June 26, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
kfpc.org
“Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them… Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters.” -Mark 9:2-6
We sent our High School students off to Camp this week. I remember how incredible a week at Camp Ghormley was growing up. I went every year from 3 rd grade until I graduated from college, serving as counselor. The friendships made at camp are incredible. In fact, one of the leaders at the Orcas Island Encampment from Yakima was a friend from camp many years ago! The experience of feeling God’s presence on the mountain makes you wish you could stay there forever. That’s what Peter was doing when he witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration. It was an incredible mountain-top experience and he wanted to just put up tents and live there. I expect that all of us can relate to that feeling. Whether it was summer camp as a child, a special weekend retreat we experienced, or the best vacation we’ve ever been on, there was a moment we wished we could just leave the rest of the world behind and stay there forever. The problems at home seem to fade away and we can be fully present to a new place, new people, open to God. 

Unfortunately, we don’t get to live on the mountaintop. We enjoy our time away and then we come back to piles of mail, work to catch up on while we were gone, lawn needing mowing, and extra laundry. Re-entry can be difficult. I encourage us to remember that the mountain is good. The vacation is good. Getting away and a new perspective on the world and ourselves is good. And coming home is also good; even if it isn’t easy. We have incredible opportunities to make positive changes in the world because we’ve been away. The situation facing Jesus at the bottom of the mountain was the failed disciples who were unable to drive out a demon from a possessed child. Not exactly a happy “welcome home” committee. It may be frustrating to face extra chores at home or things not done the way you would have done them at work. Take a look at Jesus. He solved the problem with patience and gentleness and exampled strong faith to those failed disciples. He started with prayer. 

My family will be away this coming week as we travel to California to visit my sister. Please pray for our safe travel and healthy return. It will be good to get away and good to return home. If you have pastoral emergencies, please contact Pastor Ashley or Bob Merriman through the church office. 

God of the mountaintop, thank you for times away. Give us good memories and new eyes to see the world. Give us patience when we return and gracious attitudes to face everything that comes our way. Amen.
 
~Pastor Hanna
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Communion Sunday

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 5:27-32;
Sermon: "From Neighbors to Friends"
Preacher: Bob Merriman
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
"Heart of Neighboring: Launching the Journey"
The Call to Neighboring
Week 4 Challenge: The Call to Neighboring --Action Step: Spend 20 minutes in front of your house at least twice this week.
Thank you!
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you for being such a loving, God filled community for my family over the years. I am who I am today because of you. God has used you to grow me, shape me, love me, provide for me, and so much more. I shall have my senior quilt on my bed as a reminder of this! Thank you for your love and support throughout my life, but also this year.

The students of U of A and I thank you.

~Zoe Lucke

KFPC supported Zoe this past year as part of our Mission Fund.
Save the dates....
News from the General Assembly
RENEWING
THE VISION:
      Kingdom building for
       the 21st century
                   by Leslie Scanlon, Outlook national reporter
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The 223rd General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
St. Louis, Missouri - June 16-23, 2018
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Presbyterians took to the streets at the 2018 General Assembly, with hundreds marching from the convention center to the City Justice Center with $47,200 in donations – money the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) collected during opening worship, and which was used to bail out people incarcerated for minor offenses who could not afford to pay their fines or make bail.
    
     It’s a “passion for ministry and the love of Jesus that drives us out of the church and into the streets,” J. Herbert Nelson, stated clerk of the PC(USA), said during a midweek rally.
    This was a General Assembly that felt viscerally linked to the news of the day: climate
change, immigrant parents being separated from their children at the borders, gun violence.
    Over and over, this question came up: How to put faith into action?
    Floretta Barbee-Watkins, pastor of The Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, preached that it’s easy to get discouraged, but Jesus, faith and love move people forward even when they are weary. The PC(USA) has “made some bad biscuits,” Barbee-Watkins said, but confession and a willingness to “deal with the urgent needs of our siblings and the church” propel Christians to action. She challenged: “Beloved, rise up, let’s make some new biscuits.”

Climate change. The assembly voted 332-178 to continue corporate engagement with oil and natural gas companies, working through the denomination’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee, rather than to divest the PC(USA)’s holdings in fossil fuel companies. This was one of the hardest-fought issues at the assembly, with 40 presbyteries supporting an overture for fossil fuel divestment, saying the church has waited long enough to act to protect the earth, and with others contending it’s better to stay at the table and use the investments as leverage to push for industry changes.

Family separation. The assembly voted 484-34 to approve a resolution calling for an
immediate end to the government’s policy of separating parents from children as migrants attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. It calls for federal authorities to promptly reunite parents and children who have been separated, and to place families “under the care of the community,” rather than in detention.

Per capita. The assembly approved a General Assembly per capita
rate of $8.95 per member for 2019 and $8.95 for 2020 – up from $7.73
per member in 2018. That was a source of constant tension during this
assembly: How to meet urgent ministry needs, from drug addiction to
mental health to ministry with small churches, while not raising per capita so
high it raises resistance from mid councils and congregations?

The Way Forward. The assembly approved a report from the Way Forward Commission, which the 2016 General Assembly created to consider changes needed at the top levels of the denomination. The action will mean a new, more equitable governance structure for the PC(USA), A Corporation (a secular corporation used to conduct church business). Also part of that proposal: a financial sustainability study and a commitment to translate PC(USA) resources into languages other than English.

Leadership. Taking four ballots to do so, the assembly elected as its co-moderators Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cindy Kohlmann, an educator and a mid council leader, a ruling elder and a minister, two “audacious, spirited, bold, unapologetic women,” as Cintrón-Olivieri put it. She is a native of Puerto Rico, for whom Spanish is her first language.

Race and inequality. From preaching to marching to overtures, the need to confront
structural racism and systemic inequality echoed through this gathering. As a sign of that
commitment, the assembly voted 352-160 to begin the long process of adding Martin
Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to the PC(USA)’s Book of Confessions.

World concerns. The assembly spoke to concerns around the world — including in Yemen, Korea, South Sudan and Nicaragua. One tangible example: The assembly agreed to make the PC(USA) a partner with a Salvadoran church working to reduce gang-related violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — violence that’s causing people to flee for their safety.

#MeToo. The assembly voted 474-19 to have the PC(USA) confess its failure to listen
to survivors of pastoral sexual misconduct; to report annually the number of sexual
misconduct charges brought in the denomination; and to set up a task force of survivors of sexual abuse.

Social justice. This assembly felt pulled to public advocacy. It called for a moratorium
on imposing the death penalty. It asked Presbyterians to pray for a movement of the
Spirit to end gun violence. It voted to affirm the dignity and humanity of people of all
sexual orientations. Time and again, the assembly acted to tell the world, “This is what
Presbyterians stand for.”
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