First E News

September 29, 2011

Volume 2, Number 39

In This Issue…

Love God

-     Worship Services

-     Special Service October 2

Love People

-     Discipleship

-     AWANA begins

-     Ladies Bible Study

-     Beach Trip

Serve The World

-     Courageous (Movie)

-     AWANA Volunteers needed

-     Choir Ministry

-     Operation Christmas Child Kickoff

-     Food Needed

-     Missions Project

-     St Johns & Hwy 500 Interchange Closure Information


Contact Us

Love God

Honor the Father in Worship


One Service – 10:00 a.m. this Sunday

One Sunday… One Service… One Family… Together at 10:00 a.m.!

Join us in the Family Life Center Gymnasium for a worship celebration together as one family. There will only be ONLY ONE SERVICE on October 2 at 10:00 a.m. (no 8:30 or 11:00).


We will have a fellowship time from 9:00-10:00 with coffee and snacks. If you would like to help provide food or serve in the kitchen, contact Paula Carter.


Celebrate this special day together: Welcome new members, witness the testimony of baptism, pray with parents as they commit to raising their children in the Lord in Baby Dedication, share in communion. Worship in testimony and song.


The service will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center Gym, and will conclude by noon. Child care will be available for nursery & preschool ages. Children’s Church will be available for grades k-2.


Remember… 10:00 service… This Sunday ONLY


It’s not too late to join the church, be baptized or dedicate your child! Contact the church office at 360.694.2525.




Love People

Connect with the Family – Grow in the Family


AWANA Clubs - Wednesdays – 6:00 p.m.

AWANA Clubs meet Wednesdays for age 3 through high school. Please download a registration form for your family at or pick one up in the church lobby. Additional volunteer staff are needed. Contact Dave Crawford


Ladies Bible Study – Thursdays – 10:00 a.m.

We are studying, "Me, Myself & Lies", led by Laura Schoenborn. The cost for the study book is $12.00.  Child care is available. If you would like to join us, or have any questions, please contact Sherine West at 360-433-7290 or or sign up at the table in the gym this Sunday.


Managing Your Finances – starts October 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for the Managing Your Finances God’s Way class staring next Sunday, October 9—at 10:00 a.m. (Room 234)

Discipleship Groups starting on October 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Now is the time to join a discipleship group meeting on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Please visit the table in the back of the gym Sunday to sign up, or contact Kevin Staples— or Craig Staples—


Generally discipleship groups meet between services. However depending on schedules groups could meet at other times, e.g., before first service, after second service, during one of the services or some other day.


_____ I am interested in participating in a discipleship group at an entry-level.


_____ I am interested in participating in a discipleship group at an intermediate level.


_____ I am interested in participating in a discipleship group at an advanced level.


_____ I am interested in participating in a discipleship group but can't do it between services.


_____  I am interested in participating in a group but don't think I can commit to anything that requires a significant amount of time for study during the week.






Telephone number



E-mail address



Serve the World

Helping the Family – Inviting Others to the Family


Can You Answer the Phone?

We need someone to answer phones in the church office on Thursday, October 6 from 9:45 a.m. to noon so our secretaries can attend Ladies Bible Study. If you can help October 6, please call the church office 360.694.2525 or email Joy at


“COURAGEOUS” Movie Outreach Opportunity

September 30th marks the opening day of a movie that will challenge and motivate all parents (especially dads) to .... well, become all God exhorts us to be as parents.  It's called "Courageous".  If you want to learn more, visit


We plan to offer FREE child care for the 3:45pm showing on Saturday, October 1st.  Our plan is to offer care from 3pm to 7pm. 


The only theater in town showing the movie is the Regal Cascade Stadium 16 near Mill Plain and 164th St. 


We are hoping to provide face painting, games in the gym, Veggie Tales movies, a Bible Lesson, and other healthy things for the kids (food too?!) ... but more than just baby sitting! 


BUT, that depends a lot on you!  We need a contingent of people to care for these children ... a staff who are so passionate about reaching parents with this important message they are willing to sacrifice a few hours to help them to hear it.  Are you one of those?


If you would like to help with child care, or if you would like to attend the movie and NEED childcare, please let me Dave Crawford, or Amy ( know as soon as possible.  

Celebrate Recovery—Ladies Step Study

A new Ladies Step Study group is beginning this Friday, October 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at First E. (No childcare). We will meet in room 225. Contact Shaun Kersteter at 360.773.7745 for more information.


Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Countdown Event:

Saturday, October 8—3:00-4:30 p.m. event at First E. YOU are invited!


Operation Christmas Child uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loves and to share the message of the greatest gift they can ever receive—Jesus Christ.


Join us for a time of fellowship and celebration as we prepare to share the love of Jesus Christ with needy children around the world.


Our Guest Speaker will be Oksana Nelson. Find out how her life was changed forever by a simple shoebox gift!


Contact Art & Nancy Lemke at 360.695.4898 or for more information or to let them know you’ll bring cookies to share


Strategy Board Games—First Friday

Like strategy board games? Join a great bunch of guys for a fun evening on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at First E. Contact Matt Perez at 360.694.2525 for more info.


Choir Ministry

Choir rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. 8th grade and up are welcome in this worship ministry.  All vocal ranges. No auditions necessary, just a heart to serve God through music. We sing at the 8:30 worship service and for Christmas and Easter Services. Contact Chris Sandstrom at 574-3713 for info


Children's Church Volunteer Staff Needed

We are looking for additional volunteers to lead / assist with Children's Church (Grades K-2 in 8:30 service; Grades K-2 in 11:00 service, or Grades 3-6 in 11:00 service). Contact Justin Thoreson at 360.694.2525


Food needed for Sharing with the Community

Needed for our food pantry: Boxes of cereal, pasta, jelly, noodles (spaghetti, macaroni, egg, ramen), bar soap, macaroni & cheese, canned corn, instant potatoes, canned fruit, Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Donated items can be placed in the box by the main entrance.


Entertainment Book Scholarship Fundraiser

Entertainment Books are available for $25. The proceeds go to Puget Sound Camp Scholarships for AWANA Clubbers. Contact Sally Bertsch at 360.694.4130 or Sundays in the Library (room 126) 10:00-11:15am or Paula Carter on Wednesday nights at AWANA Clubs.


Hosanna Christian School

Hosanna Christian Schools is a ministry of First E, offering Bible-based curriculum and affordable tuition for Preschool through 8th grade. State approved. Contact the school office at 360-906-0941 or visit the school website at


Activities & Events & Stuff



At various times in the coming months (beginning in October) right and left turns will be prohibited from Highway 500 onto St Johns Road, and / or from St Johns Road to Highway 500. These closures will be at various times (not constant) and will necessitate using a detour if you come to First E from Highway 500 or I-5.


The marked detour will be Highway 500 to 42nd Avenue. Then 42nd Avenue to 44th Street (turn left). Cross St Johns and turn left on St James, then left at 42nd Street for the church. Please remember that the detour takes you through residential neighborhoods. There are speed “humps” and the speed limit is 25 mph or lower. Please watch for pedestrians and bicycles as they will be sharing the detour as well.


You can sign up for e-mail updates on the project at



Church Office Hours – 9:00-4:00

Our church office hours are 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We are closed from 12:00-1:00 for lunch. Sunday hours are 8:00-10:45 a.m.



Thursday, September 29

– 10:00 a.m. Ladies Bible Study

– 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal


September 30—October 2

Adults Beach Trip (Formerly Triple L)


Saturday, October 1

– AWANA Conference

- Courageous – movie child care. Call Dave or Amy Crawford


Sunday, October 2

- 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Time – Coffee and Goodies

– 10:00 a.m. ONE SERVICE… ONE FAMILY… ONE SUNDAY… Worship Celebration.

NO 8:30 or 11:00 service, just ONE SERVICE from 10:00-12:00 this Sunday only. We will welcome new members, have Baptism, Communion, Baby Dedications… and be together as one family!


Monday, October 3

– 7:00 p.m. Habits of Health Class


Wednesday, October 5

– 6:00 p.m. AWANA Clubs

– 7:00 p.m. Youth Activities


Thursday, October 6

– 10:00 a.m. Ladies Bible Study

– 7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal


Friday, October 7

– 7:00 p.m. Strategy Board Games


Saturday, October 8

– 3:00 p.m. Operation Christmas Child Kick-off


Sunday, October 9

– 8:30 & 11:00 Worship.

– 10:00 a.m. Discipleship / Sunday School

– 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery