March 20, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
www.kfpc.org
“From Parade to Persecution”
 
Our Study of the Gospel of Mark is reaching its end and we have seen and experienced a great deal with Jesus and his disciples. One of the challenges I gave you all at the beginning of our reMARKable study was to watch the reactions of the people around Jesus. Particularly when reading the events of the final week of Jesus’ life, I encourage you once more to notice how people react to Jesus. The people started out Holy Week with enthusiasm and excitement – “Hosanna!” they cried. “Save us, Lord!” And we see how quickly they became disenchanted with Jesus not being the political leader they wanted him to be. The religious leaders and political authorities were so threatened by him, that they created a trap and crucified him. 

This Messiah doesn’t behave in a way they are prepared to receive. And yet, they are constantly transformed by his work and his presence. Even in the midst of their unbelief, he performs miracles. Even in spite of their mistrust, he feeds thousands with just a few loaves and a few fish. When they are at the end of their desperate ropes, they reach out for help and find it in Jesus. They find healing, they find hope, they find direction, they find God. But God does not always behave the way we expect or ask or are prepared for. This God is remarkable! I encourage you to join us in worship this Holy Week. We have many special services planned and you are welcome to all of them! Bring a friend, experience God with us this Holy Week at KFPC.

~Pastor Hanna
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday

8:30 am: Contemporary Service
9:45 am: Sunday School - Adult Ed & Kid's Sunday Small Group
11:00 am: Classic Worship Service

Sermon: "From Parade to Persecution"
Scripture: Mark 11
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer


Lenten Devotionals
Station Six
Jesus is crucified
 
Reading : John 19: 16-27
 
Reflection:         
God crucified. Read the words again. Let them sink in. Shocking. Incredible.
 
Prayer:
Lord, What love of yours does this reflect by dying? Your forgiveness for me
is as truly an undeserved gift as the pardon you spoke to the dying thief.
It is mine if I will only receive. Amen
 
Activity:
Think about it. This was God’s way. Death for our life. Do you remember the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with perfume? Jesus said she was preparing him for his burial. Spices for death. The death we celebrate is sweet as well as bitter. 
 
Imagine the agony of having nails driven through your hands and feet. Yet, in the midst of the pain, Jesus forgave those who did this terrible deed. Ask God to grant you the courage to forgive when you are wounded by others.  
Mission Auction 2018 was a fabulous success!

Thank you for your generous gifts and efforts to be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ.

We raised over $17,350 and counting!

You are a blessing to this church, this community, and a partner in God’s work in the world.

Thank you!
Women's Wednesday Bible Study

“Breaking Free”, by Beth Moore
March 21 - May 30, 2018
9 am – 11 am (Room 109)

Facilitated by: Shirley Telligman

Spring Clean Up
March 24, 2018
8:00 am

Spudnuts, orange juice & coffee provided.
ROSE PRUNING
March 24, 2018
9:00 am

Like the Marines, "the rose committee needs a few good people!" We need 4 volunteers to each adopt a group of 2-3 rose bushes located in the "cross" area or along the entryway drive. If you don't have roses or do and would like to learn how to prune and care for roses, please join the church's rose "care givers" group.

If interested, please contact Kevin Veleke -- cell: 509-948-9951 and/or email: cougfive@aol.com . The first get together of the rose group is Saturday, March 24 at 9:00 am to do spring pruning.
WINTER QUARTER
ADULT ED CLASS
God of Justice
Adult Sunday School Class
February 18 – March 25
9:45 AM in Rm 109
Study guides: $10

Description:
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.

Palm Sunday
March 25, 2018
8:30 am & 11:00 am

Family Holy Week Celebration
March 28, 2018
5:30 pm

Maundy Thursday
March 29, 2018
7 pm (Garden Sanctuary)

Good Friday
March 30, 2018
7 pm (Main Sanctuary)

EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Sunrise Services
with Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church
April 1, 2018 at 6:30 am
@the Gazebo in Badger Mountain Park

Easter Services
April 1, 2018
8:30 am & 11:00 am (Main Sanctuary)
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Every year, during this season of Lent, we have the opportunity to support the One Great Hour of Sharing administered through the PC USA ministries and programs.

Gifts that are collected (including the boxes that the youth are provided) on March 25 and April 1 are used to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. It provides relief to those affected by natural disasters, supplying food to the hungry, and by helping empower the poor and oppressed.

Please consider giving generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing.

The following link shows one of the ways One Great Hour of Sharing is helping others. One Great Hour, Hunger Program
Thank you,
Finance and Stewardship Team
SAVE THE DATE....
"Church Inside Out"
April 29, 2018

Join us for a shortened, combined worship service at 11 AM. Following the service, we will be sending teams out to participate in service projects benefiting the wider Tri Cities Community. We will have a service project or two that can be done “in house” for those with mobility or transportation concerns. More info coming soon!


Orcas Encampment
June 15-20, 2018

Yes, it is that time of the year again...and the plans for the Orcas Mission are in full swing. We have 18 little boys signed up so far and their excitement of going to camp is contagious! Now we need to focus on the staff for the camp. If you feel God nudging you to step out in faith and serve on this mission, please respond by signing up in the Narthex this Sunday. If you have questions, please call Kathy Owen at 308-1390.
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 Thank you, Debbie
debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org