August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019.
Service: 4:00 pm – with a potluck to follow
Orientation: 5:30 pm
Join us for our annual opening service and all student orientation. You will be able to meet our board members and faculty, make schedule changes, learn about all our sports and activities, decorate and organize your locker, get all your questions answered, and win some fabulous prizes.
Please bring a dish to share.

This year’s PLS Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00 pm. When students arrive, they should go directly to their homeroom classroom where they will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and to drop off their school supplies and Earthquake Kits, which will lighten their load on the first day of school. Parents will also receive important information about the school year! At 7:30 pm everyone will convene in the “Ark” for a cold treat, followed by the 2019/20 school year orientation.

PLS parents who are not members of Parkland Lutheran Church are expected to attend the “Introduction to Lutheranism” class, preferably the first year they have students at PLS. In this class they will hear what their children will be taught in their religious instruction and they will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions. If you or someone you know would be interested in this brief review, please join in these sessions. Pastor Gullixson will teach this class from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the evenings of Tuesday, September 10 & 17. We will meet in the conference room in the Church. Enter through the breezeway door and go immediately up the stairs.

One church service will be held on Sunday, August 25. A Unity Service / Communion at 10:00 am followed by the church picnic at Spanaway Lake.

The first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, for grades K thru 8 and is a half day from 8:30am to 12:00 pm. There will be a Chapel service at 9:00 am. Parents and friends are welcome to attend. Pre-K classes will begin on Wednesday, September 4, with the normal time of 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

We are hearing much in the news these days that the economy in our nation has entered a prosperous time. If this is translating into your own personal prosperity – raises, investments, etc., perhaps it is time for you to review your level of support for the Gospel work we have committed to do together at Parkland Lutheran Church and School. “What hinders our giving? Is it not fear? We hold tightly to our stuff and our money because we are afraid that the stuff we have accumulated may not be enough. True riches come from recognizing that every last thing we ‘possess’ … is … solely a gift from the Father in heaven. He has more to give than we will ever need. … Fear – which leads to stinginess in giving – is always, at root, forgetting and doubting the Father’s love.”
(Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety, by Wm. Weedon, CPH 2017, pp. 100-01.)

On Sunday September 8 (following both services) we will be having the various organizations within Parkland Lutheran Church setting up tables in the “Ark”. As communicant members or prospective communicant members visit each organizational kiosk to speak with a member of that organization about their purpose and activities, they will receive a ticket which goes into a “basket” for a drawing at the end of both sessions. There will be two prizes awarded. The first drawn will get first choice: 1. gift certificate for a local restaurant or 2. the first table of eight to be served at the PLS anniversary dinner on October 20. (The Men’s Club will provide pancakes after the early service and hot dogs after the late service.)

NEXT WEEK’S USHERS 08/25 & 8/25
Early: Ben Soper & Tom Steele
Late: Matt Daniels, Andy Daniels, Nik Mollenholt

Please join Parkland Lutheran Church, August 19 thru 23, from 5:00-7:15pm, for Family Bible School. Family Bible School is an opportunity for everyone, whether single/married, with/without children, to come and learn with the Family of God about their Savior and divine forgiveness. This year’s theme will be “The Lord Establishes His People.” Each evening we will have supper, devotions, Bible lessons, fellowship, crafts, activities, and opportunities to learn how you might carry on devotions in your own home.
All are welcome to attend!

You can find a copy of the August Synod President’s Newsletter in the clear bins in the Narthex.

Our annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, August 25, at Spanaway Park in Shelter E (at the far end of the park) starting at 11:30 pm. We will have the Bjug Beard Contest, along with plenty of turn-of-the-century games for the whole family! Families with a last name starting with A-M are asked to bring a salad and families N-Z to bring a dessert. Please note there is a $3 entrance fee per vehicle for park access. Don’t miss out!

+ Patricia Mattoon died from a very aggressive cancer on Sunday, July 28. She was not a member at Parkland for very long, having transferred from Our Redeemer in Yelm only in March because it was hard for her to get to church. We thank God for His mercy and grace granted to her. She received the Word and requested the Sacrament gratefully trusting God’s promise of salvation in Christ alone. Her family has not requested a memorial service.

+ Dennis Nixon, long time member of Parkland, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 27. At the time of his death, he was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, but since Pastor Pittenger was on vacation, Maureen, Dennis’ widow, asked Pastor Obenberger to preach at his Memorial Service and conduct the private committal service at Parkland Lutheran Cemetery on what would have been their 23rd wedding anniversary, August 3. Dennis served PLC in various offices, congregational president and trustee, and volunteered to be the project manager for the construction of Richard Daniels Memorial Building.

Many of us have seen this picture of Christ and may even have had it framed and hanging in our homes. It was a painting done by Warner Sallman (1892 –1968). He was an American painter from Chicago. His parents were immigrants from Finland and Sweden. If you look carefully at the color version you can clearly see in the light reflection on Jesus’ forehead – a shape of a communion wafer, on His right temple – a chalice and on His upper right cheek – a cross. This painting has been an extraordinarily successful work of Christian popular devotional art. It had been reproduced over half a billion times worldwide by the end of the 20th century.

Saint Luke Lutheran Church invites you to join them in worship at their 50th Anniversary Service followed by dinner on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm. Please see the narthex bulletin board for more information.

The July-August addition of the Lutheran Sentinel is on the Narthex table for you to take and read.