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A Note from our Pastors...
Dear LFPPC Church Family, 

May these words from "To Light their Way: A Collection of Prayers & Liturgies for Parents" by Kayla Craig be a blessing to you this week. (See below)

Peace,
Pastor Laura

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May all your life
Be a prayer--
A holy kiss
Atop sticky foreheads and matted curls.

May all your life
Be a prayer--
Learning each day afresh
What it is to see God in you
And God in your neighbor.

May all your life
Be a prayer--
An offering of presence and peace, 
Poured out and replenished
Between parent and child.

May all your life--
Your fantastic, 
Dirty,
Messy, 
Holy, 
Life--
Be a prayer.

 
Pepitas 10 Year Anniversary
Celebra con Nosotros! Celebrate with us! On Sunday October 2nd, we will have a special bilingual worship service to celebrate Pepitas 10th Anniversary of incredible ministry to the community. We will also celebrate Melissa Robertson, the Founding Director of Pepitas Preschool. A card for her is on the welcome center for all to sign as we express our gratitude for her amazing ministry. Pepitas staff and families have been invited to attend as well. 
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

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!
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
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
  • 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). 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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