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Living By Faith. Stories about how God has made a difference in and through our everyday & ordinary lives.


OUR PLAN FOR SUMMER WORSHIP Sheri Edwards Dalton | Co–Senior Pastor

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:10AM JUNE 19 – SEPT 4 We are excited to bring back our "one service Sundays" for summer worship here at MIPC. With the typical decrease in summer worship attendance at all services,last year we experienced the power of our “One Service Sunday” format to create a stronger, deeper sense of community in a year of transition. One Service Sundays will begin on Father's Day, June 19 and end with Labor Day Sunday on September 4th. Rather than an “empty” feeling in worship, we will feel the energy of a full congregation and the opportunity to worship together celebrating all three unique styles of worship.

the Children’s Sermons during worship, and we will provide the Worship Center for our younger children during the service. FUN COMMUNITY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER See page 5 ▸ for a full list of all the fun we have planned! THREE SERVICES RESUME IN SEPTEMBER We will joyfully return to our regular three service format (8:15/10:35/5) with Christian Education for all ages at 9:15 on Welcome Sunday, September 12. We believe that this is an opportunity to strengthen our identity as a Church Community united by the heart of God in worship as we prepare to move into a new program year. Please plan on joining us for Summer Worship here at MIPC!

Semi–Annual Congregational Meeting ▾ C.E. AT 9AM, JUNE 19–JULY 31 Christian Education for adults and children starting June 19, will begin at 9AM, with Worship (June 19 – July 31) at 10:10am in the Sanctuary. Middle School and High School students are encouraged to help with the younger children or attend the Adult CE class. FAMILY FRIENDLY We know our “wiggly” children from the Breakfast Service will be wary of those pews, but we will intentionally make this service child/family-friendly by enlisting the partnerships of lay leadership representative of our 3 unique worship services for both planning and participation. Our Director of Ministry to Children and their Families, Jennifer Reeve-Parker, will be giving

June 26

The Session of MIPC has called for the Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, June 26 after the 10:10am worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to hear ministry updates and to present candidates for the Nominating Committee. We hope you can join us!

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MIPC Pastors SHERI EDWARDS DALTON Senior Pastor LINDSAY (HARRIS) MURPHY Associate Pastor PAUL BARRETT Associate Pastor RITA-LOU CLARKE Parish Associate for Congregational Care

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Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! This past year we have experienced the amazing gift of God’s faithfulness to MIPC throughout seasons of change, loss, grief, and multiple transitions. We have been nurtured by the gift of community we share as brothers and sisters in Christ, and have been humbled to see God’s Spirit at work as we wrestled honestly with the meaning and impact of Session’s Open and Affirming Policy on our church, participated in the formation of our new Strategic Plan, and rejoiced in the calling of Paul Barrett as our new Co-Pastor. It was important for the early church communities to continually share their stories of God’s faithfulness because all they had at first, was oral tradition—stories shared as they gathered, letters written, circulated and read to churches in different regions. As the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “you yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be ARTICLES PASTOR'S LETTER ..................... 1 NEW MISSION STATEMENT........ 2 SUMMER SERMON SERIES........ 3 THE ROCK SUMMER STAFF........ 6

DEPARTMENTS ADULT CE.................................. 4 SUMMER EVENTS..................... 5 THE ARK................................... 8 ADULT COMMUNITY LIFE...........9 VOLUNTEER VIBES................... 10 UNSUNG HEROES.....................11 MISSIONS ...............................12


8:15am | 10:35am | 5pm

Sheri Edwards Dalton| C0–Senior Pastor Paul Barrett | Co–Senior Pastor Lindsay Murphy | Associate Pastor

known and read by all people; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3) This summer we felt led to provide opportunities for this wonderful community of faith to share their stories of God’s faithfulness. Our theme for Summer Worship will be “By Faith…”, and we have asked several members of our church to share as they feel led, stories of what God has done in their lives “by faith." Our season of One Service Summer Worship begins on June 19th at 10:10, and continues through Labor Day week-end, September 4. Our CE Class at 9AM on these Sundays will also provide opportunities for individuals to share how God has touched their lives as they have pursued various mission opportunities. Presbyterians don’t use the word “testimony” as often as other traditions, but this summer is going to be filled with personal testimonies of the faithful power of the Spirit of Christ at work in our lives, and through us—in God’s world. Please plan on gathering for 9AM CE and 10:10 Worship at MIPC this summer, and expect to be transformed by hearing stories of people like you who live quietly “by faith."


MIPC's New Mission Statement Rich Stillman Elder for Strategic Planning


Since the completion of our new Five Year Strategic Plan, we have been prayerfully considering evolving our Mission Statement based on a proposal from the Strategic Planning Committee. You will recall that for the last several years, our mission statement has been "A community church with a world vision." What we've been considering is "A community church with a world vision; seeking God, sharing our 2 gifts and serving others." At the Session Meeting held last month, Session endorsed the additional language, and was enthusiastic about how the additional wording will help in communicating and in planning a unified vision of ministry here at MIPC. Why did we consider revising the Mission Statement? We believe this new language helps frame the essence of our congregational community spirit. Whether we are working in our own community or in Mexico, Africa or anywhere else on earth, our labor and our hearts are directed to those three "S's" -- seeking God through every aspect of our community life, sharing the gifts with which we all are blessed, and serving the needs of others, however and wherever we can. Our church community is continually evolving and we believe it is the right time to have our mission statement reflect an updated perspective. Let us know what you think by sending an email to or by dropping a note at the church office. Your thoughts are important to us!

"A community church with a world vision; seeking God, sharing our gifts and serving others."

9 Session – endorsed mission statement

Summer Sermon Series 2011

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HE fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. Acts of faith are what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God's word, what we see created by what we don't see. Hebrews 11:1-3 The Message By faith we come into a relationship with God, by faith we continue on in that relationship through good times and bad times and all the times in between. By faith we respond yes to God’s yes to us, by faith we accept God’s grace and mercy in our lives, by faith we are guided in our relationships with God and with each other and by faith we live out our call to be God’s hands and feet in the world. This summer at MIPC we will be hearing stories of faith from members of our faith family as they recall what God has done in and through their lives “By Faith." We will hear how they have said yes to a life of faith with God, and how that yes has affected and guided their lives. These may be stories of personal transformation and redemption where God made God’s presence known. These may be stories of life events where an individual or a couple stepped out in faith to follow God’s call in their lives in a specific way. These may be stories of redeemed relationship where God’s healing grace helped bring about restoration. We hope you will join us this summer to hear what God has done “By Faith” in the lives of people you know. We hope these inspiring stories of faith will remind us how God guides us all by faith.

July 3

July 10

ONE Service Sundays begin! Pastor Sheri Edwards Dalton

Congregational Meeting following worship

4th of July Picnic to follow Einer Handeland Linda Fowler



Dale and Jinny Sewall



James Fischl



K aren Jones


7 august

14 august


Kelle Brown African Children’s Choir Evan Taylor –Hurley


Blessing of the Backpacks


Pastor Paul Barrett




"By Faith…"

Final ONE Service Sunday Pastor Lindsay Murphy






"WE ARE CALLED TO ACT WITH JUSTICE*" The hymn below offers a powerful message about how God calls us to work for justice, to love one another and to work to bring forth the Kingdom of God. How do we respond to this call? Our Summer CE series provides some examples of how MIPC members and friends have tried to “be light for the kingdom.� You are invited to come and hear their stories. *From this hymn: We Are Called 1. Come! Live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord. We are called to be light for the Kingdom,



K aren Jones



Alan Waite



Dr. Carter Hill



Ben McConaughy



Peshastin Prep



Alex Maxim & Mexico leaders

to live in the freedom of the city of God! Refrain: We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve one another; to walk humbly with God! 2. Come! Open your heart! Show Your mercy to all those in fear. We are called to be hope for the hopeless so all hatred and blindness will be no more. 3. Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one. God will reign, and we'll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love.


Independence Day Picnic

What is a Perfect Blend?


Jieun Kim Newland | Director of Music Ministries

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EVENT: Bounce Castle Creative Crafts Patriotic Songs Egg toss Delicious Food Fresh off the BBQ Hot Dogs

African Children’s Choir SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 We are excited to welcome back to MIPC this wonderful choir on tour from Africa. You will be blessed as the children share music from their hearts that includes dance and instrumentation.

Labor Day Fellowship Come one and all to the Courtyard after the last 10:10am worship service of the summer for yummy finger food snacks and great fellowship. If you wish, your may share by bringing your snack to the main MIPC kitchen before worship and it will magically appear in our Courtyard for all to enjoy.

Summer is upon us. I know you are all looking forward to this special season of worship. We are doing our best to have elements from all three different services. We would need more of your participation to make this happen. There will be an opportunity of Summer Choir, Summer Orchestra, Summer Bell Choir and Summer Worship Band during this summer. Please, inform Jieun Kim Newland, or Nicola Davidson NicolaD@ if you would like to be involved.


Join us for our annual Independence Day Picnic following the 10:10am Summer Worship Service. Everyone is invited out back for a festive picnic. Fun for all ages!!! If you are able, please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. (Potluck food may be dropped off in the main MIPC kitchen before worship.)

Invitation to young musicians

Are you a young musician who is looking at an opportunity to perform your instrument in front of most wonderful congregation at MIPC? Please, contact, so that we can schedule you to perform a prelude or offertory during our Summer Services. Something to inspire….

MIPC Choir Retreat is tentatively scheduled at 9AMNoon, on Saturday, August 20, here in MIPC. We will offer Vocal Workshop, Exercise, and you will get to have a “first pick” at upcoming music for the next year. Anyone who loves music is welcomed here. More information will be available soon. Hand bell Ringing Workshop will be offered here in MIPC.

This workshop will be focused on strengthening your ringing ability, trying out different positions of bells, and ergonomic ringing. This workshop will be scheduled sometime between the end of July and middle of August. Stay tuned for more information.


We are so excited for this summer and praise God for God’s faithfulness to us through parents, staff and friends. We are in the midst of some transition this summer as we look for a new Director of Middle School Ministries, but are so grateful for the amazing people God has put in our midst to love and serve the Students and Families of Mercer Island.


Our Summer Staff Consists of:



6TH GRADE WELCOME WEEK! JUNE 20-23, 2011 (FOR INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS) This is an awesome fun filled few days as we introduce the incoming 6th grade students into the ROCK!! This week will be about discovering the best of what The ROCK has to offer! Fun activities, great leaders, worship, service, an overnight, games, and a few surprises are all a part of the week. Through this fun-filled and meaningful week our Middle School students gain an excitement for the ROCK and their involvement and place in it. CAMP FIRWOOD! AUGUST 14-20, 2011 (FOR INCOMING 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS) This is a summer favorite in the lives of Middle School ROCK Students. Our Middle School students are anticipating and amazing week on Lake Whatcom, in Bellingham Washington. Every year our students come back with stories about sailing, swimming, paintballing wakeboarding, blobbing, water trampoline-ing, worshiping, meeting God in new ways, and deepening relationships with friends new and old! Who doesn’t want to spend a week at the best place on earth?!?! SPLASH HOUSEBOAT ADVENTURE! JULY 10-16, 2011 (FOR GRADUTATING 8TH GRADE STUDENTS) What can be better than a week of living on a houseboat, swimming, wakeboarding, tubing, hanging with friends, sleeping under the stars, worshiping, laughing, discovering more about God and a whole lot more? This is the perfect way to transition students from Middle to High School ROCK and send them off in style! It will be one of the BEST weeks of Summer!

ROCK SUMMER ADVENTURES! EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM JUNE 29-AUGUST 3 We will be starting our notorious and much loved ROCK Summer Adventures on Wednesday, June 29th. These fun summer days will include things like trips to Alki Beach, Wild Waves, days on the lake, BBQ’s, bowling, movies and a whole lot more. These will happen EVERY week APART FROM Wednesday, July 27th when we will be on our Shuswap Houseboat Trip. Incoming 8th graders and graduating seniors are welcome to join us from the first adventure onwards!! SENIOR ROAD TRIP! JUNE 13-19, 2011 (GRADUATING SENIOR STUDENTS) Our Graduating Seniors have worked hard and now beginning an adventure of a life time, what better way to start their life adventure with an adventure on the road with twenty of their closest friends!! No Senior has ever been disappointed. This is an awesome time of being with friends and an incredible week of adventures, thrilling activities and good food, as we celebrate your graduation and the future that is before you. Can’t really say anything else as it’s a secret!! "The start of the best summer of my life!" - Student from Class of 2010 SHUSWAP HOUSEBOAT ADVENTURE! JULY 24-29 2011 (INCOMING 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS) The perfect trip for our High School students who love the outdoors, swimming, wakeboarding and waterskiing, hanging out with friends, getting closer to God, making smores, singing by the campfire, and being in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in North America. The Shuswap Houseboat trip checks all these boxes! “One of the best trips of my entire life!” – 10th grade student.


Times and Locations TBA, but you won’t want to miss these incredible ROCK summer nights together which will include: super fun games, worship, time to grow with God, smores, nights on the Lake, and good times with friends and leaders. Unlike our school year LIVE, summer LIVE is open to all, no registration required come as you’re able.

High School:




to weave, build, make clay jars, make soap, candles, and work with wool. Dinner will be served for a suggested donation.

"Now I am certain that God treats all people alike" (Acts 10:34.) We will continue our rotation model of Sunday School over the summer and learn along with Peter and Cornelius that God's love is for everyone. Drop off at 9:00 am in the B&B and pick up at 10:00 in the B&B We will use two rotations per day this summer. Here is the lineup your kids, age 4 - 5th grade will enjoy:


19-June | Music & Art 26-June | Improv & Marketplace 10-July | Theater & Music 17-July | Music & Recreation

8 24-July | Peshastin Family Mission Trip Video and Prep

VACACTION BIBLE SCHOOL: HOMETOWN NAZARETH: WHERE JESUS WAS A KIDJULY 11-15, 9:30 – NOON; FAMILY NIGHT: JULY 13 $75 PER CHILD | REGISTER NOW BY PICKING UP A REGISTRATION FORM AT THE CHURCH OR DOWNLOADING A FORM FROM OUR WEBSITE. Join us for a super fun travel through time as we explore life where Jesus grew up. Activities will include wool tatting on spindles and wool carding, carpentry, and more! For Kids ages 4 – 5th grade with Jr Logos available for younger siblings. This is a great week to build relationships with other and VBS is most fun when parents volunteer.

ALL CHURCH VBS FAMILY NIGHT WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 FROM 5:30 - 7PM Whether or not you have kids participating in MIPC's Vacation Bible School, come experience the flavor of Nazareth, tour the marketplace where kids are learning

JULY 28–31 | COST: $75 PER ADULT PLUS LODGING AND DINNER COSTS. Would you like to serve with your kids in a child friendly and FUN environment? MIPC has been partnering with Peshastin UCC Church for several years as a way of reaching out to this small, rural town just 5 milies East of Leavenworth. As a result, kids and families are beginning to attend the church on a regular basis! Your mission, if you choose to accept could be: Mission 1: Remodel 2 rooms in the Peshastin UCC Church to create 2 kids Sunday School classrooms! Mission 2: Help lead VBS for the kids of Peshastin (while your kids attend and have fun). You and your kids (age 4 and up) are invited to join this relaxed and fun trip this summer! Highlights of the trip are: Peshastin Pie Festival, Cherry Seed Spitting Contest, Swimming in Leavenworth, and dinner with new friends!

PESHASTIN FAMILY MISSION TRIP TOY DRIVE Our group will be remodeling two rooms at the Peshastin United Church of Christ so they can have Sunday School rooms. Help us fill their rooms with books, blocks, and toys so the kids are ready to play as soon as the rooms are remodeled! Drop off your gently used books, blocks, toys, marking pens, glue sticks, paint, etc... on the All Church VBS family night (July 13) or by Monday, July 25.

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 IN 10:10AM ONE-WORSHIP SUNDAY Join us in worship as we honor and pray for all of our kids returning to school this fall.


Men's Mexico Trip 2011

Registration is open until the trip is full. Registration closes Monday, August 15, so we can get our group airline rates. So please turn in your registration forms ASAP! Space is limited to 24 guys, so the first 24 to register go! Five have already registered. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this event. The cost is $850per person which includes all transportation costs (air and auto), food, accommodations, etc. $350 of this cost is a non-refundable deposit. Some financial assistance is available. Registration forms are available at the MIPC front desk or contact Alex Maxim or 206-2309117 for an online registration form or for any questions or concerns.

Summer Hikes SATURDAY, JULY 9 Bean Creek Basin or similar in the Teanaway River drainage. Exact destination will depend on snow levels. Meet at MIPC at 7:30am, return to MIPC around 5:30pm. Drive to Cle Elum and north on Hwy 97 to Teanaway River Road. Driving time about 2.25 hours. The trail to Bean Creek Basis in 5 mile round trip, 2000’ elevation gain. Bean Creek Basin is a lovely parkland of trees, flowers and views. Future Summer dates will be announced later

The Adult Community Life (ACL) sponsored the 3rd annual rummage sale and it was another huge success! The proceeds from the sale ($7,000) will be used to help partially fund adult programs in our congregation and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to one of the many ministry areas in our church. Chairs of the event: Jean Carter, Sharon Olson and Carol Simons would like to humbly thank everyone who helped make this event so successful by donating and / or volunteering. We could not have done it without all your generous help! Super Volunteers (20 or more hours): Marian Webster, Margaret Jenkins, Penny Livingston, Leslie Ferrell, Ginny Amphlett, Rhinee Yeung, and Dorothy Steding,

Amazing Volunteers: Katty Clark, Gwen Kuhn, MacKenzie & Carolyn Smith, Ruth Ann Biggers, Marilyn Handeland, Janet Stafford, Elizabeth Cross-Nichol, Steve and Becky Showalter, Teresa Hamp, Dirk and Molly van der Birch, Mikie Helman, Beverly vanHartesvelt, Patty Young, Jim Mercury, Diane Taylor, Carol Shafer, Marilyn Dierickx, Susan and Dave Williamson, the Costa family, Bryan Olson, Dave Young, Carol Fielding, Mary Beth Froman, Judy King and Sue Meyer.

Our awesome team who helped move furniture: Brian Williamson, Jeff Welsh and Marian Webster.

And lastly the team of volunteers who provided us with wonderful snacks throughout the week: Shirley Silke, Gene Robertson, Martha Cramer, Beverly van Hartesvelt and Gayle Seda.


OCTOBER 26–30 Experience a different rhythm of life and join us for the third Men’s Mexico Missions Project. If you have been before, great! If not, great! Perhaps God is calling you to set aside 5 days to partner in the building of homes for families in need and growing in friendship with other men from our MIPC community.

ACL Rummage Sale Highlights



Did you know that…

Tributes to the MIPC Foundation

Ruth Ann Biggers | Coordinator for Outreach & Lay Ministry.


We especially want to thank Christie Kauffman as she is retiring this year after 20 years of faithful service teaching Sunday School? She will continue to be a Worship Center volunteer during worship services. Thank God for you, Christie. T HE WINDOW


Debbie Bontatibus is graduating out of ARK with her

youngest child after faithfully serving as our Sunday School volunteer coordinator? She will be sorely missed! Thank you, Debbie.

Linda Fetters, Sandi Dowling, Christie Kauffman and Emily McLellan are our Godly Play storytellers who leave

10 worship with our kids each Sunday morning to tell them their sermon? What a beautiful way to share God’s love with our children. Thank you! Our Super 60’s and Beyond group is grateful for the delicious meals each month? They are lovingly prepared by “Chef” Julie Stillman and many from our hospitality ministry: Ed & Judy Helsel, Margaret Jenkins, and Joe & Theresa Carter. Yum – Thanks so much! Several Super 60’s and Beyond folks come early to set up or stay afterwards to clean up? They include :Lucy Sullivan, Bob Long, Shirley Kaiser, Fos & Pat Cronyn, Jean Christy, Cecelia Warrick, Betty Mae Berman & Mary Lu Kirchner. Super 60’s could not continue without all of

those hands each working together to make the job easier. Thanks, one and all. Marilyn Dierickx will continue to secure interesting pro-

grams for our Super 60’s gang? What a great job you’re doing, Marilyn. Sarah Giese, Tim Hamp, Steve Bosetti, Chris Vincent, Amy Ohta, Mark Buttemeier have been faithfully participating

in the Breakfast Service? They add music to our ears every Sunday morning and lead as we sing praises to God. Thank you so much. Janet Syferd is the “queen” of organizing music for the

choir and also does her best to “keep Jieun straight." Thanks, Janet, for your faithfulness to our music ministries. Elizabeth Cross Nichol is our new bell ringer who practices on her own day and night to learn the music and keep up with the long time bell ringer “pros”? Thanks, Elizabeth, for joining that amazing ministry.

May 29, 2011 The Foundation has been blessed with many recent donations in memory of Frances Steding. What a wonderful tribute! Fran was on the Planning Committee that laid the groundwork for establishing our Foundation in 1991 and thereafter served on the governing committee for a number of years. With great appreciation for all that she did for the MIPC Foundation, current and former committee members express our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends. The Foundation is the endowment arm of our church, so memorial donations will remain part of the endowment into perpetuity. Pursuant to the governing rules of the Foundation, 100% of the annual distributions from the endowment fund are used to support the church’s mission projects. There are many ways to make a legacy gift to the MIPC Foundation. In addition to memorials and testamentary bequests, another possibility would be to create charitable remainder trust, which is a special type of tax-exempt irrevocable trust arrangement. When properly set up to comply with IRS requirements, a donor is able to transfer assets to the trust and receive an immediate tax deduction, while still receiving income for life or, if the donor so chooses, a certain term of years (not to exceed 20). If you are considering an endowment gift or are otherwise interested in the Foundation, please feel free to contact any of our members. If you might be interested in participating on our committee, we would be very interested in talking to you, as well. Questions? Contact Tom Pedreira at


UNSUNG HEROES APRIL 2011 Edith Demmert

Margaret Jenkins

A living saint at MIPC, Margaret Jenkins is truly a tireless wonder. In addition to Ushering and Greeting at the 10:35am Worship Service on a regular basis, and every week she makes sure that our Friendship Register pads are in top-notch shape in the pews. Any time there is a meal or reception, Margaret is found in the kitchen doing whatever task is necessary to make the event go smoothly. She is active in several MIPC Ministries: Adult Community Life, Hospitality and Prayer Shawl Knitting. AND, Margaret is currently a Deacon Team Leader, providing valuable wisdom to many. Did you know that she also frequently goes with our MIPC gang to Plymouth on Steward and cuts hair for the residents on their day of grooming? Margaret is truly an Unsung Hero for many reasons! Fran Steding

Although Fran recently died, her Unsung Hero spirit will be with us for many years to come! Fran and husband


There are a few living saints at MIPC, and Edith is certainly one of them. When Edith and Embert joined MIPC in 1962, no one knew how valuable Edith would be to her faith family for nearly 50 years. For many of these years Edith was responsible for our Buildings and Grounds ministry, caretaker of the kitchens, elder several times and a faithful member of an MIPC Women’s Circle. Most recently, she has continued her love for the grounds as well as caring for many of our indoor plants. AND, the way she works with families of memorial services, providing food, set up and serving at these memorial service receptions is absolutely amazing. Our exercise class may not even exist if Edith were not there to turn on the audio tape and to make sure the appropriate space is available. Edith’s faithful servant leadership is truly a site to behold. Did anyone mention that she will celebrate her 95th birthday in October? MIPC is truly happy that she is our Unsung Hero.

John joined MIPC in 1964, bringing with them four active children. One of them, Dorothy, is a beloved MIPC member who works tirelessly with our Remembrance Garden, carrying on one of Fran’s visions. Some of the ministries Fran led included being long time organist, Elder, Clerk of Session, and Chair of several Stewardship campaigns. We thank God for the long, wonderful life of Fran Steding! MAY 2011 Julia Leung

Talk about “behind the scenes”! This caring, loving, compassionate woman has been the co-coordinator of our Caring Ministries “meals in need” program for years! AND, Julia has maintained the perfect combination of grace and efficiency that is so necessary for this ministry. Each time a request for a meal (or meals) is made, she (or her co-coordinator Jayne Spector), contacts the person in need, finding out their allergies, favorite foods, the number of people to feed, etc. Then, she contacts the meal providers and determines who is available for that certain request. In addition to this big position, you can find her volunteering at events like our annual Rummage Sale! Julia is truly an Unsung Hero who deserves a loving extra “pat on the back”. Thank you, Julia, for the way you share God’s love with so many others. Rhinee Yeung

Dr. Rhinee Yeung joined MIPC in 1981, bringing with her two little children, Elizabeth and Daniel. There is no way to know for sure what all Rhinee has done to improve the lives of others at MIPC, but here are a few: She faithfully picks up the doughnuts for the breakfast service (“Doughnut Church”); she is the team leader for Plymouth on Stewart and leads the team in making really nice lunches; she (along with partner Marge MacLean) counts the attendees at the breakfast service and records and submits the Joys and Concerns each week; she is a faithful greeter for special worship services (Easter Sunrise Service) and she volunteers at our annual rummage sale. WOW – MIPC thanks God for you and your tireless love for all of us.



Missions Plans Next Trip to SE Asia T HE WINDOW

Plan ahead now for MIPC’s February 2012 trip to SE Asia.


• Meet your scholarship student • Meet our mission partners whose compassion changes the lives of the poor • Be transformed…not only during the trip but a long time after that Contact Glo Ceteznik for more information, gloc@ SUMMER MISSION CALENDAR

Hugo Oswald, 88, Engages in Mission with Daughter By Sue Duby, Child of the Church and Hopeforce Training Coordinator

My dad is a retired attorney, having lived most of his life in the Seattle area. His life has been marked by leadership roles in many service organizations – Boy Scouts, Young Republicans, YMCA and our Presbyterian church to name a few. Most of all, I'm so pleased that he has dedicated so much of his service to executive positions with the Salvation Army – one of the most significant implementation partners that Hopeforce works with. We are honored to be able to work alongside them and for years we have been sending our volunteers to work with their people.

•June 19-final meal at Plymouth on Stewart until September Contact: Rhinee •June 26-final meal at Simons until Fall Contact: Becki •July 11-14-lunches for Urban Impact Summer Academy Contact: Mikie Helman •July 28-31: Mission trip to Peshastin Contact: Jennifer Reeve-Parker – ONGOING MISSION OPPORTUNITIES • Prepare a meal for Catalyst House at Youthcare Contact: Elaine • Prepare a meal for the DeWolfe House for HIV/AIDS residents Contact Rosie Other missions questions? Contact Glo Ceteznik, gloc@ or Jean Carter, Elder,

My dad served meals Thursday evening and Friday morning, showing his heart and concern to the dozens of tornado survivors who came to the canteen vans. He is known for his exuberance in meeting new people and makes anyone he comes in contact with feel special and valued. He always sees it as a great adventure to hear their story! This is one thing that we emphasize in Hope Force – taking the time to slow down enough to hear people's story after they have suffered loss. One time while my husbad Chuck was talking to someone in the Nashville Salvation Army offices, my dad was sitting in the cafeteria waiting. There was a man sitting alone, part of the men's shelter program. By the time Chuck returned, Dad had moved over to the guy's table and he was engaged in a long discussion hearing the man's life story. That's my Dad!


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First Place School for homeless children:

Youthcare's mission:

Youthcare for homeless teens-meals for Catalyst House in the University District

‣Thanksgiving Dinners for families ‣Summer Activity Kits for children ‣New PJ’s for children Peshastin UCC Church Vacation Bible School for children

‣Homeless youth ‣Off the streets ‣Preparing for life 128 youth earned their GED or high school diploma at Youthcare over the last 3 years. 145 young people enrolled in college through the help of Youthcare.

Asa Mercer Middle School tutorsweekly tutoring and mentoring for students Friends of the Children-mentoring for the most at-risk students in King County International Student Scholarships for poor children in ‣ Cambodia ‣ Mexico ‣ South Africa ‣ Thailand ‣ Vietnam

Experts say that through education, the future of the global community shall, to a large extent, be determined. God says, “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.” -Isaiah 1:17


MIPC unites in educating the poor at home and in the world through our many partnerships:




NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Permit No. 11 U.S. Postage Paid Mercer Island, WA.

Open Window Margaret Redman Lay Minister for Congregational Care

I don’t know about you but I am ready for summer to come. As I look out my window and see the full foliage and new green, sometimes before I absorb the lush beauty, I think about it all going away and winter coming again. I have to stop myself and say wait a minute; why not live into this present moment and just enjoy what is. As I sit quietly and pay attention to my breathing I slow down and enjoy what is before me. Summer offers us the perfect opportunity to practice being in the present moment. There are so many fun things to do as our schedules change, and hopefully some vacation time gives us renewal and refreshment. In a book I have been reading, A Mile in My Shoes, there is a prayer that I would like to leave with you:

“Dear Lord, show me how to open my life more generously to the meaning and mystery of the present moment”. As we enter into this summer may we slow down and just maybe summer will linger a little longer for us if we do.

MIPC Fall Women’s Retreat SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 11-12 | ISLANDWOOD, BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Join with friends new and old for a relaxing and rejuvenating (R&R) retreat for the first time ever at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island. Our keynote speakers are Becky Showalter and Kelley Phillips. Come and renew your soul and spirit as we embrace God’s love and beauty. Questions? Please contact Ruth Ann Biggers ( or Leslie Ferrell (

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