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From the Pastor, Dennis Plourde
Pastor's NewsLetter Page for August 2008
     “Come with my by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.”   Mark 6:31b 

     I need a vacation! And to that end I am taking one! Diane and I will be on vacation from August 4 to August 27. We are not going far – maybe some day trips but for the most part we'll be nearby. We have to finish unpacking (yes, unpacking) – boxes that we need to go and sort through – and we want to do it leisurely. For a while we won't be bound by alarms clocks or schedules to meet. We hope to find some quiet time – to rest.
     Now one of the reasons why I know I need a vacation is that my mind is wandering. Wandering, you may ask, and this is different than normal? Well, the best way is to give you an example. This year I am using The Message for my daily Bible readings. I like the way Eugene Peterson approaches the text and the new insights he gives on certain passages. It opens my mind to new ideas, etc. Well, today as I read from Luke 10:4 I thought, this would make a good sermon: Jesus knew about the airline travel dilemma. I mean he says, “Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage!”
     Now I am confident that this was not what Jesus had in mind when he spoke those words to his disciples. But, I also know that the way many folk like to distort Biblical text that a sermon such as one like this is not as far fetching as it may seem.
We seem to be able to read about anything into the Biblical text that we want. Our imagination is almost limitless as to how we give Biblical interpretations and how they must apply to us today. There are those who would nod their heads in agreement that Jesus knew about the travel woes of 2008! And spoke about them in 29 AD.
     The full text of the passage in Luke is about Jesus sending out seventy-two disciples to carry the Good News to the many towns and villages in the region. They are to go relying on God and not their own strength, wisdom or resources. He is empowering them for ministry. His is affirming his presence with them. He is also acknowledging that this will not be an easy journey, not all will understand their mission. And, he is asking that they "trust" in him/God to provide as they go.
     We are about to take a step of faith. We are in the process of launching an after school reading program for grades 1-5. We have discovered there is a need. We are working with others to help resource and fund this program – we are heading out in faith. You might say, we don't have a comb and toothbrush to take at this point. Yet, we go with the confidence that God is going with us. God is even leading the way. It is an exciting time and a time of apprehension. We are getting ready by taking some time to come apart and rest, in a quiet place. Preparing for the next journey.

          Pastor Dennis

August Scripture and Sermons

August 3 – Communion Sunday
Psalm 32; Mark 14:22-25
“Table Fellowship”

August 10, 17 & 24
The Rev. Richard Gibson, Preaching

August 31
Exodus 20:18-21; Hebrews 1:1-4
“Whose Voice Do We Want to Hear?”

A GREAT BIG thanks to all who helped with the Terrace Parade and with our Vacation Bible School! The days from January (when we started planning) to July 28 when the VBS began flew by. So many took part in the preparations, planning and securing supplies. It was a great time—we learned and we shared – what more could we ask for— THANKS!!!!! Pictures are on the web-site.

“The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.”

Picnic Night – Wednesday August 27
Join Us – Picnic at 5:30 p.m. – followed by
Presentation by Dick Gibson, sharing his recent travel experiences.

First Baptist Church
22800 56th Ave. W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-3922
(425) 778-2046
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