Remembering Dorothy Aker and looking ahead

Carolyn Aker
Carolyn Aker

We had a rich, full day Sunday as we worshiped, shared community and celebrated the life of Dorothy Aker.  I was particularly glad to listen as family and friends “fleshed” out Dorothy’s life through the sharing of memories.  Having only known her in these last years, it was good to hear of all her contributions to her family, her church and her community.  I knew she was a remarkable woman, but I didn’t fully realize how much so.  The reception after the service was very lovely.  I think Dorothy would have been pleased.  We continue to hold Carolyn and the rest of Dorothy’s family in our prayers.

Sunday we are going to do something different in worship.  We are going to focus on music and singing.  I hesitate to call it an “old-fashioned hymn sing” because we will be doing a variety of music.  I also hope it will be a worshipful experience that will be meaningful for young and old alike.  We will also be saying farewell to Pearl Pe in Sunday’s service, as she is returning to Myanmar to be with family there.  We will formally bless her on her way as well as saying our informal “good-byes” during the luncheon afterwards.  Instead of patio hour, we will have “dinner on the grounds.”  Everyone is invited to bring food to share and stay for a time of community.

You will note above that we will hold a kick-off Sunday or Rally Day for our church school year on September 8.  We will worship together, formally introduce our interns, Doug and Naomi, talk about educational opportunities for the year and share another potluck lunch in celebration of the 120th anniversary of our congregation.  If you have memorabilia or stories to share, please let me know, so we can include you in the program.  This will not be a big, formal celebration but an important opportunity to remember where we come from as well as what we are about.

Join us at 10 AM for worship and stay for the fellowship of the Patio Hour.  Bring someone along to share the day with you.  See you then.

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.
Pastor Rick

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Backpacks, business meetings, and Habitat Work Day

13-05-22.pentecost_banner.fwSunday was a good and busy day at FBCPA.  It was great, as always, to have our old friends, the Hilliers, visiting from Seattle.  Our project to provide backpacks, clothing and other back to school assistance for the children served by Ecumenical Hunger program culminated in a blessing of 15 completed backpacks, filled by our children and youth, as well as 10 $30 gift certificates.  Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously.  We raised $635 on a goal of $500 for this project.

After worship, we held a Quarterly Business meeting of which someone (I believe it was Thelma Parodi) said “This meeting was actually fun.”  We thanked once more our Annex Task Team for their hard work in completing the sale of our remaining share of the building.  We voted to explore giving 10% of our proceeds from the sale to missions and investing another 10% in microloans (see the item under “In the World” above.)   We also voted to release the accumulated income of nearly $55,000 (Thanks, Ron Tuttle!) for use on the Patio project and upgrades for our sanctuary sound system.  The discussion for all these proposals was lively and instructive.

This Saturday, August 17, is our annual Habitat Work Day.  If you’re available to work (see the information above) or help with lunch, please let me know right away.  Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM, we celebrate the life of Dorothy Aker with a service in the sanctuary and a reception in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be an opportunity to hold in memory and in honor one who meant much to this congregation over a long period of time.

Sunday’s worship will focus on Luke 12:49-56, a difficult passage in which Jesus challenges his followers pretty severely.  It is not a passage that would be among our favorites.  Still, we may find something instructive in it to help us on our way.  Pray that we do.  We will also consider Hebrews 11:29-12:2, which may well be among our favorites as it celebrates the heroes of the faith who have gone before us and the “cloud of witnesses” that hover around, leading and guiding us.

Join us at 10 AM for worship and stay for the fellowship of the Patio Hour.  Bring someone along to share the day with you.  See you then

May God’s new thing flourish within us and among us.

Pastor Rick