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February Newsletter

 

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church
“Imagine living God’s Kingdom now as disciples of Jesus’ radical way, just imagine…”
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Connecting Opportunities 

Sign Up Sheets

We are always looking for a few brave people to read on Sunday, help provide snacks, bring flowers or bake communion bread. If you are interested in any of these, please sign up in the fellowship hall. If you have question please contact Shearl in the office.

Men’s Breakfast
Bobby Martin will be hosting another Men’s Breakfast this Wednesday , February 11th from 6:30 am-7:30 am in the Fireside Room. Cost is $5. This
delicious breakfast once again will be prepared by George Wallace!
February 2016

From Lina
“The Hands and Feet of Christ”
It’s a phrase we use often isn’t it?   It is our hearts’ desire is to express the love of Jesus in practical and tangible ways in the world – to be the “hands and feet of Christ.”   I’ve been thinking about this phrase since our Sunday service at New Horizon’s ministry downtown on January 31st.   It went far beyond my expectations!
That day,  we heard and experienced the gospel in a different way.   Singing “Be Thou My Vision” at a drop in center for homeless, street-involved youth was profoundly disorienting.   To be honest,  it felt MORE right than any other time I’ve sung that hymn!
Our  “sanctuary” that day had a few couches and a pool table.   Our “sanctuary” that day included a city coffee shop.   Our “sanctuary” that day was a place where young people find shelter, acceptance and rest – rest for their weary,  broken and tired souls…. and soles.
People experiencing homelessness  spend hours on their feet every day.   As  we heard from young Daniel,  this is why the drop in center is so important.   Young people connect there and form a sense of community with other young people and with the New Horizons staff.  They can get a meal.  They can meet with social workers and find resources for the things they might need.  And of course,  they can sit and rest – in safety without fear for their bodies or their lives.
Joseph Seia shared that the first thing he often hears from youth experiencing  homelessness, is this:  “I am so tired.   My feet are just tired.”    He added their feet are not just tired; their feet are dirty,  their feet are messed up,  their feet are blistered,  the skin is cracking and broken.
Dirty,  messed up,  blistered and broken-  pretty descriptive words.   And we are not just talking about feet anymore.   These words describe feelings of shame,  loss of dignity and lack of hope for many youth who are living on the streets.
Sunday was a gift of grace to us.   It makes sense to me now why the shoe drive we did was so important.   It wasn’t just about giving shoes to homeless youth.   It was far more than that.   It was about God using “shoes” as an excuse to connect our hearts to the stories of kids like Daniel.
Oddly enough,  today I received a brand new pair of shoes that I ordered two weeks ago.   I have them on now.  They look good and they are comfortable.  As I opened the box,   I was inspired to say a prayer of thanksgiving for New Horizons and for the young people they are privileged to serve and help.   I was happy to hear that there were a few of you who inquired about volunteering with them!
Leaving the familiarity of our sanctuary  to have Sunday service downtown in a drop in center for homeless,  street involved youth was a stretch.    God met us there in such a powerful way.
I’ll just leave you with the last verse of “Be Thou My Vision”:
“Be our compassion,  our  love for the poor
Break our distraction so we can’t ignore
The least of your children, the ones You adore
For by them Jesus, we worship You Lord.”
May our vision of Jesus and our compassion for others continue to grow.
Lina
PS –
Things like this take LOTS  coordinating – thank you Shearl Cornelius.
Thanks to all of the following:
To our young people for setting up and for taking care of our little ones in the nursery:   Emma Hall,  Calista Bechtold,  Sophie Hall,  Michael Raybell, Darrion Hamilton,  Kedyn Apelu
To our van drivers; Margo Fanene,  Ricky Jordan,  Bobby Martin,  Matt Pfifner
To Wendy Hall and  John Wright for pitching in and helping set up;
To the worship team – James Vaughn, Jeremy Dawson,  Sarah Pham, Barb Carlsen, Lori Wright.
To  Joseph Seia – for partnering together to make this happen with the team at New Horizons.

Thank You Letter

Thank You!

 

January 21, 2016
Dear Session at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church,
    What a marvelous job you did of hosting Presbytery this week. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone greet me in the church lobby for a presbytery meeting and offer to help me hang up my rain soaked coat. That’s the way to begin a presbytery meeting; Lord knows we need that kid of joy at our meetings!
    Lena has been a theological colleague for the past two-years, but I have never seen her in her environs and had not heard her preach. Wow! And the joy she has for you all. It was palpable. And how about the music?! I don’t think I’ve heard the presbytery commissioners sing with that kind of volume and passion before. And to-top it all off the dinner was well organized, easy to navigate and delicious to the palate.
    Thank you for putting out such a great effort of hospitality and grace. And thank you for a shot in the arm that yes, indeed, God is moving in some of our churches and certainly at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.
In the peace of Christ,
Pastor Doug Kelly
Bethany Presbyterian Church

To the amazing Brothers & Sisters at Lake Burien P C,

We are grateful and humbled by the love and hospitality you showed us at our recent presbytery meeting. Thank you for welcoming us so warmly into your beautiful church and allowing us to share the wonderful ministry you are doing in the community. We were truly blessed by each and every one of you.

Peace and Grace,

Seattle Presbytery Staff and Leadership

Encounter

Charge: 
To provide for the maintenance of divine worship at all levels at LBPC as God is encountered in worship and the sacraments.
Elders: 
Melinda Mackey-O’Brien
Deacons:
Jennette Robertson, Andrew Carpenter.
Members at Large:
Mariah Maib, Pulemau Savusa, Kathy Reed, Rev. Lina Thompson.

Encounters
 
Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. For my Lenten journey this year  I am going to be mindful of my face. Yep, even when I am home alone. I’m going to try to keep my eyes round and bright; the corners of my mouth curved slightly upwards. I’m going to try to keep my expression attentive, open, pleasant. Yes, even and especially when I am home alone.
—Melinda Mackey-O’Brien


Lent
 
This Lenten season,  our theme is:  “Crucified With Christ –  A Journey Toward the Cross”.
This “journey” will be full and rich with opportunities to grow and consider our faith as individuals and as a community of believers.  The great part is, at least for me,  God has invited us to walk  together  as true traveling companions.
We will begin on February 10th, Wednesday evening with our Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 PM.    Every Wednesday following we will meet weekly from 6:30-8:00 for a time of guided prayer and reflection.
Here is what the LENTEN calendar looks like: 
February 10th
Ash Wednesday
7:00PM
February 14th
Palm Sunday
Jesus Arrives in Bethany/Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:1-19
February 17
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
February 21
Five  days before Passover Jesus weeps over Jerusalem
Luke 19:29-41
February 24
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
February 28
Four days before Passover Jesus cleansing temple/responding to unbelief in the crowds
Mark 11:11-18, John 12:37-50
March 2
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 6
Three days before Passover What is the Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:1-44
March 9
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 13
Two days before Passover Mary Anoints Jesus and Judas betrayed
Mark 14:1-11
March 16  –
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 20
One day before Passover
Mark 14:12-52
Last Supper, Gethsemane, and Betrayal
HOLY WEEK
March 23  –
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 24
Maundy Thursday
Communion Meal in the Fellowship Hall
6:30 PM
March 25th
Good Friday service
Seven Last “Spoken Words” from the Cross
7:30 PM
March 27th
Resurrection Sunday
Philippians 3:10-12 – Pressing On and Taking Hold
Looking forward to experiencing this journey with all of you!
Lina


Choir!!!

You are invited to participate in our choir – every communion Sunday (The first Sunday of the month).  This is an intergenerational choir – we have lots of young people in our midst who love to sing – so once a month on communion Sundays our youth choir will be joining us to sing and help lead the congregation in worship. Please bring your voice, your love for music and a commitment to meaningfully engage with the young people in the LBPC family. Rehearsals are the Wednesday evening before communion Sunday.  We will begin with dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30, along with our after school program children and their families and then start rehearsal at 6:00.  Hope to see you there!

Engage

Charge:
We seek to provide for the spiritual nurture and growth for all ages to engage in a faith that articulates the Gospel with words and demonstrates the Gospel in love, justice and action.
Elders:
Steve Turner, Bobby Martin
Deacons: 
Nola Sparks, Margo Fanene
Members at Large:
Carolyn Carpenter, Peggy Meyers, Shearl Cornelius

Sunday School
 
It is an absolute privilege to mince thoughts with our 4th, 5th and 6th graders during Sunday School!  As we go through our lessons, inevitably I walk away marveling that I learn so much.  Whether it’s from their verbal responses, journal reflections or just how they’re tracking (or not tracking) with me, I find it oddly amusing, fun, and humbling, being with our kids on Sundays.
During this last sermon series we discussed the Covenants God made with Noah, Abraham, Moses & King David.  We learned that a covenant is like the kahuna of promises; it is deep and long lasting.  It’s a promise so serious, if we make one, we put our life on it.   How often do we make a promise with that kind of conviction? How serious are we when we enter into promises?  Keeping this in mind, I prompted our them to think of a sincere promise they need to proclaim to God.
Here were a few reflections:
“I promise that I will get to know God better. And I promise I will follow his path.  Also, I promise I will get to teach people God’s way.”
“I promise I will read the bible more often, learn more about you (God), love you (God) more and more and go to church every Sunday.”
“I promise to God that I will try to get better grades in school and I will always trust my family.”
” A promise I will make is to be nicer to my sister and not to pick on her and NOT TO FORGET my BIBLE.”
“I promise to God this year that I will serve God always during this year.  I will love and honor Him.  I will choose to be loyal to Him.”
Having written and expressed their promises to God, as a class we can now check in with one another and hold each other accountable.  Our kids are smart, incredibly thoughtful and are a gift to our faith community. Please include our class in your prayers:  Alissa, Charlie, Danica, Liz, Lynia, Faye, Jadyn, Kelani, Matthew, Olivia, Ruben,Sam  and Savannah.

Margo

Youth Ministry Update:

I want to take a minute to formally introduce to you,  Pat Thompson.
Many of you may have met her already.
Pat is leading our youth ministry at this time for Lake Burien.   She has been teaching Sunday school with our teenagers, and  has helped to forge our partnership with Youth For Christ.   That partnership has produced a group of young people from the Burien Community that meets weekly on Wednesday nights here at the church.   The teens from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church are a part of that group.
Pat has 30 years of youth ministry and community development experience that she bring with her to Lake B.   She is the founding executive director of the YES Foundation of White Center which just celebrated its 15th year. YES is a local non-profit committed to leadership development of young people for our local community.
There are a few of us that are meeting to talk about how the youth ministry will develop over the course of this year and we are looking for those interested in working with teenagers.
By the time you read this,  our young people will have participated in a Winter Camp – December 27-30.   They will have joined with about 150 other teenagers from the Presbytery – which is pretty amazing.
I’m grateful that Pat is helping to strengthen the youth ministry at Lake Burien.  She has a very unique gift of walking with young people and equipping them to meaningfully engage Christ, one another and their community.
You’ll be hearing more from her in newsletters to come!

Hospitality House
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR HOSPITALITY HOUSE!!!
HOSPITALITY HOUSE’S SPRING FLING 2015 DINNER & FUNDRAISER
Saturday, March 5, 2015 –
Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.
Location St Francis of Assisi, Unity Hall
15216 21st Avenue Southwest, Burien, WA 98166
Join us in celebrating 15 years of serving homeless women in South King County right here within the walls of LBPC!
Our committed volunteers and staff have served over 1,000 women in transition from homelessness to stable housing.
The Spring Fling program will include:
Buffet Dinner – Wine/Beverage Bar
Hospitality House Stories: As shared by a graduate resident and our Executive Director
Event Features:
Silent Auction and Raffle, Dessert Dash and more Tickets $50 per Person
Contact Peggy Meyer for any questions.  Let’s have a LBPC table!
206-242-2422


Volunteers Needed:
Overnight Weekend Volunteers
Wednesday’s Best Workshop
Morning Office Volunteers

If you know of a teen looking for volunteer hours, please have them contact us!

Encourage

Charge: 
We seek to foster authentic community and develop life giving relationships within the LBPC community.
Elders: 
Margarita Suarez, Charity Jensen, Steve Glass
Deacons: 
Jan Cox, Adelle Comfort, Barbara Carlson,
 Norma Kastien, Penny Hickman

Connecting and Connections  

Things are moving at Lake B. and we on the Encourage team are excited for what we have planned for 2016.
Margarita Suarez took part in the new member’s class and wrote the following words as thank you to the new members for what they shared and are bringing to our community.
“Friends, it has been a privilege to be with you during your membership class and now as you have become members. I was moved by your sharing of your own love and commitment to God and your own experiences in your life of service. Each of your sharing had similarities as well as the different flavor of your own personality.
Listening to you I was reminded of the cross, (as Lina has taught) your own relationship with God, as symbolized by the upright post, and then your love and commitment to the other, as symbolized by the transverse log.
I was happy with what I heard about reason for joining LBPC: the vision we have, the leadership and teaching of our pastor Lina, and the friendliness of the congregation. All of which makes us a safe, and challenging community.
And now I have another privilege, the chance to encourage each of you in your commitment to God and your commitment of service to this family. And I also want to gently suggest, to allow yourself to be served and to be supported, by us, as we walk together in this journey of our life and vision at LBPC.”
Welcome our new members:
Chauncy Johnston
Crescencio Suarez
Davina Mageo
Fa’apoi Lakalaka
Joseph Seia
Patricia Leomiti
Sarah Dardis
Shelley Johnston
We are excited to launch a new ministry for our homebound members. Several of our members are unable to join us on Sunday mornings for service and their absence is missed. We have developed a plan to bring our community to them, to encourage a sense of belonging, and a strong connection to the body of Christ and our LBPC community.
The idea is simple; we want to connect volunteers with our homebound members. We ask that our volunteers visit with a hopeful heart and a willingness to listen. Sharing prayer and laughter on the way to becoming friends.
Each connection will be unique, but we envision two people praying and talking together, sharing their faith with one another, building a relationship that is positive for all. We hope that this ministry is a blessing to our longtime members and that God uses these relationships as a blessing to our community.
We start 2016 looking forward and back, believing we can build a strong community of faith for all of our members. If you would like to be a part of the Encourage team or the Homebound Ministry please contact Charity.
Charity Jensen

Facilities

 Let There Be Light
 
I don’t know if any of you remember a few months ago when someone decided to play a game of baseball with the mail boxes and signs in the neighborhood. This, unfortunately, included our front lights. (They must have been extra points)  This was not the first time these lights have needed to be repaired. Each time our local light angels (aka John Hickman and his lovely assistant Penny Hickman) came to the rescue and repaired the damaged lights.
After this last time John and Penny knew we needed to find more durable lights. With the permission of facilities, they went out and found the fabulous lights we now have. They can withstand a hit from a baseball bat. (Not that we tried to test them)
These two have been such a great help replacing lights, fixing door locks and replacing dead light ballasts. Thank you John and Penny for all you do.
Shearl

Finance

                 December        Year to Date
Income:        $36,199              $285,107
Expenses:      $27,427              $291,954
Net:              $8,772                $(6,847)
Yes, we ended the year with a deficit but just a few months back the deficit was right around $50K.
Thanks to fundraising efforts, Building Use and your continued support of LBPC,  the deficit was greatly reduced.  Thank you for all you do!
PER CAPITA: 
Seattle Presbytery voted to keep 2016 per capita at $40.00 for the ninth year in a row. What happens to the $40.00?  Breakdown is as follows:  $31.38 goes to Presbytery, $1.50 goes to Synod and $7.12 goes to General Assembly.  We need to pay Presbytery $40 for each member. Please help us offset this expense by submitting a check to LBPC.  Envelopes can be found in your yearly contribution box of envelopes or just drop a check in the offering.
Debit/CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS:
Sorry for the delay but starting February 7 contributions can be processed with either a debit or credit card.  I will be in the office after service each Sunday in February to answer questions and start the processing.  After that, I will be in the office the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Leaders

Your Session Ruling Elders
In Presbyterian Order the congregation votes to three year terms ruling elders who make all decisions in the life of the church. This is done to streamline the decision making process. Once Ruling elders are voted in by the congregation, examined, ordained and installed. They serve as coaches and resource people for the church to do its ministry under the authority and guidance of the Ruling Elders, in accordance with our mission, purposes and values. Deacons are embedded into the three working committees as assigned by the session in conjunction with the Nominating Committee. Here are LBPC’s Ruling Elders and Deacons:
Encounter Team 
Melinda Mackey-O’Brien, Ruling Elder
Jennette Robertson, Deacon
Andrew Carpenter, Deacon
Encourage Team
Margarita Suarez, Ruling Elder
Charity Jensen, Ruling Elder
Steve Glass, Ruling Elder
Jan Cox, Deacon
Engage Team
Steve Turner, Ruling Elder
Bobby Martin, Ruling Elder
Nola Sparks, Deacon
Margo Fanene, Deacon
Property, Finance and stewardship
Steve Turner, Ruling Elder
Anne Tiernan, Treasurer and Ruling Elder
Personnel Committee
Tim O’Brien, Ruling Elder
Clerk of Session, Melinda Glass
Moderator of Session, Rev. Lina Thompson

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Lent Calendar
February 10th –
Ash Wednesday – 7:00PM
February 14th –
Palm Sunday
Jesus Arrives in Bethany/Triumphal Entry
Mark 11:1-19
February 17
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
February 21
Five  days before Passover
Jesus weeps over Jerusalem
Luke 19:29-41
February 24
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
February 28
Four days before Passover
Jesus cleansing temple/responding to unbelief in the crowds
Mark 11:11-18, John 12:37-50
March 2
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 6
Three days before Passover
What is the Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:1-44
March 9
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 13
Two days before Passover
Mary Anoints Jesus and Judas betrayed
Mark 14:1-11
March 16  –
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 20
One day before Passover
Mark 14:12-52
Last Supper, Gethsamane, and Betrayal
HOLY WEEK
March 23  –
Lenten Prayer and reflection
6:30 PM
March 24
Maundy Thursday
Communion Meal in the Fellowship Hall
6:30 PM
March 25th
Good Friday service
Seven Last “Spoken Words” from the Cross
7:30 PM –
March 27th – Resurrection Sunday
Philippians 3:10-12 – Pressing On and Taking Hold
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