The following is for

June 24

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

brownspointumc@gmail.comHighlights for This Coming Week!
  • Sign up at church to bring shortcake, angel food cake, pound cake and strawberries for our July 1st Strawberry Shortcake Sunday! We need some volunteers to help after the first service and the second service. Please email the church office if you can help brownspointumc@gmail.com.
  • Hiking this Sunday Chambers Bay Loop Trail. Bring water, sunscreen and food. We will meet at church at 1pm. We will likely stop at Ice Cream Social on the way back, which is on 6th Ave. 
  • We still need volunteers to help with our July 7th Arts Festival. Please see the announcement to see where you can help!
Greetings Beloved Church! This week I am at the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Lois Prang is our lay delegate. We get one clergy delegate (that’s me) and one lay delegate. For every one clergy vote, there is a lay vote. 

This year is really important because as a global church we are trying to figure out how to be together with one another when we disagree, especially on the topic of human sexuality. Our denomination is not of all one mind when it comes to LGBTQIA peoples, especially the ordination of clergy who are LGBTQIA and clergy officiating at weddings of LGBTQIA people.


While our church voted a couple of years ago to become a Reconciling Congregation, meaning that we are open and affirming of our LGBTQIA people, the rest of our denomination is divided. Even being a reconciling congregation does not mean that we all are of the same mind even in our own church. That’s okay. One of our values as a church has been to stay at the table and to stay in relationship with one another even though we may not all see eye to eye.


This division has been going on since the 1970s. In order to address this division between fellow United Methodist, the United Methodist Bishops have called for us to have a special General Conference in February 2019 to try to find a Way Forward. The purpose of this General Conference is meant to help us as a church stay together rather than splitting on this one topic. We are not alone. We have witnessed the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church go through this struggle very recently. We acknowledge that this is hard and painful work.  


I am coming to you now with this information because we are getting closer to understanding all the details this process involves for LGBTQIA inclusion. Over the past few months, the details and information have been up in the air and left for anxious speculation. As your leader, I did not think it would be helpful to take you on that emotional roller coaster ride that only would make us all anxious and worried about the future of the church. I believe the dust is starting to settle. We are getting clearer answers to our questions. At our Pacific Northwest Annual Conference this week, we will hear from our Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, as she helps guide our churches on how to move this process that has left many friends divided and across the aisle. Also at this annual conference, we all are learning about the Anatomy of Peace. It is based on a book: The Anatomy of Peace - Resolving the Heart of Conflict


The purpose of this book and these learning sessions is to help us all have a heart of peace.


We also know that the Bishop’s report is coming out in July. So I will be working with our Core Leadership Team on developing how we as a church are going to talk about this in a loving and empathetic way. My hope is that we can articulate our values as a church and maintain them as we approach General Conference in February 2019.


While you are waiting for us as a Browns Point UMC to develop our own way forward, I want to invite you to watch this video. It is an hour long. Take time as you watch it. Break it up in to chunks if you have too. Please be gentle with yourself and gentle with the church. I want to invite you to watch it when you are ready to hear the message. Take some deep breaths before starting it. Whatever you have to do to be curious and open. https://livestream.com/VAUMC/AC2018/videos/176376355


Regardless what the future holds, know that I am deeply committed to loving God, loving my neighbor, following Jesus and being your pastor. I know this process can be anxiety producing and even infuriating for both sides. I am here for you all. Your voice matters. You matter. Let’s talk and walk together through this. I have utter faith that God is with us.


Blessings,

Rev. Katie Klosterman

The Power of Empathy by Brene Brown


Matthew 16:13-16

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus


Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”