July 17, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
kfpc.org

NEW NEIGHBORS

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness…   But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:14-15

Tomorrow we are moving to our new home in Burbank! Our house in Pasco is under contract and hopefully will close by the end of the month. It was a long and at times stressful process, we showed our house for 9 weeks before we received a final offer. Our family is breathing a collective sigh of relief and excitement about being in our new home.

As we have engaged our neighborhood challenges this summer, it was not easy to connect with people knowing we were leaving them shortly. But I have spent more time out front weeding and watering and talking with the neighbors and finding ways to say goodbye and bless them as we move. We are excited to get to know the new neighborhood and introduce ourselves to a new group of people. We hope to live in this home for a very long time. I’m going to plant trees and watch them grow alongside our children. 

I am reminded of the people of Israel renewing their commitment to God at the end of the book of Joshua. He challenges the people to choose whom they will serve, the gods of the Egyptians, the gods of the Amorites, or the God of Israel who has freed them from slavery and brought them up out of Egypt to this promised land. Joshua makes the commitment to serve the Lord and hopes that the other tribes of Israel will join him in that promise. As we move from place to place or stay put for a very long time it is helpful to renew our commitment to serve the Lord. No matter where we are, will we serve the Lord? No matter for how long, will we be faithful to worship and discipleship? Will we be engaged with a church in our community? Will we make a difference in the lives of the people around us? Will we mentor young Christians in their faith? Will we serve the Lord? My prayer is YES! We will.

As you continue to engage with your neighborhood I encourage you to renew that commitment to God. Re-dedicate yourselves, your families, your households and your neighborhoods to God. Here are a few house blessings which might assist you in this process. Read a poem. Read the scripture from Joshua 24:14-15. And say a prayer together with your family. 

Here are a few of my favorite house blessings:

Whether you come to visit or just to rest
When you enter our home may you be blessed.

May your walls know joy.
May each room hold laughter.
And may every window open to great possibility.

-MaryAnn Radmaker

Bless this house, O Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and troubles out.
Bless the roof and chimney top.
Let thy love flow all about.
Bless this house that it may prove
Ever open to joy and truth.
Bless us all that we may be 
Fit, O Lord, to dwell with thee.
Bless us so that one day we,
May dwell, dear Lord, with thee.

-Helen Taylor

Loving God, we stand in this (new) home. You have brought us to this place and this community where we desire to create a loving home. Thank you for all that brings us to this place. We ask now for your loving presence to be real in all the living that will happen here: the joys and sorrows, the good and bad times, the successes and failures. Use this gift of a new home to create an environment of peace. For all who have not yet experienced your love and forgiveness, may this home be one of their stops in their journey toward you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

~Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, July 22, 2018

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: Mark 14:3-9; Romans 13:8-10
Sermon: "The Receiving Heart"
Preacher: Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
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"Heart of Neighboring: Launching the Journey"
Week 7 Challenge: The Call to Neighboring -- Action Steps: Invite one neighbor or neighborhood family over for a meal, dessert, a beer, or a soda!
"Please say hi to us this summer when we are back with you around the Tri-Cities! We are Tyler, Rochelle and Mphatso (age 4) Holm and we are your missionaries faithfully sent out by KFPC serving Malawi, Africa. Tyler teaches theology at the University of Livingstonia, one of the synod's institutions. The Faculty of Theology on the Ekwendeni campus is training future pastors and church leaders for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. Rochelle works directly for Mzuzu University and manages the Water and Sanitation Center, which is committed to increasing the availability and sustainable of clean water and improved sanitation in northern Malawi and beyond. Please stop in and say hi to the three of us during an open house at the home of Jerry and Marian Holm ( 153 Greenview Drive, Richland, WA ) on Sunday July 22, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. We will also be worshipping with you on Sunday, July 29. This will be a single service at 11:00 am followed by a potluck lunch at noon."
~ Tyler, Rochelle & Mphatso
Habitat for Humanity Work Days

Interested in serving with Habitat for Humanity? KFPC is seeking to put together a couple small teams (5+ people) to serve Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity on Saturday August 4 th and Saturday September 15 th . Please pick up a volunteer application on the information island or download at http://habitatbuilds.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Volunteer-Application_10172017_Revised.pdf , and return to Pastor Ashley by the end of day July 18 if you are interested in the August 4 th date or August 19 if interested in the September 15 th date. For more information, contact Pastor Ashley or Mission Elder Michael Kintner-Meyer.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church is seeking our next Director of Children’s Ministry (birth -5 th grade) since Heidi will be “retiring” at the end of August. With a mission to advance the Kingdom of God through worship, love and ministry, our focus is to equip our people to discern and act on God’s calling for us to be caring, intentional neighbors.

We are looking for a real leader to direct our Children and Family programs. If you are energetic and passionate about seeing children grow in their faith, if you value the local church and reaching the lost, we want to hear from you.

If this sounds like you, please send your resume to: pastor.hanna@kfpc.org
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Thank you, Debbie
debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org