Rev. Paul Benz is co-director of the Faith Action Network (FAN) and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Paul has been a long time social justice leader in Washington state’s religious community on numerous issues, and he continues to advocate for FAN’s legislative agenda in Olympia. He is the lead organizer for FAN’s growing Network of Advocating Faith Communities, which have pledged to partner with FAN to be advocates in the halls of power.
FAN’s mission is to strive for a just, compassionate, and sustainable world through community building, education, and courageous public action. FAN:
· Believes justice work is part of our religious calling
· Communicates with elected officials about critical social issues, and
· Advocates for a more just and sustainable world
Summer Library in the Lobby
Books recommended by different people, on different topics, and for different reasons. There’s one recommended by Rev. David and one by Pastor Phil; several about white privilege, stereotypes and implicit bias; and one inspired by churches like ours! There’s even a book for children and youth about some of the wonderful women in our world. Find one that appeals to you, sign it out, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h your brain this summer! Brought to you by Adult Christian Formation!
Coffee with Phil!
Meet your new Pastor: Phil Antilla
Saturday, July 8th, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
in the Parlor. His first Sunday in the pulpit will be Sunday, July 9th. Beryl Ingram will interview Phil so that we all learn more about our new spiritual leader. After the program, there will be a short meet and greet time.
Sunday, July 9th will be Phil’s first Sunday in the pulpit. There will be a vegetarian potluck, in his honor, sponsored by Staff Parish Relations to follow the service. Experiment with something new or a veggie dish that is tried and true!
Recipe Book. It has been ages since we have made a church recipe book, but we thought having a new pastor come just might be the perfect excuse - and a great new gift for a pastor who loves to cook! The one caveat - we are asking for all vegetarian recipes.
Email (or hand) your favorite non-meat recipe (snacks, appetizers, entrees, sides, desserts, drinks) to Abby Eagleson at email@example.com by Sunday, June 25th.
Wednesday, June 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Zumdieck Park. Bubbles and hula hoops for the kids, coffee for the adults. Come join the fun!
Thursdays, July 13 & July 20, 3:00—7:00 p.m.
at Bellevue Presbyterian on Bellevue Way. On the 13th we’ll be learning all about bees and pollination, tasting honey, and learning about beekeeping. On the 20th we’ll each make our own butter, answer dairy trivia questions and taste a variety of cheeses. Sign up to help on Making Connections or email Laurie Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hero Central VBS 2017
Monday – Thursday, July 24th – 27th, 9– 11:30 am.
This year we are doing VBS with Aldersgate UMC. Working with them is a blast, and VBS will be the usual energetic, energizing event! Enjoy adventures alongside some of our favorite Bible. There will be epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God! Online registration at http://aldersgate-church.org/vacation-bible-school/. Bring a friend!
VBS Work Parties: Fun and Fellowship while we help!
Whether or not you can help or attend VBS, come to a work party and help get ready and meet some new Methodist friends. There are projects for everyone! Dates for work parties AT Aldersgate include:
· Tuesday, July 11 from 2:00—5:00 p.m.
· Sunday, July 16 from 12:30—2:00 p.m.