March 27, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
Prepared for Death

“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head… the people rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus said… “She has done a beautiful thing to me… She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” -Mark 14:3-8

Of all the stories in the gospels, this is one of my favorites. Maybe someday, they will write on my tombstone, “She did what she could.” And that will be enough. The people at Simon’s house rebuked the woman harshly and judged her for wasting this expensive perfume. Jesus saw it as a preparation for his death. Jesus saw it as a simple act of love. He called it “a beautiful thing”. When we love and serve God other people may judge our relationship. Other people may judge our commitment to attending worship weekly. Other people may not understand why we serve on Committees or as Officers in the church, but Jesus sees those sacrifices as acts of love. And they are beautiful. She was preparing him for his burial, he states. Before he is arrested, before he is wrongly accused, before he is beaten, before he is humiliated, before he is crucified, he is treated with tenderness and love to prepare him for death. As we experience the events of that Holy Week, may we find a simple way to show our love for God. Other people may not understand fully the gift of our gesture, but God will call it beautiful.

Merciful and loving God, thank you for your life, your teaching, your example, your miracles, your patience with hard-hearted people. Thank you for your death which gives us new life. Thank you for the gift of this week. May we once again know that we are loved. May we experience the depth of your sacrifice. May we share that gift of love with one another each and every day. Amen.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday

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

Sermon: "He has Risen!"
Scripture: Mark 16
Preacher: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Family Holy Week Celebration
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
5:30 pm

Maundy Thursday
March 29, 2018
7 pm (Garden Sanctuary)

Good Friday
March 30, 2018
7 pm (Main Sanctuary)


Easter Sunrise Services
with Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church
April 1, 2018 at 6:30 am
@the Gazebo in Badger Mountain Park

Easter Services
April 1, 2018
8:30 am & 11:00 am (Main Sanctuary)
Lenten Devotionals
Jesus dies on the cross
Reading: Luke 23: 44-49
How can God die? How can the Son of God breathe his last? Another wonder.  Another miracle.
Be silent.
Spend some time reflecting on where Jesus’ journey has brought him. 

Station Eight
Jesus is laid in the tomb
Reading: Luke 23: 50-56
Jesus was laid in a borrowed tomb. It was sealed with Roman guards ensuring the disciples didn’t try anything. The Jewish leaders thought this was the end of the story. We know it as the beginning of a new chapter. Yet, to those who loved him, it must have felt like the end.
When all is dark and Hope is buried,
It is hard to trust Your words that promised, before the pain,
That You would die that I might live. Amen
Close your eyes. Reflect on your journey through these eight stations. Where has God taken you? Worship and give thanks.


Every year, during this season of Lent, we have the opportunity to support the One Great Hour of Sharing administered through the PC USA ministries and programs.
Gifts that are collected (including the boxes that the youth are provided) on March 25 and April 1 are used to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. It provides relief to those affected by natural disasters, supplying food to the hungry, and by helping empower the poor and oppressed.
Please consider giving generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing.

Thank you,
Finance and Stewardship Team

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
"Church Inside Out"
April 29, 2018

Join us for a shortened, combined worship service at 11 AM. Following the service, we will be sending teams out to participate in service projects benefiting the wider Tri Cities Community. We will have a service project or two that can be done “in house” for those with mobility or transportation concerns. 

Some of the organizations we will be serving:

Boys and Girls Club of Benton & Franklin Counties
The Chaplaincy
My Friends Place/Safe Harbor
Second Harvest
Tri City Union Gospel Mission

More info coming soon!

Orcas Encampment
June 15-20, 2018

Yes, it is that time of the year again...and the plans for the Orcas Mission are in full swing. We have 18 little boys signed up so far and their excitement of going to camp is contagious! Now we need to focus on the staff for the camp. If you feel God nudging you to step out in faith and serve on this mission, please respond by signing up in the Narthex this Sunday. If you have questions, please call Kathy Owen at 308-1390.
During Yvonne’s recent illnesses, you helped us in so many ways: helping get Christmas decorations down, taking care of our new little puppy, sending cards and calls of encouragement, bringing wonderful meals to us, and most of all praying for us. We both thank you very much. You are truly the heart and hands of Jesus!   

Larry and Yvonne Towner

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who provided desserts for this year's Barnabas Mission Auction! You helped make this auction a wonderful success!

Mary Puckett             
Connie Patterson 
Bonnie Wilson
Liz Barker
Katie Jansons
Heidi Fisk
Ashley Burrill
Meegan Garza     
MaryLynn Merriman 
Annie Merriman
Nina Liebler
Zack Lucke
Kathy Cochran
Sue Werner
Jeanne Colvin
Julie Burrill
Diane Wicks
Carol Parsons
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 Thank you, Debbie