September 25, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
Worship in the Park

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” -Psalm 19:1

The sunsets the past few days have been beautiful, and the full moon last night lit up our house from the outside! God’s handiwork in the world around us continually amazes me. I love that the heavens declare God’s glory, so let’s enjoy that experience together... outside… in worship… this Sunday! 

Please join us at Worship in the Park this week at 11am at the Union St. Grange Park in Kennewick (near the Kennewick Library). Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and we will sing God’s praises along with the birds. It is also a very non-threatening way to invite a friend or neighbor or co-worker to join you in worship. For those people who are afraid that the building might fall down if they set foot inside… good news! They don’t have to set foot inside the building. We’ll be outside this week! (And also, please reassure them that the building would NOT fall down were they to set foot inside of it!)

We will NOT have our regular Christian Education classes at 9:45 am this week. 

Glorious God, thank you for the beauty of nature. Thank you for this congregation and the opportunity we have to invite someone to join us in worship this Sunday. Give us your vision for whom you are calling to share in worship in the park with us. Give us courage to invite and bring them along with us to worship in the Park this Sunday. Amen.

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Please bring your lawn chair!
Grange Park (next to the Mid Columbia Library on Union Street)
Kennewick, WA
11:00 am
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Sermon: "Sorrows into Joy"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Next week is World Communion Sunday and we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper at both services at our regular schedule. We will also receive the Deacon Fund Offering on October 7 in worship.
Midweek Opportunities
“Hospitality with Immigrants and Refugees”
Adult Midweek Class - Session 2
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30-7:30 pm, Room 109

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? Yes! Using material created by World Relief, in Session 2, we will explore:

  • the Biblical mandate to welcome and care for the stranger
  • briefly discuss current policy issues related to immigrants and refugees
  • explore how Christians can welcome the stranger, befriend refugees and immigrants, and help them thrive…without getting caught up in partisan politics.

“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. 
Midweek begins tomorrow! Please join us for the party!!
Upcoming Event
Annual Yard and Bake Sale
October 5 & 6
8 am - 3 pm

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.
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!
Homework Helpers
Homework Helpers!
Begins Tuesday, October 16
7:30 - 8:10 am
Westgate School Library
Do you have a heart for working with grade school kids? Then our Homework Helpers team needs you!
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: . If you are interested, 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. 
Homework Helpers are also collecting new or VERY gently used Kinder through 5th grade books. 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!
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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