June 12, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
School’s OUT

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
If I may add to this list of seasons and times for activities, “there is a time for school and a time for summer vacation”. And that time is upon us! The last day of school for our household is tomorrow. It has been a good year. Vivienne learned so much this year and grew from a little girl into a second grader! I love the rhythms of summer. The sun is out, so it’s ok to stay up a little later and sleep in a little longer. Although I’m sure all summer long my kids will wake up earlier than they do all school year! Events and activities at church move at a different pace as well. We gear up for big events like VBS and church picnics and camp and mission trips, but the weekly study groups and meetings take a break for the season. We plan for vacations and time to rest and play together. 

In this season of rest and play, our challenge is to embark on forming new relationships and deepen already-established ones. One of those blessed relationships is with our fathers. I love watching my husband, Jamey, play with our children. His sense of humor and desire to see them smile brings joy to my heart. Because we married so late in life, I’m sure he wondered if he would ever have the opportunity to be a father? God’s plans are beyond what we could ever hope or imagine and I am thankful for his love of our children. Father’s Day can be a difficult day for many of us who may have lost our fathers or have strained relationships. It can be a difficult day for men who have lost children, or who long for them. I am forever thankful for the spiritual leader my father was and the gift of trusting God he taught me. He wasn’t only a father to me and my brother and sisters, however. He was a spiritual father to many others. Even if you have had a difficult relationship with your earthly father, or he is no longer in your life, even if you don’t have biological children to father in this life, God will bless you with Spiritual fathers and children. That is one of the beautiful things about the “Family of God”. God gives us surprising and meaningful relationships through our connections in Christ. 

Our Heart of Neighboring Challenge is to get to know the neighbors in our community who we haven’t met or don’t have much connection. This can be scary at first. We might not have much in common or much to talk about. We might feel like we are being nosey or prying into their personal business if we take an interest and ask questions about their lives. For some people, the best way to love our neighbor might be to just leave them alone. But for other people, desperate for relationship and connection, our interest could be a breath of fresh air in their lonely and isolated lives. They may need you to be a spiritual father or a spiritual child in their lives. The gift of summer is time. Time to slow down and not be running from school to meeting to work to ball games to church to… Take a little extra time in your front yard this week and water the lawn with a hose. Let your kids ride bikes in the neighborhood and sit out front to watch them. Invite the neighborhood kids to VBS next month and offer to give them a ride. Take a walk around the block and pray for the people who live there. Say hello to people as they come home from work and find a way to connect. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as repairing someone’s roof, but it might be. It doesn’t have to be difficult, it can be a simple gesture of kindness and noticing the other person. 

Enjoy your summer!
-Pastor Hanna

God of all time and seasons, thank you for the gift of warmer weather and longer sunshine. Help us to celebrate the gift of this season by enjoying our time outdoors. Give us opportunities to connect with our neighbors. Give us courage to speak to someone who is a “friend we haven’t met yet”. Give us hearts of compassion and hands of generosity as we are daily becoming the heart and hands of Jesus Christ. Make us caring, intentional neighbors. Amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: Luke 10:38-42; Haggai 1:5-9
Sermon: "The Time Barrier"
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson-Shearer

For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
This week, please pray for our Orcas Island Encampment Team and kids! They leave Friday from KFPC at 8 am with a “Sending Service”. You are welcome to join us for this special event.
For those bringing in cookies for Orcas Island Encampment ---
Orcas Island encampment heads out this year on Friday, June 15. 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 exceeded, much to the delight of those that attend. Please DO NOT add nuts or peanut butter as there are individuals who have nut allergies . Mark them and bring them to the kitchen on or before Wednesday, June 13. Your talent and dedication to this request is greatly appreciated. God bless you for your willingness to supply this need.  

~Chris Thackaberry and Orcas Island Attendees
The Call to Neighboring
Week 2: Challenge
Action Steps:  Learn the name of one your unknown neighbors this week and fill their squares on your neighborhood map.
Bells of the Desert
Greetings form America

As you are making plans for summer travel, Bells of the Desert is offering a musical road trip for your consideration and inspiration. Postcards: Greetings from America will be presented at the Richland Baptist Church on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm, and again on Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm. “Start spreading the news” that the program takes the traveler along the streets of New York City, through the Shenandoah River valley, on a ride along the Chattanooga railway, as well as stops in New Orleans or St. Louis for a sampling of jazz. For ambitious vacationer, the bells take a trip to Alaska with an original composition, Kodiak, which paints a musical picture of this vast land. You’ll wish you were here to listen to such movie themes as City of Stars from LA LA Land and How Far I’ll Go from the Disney animated feature MOANA. Truly, “this land was made for you and me.”

Seeing more than 100 bells and chimes moving in synchronicity along with added media, will entertain all ages. Admission is $10 suggested donation. Children and students are free.

Enjoy the concert then start packing your bags! 
223rd General Assembly (2018)

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements. 
The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries.
The 223rd General Assembly (2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri - June 16 - 23.

Please pray for all our commissioners, especially our Pastor Ashley Birk and Elder Sam Dechter who are representing our church and our Presbytery of Northwest Coast, and others making decisions for our denomination. 
More information can be found at: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/ga/
Picnics in the Parks
Wednesday Evenings
Potluck Picnics - Food and Fun
Relax after work. Eat at 6:15 pm
Come once - Come often!

YOU - singles, couples, families, friends
What to bring? A dish or two to share, your own chairs or blanket and table service. Games - frisbees, soccer balls, croquet... Friends

June 20 - Columbia Park by the Playground of Dreams, Kennewick
July 18 - Underwood Park, 2020 W. 7th Ave., Kennewick
August 15 - Grange Park, 1600 S. Union, near the main branch of the Kennewick Library.
Summer Hours
Summer Worship Services:
9 am & 11 am

Summer Office Hours:
9 am - 4 pm
Monday - Thursday
Closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm
Thank you!
Thank you to the following people who helped bake cookies for the Orcas Island Encampment: Kathy Davis, Melissa Busalpa, Rachel Busalpa, Sheri Hinman, Jan Wood, Mary Puckett, Brenda Pelifian, Janie Easton, Becca Ediger, Camille Andre, Noreen Eads, Carolyn Marsh, Gwen Rawlings, Gayle Foster and Chris Thackaberry. Job well done!
Thank you to Camerata Musica for the beautiful Steinway grand piano they have given as a long term loan to KFPC. We are truly grateful to be able to use this incredible instrument. It will be used to make beautiful music and give glory to God. Thank you to John Owen for coordinating this effort.
Thank you for extending such a gracious hand of hospitality. We are thankful for the time of rest and renewal. Your facility is outstanding, and was a tremendous blessing. We, Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Team, want to give you all a OYEE!!! This is to acknowledge and celebrate our time here.

Abundant Blessings,
The Fuller Center 2018
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