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“You shall be called repairers of the breach”. Disaster assistance is one of three programs that the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering supports. This special offering, started in 1949, is a long-standing ecumenical effort that raises the necessary funds to provide communities in the aftermath of a disaster. The special offering supports three programs overall: disaster assistance, hunger program, and self-development of people.

The disaster assistance program provided support to communities both immediately and long after the media has faded away. For example, according to OGHS resources, “Over fifteen countries received aid and support after catastrophic events, including the violence in South Sudan, earthquakes in Ecuador, flooding and drought in Malawi, and ongoing assistance for refuges and internally displaced persons related to Syria.” Funds locally supported the wildfires in California and the Pacific Northwest.

The OGHS hunger program provided more than 308,000 people who were living in poverty in more than thirty countries with increased food security. Also, the Presbyterian Hunger Program partnered with 29 presbyteries to leverage $1.6 million for local, national, and international hunger work.

Disasters have affected millions of people in recent years. You never know if a disaster will hit close to home. What comfort you can have is that the Presbyterian Church will be there to help bring relief. Please consider giving to this special offering during the Lent season. I leave you with a final thought from the promise Isaiah 58 provides us. “As we respond to injustice, feed those who are hungry, our ‘light will break forth,’ and we shall be called ‘repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in.’

Thank You,
Derona Burkholder for the CJP Team


We will meet for a potluck meal this Monday, March 20th at 6:30pm in the Adult Library. Kimberly Behymer, from the Kent Fire Department (and of Resor fame!) will join us and speak about emergency preparedness. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Lezle Resor.

Please join us this Wednesday, March 22, and for the following Wednesdays through April 5  as we journey through this Lenten season by sharing a simple meal together. Doors will open at 5:45pm, and dinner should generally start around 6pm. Food will be provided (volunteer potluckers welcome! Email Chuck Sigars or catch him at church). Feel free to come to all or any, no RSVPs necessary.
Mountain Construction continues remodeling work which is expected to extend to mid-April. It will affect access to the meeting rooms, bathrooms, classrooms, nursery, and choir room in the old section of the building. The office is open during regular office hours. The sanctuary is generally available, although construction activity can sometimes be noisy during the day.

Please check with Scott or Pat in the office if you have questions about scheduling a room or email If you have general questions, feel free to talk with any of the building team: Patti Warden, Bob Seel, Mike Dittmar, Dan Clawson, Dan O'Rear or Frank Sickinger. You can also find more information here. Many thanks to you for your input and for the great work the Building Team has done to get us to this point!
We ask that those who want to support REACH sign up to give us $1 a week for as long as they are able. 

Why a Dollar a Week?
In a word, sustainability through community! In this powerful commitment you are helping us change the way the work of building healthy, sustainable community is done for the better. You can sign up by going to the REACH website at or  call (425) 209-0594.
Exodus 17:1-7 † Psalm 95 † Romans 5:1-11 † John 4:5-42
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