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

My morning devotion today included this famous verse from Lamentations 3, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

These words have brought me great comfort through many seasons in my life. Sometimes when we are in the storm, we get stuck in fear, anxiety, and even grief. But when we slow down and remain curious, a new perspective often opens up and we are reminded of God's steady faithfulness throughout our lives.

As I think about this particular moment at LFPPC, I know that there is likely a mix of feelings---grief and nostalgia for the past and yet also hope, imagination, and openness to God's future for us all. Whatever we may be feeling, may we be tender, kind, and gracious to one another.

If you ever have any questions about our season of transition, please note my door is always open and I'm happy to sit and chat with you. In fact, I'm an extrovert and love talking to people. I'm aware there is a little bit of mis-information circulating (which is normal when congregations are anxious) but I would still nevertheless, appreciate the opportunity to clear things up if you have any concerns. Open and honest conversation is the key to a healthy congregation and its important we move forward together with integrity as we prepare ourselves to receive new pastoral leadership in the coming months.

His mercies never end...Great is God's faithfulness...

Many Blessings,
Pastor Laura
Meet Our New Worship Director
After interviewing several stellar candidates, we have discerned God's leading to our very own Tim Cromeenes to become LFPPC's next PT Worship Director. As you all know, Tim is a man of deep faith, musically gifted, and a joy to serve alongside. His mature understanding and theology of worship will be a blessing to our entire congregation. He also brings a commitment to intergenerational worship and we believe his creative ideas will help form all of us as disciples. 
Here is our expected timeline for his onboarding:
  • Tim’s first day will be Monday 10/11 to shadow/overlap with Jamie for one week and onboard to the team 
  • Jamie’s last Sunday leading worship and being our Interim Worship lead would be 10/16 
  • Tim’s first Sunday leading worship would be 10/23 
While we lament the loss of Jamie in this role, we give thanks for her service as our Interim Worship Leader and the many gifts she has shared with us all. Words can't express how much she has done to hold us together through both pandemic and transition. We are grateful that she will still stick around in worship—this time in a volunteer capacity and we will formally say "Thank you!" to her publicly on 10/16.
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.
PICKLEBALL CLINIC    Anyone interested in learning how to play pickle ball, please contact G. Arnold 206-552-1830 . We will be having a FREE clinic at the church on Thursday Oct 6th 2022  4:00PM.  You only need to bring yourself and have fun. Must by at least 6 years old or older.
Annual Presbytery Meeting

THURSDAY, OCT 6, 2022
Maplewood Presbyterian Church Edmonds, WA

As our Annual Presbytery Meeting and the first in-person meeting in 3 years, minister members, commissioned pastors, board members, and ruling elder commissioners are encouraged to plan to attend in-person! This is not a hybrid event (though we plan to offer live stream viewing for those unable to make it.) All discussion and voting will be in-person only.

The meeting agenda and documents will be posted when available. 
https://www.northwestcoast.org/presbytery-meeting

Presiding: Rev. Matt Paul & Rev. Becca Niemeyer
*Pastor Andrea Preaching*

SCHEDULE
(subject to change)
PRE-MEETING EVENTS
(All on Thursday)

10am-Noon - Alaska Cluster Gathering
This is an opportunity for those traveling from our churches in Alaska to connect.

11:30am-2pm - Honorably Retired Minister Zoom Group
We have had a faithful group of retired ministers meeting bi-monthly by Zoom for approximately 3 years. This will be their first opportunity to meet in person!

2-4pm - Happy Hour!
We are SO happy that we’ll be seeing one another IN PERSON that we want to celebrate! This will be an unstructured time to visit with people you may not have seen in a long time. While we won’t be serving alcohol, we will have appetizers and drinks :-)
ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday Evening, 4-8pm

4pm Workshops
5pm Worship
5:45pm Dinner
6:30pm Discern, Discuss & Decide
8:00pm Adjourn

Verge Conference
VERGE 2022 - CULTIVATING JOY! Saturday, October 8th 8:30am-12pm Pacific / 7:30am-11am Alaska
As we navigate a new normal, reestablishing our grounding in God is essential. Northwest Coast Presbytery brings you VERGE - our FREE virtual half-day conference on October 8th, dedicated to offering tools for your spiritual formation which can translate into the worship spaces you inhabit and influence. May it be a respite, helping you cultivate joy amidst all the ups and downs the past couple years have brought. Together, we are intentionally leaning into the hope God is growing all around us! 
REGISTER
 
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 for 4 years old - 3rd grade is starting this week! 

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
October Update
The nominations process to the PNC(Pastor Nominating Committee) is now closed and LFPPC's Nominations Committee will meet next week to prayerfully discern a slate of PNC candidates with the hopes of bringing a PNC slate of candidates to the congregation for a vote in early November. 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.
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)
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**
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. 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 (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.

Let us pray especially this week for our neighbors experiencing significant difficulty in: Afghanistan, Iran, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, and Florida

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is going strong. We will begin meeting again once a monthly 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 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 Cromeenes, 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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