At this retreat, we will reflect on several passages of Scripture and through prayer seek God’s guidance about our “disordered loves” that rob us of the joy, freedom, and hope that God wants us to enjoy. Go to renewalminnw.org for more information and to register.
Registration is online at www.renewalminnw.org.
The Session met on Sunday October 15th and continued our work on preparing for the future of this congregation. Here’s an update and summary of what we have been doing since this project began.
We have asked the question, “What are the unique gifts that Edmonds Presbyterian Church brings to our members and the wider Edmonds community?” Thanks to your survey responses and a number of individual conversations, we have affirmed these gifts given to us by God:
In light of our current realities, which are not unique to our church, we need realize that numbers are declining in worship and giving is declining proportionally. In light of those facts, the session is looking at decreasing expenses (moving Pastor Amy to ¾ time was part of that process) and finding new sources of revenue. Fortunately, faithful giving over the years has blessed us with more than adequate reserves for this ‘rainy day,’ and we are in no danger of being forced to close due to finances. Therefore, we should be good stewards of the time God has given us to choose the best option for this congregation as it looks toward 2025.
So what is next? One possibility is partnering with another organization to develop our property in such a way that both blesses our community and provides a place for us to continue to worship God and enjoy fellowship together. We know that our property, held in trust by our denomination, is an asset that can be tapped as it once was to add the extension to our current building, when a row of housing lots was sold on the 98th street side of the property. The session is exploring a variety of ideas, determining what ones may be the most viable, and will report to you our top selection(s) in the coming months. We do value your input and insights, and will not make any final decisions until after we have shared our proposals with the congregation, and the congregation has had an opportunity to contribute to this discussion.
Meanwhile, it is time for us to get on with the work of being the church as we trust in God’s good plan for our future. That’s living our lives in hope. We have hope in our God’s goodness, hope in God’s plans for our future, and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the author of the book of Hebrews reminds us: “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” (Hebrews 6:19).
From the members of the Session,
Elders Gay Hawkins, Don Hollingworth Sr., Don Ide, Linda Reynolds, Ruth Roberts, and Dick Sellevold. Pastor Amy Delaney, Moderator
SUNDAY DECEMBER 4, 2016 7:30PM. A Celtic Christmas with Brian Dunning (flute & whistles), Jeff Johnson (keys & Vocal) & Wendy Goodwin (violin) Co-sponsored by Renewal Ministries NW with Bethany Presbyterian Church at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. For tickets: Call 206.284.2222 or go to www.bethanypc.org
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2016 9:00AM - 3:30PM A Day of Renewal in the Lord’s Prayer Speaker: Rev. Darrell Johnson “57 Words that Change the World” (includes Sunday November 13 – Preaching at North Creek Presbyterian 9:00 and 11:00) Cost: $25 (lunch provided)
Co-sponsored with and located at North Creek Presbyterian Church in Mill Creek. To register see www.renewalminnw.org or call 425-361-7953.
Facilitators: Rev(s) Denise Easter and Dianna Kunce Location: North Creek Presbyterian Church Cost: $30 (snacks included) “…do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” – Isaiah 41:10 Faith under pressure can lead discouragement and weakened trust in God. Come to this prayer retreat and allow yourself to sit at the feet of Jesus, the One who has been tested as we are. Bring your questions, doubts, and longings to him. We will lead you in Scripturally-based prayer exercises to help you listen and hear! To register see www.renewalminnw.org or call 425-361-7953.
We give thanks for the faithful saints who died in the past few months. Their faithfulness, service, and love for the community will be remembered. Services have been held for Rod & Joy D., Teresa (Barb M’s daughter) and for Gordon F. One day we will all rejoice together in God’s heaven. Until then we will hold you in our hearts.
The women of Cuba have written the service this year and share their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions and experience of God’s love and acceptance. Please come join us. We are hoping by having the service on a Saturday that more women who are at work during the week might be able to attend and participate. We will be holding the service in memory of Maplewood’s own Louise B. who was instrumental in the planning of these community services for many years.
Lent is the season of the church year when we prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is the 40 days preceding Easter, excluding Sundays. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, the day when we recall our need for God, remembering our own mortality – “dust you are and to dust you shall return.” Again this year we are invited to participate in Renewal Ministries’ special Ash Wednesday evening service at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Wednesday February 10th at 7 PM. Lenten devotional booklets will be available on the back table with readings and prayers to assist you in a prayerful Lenten journey.
Wed. Feb 10, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Calvin Presbyterian Church
18826 Third Avenue
Shoreline, WA 98177
An Ash Wednesday Observance for the whole family. Children will have their own special time of worship and will be included in the imposition of ashes at the end of the service. Nursery provided for ages 0-3 with RSVP.
The word “Selah” is found inserted throughout the Psalms and was probably a musical term delineating a pause or rest. The Selah Service offers the opportunity to pause and rest together in prayer, song, reflection and worship before God. Incorporated into the service, is a ten minute period of silent prayer providing a time for participants to bring their concerns, confessions and petitions to the Lord and to rest in the mercy and grace that Christ offers each one of us. ABOUT JEFF JOHNSON.
Jeff Johnson leads Selah worship for churches, pilgrimage groups and retreat centers around the world. His many ArkMusic recordings feature music from Selah as well as collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead’s novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. To learn more about Jeff Johnson and his music, visit www.arkmusic.com.
Join us for this very special observance of Ash Wednesday, as we begin the Lenten Journey to Easter by remembering that from dust we have come and to dust we will return.
No pre-registration necessary (unless nursery care is required); a free-will offering will be taken during the service.
To reserve a nursery spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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