The Following Is for

August 20

We have two services - one at 8:30 a.m. and the next at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each service.

From the PAstor

Greetings Beloved Church! 

Highlights

  • I want to say thank you to Sharon Meeds for all her hard work in the office getting it ready for Rachel Zintgraff to start as our office administrator. She has spent countless hours organizing and cleaning things up. Sharon has been covering our office since July until this week! Will you join me in thanking her for her service and dedication! I am just so grateful for all that she has done in filling in! THANK YOU SHARON!! 
  • Thank you Pam Robison and Carol Novotney for serving at Evelyn Nettleton’s service! Thank you Anthony and Brett Anton for helping set up the room downstairs! The family was so appreciative!
  • Blackberry Bake Off this Sunday so bring your items and bring your appetite. Vanilla ice cream and whipped cream will be provided! We are looking for a couple more volunteers to provide items so please email Rev. Katie if you are able to help.
Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ! As I write this, I have just read about the terrorist attack in Barcelona. My heart hurts. I ache deeply for a world that is no longer violent, that is no longer full of hatred of their brother and sister. Lord have mercy, we pray. I just ask you to keep the faith during these difficult times. Trust that God’s love is more powerful than any form of bigotry, terrorism or evil. At the same time, I ask that we do this with our hearts softened and with long looks of love, so that we do not run the risk of becoming the very thing we are fighting against. We do not want to perpetuate the cycle of hatred.

A couple of weeks ago in worship, I preached about non complementary behavior. This idea that we do not respond to hate and evil with hate and evil. Instead non complementary behavior calls us to respond with the opposite reaction, one that is completely unnatural to us. Yet is proven way to shake up the dynamic and produce a different outcome from the usual one. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is talking about non complementary behavior when he said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This is keeping the faith. Keeping our heads cool when everyone is dialed up to an eleven. I know we are upset and angry. So we will also choose love, non-violence, creativity, justice and mercy to keep changing our world so it becomes more like the kingdom of God. Be gentle with yourself during these challenging times, and please be gentle with each other. We are all trying hard. We are all full human beings who are complicated. We are neither all good nor all bad. So let’s keep spreading kindness and love wherever we are. Amen!

Building and Grounds service Saturday this Saturday August 19th at 9a.m. Join us in helping beautify the grounds and help getting the office ready for our new administrative assistant.

Save the date for our fourth hike this summer August 27th at 1:00 p.m. for Tipsoo Lake. Please let Rev. Katie know if you are able to attend.

September 2nd will be the 75th Remembrance of Camp Harmony: the Puyallup Assembly Center for Japanese American persons who were interned during WWII. At the Puyallup Fairgrounds from 10:00-2:00 p.m. Please let Rev. Katie know if you are interested in attending. 
  

In Christ, 

Rev. Katie

revkatieklosterman@gmail.com

Acts 16:6-15

New International Version (NIV)

Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia


Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi

From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi,a Roman colony and the leading city of that district[a] of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.


Footnotes:

Acts 16:12 The text and meaning of the Greek for the leading city of that district are uncertain.