Announcements for Sunday, July 8

The Fellowship Community At PCUSA General Assembly

The Fellowship Community, of which West Side is a member, noted that the spirit of PCUSA’s 223rd General Assembly (GA) held in St. Louis June 16–23 was one of forbearance and respect, with conservative churches repeatedly thanked for staying in the PCUSA and willing to engage issues in faithful ways. The Fellowship Community has provided a summary of GA outcomes significant to our church network, including topics like Israel/Palestine, sexuality issues, immigration and drug concerns and the future of PCUSA. Their summary article is available through a link on our website ( and also in hard copy at our Welcome Center.

Welcome Dr. Keith Tanis

Session has hired Dr. Keith Tanis to serve as our bridge pastor until the new Senior Pastor is hired. A person whose spiritual gifts are leadership, teaching, and preaching in Presbyterian/Reformed tradition, Dr. Tanis has filled many roles: Executive Presbyter of Olympia Presbytery, where he coached pastors and churches to better reach their communities; Interim Pastor at Whitworth Presbyterian; Senior Pastor at several churches; and Director of Field Education at Calvin Theological Seminary. Keith received his M.Div. from Calvin Theological and his D.Min. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dr. Tanis may look familiar. He preached at West Side at the beginning of this year and he and his family reside in West Seattle!

Help Wanted for Welcome Center

Volunteer is needed for Wednesday morning (9:00am–12:30pm). Contact Lilliana.

Donate a Fridge!

Our Youth need a refrigerator in good working condition for their Lake Chelan Retreat July 22 and to leave there for future retreats! Contact Stacy

Back-To-School Help For Foster Kids

For foster children, heading to a new school produces great anxiety: Will I fit in if I don’t have the right stuff? We can make a difference. Starting July 22 through August 12, we will collect new school supplies — backpacks, binders, pens, pencils and more – that will enable them to go to school with confidence. We’ll give you exact descriptions so you can look for the sales! Contact Dee West (206-258-2108) Note: Go to our website to see the letter DSHS wrote to us for the other items West Side has already provided!

WSPC is Hiring!

Childcare Coordinator for PM Services and Events – Someone who loves kids and has experience in childcare to help manage our church nursery and childcare on Sunday evenings this Fall (5-7pm) and for special events. (approx. 3-6 hours a week/12-18 hours a month).

Nursery Assistant for AM Services – To replace our lovely Julia in the nursery twice a month on Sunday mornings. (approx. 4 hours a month).

Both are paid positions. Contact Kim Herbert or the church office (206-935-4477).Special

Adult Sunday Education Class Sundays @ 9am

Note: All are invited to attend. There will be a play area in the corner of Howell for children.

Today: Video Presentation: King of Creation, a new film by the producers of Living Waters, Flight, and other spectacular Intelligent Design films we have shown in recent years. The film has breathtaking photography of the beauty of God’s creation, from hummingbirds to the wonders of the universe. Important verses from the Old and New Testaments together with favorite hymns accompany this stunning visual celebration of God’s handiwork.

July 15: Keith and Celia Olson, our missionaries to Japan. A young couple and both graduates of Regent Seminary in Vancouver, Keith and Celia are part of a new generation of OMF missionaries working in a culture highly resistant to the Christian faith.

July 22: West Side Youth / MOVE Conference – The 17 teenagers and 5 adults attending the Christ in Youth conference (MOVE) in Los Angeles will give their report.

July 29: Mike McLaughlin (Christian Medical Dental Association) updates us on his work with medical and dental students on Western campuses.

Children’s Ministry

Church Time for 3 Year Old through 2nd Grade in Room 6

Today – Carla Gawthrop and Anja Vander Hjide
July 15 – Katie Batts and Maddie Gardner

Youth News (Grades 6-12)

Sun. (8) – MOVE Conference Departs @ 6:30am!
Tues. (10) – All Youth Sunset & S’Mores, Alki Beach, 8–10pm
Fri. (13) – All-Youth Movie & Pizza Night @ WSPC, 7–10pm

MOVE Conference Prayers

West Side Youth will be joining 1700 other high school students at Biola University in southern California. Please keep them in your prayers:

• Safe Travel! The group will have long driving days July 8-9 and 15-16.
• That hearts would be open to God’s call on their lives
• That our team will be open and willing to engage with the broader MOVE community
• That the West Side group will bond together
• That they will “not come back unchanged”

Be sure to join us Sunday, July 22 at 9am as we report back to the congregation!

Service Notes

Guest Preacher – Carol McLaughlin is an Adjunct Professor at Portland Seminary, teaching in areas of Spiritual formation. This summer she is doing clinical pastoral education by serving as the Chaplain Intern at hospitals in the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area, her last requirement to be certified for a pastoral call in the PC(USA). She has been married to Steve McLaughlin (Grace McLaughlin’s son) for 41 years.

Assisting in Worship – Martha Carlson is a manager at Building Envelope Technology and Research. She is an elder heading the Outreach Department and participates in a small group.

Traveling – Ron Rice is preaching at Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bremerton this morning at the invitation of Jim and Alonda Droege.

Scriptures Chosen to Honor Baptism: At baptism new members are invited to share a passage of scripture that is meaningful to them and their children. Here are the passages chosen by the Lynds family:

  • Shaw: Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
  • Patrice: The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
  • Isabel: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and the little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6
  • Emily: He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:2-5

Read the Bible in a Year

This week: Isaiah 7–27.


Sun. (8)
6:30am MOVE Conference Students Leave for CA
8:30am Special Session Meeting
9:00am Adult Class: Video King of Creation
10:00am Worship Service, Communion,New Members and Baptisms
12:30pm Evening Service Planning

Mon. (9) Church Building Closed

Tues. (10)
6:30am Men’s Koinonia Prayer & Breakfast
8:00pm Youth Sunset & S’Mores @ Alki Beach

Wed. (11)
7:00pm Bible Study and Prayer

Thurs. (12)

Fri. (13)
7:00pm Youth Movie & Pizza Night @ WSPC

Sat. (14)
12:00pm Community Meal

Summer Building Closures:  Since fewer activities happen in the evenings on church premises during the summer, we are closing the church building at 5:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings (except Evening Worship days) during July and August. The church will also be closed on August 4. Whenever possible, please try to schedule evening meetings on Wednesdays during those two months. If exceptions are needed, please contact the church office. Thank you for your consideration as we try to conserve the church resources.

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