We had a great meeting in February with the architect and all three stakeholders. I think we have a final design! Now to move to the cost analysis, final design drawings, and permitting. Oh --- and fundraising. More on that in the next few months! Please see one of the elders or Pastor Amy if you would like to view the design as it stands at this point in time. We would also be more than willing to answer questions. The words of the prophet Isaiah still ring true today – in 43:19 God says to the people of Israel, “I am about to do a new thing – do you not perceive it?” (note: we are currently pressing pause on this project until the fall.)
We have a new policy for the gifts given to the church, both designated and undesignated. This is not a change in how we handle the funds, but it is written down so we have it documented for future use. In essence, if a gift or bequest is designated for a particular use, the session will use that gift money for that purpose as best as they are able. In rare circumstances, the session will re-designate gifts for a different purpose. An example of this is (hypothetically) if money was given to pay a preschool teacher, and then the preschool closed. That designated money would be put to use by the session in other ways to benefit children as the original gift intended. Copies of this policy and others adopted by the session over the years are available to view in the church office.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
—1 Corinthians 3:16
As I wrote in my annual report to the congregation, we continue to be on the move at Edmonds Presbyterian Church! We have come to an agreement with Northwest Coast Presbytery to explore a remodel of the existing building to accommodate our church needs, the Presbytery’s office & meeting space, and at least two rooms dedicated for the use of therapists from Samaritan Counseling Service. Plans are being discussed, and this month there will be a design review with all parties to discuss and fine-tune the plans. If all goes well, we should begin remodeling the facility within the year.
A second big thing happening at the church is our participation in the PCUSA Vital Congregations Initiative (VCI) for 2020-2021. The purpose of the initiative is to
“…assess, discern and live into transformative actions that increase vitality. Through intentional spiritual practices and relational connections, this two-year process takes us deeper into following Jesus Christ, making disciples and being the vital community of Christ [in our] particular communities and the world.”1
In other words, we are looking to become a more vital congregation here in Edmonds. God’s Spirit does dwell within us. This year we will be even more intentional about listening to God’s Spirit through the practices of prayer, bible study, worship, and discernment. Throughout the process we will have the support of the Presbytery and other congregations who are undertaking this initiative.
What will it look like for us? First we will become familiar with the Seven Marks of Vitality, and begin to assess how we are doing in each area. We will do that primarily through our Lenten worship, and our Sunday adult education hour. The Seven Marks of Vitality2 are:
Then over the course of the year we will intentionally listen to our neighbors, and prayerfully enter into a season of discernment as a session and as a congregation about how we, in our community, may becomes a more vital congregation in the coming year.
I am also the Presbytery coordinator for the initiative – so please do ask me questions! I love talking about the Vital Congregations Initiative. In the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “God is about to do a new thing – do you perceive it?”
In Christ’s service,
Pastor Amy Delaney
1From the Vital Congregations Initiative Pastor’s Manual, PCUSA, 2019.
2Definitions courtesy of Rob Stewart, Riverside Presbytery, PCUSA.
The Women’s Association will meet at the Pancake Haus on 5th Avenue in Edmonds on February 12th at noon. Jonna Reeder from Frontier Fellowship gave a very inspiring talk on women and mission in Central Asia at the January meeting.
Three Mission Updates for February:
The “Souper Bowl” offering will be collected on February 2nd after the worship service. Bring either food items or money to be given to Concern For Neighbors food bank in Mountlake Terrace. (update: we raised $94 and over 40 food items!)
A total of $1,138 was given to the Christmas Joy offering. Thank-you!
Hello and blessing in the New Year from Mzuzu, Malawi. We wanted to thank you for your support of our ministries in Malawi, Africa over the past year and especially lifting up our family after Tyler’s recent bicycle accident. Please continue to pray in the New Year for Tyler’s work in theological education and Rochelle’s work in water and sanitation. Thank you! To follow our weekly family blog please visit: www.holminafrica.blogspot.com
You’re invited …February 16th following 10 AM worship.
Bring a dish to share and enjoy a time of fellowship together.
In 1990, Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:
“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”
Since then, more than $150 million has been generated for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that transforming the time around the Big Game, into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.
Share in God’s love for our neighbors in need and give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. 100% of every dollar or food item collected will go directly to our Souper Bowl of Caring Charity of Choice: The Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace. We will collect this offering after worship on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Beginning in February we will study selections from the book of Revelation, using a study guide by Max Lucado. In the Fall, we will study the Psalms. You are welcome to join us at 10AM any Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall for study and fellowship together.
…to all who provided reports for our annual congregational meeting on January 26th! If you did not receive a copy of the reports and would like one, please contact Kim in the church office, or pick one up from the back table in the sanctuary on one of the next few Sundays.
If you have wondered what Presbyterians believe, what makes EPC the unique place that it is, or what it means to officially profess your faith in Jesus Christ and become a member, let’s talk! Contact Pastor Amy for more information and to be included as we choose a mutually agreeable time to meet.
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