June 19, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537

Orcas Island Encampment Project ‘18

“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
"Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can't make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one.” ―  Loren Eiseley
These are the words printed on the back of this year’s Orcas Island Encampment Team t-shirts. This story is a powerful reminder that we don’t have to do huge things to change the situation in someone else’s life. We can do small things in loving ways and transform their lives completely. As you receive this message, we are travelling away from Orcas Island and back to Seattle to enjoy the Seattle Zoo and tomorrow will head home after visiting the Science Center. For many of these boys, this is the first time they will have seen many of the animals in real life. It’s one thing to see an elephant in a book or on tv, but it’s something else altogether to stand there in all your smallness and witness the power and majesty of those incredible beasts. Visiting the Science Center and the zoo and taking a ferry ride are all part of the experience, but the life-transforming part of this week for these boys and all the volunteers serving is the relationships that are built. Giving of our time and our hearts to someone else is never wasted. That is investing in God’s Kingdom. 

Thank you for your support of our Trailseeker program. Thank you for giving money and rides and food and leading classes and all you have done to share the love of Christ with kids in crisis. Your ministry is making a difference for that one. If you would like to learn more or participate in the Trailseeker program, please contact the church office. Kathy Owen, our director, will be happy to put you to work!

Thank you, God, for the Trailseeker program and this opportunity to send boys to camp at Orcas Island. Bless their travel. Keep everyone safe and healthy. Open minds and hearts to receive you as Lord and Savior. Help them to learn that they are precious and they are loved and they are worth saving. Help them to live as faithful disciples seeking after you in their lives. Make them strong Trailseekers always leading to the cross of Christ! Amen.

~Pastor Hanna

Sunday, June 24, 2018

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:13-16; Numbers 13; Joshua 2:9-11
Sermon: "Strong & Courageous"
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson-Shearer
For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Upcoming Memorial Services

Dee Souder, one of our church’s founding members, will be memorialized this Saturday, June 23, at 11 am in the Garden Sanctuary.

Barbara Hayes, another of our long-time members, will be memorialized next Tuesday, June 26, at 2 pm in the Garden Sanctuary. 

Please join us and these families as we celebrate life and hold firm to the promise of the resurrection.
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/
Friday Book Club
The Friday Morning Book Club is meeting this summer at the Union Library from 9 – 10 am. The month of June they are reading “Daring to Drive”, by Manal Al-Sharif. Anyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a Presbyterian as we are a multi-church group.  
Picnics in the Park
Wednesday Evenings
Potluck Picnics - Food and Fun
Relax after work. Eat at 6:15 pm
Come once - Come often!

When & Where
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.

What to bring? A dish or two to share, your own chairs or blanket and table service. Games - frisbees, soccer balls, croquet... Friends
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!
What a generous and giving membership! Blessings to all who helped with the Orcas Encampment. We had Taco meat cookers, cookie bakers and the people who worked in the kitchen during the week to feed 133 people, and all your prayers. Without your help, the trip would not have run so smoothly. We had an enormous amount of cookies, for which, we and those that attended Orcas thank you very much. We are still at the Orcas Encampment enjoying all the cookies. Yum! 

~Chris and Bill Thackaberry
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