May 29, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
kfpc.org
The Heart of Neighboring

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:   “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.    Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.    Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” -Jeremiah 29:4-7

Where do you live? Is it a community, or just a group of houses in near proximity? Who are your neighbors? Do you know them by name? We lived in our house in Pasco for 14 months and I only ever met three of the neighbors. Now, to be fair, the space directly to the west of us is an empty lot and the place to the west of that house has been unfinished for the past 3 years, so there aren’t many neighbors to meet! But I have not been intentional about putting down roots in our current neighborhood. I did plant some trees, so there are physical roots there, but not emotional ones. The decision to look for a different house where we can really connect with our community and be intentional neighbors wasn’t difficult for us. Selling our house has been more challenging than I had hoped and we struggled with that decision and wondered if it truly was God’s plan and desire for us to move? In the end, we believe that yes, God has blessed this decision and we pray that any day now we will have our home under contract and continue to step forward in faith. 

What do you do when you aren’t where you want to be? What does the Bible say about connecting with our community even if it’s a temporary one? This passage from Jeremiah 29 speaks well to God’s desire for us to invest in our community. Even though the people of Israel were exiled from their homeland, even though this was a punishment for their corporate disobedience, God instructs the people not to hold their breath and wait to live. They should build houses and settle down in the time of exile. They should get married and have children, and grandchildren. They should seek the peace and prosperity of the city of exile. Because when the city prospers, the people of Israel will also prosper. No matter where we find ourselves, God calls us to connect and invest in our community. That is the purpose and desire of our summer series: The Heart of Neighboring. We are guided by the book by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, “the Art of Neighboring: building genuine relationships right outside your door.”

The purpose of this study is not necessarily to bring more people into our church. That may happen as a result, but it is not the reason for using this tool. As a Spirit-led congregation, our focus is to equip our people to discern and act on God’s call to be caring, intentional neighbors. This series will challenge and encourage us to do just that. We will practice with small steps as well as big ones how we can be more caring and intentional in our neighborhood relationships. It starts right outside your front door. Every week in worship you will be challenged to meet your neighbors, invite someone over for a meal, forgive someone who has wronged you, and plan a neighborhood event to get to know and meet the needs of your neighbors. I encourage you to join us in worship and take those small weekly challenges to heart. What an impact we will have in our community if we take our faith to our neighborhood! I am excited to hear the stories of transformation and connection which will take place when we discern and act on God’s call to be caring, intentional neighbors!

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God Almighty, you give us homes and neighbors because you desire for us to share our lives and our faith with the people around us. Give us courage to meet someone new. Guide us by your Holy Spirit to know what to say. Help us to act on the gentle nudge you give to say a kind word or share a meal with our neighbors. Amen.
 

Please join us this Sunday to celebrate the music ministry of John Owen as he retires from directing our Chancel Choir. Special Music will enhance our worship service and we will have cake and cards for John following both services.
 
We welcome our Whitworth University Summer Interns this Sunday in worship. Becca Ediger will work with our Youth Ministry Team and Camille Andre will serve as Children’s Ministry support for the summer. Welcome to KFPC!

Summer Schedule
Worship times
9am and 11am
Office closed on Fridays

~ Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Communion

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37; Leviticus 19:18, 33, 34
Sermon: "Who Is My Neighbor?"
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson-Shearer

For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Thank you John!
Please join us for cake after both worship services this Sunday to say thank you to John Owen for his many years of service as our Chancel Choir Director! Thank you John for your hard work and dedication to KFPC!
Thank you Liz!
Liz' last day with us was Friday, May 25. She came to work for KFPC in July 2015. In the past few years many of you got to know Liz. She was the one to greet you on the phone or smile at you as you walked through our church office door. She was a great help to many of us and she will be missed! Thank you Liz!!!
Summer Worship Services
will start Sunday, June 3, 2018
9 am & 11 am

Summer Office Hours:

Starting June 1, 2018, the office will be closed on Fridays.

Starting Monday, June 4, 2018,
office hours will be 9 am - 4 pm
Closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm
Monday - Thursday
Youth Group Fundraiser: Coupon Books
If you have yet to receive your coupon book or wished to purchase one but did not get the opportunity to do so, please contact Zachary Lucke via email: zachlucke@gmail.com They cost $25 and are filled with amazing coupons from local business such as Roasters Coffee, Fat Olives, and Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to national chains like Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as well as coupons to Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, and much, much more. Limited number remaining, so order now!
Last Call For Directory Photos!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
10 - 11 am (between the worship services)
Please sign-up as soon as possible or call the church to sign up to have your photo taken, or re-taken, for the church directory. If you are unable to attend this day, and you would like to submit a photo to include in the directory, please contact Debbie Bilodeau in the church office. 509.582.9537.

All photos taken can be viewed on our website at: www.realifephoto.com , just click on 1st Presbyterian Families 2018 on the left side of the page. The coupon code for a 50% discount is presb18 . The discount is good until June 15th. Last day to order is July 15th. Questions can be answered by calling the studio at 509.582.3338.

Rick Reil
Realife Photography
509.582.3338
37007 S. Oak Street
Kennewick, WA 99337
Trailseekers of Central Washington
Twenty-eight years ago an idea was born, an idea that would be proactive to break the cycle of system involvement for families living in poverty and plant seeds for families to have a close relationship with God. Today that idea is Trailseekers of Central Washington. The Orcas Encampment Mission Trip is the beginning and for 28 years, 42 little boys, ages 5-8, have gone to the camp and become a part of the Trailseeker family. (1,176 little boys and their families).

The model for the camp is that each child is paired with a high school/college age mentor whose purpose for going is to be a spiritual mentor for their child, to keep them safe, and to show their child unconditional love. The children experience a world they have never known....the beauty of God's creation, the gifts of the Seattle Zoo and Science Center to name a few. They have spiritual instruction each day and lessons that will help them to be strong and deflect the negative influences in their lives.
First Presbyterian Church has embraced this mission from the very beginning....monitarily, spiritually, and through volunteering. Your commitment is unflagging, many of our volunteers were involved from the very beginning. As director for the camp, yes, I've been to every camp....that is expected, but I am not the only one who has served that long. And, they have volunteered for the Monday Trailseeker Program too!

Your roots for this mission are deep and it is my hope, my prayer, that those roots will continue to grow deeper and deeper over the years to come....people are starving for love, for hope, for a reason to keep going. It's all in relationships, with God, and with each other. Trailseekers has proven that you solve people problems with people.
Obviously, not all 1,176 families are still in the program, but once a Trailseeker, always a Trailseeker.....family. My brother, who runs the Yakima Program, and I can tell you where the majority of these boys are today....many married with children of their own, many in college, most graduated from high school and are working, productive members of society.....we have those in leadership program, and boys and girls in the Trailseeker Program on Mondays.

So, where are we today? Our volunteers are, how do I put this?...growing older....but their commitment is steady and strong. We need younger folks to become involved to keep the mission strong for the future. The good we can do is limited only by the number of people who come forward to help. We need Leadership Group leaders, drivers and leaders for the Monday program, drivers this summer for short stop camps, drivers for Orcas retreats, ....the list goes on. I will be putting an insert in the bulletin in the near future. Please take a moment and check where you feel called to help and place the insert in the offering basket. In closing, I am reminded of the refrain from a song by Ray Boltz....." thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed, thank you for giving to the Lord, I am so glad you gave." It is in Jesus' name that we give, we are the heart and hands of Jesus, the church, inside and out. Please pray for our upcoming Orcas Encampment Mission.....June 15-20, 2018.

In Christ,
Kathy Owen
It's Orcas time again!
Come Bake Cookies for Orcas!
Tuesday, June 5
12:30 pm - First Pres Kitchen
Under the direction and recipes of Gayle Foster, you are invited to help make cookies for the Orcas Encampment. The marathon event is Tuesday, June 5 starting at 12:30 pm in the First Pres kitchen. Some supplies will be available. Come join the fun and fellowship. The Sign-up Sheet will be on the Information Table.

Gayle Foster and Chris Thackaberry 
For those that wish to bring in cookies for Orcas ---
Orcas Island encampment heads out this year on Friday, June 15. We are in need of cookies that travel well for 130 people for 3 days. That will be about 98 dozen! All previous years this challenge has been exceeded, much to the delight of those that attend. Please DO NOT add nuts or peanut butter as there are individuals who have nut allergies . Mark them and bring them to the kitchen on or before Wednesday, June 13. Your talent and dedication to this request is greatly appreciated. God bless you for your willingness to supply this need.  

~Chris Thackaberry and Orcas Island attendees
Save the dates....
Reminder: When using the kitchen please remember to turn off the oven before leaving. Thank you.
Please present your articles for the newsletter no later than the Thursday before the Tuesday you want it published.
Thank you, Debbie
debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org