The Deacons’ quarterly meeting will be Sunday April 28th following worship. If you are a Deacon, please put the date on your calendar or talk with Don H. Jr if you are unable to attend.
The Deacons are on the front-lines of our caring ministry at the church. They often work in the background, so you may not know all that they do. One part of their ministry is allocating the monies donated to the Deacons’ fund. The Deacons have helped a number of local residents with gas and food gift cards, housing assistance, and other support. Thank you for your gifts to this fund. Through your generosity we bless our church community and the larger Edmonds community.
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.
These past few months I have felt like a runner, who, having run most of the race, discovered that they are in the last lap, the home stretch of the race. Suddenly the first part of the race faded from my thoughts and I’m focused on that finish line and the welcome refreshment beyond.
Friends, we have been running a race with our discernment process, Vision 2025. We have even wondered at times if we would ever see the final lap. And now, here we are, at the end of that race. The discernment process has ended, and the finish line for that effort is now receding behind us. We have committed to building a new thing, to seeing a new vision of what this building and property can be used for come to life.
Though the discernment has ended, a new journey has begun. Joining with our partners in this process, we are undertaking a new thing. Our Presbytery is taking the lead, and we are part of the team in this effort. As Paul reminds the church in Corinth,
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:12-13)
In this passage, Paul reminds them that each person, each member of the body of Christ, has their own important work to do. The work of a hand is different than the work of a foot. Your work is different than mine. In our new phase of planning for the re-development, our roles are different. To use the image of a bus, the Presbytery is in the driver’s seat. The architect is mapping out our route, and our fellow passengers on the bus are the preschool and the Samaritan Counseling Center.
The first opportunity to hear about this re-development bus ride will come on Sunday, March 10th. On that Sunday we will share a potluck lunch following worship, and be introduced to the architect who will be mapping our route into our remodel, Dennis Chivers. Join us on the 10th to learn more.
There is a separate article in this newsletter concerning the process. If you have thoughts, concerns, hopes or dreams about our re-development, please let me or a member of the session know. For most of us, this is the first time we have been part of a re-build like this one, so we are learning together how it will proceed.
Meanwhile, come and join us on the bus ride to God’s new future for Edmonds Presbyterian Church!
The Souper Bowl offering was collected on February 3rd, the day of the Super Bowl game. We gave $45 in cash and forty food items, for the Terrace View Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace.
Our next mission emphasis will be on the One Great Hour of Sharing offering which will be given on Palm Sunday. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will receive 32% of the offering, Presbyterian Hunger Program will get 36%, and Self Development of People will receive 32%.
Our quarterly mission giving was distributed in January. Eagle Wings, Opening Blind Eyes, Jan Griffith and Renewal Ministries each received $400. The Puget Sound Christian Clinic was given $300 and The Jean Kim Foundation received $200. Gifts of $100 were given to the Everett Gospel Mission, Cancer Pathways, Habitat for Humanity and Tyler Holm, our mission partner in Malawi.
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 began 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.” Lenten devotional booklets are available on the back table with readings and prayers to assist you in a prayerful Lenten journey.
The February meeting was cancelled because of the weather. The ladies will meet March 13th at the church at 11:30AM for a business meeting, lunch and program which will be announced later. Kathy Giske, our scheduled February speaker will come in May. Valentine cards and candy were sent to: Kate S-D, Jacob D , Karen R ,Garrett D, Gale E., Mandy S and Teddy K .
Our annual mission offering will be collected in March since we will meet at the Pancake Haus in April.
The “Box Tops for Education” were mailed in January. Keep saving them for next year’s mailing. The Menaul School does get some worthwhile science and sports items from these box tops which would otherwise end up in recycling or trash.
Here is the latest information on the property redevelopment. On January 31, 2019 NWC Presbytery Executive Board voted to move forward in partnership with us by hiring an architect, Dennis Chivers, to create drawings/plans for our remodel. Other partners with us in this remodel are the Samaritan Counseling Service and a Preschool director.
Soon Pastor Amy and the Session will receive surveys from the architect to help him learn what our requirements are in a newly remodeled building. Because of the work we have done in this Vision 2025 project, we have most of the information we will need. If you have any concerns that you did not raise in the previous surveys, please let Pastor Amy know so she can add those to the survey responses.
Starting March 7th, Corey Schlosser-Hall (our Presbytery Executive) and Dennis Chivers (architect) will meet with a few representatives from each set of stakeholders to confirm Dennis’s understanding of what we need/want in a new building. Our meeting with Dennis will follow our potluck on March 10th. Dennis is planning on attending our potluck and we will introduce him to all who are in attendance. He may even say a few words about the process moving forward.
After meetings have been held individually with each of the four stakeholders, a “charrette” meeting will be scheduled. Charrette is an architect term for “a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.” Once that meeting concludes, our next contact with the architect will be to review preliminary plans. Yay! We are moving forward! Continue to hold our congregation and our partners in this remodel in your prayers.
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