August 21, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—   “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”   Parents, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.    Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…   In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.    Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should… Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. – Ephesians 6

Thank you, Heidi Fisk, for faithfully training our children in the instruction of the Lord. You have led our Children and Family Ministry program these past 4 years with boundless energy, intelligence, imagination, and love! We are forever grateful for your service to Christ in this church and in our community and we look forward to many more years of walking with Jesus alongside you. Please pray for Heidi as she moves from Children and Family Ministry Director at KFPC to working in the classroom. Pray that she will fearlessly declare the mystery of the gospel wherever God leads her.
Please also welcome our new Children and Family Ministry Director, Betty Grace Wharton. Betty Grace comes to us from Bethel West Pasco, where she served as Children’s Ministry Assistant Coordinator for the past two years. She also volunteers with Young Life and is in training to become a Midwife. Betty Grace brings a love for Christ and a love for guiding children in their faith to our church. We are blessed to have such loving and faithful servants leading and teaching our children in this church! Please introduce yourself to Betty Grace when you see her and volunteer to serve in Children’s Ministry. We need you!
Gracious God, thank you for Heidi and Betty Grace. As we say thank you to Heidi for her years of service, may she feel your presence and our blessing as she embarks on new adventures in discipleship. Lead her to the place you are calling her to serve in the next season of her life. Thank you for bringing Betty Grace to our staff. Give her your presence and your peace in this new adventure. Raise up more volunteers to assist with our children, youth and family ministries. Give us each opportunities and courage to say YES to serving you and loving your children. Amen.

~Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, August 26, 2018

9:00 am - Contempory Worship
11:00 am - Classic Worship

Sermon: "Better Together... Now is the Time!"
Preaching: John LaFemina
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Being good neighbors...

Kennewick First Pres has a long history of community involvement, and in particular, working hard to be good neighbors. In fact, this summer’s sermon series is called “The heart of neighboring.”

Helping schools and children is a natural part of this commitment. Here are a few of the major programs we are involved in:
Westgate Elementary is our closest neighborhood school, and we have ‘adopted’ it. As a part of that, we have:
·        Been a part of Homework Helpers at Westgate for at least 7 years . Twice a week, a group of church members visit Westgate to help students with their homework, spelling, math, reading and other projects. We work hard to create relationships with the children, make the time fun as well as educational, and encourage their successes, no matter how big or small. We often wonder who gets more out of it – the children or the volunteers who get to see the progress of these wonderful children.
·        As a part of Homework Helpers, the children who attend get to take home books, sometimes up to 3 at a time. Through the years, over a thousand books have been given away. The church members continue to graciously donate books, so there is no end in sight to getting good books into their little hands and homes. The children get to choose their own books and it is always a delight to see them light up when they find those “just right” books to read.
·         For four years, we challenged our congregation to a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) – raise enough money and school supplies so that we could give each child at Westgate a backpack filled with school supplies to start the school year (this is in addition to our regular Backpack Giveaway). We did it. The project was modified through the years, and we continued to support Westgate by providing school supplies.
·         We know that during school year breaks, many children in our community may not have adequate food in their households. For the past 10 years we have made a commitment to help in a tangible way. Through our annual cereal drive during December, we have been able to give each student two boxes to take home with them during Christmas break. And, while there is sometimes is a debate as to whether we collect ‘healthy’ cereal, or cereal the kids like 😊, we have always met the promise to send each child home with a ‘gift’ of food for Christmas.  10 x 1,000+ boxes = 10,000+ boxes of cereal.
·        We have helped in other ways at our ‘adopted’ school, too. Members have attended and helped with Math Nights, served as chaperones on field trips, helped to serve dinner at the Westgate Culture night, provided lunch for teachers during student conferences, and we had a member of the church on the ATP team for the last two years.   
·        This year, our Mission Committee approached Westgate about what additional need we could help with. Westgate asked for support in funding students’ T-shirts for the new Ron Clark Academy program they are kicking off in the fall. So, all 560 students will get a t-shirt to help the children feel part of this extraordinary effort. 

In addition to our commitment to Westgate, for nearly 10 years we have also had a Backpack Giveaway a few weeks before school starts. 
·        We hold a school supply drive within our congregation during the summer
·        Volunteers fill the backpacks with supplies
·        On a Saturday morning before school starts, families arrive to pick up a backpack for their children; the line is often very long.
·        In addition to a backpack, families are treated to a hot dog lunch!
·        This is a well-known giveaway that attracts students from schools through the Tri-Cities area.
·        Through the years, it is estimated that we have given away over 3,600 backpacks filled with supplies.
·        One of the moms who attends each year has told us what a gift it is to her to know she will have new backpacks and supplies for her three children.

Key KFPC people:
Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer, Senior Pastor
Ashley Birk, Associate Pastor
Michael Kintner-Meyer, Elder, Mission and Outreach
Kathy Dechter, Homework Helpers, lead
Kris Kennedy, Backpack Giveaway and Cereal Drive, coordinator, Westgate liaison
Joyce Rodman-- Westgate liaison (newly appointed by MKM).

~Kathy Dechter


Saturday, August 25, 2018
9:00 am-12:00 pm

If you know a family that could use help with school supplies invite them to our annual backpack giveaway this Saturday at 9:00 am. First come first serve!

Donations for supplies are still being accepted. We are in particular need of crayons and wide-ruled filler paper.
Habitat for Humanity Work Day Sept 15

Still interested in serving Habitat for Humanity on Sept 15? It's not too late to sign up! Just pick up a volunteer application on the information island or download at , and return to Pastor Ashley by the end of day August 22 . For more information, contact Pastor Ashley or Mission Elder Michael Kintner-Meyer.
Chancel Choir is resuming rehearsals on
Wednesday, August 29 at 7 pm.

We would like to invite more people to join the choir including high school students! Contact Kitty Baird and/or Steve Canady if you are interested!
Camp Wooten
Sep 1-3
Please see sign-up sheet on the Information Table . Bring payment to the front office. Contact Mark Julson for any questions you have.
Several volunteers are need to help our programs. Follow the link to see where you may be able to fit in .
SMALL GROUPS: Interested in joining a small group this fall? Pick up a small group interest form on the Information Table and return to Pastor Ashley by September 16. Information included on the form can also be emailed to
Our Youth mission trip to Campbell Farms was a tremendous success. Follow the link to see the video .
500 Years of Reformation and Counting......

Over the last two years, we've studied the lives and impact of the reformers. We will continue this fall studying the historical and impactful events that led to the development and publication of the King James' Bible in 1611. We'll meet up again with some names that are familiar from our earlier studies plus some new lives. The King James' Bible has had not only a tremendous influence within the community of faith but has also impacted literature, art, theater, education and more. Join us for this exciting DVD series in room 109 from September 9 thru October 28.
Footsteps of St. Paul - Join us from December 2 thru December 16 as we follow David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) as he retraces Paul's missionary trips through Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Italy. This DVD series will be in room 109.
Annual Yard & Bake Sale
Oct. 5 & 6, 2018
Yes, it’s time to clean out the clutter in your closets, drawers, and garages for the Kennewick First Pres Yard and Bake Sale!

A planning meeting will be held between services on August 26 in the Library at 10:15. If you are willing to help or want to see how it works, kindly attend. Bring your coffee and donut holes.

If you have any questions, contact Chris Thackaberry 627-3857.
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