September 4, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
kfpc.org
“For Such a Time as This”

“When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” -Esther 4:12-14


God is always at work. I have seen this time and time again in my life. I don’t always recognize God’s hand at work in the moment, but often looking back, I can see God’s connections. Paul starts preschool today. He was very upset last week when we took Vivienne to her first day of school and he wasn’t going to school too. But today it’s his turn. I can see God’s hand at work in bringing us here; at this time in our lives. That doesn’t mean we won’t face obstacles or difficulty. Who knows, but perhaps we are here at this time for God’s purposes? 

As we kick-off our fall worship schedule, Christian Education classes and small group studies, we embark on a sermon series from the book of Esther. We will examine the historical context and drama that unfolds through the people portrayed in that book. What was God calling Esther to accomplish by placing her in a position of influence? If she had been too timid to step forward in faith, God would have rescued his people by some other means, but it looks as though God put her there, “for such a time as this”. Where has God placed us at this particular moment? What is God calling us to step out boldly to say or do? Who knows, but that we have come to the place we find ourselves for such a time as this?

Our church has a great legacy of faithfulness in this community. We received special recognition last week for our partnership and dedication to the children at Westgate Elementary School. We have overcome obstacles and difficulties together and continue to serve the hungry, the hurting, the lost and the lonely through our Deacon Funds, our Trailseeker program, our Youth and Children’s Ministries, and our mission partnerships. God is using us as a congregation in this place, at this time. Is God calling us as individuals to step out in faith to make a difference in the lives of others in some new ways? 

God uses a diverse group of people to do this incredible work in this community. We come from different backgrounds and experiences. We have diverse opinions and preferences. We appreciate different music and hold different political opinions. And yet, God continues to hold us together as a Body of Christ, united under our common faith in Jesus as Lord. How can we be a unified Body of Christ with room and appreciation for diversity of opinion and experience? We hold our beliefs in unity in the essentials and charity in all else. That isn’t to say that we cannot disagree. The important piece is continuing to live in community and engage in conversation. 

This summer, our neighboring challenge was difficult. There were occasions when the push to reach out to the stranger or the unknown person felt too personal. Challenging sermons pushed us outside of our comfort zones and, for some, felt like an attack. Let’s continue to talk about those things. Divided, we can accomplish nothing. Together, we can grow stronger through adversity. Together, we can live out the great commission and the great commandment to love God with all we are and all we have and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our common love for God and our brotherly love for each other unite us far beyond whatever may divide. Our country and our communities have become so divided, it is essential that the church continue to be a safe place for us to show solidarity above and beyond that which divides. Who knows, but that God put us here at KFPC to show the world what it looks like to be the Body of Christ, unified in faith for such a time as this?

Mighty God, give us ears to hear your Spirit leading. Give us hearts to receive a message from you. Heal the hurt that we inflict upon one another. Give us courage to speak the truth in love when conflict occurs. Give us words of comfort and peace on our lips. May we be one as you are one. Help us to show the world that Christians can love and serve alongside one another even when they disagree about those things which are not essential to our faith. Help us to boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in our worship and in our work, in our words and in our actions. Amen.  

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

Sermon: "Power Plays, Parties, and a Rebellious Queen"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
 For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Fall Worship Hours
Our new fall worship schedule begins this Sunday, September 9. Contemporary Worship Worship at 8:30 am, Education Hour at 9:45 am, and Classic Worship at 11 am.
MEMORIAL SERVICES
Alice Marple’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Sept 5 at 3 pm in the Garden Sanctuary, with a reception in the First Pres Center to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trailseekers.

Colleen McCorkle’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept 8 at
1 pm in the main sanctuary, with a reception in the First Pres Center to follow.

"God Bless the Broken Road"
Join us for a private screening of the new film, “God Bless the Broken Road” at Kennewick AMC theater tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5 , at 7 pm. Please contact the church office if you are interested in attending. We are pleased to be invited to see this incredible film!


Welcome Betty Grace!
My name is Betty Grace Wharton and I am so excited to be joining you all here at KFPC! I am sure there is much curiosity about who I am, seeing as I will being working with your precious little ones. I am from Tri-Cities and have lived in Pasco most of my life, except the 5 years I lived in Boise, Idaho, where I attended Boise Bible College and later Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. I completed my double Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies; then later, a certification in Midwifery. I worked the last 2 years at another local church and when I heard about the opportunity to work here, God pulled on my heart to take a step in faith and join the church family here. God has been so faithful in guiding my steps and I pray I continue to follow His guidance here with you all.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have when I meet you. 

With much excitement, 

Betty Grace 
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
Starts up again on September 6, 2018
10 am - Library
Facilitated by Pastor Hanna
Adult Education Offerings Fall 2018
Sundays 9:45 - 10:45 am
Starting Sunday September 9, 2018

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. Facilitated by Sylvia Harris

Growing Young

All churches grow old…but strategic churches are growing young. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, the book Growing Young profiles innovative churches engaging 15- to 29-year-olds that are growing – spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Join us in the library Sept 9 thru Oct 28 as Pastor Hanna and Youth Director Stephen Jansons lead us through Growing Young’s key findings as we explore how we can position KFPC to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church. 

Midweek: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM
Starting September 19, 2018

Hospitality with Immigrants and Refugees (Sept 19 – Oct 3) – 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 in partisan politics. Then, on Oct 3, we will hear from a member of the Tri Cities World Relief staff about what World Relief is doing locally 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 Main Sanctuary on Oct 3. Facilitated by Pastor Ashley. 

Inviting all Women!
Our next meeting is Sept.10, 2018,(second Monday of each month) at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room. There will be soup, salad and bread, and of course, FELLOWSHIP. We are studying, “ When God Doesn’t Fix it – Learning to Walk in God’s Plans instead of our Own” ,by Laura Story. Books are available in the church office. Any questions call, Bonnie Wilson, (c) 509.948.7302.
7-WEEK WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
"Gideon - Your weakness. God's STRENGTH", by Priscilla Shirer

Begins September 12
9 - 11 am
Room 109
$20.00

Questions: Call Shirley Telligman
509-545-8892

KENNEWICK COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Our next Kennewick Community Blood Drive is Thursday, Sept. 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the First Pres Center. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-733-2767; register on-line at redcrossblood.org; or walk-ins are always welcome. As always, we can use donations of cookies and desserts, along with fixings for our baked potato bar for our donors. Please sign up at the Information Table. Thanks!  
HOMEBOUND COMMUNION TRAINING

Are you an ordained elder or deacon in the PCUSA who would like to make a difference in the lives of our homebound members? Consider being trained to be a homebound communion server! A training session will be held on Thursday, Sept 13 at 7 pm in the Conference Room and again on Sunday, Sept 16 at 9:45 am in the Fireside Room. You only need to attend one session. Contact Pastor Ashley to sign up to attend. 
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 http://habitatbuilds.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Volunteer-Application_10172017_Revised.pdf , and return to Pastor Ashley. For more information, contact Pastor Ashley or Mission Elder Michael Kintner-Meyer.
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 ashley.birk@kfpc.org
Several volunteers are needed to help our programs. Follow the link to see where you may be able to fit in.
SAVE THE DATE
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