May 15, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
Pentecost - You're Speaking My Language!

When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples were all together in one place.   Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.    They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.    All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. -Acts 2:1-5

Have you ever traveled to a foreign land where you didn’t understand the language? It can be very confusing and frightening to try and find your way when you don’t speak the local language. But when you have a translator, or you hear someone speaking in your native tongue, it brings a sense of comfort and calm. You can communicate clearly and you know things won’t be misunderstood. People from all over the world came to Jerusalem for the Festival of Weeks. Pentecost is the name it was given because it happened 50 days following Passover. And although these people communicated in Koine Greek and in Hebrew, they were most comfortable in their native languages. 

In a miraculous display of God’s power, the disciples were enabled to speak in the native languages of the people assembled in Jerusalem from all over the known world. Because God had an important message for the people of the entire world, they needed to fully understand the message of who Christ was and how they, too, could be forgiven and embraced into God’s growing and expanding family. God didn’t want this message to get lost in translation. They received the message and 3,000 people were baptized that day and the early church was born.

I am continually amazed at how God can speak directly to me, in language I need to hear, at just the time I need to hear it. In just the same way that the people gathered in Jerusalem needed to hear the message of Jesus Christ in their native languages, God takes care of my confusion and frustration and speaks clearly through his Word, Jesus Christ. In my office I have a few scripture verses posted in various places as perpetual reminders. One of them is “Be still and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10 At the moment when I’m racing around, trying to keep track of all the schedules and details and sermons and worship planning and meetings I need to attend to… I look up and am reminded that all of this, however good and useful it may be, is not essential. My attentiveness to God’s work and God’s presence IS essential. God speaks my language and helps me to speak in language that reaches someone else’s heart in ways they can understand and words they can receive. And for that, I am thankful.

Gracious God, you speak and too often we are distracted and busy, and don’t hear what you are saying. Help us to be still, and know that you are God; that you are present in our lives, and that you are in control. Give us the comfort of your spirit and the boldness to proclaim, just like those disciples on that first Pentecost, the good news of Jesus Christ. Bless our students as they lead us in worship this week. May they feel the fire of your Holy Spirit empowering them to bring us a message of love, challenge and heart. And give us ears to hear them speaking in our language! Amen.

Personnel News:
Please join us in thanking our beloved Office Assistant, Liz Aguayo. She will be completing her time here at KFPC on Friday, May 25. Debra Bilodeau, our Administrative Assistant, will be taking over both positions as we streamline our staffing at the church. Liz brings such a kind spirit and warm welcome to our office. We will miss her gentleness and her hard work. Thank you, Liz.

~ Pastor Hanna Peterson Shearer
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday
Youth Sunday
New Members Join

9:45 am: Sunday School - Adult Ed & Kid's Sunday Small Group
11:00 am: Combined Worship Service
Scripture: Acts 2:1-8; 12-13
For recordings of past sermons, please visit KFPC Past Sermons
To watch live sermons, please visit KFPC Stream
The Deacon’s Fund is intended to help members of our community and church family in times of need. We collect funds twice a year, May and October. Through your generosity we have helped over 285 families since October. That is a total of close to $14,000. We will be asking for your help again on May 20 . Please give so we can give.  

You are welcome to donate at any time! We will accept donations through the office as well as the dates mentioned above. Thank you for your help to keep this program going!

Our mission is to provide aid for those in deep and urgent need.
Directory Pictures!!!
May 20, 2018
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
All photos taken can be viewed on our website at: , 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

Coffee Cart
Youth Mission Fundraiser
May 20, 2018

Come visit before and after the worship service.

Any donation accepted!

The office will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 for
Memorial Day.

Summer Worship Services
will start Sunday, June 3, 2018
9 am & 11 am

Summer Office Hours:

Starting June 1, 2018, the office will be closed on Fridays.

Starting Monday, June 4, 2018,
office hours will be 9 am - 4 pm
Closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm
Monday - Thursday
Save the dates....
Thank you
Women's Retreat Project

During this years Women's Retreat, we created 50 "comfort bags" for Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin County to be used at their women and children's shelter. Below is a thank you received from DVS regarding our donation:
Dear Congregation,

Thank you so much for your kind donation. Our clients will benefit greatly from your donation. We so appreciate your thoughtfulness and giving hearts. Because of people like you, we are able to help many clients!!

DVS Staff
Note from Facilities...
A reminder to please notify us when things are not working properly in our facility, for example if the pilot goes out on stove, there are no ice cubes in the ice machine, doors are not shutting correctly, etc. Also, when using the elevator please do not prop open the elevator door as there is plenty of time to enter and exit the elevator in a timely fashion.

Thank you,
Jeanna Mabry
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Thank you, Debbie