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
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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.
Toall who helped with our Easter Sunday Services – the music, choir, hospitality, egg hunt, child care and Sunday school -- YOU made Easter happen for our community and our guests. (Did you see that we had 10 kids in attendance?) Thank-you for all you did on Easter Sunday and every Sunday.
The Women’s Association will meet at the church on May 8th at 11:30 for a business meeting, followed by a salad lunch and program. If you can, please bring a salad to share. If you cannot bring a salad, come anyway so we can enjoy your company. We will vote on the distribution of our mission offering funds. The Birthday Offering for the National Presbyterian Women will be collected. Our Speaker will be Kathy Giske who works with Christians in the Middle East who face persecution and discrimination against their Christian faith. Kathy spent a week last summer at a refugee camp in Greece so she will also talk about her experiences there.
Our main mission emphasis lately has been on the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering which was collected on Palm Sunday. Our congregation gave a total of $821 to this offering. The funds collected help with disaster assistance, help alleviate hunger, and help reduce oppression, poverty and injustice through offering legal help and funds to start very small businesses to improve incomes.
A big thank-you to the saints of the church who spent up to five days in a row at the church, hedge, and tree trimming, repairing, sanding and painting. The cross and eaves have been re-painted. 5.6 TONS of yard waste were taken to the transfer station for composting. If you see them, please thank Eric M., Don I., Nancy E., Jerry & Jean G., Kathy M., Kathryn G., and anyone else I may have missed. Thank-you to all!
Our Yoga instructor is unable to continue offering Holy Yoga with us at the church, so our classes are on hold for now. Once we find a new instructor, we hope to resume classes. Meanwhile – stretch!
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