WHAT’S NEW AT ST. CLARE’S
As the new school year begins, the leaves start to change, and the sun is lower in the horizon, things start changing at St. Clare’s as well. For those of you who have enjoyed the wonderful summer with vacations & other time away, I look forward to Sunday morning worship times.
You will notice a few things changing around St. Clare’s as well. Our worship takes on a little different flavor with a change in vestments and Prayers and Great Thanksgiving (Communion) from the Anglican Prayer Book of Canada. It will be familiar and yet just different enough to make you notice. It is my hope that doing so will bring to life new ways of encountering the Holy in both words and actions.
Our education programs will be starting up again for our children. We have some interest by some people to lead the classes and I hope to have more information soon. It may be a week or two before we are at full speed, but someone will be in the classrooms to welcome your children and keep them engaged in learning about God’s love for them.
Blessings to each of you and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.
COMING UP THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
The readings for this Sunday can be found here… We are following track 1.
SPECIAL EVENT ON Sunday, October 4th. Come to Snoqualmie United Methodist Church at 9:30am for the Valley’s celebration of World Communion Sunday. Our day begins with brunch, followed by a combined worship service of Snoqualmie UMC, St. Clare’s, Mt. Si Lutheran, Fall City UMC, & Tree of Life East Indian Church. Following that we will move on to a community Tree Planting Event at the Little Si Trailhead. What a wonderful time to come together to share in Holy Communion, fellowship, and care for the earth (this will also be St. Francis’ Day and a time to celebrate God’s creation.)
Our combined offering that morning will go to support Nets for Life in the ongoing efforts to eliminate malaria.
If you would like to sing in the combined choir, please contact Darryn Hewson or simply show up at Fall City UMC on Tuesday evening at 7 pm for practice. If you like to sing, don’t be shy!
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH
Much of the latest hoopla about preparedness came out of an article published in The New Yorker about the big one that would reduce Seattle to “toast.” The author followed up with another piece that takes a little less dramatic approach (which doesn’t sell magazines) so it was only available online. (Sensitivity alert: there is one F-bomb in the beginning of the article). I thought I’d share for those who would like to read more.
While both articles got a lot of people talking about it, how many of us have actually done something to be prepared for whatever emergency comes up?
September is Disaster Preparedness Month. My experience says that getting prepared can be an overwhelming thing. Below are the things listed in prior weeks if you’re a little late getting started. Don’t let that stop you. Anything you do today, prepares you for tomorrow!
New This Week – Two easy things to do!
BUY WATER This is the most vital link to life in the event of a natural disaster. You can only live for a few days without drinking it, but it is also essential for cleaning and cooking. It is said that you need 1-gallon of water per person per day. Check out this site for more info and for the next few times you’re at the grocery store, pick up a gallon jug or two. When you get home, date it with a Sharpie and put it on a shelf in a shed, in the garage, or in some other cool, dark spot that you’ll be able to get to if necessary. It will last at least a year.
MAKE A CONTACT CARD OR EACH MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY. These are often free cards that you can fill out and print. Carry them behind your driver’s license, stick it on a carseat, or put it in your emergency bag. The first two sites offer cards for others in the event you need help. The third one is for you if you find yourself without all those numbers stored in a dead cell phone.
~ http://www.medids.com/free-id.php#.VfH_tRFViko (great for emergency personnel)
~http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240194_ECCard.pdf (if you need a phone number and your phone is dead)
We have a laminating machine if you’d like to bring your completed cards to church.
Prior links & thoughts
http://www.redcross.org/prepare The most familiar and with lots of suggestions! Build a kit lists, emergency kits, phone numbers, etc.
http://do1thing.com/ 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?
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEPTEMBER
$50 for a box of sanctuary candles. These stay lit during the week whenever there is reserved sacrament in the aumbry (the wooden box in the back corner of the room.) The light signifies that the Light of Christ continues to burn for us with the presence of Christ.
Kairos Outside will be holding a weekend retreat for women who have been affected by incarceration. Molly Cady was deeply involved in this ministry when she was a member of St. Clare’s. During the weekend, guests are treated in ways that heal broken hearts & nourish hungry souls and bodies. We have the opportunity to support the weekend by purchasing meal tickets for the guests so weekend monies can be used for other necessary things. If you would like to support the women who are attending, please make your check out to St. Clare’s and put Kairos Outside on the memo line.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY
On Thursday, Sept 17th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm Echo Glen has room for 5 first-time visitors to help the kids to make polymer necklaces that will go to kids living in orphanages in Vietnam. It is an easy fun project that allows lots of time to chat with the kids. Background checks are NOT required for this event so it might be a great opportunity to see if this is a ministry for you. If you are interested in attending, please contact Amy Workman.
Several things are happening in and around the Valley. Check out the homepage http://www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us/for the City of Snoqualmie to participate or click below.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
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. SEE ATTACHED FLYER
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 ecww.org/where-theres-will-theres-way or 206-325-4200. Registration Deadline: Sept 21.