Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9:00AM– 12:00PM.
Facilitated By: Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce & Rev. Wendy Taylor
Location: North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek
Cost: $25 (include snacks & materials)
“Following Jesus means getting his ways and means into our everyday lives…this takes place only as we pray our following of him. The practice of prayer is the primary way that Jesus’ way comes to permeate our entire lives.” – Eugene Peterson
How are we “supposed” to pray? How can we draw on Jesus’ prayer life for instruction and inspiration? What does it mean to “abide” and “discern”? At this spring retreat, you can expect to refresh your spirit and renew your desire to grow in relationship with Jesus through prayer.
Advent of Jesus: Hope Where Hope Fades
Advent Prayer Retreat – 2 dates to choose from!
Tuesday, December 4th, 9AM. – 12:30PM
North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek
Saturday, December 8th, 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue
God intervened in human history not through a single, earth-shattering event but with a slow, mysterious path to redemption that started with a vulnerable human baby. God’s ways remain mysterious to us today—though Advent gently reminds us that obscurity is where God is most active and real. Jesus calls us into this sacred space to wait with hope and expectancy, for it is in “stillness” and “silent waiting” that we trust in the deep work of God.
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.
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