October 9, 2012

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your expressions of caring for Karen and me on learning of the death of our niece, Megan Hathaway. Megan was the daughter of Karen’s brother Jeff. She was fourteen years old. Karen and I will travel to Denver on Friday for her funeral on Saturday. We will return on Saturday evening.

Our “Ages and Stages” focus this Sunday will be the young adult generation. As part of our worship one of our young adults, Melissa Doktor will be baptized. Melissa comes to the church through the tutelage of Erica Quinn and participation in Soup and Study. Erica will lead the Forum discussion on a recent Lutheran magazine article “Spiritual Nomads” which describes trends in the religious and spiritual life of young adults. Karyn Paige, daughter of Jeanette  Paige will be our soloist.

My sermon, taken from Hebrews 4: 12-16, will be “For Every Age and Every Stage.” I will endeavor to communicate the meaning of the priestly ministry of Jesus the Christ. In so doing I will call on a recent Christian Century article “Tender Ministry: Response to a Betrayal.” My favorite sentence in the article reads “In the midst of all this, Mom wanted Margaret to know one thing she would be cherished, even to the ends of her toes.” The enduring work of priest Jesus is to cherish humanity, even to the ends of our toes.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Ann Brodie on the death of  her brother
  • Michael Simpson on the death of his uncle Claudelle Simpson
  • The Hathaway and Hopkins families as we mourn
  • Kay Baxter for Stacey, hospitalized in Virginia
  • Phil and Gloria Meads for Cynthia Nelson, Sam Paul and Max Powers
  • Georgia Upshaw for Ginny Axtell
  • James Kim, ABSW student, as he mourns the death of two family members
  • Sandra Dunn for her father
  • Carolyn Matthews for her son as he pursues his studies
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of Shell Ridge Community Church, Walnut Creek
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of the American Baptist Seminary of the West
  • Thanksgiving for the success of the Shoreline Stroll
  • All who are traveling
  • Al Johnson and Roy Browner
  • The Middle East – May it be a place where Christian, Muslim and Jew show us all how to live in shalom
  • Joan Patten for Lois and Paula
  • John and Pam Claassen for John’s workplace
  • All who come to the church for assistance
  • Thanksgiving with Chuck Johnston that his dad is recuperating
  • Steve and Katy Reimer as they continue to care for Greg
  • Richard Ice
  • Chris Boisvert for his mom
  • Marie Johnson for Donnie and Hazel Pierce and family
  • Leticia, LCC Teacher, for her sister
  • LCC Teacher Angelique for her health
  • Jessie Lucas for his daughter Erica
  • Thanksgiving for all who care for those with dementia and other forms of memory loss
  • Thanksgiving with Virginia Cheatham on her return home