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A Prayer Story From Betty McCartney

Two prayers my husband and I prayed when we were living in Sydney, Australia as missionaries with The Navigators continue to have a profound effect on me today.
The first came after ten years of marriage. We had adopted two wonderful children who were seven and five years old. My husband had always said he wanted to have four children, but we were at the age where we could no longer adopt. We were too old! So we continued to ask the Lord for a child to be born to us if that was God’s will. We weren’t “driven” to keep asking for a child but did hope that God would grant our request.
Then, after ten years of marriage with zero pregnancies, I became pregnant and a son was born to us on Christmas day! Our five year old said, “He and God were born on the same day!” God then gave us another child, a daughter, born to us fifteen months later. Wow! We had our four children and God did it His way and in His time.
A second very special answer is this.
In Sydney we rented our home the first four years we lived there. Seeing money being spent rather than invested seemed a waste and also poor money management, but we didn’t have any extra money that could be used as a down payment on a house. So we asked the Lord to allow us to buy a home when we returned to Australia after our first home assignment. We still didn’t have any means of raising that money, but God did.
We returned to Australia and this time we were assigned to Brisbane and the Queensland University ministry. A friend from the Sydney ministry told us on our return that he and his wife wanted to give us a down payment on a house! So we very happily found and purchased a home. During our time there, that house increased in value, and when we returned to the US we were able to purchase a home in Bellevue, WA. As missionaries we had been unable to put much into savings for the future, and this was a concern for us when my husband became ill. After he went to be with the Lord in 1999 and I moved to Puyallup, I sold the Bellevue house. I have been retired now for 13 years and am blessed to be able to continue to supplement my social security retirement income with the funds invested from the sale of that house. Little did our Sydney friends know what a long-term impact that gift would have!
I have come to love the passage on prayer in Luke 18. Jesus tells the disciples to pray and not to give up, keep on praying, then He gives the parable of the widow and the unjust judge explaining that God is not like the unjust judge, but loves to give us good things! We may have to wait a while, even a long time, but He hears and answers because He loves us!

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Hello FPC family! Just a reminder to set your clocks back Saturday (tomorrow) night so you wont be too early for church on Sunday!! Join us for Rev. Dr. Earl Palmer’s class at 9:15am and worship service at 10:30am!

A Prayer Story From Morf Morford

It’s fair to say that real prayer emerges from two places—first, a situation that drives us to it and second, a spirit or sensibility that easily and naturally flows to a place of prayer. And by real prayer I don’t mean prayer that emerges from rules or practices (like praying before meals or at bedtime). Being thankful for our nourishment and those we share our lives with is wonderful—but it is rarely a prayer of passion, confession, or confrontation with life’s immensities.
We all know, I presume, the prayers of need, sorrow, and desperation, but what of the prayer that so easily flows from a “simple” act of generosity, compassion, and connection?
These are the “prayers in action” that we see sometimes in children.
I am not at all convinced that we need more workshops, books, or programs on prayer; I do believe that we need more prayers of sacrifice, kindness, and perhaps even freedom to the point of abandon.
If our prayers are predictable, how can our faith flourish?
I defy you to keep a dry eye as you see this story of a child’s faith in action… by linking to http://www.littlethings.com/tara-wood-mr-dan/.

Operation Christmas Child

Send a message of hope and love by gifting a shoebox with new toys, school supplies and hygiene items to a child in need! Operation Christmas Child shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with every child who receives a shoebox. Be a part of God’s mission and pack a box! More information is available in Fellowship Hall. Collection dates are:

Nov 13th (Bring forward during the service) and 20th.



Consecration Sunday Is November 20

It is our tradition to have a wonderful lunch together after worship—it’s free to all—to celebrate our commitment to God’s Kingdom. The goal is to have everyone turn in an Estimate of Giving Card that day. It doesn’t matter the amount you put on the card; that is between you and God. We simply want you to join the congregation in the discernment process and then turn in your confidential card. The financial secretary records the numbers and then sends anonymous statistics to the Director of Operations to initiate the annual budgeting process.





November is Stewardship Month


Continuing each Sunday through November, we will be highlighting specific ministries and will be asking you to bring your donations forward during the service as an offering.

November 6th – CareNet: Bring in any size disposable diapers & wipes.

November 13th – Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

November 20th – Love, Inc. Personal Care Pantry


Second Wednesday Potluck


Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall

For questions contact Richard Shepard rshepard42796@gmail.com

Rev. Earl Palmer Explains Paul Sunday School Class

National Speaker Series

REVEREND EARL PALMER EXPLAINS PAUL:                                                                                                                        The Fulfillment of an Old Promise: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Class Continues through Nov. 13th at 9:15am in South Chapel

11/6 – Romans 10  The Same Lord is Lord of All
 11/13 – Romans 11  Chosen by Grace


Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 6 Verses (Printed Version of the Book) and the Week 4 Verses (Electronic Version of the Book)

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 1 (Oct. 17): Matthew 6:9-13

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 1 (Oct. 3): Matthew 6:9-13

This version of what commonly is known as the Lord’s Prayer is not the only one that is recorded in the Bible. It was intended to offer a model to all disciples regarding the important considerations that should be included in community prayer. Biblical scholars note that it was not intended to be the model for private prayers, but its structure certainly is beneficial in those cases, too.

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 2 (Oct. 18): Ephesians 3:14-19

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 2 (Oct. 4): Ephesians 3:14-19

This passage continues the prayer that Paul began earlier in this chapter. It describes petitions that would lead to believers being led to work in a way that realizes God’s full intentions for them. It is written to the Father and is positioned from a family perspective—in this case the church family that shares God’s life and nature.

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 3 (Oct. 19): Colossians 1:9-12

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 3 (Oct. 5): Colossians 1:9-12

The earlier verses in this chapter are foundational, describing the need for Christians to gain knowledge that leads to obedience to the will of God. These verses move ahead to indicate how knowledge leads to service, which results in receiving the strength necessary to endure and be patient on this journey. The closing reminds us that all thanks for these opportunities and gifts belong to God.

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 4 (Oct. 20): Ephesians 1:17-19

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 4 (Oct. 6): Ephesians 1:17-19

Paul prayed for the Ephesians to have increased faith in Christ and a supportive attitude toward other believers, acknowledging that they were already blessed with these things through the presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. He wanted a deeper understanding for them, however. Basically, he is saying that an intellectual understanding is insufficient; only an understanding that reaches out from our hearts, the very center of our beings, will lead us to riches of his glorious inheritance and the incomparably great power of believers.

Printed Version of the Book Week 6, Day 5 (Oct. 21): 1 Chronicles 4:10

Electronic Version of the Book Week 4, Day 5 (Oct. 7): 1 Chronicles 4:10

This chapter primarily provides pre-exile lists of families from certain areas, supplementing information from chapter 2. Verses 9 and 10 detour from that objective, however, sharing this prayer. It is interesting to note that Jabez’s name was similar to the word for pain (‘ōṣeb) and, therefore, was a source of ridicule. Most people thought that it generated unpleasant consequences for him and that only changing his name would solve the problem. Clearly, Jabez chose another course of action, and God blessed him for his prayers.

A Personal Invitation to Attend Our Evensong Service on Oct. 30

by John G. West
The day was October 29 three years ago. Our family had just arrived in Cambridge, England after an all-night flight from Seattle to London, followed by a very long taxi ride. I was supposed to deliver a talk on C.S. Lewis in a couple of days for the annual Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. But at the moment, we were all exhausted and ready to crash.
Then I learned that King’s College in Cambridge would be holding a Choral Evensong service that very evening. So I convinced Sonja, Katherine, and Garrett to come along with me for the service. Despite our tiredness, it was a not-to-be-missed experience. The singing and scripture readings and prayers calmed my heart, focused my mind, and gave me a sense that I was somehow linked not only to Christians around the world, but to Christians past, present, and future.
I have loved the Anglican Evensong service ever since the first time I experienced it after my junior year in college, when I spent several weeks one summer traveling around the UK. Evensong is a formal service, but even if you don’t usually like formality, it can touch your heart, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or stress or are simply overloaded by everything that is going on in your life. In the quiet darkness of a soaring sanctuary filled with stained glass, the Holy Spirit works through the music and the readings and the prayers.
If you have never experienced Choral Evensong, I have good news for you: You don’t need to fly to Cambridge, England to experience it! You can come to the FPC Sanctuary at 6:00 pm on Sunday night, October 30. The service will be under an hour, so it won’t take a lot of your time. But if you want to experience a peaceful oasis of reflection and renewal and restoration, please come join us!
Many thanks to Daniel Perrin, Jesús Gomez, Annie Lockwood, and our chamber singers for making this special event possible.

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