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15 June 2017
In our annual congregation meeting last Sunday, Faith congregation overwhelmingly voted to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation, publicly welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  We join our NW Washington Synod, as well as nearly 40 other congregations of our synod, in this designation.

The official wording of the continuing resolution, which is now part of our church bylaws, follows:

Effective Sunday, June 11, 2017, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church is established as a Reconciling in Christ congregation, where we publicly welcome and affirm members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; and for the congregation to adopt the following welcome statement: 
We welcome all because God loves and welcomes all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, culture, age, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, socioeconomic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. We welcome and continue to affirm all who are seeking God's love and grace. Our unity is in Christ.

We will be proclaiming this message of welcome in many places around the church and into the community.  Our sign on 166th, our web page, the Reconciling Works web page and publications (www.reconcilingworks.org), our NW Washington Synod's Open Door Ministries (www.opendoorelca.org) ... all of these will be letting the community know that we are a place and people who will live out Jesus' radical word of welcome and love for all.

Pr. Rick Pribbernow of Open Door Ministries will be returning to Faith in the early fall, to present us with our official certificate of being a Reconciling in Christ congregation.  Our Reconciling in Christ team will also be helping us move into this new place of welcome, with additional resources and ideas.

We owe a special thanks to our Reconciling in Christ team, who have helped lead and guide us through this process of learning and becoming:  Chair, Kara Frazier; Mary Beth Ball, Kurt and Alma Borm, Gary Gilbertson, Craig and Kathy Schoof, Doris Townsend.  
Outdoor Gardening Clean Up Event June 17

Our Buildings & Grounds team hopes that you will join them on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 am for a work party on our beautiful grounds. Bring pruners, trimmers, loppers, gas powered weed whackers, your work gloves and help us get the grounds in shape for the summer! 
Friends of Youth apartment supply drive

Beginning June 18 the Social Ministry team will be collecting items for our third and final commitment for the Friends of Youth apartment-kitchen and living space list.  Thanks to the generous donations of items from people downsizing, we have a large number of the items already.  There will be a basket of cards with the names of the items still needed. (Some are more expensive  and you may want to share the expense with someone else).   Please take a card from the basket and return the items to church by June 3oth.  Thank you.  Any questions, please contact Cheryl Grinna (425)881-1435.

"A Song for Those Journeying" Psalm series in worship continues this Sunday

This Sunday we continue our worship journey through the Psalms.   Each week we will explore different psalms with themes including praise and thanksgiving to lament and wisdom. 

This week's theme:  Lament Psalms, with a focus on Psalm 137.

David Horton's service music will also focus on several psalm impressions by composer Douglas E. Wagner. These original works for organ are inspired by the emotions and thoughts expressed in the Book of Psalms and will take us deeper into a more meditative and abstract experience. 
Jesus Christ:  Yesterday, Today and Forever with the National Lutheran Choir

The National Lutheran Choir leads a community-wide evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music - from early hymns to new works - expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien , the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at NLCA.com .
 
Would you just love to sing with this group on September 29?
Great!  Just such an opportunity is open to the first 150 singers who sign up.  There will be three anthems and a few hymn descants to learn ahead of time by attending at least one of the following prep rehearsals, both held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle:
                Tuesday, September 19, 7-9 p.m.
                Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Music will be distributed at the rehearsals.  There will also be a rehearsal with NLC the night of the concert at St. Mark's, exact time still TBD.
To sing, you must sign up - take a minute to do it now - by responding with your name, congregation, and voice part via e-mail at Sept29Singer@gmail.com .
Your gift of song is a cherished gift.
 
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:30pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102

www.faithluth.org
425.885.1810