The following is for

June 25

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

Highlights:

  • Take a hike this summer with Browns Point UMC! We changed the location due to construction on the I-90 summit. We will now be hiking at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Two miles to the Puget Sound Viewing Platform-a 4 mile round-trip on level ground. Directions: Refuge is located 8 miles northeast of Olympia, Washington. Take exit 114. Make a right at the traffic light, go under the freeway and make a right into the Refuge. Follow the entrance road to the two public parking lots. Fees Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. Children 16 and under enter free. Entrance is free with government passes (Senior Pass, Interagency Pass, Golden Age Pass) – place pass on dash. Our next hike is scheduled for July 9th at 1pm-meet at church to Carpool to the Twin Falls hike.
  • Melinda Giese is now a pastor! She was commissioned at Annual Conference on June 17th. Check out this photo slide show video; https://www.facebook.com/pnwumc/videos/1754114461281875/
  • Strawberry Shortcake Fellowship on July 2nd! We are looking for volunteers to donate supplies and help serve! Let’s enjoy the fruits of God’s Spirit!
  • On Friday volunteers will pick the snap peas in the garden to give to our Food Bank Families!


    Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ! This week we are looking at the fruit of the Spirit - Patience! Can you remember the last time you lost your patience or grew impatient with something or someone? When did it occur? How did you feel afterward? I don’t know about you but I feel awful. I feel so foolish for letting my worry and stress take over my reactions. That’s not the way I want to be in the world. I want to be kind and patient. Yet, I am human too and need to cultivate this fruit. There is no denying that we can all improve in this area of our lives. So I ask you, how might our lives be different if we were more patient while waiting in line or while driving in traffic? What would change in your life if you were more patient with God’s timing rather than your own time? What about being patient with your spouse or your children or grandchildren? Then of course how we might be called to be more patient with ourselves?

    Time feels like it is evaporating at a rapid pace. We can’t seem to get enough of it. Have you said recently “I need another 24 hours in my week?” or “I need eight days rather than 7!”? Doesn’t our time feel so scarce? A couple of years ago, I told a fellow pastor colleague that I just don’t feel like I have enough time during the week to get all of my pastoral duties done. She graciously said to me, “Yes you do. There is more than enough.” When we look at the things in our life as scarce like time, we don’t end up finding more. Instead the walls seem to close in just like when Luke, Leah, Han Solo, Chewy and C3PO were all stuck in the trash compactor in Episode 4 of Star Wars. Yet, when we change our perspective that time is abundant - that God is in charge and in control…there is enough time to accomplish it all with God’s help! When we look for the abundance, we are set free from our stress and anxiety! There is enough. You are enough.

     At the same time, I know we all get tripped up on wanting things to happen more quickly. Waiting is the most excruciating part. It feels unbearable at times. Through my pastoral care visits over the past seven years of my ministry, this is what people struggle with the most. It is not the surgery or the diagnosis…it is waiting for the test results and for the diagnosis to come in. Of course our minds race with all of the endless possibilities that will happen to us or to a beloved family member. We are ready to get this over and done with. We are called to have patience especially during the times when we feel like everything is out of our control. We are human beings who like to be in control. Yet, it is the patience of the Holy Spirit that will see us through when we face situations that are beyond our control. God never leaves you alone in your waiting. God waits with you and so do the people of Browns Point United Methodist Church. We are here with you!

    As we prepare for worship, I invite you to look closely at your life. Where are the areas where you are exercising patience? Where are the areas that need more patience? In your prayer time ask God to help you with those things! Let us together cultivate the fruit of the Spirit- Patience!

   

In Christ, 

Rev. Katie

revkatieklosterman@gmail.com

2 Peter 3:8-9, 14

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

    Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;