Announcements for Sunday, Jan. 13

Sermon Series: First Impressions

Seeing Jesus for the first time again…Epiphany is the perfect season to discover Jesus through others’ encounters. Last week, Philip’s invitation to Nathaniel to “come and see” the messiah resulted in Nathaniel recognizing Jesus as more than the king of Israel they sought but truly the Son of God. Today we see Jesus through the eyes of Zacchaeus, the tax collector.

January 13 – “House: Jesus meets Zacchaeus” – Luke 19:1-10

January 20 – “Skin: A Samaritan Meets Jesus” – Luke 17: 11-19

Congregational Meeting January 27, 11:30am

Session has called the meeting to elect members of the Church Nominating Committee, the group responsible for identifying candidates to serve as Elders and Deacons. All may attend, though only members may vote.

If you missed the Installation Service…

for our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Laurie Brenner, you can watch or listen to it on our website:

Garage Sale Help Needed Donation Drop-Off Info

Volunteers are needed to sort our donated treasures. Work hours are flexible: Join us beginning January 22, anytime Tuesday and Wednesday between 9am and 12pm.

Donation Drop-Off begins January 20: Sunday curbside drop-off
3–5pm for smaller sized items (no furniture at this time, please). Drive up to the clearly marked area on California Ave SW and our youth will offload your things. (NO drop-off on February 3.) On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you may also bring your donations to Howell Auditorium from 9am–8pm.

Please no paint, drapes, tires, mattresses, hide-a-beds. Contact Karol before dropping off TV’s, computers, monitors, exercise equipment, or large appliances. Thank you for contributing!

The Good News Newsletter

February will bring the first newsletter of 2019 to your mailbox. Holiday timing and other factors including reporting the Good News of the arrival of our Senior Pastor in early January necessitated the delay. Check the West Side website, emails or the Welcome Center for the January birthday list, calendar and other happenings. Thank you for your understanding! Bryan Jones, Editor

Welcome Center Help Needed

Greet visitors, answer some phone calls, and help staff with miscellaneous projects for the Friday afternoon (12:30–4pm) shift. Contact Lilliana.

Souper Bowl of Caring Donations

Our Confirmation class is once again joining this national movement to combat hunger and poverty by collecting donations of food items on January 20 and 27 and organizing them into meal kits for foster kids and their families. The list of needed items is in the Welcome Center and at

Lectio Divina Class Summary

Last Sunday’s 9am class contemplated the story of Samuel and Eli (1 Samuel 3) using the ancient Christian discipline of divine/sacred reading (lectio divina). Information about the approach and instructions for the 4 readings of the scripture done in this practice are in the Welcome Center and on

Sunday Adult Education, 9:00am

Today: In Memoriam: Eugene Peterson – Explore the life and work of the late Eugene Peterson (1932–2018), author (The Message idiomatic translation of the Bible and other books), PCUSA pastor, professor and noted theologian, through two videos:

  • Today: In Between the Man and The Message
  • January 20: Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

January 27, February 3, 10: ReDiscover: The New Testament – Following up the fall Bible series on the Old Testament, Pastor Laurie leads as we immerse ourselves in the story of the New Testament through the Story of Jesus (Gospels, Jan 27), Story of the Church (Acts and Epistles, Feb 3), and the Story’s End (Revelation, Feb 10).

February 17–March 31: Run With the Horses

Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00pm
The Love and Respect class has been cancelled. Watch for other offerings coming up!

2019 Missions Fest Vancouver – January 18–20, 2019

Seminars, general sessions and exhibits support this year’s theme, “Mission: Discipling.” More info at Contact Ron Rice for travel and lodging arrangements.

Children’s Ministry

Sunday School for 3 Year Old–5th Grade meets at 9:00am. An usher can point you towards the stairs to the lower level and where there are signs (and people) to help your child find the appropriate classroom.

Church Time for 3 Year Old – 2nd Grade meets in Room 2 @ 10:00am.

Youth News (Grades 6-12)

Sun. (13) – High School Sunday School, Rap Hall, 9:00am
Sun. (13) – Middle School Sunday School, Room 5, 9:00am
Sun. (13) – Mission Trip Student/Parent/Leader Meeting, Rap Hall, 11:30am
Sun. (13) – Confirmation / D Groups, 6:30am-8:30pm
Tues. (15) – HS Rap Hall Hangout, 3:45-6pm

Read the Bible in a Year

This week: Genesis 43–50; Job 1–17

Service Notes

Preaching Today – Reverend Laurie Brenner, our Senior Pastor.
First Scripture Reading – Braeden Swanson is a senior at Raisbeck Aviation High School.
Lay Reader – Rick Boogaard coordinates the Communion servers, assists Special People ministry and is our Youth Treasurer.


Sun. (13)
9:00am Children and Youth Sunday School
9:00am Adult Class: In Memoriam, Eugene Peterson
10:00am Worship Service
11:30am Student/Leader/Parent Meeting
11:30am Evening Service Planning
5:00pm Worship Service
6:00pm Fellowship Meal
6:30pm Confirmation and Discipleship Groups

Mon. (14) Church is Closed

Tues. (15)
6:30am Koinonia Men’s Prayer & Breakfast
3:45pm High School Hangout
5:30pm Cub Scouts
7:30pm Boy Scouts

Wed. (16)
9:30am Congregational Care Team Meeting
10:30am Staff Meeting
1–4:00pm West Side Wednesdays
5:30pm Stewardship and Finance Meeting
6:00pm Girl Scouts
7:00pm Bible Study & Prayer

Thurs. (17)
1:00pm Women’s Bible Study
7:00pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

Fri. (18)

Sat. (19)
8:00am Oasis Men’s Group
12:00pm Community Meal

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