I-594 Rally

Come together with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2pm! This is the last weekend before election day and we want to come together to make sure we are helping voters in our communities raise their voices in support of I-594 by sending in their ballot.

Join us, bring a friend, invite your neighbor–together we can make sure we have a common sense background check law in Washington state on November 4th.

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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Schedule

Christmas Pageant announcement

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Why We Give

Why We Give

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First Church November Book Group

The First Church Book Group will next read Proverbs of Ashes by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Parker. Does Christianity sanction violence? It is described as a full and powerful critique of the theology of atonement. We will discuss it Sunday. Nov 2 at 10:15 in room 302.

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All Saints’ Day

Sunday, November 2

At this service we will remember members of our community who have passed away during the year and have an opportunity to lift up other departed loved ones who are on our hearts. All Saints’ Day is a Christian tradition celebrated in both the western and eastern church. United Methodists call people “saints” because they exemplified christian discipleship and love. In this sense, every Christian can be considered a saint.

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Socks for Shared Breakfast

sockBring socks to church for our Shared Breakfast guests. Socks are one of the greatest needs of our neighbors who spend their days walking around the city without shelter. You can help!

We’ll be collecting socks beginning Sunday, October 12. Drop new pairs of socks off at the church office or place them in the bin in the narthex marked “Socks for Shared Breakfast.”

Volunteers will hand out the warm, dry socks we’ve collected to our Shared Breakfast guests on December 21.

Please contact Sharon Swadener if you have any questions: zenmomtofour@gmail.com.

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Shared Breakfast Volunteer Coordinator

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Fancy helping with Shared Breakfast, but not a morning person? The Shared Breakfast team is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator is a largely electronic role that requires about an hour per week.

The Volunteer Coordinator:

  • Updates the Shared Breakfast listings on Volunteer Match (www.volunteermatch.org)
  • Replies to emails from volunteers interested in Shared Breakfast
  • Provides a list of the people who have signed up to Jean Ferguson each week
  • Sends out a monthly email update to volunteers

Training will be provided. For more information, contact Sonya Davis (sonyadavis0610@gmail.com). We would love to welcome you to the Shared Breakfast team!

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October Book Group

The book group will meet on October 12 from 10:15 -11:15 in Room 302 to discuss Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.  “New York Times bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor once again writes with wisdom, grace, and beauty as she seeks to rehabilitate what we have learned to fear — the dark. Here she reflects on how our lives do not work only when everything is fully lit. We can’t always see the light. It waxes and wanes and can go out altogether. What we need is a spirituality that works in the nighttime.”

The Book Group is an informal group that meets monthly to discuss books of interest.  If you are interested in this book, please read it and join us in the Adult Education Classroom (Room 301) in October.

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Spirited Stirrings

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Friends,

Before I came to First Church in July, I was very glad to see that you have been actively supporting the I-594 initiative for Gun Responsibility.  It’s one of those critical social issues that I believe the Church needs to speak about and lend its support to being passed in November’s election.  I am continuing to meet with the local Faith Leaders and organizations to plan events and demonstrations leading up to the November election.  First Church will soon be the location where people can pick up signs to encourage people to vote for this initiative ($5.00 each).  And at a Rally, March and Demonstration for I-594 on October 19, all of us will be invited, and encouraged, to join in to demonstrate our support of the initiative.  More information will be available soon about this event.  But plan now to attend and participate in it.  October 19 is also the date for our Annual Church Conference, which will take place immediately following the 10:30 am worship.  It will be possible to attend the Church Conference and then join the rally and march.  The hope is that all along the march route, individuals and congregations will join in–like streams flowing into a river–until the crowd really demonstrates the overwhelming support of people of faith for background checks when purchasing guns.  The image that comes to mind is from the prophet Amos and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King:  “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an overflowing stream.”

The increasing levels of violence in our world and in this country–in our homes, in our streets, in our school and shopping malls, and in the ever newly emerging battlefields of our world–demand our response of prayer and action.  And they demand our witness as people of faith in this Seattle community.

Blessings,

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October First Sunday Luncheon

At our First Sunday Luncheon at First Church on Sunday, October 5th, Kiantha Duncan, the Program Manager at the Blaine Center Men’s Shelter, will join us to speak about the Blaine Center and it’s role in helping the homeless in Seattle.

The Blaine Center is a 60-bed men’s shelter nestled beneath the First Church parking garage on Warren and Denny. The shelter is run in partnership with Compass Housing Alliance.

Join us in the Fellowship Hall after the 10:30 service.

Please bring a salad or dessert to share!

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Church Conference

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On Sunday, October 19 we will have our annual Church Conference with our Seattle District Superintendent, Rev. Patricia Simpson. The conference will be immediately after the 10:30 service in the sanctuary. Discussion will include First Church’s ministry future.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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Vintage Adults Fall Outing

Japanese Garden home-bannerJoin the Vintage Adult Fall Outing “Asia Experience” on Tuesday 10/21/2014! We will visit the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum to enjoy autumn leaves and gather around the No Host Chinese lunch near the church afterwards.  Meet at First Church at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

RSVP to Gwynne Dodge by Sunday 10/12/14.

The pay-ahead fee of $5 required to reserve a spot. Accessible path available at the Japanese Garden. No age restriction. Everyone welcome!

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Welcome New Members

New Members

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Congratulations Corner

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Memorial Service: James Ross

Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m.
Fauntleroy Community Church-United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall (9140 California Ave. SW)

First Church member James Ross passed away on January 1, 2014. The funeral and burial service were held in Waterloo, Iowa on January 23.

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Congratulations Corner

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Prayers: September 5

Memorial Service: James Ross

Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m.
Fauntleroy Community Church-United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall (9140 California Ave. SW)

First Church member James Ross passed away on January 1, 2014. The funeral and burial service were held in Waterloo, Iowa on January 23.

 

N’dri Affre requests prayers for his birthday on Sept 4.

The Arenivar’s request prayers for safe travels to Texas.

Marlene Barnes requests prayers for a safe school year for all people.

Gwynne Dodge and Bruce Berglund request prayers  for working together for peace in the Middle East.

Ralph Goldberg requests prayers for Daniel Nauser, in  mission to Kenya.

Connie and Paul McCutcheon request prayers for Connie’s brother Dick, who was hospitalized last week and is now at home on hospice care.

Jeanne Aston requests and offers prayers of thanksgiving for First Church friends who helped her celebrate her 80th Birthday.

Prayers are requested for the family of Reverend Edgar L. Starr, retired pastor, who passed away September 5, 2014. A memorial service celebrating the life of Rev. Starr will be held at Des Moines UMC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday September 13th; reception to follow in Stanton Hall at the Gardens.

Continuing prayers are requested for
Jean Wiswell
Millie Kugler
June Whitson
Roger Whitson
Chester Morgan
Marge Dickey

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One Family Dinner

Join us at the Blaine Center (150 Denny Way) on Wednesday, September 24.

Come for cooking dinner at 5:30 pm and celebration and fellowship at 6:30 pm.

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Tell It to Your Children

Tell It to Your Children
by Patrick Ferguson, Director of the First Inspirations Children’s Choir

As a First Church member, I love the variety of music that resonates in our sanctuary walls. Sunday after Sunday, week after week, our musical story is rich in history.

I think it’s fair to say that music shapes an individual’s entire spiritual life. For this reason, I’m so excited that we embrace this early with the First Church children with our youth choir.

I often hear of choristers who have gone on to sing in adult choirs or are active in worship or in their various congregations. In fact, a predominant number of seminary students, clergy and other church workers come out of children’s choirs. They know scripture, because they have sung it for so many years. Indeed, it’s important ministry for young people because it is a memory they’ll always carry with them.

The children and youth not only add zest to our services, but also give them a safe place to connect with each other, to be creative, and to contribute to the church community.  It’s these very relationships among the kids that keep them coming back providing opportunities to share their music with you in service.

But don’t take my word for it … think back to YOUR own experiences. Did YOU grow up in an environment where children ministries offered some type of program for you to participate? Perhaps it was a children’s choir, or a youth group, camp, or Sunday Children’s Time. In these programs, did YOU experience something bigger than yourself that helped shaped your worship habits for years to come?

While I’m taking the scripture out of context, Joel 1:3 tells us to: “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.”  If YOU’VE had a joyful choir or other children’s ministries story, would you consider taking a few minutes and sharing it with the First Inspirations Choir at one of our rehearsals (we meet during the sermon time, at the 10:30 a.m. service from September through June)? Or if you’d rather, you can put your story into words and email it to me, and I’ll share your experience with our kids on your behalf.  Either way, I’d love to hear from you.

Patrick Ferguson
Patrick@firstchurchseattle.org
206.512.5496

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Spirited Stirrings

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Friends,

One of the greatest challenges we face in the U.S. today is the economic chasm between the wealthy and the poor.  I know increasing numbers of people who have a hard time just making ends meet.  We know that the number of middle class Americans has dramatically decreased, but most starkly, the numbers of inordinately wealthy has increased manifold times.  There seems to be little or no sense that “enough is enough.”  And more and more people have to work 1, 2, or 3 jobs just to support themselves and their families, and still fall below the poverty line.

On September 7, we are going to acknowledge these challenges along with the situation of workers and the working poor in worship.  Our Communion will celebrate workers–very fitting for Labor Day Sunday.  The story of Lazarus from Luke 16 and the description of the Early Post-Easter Community from Acts 2 will guide our reflections for that day.  And we’ll reflect on Jesus’ words of lament that “the poor we will always have with us.”  I believe that poverty isn’t inevitable.  It’s the result of the choices we make, the ways we live, and our value and care for others, as well as the ways we truly love ourselves.

Come be a part of praising God for the privilege of having work to do, and praying for those who don’t have work, or have too much work to live a full and abundant and balanced life.  The Sermon for that Sunday will focus on how Our Lives Depend on Those Who Labor.

Sundays following September 7, we will continue to explore Work in relation to Worth, Wealth, Integrity, Abundance, and Privilege.

Blessings,

Rev. Sharon Moe

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