May 8, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
kfpc.org
Mothers as Faith Builders

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,   To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve… I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.   I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.   I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…    For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  -II Timothy 1:1-7

I love being a mom. I prayed for decades that God would bless me with a family and God answered that prayer in ways far beyond where my imagination could ever take me. I have a beautiful, precious gift of my daughter who was born from another mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raised for the first years of her life by an orphanage mama, and is now mine to care for and love. She is a delight and a joy. She brings me great laughter and great fun. At the ripe old age of 40, I was blessed with a son who looks like his daddy and acts like his mama. He is kind and smart, stubborn and impatient! He is quick to give kisses and tickles and cuddles. I love my children, but I am tired. 

It isn’t easy being a Christian example to share your faith with your children when they unroll an entire tube of toilet paper on the soggy bathroom floor. (Seriously, I JUST changed that roll!) Or when they play dress up and every item of clothing they own is on the bedroom floor, the bathtub is smeared with makeup, and your son is now a “puppy” with brown eyeshadow all over his face. (That won’t come off in the bathtub. We need more bleach.) Or when they argue about the food you put on the table, or the fact that yes, we are going to the church for a meeting AGAIN… I am not always patient. I don’t always use quiet words. I lose my temper more often than I would like. But in our family, we are quick to ask for apologies and extend grace to one another. We may be unhappy about circumstances or situations. We may be frustrated with each other, but we always show love. 

It isn’t easy getting kids to church on Sunday mornings, but we make it there. (Sometimes in pajamas with our Sunday clothes in the diaper bag. That only happened once… so far.) They are restless in worship and disrupt our prayers on occasion, but they need to be there so they learn how to speak to God, and how to listen. They need to join us in worship so they learn the scriptures and the songs which speak truth to our souls. They have a place in our services because they are the church, too. 

The legacy of faith that grandmother Lois and mother Eunice shared with their son, Timothy, changed the world for the early church. Paul saw young Timothy as an ambassador for Christ. And that faith began not with Paul, but with his grandmother and his mama. God gives us children to be spiritual parents to, whether we have biological connections or not. God will use us to share Christ’s love with others if we are willing. “The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline,” Paul writes in II Timothy 1:7. God wants us to share our faith boldly, to love one another fiercely, and to show self-discipline. But it’s not by our own effort, it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to do these difficult things. So, give yourself permission to fail and apologize and keep coming back to God who will empower and strengthen you to show love and self-discipline. Be Brave!

God who loves us and never fails us, thank you for examples of faith in our lives. Help us to be brave and share our faith with others. Help us to be more patient and kind. Give us your power and strength to love everyone, because they are all your children. Amen.

~ Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Happy Mother's Day!!!

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

Sermon: "Resident Aliens"
Scripture: Acts 6, 15
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
The Travel Club Tour to the Greek Isles "Following the Footsteps of Paul" has an opening for 2 people if you missed the opportunity to sign up last fall. Here is your chance! Due to circumstances one couple has had to cancel and you could take their place. For further information call Gary Miller at 627-5111.
Blood Drive
Thursday, May 10, 2018
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Our March Blood Drive was cancelled by the Red Cross, but we have another one coming up.  Our next Kennewick Community Blood Drive is Thursday, May 10, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the First Pres Center. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767 option 1); or register on-line at redcrossblood.org. But walk-ins are always needed; no appointment is necessary! 

In addition, plan to eat lunch or an early dinner with us. For the past several years, we’ve been providing a complimentary baked potato bar for our donors and their families.
 
As always, we need volunteers to bring the fixings, including potatoes, chili, onions, butter, sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese. Also, homemade cookies and cakes are really appreciated by all the blood donors. And assistance is always needed at the registration table and kitchen (it just takes a couple of hours). If you can help on Thursday, May 10, please sign up at the Information Table. Thanks!
CRAFT DAY
May 12, 2018
9:00 am - FPC

Cost: One potluck dish!

Bring your favorite craft and spend the day with others creating!
Coffee Cart Youth Mission Fundraiser
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Come visit us before and after the first worship service.

7:45 am - 8:30 am
10 am - 11 am

Any donation accepted!
IT'S TIME FOR A UPDATE!
It's time for a new picture directory! Get your family ready!

Rick Reil from Realife Photography will be at the church on the following Sundays to take family photos:

May 13: 9:30—11:00 am & 12:00—1:00 pm
May 20: 10:30 am—1:00 pm

He will take photos for the directory and will be offering discounted prices on your family pictures. Sign up at the Information Table or call the office and we will add you to the list.  If needed, a follow-up session will be added on June 3. 
Save the date....
Pentecost Sunday, May 20, will be a special day at KFPC. Join us for a combined worship service at 11 am as our youth lead us in our annual Youth Sunday worship. We will gift our graduating seniors with their quilts and welcome New Members to the church. We will also receive our biannual Deacon Fund Offering which occurs at Pentecost and World Communion Sunday, (first Sunday in October). This offering provides the funds for our assistance program to give gas cards and grocery vouchers to individuals in our community. It is truly a gift to those in need and we pray that you will give generously to this ministry. Thank you. 
DEACON FUND
The Deacon’s Fund is intended to help members of our community and church family in times of need. We collect funds twice a year, May and October. Through your generosity we have helped over 285 families since October. That is a total of close to $14,000. We will be asking for your help again on May 20 . Please give so we can give.  

You are welcome to donate at any time! We will accept donations through the office as well as the dates mentioned above. Thank you for your help to keep this program going!

Our mission is to provide aid for those in deep and urgent need.
Thank you so much for your support in April hosting a Food and Fund Drive at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church! Together you collected 402 lbs of food donations which equates to 335 meals and $48.56 which equates to 242 meals. Thank you, Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, for providing 577 meals to our community!

Have a great week! 
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Thank you, Debbie
debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org