation with the ministerial association and particularly in the western section where they give leadership in spiritual and moral issues.

In the past, the people of the church, in their concern with ministering to the handicapped, dispatched a bus to “Holly House,” and would bring a group of “Challenged” young people to enjoy Bible classes and Worship services each week.

The Church has a warm friendly welcoming atmosphere to all those coming through the doors. There are special activities for children and young adults which helps to foster and build moral and religious character in the youth of Federal Way.

In the past, the Church as shared the church building with two other separate non Nazarene church congregations. The Rose of Sharon, the first African American Church established in Federal Way, still calls our church building it’s home.

We have helped our community over the years by donating money, school supplies, food and we have a benevolence fund to help aid people in the community with food and other physical needs as well as spiritual.

The Church is dedicated to meeting people where they are, and showing them the love of Christ, the same Christ we know and experience daily. With God’s help we will continue to be a source of blessing and encouragement to the people of Federal Way. It is by God’s grace that we have been able to accomplish all that we have, and in Him we place al our trust for the future. May God be with all of us!


 

Event Contact Info:
Name: Chuck Judd
Title: Senior Pastor
Phone: (253) 839-6085
Location: Church of the Nazarene
Address:   1525 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
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