October 9, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
Growing Young

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.   When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.    Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”    And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”  -Mark 10:13-16

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…” these words of Jesus ring through our building on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays around KFPC. It is our fervent desire to encourage kids in their faith and give them opportunity to build and strengthen their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But what about the young adults? In our study through the book, Growing Young, one of the Essential Strategies for churches to succeed at reaching young adults and young families is to empathize with today’s young people. How are we doing with this? 

Once our students graduate from High School and we have blessed them with a beautiful quilt and our prayers, how are we continuing to walk alongside them in their lives and in their faith? Typically, half of the kids in our youth programs will fall away from their commitment and relationship with God. ¼ of them will continue to attend church and stay close to Jesus. The others will drift in an out of their relationship with God. How do we stem this tide? How do we reach more students? I have so many questions!

Think about your own life, when was it that you made a firm commitment to follow Jesus? For most of us, it was our teen years. Those who were raised in the church may have said “yes” to Jesus in elementary school, but that life-long decision for discipleship was cemented in middle or high school. The times they are a changin’. Think about life in your high school and college years. Did you use computers, or typewriters for your research papers? Did the internet exist? With all the technology and information readily available on our cell phones, it’s difficult to imagine people going to the library to study or learn anymore. That was where I spent a good deal of my time in high school and college. Temptations have always been present, but it took a little more work to get yourself in trouble in my growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. It was much easier for my parents to keep track of what I was involved in and who my friends were because they came to our house. And I talked on the only phone we had, which I couldn’t just keep occupied all night because other people might need it too!

A few questions for you to consider:
Are we patient with young people in the midst of an extended adolescence? This idea comes from the fact that many young people can’t jump into careers right out of college, and many are putting off getting married and having children until late 20’s or early 30’s.
Do we understand the pervasive stress and peripheral religion that stall young people’s search of identity? Do we recognize the digital technology, sexual experimentation, and adult abandonment that handicap this generation’s quest for belonging? Do we grasp the jaded realism and cultural pluralism that obstruct young people’s path toward purpose? In what practical way is our congregation empathizing with today’s teenagers and emerging adults? What gets in the way of your empathizing with this generation?

As you consider these questions, I encourage you to ask someone what their experience is like. Then ask them how they experience the church. Learn from them what it feels like to be an emerging adult in this quickly changing world and how we can empathize and partner with them through these difficult days. And please, when you have an opportunity, treat them with respect, and honor that they are not children anymore, they are adults now. The best way we can empathize and support them in this journey to adulthood is not to condescend or criticize, but to have high expectations for them. When we speak to the giftedness we see in them and give them the emotional support they need to navigate their own way in the world, then we will see the world changing for the better. Our future is in their hands, let’s help make them strong, kind, and merciful hands.

Mighty God, it isn’t easy to be in this world and not of it. You told the disciples that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the children. I believe you included the young adults among us as well. Help us to see and partner with young people in our midst. Help us to lift them into adulthood with confidence and support. Give us patience and empathy for the struggles they face. Give us words of encouragement and love to share with them. Amen.

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Sunday Worship

October 14, 2018
8:30 am - Contempory Worship
11:00 am - Classic Worship

Sermon: "Open Your Heart to God"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Midweek Opportunities
Wednesday at 5:30 pm!
Please come join the fun!
See BettyGrace if you are interested in volunteering!
Wednesdays Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2018
6-7 pm, Fireside Room

In many churches, Ruth is rarely preached or studied. Yet, this short Old Testament book featuring a foreign-born woman who makes her home in Bethlehem has a great deal to say in our contemporary world. Join us in the Fireside Room as we delve into this rich and deeply relevant book of the Bible. Facilitated by Pastor Ashley. No study on Oct 31 (Halloween).

Thank you!
When you get a moment, peak into our Nursery. Thank you to Stephanie and Jessica Zimmerman for such a fabulous job of putting "fun" into our Nursery! Their time, energy and enthusiam was very much appreciated and the swinging monkeys will be enjoyed by many for years to come!
Patio/Bake Sale
Thank You!
We thank God for giving us a generous congregation in both donated items and time. Without your support, this event would not occur. The final results were close to $3800 toward the women’s ministry and kitchen items. May God bless you and keep you in his hands. A BIG THANK YOU to all the participants of the Yard/Bake Sale; there were too many to list individually, particularly to the cub scouts and their families that assisted us in the cleanup.

This event is held every year, the first weekend in October, so prayerfully consider your role for next year. Many Thanks and may God bless you all.

~Yard/Bake Sale Committee
New Members Class
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Fireside Room
Fireside Room, 9:45 am
We will hold the second of 4 New Member Classes this Sunday, Oct 14, in the Fireside Room during the Christian Education Hour at 9:45 am. If you are new to our church, or curious about learning more about who we are and what we do, please join us for this class. We discuss: What does it mean to be Presbyterian? What does it mean to be a member of Kennewick First Presbyterian Church? How can God use my gifts to serve the world?
Upcoming Events in October
Potluck & Presentation
October 16, 2018
12:00 pm
Sanctuary & Narthex
Please join us next Tuesday, October, 16 at noon for a presentation and potluck. The October speaker is Martin Valadez, Director of Tri-Cities Community Health.
Homework Helpers Begins Tuesday, October 16.
Can you help? 
Do you have a heart for working with grade school kids? Then Homework Helpers need you!  

KFPC’s Homework Helpers will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. at Westgate School Library on 4 th Ave. We read with the kids, help them with spelling words, do worksheets, play games, and always encourage them with positive attention.

Will you pray about this, and make some room on your schedule and in your heart for these precious kids? It’s truly holy ground. We hope you can come both Tuesdays and Thursdays, but even one day a week means so much. 

No formal teaching experience is necessary--just a willingness to help kids. A current 2018-2019 Kennewick Volunteer form must be on file with the district before you start—get it at Westgate or at ksd.org. Here’s the link: http://www.ksd.org/Resources/Community/Volunteer .

If you feel moved to give HWH a try, please let Kathy Dechter know right away. Contact her at 627-0950 or by email at ktdechter@gmail.com so she can get you up to speed before you begin.  And please lift up this ministry and the kids we serve in prayer .

We are collecting new or VERY gently used K-5 books for these kids—4 th and 5 th grade high-interest books are particularly scarce. They appreciate them so much-many do not have any books of their own at home. You can bring all to the marked bin in the Narthex. Thank you!
Help The Youth Get To Camp!
All of our YBs, middle school kids, want to go to the fall camp at Ghormley Meadow later this month, but many of them do not have the means to afford to participate. Please consider sponsoring a kid. Do you need your lawn mowed, leaves raked, or help with other household chores? The kids are willing to do just that in order to help get themselves to camp. If you are interested, please contact Stephen at stephenjansons@gmail.com  for more information.
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
Parish 1 & 5
Potluck Luncheon
Please come meet your Parish neighbors on October 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm in the First Pres Center. Soup will be provided by your Deacons. Those with the last name starting A-L bring a salad and those with last name M-Z bring a dessert.

Your Parish leaders are lookinig forward to seeing new and present KFPC Parish 1 & 5 members.
Trunk - Or - Treat
Your entire family is invited to join us on Halloween at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church (2001 West Kennewick Ave) for Candy, Fun, and Games from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. 

We need volunteers for Trunk - Or - Treat trunks, set up & clean up, as well as donation of halloween candy. Place your candy donations in the box by the Information Counter.

For more information contact BettyGrace at bettygrace15@gmail.com or check out the flyer in the Narthex. 
Boy Scout Christmas Wreath Sale!
First Presbyterian's Boy Scout Troop is selling Christmas Wreaths and Swags. All proceeds support our Boy Scout program at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church.

Our 22" wreaths ($35) and 24" swags ($30) are made from fresh high-elevation noble firs boughs with fragrant cedar and berried juniper, harvested in an environmentally friendly manner from Pacific Northwest forests. All come complete with three pinecones and a red & gold wired bow. We will take orders until November 4 and they will be delivered to the church on Sunday, November 11.
The KFPC Worship Team is seeking an individual to head up the campus advent decorating, which will take place on December 1, 2018. Duties will include promoting the event through newsletter and bulletin reminders, and leading the team of volunteers to set up trees and decorations to prepare the church for the Christmas season. If interested, please contact Janie Easton at 531-9522 or Janie.easton@gmail.com . Thank you in advance for your consideration!
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