Summer Worship in Word & Song

We are grateful for the many leaders of our summer worship who will bring beauty and inspiration through word and song to our Sunday worship services. Make plans now to join us for these uplifting worship opportunities.

June 21   A 2015 MVSer, Jon Mark, will speak on the topic of Creation Care. Jon holds a degree in Environmental Science, and will be sharing from his experience with the people of Appalachia.

June 28  Resettlement Caseworkers at World Relief Seattle, Youkhana Yousif and Luke Lorenzini, will share their stories of the joys and challenges of their work and journey. Many thanks to Liz Andes-Neuman for facilitating this valuable contribution to our worship.

July 5    Kate Davis, student at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, returns to EMC with new insights to share. Speaking on the richness of Psalm 51, she will open us to new ways of understanding cleansing and renewal.

July 12   Karyn Frazier, Student at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and Director of Christian Education for Fauntleroy Church, UCC, will be bringing our message. Karyn was the featured speaker at the jointly led UCC/Mennonite worship service at Seattle University in April, providing an eloquent and inspiring message.

July 19   Join us for “Music in Worship” Sunday, led by Elizabeth Brown and Kathryn Smith Derksen.

July 26   Dwight Friesen, EMC member and Professor at the Seattle University School of Theology and Psychology will be sharing his insights based on the passage of Acts 9:36-43.

August 2   The Yoder family will lead us in a celebration of hymnody. Join us this Sunday, as we sing a variety of hymns while broadening our appreciation of their history and meaning.

August 9   You are invited to a unique worship experience of musical meditation, featuring long-time friend and attender of EMC, Andrew Buhr. Andrew will share his musical gift of playing the Double Bass. You may want to visit the youtube feature of Andrew, described as “…a recital of Andrew Buhr, disciple of Jeff Lewis, in a never-before-heard recital of double bass playing the rare Indian art form of Dhrupad. Andrew here is performing a condensed version of Raag Marwa-Alap & Jor…” The service will include other musical selections, including Taize.

August 16   Pastor Meg will speak about insights gleaned from her experience of attending the PNMC, Mennonite USA, and Mennonite World Conference Assemblies.

Pastor Meg Away: Pastor Meg will be attending the PNMC, MC USA, and MWC conventions in Lebanon OR, Kansas City MO, and Harrisburg PA and taking some vacation and unpaid leave time from June 16 through August 15.  Dwight Friesen (EMC), Pastor Ryan Lambert (KCC), and Jonathan and Melanie Neufeld (SMC) will be serving on-call for pastoral care emergencies:

June 16 – 30        Dwight Friesen

July 1 – 18             Pastor Ryan Lambert:

July 19 – 31          Dwight Friesen

August 1 – 8        Pastor Ryan Lambert

August 9 – 13      Pastors Jonathan and Melanie Neufeld:

For administrative questions and concerns, please contact Kathryn Smith Derksen:

For general questions, please contact David Cooper, EMC Council Chair,

Mennonite Community Announcements

We are pleased to report that the Washington Mennonite Disaster Service has made commitments to finish two homes in partnership with two other Christian Groups. They will replace homes destroyed in the Pateros fires of last summer. The other groups will complete the foundations and framing of the homes and we will be doing drywall, siding, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, flooring, and cabinets. The proposed timeline to start will be late May and soon we will be scheduling volunteers. Kevin Froese is coordinating volunteers and can be contacted at 360.460.0406. We are getting assistance from the Idaho MDS group who is loaning us their trailer, and bi-national MDS which is loaning a pickup and a FEMA trailer for part of the sleeping quarters. The new WA MDS trailer is now fully outfitted with tools and storage and we are looking forward to putting in to work for God and our clients. You can help in two ways: by volunteering whatever time you can give (one day or many), and by helping the project financially. Home materials are paid by the local Recovery Committee efforts, but we need our own funding for food, gasoline, and supplies. Please prayerfully consider how you may be called to help. Donations can be sent directly to Mr. Stan Wyse, Treasurer of the WA MDS (5603 104th Ave. N.E., Kirkland, WA, 98033 ), or at ( by debit or credit card, with a note for the funds to be directed to WA MDS. We look forward to working with you. Thanks to all of you for the work that you have done in the past and for making the tool trailer a reality.

Camp CAMREC’s program committee has been working hard to plan a fun and enriching camp for our children. We need campers and volunteer staff. Details and forms at Important dates:

Junior Camp – July 20-24                     Junior High Camp – July 25-30

Pre-junior Camp – July 31-August 2

June 1 – last chance for campers to be guaranteed a space at camp.

July 1 – our deadline for deciding if we have enough staff and campers to have our camps. We desperately need male counselors, and also need pastoral/Bible teachers; crafts, recreation, music and nature leaders; and kitchen staff.  Please contact Julie Van Pelt (206-406-7383) or Kate Yoder (206-919-7554) if you are interested in helping.

There will be a rummage sale benefitting Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services’ work in Burundi on Sat. June 20 at North Seattle Friends Church at 25th NE and NE 80th, 9-3.  Come shop and learn more about what THARS is doing during this time of crisis.  If you would like to contribute anything to sell, contact Anita Stokes:  ajshowme@gmail.com206-721-1902.