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February 16th, 2017

Welcome to Redmond Presbyterian Church. Check us out. It may change your life.  The people are caring, engaged, joyful people who honestly seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a church of two hundred people where finding friends and making a difference in the world are at the core of our identity. We are intergenerational with lots of kids and young families, older adults, and everyone in between. We believe that you don’t need to leave your brain outside the church when you come to worship. Bring the fullness of your mind, heart and spirit.

Now about myself. I was born in rural Idaho, reared on a dairy farm where I was taught the value of hard work. I have served churches in Natick, MA, Troy, NY, Dayton, OH, Port Clinton, OH, and Pasadena, CA. I am happily married to my soulmate, Dr. Barbara Anderson, who is also a pastor. We met at Harvard Divinity School, have two grown sons, Chris and Ken, two daughters-in-law, Brett and Reagan, and most importantly three granddaughters: Kylie 5, Avery 1 and Kaelyn 1. Barbara and I are nuts about our granddaughters and I am known to be silly around them to the consternation of their parents. We also have two Brittany dogs, Kate and Abby, who demand that I go hiking every day. It’s a great way to find the time to pray, recreate and be in awe at the wonder of God’s creation. I’m also been known to dip a fly line in water. Over the years, I’ve been especially involved in ministries to the homeless and the under-housed. I’m also really big on building multicultural churches by embracing the amazing diversity of humanity in our communities.   

We recently moved to the Puget Sound area from Pasadena, CA to be close to family, get better air for Barbara (she has some health issues), and to serve as a “transitional pastor” when congregations need special leadership between longer-term pastorates. I also have a small business called “Civic Reinventions, Inc.” that facilitates strategic plans for congregations and non-profits with a special emphasis on downtown business associations.

I adore being a pastor and am amazed at the sacred privilege of being invited into peoples’ lives. I believe that to follow Jesus is not only a set of beliefs but a way of life. Jesus followers worship, pray, meditate, study the Bible, seek God’s guidance in all decisions, and live compassionate, hope-filled lives. We also work for a more just and environmentally sustainable world and have a special concern for the poor, the reviled and the broken-hearted.

I gain energy helping congregations embrace new life in Jesus Christ. When every person affiliated with a congregation offers their full gifts to our loving God and in service to the world, amazing things happen. We do our part to make this beautiful but fragile globe a little more kind, compassionate and just to the glory of God.   

I want to hear from you, whoever you are. We can meet for coffee, break bread together or chat on the phone. You are important to me and I’m here to serve.

To reach me at any time call 626-676-0287 or email me at mark.smutny@civicreinventions.com.  

Faithfully yours,

Mark Smutny, Pastor

Worship This Sunday

8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements

9:00AM Worship

10:15am Fellowship/ASF, Upper Room, CE Bldg.

11:15AM Worship

 

You Shall Be Holy

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48

Women of RPC – You are invited to join us! We will be reading and studying Scouting the Divine: my search for God in wine, wool, and wild honey by Margaret Feinberg.   Meetings will be February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 24, 7:15 – 8:30 pm in the Education building, room 26.  The book is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble (hard copy, Kindle, or Nook). Contact Juliann Phillips, juliannph@gmail.com, for more information. 

BLOOD DRIVE MON., FEBRUARY 27TH, 1-7PM (BREAK 3-3:45pm)

In our Redmond Interfaith Blood Drives, REDMOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will be hosting a drive on Monday, February 27th between 1-7pm.  YOU TOO, can save a life!  All your vital organs function to support BLOOD as a life-giving force.  Our hearts pump it.  Our lungs give it oxygen.  Our kidneys filter it.  Our liver removes toxins.  When we need medicine, blood delivers it where it needs to go.  Your donation can help 3 people because they can use it whole or subdivide into plasma, platelets and red blood cells.  To meet the needs of the 90 hospitals/ medical facilities that Bloodworks supplies 1000 donors need to offer to donate every day.  I hope you’ll be one of them!  IF you’re not sick, most people CAN donate!  For an appointment: RedmondPresBloodDrive@gmail.com or call Tina Paul 206-605-1933, a walk-in is good, too!   Hey RPC, Tina informed me last week that RPC set a record a year ago with the largest number of donors of all the churches in the area for the year. Let’s do it again or better yet beat our own record!

Upcoming Events:

  • Feb. 20th, Youth Group does “Thrills, Spills and Chills” @ Snoqualmie Ski Area
  • Feb. 22nd, Scouting the Divine new book study group @ RPC in room 26, CE Bldg.
  • Feb. 26th, Boy Scouts @ both Worship services
  • Feb. 27th, RPC hosts Blood Drive, 1-7pm
  • Feb. 27th, RPC serves dinner @ Men’s Emergency Shelter in Bellevue, 7:30 (leave RPC @ 7pm)
  • Feb 28th, Shrove Tuesday, pancake feed & Imposition of Ashes, CE Bldg. @ 6pm

Please remember that the sign-up sheets for: Cookies, Flowers, Mary’s Place and the Mowing Schedule are posted on the bulletin boards at the back of the Sanctuary.

   


Mission Project: Meals for the Homeless     

Providing food for Mary’s Place, a day shelter for homeless women in Seattle.  RPC provides breakfast every second Saturday of the month throughout the year.  Any questions about mission should be directed to Sandee Palmquist 425-867-1310 or email sandee.palmquist@comcast.net.