June 1, 2017
Pentecost: Receive the Holy Spirit and then GO!

 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  -Matt. 28:18-20

 When Jesus was lifted up to heaven, the disciples were given the command to wait in Jerusalem until they had received power from the Holy Spirit and then GO! Make disciples of all nations. It is called the Great Commission because we are sent on a mission from God and God goes with us.  We have the great joy of commissioning workers for new tasks in the coming weeks and I am thrilled to see what God will accomplish through these individuals. June 4, Pentecost Sunday we will receive and commission our Whitworth fellows for the summer. June 11 we have a new group of Stephen Ministers to commission as well as to commission and bless our Orcas Island Team.  And then we will send the Orcas Island Team off to do God’s work on Saturday, June 17 at 9 am.  I hope you will join us in worship and this very important and special send-off to pray for, lay on hands, bless and encourage these individuals who have been called to serve in special ways this summer. 

 As a church, we have discerned a call to be intentional neighbors. 

 As a Spirit-led congregation, our focus is to equip our people to discern and act on God’s call to be caring, intentional neighbors.

This summer in worship we will examine what it means to be equipped, discerning, intentional, neighbors.  Looking at the spiritual guides of prayer, meditation, fasting, study, simplicity, submission, Sabbath, guidance, worship, confession, service and celebration will equip us to reach our neighbors with God’s love.  As your pastors, it is our job to equip you for ministry.  It is the holy spirits job to lead us. And if we truly desire to be intentional neighbors, we need to work out our spiritual muscles. Our sermon series is “STRETCHING Our Spiritual Muscles”. This summer we will be learning and practicing spiritual “exercises” which will equip us for reaching our neighbors in meaningful ways.

God is using all of us to be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ in a hurting world desperate for love and comfort.  On occasion, God calls particular individuals for particular service and the church blesses them for that work.  Through us all we are reaching all nations and God promised to go with us to the very end of the age. 

Great and loving God, we thank you that you go with us in the mission to reach all nations with your love.  We thank you for the call to serve in particular ways for seasons of service. Bless the summer Fellows from Whitworth and may they teach us as they learn.  Help us to support and encourage them in ministry this summer and welcome them into our “Family”. Bless the new Stephen Ministers. Give them words of comfort and the ability to listen with love and concern.  Bring the right people together in your timing to walk alongside those who are hurting. Bless the new Trailseekers and the team called to love and serve these children while they enjoy camp at Orcas Island.  May they know your presence and your grace. Give them energy and compassion for these children who have known great hurt and conflict in their young lives. Help them to know that you are the Father who never leaves. You provide for their needs and you bring people into their lives when they desperately need love and stability. Amen.

~Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer

This summer, we will hold single worship services on the first Sunday of each month, Communion Sundays, at 10 am.  Through June, July, and August we will have our early Contemporary Worship service at 9 am and Classic Worship service at 11 am.  We do not have a Christian Education or Sunday School hour through the summer, so that our regular teachers can have a summer break. Come and worship with us at KFPC!

 Sermon Series for Summer: "Stretching Our Spiritual Muscles"

June 4 – Pentecost Sunday, "A Spirit Led Congregation" (wear red!)

June 11 – “Prayer--Your Spiritual GPS”

June 18 – Meditation, “Listening for the Spirit to Lead”

June 25 – Fasting, “Hungry for God”

Members and Friends of Kennewick First Presbyterian Church,

This letter will update you on the status of the congregational discernment process titled “Days of Discovery” that began in the Fall of 2016.  It summarizes a Session Retreat in February and what the next steps in our journey are.

In the November 2016 congregational letter, Session summarized the outcome of that process: We, the congregation of KFPC, believe that we have been called to the following congregational focus, inspired by the Holy Spirit: As a Spirit-led congregation, our focus is to equip our people to discern and act on God’s call to be caring, intentional neighbors.

On February 11, 2017, Session spent an entire day to consider this focus and what actions we, as a congregation, should take to implement and realize this focus.  Session recognized that any planning of future actions needs to include the discernment and counseling of our newly called Pastor Hanna Shearer, who began her call the first week of April.  

During the one-day meeting, Session contemplated over the key words in our focus – spirit-led; to equip; to be intentional; and to be a neighbor – and explored their depth and the direction the Lord prompts KFPC to go.  Session interpreted to be Spirit-led means committing to discernment and prayer to understand God’s call for this congregation.  To equip requires us to be more Christ-like and to create Christ-like disciples with passion and energy.  And to be intentional we need to actively seek others and be their neighbor. (Luke 10:25-37)

As Session considered the breadth of KFPC’s current activities, we realized, with some satisfaction, that a great deal of what we already do aligns with this focus.  At the same time, we also recognized that there are opportunities to increase the depth of our commitment as followers of Christ if we are willing to focus our efforts. Session focused on “faith practices” that might help us individually and communally to gain deeper understanding and commitment.    Caring for others as Christ cared for us was a central and guiding theme. (John 21:15-17)

Finally, no summary of the Session retreat would be complete without mentioning potlucks! Many of us have been members of KFPC for a long time and we remember a time when multi-generational families gathered in First Pres Center several times a month to share a meal and good fellowship.  It is our intent to renew that fellowship.

As the next steps, Session will brief Pastor Hanna on Days of Discovery process and the outcomes and learn her vision and calling for Kennewick First Presbyterian.  We have a Session Workshop scheduled for June 10.  Then Session will re-examine every aspect of our congregational life for focus – budgets, activities, structure – all of these should be designed to serve the focus of our congregation.

Our commitment to you, the congregation of KFPC, remains unchanged; open, honest and transparent communication and the opportunity to be actively engaged at every step in the process. 

We are incredibly excited about our new Pastor Hanna and what she will bring for the future of Kennewick First Presbyterian Church.  We wish for you what Paul told the Romans (Romans 15:13): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

                                                           The Session of KFPC

I nviting all Women! 

The next meeting is June 12, at 5:30 pm and is a No-HOST dinner at Anthony’s . This will be the last meeting until September.  All women who have attended in the past, present, or future please come and get acquainted. Please call Bonnie Wilson, (c) 509.948.7302 or email: rogandbon50@gmail.co m for reservations. Deadline to sign up is June 9th.

ALERT!! Cookie Bakers!

Orcas Island Encampment starts on Saturday, June 17.  We are in need of cookies that travel well for 130 people for 3 days. That will be about 98 dozen! All previous years this challenge has been met, much to the delight of those that attend. Please do not add nuts or peanut butter as there are several individuals who have nut allergies. Bring them to the kitchen on or before Thursday, June 15. Your talent and dedication to this request is greatly appreciated. May God bless you for your willingness to supply this need.

Gayle Foster is going to have a "Cookie Making Day" for Orcas Island Encampment on June 14 from 9 am to noon.  All those wanting to help are welcome to come and help.  We will be making chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin. See you then!!!

2017 Picnics in the Park
The schedule for this year's Family Picnics-in-the-Park are as follows:

Wednesday, June 14 at Columbia Park - South

Wednesday, June 28 at Underwood Park

Wednesday, July 12 at Highlands Grange Park

Wednesday, July 26 at Highlands Grange Park

Please plan to bring a dish to share, place settings, suitable games, and an attitude to relax with those you already know and those you don't know very well yet.  Contact Dan Carl for more information (627-0287)

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Walk With Christ

Have you heard of “The Walk With Christ” spiritual retreat?  It was formerly known as “Walk to Emmaus” and in other denominations is called “Cursillo”.  Our objective in The Walk With Christ Ministry is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, places of work and communities.  This 3-day spiritual retreat provides an incredible opportunity to grow in your faith and understanding of who God is and how God calls each of us to serve.  You will be showered with God’s incredible love and grace and come away from the weekend with a stronger faith, knowing you are loved by God, put your hope in Christ Jesus, and have been served by God’s people.  Interested in learning more?  Visit The Walk With Christ website: www.thewalkwithchrist.org; or speak to someone who has already made their Walk.  We will be available to answer questions and encourage you on Sunday, June 18, between services and after worship.  Just look for someone wearing a special cross made of nails with colorful beads on the string.  Pastor Hanna will be serving on a Walk With Christ retreat weekend on Sunday, June 25, in Connell, WA.

Family Camp
It is time to mark your calendars for Family Camp, on Labor Day Weekend at Camp Wooten (near Dayton, WA).  As in past years, all cabins are available to us, or we can use any tents or RVs that we bring.  For more information contact Dan Carl at 627-0287.