April 17, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” -Philippians 1:19-21
Dear friends, we received news two weeks ago that our Interim Pastor, Craig Hall, was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer. Here are my thoughts and reflections on the situation and hopefully will give you comfort and hope.
When your pastor is sick… you feel helpless. Your spiritual leader is suffering and your prayers feel inadequate. Even when the pastor was only here for a short time and is not currently serving your church, he was your spiritual leader. He was here to give you comfort and hope in the midst of your grief. His prayers were for your crises and losses. Now he is sick and walking through the valley of the shadow of death and we all grieve together. 

Seven years ago, my father was dying of cancer. He had served College Place Presbyterian Church for over 30 years and his congregation went through these same emotions. It was impossible to imagine what life would be like without him. How would we go on without our Spiritual Father? These words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians gave my father comfort and gave us hope that whether in life or in death, God would be glorified! “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
As Resurrection People, we are reminded that this world is not our home. We are only travelers in this life, looking to our eternal life to come. But that doesn’t make leaving this world and the people we love and the things we call home any easier. Our assurance of the resurrection doesn’t make that empty place at the table suddenly full of life once more. And yet, we do not grieve as those who have no hope! Paul writes in I Thessalonians 4:13, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” Paul admonished the people to attend to their grief, AND hold on to hope. We will have tears, and we will not apologize for them because they are healing and a powerful reminder that with great loss there has been great love. 
As you enter the church and fellowship in the narthex this week you fill find a new addition to the décor. I am reminding us to “Abide in me.” As Christ encouraged his disciples in John 15:5. The passage ends with Jesus telling his friends, “this is my command: Love one another.” Grieving together is fulfillment of Christ’s command to love one another.
What can we do? We will pray. We will pray for God’s healing for Craig and Ann. Healing can be physical, spiritual, and emotional. We don’t get to control how God answers that prayer but we will be faithful to pray. We will hold one another up and give comfort to those who are grieving. We will send words of encouragement and love - reminders that Pastor Craig and Ann are not alone. Pages are available in the narthex to create a book for Pastor Craig. We will send it to them as a book of blessings from us at KFPC. Please take a page to write or draw or attach a card and return it to the church by April 29 and we will send them on as a blessing.

Faithful God, you know all things. You know our hearts and disappointment and deep sadness that Pastor Craig is suffering. Comfort him with your presence and your healing touch. Bless Ann as she cares for her husband. Give her endurance and strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow because of your great faithfulness. May we be the Body of Christ who suffers together and celebrates that gift of new life in Jesus. Amen.

~Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, April 22, 2018

8:30 am: Contemporary Service
9:45 am: Sunday School - Adult Ed & Kid's Sunday Small Group
11:00 am: Classic Worship Service

Sermon: "Reorienting of Life: Conversion"
Scripture: Acts 9,10,16
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
What is Church Inside Out?

As part of our focus on being caring, intentional neighbors in our community, we will be having one shortened worship service on April 29 th at 11 AM. Following the service, teams will be sent out to participate in service projects benefitting the wider Tri Cities Community. We have two service projects that will be done “in house” for those who have mobility concerns or who are especially “crafty.”

Throughout the month of April, we will also be collecting food & funds for Second Harvest. Bring your non-perishable food items and/or your spare dollars and cents to KFPC and deposit in the Second Harvest food collection boxes or cans in the Narthex or by the main office!


Boys and Girls Club, Main Branch, Pasco
Project: General outdoor spring cleaning & possible curb painting

KFPC – Miriam’s Gifts Closet
Project: Sorting/boxing items for Miriam’s Gifts
Team Lead: Nan Benecke

KFPC – South Alcove
Project: Making birthday cards/blank cards for Chaplaincy Health Care patients
Team Lead: Claudia Deardorff

KFPC Neighborhood (volunteers will meet in First Pres Center)
Project: Second Harvest Food Drive – Neighborhood Canvas
My Friend’s Place/Safe Harbor, Kennewick
Project: Organizing donation closet; painting bathrooms

SARC (Support, Advocacy & Resource Center), Richland
Project: Cleaning windows, labeling mailers
Union Gospel Mission – Men’s Facility, Pasco
Project: Cleaning UGM’s Men’s Facility

All teams will arrive at their sites by 12:30 pm, with work beginning no later than 1 pm and ending by 3 pm. All teams will be supplied with sack lunches to take to their sites, assembled by our kids and youth!

Sign-up sheets and sack lunch supply needs are on the display table in the Narthex.

Sign-up sheets will be available until Monday April 23.
Monday’s forum on Homelessness was an excellent start to understanding Youth Homelessness in the Tri-Cities. The presentations and discussion afterwards provided all of us a better understanding of the problems and opportunities. Click on the link below to see the entire presentation and discussion.  Forum Video

The Art of Neighboring...

April 8 - May 20, 2018
(excluding April 29, 2018)
9:45 am - Library

We will be studying the book, "The Art of Neighboring, Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door," by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, in this spring's Sunday school term. The book provides practical advice on how to be intentional about living out the great commandment to love our neighbors, especially neighbors living nearby. 

The class will be informal with little or no lecture, and will utilize study guide questions for each lesson. Because this book will be used as the basis for a sermon series this summer, joining the discussion this spring may allow you to get more out of the sermon series.
500 Years of Reformation and Counting......
April 8 - May 20, 2018
(excluding April 29, 2018)
9:45 am - Room 109

Last year we marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation really taking off with Martin Luther's nailing the 95 theses on the church door. We saw how now after 500 years, we still are affected by the changes that spread throughout Europe and by extension into the lands that Europeans colonized. We used DVDs called "This Changed Everything", "John Knox", "Zwingli and Calvin", "A Man Named Martin", and "Amazing Grace" to study both the lives and the impact of the reformers. This spring will continue with a new DVD presenting a Catholic look at the reformation years, their own reformers, and their impact today."

Facilitated by: Sylvia Harris
New Member Class
April 8 - May 6, 2018 (excluding April 29, 2018)
9:45 am - Fireside Room

Are you interested in becoming a new member of Kennewick First Presbyterian Church? Would you like to know the history of the Presbyterian Church and what is involved to be a member? We will meet Sunday, April 8, 15, 22, and May 6, 2018 @ 9:45 am in the Fireside Room. New members will join the church on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Please sign up on the Information Table or contact the office if you are interested. 509.582.9537
Save the dates....
May 12, 2018
9:00 am - FPC

Cost: One potluck dish!

Bring your favorite craft and spend the day with others creating!
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