October 2, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
World Communion Sunday

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” -Luke 22:19-20

“Do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper, to remember him whenever they ate and drank. To remember him when they were gathered together. To remember him. Brothers and sisters around the world will remember Jesus as we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, Oct 7, for World Communion Sunday. I love this day in the life of the church. It is a truly beautiful thing to join together around the Lord’s Table and know that Christians everywhere, all around the world, are celebrating together and remembering Christ. As we remember the sacrifice of love Jesus made for us on the cross, we also remember God’s presence with us daily. The physical presence of God is made manifest in the eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup. John Calvin, one of our fathers of the Reformed Faith, spoke of Christ’s presence in communion as a “divine mystery”. We cannot fully explain how God is present in the people and the meal, but if we stop and reflect, and take time to remember, we can feel God’s presence in real, powerful, and meaningful ways. 

The word “Sacrament” reminds us that this meal is a “sacred moment”, where God’s presence is felt and experienced in a way we don’t often notice. The Iona Community of Scotland, calls it “a thin place,” where heaven and earth seem to touch. George Macleod wrote that Iona is “a thin place where only tissue paper separates the material from the spiritual.” I believe that those sacred moments are also “thin places” where we feel and see God’s presence. We experience God’s love through the people around us and through the act of eating and drinking. Please join us this Sunday, as we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper along with brothers and sisters around the world. 

AND… What better way to break bread together as the Body of Christ from around the world, than to welcome the African Children’s Choir? Next Sunday, Oct 14, we are hosting a concert event at the Kennewick High School Auditorium. We are still in need of host families, ushers, and others to assist with the concert Oct 14 th . It is a beautiful experience to welcome these precious children and their chaperones into your home. I have hosted children twice before and what an incredible time we have enjoyed! You will learn from them and they will be blessed by your hospitality. Please contact MaryLynn Merriman if you have questions.

Gracious God, who so loved the WORLD, that you gave your only Son for us, we thank you for that gift of love. We thank you for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the gift of His presence in our lives. As we welcome the children from the African Children’s Choir, may we join together in communion around tables and around the world. Bring your light to dark places. Amen. 

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Sunday Worship
World Communion Sunday

October 7, 2018
8:30 am - Contempory Worship
11:00 am - Classic Worship

Sermon: "God's Love for All the Children of the World"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Deacon Offering
 Sunday, October 7, 2018
Please give so we can give. We help people in the community and in our church family. We know going into winter we will see a rise in requests. It is heartwarming to be able to help families even in small ways. 
Thank You Letter to the Deacons
August 16, 2018

I want to thank you very much for your help. I have been having some extra medical bills the last few months and it’s been difficult.

My wonderful God has been there for me like He always is and sends people to help me.

Thank you very much for your help.

God Bless you.

~In-Needs Recipient
Midweek Opportunities

Wednesday at 5:30 pm!
Please come join the fun!
“Hospitality with Immigrants and Refugees”

Presentation by Scott Michael
Field Office Director, World Relief Tri Cities

Wednesday Oct 3, 6:30-7:30 PM in the Garden Sanctuary

Join us on Oct 3 for a special presentation by Scott Michael, World Relief Tri Cities’ Field Office Director. Scott will be sharing with us about what World Relief Tri Cities is doing to assist refugees and immigrants right here in our own backyard and how people of faith can get involved! Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from a true expert. 
Annual Yard and Bake Sale
October 5 & 6
8 am - 3 pm

Donations can be anything from household items to clothing, shoes, toys, jewelry or furniture. (We cannot accept electronics, tires, batteries, refrigerators, mattresses or large appliances). Be sure you’re sharing things that are clean and in working condition. Thank you for pre-sorting before you donate—it was soooo helpful last year!

Yard Sale donation drop off begins Sunday Sept 30 in the room by the kitchen. Setup begins Monday during office hours. People are needed to help sort on Wednesday, October 3 (9 am-7 pm) and Thursday, October 4 (9 am-3 pm). ( Lots of help is needed during this time. ) Heavy items are best delivered Friday morning.

The Bake Sale and lunch will be held at the same time as the Patio Sale. Lots of goodies are needed. Popular items include homemade breads, cookies, cupcakes, pies, candy, etc. Please list allergen ingredients to inform folks with allergies. Bring items to the kitchen starting on Thursday.

Apple Pie making & baking is scheduled for Thursday from 9:30 am until done in the First Pres kitchen.

We also need people willing to help clean up on Saturday—3 pm—putting away tables and boxing up leftover items.

Look for sign-up sheets on the Information Counter. Profits from the sale benefit community and church ministries. A big THANK YOU in advance to all who volunteer!!

If you have any questions, contact Chris Thackaberry 627-3857 or Gwen Rawlings 783-3679.
YOUTH FUNDRAISER! Do you need a pick me up before service? You're in luck!
The first Sunday of every month the Coffee Cart will be open in the Narthex. Opens at 8:15 am!
Come support our Youth on October 7 by enjoying a great cup of coffee!
  Inviting all Women!
Our next meeting is Monday, October 8 at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. There will be soup, salad and bread. Of course, FELLOWSHIP. We are studying “When God Doesn’t Fix it – Learning to Walk in God’s Plans instead of our Own” . Book are available in the church office. Any questions call, Bonnie Wilson, (c) 509.948.7302.
Potluck & Presentation
October 16, 2018
12:00 pm
Sanctuary & Narthex
Please join us next Tuesday, October, 16 at noon for a presentation and potluck. October speaker is Martin Valadez, Director of Tri-Cities Community Health.
October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
South Alcove
Bring your craft along with a favorite food item to share with everyone at lunch. Come join us for fun and fellowship!
Intercessory Prayer
October 21, 2018 (3rd Sunday of every month)
10:15 am
Main Sanctuary
Fall Health Fair and Potluck Lunch
Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:15 am - 1:30 pm
On October 27 we have invited Health Care Professionals to join us to offer small classes on many issues associated with health concerns such as Diabetes, Alzheimer, Blood Banks, Living Wills and Health Directives and other topics. We will meet in First Pres Center at 9:15 am to register for choices of classes and will then break away to locations throughout the church. 

At 11:30 am we will get together and meet for a potluck of soup, salad and dessert. Congregational Care Team will provide soup.

If you are interested in attending or helping with hosting the event please sign up on the Information Counter in the Narthex. We would like to have an RSVP so we can inform our quest presenters with a number.

If you have any questions please contact Kris Kennedy at 547-7292 or 380-4291 or at krissyon@live.com
Thanks to All for a Great Blood Drive!

Our September 13 blood drive was terrific! We had 29 donors, who gave 25 pints of whole blood! About a quarter of those came from our own First Pres members! Thanks to all who donated!

Special thanks to all those who donated desserts, chili, baked potato fixings, and/or volunteered their time and organizational skills to make the drive go so well: Joe Whalen (set-up, registration table, clean-up), Chris Thackaberry (set-up, kitchen, baked potato fixings), Gwen Rawlings and daughter Rebecca (kitchen, clean-up), Pat Gordon (cookies), Carol Parsons (cookies, baked potato fixings), Heidi Weeden (cookies), Mary Puckett (chili), and Debbie Bilodeau (Sunday bulletin and information table). We are so blessed to have such a generous congregation with both food and time!

Mark your calendar for the last blood drive of 2018 at First Pres which is November 8.
Please email your articles for the newsletter to debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org. Please specify the date(s) you would like it to run. Thank you, Debbie