The following is for

April 22

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


Open Communion is held each Sunday at the 8:30 service. It is also held the first Sunday of each month at the 10:00 service. Communion is open to All people. 

From The Pastor

Highlights for This Coming Week!
  • Make sure to sign up for the May 5th Hunger Walk! We have a great team! Bring your dog to walk with you too! It starts at 9:00 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Email Tina Anton if you are interested.
  • No youth group this week.
  • Core Team Quarterly Report on April 29th after both services. Come hear about what the Core Team has been up to: hear about our budget and financials for 2018, and what we have planned for the rest of the year!
  • May 1st - Hiking Planning Team meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Church.
  • Plan to join us for Pub Theology on Wednesday Evenings in May starting on May 2nd.
  • Rev. Terri Stewart is guest preaching this Sunday about being a bystander.
  • May 7th - Meeting about planning an Adult Mission Trip at 6:30 p.m. at Church.

Greetings Beloved Church! I pray this week finds you well. Nathan and I are taking vacation to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. I never knew how fast time flies. We are practicing resurrection in our lives by getting away for rest and renewal.

I want us as a church to continue to practice resurrection in our lives. I talked about this last Sunday in my sermon. Again here are some practical ways to practice resurrection:
  • Nurture your body - eat healthy and exercise.
  • Find ways to bring hope into situations.
  • Be empathetic with someone who is struggling.
  • Offer joy for those who are despairing.
  • Forgive others: it frees you to have new life and gives back dignity to the other person.
  • Listen to someone else so that they feel heard and seen as a whole person.
  • Speak truth in the public square even if you are the lone voice.
  • Stand up against injustice.
  • Seek connection, especially when you are feeling isolated and separated from community. Pay attention when you think others are feeling isolated.
  • Continue your great work of service in our community like the Nourish Food Bank!
  • Minimize the amount of water you use in the shower to conserve our earth’s precious resources.
  • Find ways to compost so that we do not put food waste into our landfills. Using compost brings new life to our plants and gardens.
Thank you to everyone who donated to support our brothers and sisters struggling with mental health living in Pierce County.
What would you add?

Every time we practice resurrection, we are bringing people back from the dead and that includes us as well!

I also want to share with you a great joy! Michele Wagenhals and I are going to volunteer at Browns Point Elementary School for the next couple of weeks as the kids run laps that will equal the distance of running a marathon. Michele and I will help support them by counting the number of laps they run. I can’t wait. There are still slots to sign up for if you would like to participate! This is how we build community and get to know one another. This is how we can show our community that we are a loving Christian congregation that wants to support our children in every way possible. It is super easy to volunteer. You just go to the office at Browns Point Elementary school and fill out the community volunteer application. They take a color photocopy of your license. They quickly run a background check. That’s it! If you would like me to go with you, just let me know. I confess, it was a bit intimidating the first time walking in but it’s so easy and the office staff are so welcoming!

If this opportunity does not work for your schedule then think about volunteering with me for the end of school activities as the kids play games out in the playground. I did it last year and it is great fun!

I am also looking for a volunteer to join me with attending the Browns Point Salmon Bake planning meetings. They are on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Browns Point Improvement club. We can meet at church and carpool down there. The next one is May 15th at 7pm. Who’s with me?
Keep practicing resurrection!
 

Blessings,

Rev. Katie Klosterman

The Power of Empathy by Brene Brown


John 8:1-11

While Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.”And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”