Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way launched its new mission on May 15 during a special Pentecost celebration. The church will focus on underserved aging and caregiving communities in the greater Federal Way area.
"Our mission is in our name," asserts Pastor Will Mason. "Presbyterian means elder. It's not just our polity; it's our identity."
The leaders of the church believe a significant proportion of American society has drifted away from the tradition of caring for family members and valuing the wisdom of elders. "How we care for our elders says everything about who we worship," says Pastor Mason. "The whole family system is affected by the issues of aging."
Community members, Seattle Presbytery leaders, and staff from Federal Way retirement communities also attended the celebration.