I know many of you have been saddened by the images of Syrian refugees resulting from years of conflict and war. Lives are uprooted, scarred, and lost. Families are torn apart, friends given up on, and children traumatized. While we here in the Snoqualmie Valley may not be directly affected, we see the scenes on TV and on the internet and all of us are moved. And so we can pray. If you find the words hard to come by, Psalm 46:10-11 may be helpful as well as the following prayer.
It is he [God] who makes war to cease in all the world; *
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire.
11 “Be still then, and know that I am God.”*
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.“
Lord, help those in conflict with one another to come to a peaceful solution, so that all people may live in safety and free from war and fear. Come quickly to the aid of families who are fleeing to safety. Protect them from dangers on their travels, and guide them to places where they can find help and rest. Provide host communities with welcome and resources to assist the broken and broken-hearted arriving on their doorsteps. Lord, we trust in Your goodness and mercy. Amen.
Have a blessed week and I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday,
WHAT’S NEW AT ST. CLARE
This Sunday – September 20th
The readings for this Sunday are here: We follow track 1.
This week’s Preparedness Ideas – What Can You Do?
When you’re at the store this week or next, buy some extra water for St. Clare’s. You need a gallon of water per day per adult (remember pets too) and plan on 2 weeks, not 3 days! That was your task last week. This week, buy a 6 or 24-pack of water-bottles for us to store in the shed. Place it before the altar and we will bless it for those who may need it in the event of an emergency.
First Aid kit for car and home are always smart to have (and to keep current!) You can buy them online, at most drugstores, and put them together yourself. Even the most basics can be life-savers. What do you need to put one together yourself? Here’s a basic list, but you can embellish it any way you want. Most people have this stuff…make an extra kit for your car too!
• A basic First Aid book
• Bandages & Band-aids – several sizes
• Tape & small scissors
• Antibacterial Ointment
• A triangle sling
• Current medications (a 7-day emergency supply is good)
• OTC medications (such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Anti-Itch, Eye drops, burn cream, Pepto-Bismol, etc.)
• Disposable Gloves
• Space blanket
• Antiseptic Wipes
• An unused bag, lunch box, fishing tackle box, etc. to store things in for easy access. Stick a list of emergency resource information in it in case you need to leave in a hurry.
• What else do you need???
The information that’s been in the last two issues is posted at the bottom of this email.
Sunday, October 4th. Come to Snoqualmie United Methodist Church at 9:30 am 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!
Saturday, October 24 – Salmonfest & Dessert Auction starting 5 pm.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a fellowship gathering around good food and good friends. Please join us for a wonderful BBQ salmon dinner (provided by Jeff Water’s bountiful fishing trip in late August), BBQ chicken, all the fixings, and a dessert auction (provided by you!). Sign up on the Whiteboard in the Social Hall. We’ll need helpers to do the organizing as well.
Sunday, November 22 – We will celebrate St. Cecilia with our own offering of special music during worship. If you play an instrument, sing, or otherwise would like to participate, please talk with Julie Bussing after worship. It should be a wonderful way to Sing Unto the Lord!
ST. CLARE’S BREAD RECIPE
There has been a request for the St. Clare’s Communion Bread recipe as many make it for other occasions. It is attached.
Volunteers Needed! If you would like to volunteer in either the Godly Play classroom or with the Toddlers, please talk with Patty.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
An Evening with Anne Lamott. Purchase tickets here. Read more.
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
Is there a Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 pm that you would like to help out at Echo Glen? They have evening projects that allow time to chat with the kids and help them with activities. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Several things are happening in and around the Valley. Check out the homepage for the City of Snoqualmie to participate.
***CERT Training Open to Valley Residents, October 3, Snoqualmie Fire Station Community Emergency Response Team
Prior Preparedness Information – GET READY!
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 that 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://readymarin.org/readymarin/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FamEmePlan_Child_Fields.pdf (great for kids)
~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?