September 18, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
My Door Is Always Open

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?  …The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe… This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.   We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
-John 6:60-68

Faith isn’t easy. There are many times in my study of God’s word that I feel like the disciples in John 6 who complained to Jesus, “This teaching is hard!” Whether it is a part of scripture that uses strange eschatological (end times) imagery and visions, like Daniel and Revelation; or a topic which is hard to accept, such as the genocide of an entire people group in the Old Testament; or a particularly challenging sermon or Bible study; or a difficult situation we face personally; we struggle at times to believe. And God is ok with that. In fact, the very name of the people of God, Israel, means “wrestles with God”. Relationships with other people aren’t easy and our relationship with God isn’t either. But relationships are good, and our relationship with God, although challenging, can be wonderful. Even in the midst of wrestling with faith, God is present and engaged and desires nothing more than for us to stay in the struggle together. 

I want to join you in wrestling with your faith and wrestling with Scripture and wrestling with your relationship with God. If there is ever something you hear from the pulpit that confuses or disrupts your faith, let’s talk about that. If there is a passage in scripture that you cannot reconcile, let’s talk about that. If you are going through a difficult situation and cannot feel God’s presence, let’s talk about that. I may not have all the answers, but I can share what I know. I can lead you to other resources which might be helpful. And I can pray with you. One of my greatest joys of ministry is helping people to grow in their faith and working through the difficult struggles of faith. The door is always open for conversation. I am in the office from Monday – Thursday from 9am-3pm on most days. Please call the church office 509-582-9537 and make an appointment or email me: so that we can make a time which works for your schedule as well. 

My door is always open for your spiritual struggles, your emotional turmoil, your grief and frustration in life, your questions about faith, because I’m in the struggle alongside you. Even amid the difficulties of scripture, I also affirm the sentiments of Peter, and say, “These are the words of eternal life… where else would I go?” 

Almighty God, help us to trust where we do not see. Give us wisdom and knowledge of your Word. May that Living Word become relevant and meaningful in our daily lives. Help us to question and wrestle with you in this life and enjoy the blessing of your presence in the next. Amen.

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Sunday, September 23, 2018

8:30 am - Contempory Worship
11:00 am - Classic Worship

Sermon: "For Such a Time as This"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
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Groups and Classes
“Hospitality with Immigrants and Refugees”
Adult Midweek Class Starts Tomorrow!
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
Sept 19 – Oct 3, 2018
There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in human history. Does the Bible have anything to say about issues like this? Does the church have any opportunity to be a witness for the gospel in the face of such overwhelming problems? The answer is yes. Using material created by the Christian organization World Relief, we will explore the Biblical mandate to welcome and care for the stranger; and discuss why there are so many refugees, the process through which some make it to the USA, and how churches are ideally suited to welcome the stranger, befriend refugees and immigrants, and help them thrive…without getting caught up in partisan politics.

Then, on Oct 3, we will hear from a member of our local Tri Cities World Relief staff about what World Relief is doing here in the Tri Cities and how people of faith can get involved. Join us in Rm 109 on Sept 19 & 26, and in the Garden Sanctuary on Oct 3. Facilitated by Pastor Ashley. 
Growing Young
6 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES to help young people discover and love your church.
Sundays, 9:45 am - Library

Please join our conversation on Growing Young during the Christian Education hour each Sunday at 9:45 am in the Library. We are learning about how other successful congregations have welcomed and received young people into the life of their churches. In a time when the majority of congregations are shrinking and aging, these churches are thriving and growing with younger generations. Small shifts may be the answer, and you can be part of the journey! Please join us!
500 Years of Reformation and Counting ...
Sundays 9:45 - 10:45 am
Room 109

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. Facilitated by Sylvia Harris

Homework Helpers!
We begin Tuesday, October 16.
Do you have a heart for working with grade school kids? Then our Homework Helpers team needs you!

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16, KFPC’s Homework Helpers will work with Westgate kids Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. in 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.

No formal teaching experience is necessary--just a willingness to help kids. However, a current 2018-2019 Kennewick Volunteer form must be on file with the district before you start—get it at Westgate’s front desk or at online at You must sign in this form in front of a KSD employee. Here’s the link: .

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.  
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 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 also collecting new or VERY gently used Kinder through grade books for these kids—4 th and 5 th grade high-interest books are particularly scarce. Our kids appreciate them so much--many do not have any books of their own at home. Please bring all books to the marked bin in the Narthex.  Thank you!

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 30. Information included on the form can also be emailed to
Please see our website at for more information of upcoming classes and events or pick up a Group & Classes brochure on our Information Counter in the Narthex.
Upcoming Events
Cub Scouts from Pack 148 will be selling popcorn on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:30 - 11:00 am in the Narthex.

Come out and support our Cub Scouts!
Annual Yard and Bake Sale October 5 & 6

Yes, it’s time to clean out the clutter in your closets, drawers, and garages for the Kennewick First Pres Yard and Bake Sale!

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.
Thank You!!!

Many thanks to those who participated in our KFPC Serves Habitat for Humanity Work Day on September 15!
Several volunteers are needed to help our programs. Follow the link to see where you may be able to fit in.
FALL CLEANUP - Mark your calendar!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
8 am - noon

Spudniks, coffee and orange juice will be provided.

Please bring rakes, work gloves, and any other tool needed to help with the cleaning ,
Remember to check exterior doors if you are the last one out of the church. It takes all of us to keep our church secure. Thank you!
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