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March 23, 2017

It has already been six weeks since I began with RPC as your Transitional Pastor. During this time I have visited with nearly fifty of you one-on-one, as couples and in larger groups. I am amazed at the depth of your commitment to RPC and to following Jesus. I have learned something of your lives and your hopes for RPC. You have welcomed Barbara and me into your hearts with amazing generosity. Thank you.

I begin every morning looking east out my home office window across Lake Sammamish, her glistening waters aglow with radiance of a new day. I peer through the filter of the pine trees, absorbing nature’s glory and I thank God for all of you. You have become an immense blessing in our lives. Every morning, I give thanks for you and that I don’t have to work for a living. I only need to show up and point out that God is everywhere if we but open our hearts and eyes. How rich is that?

Some important events are coming up in the next few weeks that I invite you to place in your calendar. The first is a “Community Conversation” on Sunday, April 2 during the in-between time, after the 9:00 a.m. service and before the 11:15 a.m. one. Sponsored by the Session, your governing council, the event is not a formal congregational meeting but simply an opportunity to chat about the state of the church, your hopes and dreams, and any questions you may have about the transitional period. We’ll do our best to listen and respond.

Holy Week begins on April 9 with on Palm Sunday with great festivity. On April 13, we will have a simple Maundy Thursday meal at 6:00 p.m. followed by worship at 7:00 p.m. The worship service includes communion and will reenact Jesus’ last meal with his disciples through a dramatic reading “At the Table.” I think you will find the service to be both powerful and poignant. Easter Sunday is April 16. Invite your friends. Welcome your enemies. Bring your whole heart, mind, body and soul to the day of resurrection. It will be awesome.

Then beginning the first Sunday after Easter, April 23, I will be launching a special six-week adult education series called “Living the Gospel of Peace: Tools for Building More Inclusive Community.” Held between worship services, the goals include gaining a deeper theological understanding of how to create a more inclusive, multicultural community and to learn and practice tools for building a more inclusive, multicultural community. I hope for a large turn-out. It will be fun, energizing and informative.

See you in church.

Faithfully yours,

Mark Smutny


Worship This Sunday

8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements

10:00AM  “Children Led” Worship Service

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



Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 27:32-56 and Matthew 28:1-12


9am – Noon -  All Campus Work Party. Officially, winter is over and we have a lot of tree debris from the many storms. This morning, I saw the first two blossoms on our flowering cherry/apple trees. Rather late this year but maybe they will be in full bloom at Easter for some lovely photo ops! Let’s get this place “gussied” up for Easter. Our Troop 520 will join us in these efforts.


Upcoming Events:

  • March 27th, RPC hosts the dinner at the Women’s Emergency Shelter in Bellevue @ 8pm
  • April 2nd, 10:10 am Upper Room, Community Conversation w/Session and Rev. Smutny
  • April 7th, 8 am Men’s Breakfast Club meets @ Emerald Heights
  • April 9th, Palm Sunday
  • April 9th, Deacon’s Meeting, Prayer Library @ 10:15am
  • April 11th, 7pm Session meets
  • April 13th, 6 pm Maundy Thursday dinner w/service @ 7pm
  • April 16th, Easter services @ 9am and 11:15
  • April 22nd, 1 pm Sikora/Strachan wedding



In between the 9:00 am and 11:15 am worship services, the Session and Transitional Pastor Mark Smutny will hold a “Community Conversation” where the primary goal will be for your leadership to listen. RPC is in the middle of a transition time and there can be anxiety about the future. The Session would like to listen to your hopes and dreams, your fears and maybe in the conversation, wisdom will emerge. We assure you RPC’s mission and ministry remain vibrant. The Gospel is still being proclaimed, worship held, the sick visited and the governance of the congregation is in strong, capable hands. We invite you to come to the Community Conversation with your ideas, your questions and your gifts. We’re in this together and the more all of us see the big

                                   Service and Mission

We will again be serving dinners at the Women’s Emergency Shelter tomorrow night, March 27. The Shelter is located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4315 129th Pl. SE in Bellevue. Dinner is served at 8:00 pm.  We will be serving casseroles, salads, bread and dessert. You can bring your food with you to church on Sunday and leave it in the Youth Room. This shelter serves 25 women so we fortunately have a little less food to prepare. There are sign-up sheets in the back of the church so you can choose what works best for you. Recipes are near the Mission bulletin board.  In addition to our food, we need donations of 1 gallon milk and juice as well as people to help serve the dinners those nights. You can also email Sandee at sandee.palmquist@comcast.net with any questions.

Please remember that the sign-up sheets for: Cookies and food for the emergency shelter dinners are on the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary.