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October 2009


Published monthly for the members and friends of First Presbyterian Church.

“Worshiping God together, Growing in Christ-like maturity, Reaching those unconnected to Jesus Christ and Impacting our community and the world.�

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Dearchurch family,

As I am writing this, I am preparing to go to the fall board meeting of the Outreach Foundation. The mission of the Outreach Foundation is to engage Presbyterians in Christ-centered evangelistic mission for the salvation of humankind. I serve on the board because I am passionate about missions. Inevitably, the question is asked: “Why do we need to go to a foreign country for mission work when there is so much to do right in our own backyard?” I have heard it asked numerous times. My response has almost become reflex: To build up the body of Christ! In his letter to the Romans, Paul expresses his intention to be with them. Keeping in mind that Paul has never set foot in Rome prior to this correspondence, he expresses his desire: “For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you- or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Rom. 1:11-12, NRSV) Our perception of mission is one of concrete, cinder blocks and marl. That is not to say that construction is not an important component of mission work, but it is not the essential component of mission work. The apostle Paul longed to see the Christians in Rome, not because he intended on starting a building project, but because he wanted to share with them a “spiritual gift” for the purpose of strengthening the body of Christ, with the hope that they would be “mutually encouraged” by one another. October is mission month. Our mission conference is set for October 9-11th. You can find more information on page 14. Dr. Darrell Guder, the Academic Dean at Princeton Theological Seminary, will be our keynote speaker. He will also be preaching at all three services on Sunday. Dr. Guder is the editor and one of the contributors of “The Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America.” I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Guder during my time at Princeton. He challenges the church not to think of missions in terms of a program, but as the responsibility of each and every member of the church. As our culture becomes increasingly secular, the mission field is everywhere! Each of us, then, has a mission and ministry! I have spent quite a bit of time talking with people about their mission experiences and I love to do it! The common reaction is that by being there we gain so much more than the community members on whose houses we have worked. It sounds funny, but it is the truth. Paul knew what he was talking about in his letter to the Romans. Every year, we go to places like Ethiopia, Cambodia and Egypt not because there is nothing to do in “our own backyards,” but because we seek to build up the body of Christ. It’s not just about building construction, it’s about building faith. As is often the case when we travel, we get more help than we give. Let me invite you to join us and hear Dr. Guder in person, while we celebrate missions! In the grip of grace,

Pastor Jack

Sermon Series

October 4 Jack Peebles Matthew 21:23-32 The Two Sons

October 11 Darrell Guder Matthew 21:33-46 The Wicked Tenants 1

October 18 Jack Peebles Matthew 22:1-14 The Wedding Banquet

October 25 Jack Peebles Matthew 25:1-15 The Ten Bridesmaids

October Events Calendar 2009 Oct 1 Thursday Happy Travelers 1p SAM 3p Prayer Team Leader Mtg 6p Oct 2 Friday MOPS Men’s Conf /Dinner/ Gym Women’s Conf @ Westminster Oct 3 Saturday Men’s Conference (Allan Meyer) Gym Women’s Conf @ Westminster FPC Day to Work Young Life Stand @Fair Oct 4 Sunday World Communion Sunday CARENET Mtg 1p Oct 6 Tuesday Worship Min Team 5:15p Adult Ed Mtg 7p Oct 8 Thurday Preschool Board Mtg 9:30a DMT Mtg 2p Mission Conference /Dr. Guder 7p Oct 9, 10, 11 Ghormley Father/Son Weekend SAM/HT to Cannon Beach Oct 9. Friday MOPS Steering Team Mtg 9a Mission Conf. Pastor Lunch/Gwen’s Mission Conference / Dr. Guder 7p Oct 10 Saturday Prayer Shawl 9a Mission Conference/ Service Project Oct 11 Sunday Dr. Tuesink Class / 9:30a Oct 12 Monday Edith Ferry Circle 10a Oct 15 Thurday Deacon Exec 8a Happy Travelers Mtg 2p Baptism Class 7p (baptisms on 25th) Oct 16 Friday MOPS Oct 16, 17 Starting Points (New Members) Oct 17 Saturday Clothing Exchange 9a

Oct 18 Sunday Preschool Art Show 2nd Grade Bibles Presentation 9:30a Kids Sing all services Oct 20 Tuesday Service Min Team 7a Preschool Staff Mtg 11:30a SLT 7p Oct 21 Wednesday Ghormley Commission/ 6:30p Oct 22 Thurday Group Life Core Team Mtg 12p Oct 23 Friday MOPS Creative Moments 9a Cristo Vive Crafts 6:30p Oct 24 Saturday Group Life Conference @WSB Ghormley Volunteer Day Prayer Shawl Min 1p Movie Matinee (SAM) 1p Cristo Vive Couples’ Night Oct 25 Sunday Leadership Class 8a Infant Baptisms/Welcome New Members Deacons 3:30p Oct 27 Tuesday Kaffee Klatsch 9:30a Session / Dinner 6p Oct 28 Wednesday Naomi Circle 10a Oct 29 Thurday Golden Circle Potluck 12p Oct 30 Friday MOPS Creative Moments 9a Oct 31 Saturday Trick or Canned Food (youth) 6:30p


Fellowship Ministry Group Life / Family / Senior Adult

“Building Relationships that change lives by connecting the community to Christ”

GROUP LIFE news “This Changes Everything” Group Life Conference 2009

Judy Turner

Group Life Ministries

248-7940, ext. 135

Authentic change starts when the next step is the right step. Hosted at: West Side Church 6901 Summitview Ave. Yakima, WA 98908 Contact the WSB church office for tickets ($54, lunch included)


Group Life Events

Leadership Development Training Up Leaders! Open to all! Every 4th Sunday of the month. 8am Adult Ed. Room

What A Scramble!

On August 22 at Westwood Golf Course, seven teams competed for the best golf score for nine holes. It was a fun day for all! A big thank you to Jerry Smith and Donna Erhart- Boling for all their work! Winners were Kurt and Sharon Kiene (R) and Tyler and Jessica Van Horn (L) with a five under par!


Fellowship Ministry Group Life / Family / Senior Adult

FAMILY LIFE news PARENTING is a challenging job! Just when we think

we have things figured out, our kids reach a new stage of development and we’re in a learning curve once again. As Christian parents we have an even bigger challenge to instill Christ like character in our children and help them to know and serve God. At FPC we want to provide parents with every opportunity to develop the tools and the encouragement we need to help our families thrive. Mark your calendar for Saturday November 14th to attend FOCUS ON PARENTING a live simulcast conference where you will join thousands of parents all across the country. This conference, presented by Focus on the Family will give us practical tools for parenting in every stage. The line up of speakers include such leading parenting experts as Dr. Kevin Leman, Elisa Morgan (MOPS), Larry Fowler (AWANA), Ron Luce (President of Teen Mania), Paul Vischer (Creator of Veggie Tales), and many more. FPC will be the official Yakima host site for this Live event brought to you by Family Minsitry, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Preschool Ministry, and MOPS Ministry. For more information on the conference go to Conference /

Laura Pickett

Family Ministries Director 248-7940, ext. 125

God saved you by his grace when you believed.

And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8 NLT

Saturday November 14th from 9:30-3:30 Cost $25-$35 per person. 4

Fellowship Ministry Group Life / Family / Senior Adult

SENIOR ADULTS news New beginnings

Jim Erixson

Pastor of Senior Ministries 248-7940, ext. 130


October 27 9:30-11:00a

Jim Newbill will be giving another rousing history lesson!

Retreat to Cannon Beach

October 9-11 with

Rev. Hap Brahams $250

While many of us think of January as the start of a new year and a fresh start on leading a better life, for the thousands of students and educators across the country, September also marks a similar beginning. Teachers and students are all hoping that the next nine months will be wonderfully rewarding. At First Presbyterian Church we too have started some new concepts and programs during the month of September. As we move into October, we are hoping these changes will be uplifting and fulfilling for ourselves and those around us. More importantly, we hope that these endeavors will be pleasing to God as we try to care for one another and live according to His will. We tend to think of fresh starts as coming at prescribed times throughout the year or at certain points in our lives. The truth of the matter is we always have a fresh start available through the grace and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we face the challenges of the day or a stressful time, He is always there for us offering us a new beginning. He will be with us, right at our side. As Psalm 103:12-13 so beautifully tells us , “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so has the Lord compassion on those who fear him.” Take time to celebrate your own new beginning with Him. “This is the day that the Lord hath made. Rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Mark your Calendars...

Veteran’s Dinner November 10, 2009 This is a time to honor our veterans and thank them for their service. Happy Travelers Thursday, October 1 at 1:00pm / Adult Ed Rm SAM Thursday, October 1 at 3:00pm / Adult Ed Rm Please make changes on your calendars! 5

Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

STUDENT MINISTRYnews Volunteer needs... fpc students


Help Young People Navigate the Murky Waters of Adolescence Following Jesus Does Not Come Naturally


Adults Who Value Being With Students We Don’t Need Chaperones or Grown Up Kids


Value Relationships More Than Influence Entering the World of Students is Scary



Teaching is More than Information Transfer Live Out the Grace and Sacrificial Love of Jesus

Director of Student Ministries 248-7940, ext. 106


Tyler Van Horn

Mid High: 6:45p to 8:15p Senior High: 7:30p to 9:00p *Dinner starts at 5:30p Come eat!


Join us as we study the parables of Jesus. All students meet in the Chapel at 9:30a for worship. Then we will break up into our Mid High and Senior High classes for teaching. We will be done with class at 10:40a. If you show up early we will have donuts to eat while we catch up on how the week has been.


The Mid High Retreat at Ghormley November 13-15 (Friday – Sunday). The cost is $75


Karin Skone

Assist. Dir. of Student Ministries 248-7940, ext. 116

Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS


Rhonda Cardona Preschool Director

248-7940, ext. 119

We are happy and excited to announce that our Latte Bar, Higher Grounds, will now be open Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the preschool. So no need to stop on your way to work – just put in your order when you get here! Lattes, Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate, & Italian Sodas!! Soy milk available! Price List: All 12 oz. hot/cold drinks - $2.25 (1 shot espresso) All 16 oz. hot/cold drinks - $2.50 (2 shots espresso) Extra shots: 25 cents Extra Flavor: 25 cents Hot Chocolate: 12 oz. $1.25 16 oz. $1.50

Thank you for helping us and supporting the preschool!!!


Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS


There’s No Place Like Rome!

I worry when attention is called to the years of service in Children’s Ministries-why would anyone want to sign up for a job that has no end? Rather, let’s celebrate the adults who are willing to try, those who have watched and wanted to find a place to belong, those who want to know more about the amazing energy and power that defines Children’s Ministries. The need for volunteers is great, continues throughout the year and offers flexibility which will fit nearly everyone’s calendar. “Jesus loves the little ones” begins a favorite song we sing in the 3 year old class during the middle hour on Sundays. I call it “SonBeam Therapy,” and it has become essential to my own spiritual wellness. I try to never miss my dose of SonBeams each week. The Sonbeams are ready to learn, and very willing to hear the basic lessons we all need-God loves us, Jesus is our friend and the Bible tell us true stories. As these young children become comfortable in our class, they are learning lessons that will last a lifetime. My life has been enriched. I have friends who greet me in the grocery store: “Mom, there’s my OLD teacher!” I have the privilege of meeting young families and earning their trust as they allow the circle of security around their children to broaden. I am a member of a special team of adults-we share responsibilities so not one of us feels burdened, but we do notice when one is absent. We all agree that it is the fastest 90 minutes of our week! There is no better feeling than finding the perfect fit where service becomes a blessing; as you search your heart, consider a trial of this amazing prescription. There is a place for you in Children’s Ministries!

- Jill Hilmes


Kathy Eaton

Director of Children’s Ministries 248-7940, ext. 114

Susie Woodin

Assist. Dir. of Children’s Ministries 248-7940, ext. 110

“Colby’s Room” Special Needs Sunday School Ages K-5th Grade Room 221 / 9:30

Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS



“I didn’t want to come because I was so busy, but I’m so glad I came.”

Shan Trick

Women’s Ministry, Group Life 248-7940, ext. 135

“This one day really affected me deeply.” These were comments I heard about the Women’s Retreat held at Ghormley Meadow on Saturday, September 13. We were so blessed by the music, the funny stories, the inspiring message and the enigmatic personality of Julie Hoy. The fifty plus women who ventured to Ghormley Meadow on this beautiful day came away recommitted in their relationship with the Lord and with one another. We experienced one more little piece of heaven.

Singer-Songwriter Julie Hoy (L) shared her gifts with us.


Discipleship Ministry

Preschool / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS


Men’s Conference “Doing Life Better: Reclaiming God’s Design” October 2 - 3 at First Presbyterian Church Featuring Dr. Allan Meyer, Careforce founder, author and international speaker.

$45 Tickets are available at First Presbyterian Church Sunday mornings and in the church office during the week. Men, make sure you get one for yourself and a couple for your friends. You’ll all be glad you did! Women’s Conference “Doing Life Better: For Women Only ‘Let’s Talk Intimacy,’ God” October 2-3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church $30 Tickets available at FPC and Westminster. Explore the issues of intimacy and sexuality in this unique and powerful conference for women! 10

Discipleship Ministry

Pre-School / Children’s / Student’s / Women’s / Careforce / Men’s / Adults / Childcare / MOPS

CAREFORCEnews Classes offered this fall

Kandy Ingersoll

CareForce Lifekeys Facilitator 248-7940, ext. 141

Sunday Mornings: Search for Life

9:15-11:00AM Search for Life (for men & women) addresses struggles in day-to-day living: depression, self-worth, addictions, abuse, relationship issues, anger, grief and loss.

Wednesdays Nights: Valiant Man we thought you’d like to know how life could be better...

6:15-8PM Valiant Man (for men only) is a sexual discipleship program that challenges all men to fight for their own personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs.

Understanding your Valiant Man 6:15-8PM Understanding Your Valiant Man (for women only) helps women understand the men in their lives.

Sign up in the office or at the Connection Center Sundays. 11

Service Ministry Ghormley Meadow Christian Campnews Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp / Cristo Vive / Missions

What a great summer!

Mark Washam

Director of Ghormley Meadow Christian Camp 672-4311

UPCOMING at Ghormley Meadow

Father-Son Weekend “Back Yard Ballistics” October 9-11

Homeschool Families “Outdoor School” October 26-28

With the early September rains and warm afternoons of sunshine, Ghormley has once again begun its transformation into an autumn paradise of colors, crisp nights and pungent fall smells. Retreat season is now in full swing. During the month of October we will host 11 different groups including public schools, Christian schools and several churches. In addition to these, we also have three of our own events that we would love to have you join. On October 9-11 we will be hosting our Father-Son weekend, entitled, “Backyard Ballistics”. As the name implies, we intend to blow up a lot of things and do all kinds of “manly” things with our fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons. Quality time for dads to spend quantity time with their sons, building their very own air cannon, rocket and marshmallow gun. Other activities include paintball, BB Rifles, archery, hatchet throwing and challenge course initiatives. All designed to build lifelong memories and strenghten the essential relationships our young men need so desperately. For more details, a brochure and to register, go to our website www. If you would like to help your camp in a very tangible way, we have set aside Saturday, October 24th as our fall volunteer work day. Come on out for a day of various work projects to help us prepare for winter and the holiday season. A variety of projects suitable for any age and ability will be available. Plus you get a free lunch out of the deal, how can you beat that? Please circle the date on your calendar and plan now to help us out. Finally, if you are a homeschooling family or know of one, check out our Ghormley Outdoor Academy scheduled for MonWed, October 26-28. Over the course of three days, students will have multiple hands-on classes, taught in God’s classroom, including survival skills, animal adaptations, fire building, conservation, water sheds, etc. Each lesson involves group participation, activities and is taught from a biblical perspective. Entire families are encouraged to attend. For more details, a brochure and to register, go to our website: Never a dull moment around here. Too bad we have to live year round in such a beautiful and magnificent corner of God’s amazing creation. Oh well, I guess somebody has to do it! God bless,

Mark Washam 12


Our church is a family, and like in any family, we must all do our part to keep our home running well and looking good! Please consider volunteering your time to help maintain our home.

Media & Sound Ministry

If you are a computer enthusiast, like to listen to music, or just like pushing buttons, you are needed! Please let us know who you are by contacting Debbie Kent, Dennis Miller, Brook Jolley in the church office, or Don Hamrick. Training is available. Help us get the word to our people every week. Join us in this vital ministry!

Musicians Needed!

Whether you are a singer, instrumentalist, or just thought you wanted to be, there is a place for you here at FPC. Whatever your musical taste, we want you to share it with us. Please contact Dennis Miller, Brook Jolley in the church office, or Don Hamrick and let us know who you are. Our contemporary ensemble meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00–7:30 in the Sanctuary and the Temple Choir meets from 7:00–9:00p on Thursday in the Choir room. Childcare is available. We guarantee wonderful musical experiences, stress relief and maybe even some fun!

artists needed

Do you act? Sing? Dance? Paint? Draw? Write? YOU DO? Why haven’t you told someone?! Tell Megan Antles today! 248-7940 ext. 113


Upcomingnews Mission Conference

October 8-11, 2009

First Presbyterian Church Yakima Dr. Darrell Guder Dean at Princeton Theological Seminary, author, esteemed professor and editor of the book “Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America,” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s FPC Yakima Missions Conference. Dr. Tim Tuesink will also be here to give an update on his work to fight the spread of AIDS in Africa. Conference is free to the public. No sign-ups necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation.

Young Life Booth

Saturday, October 3

Call or stop by the church office to sign up today. Shifts available throughout the day: 9am-11pm. Each person working a shift in the Young Life booth will receive a ticket for free admission into the fair for Sat. Oct. 3. Come and help support our valley’s Young Life program. This is a major fundraiser for Yakima Young Life and could not be successful without faithful support.

Love INC

Love In the Name of Christ brings Christian churches together across denominational lines to help the poor by meeting immediate needs such as food and clothing, to longer-term responses through relational ministries such as life skills training and transitional housing. Help support this wonderful ministry that is run totally by volunteers.


Please bring cookies and canned food on your last names’ designated Sunday. October 4 J-K October 11 L-M October 1 8 N-P October 25 N-P 14


Dear First Pres Friends:

FOND farwell

Back in 1995 conversations began which led Kathaleen and I to return to Yakima in January of 1996 after several years serving a church in Phoenix. We brought with us Rosie who was 3 ½ at the time, and Tyler who was 1 ½. Looking back to that slippery winter drive from Phoenix to Ghormley, we are so very thankful to God for nearly 14 years living life together with you. It has been an honor to be a part of the incredible work of God here at First Presbyterian Church Yakima. God has been at work transforming the lives of individuals and families as we have learned more, and lived more, of the call and command God has given us to, “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength … and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31) What a privilege for us to be partners with you in: Habitat homes, Careforce, outreach to families, comforting the hurting, the clothing exchange, filling 1000+ shopping bags for the homeless, loving students and children, studying the Bible together, boldly sharing the hope of Jesus, tens of thousands making a first time commitment to Christ at Ghormley and countless others taking a step or three closer to Jesus, rebuilding homes and lives in New Orleans, serving in Yetebon, Battambong, Mexico, Migori and right here in the Yakima Valley. What is exciting for Kathaleen and me, Rosie and Tyler, is that God has a wonderful future for First Pres Yakima, and for all of you who are a part of this amazing church community. You have great leaders and a great staff in place, a passionate tender heart for Jesus and for your neighbors, and you have the sure promise and faithfulness of God. You have been, and will continue to be, blessed by God to be a blessing to those inside and outside the walls of the church. You have the reputation of caring for, loving and supporting your pastors, and I am confident you will continue that beautiful legacy. We will always look to you, and our time in Yakima, as an undeserved blessing and gift of God. Thank you for your investment individually and as a church in our lives, and in the lives of Rosie and Tyler (through Preschool, Childcare, Kidzone, Ghormley, Student Ministries and missions). We have supported each other during difficult times and we have shared many joys as we have grown closer to Jesus and closer to each other. Wherever God leads us (currently we are in discussions with a number of very good churches) we will think of you, pray for you and thank God for our years together and our continuing friendships. Under the mercy and care of Jesus, Curt, Kathaleen, Rosie and Tyler 15


McFarland family

Curt, Kathaleen, Rosie and Tyler McFarland

“Serving and loving others is unavoidable for those who love and follow Jesus. Every act or word of compassion is rooted in our understanding that God reached out to us in compassion and love FIRST.�

1 John 4:19 16



RePlenish ReCharge ReConnect



*Suggested donations: $5 per person, $10 per couple, $12 per family.

Class break-out 6:15p ALL ARE WELCOME!

Elements for life Wednesday Nights First Presbyterian Church CHILDCARE 6:00-8:30PM Childcare is available for children 5 years and under, with 48-hour reservation. To make reservations, call Monnie at 248-7940 x117 or email

KIDZONE: WELCOME TO ROME 6:15-8:15PM Children (K-5th grades) whose parents/guardians are attending Re3 are invited to come up to the 2nd floor to visit Rome and discover what it was like to be one of the very first Christians! MID HIGH YOUTH GROUP 6:15-7:45PM / GYM Come join us for fun games, good food and thought-provoking teaching times. We will enjoy dinner with our church family from 5:30p – 6:15p. SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP

7:00-9:00PM / GYM Each gathering is designed to provide an atmosphere for students to grow deeper in their relationships with each other, with our adult leaders and with the God who created all things. We will enjoy dinner with the church from 5:30p – 6:15p.


6:15-7:30PM / Lounge Miracles in Matthew is an eight-week study of key miracles recorded in the book of Matthew. How important were miracles for the early Christian community? Why did God do these miracles? What do these miracles tell us about Jesus? Do miracles still happen today?

ESTHER – A BETH MOORE STUDY 6:15-7:30PM / PARLOR This is an in-depth study of the Old Testament Book of Esther. This unique study will lead women through a journey of tragedy and triumph, teaching you how to trust Gods’ providence for the tough times.. The individual study books are $16. FAMILY MINISTRIES – BOUNDARIES WITH KIDS

6:15-8:00PM / WARD CHAPEL / LAURA PICKETT Based on the best-selling book “Boundaries with Kids” by Dr. Henry Cloud, this eight-session series gives parents tools for raising their kids to take responsibility for their own actions, attitudes and emotions. There will be a kid’s program (K-5th) in Room 217 at 6:15pm.


VALIANT MAN 6:15-8PM Valiant Man (for men only) is a sexual discipleship program that challenges all men to fight for their own personal, moral and spiritual vitality and help other men fight for theirs. Registration brochure at Connection Center. $35 fee. UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALIANT MAN 6:15-8PM Understanding Your Valiant Man (for women only) helps women to understand the men in their lives. Registration brochure at Connection Center. $35 fee.


Sunday Morning classes KIDZONE

(AGE 2 ½ THROUGH 5TH GRADE) 9:30-10:45 / 2ND FLOOR Kidzone helps our children apply biblical truth to their regular everyday experiences. Sonbeams (preschool) 2 ½ to 4 years old meet on L2 Mezzanine in the Sonbeams Room. Cubbies (pre-kindergarten) 4 & 5 yrs old meet in the Cubbies Room on the main floor (right next to childcare!). Kindergarten through 5th grades meet on the 2nd floor.


(6TH-12TH GRADE) 9:30-10:45 / CHAPEL Following worship, Mid High and High School students separate for time to study and discuss issues of life and faith in smaller groups. Student Ministry is eager to welcome new students, introduce them to others and help them discover the amazing love of God.


RENOVARE: Introduction to Spiritual Renewal RENOVARE’ (from the Latin “to renew”) is a program developed by a team of spiritual leaders lead by Richard Foster, who is best known for his classic book “Celebration of Discipline.” It is committed to the renewal of the Church of Jesus Christ in all her multifaceted expressions. The mission of RENOVARE’ is to provide individual churches and their members with a balanced, practical, effective strategy for spiritual growth.” This class will be based on the RENOVARE’ publication called “A Spiritual Formation Workbook” and will seek to explore the dynamics of a spiritually balanced life with Jesus Christ as its model. Bill Starr will be the lead teacher for this class, and will be supported by Bible studies led by Kathy Mathison, which will be woven into the framework of the class.


STEVE HILDEBRAND / MARSHALL GROVE / FRED MALONEY The 40 Days class continues to study the principles found in Rick Warren's “Purpose Drive Life” book. This class discusses and examines in a non-threatening manner the Bible passages used through the book. After several years of study, this group is halfway through the book. You are invited to jump in and join this interesting study.


9:30-10:30 / LOUNGE / TOM OLIVA & JIM ERIXSON Originally formed in the 1940's, this class continues to study Christian life together. The Golden Circle class is a caring and supportive class that includes prayer, music and study.


Search for Life (for men & women) addresses struggles in day-to-day living: depression, self-worth, addictions, abuse, relationship issues, anger, grief and loss , etc. Past Participants Quote: “I wish I could have gone through this course 25 years ago!” Registration brochure at Connection Center. $35 fee. Childcare is available by reservation, contact Monnie at 248-7940


Clothing Exchange

October 17

9:00am-2:00pm First Presbyterian Church/Koehler Hall 9 South 8th Ave / Yakima, WA Please bring clean, useable clothes for ALL AGES : men’s, women’s and children’s.

Donations of games, books, toys and baby equipment are helpful but not required. Questions? Call Theresa Higbee: 576-3986 Donating?

Drop-off will be Friday, October 16 ONLY beginning at 9am in Koehler Hall of F.P.C.


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