Join us on Sunday, April 6 for an all-church lunch with Darin Gemmer, the new Director of Indianola Camp & Retreat Center.
Make your plans to join us for our All-Church Retreat at Camp Indianola April 25-27, 2014–sign-up forms will be available soon!
Andy Thomas and Dave Eastlack request prayers for Andy’s sister Verlina, give her strength to continue with our mother (Madelym Thomas) with mom’s appointments and needs.
William Rawlings requests prayers for strength to endure/protection, safety, the unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.
David Johnson requests prayers or Caitlan Barton’s family
John Hitchcock requests prayers for for those who are blind and unaware, for those you need to come to the light, everyone!
Marlene Barnes requests prayers for her daughter Elaine and family.
Sean White requests prayers for friend Miles who is in jail.
George and Elizabeth Pratt request prayers of thanksgiving for the miracles of technology that have given Elizabeth a new pacemaker.
Gwynne Dodge requests prayers for her sister-in-law who will have back surgery this week.
Joyce and Joe Frost request prayers for Kristin and Greg Frost as they mourn the death of Kristin’s cousin involved in auto accident.
Shauna Balderson requests prayers of support for Pastor Sandy.
Continuing prayers are requested for Neil Lieurance, Chester Morgan, Millie Kugler, and June Whitson.
COSPAR is pleased to be able to announce the appointment of our new Senior Minister effective July 1, 2014. Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Sharon Moe as pastor of Seattle First United Methodist Church.
Rev. Moe is currently the Tacoma District Superintendent and after serving in that capacity seven years is looking forward to returning to the parish and the pulpit. Sharon has served five churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference since her graduation from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and ordination in the Pacific Northwest Conference: Orofino and Peck UMC’s in northern Idaho, Centralia First UMC in Centralia, University Temple UMC in Seattle, and Tibbetts UMC in West Seattle.
Rev. Moe has traveled extensively throughout her ministry. Her travels include visits to Israel and the West Bank to work with Palestinian Christian children and youth in the Kids for Hope project with children and youth from other countries, a cross-cultural camping program to introduce the children of Palestine to the children of the world. She leads tours to the historic and religious sites of the Holy Land with a focus on learning the political and social struggles within Israel and the West Bank.
Rev. Moe traveled with peace groups twice to Iraq in 2002 and visited Syria in 2007 with the UN Association of Seattle to be a witness to the crisis situation of Iraqi refugees in Syria.
In 2003 Rev. Moe went on Sabbatical to Africa, climbing into the Virunga Volcanic Mountains in West Uganda to look for the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and to connect with Maasai villagers in Kenya and Tanzania who formed the Maasai Environmental Resources Coalition. From Africa she back-packed in Europe and then lived just outside the West Bank wall near Bethlehem for several months, studying the social-political historical and contemporary roots of the conflicts there.
Rev. Moe has been a delegate from the Pacific Northwest to General and Jurisdictional Conferences as well as Chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and of the Western Jurisdiction Coordinating Council.
Rev. Moe is Norwegian by heritage. In her free time, she loves to read Scandavian (and other) mysteries and play Scrabble.
Her ministry has been one of advocacy for the LGBT community and all marginalized in our world, reaching out to embrace people who are without adequate income from work and who are unable to afford housing or support their families, and helping to heal the world devastated by violence, war and division. She brings with her a passion for scripture, a yearning for justice and love for a broken world.
Mission Team Bake Sale – Sunday, March 2
Help support our upcoming mission trip to Guatemala! On Sunday, March 2 the mission team will host a bake sale in the church narthex from 9:30-10:30 AM. Plan to pick up some homemade treats made by mission team members and learn more about the Salud y Paz mission.
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.
First Church Mission Team
In the summer of 2014, First Church will send a Volunteer in Mission group to Salud y Paz to help build a health clinic. 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
For more information on Salud y Paz, visit their website: http://saludypaz.org
Prayers of thanksgiving for Deepali and Casey Rukeyser, who are proud parents of a new baby boy, Hugo Tagore Rukeyser, born on February 11, 2014.
Andrew Thomas and Dave Eastlack request prayers for more supportive care for Andy’s mother…Prayers of sympathy and care are requested for Mona Tanaka and Ed and Brent, as they are in Hawaii for the funeral service for Mona’s mother who passed this week…Sean White requests prayers of support for himself, as there is a potential of his getting laid off his job and if this happens, support is needed in his finding other employment, and requests prayers for Nicole who wants no help in getting off drugs…Sally Deneen requests prayers for Jim and Nancy, both dealing with cancer…Doug and Sharon Donohue request prayers for deciding upon retirement home for father Erwin…Carry Murray requests prayers of support for healing of the knee…Jane Hines requests prayers for her sister to be more supportive of her…Stephen Locke requests prayers for relief from homelessness.
Continuing prayers are requested for
Dale and Doris Hollister
Effective Sunday, February 23, First Church’s Office Coordinator Julie Kern will work on Sundays. As a consequence, the church office will move to a Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm schedule, closing on Fridays beginning February 28. Julie is excited to get to know the congregation in person, and to help current Sunday staff serve our members more effectively.
Sunday, March 2
Our next all-church lunch will be on Sunday, March 2 after the 10:30 service in the Fellowship Hall. Mark Putnam, Executive Director of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, will be our speaker. The Committee to End Homelessness works to carry out the implementation of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County. Join us to hear more about this important issue in our community.
Mark Your Calendars!
Ash Wednesday Service: March 5, 7 pm
Palm Sunday Services: April 13, 9 & 10:30 am
Maundy Thursday Love Feast- April 17, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
Good Friday Service – April 18, 7 pm
Easter Sunrise Service – April 20, 6 am
Easter Sunday: April 20, combined service at 10:30 am
Easter Egg Hunt: April 20, after the 10:30 service
from Violet Boyer
The second annual Twice Forty luncheon honored First Church members who are over 80 and their guests. We had a special surprise “appearance” by co-host of the inaugural Twice Forty luncheon, Barbara Moreland, who joined the group by video from China. After great lunch conversation, Ron Barnum shared his gift of song. The Twice Forty luncheon is an opportunity to thank those who have had a part in building the church (sometimes holding the 5th and Marion building together with spit and bailing wire), protecting its investments, leading committees, and caring for others. Thanks to Gina and Duuna for a delicious meal and Ann Scharf and the many volunteers for making this day special for our guests.
Lent is a time to refocus on spiritual growth. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 19, the day before Easter). At First Church we will have the opportunity to focus on spiritual study and sermon discussion in small groups—Lenten House Groups—which will meet once a week March 9-April 13. Our groups will have the opportunity to discuss Rev. Sandy’s sermon series and the modern spiritual classic Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. Join others in our church community as we work together during Lent to remove distractions and open our hearts to the light of Jesus.
Sign up for a group by filling out the form below:
Prayers of continued recovery for Elizabeth Pratt, who shares “I’m thankful for the successful implant of a pacemaker and the wonderful technology that makes it work. Thanks for all the concern and prayers for my health and recovery.” …Jane Hines requests prayers of support for people wanting to help with the world’s needs; also prayers for her retirement…Sean White requests prayers for his woman friend, Nicole, because she won’t quit doing drugs, and she is going to be homeless…Andie Baker requests prayers for Leland Johnson who is fighting cancer...Connie and Paul McCutcheon request prayers of support for their grandson.Continuing prayers are requested for Neil Lieurance, Millie Kugler, Dale Hollister, and Marge Dickey.
Our family deeply appreciates all the cards, hugs, and words of love and support on the death of our father Gordon Skinner. As well, the help of our church staff-Pastor Sandy, Julie, Elisabeth, Duuna, and Eric- has been extraordinary. It means more than we can say, and is yet another reminder of what “church family” really means.
Bradley and Ann Scharf, Lee and Susan Skinner
The family of Venice Grindle wishes to thank you for your love and support over the years to our mother. She loved her church, and in turn, you loved her. Being a member of First Church for 64 years, she took pride in serving on many boards and committees and for many years was a money counter. Up until her death on January 10, she attended church whenever she could.
Thank you for helping make her Memorial Service on January 21 a special one for all in attendance. The support from Pastor Sandy, Julie Kern, Elizabeth Blanton & Elisabeth Ellis was a blessing to our family. The beautiful reception and yummy goodies provided by members of the church made it extra special! Your calls, cards, flowers and memorial gifts will be long remembered and cherished. We know why she loved you all!
With gratitude and thanksgiving,
Sandy Grindle, Mary Jane & Mark Ingham & family, Judy & Chuck Schwanke & family
If you’ve written a book, we want to know!
The First Church Communications and Evangelism Team is looking for authors in our church community.
If you’re an author, please contact Elizabeth Blanton: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-622-7278. Be sure to include the title of your book in your email.
As seasons change, so do lives of our Blaine Center guests…
During this time of year we all share in the changing of the seasons. The cold front swoops in and chills us all as we mentally prepare our New Year resolutions. We all carry the hope of having another chance in the new year to accomplish our goals. Our resolutions are generally around making a better lives for ourselves. These resolutions are not unlike those of the homeless men we serve at the Blaine Center. Many of our guests look forward to the opportunity for stability and supported housing. The most talked about resolution among the men at the Blaine Center is to have a place of their own that is warm and safe. Our Blaine Center’s population is very diverse as you would imagine. One guest who is currently enrolled in Community College has resolved to continue his education in the new year. Several guests have committed to seeking employment with the hopes of becoming stable in the new year, while other seek gainful employment for the first time in many years. These men are not unlike all of us. Some of us will achieve our goals as set while others may fall short of the prize. What secures success for anyone looking to achieve their goals in the new year is a sense of community (friends, family, faith community). We can’t do it alone, the men at the Blaine Center can’t do it alone. We must encourage one another and support those whose lives may be a bit more fragile than our own. We must commit to supporting one another with our prayers and our resources. Knowing that there is light and support ahead allows us to get up and try again. Making a resolution is just the start, taking one step towards our goals is half the battle.
American Identities: Who Do We Think We Are?
A Conversation with Author Claire Gebben
February 9, 11:45 AM, Fellowship Hall
Since the earliest arrival of Western Europeans to North America, immigrant populations have been shaping this country. Each wave of immigration has brought new perspectives and religious and political ideals. In the mid-1800s, the era Claire’s immigrant ancestors arrived, the English “Yankees,” the Irish, and the Germans were the largest groups entering the nation. Claire Gebben grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, not giving her European origins (German and Scottish) much thought. Then a few years ago, she received a fantastic surprise. Distant relatives in Germany, with whom her family had been corresponding for five generations, discovered her ancestors’ letters – the earliest dated 1841 — written in Old German Script by blacksmiths and wagon-makers who’d immigrated to Cleveland. With the help of her German cousin Angela Weber, Claire began translating them, in the process becoming fascinated with the nineteenth century immigrant experience. As she was also working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at the time, the result is her debut historical fiction novel The Last of the Blacksmiths (Coffeetown Press), based on the true story of Michael Harm who journeyed from the Bavarian Rhineland at age fifteen to apprentice as a blacksmith, an artisan way of life that, in his lifetime, would ultimately vanish.
Writing this novel seemed a natural fit for Claire. She is currently the archivist of this church, helping sort and inventory its 160-year history since the move to 2nd & Denny. As Claire worked on her novel, she found her research provided insights not only for her book, but also about those who originally founded First Church, specifically the way the Blaines and Dennys viewed the world that helped shape First Church’s early identity here in Seattle.
In her First Church Luncheon talk, Claire will share some of her learnings, followed by a Q&A.
Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland. She’s worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all the while raising a family and pursuing her first love of writing. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, WA. More info at http://clairegebben.com
If you are available to help cook, serve, or clean-up at the luncheon, please contact the First Church office: email@example.com; 206-622-7278.
“Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Question’s popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. New contributors including Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Robin Meyers join Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, and a host of others for a conversation around the relevance of Jesus for today.”
Our Sunday Morning Adult Education Group will be watching and discussing Saving Jesus Redux. Join them Sunday mornings at 9 AM in Room 301.
“We’re having a culture war and Jesus happens to be one of the weapons tossed about by both sides.” — Amy-Jill Levine
The 12-session program includes a new printable participant reader and a facilitator guide with discussion questions. The basic format for each 1 – 1 1/2 hour session includes conversation around the readings, a 30-minute video segment and guided discussion.
Preview the videos online here.
It’s volleyball time! Our First Church volleyball team will play other teams in our church district. We’ll play for 8-9 weeks beginning Feb. 9, Sundays from 3-4 pm at Blaine UMC Gym on Beacon Hill. Our league is co-ed and open to teens and older. Email Elizabeth Blanton to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Pride + Faith group will gather for lunch and to plan events for 2014 on Sunday, January 26, after the 10:30 service at the home of Bruce Hall. Email email@example.com if you plan to attend.