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LFPPC Weekly Newsletter
A Note from our Pastors...

Dear LFPPC Church Family,  

The other day I was having coffee with a friend who was venting and beating herself up that she had snapped at her spouse and kids in the car after a long day. I’ve known this friend a long time and she has been working for many years on her tough inner critic. Many of us can relate. None of us are perfect. We all have bad days. Not surprisingly, this conversation has been replaying in my mind as I prepare this week’s sermon titled, “The Places We God When We Fall Short”. Often times, we ruminate on our flaws and fail to see the bigger picture. Thankfully, God meets us where we are at and loves us unconditionally. Psalm 103:12 paints a powerful picture of the depth and width of God’s grace for us—“…so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” 

Friends, never forget how deeply beloved you are. There is nothing that can separate you from God’s love. 

Peace,  

Pastor Laura

Pastor Nominating Process
*Mark Your Calendars-We are tentatively calling a Special Congregational Meeting for Nov. 6th to elect our Pastor Nominating Committee*
LFPPC's Nominations Committee met this week and prayerfully discerned a slate of PNC candidates that reflects the diversity of the congregation. We believe we have pulled together an EXCELLENT slate of 7 candidates. They will be reaching out to those potential nominees shortly to confirm their willingness to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). Session will also be working this month to plan our congregational discernment process so that all will have an opportunity to participate in collaboratively seeking God's will for our next chapter. The discernment results will be given to the PNC so that they may write a job description/Ministry Information Form that aligns with the gifts and skills needed in our next pastor to do God's will for LFPPC.
...those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their WORSHIP.
John 4:23b MSG
 

Worshipper Questionnaire If you have not had a chance to fill it out in person, the Worshipper Questionnaire is now available online: https://forms.gle/Q1hiVfXZeEAcMwWDA . 

 Paper copies will also be available at the Welcome Center on Sunday

Jazz Vespers 2022-2023 Update
This July we celebrated three years of Jazz Vespers at LFPPC. We thank God for giving us the resources we need to sustain the past three years of this innovative ministry. Last year Jazz Vespers was funded through a grant from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. We have come to the end of our grant money and are in between being eligible to apply for another round of grant funding. We would like to continue to offer Jazz Vespers at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church and will be putting forward an opportunity to the church and the Jazz Vespers community to give financial gifts to allow us to continue this ministry until we are able to secure more grant monies. Thank you for prayerfully considering a contribution and be on the lookout for this opportunity coming soon.
Please contact Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org) with questions.
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! 
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Nehemiah: Rebuilding and God's Calling to Us
Starting October 23rd led by Anne Kalkbrenner. No class on November 27 (Thanksgiving weekend)

The setting of Nehemiah involves a group of people who have been through a huge “pandemic” of change, including a war, an exile, and now an opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild both the physical walls of the city as well as their spiritual identity as a community of believers who seek God. Although the details of our “pandemic” differ – the need for vision and for direction about how to rebuild our lives and once again see God’s Gracious Hand at work in our generation remains the same. Come join us as we learn from the remarkable and humble leadership of a man who believed that nothing is too difficult for God. 

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.
 
Volunteers Wanted
  • 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 If you would like to serve as a “Shepherd” in the Godly Play room, please contact Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org
  • Exploring Faith: If you would like to lead once a month in the 4th and 5th grade room, please contact Pastor Andrea (andrea@lfppc.org)
Love Your Neighbor

Food Pantry
Our Little Food Pantry is getting lots of action. 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.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor
Neighbor-to-Neighbor is our Deacon's sponsored program to support our congregation members with meals or rides as needed. We currently have a larger number of folks willing to provide meals but would appreciate a few more volunteers to provide rides to occasional medical appointments. If you are able to help, please contact Rocky Meredith at 206.310.6399 or rocmer@comcast.net.

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 (home and responding well to treatment), Bunnie Jorgensen (recent cancer diagnosis). Please contact the church office at 206-364-2712 or your pastors if you have prayer requests.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is now meeting monthly. If you would like to be part of this ministry and knit or crochet or if you know of someone going through a hard time that would enjoy receiving a Prayer Shawl, contact Anne Gowing at 206-910-8505.
Friendly Reminder: Our building is a busy shared space. Please re-set each room as you have found it and/or clean any messes your group has made. Our janitorial staff come weekly and their primary responsibilities are trash and vacuuming. The rest is up to all of us. Thanks for your help!
PICKLEBALL! --  We have a net, paddles, and pickle balls stored in a trunk on the playground. Anyone wanting to use them, call Melissa Robertson or Garry Arnold and we can give you the combination to use them. All we ask is for you to put them away and lock up. We hope you can all have fun and get exercise with the equipment. Contact Gary Arnold 206-552-1830.
Contact
Office Hours
The Church Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 to 1pm and by appointment. 
Rev. Laura Terasaki, Interim Pastor + Head of Staff (laura@lfppc.org)
Rev. Andrea Chaumont, Associate Pastor for Families (andrea@lfppc.org)
Tim Cromeenes, Director of Worship (tim@lfppc.org)
Kim Herbert, Director of Youth Ministries (kim@lfppc.org)
Melissa Robertson, Director of Pepitas Preschool (info.pepitaspreschool@gmail.com)
Jamie Henning, Office Administrator (jhenning@lfppc.org)

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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