Easter Sunday Worship

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Worship with us at 10:30 AM on Easter Sunday! (There will be no 9 AM service.) Glorious special music from our Sanctuary Choir, Band, Worship Dancers, Handbell Choir and First Inspirations Children’s Choir.

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Prayers This Week

Gwynne Dodge, Betty Gabor, Jeanne Aston, and others request prayers of healing and care for former FUMC member Karen Bush Kenney recovering from brain tumor surgery in Singapore.

Delfiente McNeil requests prayers for all people.

Josh Patton requests for his girlfriend to lower her resistance so hey may communicate.

Shauna Balderson requests prayers for safe driving for her daughter, who is a truck driver crossing the country.

Marlene Barnes requests prayers for her daughter Elaine.

Robert Heath requests prayers of support for his finding shelter.

Diane Collins requests prayers for Kadie and Jan Anderson and 1-week-old Booker.

Continuing prayers are requested for
Dot Coon
June Whitson
Chester Morgan
Jean Wiswell
Dale and Doris Hollister

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Save the Date

Farewell Lunch

Make your plans to join us on Sunday, May 18 after the 10:30 AM service for a lunch in honor of Pastor Sandy and his ministry at First Church.

Gift for Pastor Sandy

If you would like to contribute to a love offering for Pastor Sandy, please make checks payable to First United Methodist Church, with “Sandy Love Offering” in the “for” line. Contact the church office for more information (206-622-7278; office@firstchurchseattle.org).

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About the Festival of Preaching

The Festival of Preaching NW 2014 is scheduled for Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 1, 2014 at First Church. We encourage anyone in our First Church congregation to attend–tickets for evening services only and per-day tickets are available! Register now.

What is a “festival of preaching?” A gathering where a number of gifted preachers share their teaching and preaching gifts in multiple daily services.

How will I benefit? Everyone will receive inspiration, new ideas, and resources for faithful living. Preachers will get a chance to listen to others preach and so find their own passion for preaching renewed. Laity will get an opportunity to experience a diverse and gifted array of preachers and their gifts.

Can people come who aren’t clergy or preachers? Absolutely. Laity, seminary students, as well as spiritual seekers and people of other faiths are all welcome. We especially hope that lay persons who are working during the day will register for and attend the evening Festival services.

If I am a lay person, how will I benefit? You will experience wonderful worship and preaching that will stimulate your mind and your heart. You will enjoy preaching and music from people of different backgrounds and experience. You will be part of a diverse, ecumenical congregation.

The Festival of Preaching NW is hosted by Congregational Leadership Northwest.

In a time of tremendous challenges for congregations and their leaders, the mission of the Congregational Leadership Northwest is to build congregations by strengthening leaders. The Network brings people of the Pacific Northwest together for leadership education, formation, and support.

Revitalizing the church and congregations is our dream and purpose. We care about congregations. We care about their leaders, both clergy and lay leaders. We believe that skilled, competent, committed leaders, who are persons of character, do make a difference. We also know that congregational leadership is tough, demanding, and ever-changing. We want to do everything we can to support, strengthen, and fund leaders for their work. Learn more at clnorthwest.org.

About the Festival of Preaching Northwest 2014

Our theme for 2014 will be “Preaching in a Post-Modern World.” We welcome as our featured speakers: Debbie Blue from the House of Mercy, Anna Carter Florence of Columbia Seminary, Scott Kisker from United Theological Seminary, independent theologian Tony Jones, young Disciples of Christ leader Jose Morales, Heidi Neumark, Lutheran pastor and author; Rodger Nishioka from Columbia Seminary, Fleming Rutledge, Episcopal teacher and eminent author; Melissa Skelton ,Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in The Anglican Church of Canada, Will Willimon of Duke, and Jim Forbes, pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church.

The goals for Festival of Preaching Northwest include:

  • Having a wonderful time of worship and fellowship
  • Bringing an excellent festival of preaching and worship to the west coast and Northwest
  • Focusing on Preaching in a Post-Modern World
  • Welcoming people to the Festival from across North America as well as the Puget Sound Region

 

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Prominent United Methodist Social Justice Advocate our Preacher on May 4

BillMeffordWe’re delighted to welcome the Rev. Dr. Bill Mefford, Assistant General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church as our guest preacher on Sunday, May 4. Dr. Mefford directs our denomination’s work in the area of Civil and Human Rights.

Bill works primarily on the issues of immigration, refugees, criminal justice reform, death penalty and torture abolition, religious freedom and other civil rights issues.

Bill came to GBCS from Lexington, KY, where he served part-time as Director of Missions for Wilmore UMC, worked part-time at an inner city ministry in Lexington.

Bill is a graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, TX, and has served in various positions in the church. He has been a youth pastor in Denver City, a pastor in Sundown and a Wesley Foundation Director in Levelland, all in Texas. He also worked in urban ministry in several cities including Chicago, Cleveland and Waco, TX.

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“Walking the Way of St. Francis”

First Church to Host Rev. Sandy Brown Program on his Upcoming Italy Pilgrimage and Book, May 2

At the request of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino, Pastor Sandy will be presenting his upcoming book and pilgrimage project for a special “Tapas and Celebration” night on Friday, May 2, 7:00-9:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Below is the group’s announcement for the event. All are invited!

20130528-235133Presentation by Rev. Dr. Sandy Brown on “Walking the Way of St. Francis”

The Via di San Francesco (Way of St. Francis) retraces the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi from his hometown in Umbria to the Eternal City of Rome. Over four million pilgrims visit Assisi each year, and countless visitors come to Rome to visit the Vatican, the religious and cultural treasures of the city, and to see the ruins of Ancient Rome. Few realize there is a pilgrimage route between these two important pilgrimages destinations.

In 1210 Francis of Assisi walked the 150 miles from Assisi to Rome, where he was granted permission by Pope Innocent III to create his the Franciscan Order. A new, modern pilgrimage route begins in Florence, then walks through sites associated with St. Francis in Tuscany, Umbria (including Assisi) and Lazio where it finds its destination after 350 scenic and historic miles at Rome. Rev. Brown walked the Assisi to Rome portion of the walk in 2013 and will return this summer to walk the entire route while research and writing a guidebook on the Way of St. Francis for Cicerone Press. Since 2008 Brown has made four pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela on three of its main routes and is author of a popular pilgrimage blog, www.caminoist.org. His program will feature slides and descriptions of the walk, with a special emphasis on comparisons with the Camino de Santiago.

 Location: First Church Fellowship Hall
 Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
 Times: 7:00 PM- 7:30 PM Tapas and Beverages
             7:30 PM– 9:00 PM Presentation

Suggested Donation: $10.00 per person for American Pilgrims on the Camino members; $15.00 per person for non-members

All proceeds will go to the Albergue Partnership Program between the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino and Albergue Santa Maria in Carrion de los Condes, Spain

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Maundy Thursday

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Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, April 17 in the First Church Fellowship Hall (180 Denny Way — Denny Way entrance) for a Maundy Thursday dinner and communion.

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Good Friday Concert

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Good Friday – Bach Cantata

Join us in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church (180 Denny Way) at 7 pm on Friday, April 18. An ensemble of 16 singers from Kirkland Choral Society plus chamber orchestra will present J. S. Bach’s Cantata 131, based on this text from the book of Psalms: “Out of the depths I cry, Lord, to you. Lord, hear my voice, let your ears notice the voice of my pleading.” Kirkland Choral Society, an ensemble-in-residence of First Church, has presented a Bach Cantata on Good Friday in each of the last three years.

 

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Easter Sunrise Service

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Join us for a beautiful and contemplative worship service on the shores of Elliott Bay as the sun rises over our city on Easter morning. Meet at the fountain in front of the Uptown Espresso (2801 Alaskan Way) at 6 am. We will walk together to the beach area of Myrtle Edwards Park for a service by the water. All are invited to a no-host breakfast together at CJ’s Eatery (2619 1st Ave — cash recommended) when the worship service is done.

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Palm Sunday

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Join us Sunday, April 13 for our Palm Sunday worship services at 9 & 10:30 am.

After the 10:30 service, you are invited to join the First Church children and youth for the Stations of the Cross in the Fellowship Hall.

For more information about Holy Week at First Church, see our Holy Week schedule.

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Prayers This Week

Join us as we hold in prayer those affected by the mudslide in Oso, WA.

Shawn Smith requests special prayers of support for his friend Richard Newman, who suffered very serious burns in his car that was engulfed in flames from the horrendous  KOMO helicopter crash; Richard escaped from the burning car, is in serious condition in hospital, and had surgery Friday.

Prayers are requested for Jean Wiswell, who was in hospital for surgery, and is now in ManorCare Health Services in South Tacoma, in recuperation.

Continuing prayers are requested for:

June Whitson, at Kenney Home recuperating from severe stroke of 2012.
Millie Kugler, at Assisted Living Unit Bayview.
Dot Coon, in Health Center at Bayview.

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Financial Peace University – Spring 2014

Seeking financial peace? Need help managing debt?

Financial Peace University is a 9-week DVD presentation by radio host Dave Ramsey. This isn’t your typical “money class.” Financial Peace University is practical, entertaining, and fun. Learn some hints and strategies to managing your money so it doesn’t control you; whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or a millionaire, this class has something to help you grow in joyful living. Register online now. ($93 plus shipping)

  • Leader: Laurel Arenivar
  • When & Where: Saturdays at First Church, beginning May 3 at 2:30 pm, Room 304

 

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Eight Free Rides

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Did you know that one of the most common requests we get from people who stop by the church office for assistance is the need for a bus ticket?

If you own a car registered in King County you can help!

When you renew your vehicle registration with the State of Washington Department of Licensing they will offer you eight free metro bus tickets. Check the box for ‘send me eight free rides’ and when your tickets come, bring them to the church office to help someone in need of transportation.

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Are you graduating?

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If you are graduating from high school, college, or with a master’s degree please let us know! Contact Carina Schubert: 206-622-7278; carina@firstchurchseattle.org.

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Craft Fair for Health and Peace

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Save the date for the mission team craft sale! If you would like more information about donating items to our craft fair or hosting your own table, please contact missions@firstchurchseattle.org.

In the summer of 2014, First Church will send a Volunteer in Mission group to Salud y Paz to help build a health clinic. The entative cost of the trip is $1,850 per participant. We appreciate your support!

Please designate your gift to Salud y Paz Mission Trip. Prefer to send a check? Please make checks payable to First United Methodist Church, directed to Salud y Paz Mission Trip. Mail donations to: First Church 180 Denny Way Seattle, WA 98109 attn: Eric Liljegren

What is Salud y Paz?

“Salud y Paz” translates to mean “Health and Peace.” As a mission program of the United Methodist Church it partners with congregations in the U.S. and also with the indigenous Methodist church of Guatemala. Salud y Paz volunteers provide medical and dental services to impoverished people of Guatemala, as well as preschool and feeding programs for indigent families. As a part of the UMC, the project is a designated Advance Special of the General Board of Global Ministries.

In 2010 the Church Council at First Church voted to allocate 10% of the funds from our Capital Campaign to a suitable mission project somewhere in the world. The goal has been to do more with our campaign than simply repay our mortgage and to make an impact somewhere in the world for people in genuine need. Our Capital Campaign Committee chose the “Salud y Paz” mission project near Antigua, Guatemala.

For more information on Salud y Paz, visit their website: http://saludypaz.org

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Prayers This Week

Join us as we hold in prayer those affected by the fatal helicopter accident Tuesday morning, March 18, at Fisher Plaza. Our thoughts are with the Seattle TV news community, especially those at KOMO News who deal with the tragic loss of their colleagues and with the families of the victims.

Prayers are requested for Jean Wiswell, who is in Virginia Mason recovering from surgery.

Prayers of sympathy and comfort are requested for family and friends of Neil Lieurance, who lost his long battle with cancer on March 9.

Jane Hines requests prayers for Don Anderson’s family.

Gwynne Dodge requests special prayers for families awaiting news of the missing Malaysian airplane.

Bill Edwards requests prayers for himself as he is dealing with AIDS virus.

Doug and Sharon Donahue request prayers for Doug dealing with migrane headaches.

Josh Patton requests prayers for patience for himself and prayers for Mariah.

Steve Hunt requests prayers for wife Joanne’s better health.

Continuing prayers are requested for
Millie Kugler
Dot Coon
Chester Morgan

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Book Study Group

How can you be evangelical without being conservative?

BookStudyJoin us a group from First Church in reading and book discussion of How to be Evangelical Without Being Conservative by Roger E. Olson. The book discussion will be on Sunday, April 27 from 10:15 – 11:30 in Room 301. From the book cover, “Today’s culture commonly equates evangelical Christianity with conservatism in religion, politics, theology, and social attitudes. But evangelicals have not always been conservative. Here is a vibrant and meaningful vision of what it really means to be an evangelical Christian today, embracing the risks and realities of living a radically biblical faith in today’s complex world.” Sample chapters include: Celebrating America without Nationalism, Seeking Truth without Certainty, Taking the Bible Seriously without Liberalism, Redistributing Wealth without Socialism, Updating without Trivializing Worship. Please join us.

Contact Elizabeth Blanton to sign up: elizabethb@firstchurchseattle.org; 206-622-7278.

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Easter Flower Delivery

easter lily (1)How can you help brighten the day of a homebound member of our church community? Join our Easter Flower Delivery team! Volunteers are needed to deliver Easter flowers to our Homebound Members and to others who are in need. Please contact Gwynne Dodge 425-827-1138; mamgu@comcast.net.

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All-Church Retreat

All-Church Retreat
Camp Indianola  April 25-27, 2014

All are invited to spend the weekend with your church family at Camp Indianola on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula!  Join this annual gathering where we’ll walk the beach, meet new friends, learn, play and relax. All are welcome!

Register today!
Please fill out the registration form linked below and return to a staff member or place in the offering plate. Scholarships are available!

Join us on Sunday, April 6 for an all-church lunch with Darin Gemmer, the new Director of Indianola Camp & Retreat Center.

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Holy Week 2014

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Good Friday – Bach Cantata

An ensemble of 16 singers from Kirkland Choral Society plus chamber orchestra will present J. S. Bach’s Cantata 131, based on this text from the book of Psalms: “Out of the depths I cry, Lord, to you. Lord, hear my voice, let your ears notice the voice of my pleading.” Kirkland Choral Society, an ensemble-in-residence of First Church, has presented a Bach Cantata on Good Friday in each of the last three years.

Easter Sunrise Service

Join us for a beautiful and contemplative worship service on the shores of Elliot Bay as the sun rises over our city on Easter morning. Meet at the fountain in front of the Uptown Espresso (2801 Alaskan Way) at 6 am. We will walk together to the beach area of Myrtle Edwards Park for a service by the water. All are invited to a no-host breakfast together at CJ’s Eatery (2619 1st Ave — cash recommended) when the worship service is done.

How can you help brighten the day of a homebound member of our church community? Join our Easter Flower Delivery team! Volunteers are needed to deliver Easter flowers to our Homebound Members and to others who are in need. Please respond on your Communication Card, or contact Gwynne Dodge” 425-827-1138, mamgu@comcast.net.

 

 

 

 

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