Spending Time Together
Pastor Doug Kelly
As we enter May we have a big celebration coming—Pentecost. May 19th is when we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church. In Acts 2 we hear of the movement of the Holy Spirit which like tongues of fire moved across all kinds of language barriers and announced the good news...
How to Adopt Kids into the Church, Part 4
Scott Gronholz, Director of Youth and Families
Adoption: it’s a useful word because it implies that there is a familial connection between us as a church body. Specifically with the way we think about our youth I have suggested that adoption entails making some small yet significant adjustments. it’s a useful word because it implies that there is a familial connection between us as a church body. Specifically with the way we think about our youth I have suggested that adoption entails making some small yet significant adjustments.
Prayer Corner: Task Surfing and Prayer, Part 1
Undertake all your affairs with a calm mind and try to dispatch them in order one after the other. If you make an effort to do them all at once or without order, your spirits will be so overcharged and depressed that they will likely sink under the burden without effecting anything. –Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, 17th century
The Secret Ingredient - Prayer
Dave Campbell, Elder for Wednesday Night Dinner
I am convinced that one of the biggest reasons for our WND success is the prayer warriors, usually Bev Carlson, Joan Nelson and Norma Reyes, who pray continually during our dinners every Wednesday...
Gold Basin Camping Trip
Jane Frissell, Elder for Congregational Life
I don't think I need to extol the beauties of Washington's Cascade Mountains. We don't need to rehearse the joys of camping in the Pacific Northwest. What you do need to hear about is the fun we have every year that Bethany goes camping at the Gold Basin Campground east of Granite Falls. It's an annual event for lots of families. Fellowship, laughter, hiking and tacos!...
Road to Pasadena
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry...well, you might not cry, but you’ll definitely laugh, and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about the heart and soul of this year’s mission trip...
Children & Families Library
In a small room located at the end of the 2nd floor of the Education Wing, at the top of the stairwell, is the Children & Families Library. It’s a quiet space with a comfortable couch, DVD player and TV, and books—the perfect place for kids to hang out on a cool or rainy Seattle Sunday.
Perusing the shelves of the library reveals material for children of all ages as well as adults who work with children. There are videos like Veggie Tales or the Wild & Wacky World series to enjoy. There are books like the Elizabeth Gail series, Sugar Creek Gang series, or Seven Sleepers Series, along with material to help kids dive deeper into the Bible. For families or older kids who enjoy spending time playing games, the library provides biblical reinforcement through games like “66 Books of Grace”, “Bible Brainstorm” or “Full Armor of God”. The library also holds CDs of Bible-based music to listen to and enjoy.
Whether enjoying time in the room or checking out material to take home, the Children & Family library is a resource for you. Why not stop by and take a look?
On the Calendar
see interactive calendar for complete listing and further dates
Wednesdays, 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesdays through April 10, 7:00 pm 10325 15th Ave NW
Women's Bible Study
First & Third Tuesdays, 9:30 am and 7:00 pm in the Parlor
Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 pm in the Parlor
Stephen Ministry Continuing Education
Thursdays, April 4 and 18, 7:00 pm in the 3 Howe Basement
Young Adult Lunches
Sundays, April 7 and 21, 12:15 pm in 11 Howe
China Prayer Team
Sunday, April 7, 12:15 pm in the 3 Howe Basement
Soup & Bread
Sunday, April 14, 12:00 pm in the 3 Howe Basement
Prayer for Honduras
Sunday, April 21, 12:00 pm in the Library
Read Good Books
Sunday, April 21, 7:00 pm in the Parlor
Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 pm in the Parlor
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm in the Parlor
Local Outreach Team Spring Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 pm in the Parlor
News & Notes
Children & Family Ministries
Dianne Ross, Minister to Children & Families
Kids' Clothing Donations for Tierra Nueva
Sundays: May 5 & 12 … See the bin in the lobby.
Our children are once again invited to go through their drawers and closets and find some gently used, still wearable clothing to give away to children up at Tierra Nueva. On May 14 a few adults and children will go to Tierra Nueva to put the clothing into their Clothing Closet bins. Contact Darien Palpant to participate.
Opportunities to Serve at Vacation Bible Camp
We are excited to announce that we have many opportunities for parents and non-parents, grandparents, singles (all ages), retirees, and youth to serve at this Summer’s Vacation Bible Camp: July 29-August 2. We are looking for people to serve in the following areas for our Beach Bash theme: teachers and assistants for all classes, nursery, recreation, craft coordinators, snack helpers, musicians, carnival coordinators, early drop off workers, to name just a few. Adults may serve 2, 3 or all five days. Contact Co-Directors Janet Markwardt or Michelle Layton. High schoolers get to serve as our actors, elementary recreation leaders, musicians or as assistant teachers. Middle Schoolers may serve as pre-school recreation assistants or classroom assistants.
by Craig Barwell, Clerk of Session
Fred Drummond opened the April Session meeting by reading Psalm 148, leading Session in singing “Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him” and telling the history of that hymn.
After approving the agenda and correcting and approving last month’s minutes, Session appointed a committee to interview Anthony Jones as he begins the Inquirer process.
Carol Andersen introduced a motion to receive new members Adam Loeffler, Jonathan Kamrath and Lexi Harlow and Alina, Betty Freeman, Milt and Metta Smith, and Whitney Broetje. Session joyfully passed the motion.
Bruce Devereaux introduced a motion to hold a congregational meeting on May 5 to elect new Elders, Deacons, and at-large Nominating Committee members, and Session approved this motion.
Pastor Lynne Blessing announced an exciting sabbatical possibility through a Lilly Foundation grant for Clergy Renewal, which requires Session and congregational support. After Pastor Lynne outlined her sabbatical vision and interest, as well as surrounding logistics, Session approved the endorsement of Pastor Lynne’s application for the grant.
Following a brief fellowship break, Session resumed discussion of a motion from the Youth Ministry Discernment Team. After a time of silence and prayer, Session voted to approve the motion, called the next Session meeting for May 14, and closed by singing the second verse of “Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him.