June 5, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” -Psalm 127:1
My very first mission trip was to Waitsburg, to sleep at the Presbyterian Church and build the floor and 2x4 walls of a Habitat for Humanity house over the course of a week. I was 13 years old. I don’t think they allow students that young to work on houses anymore, but in those days, we could put it together. In the years since, I have on occasion driven past that house and remembered how, when we arrived, it was just a concrete slab and by the time we left there were 4 outside walls and interior forms in place. What a powerful transformation and example of how God can use us to do his work, whether far or near to home. I have worked on Habitat houses in California, Washington, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. One of the things I really appreciate about this ministry is the desire to partner with families in providing safe, affordable housing. The partner families put in “sweat-equity” hours to help with the cost of building, to learn about their home, to have a sense of pride in helping to build their home, and to experience the fact that every home is a community effort. 

This weekend KFPC is hosting a group of cyclists taking a cross-country bike adventure to raise awareness and money for the Fuller Center for Housing, the second organization (after Habitat for Humanity) founded by Millard Fuller. The trip began June 1 and they will reach Portland, Maine, August 11. They will have 5 build days throughout the trip and 10 segments to their journey.
Here is an excerpt from their letter to us: 
Thank you for generously offering your hospitality to the participants of the 11 th annual Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure! Our purpose-driven journey in support of the Fuller Center for Housing allows us to live out our Christian faith in service to God and those in need of a simple, decent place to live. We’re biking 3,700 miles from Astoria, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, with the goal of raising $400,000 to help fund the Fuller Center’s mission to end poverty housing worldwide. Generous hosts like you play an invaluable role in our journey! 

Why we ride:
Imagine if this was your life: living in Alabama in a run-down rented slum; living in Nicaragua on a dirt floor with plastic sheeting for walls; or living in Ohio and suddenly finding yourself in need of a wheelchair ramp. These are but a few examples of the global reality for a billion people that we seek to address. Through the money we raise, and by working on Fuller Center build projects along the way, we are helping to provide safe, affordable housing. In volunteering alongside homeowners as we go, riders get to witness partnership housing first-hand and directly impact the lives of people in need.

For more information, visit: FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org

What a powerful way to make an impact for good in your neighborhood! As we begin our Heart of Neighboring series, I am encouraged and challenged to see the needs around us and work to meet those needs in the name of Jesus Christ. I can’t ride a bicycle across the country, but I can provide a space for these young people on their journey, and I can provide a meal to fuel them as they go. Please join me this Sunday as we welcome the Bike Adventurers and take a moment to ask them why they ride? In worship this week we will commission our Orcas Island Team and Rev. Ashley Birk and Elder Sam Dechter who will represent us in St. Louis later this month at the PC(USA) General Assembly meeting. 

Northwest Coast Presbytery Meeting June 7 from 3pm-8pm. We will host a Presbytery Viewing Event at KFPC this Thursday as an extension of the Presbytery in Central Washington. If you are interested, please join us for this important day in the life of the larger church. Please RSVP to the church office 509-582-9537 so we will have enough food provided for the dinner hour.

Children’s Ministry Director -
For the past 5 years, Heidi Fisk has served faithfully as our Children’s Ministry Director. Heidi is an incredibly creative and talented person who brings her heart for Jesus to our kids in powerful ways. It has been a blessing to serve alongside her, but her time in leadership at KFPC is coming to an end this August. We want to thank Heidi for all she has done! Heidi, Dan, and the entire Fisk family (Jacob, Jack and Amelia) will still be a vibrant part of our church. Please join us in thanking Heidi and supporting her by volunteering to help with VBS. 

We have an updated job description for the Children’s Ministry Director and are actively searching for Heidi’s replacement. If you know of someone who might be qualified and interested in this position, please contact the church office or our Personnel Chairman, Mark Benecke, and have them apply. Please also pray with us that God brings the right person to lead this crucial ministry area in our church.

Lord, God, almighty, you welcomed the little children and would not send them away. We know that kids are precious to you and that their faith is an example to the rest of us. Thank you for the ministry leadership that Heidi Fisk has provided at KFPC. Bless her and her family in the next season of their lives. Help her to hear your voice saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” And please, Lord, guide us to the next person whom you are calling and preparing to lead our Children’s Ministry into the future. Amen.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

9:00 am: Contemporary Service
11:00 am: Classic Worship
Scriptures: Matthew 22:34-40; Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Sermon: "Taking the Great Commandment Seriously"
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson-Shearer

For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
Please join Pastor Hanna and Pastor Ashley for dinner and conversation on June 10, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, at the Shearer home: 6619 Aintree Dr., Pasco. Our discussion will cover the launching of the “Heart of Neighboring” journey in your own neighborhood.
Week 1: The Call to Neighboring
Please welcome our new Summer Interns...
Becca Ediger: “I will be a sophomore at Whitworth next year, and my major (though subject to change) is Community Health. I grew up in Ephrata, Washington, but I moved to Lake Chelan when I was a freshman in high school, and I consider Chelan home. A few of my favorite things are: dogs, coffee, guitar, and almost anything outdoors, from rock climbing to skiing to backpacking! I am the oldest of eight. This summer I am most looking forward to building relationships and community with the members of KFPC.”
Camille Andre: "Hi! My name is Camille and I am over-the-moon excited to be given the priveldge to serve this community this summer. I am a third year student at Whitworth, and I am studying theatre and speech communication. I love to sing, swim, and spend quality time with friends. My favorite thing about working with youth in a church setting is their zeal and passion to serve Jesus in their individual and unique ways. I am very friendly and love hugs, so please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! To God be the glory!"
Summer Worship Services:
9 am & 11 am

Summer Office Hours:
9 am - 4 pm
Monday - Thursday
Closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm
Directory Photos
Please log into the Realife Photography website below and select the photo you would like in the directory. You can call me at 582.9537 or email debra.bilodeau@kfpc.org the number of the selection you prefer for the directory.

If you want to purchase a photo, please refer to the information below:

All photos taken can be viewed on our website at: www.realifephoto.com , just click on 1st Presbyterian Families 2018 on the left side of the page. The coupon code for a 50% discount is presb18 . The discount is good until June 15th. Last day to order is July 15th. Questions can be answered by calling the studio at 509.582.3338.

Rick Reil
Realife Photography
37007 S. Oak Street
Kennewick, WA 99337
It's Orcas Island time again!
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
Church Finances
1st Quarter 2018
January 1- March 31, 2018
Giving - $207,975
Ministry Expenses - $155,374
Building Fund Balance: $45,697
Building Fund Loan Balance - $678,153
Deacon Fund Balance - $3,321
Deacon Fund Gifts: $240
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Thank you, Debbie