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LFPPC Weekly Newsletter
A Note from our Pastors...

Dear LFPPC Church Family, 
With the mid-term elections and Veteran's Day this week, I am reminded that we belong to each other and am humbled by scripture's repeated call to love our neighbor. We are so lucky in this congregation to have many service-oriented members who have not only served their church and neighborhood but have served this country in one of our military branches. With gratitude for their service and a reminder of our shared call to spread God's love in this world, I offer this prayer:

God of Peace, 
Bless and protect among us those you have called to service in our nation both past and present. We give thanks for their service and sacrifice for the sake of our freedom and flourishing. We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way. Shield them from danger and bring them home. May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains, the peace the saves us. In Jesus name, AMEN.

Pastor Laura

Pastor Nominating Process
November Update--
Our Nominations Committee is pleased to announce our Pastor Nominating Committee Slate: Reid Schmadeka, Scott Holt, Laura Reed, Bob Doolittle, Chris Bozick, and Mollie Merkley. We will meet as a congregation to vote on this slate this Sunday, November 13th, directly after worship. If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Laura or Elder Carol Lyons.
Family Choir Starts Sunday 11/13  Who:  Family Choir is casual and open for people of all ages who like to sing music together.  What:  We will learn and prepare a few songs for Christmas Eve and possibly Advent.  When:  Starting this week through Christmas Eve, Family Choir will meet after Sunday worship until around noon.   Where:  In the Music/Choir Room (200) in the hallway behind the sanctuary.   Contact Tim at or just come this Sunday and check it out! Handbell Choir Starts Wednesday 11/9 This fall the Handbell Choir will rehearse Wednesdays 7-8pm in the Music Room (200) to prepare music for Christmas Eve.  If you can read music and are interested in participating, please contact Tim at soon so he can select music that fits the size of the group.  
One of our outreaches to the community around us is Jazz Vespers. We are aiming for 10K by November 18th to fund this coming season. If you would like to contribute to Jazz Vespers you can do that here or you can give a check made out to LFPPC with “Jazz Vespers” in the memo line. I also invite you to pray with us! Here is what it takes to make a Jazz Vespers happen. Please reach out to Pastor Andrea ( with questions.
Please contact Pastor Andrea ( with questions.
The stories, scriptures, and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the generations. Many of us enter this season with a swell of memories and emotions as vast as the cultural and religious rituals this holiday holds. Like a tapestry woven throughout time, the Christmas story weaves us in—to remember how God has shown up in the past, to continue the work of collective liberation, to behold the presence of God in flesh and bone. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.

Advent Starts Nov. 27th!
Composting is here!
Keep your eyes open for compost bins around the building, especially in fellowship hall.  They will be green and labeled.  Any food waste or paper products with food residue can go in the compost bin. 
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! 

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.
Holiday Happenings

Nov 20th- After church service - All church Christmas Decorating and Chili Lunch.

Dec 11th- UGLY Sweater Service -and- Christmas Cookie Fellowship

 Dec 16th- 10AM- Pepitas Christmas Concert

Dec 18th- 7PM - Holiday Sing-a-long

December 24th- 5PM- Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Day!- Virtual Worship Service Available 
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 (
  • Exploring Faith: If you would like to lead once a month in the 4th and 5th grade room, please contact Pastor Andrea (
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 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

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.
          November 11th is Veteran's Day. The office will be closed.
Also several staff members will have the next Monday (11/14) off  in observation of the holiday.  
Office Hours
The Church Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 to 1pm and by appointment. 
Rev. Laura Terasaki, Interim Pastor + Head of Staff (
Rev. Andrea Chaumont, Associate Pastor for Families (
Tim Cromeenes, Director of Worship (
Kim Herbert, Director of Youth Ministries (
Melissa Robertson, Director of Pepitas Preschool (
Jamie Henning, Office Administrator (

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
You can find our current calendar here:
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