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Year of Sundays

Church of the Day: Sunset Presbyterian

We dragged our sorry, atheist, hungover asses out of bed this morning to attend Sunset Presbyterian Church — the ridiculously early 9 a.m. service made even more ungodly by the onset of Daylight Savings Time. I hope you appreciate the sacrifices we make for you.

Sunset Pres’ website says:

We hope you’ll find a place that you feel you can call home, even if you’ve never been to church before. At Sunset, we strive to help you connect to Jesus through relevance, discipleship and authenticity.

Uh oh. They used the “A” word. Authenticity. How is that working out for them? Come back shortly and we’ll tell you what we think.

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Bill Smith

posted March 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Sunset Presbyterian Church is a dying church. With foolish people like Barb Fiel and Kenny Mulder still on staff, the church is doomed.I hope that Ron Kincaid will form a new church in the area for those of us who miss his teaching.

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posted March 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Sunset is a dying church. With a loss of close to 1000 people and $1million in the past three years it’s hard to see an upside to that. Are they authentic? Well did you hear anything about the senior pastor of 29yrs getting fired in the past 3 months? Or how bout laying off 25% of their staff 2 wks ago? Or what about the governing body of the church getting canned too? Nah this isn’t the sort of stuff to talk about on Sundays…I get that. But it sure as hell is the signs of a failing church…the reality is a lack of authenticity is exactly what got Sunset to where she is today: barely on life-support.

Looking forward to your comments on this church, I encourage you to be authentic yourself :)


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posted March 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

I stumbled on the Alpha Course at Sunset a few years ago and have been attending regularly ever since. (Alpha is kind of a “Christianity 101″ course for nonbelievers or those who simply want to understand what it means to be a Christian, and is a safe place to ask the hard questions in a no-pressure environment. Lots of churches offer Alpha – check it out!) Sunset is different than any church I’ve ever attended. At first I was put off by the size, but people were friendly and soon I felt at home. I also assumed they would just want my money to pay for the big new building they were in. The first service I attended turned out to be the annual “state of the church” report, where I learned about all the ways Sunset is active in serving the whole community, and that their focus was on reaching children and young families – not the best target demographic if you’re looking for deep pockets! I’ve met many fantastic people there, had wonderful experiences serving the community with them, and have learned so much about what it really means to be a follower of Christ.

Sunset is a welcoming place for nonbelievers or seekers – I dated a man who was an atheist, and he started coming to Sunset with me. He quickly felt comfortable and appreciated all the resources to learn and ask questions without pressure. Eventually he accepted Christ, proposed to me at church, and now we’re married! We continue to utilize the resources we find at Sunset to deepen our faith, strengthen our amazing marriage, enrich our lives, and serve our “neighbors” across the street and around the world. I hope everyone who comes through the doors takes the opportunity to learn and grow here and receive the priceless blessings we’ve received. Best wishes on your journey!

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Janet Fraser

posted March 15, 2011 at 5:55 am

great to meet you Joel and Amanda and hope the pancakes, if nothing else, helped made up for the early hour! Janet

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