What’s New – Sept 3rd

Welcome to September! It came in a couple days early with quite a storm! And as of today, lots of our kids (and a few of us) are back in the classrooms for another year of school. We blessed all those who were in church last Sunday, but I continue to hold all of you in my prayers for a good year filled with learning & teaching, friendships, & activities.

God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin
a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COMING UP
This Sunday we will celebrate the baptisms of Camden John Baker and Levi Edwin Rowe. Please join us for this wonderful liturgy around welcoming two new members into the body of Christ!
We are looking for a new Godly Play instructor. Please pass this around as you think of people who might be interested. HIRING Early Childhood Education Leader – St. Clare Episcopal Church, Snoqualmie WA is seeking a caring, thoughtful, and experienced person to lead our young learners (4-9yrs) on Sundays, from 9:30am-11:30am. Start September – June, salary is $200 per mo/approx. 20 hrs per mo. Training will be provided. WA State background check & reference check prior to hiring. Please contact the Rev. Patty Baker for more info.
World Communion Sunday is October 4th! This year we will again gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ from local churches. We will begin with a catered brunch at 9:30am, worship at 10:30, and then head over to the Sallal Grange Parking lot for their tree planting event. This coincides with the feast of St. Francis and blends well with improving the habitat of many of God’s creatures. Open the attachment for info on the Tree Planting project.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
September is Disaster Preparedness Month. My experience says that getting prepared can be an overwhelming thing. We’ll spend the month talking and doing little things which will add up over the course of a year so that you will feel (and be) more prepared for whatever comes our way. We had a good discussion following worship this past Sunday. Several ideas came up about how we can prepare, not only for ourselves and families, but also as a church, and as members of our community. Be watching for more information, but for this week, I am listing a couple websites that will help you make a Preparedness Kit.

The American Red Cross is the most familiar and has lots of suggestions! Build a kit lists, emergency kits, phone numbers, etc. Do 1 Thing is a great site with a monthly reminder to “do 1 thing” each month during the year. You can sign up to receive a monthly reminder for the task each month. It is usually a simple thing, but in the event of an emergency, it may be life-saving. This month it’s about making sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information given in an emergency. Sound simple? Where’s your portable (and preferably hand-crank) radio? Does it have fresh batteries? When was the last time you thought or practiced a fire drill at home?
AROUND THE DIOCESE

While the fires on the east side of the mountains received some rain over the weekend and things are slowly getting more under control, there are still many hot spots and there will be a tremendous amount of cleanup and recovery. Bishop Greg has posted this for our consideration.

I invite you to join in this work; you may donate online through the Diocese of Olympia’s Eastern Washington Fire Relief (or click the “Give Now” button in the right hand column of the diocesan website home page – Eastern Washington Fire Relief is at the top of the list); you may also send checks payable to the Diocese of Olympia designated for Eastern Washington Fire Relief: 1551 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102. In addition to donating through the Diocese of Olympia, you might also check out this article from the Seattle Times providing information and links to national and local agencies accepting monetary donations for fire-relief efforts, as well as “9 other things to know about the wildfires” such as what defines a “large” fire and how this year was “primed for big fires.” Above all, keep this all in your prayers as will I.
Blessings,
+Greg
St. Mark’s Cathedral hosts, Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Making End-of-Life and Legacy Decisions, September 26, 9:00 am-2:30 pm. A diocesan workshop to discuss how to plan ahead and provide for your loved ones. Who will raise your children if you die? Who will inherit your assets? Young families, retirees, gay couples, single parents -everyone needs to think about these issues, and the most important one: What is your hope for your legacy? Bishop Rickel and Dean Thomason will share their stories about theology of stewardship and trans-formative gifts. Featuring estate planning attorneys, clergy and financial consultants from parishes in our diocese. Good advice, great resources, time for Q&A. $15, includes lunch and handouts
Register at Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way or 206-325-4200. Registration Deadline: Sept 21.
AROUND OUR COMMUNITY

Snoqualmie Police Department Offers Self Defense Course Snoqualmie, WA – A women’s self-defense course is being offered by the Snoqualmie Police Department for females age 16 and above who live or work in Snoqualmie and North Bend. The course is taught using the nationally-recognized Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.).The program is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. The course includes participation in hands-on self-defense methods, as well as instruction for crime prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. Certified instructors, Officer Nigel Draveling and Shelley Rowe, will teach the course. Participants must attend all four classes for a total of twelve hours. Classes will be held at the Cascade Covenant Church (13225 436th Ave SE in North Bend).
• Wednesday, September 16, 6–9 p.m.
• Thursday, September 17, 6-9 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 23, 6-9 p.m.
• Thursday, September 24, 6-9 p.m.
A course fee of $30 is due on the first day of class. Cash or check is accepted.
For more information or to register, email Nigel Draveling, Snoqualmie Police Officer. Please include your phone number and a physical address.

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