March 7, 2017
Com'in Down The Track

Events we anticipate sometimes actually do come to pass. Perhaps the wait seems long (Will Summer ever arrive?). Then, suddenly it comes, and before we catch our breath - the long awaited moves us on (Where did Summer go? Just seemed to race by!). 

Things have seemed a bit like that for the Halls lately. We knew the Pastor Nominating Committee was hard at work, no question, and the months rolled on one after the other. Then suddenly, Boom! - The PNC had come to a decision! A candidate, Hanna Peterson-Shearer, was chosen to be your next Senior Pastor! We appreciate that this came following a tremendous amount of prayer and good old hard work. After months of wondering, however, it seemed to happen in a flash, and we knew our time in Kennewick was quickly coming to an end. 

 Several years ago I had absolutely 'retired' for sure, for good - no question. For all that, when the phone rang in July 2015, I was caught up in a sense that I needed to listen to these Kennewick Presbyterians. After a few trips from Hauser Lake ID to Kennewick WA, a conviction formed that God would be pleased to see us work together for the future mission of KFPC. Serving with you has given us a deep appreciation for the people, officers and staff of this good church
 On behalf of Ann and myself, I want to thank you for the privilege of working with you. Frustrations may be many, for example, there never seems enough time to do everything that needs done! And there simply isn't enough time to get to know everyone as well as you would like. And it is also hard to say good-bye when the time comes. As we will not be thousands of miles away, we may well appear from time to time. We will always value the friendships we have made in Kennewick!

Blessings, Pastor Craig 
Craig and Ann’s last Sunday with us will be March 26, 2017. We want everyone to have the opportunity to wish them well and thank them for their ministry at KFPC! 

There are two separate events planned! 

1.   After each worship service on Sunday, March 26 cake and coffee will be served in the Narthex!  This is an opportunity for YOU to share your best wishes, to say farewell and thank Craig and Ann for their positive impact at KFPC.
    2.  That same evening, Sunday March 26 – A farewell dinner will be held at the Tri-City Country Club - 314 N. Underwood Street in Kennewick. The all-inclusive cost is $25 per person (3 course meal, tax and tip) paid in advance by March 19.  A no-host cash bar will be available. Happy hour begins at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm.  Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex.  Checks made be made out to KFPC
    Orcas Island Mission Trip
    Attention! Calling All Who Are Interested in volunteering for the Orcas Encampment Mission Trip!
    When:  June 17-22, 2017
    Where: Orcas Island, WA
    Why:   You have a desire to serve Christ                 and change the lives of children                 forever.
    How:   Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex

    Be watching for more information in the Sunday bulletins and future Chimes

    Save the Date: Vacation Bible School, July 10-13, 2017 12:00 – 2:30 
    Through the Sunday's of Lent, we will be celebrating "Voices of Lent 2017" as we prepare for the arrival of our new Pastor and the Joy of Easter!

    March 12 may be a bit of a surprise, as a conversation could break out around the pulpit.

    On Sunday, March 19, Dr. James Edwards will return to our pulpit as part of the Memorial Lecture Series, “New Wine in New Wineskins: The Renewing Witness of the Early Church”.

    The next Sunday, March 26, will be Pastor Craig Hall's final Sunday with us. This will be our opportunity to express our gratitude to both Ann and Craig.

    Dr. John LaFemina will be our preacher on April 2! As you know, John always has an intriguing, often unique perspective to share.

    April 9 - Palm Sunday - our new Senior Pastor will in the pulpit!

    BEST YEARS POTLUCK: Please come join us on Tuesday, March 21 @ noon for our monthly potluck. This month’s topic is about solar energy opportunities for Benton County energy users.  Look for the upcoming topics above. Form more information click on  BEST YEARS
    It’s that Time of Year - April 28 – 30
      Women’s Retreat at Menuche. Theme this year is “Sweet Life Cafe”. Invite a Friend or Family Member! Come and grow closer to the women of the church and to God.  It is your time to renew your mind, body and spirit. Get your registration in soon to the Church Office.  Looking forward to seeing you there!