February 13, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

There were years in my single life that I really disliked Valentine’s Day. It was a painful reminder that no man was hopelessly and helplessly in love with me. I wondered if anyone ever would be? But even in those days of loneliness, I was always reminded that God loved me and that Jesus was the best Valentine I could ever receive. He gave up his heavenly home to live on earth. He walked with people and talked with them. He healed the sick and raised some from the dead. He taught them what it meant to really be in a relationship with God—not afraid of God’s wrath, but enjoying God’s presence. In our re.MARK.able study this month we continue through the Gospel of Mark. I encourage you to join us on Sundays as we listen to the words of Jesus, see the actions of Jesus and receive the love of God through his Son.
This year, Valentine’s Day is on Ash Wednesday. Please worship with us as we experience the love of God in a special way through the gift of his son, Jesus. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm in First Pres Center and worship will be shared at 6pm in the Garden Sanctuary. This will be an interactive worship service with our Kids in Action and Youth Groups led by our incredible Praise Team. 

Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018

Dinner at 5:30 pm - FPC

Worship Service
6:00 pm
Garden Sanctuary

For this year's Lenten season, the Prayer Ministry Team is providing a weekly devotional, "Stations of the Cross", which follows Jesus's journey to the cross. Each week will take you through a short scripture reading, reflection, prayer and meditative activity. We encourage you to use this devotional guide as preparation leading up to Easter. They will be available the 1st Sunday of Lent, Feb 18. You can pick up your copy on the Information Table in the Narthex, or ask any member of the Prayer Ministry team. They will also be sent out via the church weekly email. 
Lenten Devotionals
The Stations of the Cross, also called The Way of the Cross, is a historic practice of Christians around the world, observed especially during Lent.

The concept originated in medieval times, to bring a taste of Holy Land pilgrimage to people in their own churches. Rather than walking the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) around Jerusalem to remember Jesus' humiliation and sacrifice, devotees could process from station to station within the church or an outdoor space, meditating on visual presentations of Jesus' journey—often sculptures, paintings, or reliefs.

This year, as a Lenten devotional, we invite you to “walk” through eight stations. It’s a pace of one station per week, ending on Holy Saturday for the eighth devotional. Each station includes scripture, reflection, a prayer and an activity. 

Our hope is that this version of The Way of the Cross will enable you to enter into a deeper understanding and experience of the passion of Jesus, so that you might be ready to celebrate Easter with new joy and freedom.

Let us journey together.

Station One
Christ is condemned to death
ReadingJohn 19:1-16
He had just had a meal with his disciples. He had just washed their feet. Yet he is now being condemned to death by a crowd. Imagine the chaos of the scene. No jury or judge. No formalities of court. This was a court shouting for blood. Many of them may have welcomed Jesus with Palm branches the week before. Maybe Jesus just wasn’t the sort of King they wanted. How would you react?
O Lord, the Jewish officials didn’t understand what it meant for you to be Messiah, and they condemned you as a criminal worthy of death. Your own followers didn’t understand what it meant for you to be Messiah, so they scattered and hid in your hour of crisis. Help me to understand what it means when I confess you to be the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed of God. And may this confession lead me to a life of true discipleship. Let your kingdom come, Lord, and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. And let this happen in my life, even today! Amen.
Take a few moments for silence. Reflect on where you would have been on that day. Imagine how hard is was for Jesus to stay silent when so many people wanted to hurt him. 
Sunday, February 18, 2018

8:30 am: Contemporary Service
9:45 am: Sunday School - Adult Ed & Kid's Sunday Small Group
11:00 am: Classic Worship Service
Sermon: "Walking with Jesus.....sometimes on water."
Scripture: Mark 6
Preacher: Rev. Ashley Birk
Praying for Others
Sundays through March 4, 2018
9:45 am
God of Justice
Adult Sunday School Class
February 18 – March 25
9:45 AM in Rm 109
Study guides: $10
(Please see Pastor Ashley if finances are a concern.)

The level of injustice in the world is staggering. The church can respond. International Justice Mission (IJM) has rescued thousands of people from oppression and violence. IJM also partners with thousands of churches to help them live out the mandate of Isaiah 1:17: to seek justice, rescue the oppressed and care for orphans and widows. The God of Justice is a discussion-based curriculum from IJM that explores the biblical narrative of justice throughout the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Through the participatory study of Scripture, we will explore God's call to engage in bringing about justice on earth. Prepare to have your heart and mind engaged, to be instructed by Scripture, and to be challenged by real-life stories of people freed by the God of justice.
Feb 18, 2018
(4-6 pm at the church)
Lasting Relationships

Hear from a panel of amazing people who are traveling Life Together. Bring your questions too!

Of course games and food too!

Our Amazing New Youth Director
Stephen Jansons

Our Amazing New Youth Interns
Zachary Lucke
Chaianne Cutts
A glimpse of what lies ahead this next week at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church...
Wednesday, February 14:
7:00 am - Men's Study (Cousins)
9:00 am - Wed Women's Bible Study
9:30 am - Musik Garten
1:00 pm - Shiba Training
3:30 pm - Girl Scouts
4:00 pm - Trailseekers Leadership
5:30 pm - Kid's in Action/YB's Ash Wednesday Dinner
5:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Dinner
6:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Worship Service
7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 15:
Presbytery Leadership Summit (off-site)
8:45 am - Yoga for Wellness
9:15 am - Musik Garten
10:00 am - Pastor's Bible Study
1:00 pm - Caregivers
6:30 pm - Praise Ensemble
7:00 pm - Team Meeting
Friday, February 16:
7:00 am - Men's Breakfast - (Ihop)
9:00 am - Women's Book Club
Saturday, February 17:
8:00 am - Craft Day
1:00 pm - Bag Pipe Practice
Sunday, February 18:
8:30 am - Contemporary Worship
9:45 am - Adult Ed - Praying for Others
9:45 am - Adult Ed - God of Justice Study
9:45 am - Kid's Sunday Small Group
9:45 am - Youth Sunday School
11:00 am - Classic Worship Service
12:00 pm - Farewell Cake for Dee Souder
12:00 pm - Burrill's 50th Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm - LYFE-Sr High Youth Grp
Monday, February 19:
President's Day - OFFICE CLOSED
Tuesday, February 20:
9:00 AM - Prayer Group
9:30 am - Tuesday Morning Small Group
12:00 pm - Best Years Potluck
5:00 pm - Musik Garten
6:30 pm - Boy Scouts Troop Mtg
6:30 pm - Bell Choir
6:30 pm - Tri-City Columbia Chorale Practice
Wednesday, February 21:
7:00 am - Men's Study (Cousins)
9:00 am - Wed Women's Bible Study
9:30 am - Musik Garten
1:00 pm - Shiba Training
3:30 pm - Girl Scouts
4:00 pm - Trailseekers Leadership
5:30 pm - Kid's in Action/YB's
7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Please check out our website at www.kfpc.org for our complete calendar!
Saturday, February 17
9 am - 5 pm
First Pres Center
Cost is a potluck dish. Sign up at the Information Table. For more information contact Jeanna Mabry at jmichmabry@hotmail.com or 547-3295.
February 20, 2018
SENIOR SCAMS: Can we seniors outsmart "Scammers"? Come hear the latest information.

Speaker: Officer Roman Trujillo, Kennewick Police Department

Get fit for the Kingdom
Thursdays (Feb 22 - March 29)
8:45 - 9:45 am
Garden Sanctuary
"I can do everything through him who gives me strenght." Philippians 4:13

This is a Yoga class to help you to gain flexibility, strenght, and balance with focus on breath awareness and relaxation. Learn to quiet the body, mind and senses and be more fully present in our bodies. This class will be fairly gentle with different options for all levels. No experience necessary!

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat (if you don't have a yoga mat, bring a large beach towel or firm blanket) and any yoga straps and blocks you might have. You will need to sign a waiver your first class.

Look for the sign-up sheet on the Information Table. If you have questions please contact Margie Callahan at 509.528.3475 or email to: mcyogini@gmail.com.
~ A Note from Dee Souder's Daughter:

I am Dee's oldest daughter, Benni Tulloch. Because of Mom's declining health and increasing care needs over the past year, we have concluded it's best to relocate her to Kalispell, MT into a an excellent Assisted Living facility where my husband, Bruce, and I are living only 5 minutes away. This move will take place the week of February 19-22, just a couple of weeks from now.

Because there are many people my siblings and I are now unfamiliar with since it's been so many years since we've lived in Kennewick and attended First Pres, would you mind placing this notice and contact information in your Newsletter and/or Sunday Bulletin so those who know Mom will know about this move and how to reach her before and after she moves.

Mom turned 93 on January 23, 2018. We had a 'family dinner' with life-long friends Art Carson and Alice Marple with us at her Canyon Lakes Retirement residence.
Mom would be greatly encouraged and blessed by your prayers and best wishes during this significant transition in her life. Our family has many wonderful memories of worshiping and serving the Lord throughout the years with many friends at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church with Dad (Bob Souder) and Mom. God bless you all.

Dee's current Residence until February 22, 2018:
Brookdale Community at Canyon Lakes
2802 W. 35th Ave #303
Kennewick, WA 99337
Phone: 586-4080 (don't leave a message, but let ring until she can answer if she is there)

Dee's NEW Residence beginning February 24, 2018
Prestige Assisted Living 
125 Glenwood Drive, Apt 110
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone:  406-756-4929

Please join us at noon (following the second service) this Sunday, February 18 in the Narthex for some cake and to wish Dee farewell before she moves to Montana!

Where in the world did the last two months go? So many blessings have been bestowed upon the Trailseeker Program and I have been very remiss in sharing those blessings with you! So, here we go....

Over 200 people were served at our annual Trailseeker Thanksgiving Feast. What a joyous event for our families and their extended family members to come together and share in the Lord's bounty for us.

Christmas blessings were bestowed upon all our Trailseeker families through the generous giving of gifts from members of our congregation who adopted individual families.

Our high school leadership group had an incredible retreat in Northern Idaho where they studied God's word and fellowshipped together.

Our Trailseeker girls attended the Living Nativity at Hillspring Church. This has become a tradition with our girls! We have cocoa and cookies after the event and share the wonder of Jesus' birth.

These are just the highlights of the last few months. Our weekly program for all Trailseekers has been in full swing since late September and will continue through May 14th. We are working on growing in our faith. To experience faith, we want the kids to practice their faith and that takes commitment....committing to an ongoing relationship with Jesus. We are learning that we must practice our faith by reading God's word, pray to Him consistently, talk to our friends about Him, and live out our faith every day. In March we will re-visit respect.

Leadership meets weekly. We work hard on spiritual growth and putting our faith into practice. Serving others is a big part of leadership. We're excited that our leadership boys have qualified to be mentors for the Orcas Encampment Mission. It is their turn to give back to a little boy what was given to them when they went to the camp. It is a powerful experience for these young men.

Plans are in full swing for the 2018 Orcas Encampment. This will be our twenty-eighth year! Save the date if you are interested in participating in this mission....June 15-20, 2018.

Finally, how are all these blessings possible, where do they come from, where have they come from for the past twenty-eight years? They have come from God.....each of you has been the heart and hands of Jesus....He has used you to change the lives of countless families. Thank you for giving to the Lord, for making a difference.

Kathy Owen
Saturday, March 17, 2018
5:30 pm - First Pres Center

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this evening of fun and fellowship as we bid on items to help support our mission teams.

It’s also time to think about what you might donate to this event!
Theme baskets of all kinds are welcome, services of any kind
and of course gift certificates, as well as arts, crafts and treasures.

Donation forms will be available next week.

If you would like to help please contact Karen Primus – 430-1311

Session approved changing the building security code. This will be done the afternoon of February 16. If you want to be informed of the new code, please contact the church office.

If you have questions please contact Jeanna Mabry or Marc Miller.

Please remember those that are hungry....

We have food collection containers in the Narthex and in front of the church office. We offer this food to people who come through our doors hungry and to our local Food Bank. Please give as you can.
Thank you!