Pastor Karen is with us! Pastor Karen Fitz La Barge officially started on July 1. Her first preaching Sunday will be July 10. We welcome Pastor Karen and her family to our North Kent family.
Special Music A sign-up sheet has been placed on the narthex bulletin board for Special Music in worship services this summer. Gather your solo, duet, or group—vocal, instrumental, or drama and sign up soon. Start practicing. Enjoy the fellowship with each other. The dates are fast being filled.
The Deacons are available to help our friends and family who need rides to appointments. Please contact the church office at 616-866-2230.
The Deacons would like to thank our friends and family who have helped us provide snacks for the after-church snacks. Thanks for your donations! It would be helpful if you would contact the deacon in charge to coordinate your donation with their plans. The deacon schedule is posted by the coffee pot.
Women’s Breakfast will be moving temporarily to the New Beginnings restaurant at 5200 Northland Dr. Same time, same great people!
Save the Date! The next church garage sale is in the planning stages. The work crew is looking at the last week of September. Start gathering your treasure, but don’t drop off until the crew is ready for it. More to come.
This Week of July3, 2016 through July 10, 2016
Sunday (3) 10:00 am Worship Service
Tuesday (5) 7:15 am BNI
7:30 am Men’s Breakfast (Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr.
7:00 pm Women’s AA
Wednesday (6) 8:00 am Women’s Breakfast (New Beginnings, 5200 Northland Dr. NE)
7:00 pm AA
Friday (8) 9:00 am Morning AA
Next Sunday (10) 10:00 am Worship Service
PC(USA) leaders issue post-General Assembly letter to the church
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3
Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a new season in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as witnessed by the actions of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The body of 594 commissioners who gathered June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon, elected Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and J. Herbert Nelson as the Stated Clerk. Both were historic, and both signal a new way forward for our church.
The business decisions made by the body also were transformative for the 1,572,660 members and 9,642 churches of the PC(USA). The work wasn’t easy, and involved careful deliberations. Collectively, the body acted on nearly 100 overtures by discerning the will of Christ.
Among other things, we now have a new addition to our Book of Confessions – the Confession of Belhar. It is the first of our confessions that comes from the global south. And, the PC(USA) has a new Directory for Worship; and Child/Youth/Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy and Procedures. God is truly guiding us to be more faithful and just to all of God’s creations.
Much discussion has been taking place around the identity and purpose of the denomination, and this week the assembly voted to create a 12-member Way Forward Commission “to study and identify a vision for the structure and function of the General Assembly agencies of the PC(USA),” and a 15-member 2020 Vision Team to “develop a guiding statement for the denomination and make a plan for its implementation.”
To quote Stated Clerk-elect J. Herbert Nelson, “We are not dead ... we are alive, we are reforming and we are transforming this world, one person at a time.”
Looking outward, the assembly voted to engage in selective, phased divestment from fossil-fuel companies through the PC(USA)’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee, and re-affirmed a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine.
Please know this is only a snapshot of the actions taken, and just a glimpse at where God is leading this denomination. Complete business actions can be viewed at www.pc-biz.org.
We are, brothers and sisters, in a new season. It’s exciting, but also a little scary. Yet in the midst of it all, take comfort that God is still guiding and controlling all – and we need not fear. God is calling us to hope, and to God be the glory!