Jan Griffith will speak on Sunday, July 8th during the worship service. We will have the opportunity to learn more about her current ministry in Sweden. Jan has been a missionary in Sweden for many years. Some of the people Jan’s church and Christian school reach are refugees. Jan grew up in Edmonds Presbyterian Church. Her parents, Bob and Marian, served in the church in many ways.
Saturday, July 14th is the annual missions fund-raising parking lot sale. For a $25 donation to missions, you may reserve a stall to sell your items. We’ll take care of the publicity. All proceeds are yours to do with as you wish. Invite your friends and family to sell with you, or come and shop the sale! 10AM – 1PM. Signups are online at https://goo.gl/forms/0CFv6bAAO5NYoCdX2 or contact the church office to reserve a space.
One of the missions supported by the mission tithe from our offerings is Eagle’s Wings DisAbility Ministries (they use a capital “A” in their name to show that everyone has ability and talent). One way they add pleasure to lives of people with disabilities is to host special events at different churches or other places willing to host them. Mill Creek Presbyterian Church sponsors a Pirate Bash each year, with music for dancing for everyone, including people in wheel chairs. Bethlehem Lutheran Church has a Talent Show. A Halloween party at the YWCA, and a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at LIFE Church 360 were other fun times. A special Winter Wonderland Ball was enjoyed at Marysville Foursquare Church. These are only some of the special events for people to enjoy throughout the year.
You are invited to the 5th Annual Community College Outreach Dinner Saturday, May 12, 6:00 to 8:00PM at Calvin Presbyterian - 18826 Third Ave NW Shoreline WA. Rev. Milad Nakla invites you to join him for dinner to learn about some of the barriers CCO students encounter when they penetrate mainstream culture through Christian witness. The students will explain the Witnessing Model they’ve developed to allow the Holy Spirit to empower them on the front lines of evangelistic ministry. Come discover what it’s really like at “Ground Zero: Encounters in Current College Culture.” Costs: $30 per person $50 per couple; Adults only please. Please call Calvin to RSVP!! Tickets available online at calvinpc.org or mail requests to Calvin at their church address. The dinner will include a request for donations. Proceeds help fund CCO’s ministry on four local campuses.
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering totaled $683, which is a generous amount for a small congregation. Thank you for caring and sharing.
Cancer Pathways is one of the agencies which receives funds from the mission tithe. This organization provides education about cancer, support for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, and community help all free of charge. Cancer Pathways was formerly known as “Gilda’s Club” after a woman in New York who began helpful services for people with cancer. The name was changed to “Cancer Pathways” in 2017. If you would like further information, their website is www.cancerpathways.org.
We will have another parking lot sale this summer! What a great excuse to clean out the garage… As we did last year, we will reserve you a parking lot stall when you donate $25 per reserved stall toward our local mission causes. Ministries that will benefit from the sale this year include: The Edmonds & Mountlake Terrace Food banks, Vision House (Shoreline), and the Puget Sound Christian Clinic’s dental clinic in Lynnwood. All the funds you raise from selling your yard sale goods are yours to do with as you wish. Last year we made over $200 for missions. An online registration link will be posted soon on our EPC website and Facebook page.
Gerad Schneider from AmeriCorps spoke at the March meeting. He spoke about his work with disaster preparedness and his helping with local disasters. The next meeting will be on April 11th. Ferrill Fleming from the Senior Center will be the speaker.
130 Easter baskets for Concern for Neighbors Food Bank were filled on March 24th. The baskets were filled with an Easter story coloring book, a stuffed animal, and candy.
The One Great Hour of Sharing has been the mission emphasis of March. The offering was collected on March 25th, but it is not too late to give if you didn’t get the chance before. This offering helps people around the world, as well as here in the United States. People in disaster areas, women who have been trafficked, those who need help to start a small business to support their family, and people trying to recover from drug addiction are just some of the people who will receive help from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
Our next mission emphasis is on One Great Hour of Sharing offering which will be collected on Palm Sunday, March 25th.
Started in 1949, One Great Hour of Sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of disaster. What started as an hour-long radio appeal has evolved over the years, varying from eight to 29 participating denominations, and has become the most participated-in offering in the PC(USA). Today, projects supported by One Great Hour of Sharing are underway in more than 100 countries.
The funds from this offering provide help to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Self-Development of People.
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