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May Newsletter

posted May 3, 2014, 5:42 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated May 9, 2014, 11:00 AM ]

  • A Message from the Pastor…
           "The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them."   (Proverbs 20:7)

The writer of Proverbs talked about how we "walk".  But springtime reminds me that we mostly "ran" through life when our kids were growing up!

This time of year brings to mind all the activities that drove our life for quite a number of years and all the miles we put on our cars getting to those activities.  Ron and I have fond memories of when both kids played in Little League.  Practices started when the weather was still cold and rainy.  But then the days grew longer and warmer, and we found ourselves sitting in the stands with other parents cheering on our teams, or taking our turn volunteering in the Snack Shack.  We ate a lot of hot dogs during those years!

In high school John played on the golf team and traveled to meets and tournaments all over the Puget Sound area.  Ron was able to go to go along to watch him compete in District and State tournaments.  The only time I watched John play competitive golf was at the State Tournament his senior year.  Talk about pressure -- I could hardly stand it!!  But he handled it well.  And I think golf taught him some great life lessons about strategy and managing stress.

Drivers Ed. was a spring-to-summer commitment for both our kids.  Our first drives together after obtaining their permits didn't always do much for the mother-child relationship, so I relinquished that duty to Dad, who has always been more of an "encourager" than a "critiquer". 

Then there were proms which involved securing the right dress or tux.  For the guys it seems that the "ask" was a big part of it -- you had to be clever in how you went about inviting the girl.    In the midst of all the fun of preparing for prom the kids were taking their ACT's and SAT's -- thinking about/stressing about their futures!

I remember many Friday nights when the kids' friends would come over to watch movies, eat pizza, blow off steam, and in some cases, fireworks (much to the alarm of Mother!).  Sometimes one of their friends would talk to me about a struggle they were having or mistake in judgment they had made.  I tried to listen and share God's mercy and love.

The real bitter-sweet moment in life was the day of graduation, knowing that our season of child-rearing had come to an end.  There were times when they were growing up that we couldn't wait for that day.  But when it came so many emotions swirled around -- relief, sadness, excitement, etc.  

Both our kids are college students now.  They are quite independent.  They are people of faith which, to us, is most important.  As parents (even though we are pastors) we couldn't do that job alone.  We were blessed to be able to send them to Christian schools from middle school through high school.  Receiving a solid education from teachers who could openly express their faith was a blessing for our kids.  And within our church family there were many people who took the time to be good role models and teachers of the Christian faith.  

Ron and I are thankful for our church family and the many godly people here who "walk with integrity".  Our children were blessed by your example. And we are reminded that as Christian adults we all have many opportunities to touch the lives of children and young adults with our faith in Jesus Christ, with Christian love and hope. 

We adults must never forget what it is like to be young, or what it is like to be parents of small children who have so much growing up to do.  Our "walk" matters -- especially to the children and young people in our daily lives.  May the Lord help us to walk (or run!) with integrity. 

In Christ, 
Pastor Lori Hoyum


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    • ALL NEW LEWIS FORUM - "MIRACLES"
    Beginning Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m.
      C. S. Lewis was one of the great Christian writers of our time.  His fiction and non-fiction works have delighted and inspired millions of people around the world.  There has been a wonderful response to our first classes offered and we are excited to start up again with C.S. Lewis’ book “Miracles”.  No prior knowledge of Lewis is required, just a desire to know more about this great Christian apologist.  Join us on Thursday evenings beginning May 1st at 7:00pm!  Everyone Welcome!  

      • KITSAP GREAT GIVE
      • Hosted by Kitsap Community Foundation
      Join the Day of Giving!  24 hours – 200 Non-Profits

      We invite you to consider joining others on Tuesday, May 6th for this 24-hour online giving event for charities throughout Kitsap! Donate online to your favorite non-profits. You can choose from a variety of over 200 from A to Z, including these supported by PMLC:  Helpline House, Martha & Mary and Pregnancy Resource Services! Your donations will be MAGNIFIED by our sponsors!  Just visit www.kitsapgreatgive.org beginning at midnight on May 6th–there are some great prizes being offered too – for more details, see the poster and flyers available on the table in the Fellowship Hall.  

      • LUTHERHAVEN WORK PARTY
      The next Lutherhaven work party will be Saturday, May 10th from  9am until early afternoon.  This month we will be painting in the camp side restrooms and Cook's Cabin and any other general cleanup if necessary for camp season.  We will also be reviewing the camp side play set to develop a plan for restoring.  (Need to determine first if worth saving!)  Bring paint clothes, gloves, etc.

      NOTE:  Olympic Lutherhaven - PICNIC AREA TEMPORARILY CLOSED!
      The well that serves the Picnic Area and the Caretaker house is in need of repair - We expect to be open by Memorial Day!


      • CHANGE FOR LIFE!
      Pregnancy Resource Services - Affirming Life with Compassion
      Pregnancy Resource Services is a non-denominational Christian, non-profit organization operating since 1984 with offices in Silverdale, Poulsbo and Bremerton.  Pregnancy Resource Service (PRS) subscribes to the Biblical Mandate to always choose life.  We demonstrate God’s love by offering emotional, spiritual and practical support for everyone no matter what their circumstances.  All of our services are free and confidential.  We invite you to join us in our spring fundraising event called “Change…For Life”.  Baby bottles (and PRS informational brochures) are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall for you to take home.  Filling a baby bottle with cash, coins or a check provides a unique opportunity to join in the mission and ministry of PRS. 
              – PRS’ Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day!  
              Please return your FULL baby bottle to church by Sunday, June 15th!

      • MEN'S BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP
      Our next Men’s Breakfast gathering will be on Saturday, May 17th, at 8:30am.  
      All men of Port Madison are invited to join us for breakfast, prayer and fellowship.

      • CHARITY KNITTING FELLOWSHIP
      We’ll meet this month on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Lori's home to work on knitting projects to donate to charity.  If you enjoy knitting, please join us!  There will also be a brief devotion and prayer time before we adjourn around 9pm.

      • DR PAUL MAIER SEMINAR - Defending the Faith  
              Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:30pm
          Join us at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 140 East 56th Street, Tacoma, WA 98404
          Reserve your seat soon!
          Cost: Pre-register: $15 per person, (includes lunch)
          At the Door: $20 per person, (includes lunch)
          Download a registration form here (.pdf)
          For additional information, contact Valerie at the Church Office at 253-473-4848 or Valerie@goodshepherdluth.com

          • 2014 LIGONIER WEST COAST CONFERENCE
                  June 6-7 in Seattle, WA- Overcoming the World - Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture 
                  
          This world—in its present condition—is not our home. Scripture reminds us of this truth again and again, exhorting us to look to heaven and to consider ourselves as strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13).  As wonderful as life can be in this fallen world, there is something better in store for God's people.
          As we watch the culture around us grow more hostile to the traditional teachings of orthodox, biblical Christianity, our awareness that our home is elsewhere gets stronger. Yet that doesn't mean we can leave this world behind. Christ has called us to be His witnesses even in our post-Christian culture, and we must be prepared to live as salt and light in the midst of our generation.
          To help believers learn what it means to be a witness in this world, Ligonier Ministries is hosting our West Coast Conference, "Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture." On June 6–7, 2014,     Drs. Steven Lawson, Stephen Meyer, Albert Mohler, and   R.C. Sproul Jr. will be joining me in Seattle as we cover modern challenges to the Christian and how we may effectively witness to the truth in a society that seems determined to overthrow every connection to its Christian heritage.
          Please consider joining us for this conference in June.  I look forward to enjoying this time of worship, teaching, fellowship, and prayer together with you.

          In Christ,
          R.C. Sproul

          REGISTER NOW  
          For additional information, you can speak to one of our Pastors, or visit www.ligonier.org/ or call 1-800-435-4343.

          NOTE:  We’d like to get a group together to attend this conference. It will be at the Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA. 
          If you are interested, please speak to either Pastor Ron or Pastor Lori!

            • "PROJECT BACKPACK" DAY - Sunday, June 22nd
              Project Backpack (PBP) also known as “Children’s Fund” began in 2000. This program has helped nearly 2,500 students since then and served 182 students in just 2013 alone!  Generally, we all know that PBP provides essential school supplies but it is important to note that PBP also provides assistance with other education-related expenses throughout the year. The funds collected through Project Backpack:
                Help families afford a few pieces of new clothing for school
                  Assists with high school fees and graduation expenses
                    Assists w/fees for student enrichment–camp, music lessons, etc.
                      Assists with daycare, especially summer programs
                        Reduces the burden of school expenses on already tight  household budgets
                          Helpline House clients appreciate the Bainbridge Island faith communities’ generous participation in the PBP drive each year. Your monetary donations are essential in supporting these ongoing student programs throughout the year.  We will be having a special “Project Backpack Day” on Sunday, June 22nd, to celebrate school letting out for summer and to collect a special offering to help PBP get ready for next year!  
                            It is a special collection for education-related expenses. Our community drive for school supplies will be July 28th-August 25th

                            • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
                            Join Us at Lutherhaven for Family Camp and VBS coming up on August 8-14th!

                            • MAY 2014 - SHARING GOD'S BOUNTY   BY PARISH PUBLISHING
                            Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize
                                    
                            If a runner in a race takes his eyes off his goal for even a fleeting moment, he risks losing his focus and, along with that, the race. So it is with the Christian who must be diligent to keep his focus on his stewardship.  If he takes his eyes off his heavenly goal and directs them toward his possessions, his worldly aspirations, or his temporal difficulties, he loses his focus and risks losing the race. The words of Paul provide
                            encouragement for us: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13).  Focusing on our Earthly circumstances can lead us in two directions ... both of them deadly! We may either find things of the world to be so attractive, they become the prize toward which we strain, or we find things to be so dismal that we despair.
                                    
                            Our Chief Steward, Jesus, our Savior, focused on the prize. We are exhorted to follow his example:  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).  Talk about keeping focus!  “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). 
                                    
                            Talk about running a race! And he did it for us, “so that [we]will not grow weary and lose heart.”  And look at the prize he won! He ascended
                            into Heaven and now sits “at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heaven is our prize, too ... a prize beyond compare. Christ’s promise is this:
                            “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10b).  Should we falter, as we are certain to do, we claim 
                            another of his promises: “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

                            “I have learned to manage on whatever I have.  I know how to be poor and how to be rich...
                            There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.”
                                                --St. Paul


                            • JUST A REMINDER... Check for up to the minute information about all of our activities on our calendar!
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                            Karen Lindsey,
                            May 5, 2014, 8:45 AM
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