6.15.18 It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming (Expanded Edition)

​Dear Westminster Family:

Dear Westminster Family:

In case you missed the build-up, Jorie and I are celebrating two anniversaries this weekend. Saturday is our 45th wedding anniversary and Sunday is our 25th anniversary at Westminster. I measure the real significance of these two events not in the number of years involved but in the quality and quantity of the relationships represented.

In anticipation of this weekend’s events I have found myself humming a little song made popular by the Carpenters (a brother/sister musical act) a number of years ago. It is entitled “Sometimes.”

SOMETIMES, NOT OFTEN ENOUGH
WE REFLECT UPON THE GOOD THINGS
AND THOSE THOUGHTS ALWAYS CENTER
AROUND THOSE WE LOVE

AND I THINK ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE
WHO MEAN SO MUCH TO ME
AND FOR SO MANY YEARS HAVE MADE ME
SO VERY HAPPY

AND I COUNT THE TIMES I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO SAY THANK YOU, AND JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM.

From Jorie and me……”Thank you and we love you!”

See you in church.

Pastor Gary (and Jorie, too)

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THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS: June 15 & 16

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DICK BENSKIN – Friday, June 15, 1:00 PM, Sanctuary: Please keep Myrna and their family in your prayers.

MS OVERNIGHTER – June 15, 6:00 pm – June 16, 9:00 AM: Middle Schoolers (including current 5th graders) are invited to an overnight event. We will meet at the church and head to Tukwila to the Flying Circus Trampoline Park. We will then return to the church for snacks, Nerf Wars, games and much more! Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org or Josh at joshd@westminster.org Register at westminster.org/events

The Landing – Starts Friday, June 8th 7:30-9:30PM, Room 311: Celebrate Recovery’s The Landing program for 7th – 12th grade students. Come discover God’s coping skills for life. Questions: WestminsterCR@gmail.com

CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Fridays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Fireside Room: Childcare provided. Contact Neal at 425-747-1461, ext. 147 or WestminsterCR@gmail.com.

MEN’S SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY – Saturdays at 7:30-9:00 AM, Room 307: We are a group of guys who enjoy a time of studying God’s Word and sharing life together on Saturday morning.

GULBRANSON GRATITUDE GALA – Saturday, June 16, 6:00 PM, Westminster: You’re invited to celebrate 25 years of ministry with Pastor Gary and Jorie! It’s the Gulbranson Gratitude Gala! We have a fun evening planned with music, stories, and treats.

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THIS SUNDAY: June 17

WORSHIP SERVICES – 9:00 & 10:45 AM, Sanctuary:  We will continue to celebrate Pastor Gary and Jorie’s 25th Anniversary at Westminster Chapel!

WELCOME CENTER – Visit our Welcome Center in the foyer for visitor information and warm hospitality. Limited sermon CDs and Our Daily Bread devotionals are available in the Library. BREW – Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Foyer: Is this your first time here? Stop by our café to enjoy a complimentary coffee. We look forward to meeting you.

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THIS WEEK:

KINGDOM COME: WORSHIP and INTERACTIVE-PRAYER GATHERING – Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Fireside Room: Experience God’s presence and power through worship, listening prayer, and intercession for the Holy Spirit’s movement in the PNW. It’s “not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zech.4:6). Contact Christian at ChristianDowns@alphausa.org or Abbie at abbiek@westminster.org

GOD OF THE MATRIARCHS – 6-week study for women, Wednesdays (beginning May 16), 6:30 PM, Fireside Room: The topic is “The God of the Matriarchs.” Dig into Genesis in a new way! This study focuses on how God used the faith of the women in Genesis to birth redemption for all humanity in His Son, Jesus. Lectures will explore the world of the ancients for deeper understanding of the text, and discussions will develop fresh insights on God’s Word. Homework is optional. No childcare is available. It will be taught by Kay Bonikowsky. Questions? Contact Kay at kbonikowsky@gmail.com. $5 material cost. Register at westminster.org/events

8TH GRADE TRIP – June 22, 10:00 AM – June 24, 5:00 PM: All students graduating from 8th grade this June are invited to join us for a celebration trip to Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. We will be camping at Farragut State Park. The cost is $165. This includes admission to the park and meals for the week. Register online at Westminster.org/events  Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

MARK WEBSTER RETIREMENT SERVICE & RECEPTION – Saturday June 23, 2:00 PM, Westminster: You are invited to a retirement service and celebration, for Pastor Mark Webster who has been ministering on the Eastside for over 42 years; beginning at Westminster & helping found Antioch Bible Church. If you know Mark, and would like share a note about how he has made an impact on your life, please send it to Elizabeth Webster at liz.wbstr@gmail.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

GROWING YOUNG LISTENING FORUM 65+:  Sunday, June 24, 10:45AM, Fireside Room

BLOOD AND BONE MARROW DRIVE – June 24, 8:30 AM -12:30 PM, CLC: DID YOU KNOW? Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for our community supply? Help ensure this precious resource is available for ill and injured people in our community by giving blood. Donors will have pre-scheduled appointments. Each appointment will last 45 minutes. Register at www.bloodworksnw.org. If you are a first-time donor age 16 or 17 will need to fill out a parent consent form.

NORM & PATRICIA PURVIS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION POTLUCK – Sunday, July 1, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Atrium: Friends and faithful supporters of Norm and Patricia, are invited to join in a celebration of God’s goodness over 44 years of full time service in God’s Kingdom! Please bring a main dish or salad to share.(Cake and drinks will be provided. Questions? Contact Sylvia at SylviaR@westminster.org or Abbie at AbbieK@westminster.org

KIDS CAMP – July 9-13, For students entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall of 2018: Times: Day camp: 8:30-4:30 July 9-11 & Overnighter: 8:30 AM on July 12-4:30 PM on July 13 Cost: Day camp is $175/$225 after camp sign up day; Full week is $300/$375 after camp sign up day. What: Day camp will be excursions around Seattle area. Overnighter will be at Great Wolf Lodge. Vision: Help incoming 4th & 5th graders grow closer to each other and learn that a relationship with Jesus is a Great Adventure. Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org.

MOMENTUM | Camp for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2018 – July 23-27, Cascades Camp and Conference Center: Join us for a great week of fun, friends, and growth at camp. Our theme this year is Family. Cost: $425 (Early Bird $395 before April 30) Sign up at Westminster.org/events Questions? Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: REGISTER – Registration is open and filling quickly! www.westminster.org/VBS2018 VBS is August 6-9 and will be for students going into 1st to 5th grade this fall. Registration will be limited to 350 students and the cost will be $15/student or $30/family which includes a T-shirt. Students will provide their own lunch.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2018 – August 9 & 10, Bellevue Presbyterian Church: The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow Creek’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 450,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2018. To find out about the speakers or to register, go to willowcreek.com/summit. To get our reduced rate of $109, register by June 26 with the priority code PARTNERCH.  The price will increase to $139 after midnight CT on June 26. Questions, Contact LuAnne at luannez@westminster.org or 425.747.1461 ext. 110

FRANKLIN GRAHAM “DECISION AMERICA” PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR – August 13, 7:30 PM, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe: Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening featuring prayer, music by Jeremy Camp, and a message of hope from Franklin Graham.  Free admission.  For more information go to DecisionPacificNW.com. There will be a prayer gathering with the Billy Graham Association at Westminster Chapel on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM in preparation for the August event.

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SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

VOLUNTEER FOR VBS – August 6-9, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Sign up to volunteer and your children can come for free! Make a long-term impact on children and families! Opportunities for adults of all ages and students (6th -12th grades in the fall) both during VBS and outside VBS hours. Childcare provided for all volunteer’s children too young for VBS. Here is the link to register as a volunteer: https://westminster.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/122208. More information about the many ways that you can volunteer are available online. Questions? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org.

SERVE WITH OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS – Sundays, 9:00 AM, Bi-weekly or Monthly: Be a 2nd grade Sunday school teacher every other week. Assist in a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class once or twice a month. We have elementary students looking for relationships with adults who want to share God’s Word with them. We provide training and supplies. Want more information? Contact Martha at marthac@westminster.org

RECYCLE AND REPURPOSE!! Your old sheets could become part of a beautiful handmade quilt by the Helping Hands ministry. You may drop off your donated sheets at the Welcome Center. Be sure to label them for Helping Hands. Questions? Contact Marilyn at baxtermarilyn1@gmail.com

TALKTIME: AN EASY WAY TO REACH BEYOND – Thursday, 6:30 PM, Atrium: Serve as an ambassador to our intercultural community. Help guests from around the world practice speaking English over dinner and guided conversation. Questions? Contact Mark Pedrin at markp@westminster.org

REACH BEYOND! WORK WITH YOUTH – Be a middle or high school leader and impact lives for God. Contact Ceri at cerif@westminster.org

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RESOURCES/OPPORTUNITIES:

GROW GROUPS – Various times & locations throughout the week: These groups meet in many sites and aim to be places where you can GROW with others. No matter where you are, there is a Grow Group that can help you take your next step in community. Visit www.westminster.org/belong for more information.

PRAYER – If you would like to be prayed for, please see someone down front at the end of the service. Questions? Holly at hollyp@westminster.org

BAPTISM – If you would like more information on what it means to be baptized, or about the course itself, you can email Pastor Matt at mattc@westminster.org

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WEEKLY GIVING:

As of 6/12/18 
Expectation for the Week $58,300
General Giving for the Week* $50,479
Expectation to Date $108,800
General Giving to Date* $108,518
Annual Expectation $3,600,000
*General giving includes weekly and non-designated special gifts.

NEXT CHAPTER GIVING:
Original Project Cost $22,000,000
Payments to Date $18,681,300
Current Mortgage Balance $3,318,700

 

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