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The Back Porch
A Note from our Pastors...
Dear LFPPC Church Family, 

We have many exciting opportunities coming this week. Firstly, we invite you to join us Sunday at 9am in Heritage Hall as we re-start adult education hour. We also invite you to join us for worship at 10am as we begin a new worship series "Atlas of the Heart". Worship will be led by Jessie Elenbaas and she has invited several of our youth to share their gifts which is wonderful. Following worship, we continue to have extraordinary treats made by Tim Kalkbrenner.

Additionally, please mark you calendar to join us for the annual meeting on Sept. 25th. The meeting will be quite simple and we hope to keep it brief but we do have a few house-keeping tasks such as nominations, reports, etc. Draft Agenda will be below to give you a preview. I also plan to share a few words about the Pastor Nominating Process and it would be so helpful if you all could plan to attend to keep us all on the same page.

Blessings, 
Pastor Laura
Draft Annual Meeting Agenda
- Open with Prayer
- Quorum Declared
- Approve Agenda
- Presentation of Annual Report
- Interim Pastor's Report - Pastor Nominating Process
- Elect Nominating Committee Members
- Presentation of 2022-2023 Annual Budget
- Motion: To Approve Installed Associate Pastor's Terms of Call
- Defer to Annual Corporation Meeting
- Adjourn with Prayer
*Please note a much more detailed agenda is just being fine-tuned and will be available shortly
Sisterhood Study
Sisterhood Study will be starting the last week of September with an intro meeting. Talk to your leader about getting a book or contact jhenning@lfppc.org if you want to join a group. 7 weeks of study plus an intro meeting. Newcomers are always welcome!
Adult Education
Adult Education is Back! Join us this fall at 9am in Heritage Hall for study and discussion. All are enthusiastically invited and welcome to join us! 

What does it mean to be the Church?
A four-week series starting September 18 led by Rod Robinson.

Nehemiah: Rebuilding and God's Calling to Us
Starting October 23rd led by Anne Kalkbrenner. No class on November 27 (Thanksgiving weekend)

Faith in Action
A 3-week series starting December 4th led by Donna Bensley. Do you wonder about the story behind the news? During this portion of the class, we will hear from several people in our community who came to the U.S. from distant places, such as Afghanistan and Ethiopia. They will share their stories and help us put our faith into action.
 
Family Ministries
  • Godly Play workshop with Dianne Ross for all volunteers leading Godly Play on September 17th at 10:30am (please bring a sack lunch)
  • Godly Play for 4 years old - 3rd grade starting September 25th
We still need a few items for our Godly Play Room. Godly Play is our younger children’s program beginning September 25th. Please visit our Amazon wishlist to purchase something for the room.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/EY2TQK6K19L9?ref_=wl_share
Pastor Nominating Process
The nominating committee of LFPPC is prayerfully discerning who to nominate for service on our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). Here is some information about the role of the PNC and the characteristics of the people we are looking for to serve on the PNC:

The members of the congregation must give careful and prayerful attention to the election of persons to serve in this important role. In the Presbyterian call system, the congregation gives authority to the PNC. Once the PNC is elected, the other members of the congregation and the session have no role in determining who will be the next pastor until the PNC is ready to recommend someone to the congregation for a vote. The work of the PNC must be protected from pressure and intrusion. Names under consideration are not shared outside of the committee. This is both to protect the persons being considered and to protect the integrity of the discernment process. When pastor candidates interact with our PNC they should get the sense that they are interacting with a microcosm of our congregation. So we will be looking for a variety of people with different perspectives and different relationships within the life of our congregation. 

Election to A PNC Is A Sacred Trust
Those who serve on a PNC should:
 Be persons who understand his as a task of spiritual discernment, grounded in prayer and Scripture, and not being easily influenced by personal desires or congregational
politics, but rather listening for the voice of God.
 Be knowledgeable about LFPPC, our community, and Presbyterian theology and government.
 Be willing to serve.
 Be persons of integrity who respect and maintain confidentiality.
 Understand this to be a significant commitment of their time, energy, and very best wisdom.
 Commit to full participation in the PNC for its duration (usually 6 months to 1 year). Of course, members should try not to miss any meetings or interviews but may miss a week here or there, they should not serve if they plan to be out of town or away from the group for an extended duration.
 Listening focused--Is good at listening and interpreting what they have heard without having an unquenchable need to be heard.
 Be willing to state opinions and influence their committee colleagues while always open to being influenced by their committee colleagues and changing their minds. People who are rigid in their perspectives and opinions, or only care about 1-2 issues rather than the health of the whole congregation and its mission, do not do well on PNCs.
 Be confident with basic internet skills such as browsing the world wide web, use of cloud-based file sharing like Dropbox or Google Drive, use of e-mail and file attachments, using and filling out online surveys or forms. Internet, phone, and Skype or Google Hangout, or Zoom video communications technology are central to the PNCs work.

If you wish to recommend someone to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee, please contact Carol Lyons, Elder and Chair of the Nominating Committee at carol.stone.lyons@gmail.com. Deadline is September 30th.
Volunteers Wanted
  • Musicians-- Particularly those with piano or guitar experience though other instruments welcome. See Jaime Henning for more information.
  • Sound and A/V-- We always need more volunteers to be trained to help with Sunday worship sound as well as the occasional funeral or special event.
  • Godly Play is coming to LFPPC starting September 25th. Godly Play is a worship experience for young children using a Montessori based approach. If you would like to help in this important ministry to young children, please contact Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org)
Administration
Office Hours
The Church Office will be typically open Monday-Wednesday 9 to 1pm and by appointment. **We appreciate your grace and understanding as we are in the middle of hiring several positions. The quickest way to reach a staff member is by email. Voicemails are being checked periodically by Pastor Laura as she is able**

Check Requests and Reimbursements 
We have a new process for reimbursements. Please see Pastor Laura or Randy Routh for assistance. All financial inquires may be sent to finance@lfppc.org. Our onboarding with the Jitasa Bookkeeping Service is going quite well and they are nearly done catching up on our historical bookkeeping during our time of transition this summer.
Love Your Neighbor

Hopelink Food Markets need you!

Now that Hopelink Food Markets have reopened to serve clients, we need volunteers! Tasks include checking clients in and out, sorting and stocking food donations and organizing food markets as needed. Most opportunities occur Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with limited evening opportunities beginning at 4:30 p.m. Must be able to life at least 15 pounds. Volunteers are especially needed in Shoreline and Sno-Valley (Carnation). Learn More.

Food Pantry
Our Little Food Pantry is getting lots of action this summer and our supplies are running low. Grab-and-Go items seem to be the most popular such as: granola bars, individual size nuts, pop-top cans, beans etc. Items that require significant preparation are less utilized. Donations can be left in the bin across from Fellowship Hall.

Prayer + Care
Please be in prayer for the following individuals: Garry Arnold, George Dewey, Hannah Tran, Waldher family, Kathryn Heley, Kathleen Tade, Robin Gabbert, Routh Family (Randy's mom), Loretta Edwards (for her daughter), Travis Zapalac (In chemo for stage 4 Non-Hodkins Lymphoma). Please contact the church office at 206-364-2712 or your pastors if you have prayer requests.


The Prayer Shawl Ministry is going strong and we have given away almost all of our shawls.  These shawls have been a true gift to those who have received them.  We will also begin meeting again once a month beginning in October. If you would like to be part of this ministry and knit or crochet (or would like to learn), please let us know.  If you know of someone going through a hard time that would enjoy receiving a hand knitted Prayer Shawl please reach out to us. To make a request or if you would like to know more about the group, please contact Anne Gowing at 206-910-8505.
Covid19 Guidance
Masking
Masks are optional in the building. A mask-only and distanced worship space is available in fellowship hall where the worship service is available on the screen for those who desire a higher-precaution worship space. Note: Following worship un-masked congregants from the Sanctuary may come downstairs for coffee and fellowship. 
Contact
Rev. Laura Terasaki, Interim Pastor + Head of Staff (laura@lfppc.org)
Rev. Andrea Chaumont, Associate Pastor (andrea@lfppc.org)
Kim Herbert, Director of Youth Ministries (kim@lfppc.org)
Melissa Robertson, Director of Pepitas Preschool (info.pepitaspreschool@gmail.com)
Jamie Henning, Interim Worship Lead (jhenning@lfppc.org)
Tim Cromeens, Accompanist

Session Elders: Stacie Johnson (Finance), Jessie Elenbass (Personnel/Presbytery), Carol Lyons (Nominations/Growing Young), Reid Schmadeka (Personnel/Children/Youth), Bob Henning (Buildings + Grounds), Sheri Holt (Children/Youth), Gina Walton (Personnel)
Clerk of Session: Lois Linzy
Interim Deacon Moderators: Randy Routh + Angela Templin
Calendar
You can find our current calendar here: http://lakeforestparkchurch.org/resources/calendar/
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