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Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Scripture for Sunday

Mark 7:24-30

September 5th, Bulletin, Click Here

9.2021 ECC-Newsletter
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Worship Service: Thank you to Rev. Eric Don Anderson for preaching this Sunday.

Our Interim Pastor will join us on September 19. Come welcome Pastor David Decker and his wife Barbara.

Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, September 18, 8:00 am., in the Fellowship Hall.

Gene Adams Memorial: September 25, at 11:00 am., in the Sanctuary.

A note from Ed Birge

We heard an excellent message from Cheryl Mayes two weeks ago. For those of you who did not have a chance to hear it, I want to reprint five key points about the search for a new pastor. I am grateful to Ron Gray for sharing the text with me.

A wise philosopher by the name of Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” So, what are some first steps that can help this spiritual community to move gracefully through this in-between time, this time of transition? Recently I learned about five focus points that can help you along your way. Each focus point has a question for all of you that goes with it.

1. Heritage: Who are we and how did we get here?

2. Leadership: What gifts are present among us and how can we call them forth for the common good?

3. Mission: What is our to do? Or another way of saying it is, What is our divine calling as a community?

4. Connections: How can we be fully present to the community beyond our doors?

5. Future: “Who will we invite to walk with us into our future?”

As you can see, there will be plenty to keep you busy over the next weeks and months.

As we move into our next phase of preparing materials for the search, I encourage you to participate in the small group meetings that are coming up.

The Decker’s will be arriving in Yakima in less than 2 weeks. We have located almost all the furniture they requested for their apartment. However, we are still in need of a small chair suitable for reading and other such occupations. There really isn't room in the apartment for anything resembling a recliner. If you have such a chair that you can lend out, we would appreciate it.

Ed Birge, Vision Council Chair

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