A MARK LABBERTON QUOTE FOR A MONDAY
“Each of us is a child of parents, perhaps a sibling to someone, a friend to friends, a colleague to coworkers. Following Jesus starts here. It starts with learning to see these people again for the first time, now visible to us anew as we learn to see them as made and loved by God, see their lives whole and seek their flourishing. This typically brings us face-to-face with the challenges of our vocation. We don’t see people this way when they’re annoying to us or clearly self-interested or rejecting us and our faith or failing to do their share of the work. Right there, in the midst of ordinary life, we face the gritty task of following Jesus by learning to love and serve those at our doorstep. This will be true throughout our lives as disciples. We will never be called to do less than this. And sometimes this is the hardest part of all.” Mark Labberton
JKPC WELCOMES GUEST PREACHER, MARK LABBERTON
On February 26th, John Knox will have the distinct pleasure to welcome Mark Labberton as he preaches God’s word to us that morning.
Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, brings to his leadership a deep awareness of the urgency of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Freedom and joy are concepts Labberton intentionally infuses into his ministry and leadership committing to lead with openness and a spirit of gratitude. With his long history in pastoral ministry, he brings relational warmth and an authentic concern for the individual.
Labberton had served for 16 years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, when he joined Fuller’s faculty, in 2009, as Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the newly established Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. In early 2013 he received the call to the presidency, succeeding Richard J. Mouw on his retirement, and on July 1, 2013, stepped into service as Fuller Seminary’s fifth president.
As rich as his pastoral experience has been, Labberton has brought more than that to his leadership role. “My interest in ministry has always been defined by the needs and realities of the world,” he says, and an intentional awareness of God’s work in the global church has led him to deep friendships with leaders in the Majority World. In 1982 he cofounded the Christian International Scholarship Foundation (CISF) to help fund the advanced theological education of those Majority World leaders and served on the CISF board for 17 years. He has also been chair of John Stott Ministries (which provides books, scholarships, and seminars for Majority World pastors), co-chair of the John Stott Ministries Global Initiative Fund, and senior fellow of the International Justice Mission. Labberton has been a popular and well-traveled speaker for years, and has taught at New College Berkeley for Advanced Christian Studies.
In addition to publishing articles in such periodicals as Christianity Today and Radix, Labberton has authored the books The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010), The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007), and Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (2014).
It is a privilege to be able to welcome Mark to John Knox on the 26th, and we are looking forward to the word he will bring us.
LET’S CELEBRATE PASTOR LEIGH
February 26th. After 2nd Service, we will be having a light luncheon in the Fellowship Hall to honor and thank Pastor Leigh for all the support and compassion she has provided so many of us during her time at John Knox. We will provide a basket for cards for those of you who would like to write a personal note to Pastor Leigh.
JOIN US to send her off on a new adventure with God as her guide.
KENYA TEAM UPDATE
We have arrived in Nairobi safe and sound with all 26 suitcases of nutritional supplement.
Many thanks to the JKPC “sherpas” who helped wrestle all 1300 pounds of the supplement through check in at SeaTac. And thanks to the Delta agents who set up a special check-in station just for us. And thanks to all of you who have been praying for us.
God continued to show His favor by providing the shortest line at the Nairobi airport, which was for Diplomats!
Some Kenyan porters came to help us retrieve all our luggage from the carousel and loaded them on carts.
Monday, Feb. 13, we will bring the supplement to the school.
Please continue praying for our health, safety, and energy. We are praising God for all His provision and faithfulness to our combined teams from Seattle, Chicago and Minneapolis (15 in all)
The John Knox main office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President’s Day. The Preschool Office will be closed on February 20 and 21 for Mid-winter break.
2016 FALL DIRECTORY
Updated Addendum Now Available
Some folks were inadvertently left out of the 2016 Fall Directory. An addendum has been printed that includes them, as well as, corrections to addresses, phone numbers, emails, and membership status.
Stop by the Welcome Center and pick up a copy of the 2016 Fall Directory Addendum.
ON THE FENCE ABOUT JOINING LENTEN CHOIR?
Get off that fence and do it!
The JK Choir will be helping to lead in worship throughout the season of Lent. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room beginning February 16th.
No audition is required – all are welcome.
Join us as we sing together!
For questions or more information, or if you are unable to attend the first rehearsal but wish to participate, please contact Rachel Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS NIGHT OUT (BABYSITTING CO-OP)
Our Winter and Spring session of Parent’s Night Out is beginning soon. We have space available for three additional families to join this fun program. Kids aged 1 (and walking) through 13 get to hang out with other kids and have a fun night playing games, creating crafts and watching a movie, while parents get some much-needed adult time. Commitment is per four-month session. As part of this co-op program, you will get six dates and be responsible for providing childcare for the other two nights. Required training provided upon registration.
If you are interested or have further questions about this program, please contact LindaFarnsworth@gmail.com.
COFFEE WITH KRISTINE
Our vision for this ministry is “Equipping children and families to lead lives that reveal God’s grace.” I recognize that this equipping needs to be giving you tools and materials that you need, not that I perceive you to need. This is behind my desire to meet with you in an informal environment to talk. I am inviting you to shoot me an email letting me know some times the next two weeks that you are available for coffee (or tea or cocoa) and I will gladly sit down with you to hear from you about our joint mission to equip you and your children.
SAVE THE DATE:
Vacation Bible Camp is coming to John Knox July 17th-21st from 1:00-4:00 pm! Put it on your calendar and start praying as our team starts to put together this awesome fun summer happening! Tell your friends too. Registration will open in May! Hope you can join us!
We’ve been using the City at JKPC for a little over a year. We know that it hasn’t been without some hiccups, but the City has provided us a level and means of communication with each other that we previously have not had.
We want to help you make your experience with the City even better. Starting next month, we will be hosting some City training events on Sunday morning that will allow you to learn how to utilize the City better. We will answer questions, take you through real scenarios where the City can help your group or ministry communicate more effectively.
While we are thinking about the City, we would encourage everyone who wants to be actively part of the prayer ministry at JKPC to join the prayer group here on the City. Each week, our prayer lists get posted there. The Prayer Chain group is an excellent way to get the prayer requests from folks at JKPC; it is also a great place to post your prayer requests.
To join the Prayer Chain Group, just click the link:
HOSPITALITY HOUSE VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for volunteers to provide meals for Hospitality House –one of our local mission partners– during the week of February 28th – March 3rd. If you’d like to help with meals, please contact Erin Ray at email@example.com
HOSPITALITY HOUSE SPRING FLING
It’s almost spring, and the annual Hospitality House Spring Fling is March 4, 2017, hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Church. Join others from John Knox as we gather as a community to support the ongoing work of Hospitality House and their Burien Women’s Shelter. For details contact Joanie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org http://hospitalityhousesouthking.org/2017-spring-fling/