March 15 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hey Everyone!

OMGoodness. We had quite the amazing event earlier this week at FPCS with nearly 600 folks from the NEXT Church Conference swarming through the building and filling the Sanctuary.  It was two and half days packed with prophetic challenge, inspiring worship, and a deep sense that the relentlessly creating Holy Spirit is not done with us yet (First Pres. and the larger PCUSA denomination)! Visions were enlarged, souls fed, hopes deepened.  Gratefulness to Good oozed all over the place!

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As I write this eNews our world has been shattered by yet another hate-filled white supremacist terrorist attack - this time with Muslims being gunned down in mosques in New Zealand.  Early this morning I was moved by the heart-wrenching wisdom of Dr. Omid Safi, Director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, who wrote:

*This terrorist attack is not an aberration. This is not about mental illness, it is not about one person. This is where all the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant discourse over the last few years leads to. A friend Susannah Heschel recalls her father, the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel saying:  “Hitler did not come to power with tanks and guns; it all began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda. Words create worlds…”

Words create worlds.

Beautiful words create beautiful worlds. 
Hateful, divisive, angry words likewise create a hateful and ugly world.

We have to confront racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, patriarchal words. If we wish to create a different world, we have to confront these words everywhere and everywhere, and offer beautiful words instead.

*This is global. The terrorist in New Zealand praised Trump, and praised Serbian genocidal anti-Muslim movements. The response also has to be global. Those of us committed to love and justice have to be reaching out to one another, comforting one another, loving on one another, and protecting one another.

*Start at home. Hug your kids. Reach out to your Muslim friends. 
Show up. Show up in love and solidarity and support. 
We are in this together. Some of us are more vulnerable than others. It’s up to all of us to love and protect one another.

Especially as we continue in the 40 day season of Lent – a time of spiritual preparation and repentance, of turning to God – we not only confess our personal sin, but our participation in sinful systems that do not protect vulnerable people, and with God’s help, we rededicate our lives to “show up in love and solidarity and support.”

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In the sermon text this Sunday, Luke 13:31-35 Jesus weeps over Jerusalem. Jesus laments.  Take a look at the text and see what taps you on the shoulder (for me it’s this verse: “How often I have desired to gather your children together as a hen gather her brood under her wings…”).  Bring yourself to the text, notice your questions – and we’ll share in a sermon conversation together on Sunday.

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Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

March 8 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hey Friends!

The 40 day season of Lent has begun.  It’s a time of preparation, of repentance, of turning to God.  People often give up something for Lent – chocolate, Facebook, wine…church (just kidding).  Someone suggested just giving up for Lent! That might actually get closer to the whole point – to give up ourselves more fully to God. These coming weeks can be a time of taking spiritual inventory; or, something like a spiritual spring cleaning - giving us not only a heightened awareness of our human frailty and sin but making us more receptive to the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of God’s grace as we approach Easter.

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The sermon text this Sunday is Luke 4:1-13 – Jesus temptation in the wilderness – which is a powerful way to begin our Lenten journey together. Jesus was tempted – not unlike us.  Take a look at the text and see what taps you on the shoulder, or maybe notice what you’ve never seen before, or even what kind of bothers you – and we’ll share in a sermon conversation together on Sunday.

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And whoops – I almost forgot – Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday!  So remember to Spring Forward one hour on Saturday night!

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One last thing: FPCS has the great privilege of hosting the NEXT Church Conference this week, a national gathering of mostly Presbyterians. We’ve got some 600 or so pastors, leaders and congregational folks coming in from all over the country to hear speakers and participate in workshops – all interested in trying to figure out how to do church for today and tomorrow.  Right up our alley, huh?!

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Look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

March 1 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hello Everyone!

I want to say thanks to all of you who were able to participate in the little Experiment in Lament we did after worship and lunch over the last several weeks. The feedback I am receiving is that it was a valuable experience for a number of reasons:

·       Some people found the lament experiment helped them name some of the pain and sadness we feel at FPCS -- about the church split, about the impending sale of the church property (even if we agree with it!), and, about the uncertainty around what our future looks like (even though we know are not dissolving the congregation)! Lament not only gave us permission to be honest with God about all this stuff, but saying it out loud to each other helped, too.

·       Some people found the lament experiment gave them an opportunity to experience and appreciate the rich diversity of our congregation: we are wealthy and poor, younger and older, newer and more seasoned in faith, and we come from different racial-ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It was so great to be together and connect with each other a little more.

·       Some people found the lament experiment helped them open up their hearts to trust God a little more deeply, to feel a little more spiritually grounded in hope. 

Someone suggested a great follow-up to our experiment in lament that I want to pass on:  maybe sit down and take a few minutes to ponder or write down your own personal lament for where you are in your life right now – perhaps write down your lament for FPCS.  Offer this as your prayer to the Lord.  (And let me know if you’d like to share it with me, or would be willing to share it with our community of faith.)

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Ok, so our text this Sunday is one the lectionary tackles every year, the Transfiguration of Jesus, this time in Luke’s Gospel 9:28-36, with the addition of 37-43a. It’s a pretty familiar text, so the challenge is always to let go of everything we already know, and be open to hear God speaking afresh. Read it through a couple times.  What strikes you this time? What taps you on the shoulder and says “Notice me?”  And, do you think the lectionary is nuts putting these two very different passages together?!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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February 22 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hello Everyone!

It’s Friday, and just after noon out here on Hood Canal.  This morning it was snowing a bit; about 30 minutes later the sun was trying to break through! And, now the white stuff is coming down pretty hard again – although the word is that there won’t be any lasting accumulation in the next couple days.

SO WORSHIP IS ON!

The sermon text for this Sunday is one of those passages that I’m afraid if I tell you what it is, you might take a pass and stay in your warm, cozy bed, or linger a little longer over than second cup of coffee!  We’re still in the Sermon on the Plain, when Jesus says in Luke 6:27-38 – not once, but twice – “love your enemies.” Gulp. And he throws the “Golden Rule” in here, too: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Eugene Peterson’s translation in the Message makes it plain: “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!”)

This whole passage has been called the heart of the gospel.  I’ve also heard it called “crazy talk.” Because what Jesus is calling us to here is so upside down to the way most people think life works!

So, nobody is going to beat you over the head with this text this week.  In fact, how about we talk about what the text doesn’t mean?  And, then about whether or not we can even really do what Jesus is asking us to do here? And, maybe why it’s so important.  I hope you’ll come be a part of that conversation!

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Also, don’t forget to stick around as we continue our little experiment in lament this Sunday – right after lunch, a little after noon or so, for about 45-60 minutes.  It’s really been fun!

We’ve been taking a look at “lament” – a unique type of biblical literature and practice that helped sustain God’s people in times of crisis, chaos and challenge.  Last week we looked at Lamentations, a funeral dirge if there ever was one – 5 WHOLE CHAPTERS of lamentiness!  But I found two surprises: one was  focusing on Lamentations chapter 3, where after 2 ½ chapters of all hell breaking loose, of unmitigated misery and suffering and forsakenness, there’s this little ray of hope right in the middle of it all, at verse 21:

“But this one thing I call to mind…

The steadfast love of the Lord (“hesed”, God’s covenant love) never ceases,

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

That’s in Lamentations!

The other helpful thing is that every chapter in Lamentations is an acrostic, meaning every sentence of each chapter starts at the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet and goes to the end, aleph to tav (our A-Z).  An acrostic is a way of saying, Everything is covered, nothing is left out; and also, lamenting doesn’t go on forever, there’s an end. Enough.

This time we’ll hear a little more about what God might have to say in hard times, after the “enough” of lament, via the prophet Isaiah (chapter 43, if you want to sneak a peek).

Hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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February 15 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hello Friends!

I made it to Portland last Monday to help lead the Transitional Ministry Workshops for four days (assisting Scott Lumsden and Eliana Maxim from Seattle Presbytery). Rick stayed home and endured 30 hours without electricity (thankfully we have a generator), as well as digging our little Scion xB out of the snow, and putting on chains and driving on snow and ice multiple times. I was grateful to come back to cleared roads, though our driveway is still a pretty icy, snowy mess!

But the downtown Seattle streets, and the church parking lot and sidewalks are clear, and there is no snow in the forecast this weekend, so we are good to go for worship this Sunday! 

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The sermon text for this Sunday – Luke 6:17-26 – is usually called the Sermon on the Plain.  Take a close look, and maybe compare it to what you remember about Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.  Give some thought to the differences, and maybe ponder what you think Luke is up to here…  

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Also, I hope you will be able to stick around as we continue our little experiment in lament this Sunday.  After lunch, a little after noon or so, we’ll gather around and spend 60 minutes taking a look at and talking about lament – a type of biblical literature and practice that helped sustain God’s people in times of crisis, chaos and challenge.  Perhaps God will use it to sustain us, too!

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

“Jesus looked up at his disciples” Lk 6:20  “Fixed his gaze on them” (says another translation)

“Jesus looked up at his disciples” Lk 6:20

“Fixed his gaze on them” (says another translation)

February 10 Worship Canceled Due to Weather Conditions

Hey everyone!

Well, that was a lot of snow – 6” or more out here on the Hood Canal – and at least that at First Presbyterian Church in Seattle! And the temperature is supposed to plummet in the morning making things especially icy.

So, we’re making the call to CANCEL WORSHIP TOMORROW.  Everyone stay safe and warm!

Hope to see you in worship next week!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

February 8 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hey Everyone –

As I write this we are under threat of Snowzilla 2019.  If it’s as bad as they are forecasting, we may need to cancel worship on Sunday – but let’s wait and see.  So, we’re on for now, but watch your inbox for an email update tomorrow for any change.

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Last Sunday we had our first of three week experiments around the biblical literature and practice of lament… and it was actually kind of fun! We had a dozen folks stick around to talk about what everyone is thinking and feeling about the changes we’ve been through and are ahead of us at First Pres., and to read and talk together about Psalm 88, the lamentiest of laments!  This week we will take a closer look at Lamentations chapter 3.

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Our sermon text this Sunday is Luke 5:1-11, where, among other things, Jesus schools fishermen on how to fish :).

Hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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February 1 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hello friends –

Last Sunday we read Jesus’ first sermon – some call it the “Nazareth Manifesto” – in Luke’s Gospel.  Jesus’ home town crowd seemed pretty receptive to he had to say, at least initially – but as we’ll see this week, minutes  later they were incensed, to the point of running Jesus out of town. They were ready to throw him off a cliff!  Holy cow – was the sermon really that bad?  An epic fail?  Check out the text in Luke 4:21-30 and let’s talk about what in the world happened…and maybe continues to happen today.

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Also, remember you are invited to stick around after lunch to be a part of a project I am undertaking in conjunction with my latest Pittsburgh Seminary class.  Beginning this Sunday I will be doing a little 3 week experiment around the bibilical literature and practice of lament… (It’ll only take about 45 minutes or so.)

One reason I want to do this is because a little over three years ago the congregation experienced a painful split and now we are facing the sale of the property. And although this change is in many ways good news, even still it’s a huge decision, and it may be accompanied by feelings of loss and grief. Change often is.  Letting go can be difficult. Especially when we don’t know exactly where we are going or what the future looks like!

That’s where the biblical literature and practice of lament comes in: The Bible is filled with examples of God’s people in the midst of a crisis of chaos telling the truth about their situation to God. They didn’t bury their feelings or act like it was no big deal.  They didn’t put a smiley face on it.  They cried out to God.  They let God have it!  Ultimately, lament helped them get to a place of deeper trust in God.  

I think it could be a helpful practice for us, too.

Hope to see you Sunday! 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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January 25 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hey Everyone –

Last Sunday we saw how Jesus’ public ministry began in John’s Gospel – with the miracle of turning the water into wine at Cana – emphasizing the gifts of transformation and extravagant abundance in Jesus.

This Sunday our sermon text from Luke’s Gospel in 4:14-21 has Jesus’ public ministry begin very differently.  Sometimes considered Jesus’ first sermon (some called it the “Nazareth Manifesto”), Jesus quotes words from the prophet Isaiah to launch his mission, and “good news to the poor” is pretty much it in a nutshell. 

One commentator describes this text as “One of the most ignored, watered down, spiritualized or glossed over texts” in many churches today.  I wonder if you agree? How – and why – do we do this?  How do we join in Jesus’ purpose today?  There’s a lot to talk about this week!

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Also, I want to invite you to a little project I am undertaking in conjunction with my latest Pittsburgh Seminary class…

Beginning Sunday February 3 right after lunch, for about 45 minutes or so, I will be doing a little 3 week experiment around the biblical literature and practice of lament with anyone who wants to stick around.  WHY? Because here we are as a congregation, having been through a very challenging time of change due to a painful church split, experiencing a great sense of disruption and loss, and now preparing to leave a familiar location and building (when? we’re not exactly sure yet!). And we’re not even exactly certain where we are going or what the future looks like! It can all be a little overwhelming, if not distressing.  (Not to mention all the personal, social and political challenges and disappointments that we are experiencing all the time that make us wonder, Where are you Lord?!) 

So, I wonder if the biblical literature and practice of lament might help us out a bit – by encouraging us to tell the truth about our situation to God, and preventing us from burying our feelings and having to act like it’s no big deal, and ultimately by helping us get to a place of deeper trust in God.

I hope you can stick around a little longer beginning Sunday afternoon February 3 and join in this little mini-experiment…

Grace and peace, friends!

Pastor Heidi

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January 11 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear Friends –

Ok, permit me a little braggy moment here:  I just got back from spending a little over 48 hours in Chicago – basking in the brilliance of my goddaughter, Lanise, an actor featured in the play “Familiar” at the Steppenwolf Theater.  The play had us busting up in side-splitting laughter one minute, and bawling our eyes out the next.  It’s about a family that emigrates from Zimbabwe (back when it was called Rhodesia) to America, and raising two daughters in Minneapolis, and the tensions that grow between wanting to maintain and losing one’s cultural heritage.  It draws out issues of racial identity, adoption, marriage, religious differences, and well, family.  And it’s familiar!  There’s my god-kid on stage, herself adopted from Haiti, living it out loud for all to see.  I was challenged, encouraged, humbled, and couldn’t be prouder to be shaped by knowing her and experiencing her gifts! 

Pastor Heidi, goddaughter Lanise, Lanise’s Mom Karla

Pastor Heidi, goddaughter Lanise, Lanise’s Mom Karla

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The sermon text this Sunday is the story of Jesus’ baptism from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 which the Lectionary revisits this time every year (from one of the gospels).  Read it through a couple times – listen with your heart – notice what touches you…  Maybe ponder a bit: Why was Jesus “who knew no sin” even baptized?  Do you remember anything about your baptism? If not, what does it mean for you to say, “I am baptized?”

Hope to see you in worship!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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January 3 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear Friends -

I must admit - the greeting “Happy New Year” always rings a little hollow for me – because I am so aware, even in my small circle of friends, of so many incredibly challenging situations that people are dealing with: my oldest brother who gets an update tomorrow on how his treatment is affecting his cancer; a 40 year old friend who is on IV drip three times a day with a high-powered antibiotic to beat a super-resistant infection; our dear friends living downstairs in the Compass at First Presbyterian shelter hoping to get into housing, but also trying to get their lives together on many other fronts. And who can forget the violence and famine in Yemen that fills our screens with images of little bodies with distended bellies and skeletal limbs; or the threat to the first fair and democratic election in the Democratic Republic Congo since it gained independence in 1960; much less the political division and impasse in our own nation that has everybody yelling at each other – or not speaking to one another at all.

The list goes on, and it is all rather unsettling, and daunting.  Happy New Year doesn’t quite cut it.

I know I’ve said this before, but this is why Sunday is so important for me, why I live for worship, for church, for being the beloved community together, for kinship:  We are reminded that God is with us and for us.  I am not alone; we are not alone.  And the God who loves us calls us to love one another.  I know we’re not perfect; we’re all a mess. (If you think you have no mess, um, that’s your mess!) But when we come together, we are reminded of God’s grace – we receive God’s forgiveness. And we see ourselves in a larger Story, God’s Story, of making all things new.  The Story of God’s unfolding promise to mend the entire universe!

Happy New Year?  I’m holding out for New Creation – through the life, death and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Now that has the ring of truth to it!  And we need to hear it, and sing it, and say it, and pray it again and again and again!  Which is what we get to do every Sunday!

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The text this Sunday is Matthew 2:12 – the familiar story of the Magi.  Read it through a couple times – listen with your heart – notice what touches you, what do you love?

O come let us adore Him!

Pastor Heidi

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December 21 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear sisters and brothers –

A part of me always looks forward to this day – for today is the Winter Solstice. (If you need a scientific explanation, my husband Rick will be glad to provide you one on Sunday, like he did for me – again – last night, and, um, like he does for me every year!) The thing is, after tonight, we turn a corner: the days ever so slowly start to get longer in the northern hemisphere.  Translate: MORE LIGHT in the Pacific Northwest.  Yes, I suffer from a bit of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) so this is music to my ears. 

But still the thing is, Winter Solstice is also the longest night – yes, the last longest one for a while, but dang, it is LONG and DARK.  You may have noticed: the whole month is.  Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in the southern hemisphere where it’s summer right now.  But here we are in winter darkness.

Some churches have a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service to acknowledge the sadness, grief and depression that many people struggle with this time of year.  I led such a service some years ago, and we each lit a candle for the dear ones we had lost, or were missing in our lives.  I swear it took me 5 minutes to say the names of my parents outloud I was so overcome with grief.  It’s not always like that, I’m not always on the edge, but that was a hard year for some reason, and some years are harder than others.

Christmas, and all the expectations of Christmas, often make it harder. Spending time with families that aren’t perfect; or having no family to spend time with.  Spending too much money on presents that don’t satisfy, or we don’t need; or having no money to spend.

One of the reasons I am glad Christmas does come in our deep, dark winter is we point to the promise that in Emmanuel, God-with-us, meets us right where we are.  Jesus Christ the LIGHT shines in the darkness of sin, and grief and evil and the darkness cannot put it out. It’s not just a dark season that is changed, but our very can be transformed by God’s amazing light and love.

Part of my new favorite poem (you might hear it again on Sunday) puts it this way:

Let me tell you the Good News:

There is Good News.

That’s it: 

goodness, somewhere, rushing toward us in the place where future meets present tense.

Hope unwinds across the fragile world and whispers its nightmares away.

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The text this Sunday is the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20.  Read it through a couple times –a listen with your heart – notice what touches you, what do you love?

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

O come let us adore Him!

Pastor Heidi

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December 14 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hello Friends –

Of all the Advent texts, Luke 3:7-18 on the Third Sunday of Advent is probably the most jarring, with John the Baptizer announcing to the crowds who came out to him in the desert: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”  (Um, you did?!)  If I preached like that, I’d probably get fired, or the congregation would vanish.  But instead of being offended or scared off and running for cover, John’s crowd is fully engaged.  When John exhorts them, “Bear fruits worthy of repentance,” they respond with an eagerness that is every preacher’s dream, asking him, “What then should we do?”

You might be a little surprised at the way John answers that question.

Check it out and we’ll talk about it together this Sunday.

Hope to see you in worship.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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December 6 Update from Pastor Heidi

Hey Everyone –

I keep reading about interesting and creative things congregations are doing to be the church – especially those with building challenges.  Just this morning my sister sent me a short video posted on Sojourners Facebook page about a church in Los Angeles that’s pretty inspiring.  To check it out click here:  https://www.facebook.com/SojournersMagazine/videos/341579506643407/

Granted, it wouldn’t work so well in our climate, but kudos to them for thinking outside the box!

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The Second Sunday of Advent always features John the Baptist, so we’ll jump into Luke 3:1-6 this week.  The text is filled with familiar words, and lots of good news, so be sure to check it out.

Also, we’ve got the Lift Gospel Choir joining us for worship this Sunday. Directed by Megan Krantz and our own Jana Detrick, the group was just recently formed, but their energy far surpasses their size!  You will be blessed as they help lead us in worship! 

Hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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November 30 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear Friends –

Just a couple things real quick –

We’re having a new members class this Sunday right after lunch – 12:30-2pm – if you want to join FPCS, or want to explore what that even means, or if you’re already a member and need a refresher :).  Join Kathy, J.P. Kang and me for a scintillating look into Presby life!

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And another heads up – Advent begins this Sunday with another one of those “is the Bible trying to scare the living daylights outta me?” apocalyptic texts – this one from Luke 21:25-36.  Except remember what I said a few weeks ago about apocalpytic? (Nope?!) Well, it’s packed full of so much good news and hope! Really.  So c’mon and join us, and let’s get our (“Second”) Advent (=Coming) on!

Hope to see you in worship!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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November 16 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear Friends –

In 1983 I moved to Chico, CA, where I served as Associate Pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church for seven and half years. It was my first call out of seminary, working with college students, and I still have connections with that community.  Paradise, CA is just 15 miles away from Chico – and it’s hard to fathom the destruction and heartbreak resulting from the Camp Fire, which is not yet contained.  This morning the news jumped to 63 dead, and 631 missing.

I’m grateful Bidwell Church is serving as a significant staging area for goods and services to those who are in need.  One of my best friends was down at the church for several days this week, and said she spent her time mostly crying with and hugging people.  If you want to help, but just don’t know how, you might consider sending a gift card to Bidwell – for Target, Safeway, or Subway – they will make sure they get in the right hands.  (Bidwell Presbyterian Church mailing address is 208 W. 1st Street, Chico, CA 95928).

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OK, heads up – the sermon text for Sunday is a doozie – Mark 13:1-8! It’s one of those “the end is near” doom and gloom texts that we Presbyterians think are soooooo weird, and frankly would just as soon avoid.  So would you believe me if I told you the message of this text is actually some good news?  (By the way, it’s one of the reasons I argue we should all leave behind that Left Behind book series – when those books lay out a precise time line of end-time events and stir up fear they are missing the.whole.point!)

Anyway, check out the passage and see what you think, and we’ll talk about it together on Sunday.

Hope to see you in worship!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

The Western or “Wailing” Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, the only part of the 2nd Jewish Temple that remains

The Western or “Wailing” Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem,
the only part of the 2nd Jewish Temple that remains

November 9 Update from Pastor Heidi

Dear Friends –

It’s been quite a week: The election midterms are behind us, yet political divisions and incivility deepen…  Yet another mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA, right on the heels of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA…  Catastrophic fires in California…  A humanitarian crisis (famine) in Yemen…   And, just a few days after celebrating my niece’s wedding in Napa last Saturday, I found out my oldest brother has metastatic cancer.  And what about you – what’s swirling around you?

These are the times I feel most especially the need to be with God’s people, to remember we are not alone.  We need each other.  There’s a comfort in being together, and praying for our world and one another.  

I sure hope to see you in worship this Sunday!

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The sermon text is Mark 12:38-44 – featuring the story we often call “the widow’s mite” – about a poor woman in the temple who gives just two small coins, but it’s everything she has.  I’ve preached this text several times, and have always talked about the woman being an example for us (to give generously). But now I’m kind of rethinking that: what if she is more of a warning to us all?

Check it out and see what you think, and let’s talk about it together on Sunday.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

“Jesus said, ‘This poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.’”

“Jesus said, ‘This poor widow
has put in more than all those
who are contributing to the treasury.’”

November 1 Update From Lay Pastor Kathy

Hi Friends –

On Monday night a group of us got together to bake cookies to take to guests downstairs at Compass. It was kind of a reverse trick or treat, instead of us getting treats; we wanted to hand out treats. I took the bags down and joined in their Halloween party and had a great time. Many of our friends were there and I just want to say they all love to dance!  It was good to see so many smiles. Needless to say, everyone loved the home baked cookies. They wanted me to say thank you to all who helped.

We’d like to continue to support our guests in different ways, so watch for updates on how that might happen. If you have an idea, please pass it on to me.

This week, Seattle Police Chaplin Charlie Scoma will be joining us again to lead us in conversation through the text from Mark 12:28-34.

And don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday.

Hope to see you in worship!

Grace and peace,

Lay Pastor Kathy

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October 25 Update From Pastor Heidi

Dear Sisters and Brothers  –

Finally! A sermon text this week that is totally positive!  The disciples don’t look like goofballs.  Jesus isn’t upset.  I don’t think this passage will make you think, Hmm, maybe I’ll sit this one out this week. 

It’s the healing of Blind Bartimaeus from Mark 10:46-52. Jesus asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Best question ever!)  Answer:  “I want to see.”  (Great prayer!)

And there’s so much seeing going on! 

Check it out - and see what you see!

Hope to see you in worship…

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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“I want to see”

October 18 Update From Pastor Heidi

Hi Friends  –

This morning I was watching the fog burn off over the wide expanse of Hood Canal that Rick and I call our front yard – and soaking up the gift of another day of warmth and sunshine in the Pacific Northwest.  Gosh, how many days in a row has it been this Fall?  I can’t believe I’ve lost count!  And, man, the riot of color that rims the blue sky – every hue of orange, yellow, and red!  I love it when God shows off!  O Divine Artist, thank you for sharing it all!

I hope you all get a chance to get outside and open your eyes and breathe deeply in the next day or so – and to give thanks!

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So, you know how I always say when we are preaching together that questions are so important.  Bring your questions, I say.  And, there is no such thing as a stupid question, right?

Well…I might have to walk that back a teeny bit. Because I think we catch the disciples asking a really dumb question in this week’s text from Mark 10:35-45.  

Check it out and see what you think. I think we’ll have some stuff to talk about together this Sunday.

Hope to see you in worship!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

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