SUPPORTING A NEW EPC CHURCH PLANT IN PORT ORCHARD
Back in the fall, our elders decided that we would join several other churches in our presbytery to financially and prayerfully support the first church plant of the Presbytery of the Northwest. The church plant is in Port Orchard, and we have made a commitment to offer financial support for the next three years. God has called Larry and Meghan Hackman, who have been serving at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, to lead this church plant ministry. Here is the description of the church plant:
“Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church has been a faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Gig Harbor, Washington since 1963. We began to feel an urgency about going “Beyond These Walls” through a vision to pay off our mortgage debt and release funds for ministry like we never had before. We feel called by God in this season of ministry to love our neighbor, release leaders, and make disciples. We stand to have our mortgage paid off in June 2021, but sense the call to plant a church in Port Orchard now.
God has given Megan Hackman unique insight into the spiritual climate of Port Orchard and into the needs of so many of its residents, needs that are mirrored in Megan’s own experience as a military kid. Port Orchard shares a longing for rootedness, a sense of home, of family, of being known. Jesus wants to root his Kingdom in Port Orchard and knit the residents there into a family. We believe we can bring this message alive in Port Orchard.”
The following is an excerpt from Meghan’s monthly email. It will give you a sense of the passion that the Hackmans have for the people of Port Orchard: If you want to be in on the mission of Jesus, pray He would give you His love for people. At our Christmas Eve-Eve service, we saw during a children’s message that the kids were, on the whole, completely unaware of the Christmas message. They could not recognize the shepherds or angels, Mary or Joseph, or baby Jesus. The next morning, Christmas Eve, cooking breakfast, I was overcome with grief. I had to check my spirit to see what was making me weep. It was the kids who don’t know Jesus, who can’t recognize baby Jesus, because they’ve never heard the story. Who will tell them? Would you please pray for the kids of Kitsap County to have people who will tell them the story? I’m hoping one of those people who will share the story of Jesus with kids might be on our Lead Team for the church plant.
I am excited to be partners with the Hackmans in this ministry to the lost and broken people in Kitsap County who need Jesus. Please add the Port Orchard church plant and the Hackmans to your prayer list.
Collecting Shoebox Items for
Operation Christmas Child
If you would like to collect items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for kids, you could either purchase items all at once, or collect a few per month leading up to the end of October. If you need boxes, please see Juanita MacMahon.
January-Hats, Gloves, Scarves
February-Accessories (sunglasses, watches, hair items, jewelry)
March-Quality Crafts (pillow cases, tote bags…)
May-Hygiene items (washcloths, soap, toothbrushes, comb, hairbrush, deodorant)
July-Clothing items (socks, shoes, t-shirts, dresses…)
October-Letter & photo
November-$9 Donation for postage