On Saturday, June 29th (note the change of date!) we will have another parking lot sale! 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 Mountlake Terrace food bank and Vision House (Shoreline). 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.
The Women’s Association will meet at the church on June 12th at 11:30AM. The board will provide a picnic style lunch. We will reveal our prayer partners for the year after lunch.
Thank you to all who donate to our Deacons’ fund. The Deacons’ fund is available to help those coming to church and our neighbors in Edmonds with one-time emergent needs. We have paid for a night in a hotel, an electric bill, a bus ticket, food, gas, diapers, a car bill, and so much more. Thank you for helping make this ministry possible. It is good to know that if someone calls the church looking for assistance, we may be able to help them.
Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:
Join us on Sunday, June 16th as we say a special thank you to the choir for another fantastic year of music. Many thanks to Kathy and Gina for continuing to share their gifts with us. We are blessed by all that you and the choir do to lead us in worship of God. For this Sunday they will be joined by extra musicians, including Gospel Soloist, Nichol Eskridge. It will be a day of joyous praise to God.
We have one more video study left in our 5-part series. Thanks to all the other events of May, that class will be Sunday, June 2nd, following worship. Come and join us for a lively bible study and time of discussion.
We are blessed with some excellent preachers to fill-in when Pastor Amy is out for vacation and study leave. Looking ahead, Rev. Charlie Shin will be with us on June 23rd. This is her first time with us – so please give her a warm Edmonds welcome! Rev. Dean Strong is the guest preacher for July 14th and Rev. Janine Moriarty will be with us on August 4th.
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
The month of May falls entirely within the church season of Easter, the seven Sundays that we particularly remember Jesus’ resurrection with joy and gladness. Poet and Pastor Ted Loder has written a poem about resurrection that keeps rattling around in my head, giving me more and more food for thought. I offer his poem for your reflection and prayer this month:
I Praise You for this Resurrection Madness
Lord of such amazing surprises
as put a catch in my breath
and wings on my heart,
I praise you for this joy,
too great for words,
but not for tears and songs and sharing;
for this mercy
that blots out my betrayals
and bids me begin again,
to limp on,
to hop-skip-and-jump on,
to mend what is broken in and around me,
and to forgive the breakers;
for this YES to life and laughter,
to love and lovers,
and to my unwinding self;
for this kingdom
unleashed in me and I in it forever,
and no dead ends to growing,
to calls to be just;
no dead ends to living,
to making peace,
to dreaming dreams,
to being glad of heart;
for this resurrection madness
which is wiser than I
and in which I see
how great you are,
how full of grace.
-From Ted Loder’s book, Guerrillas of Grace
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