September 2012

Post date: Aug 30, 2012 4:42:44 PM

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It’s been quite a summer. Before I left on vacation on July 19th, I expected that our beloved Harriet Gornick would pass. I visited her frequently that week and she was already on hospice care and her family had gathered. Harriet was ready to move on to the heavenly life and she did. Pastor Mary Johnson was ready to officiate at her service. And she did. What I did not expect was that our dear friends Lela Johnson and Loran Bollinger would also die and move on to the heavenly life. I was in town and was able to do Loran’s memorial service on Aug. 4th, and Pastor Mary officiated at Lela’s service. Thank you, Mary. Thank you also to the women of First Lutheran who provided food and hospitality after the services. And thank you to everyone who helped with Pastor Matthew Erickson’s (Pat’s grandson) ordination service on Sat August 11th.

Coming back from a couple days at my parent’s home in Pasco on Monday, Aug 13th, the boys and I saw smoke in the valley as soon as we topped Manastash Ridge. Looking to the Northwest we could see a column of smoke rising out by the windfarm. This, of course, was the beginning of the Taylor Bridge Fire and the loss of homes and property and the all out effort to contain and put out the fire. We continue to pray for all the firefighters and for all who have lost homes. We give thanks that no one was killed in this fire and we give thanks for the many, many wonderful volunteers here. The way the community came together to help those in need, does make you proud to be a Kittitas Valley resident.

I do hope you were able to enjoy at least a little rest and relaxation and visit with family and/or friends this summer. The Hickman’s attended a family reunion in Nebraska (Hot!) and visited with family in Spokane and Pasco. What I honestly enjoyed most was hiking in our own Cascade Mountains. I had a number of good day hikes and also a beautiful 3 day backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail north of Snoqualamie Pass. The sun was shining, the wildflowers were in bloom and the lakes were finally thawing out above 5000 feet. I saw deer, marmots, mountain goats and the ruggedly beautiful peaks and valleys which God created. It was warm and I often soaked my hat and shirt in the streams melting off the snow patches. I had my water purifier with me and drank between 8 and 10 liters of water a day. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things when out hiking all day in warm weather.

In John 4, Jesus is hot, tired and thirsty and sits down by a well in Samaria. When a woman with a bucket comes, he asks a drink from her and then offers her the water of eternal life. Jesus’ own physical thirst becomes the opportunity to offer spiritual, living water (the Messiah himself) to a woman of questionable reputation. She accepts and becomes a changed person and tells the people in her city about Jesus. The woman at the well becomes a well woman.

Are you thirsting for the word of God this summer? Are you thirsting for Jesus, the Word of God? Just as we need to drink plenty of water in the summer heat to stay healthy, we also need to drink often of Jesus, the water of life. Perhaps it’s been a bit of a spiritually dry summer for you. If so, I invite you back to the water coolers of worship and Sunday School and Bible Study and Christian fellowship in September.

Worship is always at 10 AM on Sundays and Sunday School and adult education start up again on September 16th at 8:45 AM. Everyone is welcome to the Thursday morning Bible Study. We begin at 9:00 AM with prayer and then read and discuss the Bible lessons for the coming Sunday. Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Our Confirmation ministry will start up again on Sept. 12th at 6:30 pm with a pizza feed and orientation.

Remember to eat and drink often of Jesus, the bread of life and the living water. And remember to invite others to dine on Jesus. He is true nourishment for our hungry and thirsty souls.

Serving Christ with you,

Dennis Hickman, pastor