R.I.P. – Rev. Lauren Kay Shock

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Former JLP pastor Rev. Lauren Kay Shock passed away on Tuesday, August 16th. Kay and Jim served at Jewel Lake Parish from 2001 to 2010. After serving at JLP, Kay served interim positions at Soldotna, Seward, and Moose Pass until 2013.

A memorial service in Grove, Oklahoma will be held at 11 am, Tuesday, August 23. Please keep her husband, Jim, her children, her grandchildren, and all of those she touched in your prayers in their mourning. If you would like to send a card to the family, please phone or email the JLP office for the address. A full obituary and guestbook is available online.

For those who follow godly paths
will rest in peace when they die.

—Isaiah 52:7

Imagine No Malaria

Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all. Jewel Lake Parish will receive an offering for Imagine No Malaria during our worship gathering on May 10.

See also: last year’s appeal from Bishop Grant Hagiya.

More information about malaria and pointers to other projects combatting it is available from the Gates Foundation.

Nepal Relief

By now, you’ve heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal this past weekend, but this firsthand account by a Nepalese church planter might give you additional perspective:

Most of the people hit by this tragedy in Nepal are Hindu. They blame their gods whenever disaster hits, and they will do the same again. The Hindu gods are untouched by suffering. By contrast, Jesus draws near and sympathizes with those who weep, because he knows human suffering and human tears.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) are among the many faith-based agencies offering assistance to people in Nepal.

If you’d like to contribute to UMCOR or PDA relief efforts, here’s how:

  • Give to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Your gifts to UMCOR International Disaster Response make it possible for UMCOR to respond quickly to emergency situations through our local and international partners.
  • Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR999999 with reference to Nepal. Gifts can be made online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or checks can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700.

Update: more information is available from World Vision (another way you can support relief efforts).

One Great Hour of Sharing

Some people have asked why we didn’t receive an offering as part of the One Great Hour of Sharing back during March, and if we still plan to do so.

The answers are “by accident” and “yes.”

The Evangelism and Mission committee has been doing some really great planning this year. We have any number of ways to be part of the great things that God is doing in our neighborhood, our community, state, and around the world, and in the excitement about that planning, we simply overlooked One Great Hour of Sharing.

One Great Hour of Sharing goes back to the work that Protestant churches did during and immediately after World War 2 for relief and reconstruction. Both the PC(USA) and UMC participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing. Jewel Lake Parish divides the OGHS offering equally between the two denominational programs.

So on the principle that some things are “better late than never,” we will receive the offering during worship on May 3 and (as is our practice) send half of the total received to each of the two denominational programs.

Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, May 3

Pastor Luke will host a “Town Hall” meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss recent changes in the Presbyterian Church’s constitution, and especially the changes related to the definition of marriage (particularly in the area of same-sex relationships). This is not a formal Congregational Meeting, but rather an opportunity to explain what has happened and discuss its implications for Jewel Lake Parish.