If you play the new organ after church, PLEASE make sure you turn it off after you are finished. It was left on last Sunday and ran for four days before we found it. This could either burn up the motor in the organ and amp, the church, or both. WE DON’T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN!
THIS WEEK AND NEXT AT ST. CLARE’S
The readings for Sunday can be found here.
NEXT SUNDAY April 24th will be Ministry Sunday and we’re celebrating Earth Day by planting pots & hanging baskets for ourselves and our neighbors. Please bring a pot or hanging basket or two, potting soil, and some starter plants or seeds. Bring your tools and gloves and whatever you can contribute and we’ll share our resources. We’ll play in the dirt and following worship we’ll take some of the planters and baskets to our neighbors near church.
Thanks to everyone who stepped up and helped out with Soup Kitchen on Wednesday. Jeff Waters said there was a big crowd of hungry folks and they got some yummy soup and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches along with cookies & milk. Bless all those who baked, made, & served the face of Christ in our community.
COMING UP IN MAY & JUNE
THE RAKE AND SHOVEL POTLUCK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 14TH BEGINNING AT 6PM. WEAR YOUR HARD HAT & DRESS FOR WORK AND WIN A PRIZE!!! IT’S POTLUCK NIGHT AT ST. CLARE’S! COME BRING YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO SHARE WITH OTHERS AS WE CELEBRATE SPRING. WE’LL HAVE A DESSERT AUCTION AS WE DID LAST FALL AND SOME FUN RAFFLES TO RAISE MONEY TO BUY GRAVEL FOR THE PARKING LOT. SIGN UP ON THE WHITE BOARD IN THE SOCIAL HALL AND BEWARE OF THE CAUTION TAPE!
THEN ON JUNE 4TH WE’LL HAVE THE GRAVEL DELIVERED AND HAVE A SPRING WORK PARTY TO GET THINGS LOOKING NICE FOR THE SUMMER!
Help fill the paint bucket with your loose change to help offset the cost of attending Camp Huston this summer. A normal week is roughly $500 per camper, so this is prohibitive for some. Let’s see how well we can support our campers. Scrounge around under the seat of the car & into the far reaches of the sofa cushions! Bring it in and we’ll tally it up! Go to www.huston.org for an online catalog.
Hannah Fairbrook will be out of town on May 15th. If someone would be willing to substitute for her in the Godly Play classroom, that would be great! Please talk with Hannah on Sunday or connect at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sewing project. Now that there’s no time pressure, if there is someone at St. Clare’s who loves to sew, we would love to finish the nativity set! We currently have the holy family, Fred the donkey, and a sheep. If you’d like to make the other figures, please talk with Sue or Patty. All the materials have been purchased and the patterns & directions are fairly easy to follow.
On May 22nd, we will have our annual CROP Hunger Walk with members from Mt. Si Lutheran, Snoqualmie United Methodist, Our Lady of Sorrows worshiping and walking together. I am looking for someone to take on the very simple task of being our St. Clare’s team leader. The task won’t take much time or energy, but it would be good to have some computer skills so that you can navigate the Church World Service Website and our fund-raising. There will be a car wash at Les Schwab on Saturday, May 21st. Our youth are planning to help out, so you can get your car washed that day!!!
AROUND THE DIOCESE
Cathedral Day – Saturday April 23, 2016 – 10am-3pm
Come one, come all to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle! The day starts with a grand procession, beautiful parish banners and confirmands from across the diocese. Stay for paper airplane contest from the organ loft, tours of the crypt, carnival games on the cathedral lawn, and much more! New this year: lunch from Food Trucks. Everyone who attends will get a voucher for a free entrée. Please RSVP today (it’s free!) at ecww.org/cathedral-day-2016.
Episcopal Community Action (ECA) flyers are still available in the Social Hall. They invite you to give thanks with a gift that will support twenty five ministries around our diocese, reaching out to those in human need. Founded in 1988 by Diocesan Convention, ECA has distributed $2.6 million since its inception. With fundraising costs of less than 8%, ECA is the most efficient way our diocese has to help feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide health care for those without insurance, and reach out to countless others in need. Episcopal Community Action is the heart and soul of our outreach to those in human need in our neighborhoods in Western Washington. Twenty five ministries, with Episcopal connections, from Port Angeles and Sequim to Vancouver received allocations totaling $64,426 earlier this year. Your gift at Easter, Thanksgiving or anytime during the year are distributed annually in June. Give generously, live out of the abundance of God.
Baseball with the Bishop is coming again on Saturday, June 11th. Check out the attachment for information on the game with the Mariner’s AAA team the Rainiers and watch the game with fellow Episcopalians!
INTERFAITH RELATIONS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, AND THE VOCATION OF THE CHURCH.
Full color insert with all information can be found here
APRIL 13, 2016, 7:00-8:30 P.M.- The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, and Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director at CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), will lead a conversation about interfaith relations, Islamophobia, and the vocation of the church as a beacon of inclusion, dignity and respect. This conversation will take place at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. A recent statement from the House of Bishops, a governing body of the Episcopal Church, expresses the need for reconciliation amidst the current political rhetoric:
“In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent, coercive forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us. […]We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.”
BISHOP GREG RICKEL is the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, and his seat is at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. Bishop Rickel embraces radical hospitality that welcomes all, no matter where they find themselves on their journey of faith. He envisions a church that is a safe and authentic community in which to explore God’s infinite goodness and grace as revealed in the life and continuing revelation of Jesus Christ.
ARSALAN BUKHARI is Executive Director at the Seattle Chapter of CAIR, The Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group, and is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Event is free. Read more at saintmarks.org.
Media inquiries: Liz Bartenstein, Communications Director, email@example.com, 206-323-0300 ext. 219.
NAMING THE UN-NAMED: STORIES OF FERTILITY STRUGGLE
ONE NIGHT ONLY SEATTLE, WA
April 17, 2016 6 – 9PM SEATTLE
NAKED CITY BREWERY AND PUB
8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
A member of our team, Rev. Danae Ashley, partnered with playwright Rev. Amanda Aikman to create a verbatim play portraying the struggles of women and men dealing with issues of fertility. Surveys were sent far and wide, and a wide variety of eloquent, heartbreaking, and funny responses poured in. Amanda then put these answers, edited only for length, into a play, written exclusively for Thank God For Sex! The evening will begin with the performance, and then will open up to a multidisciplinary panel after a brief intermission to discuss the many facets of fertility struggles.
You will also have lots of opportunity to win fun swag from the Thank God for Sex Team! Grab your friends and join us for a fun night of great beer, food, questions and conversation!!
Free for students w/ID $5.00 General
Click here to purchase tickets.
More information about Thank God for Sex: http://www.thankgodforsex.org/
AROUND THE VALLEY
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank 2016 – Message from Lori Bailey
Here’s a message from your VolunteerSpot organizer, Lori Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator:
We are looking for a grocery rescue driver for Fridays to pick up at the QFC in North Bend. This would only take about an hour. Please send me an email if you’re interested. If 2 people would be interested, then the pick-up would only be twice a month.
The Rev. Patty Baker
St. Clare Episcopal Church
PO Box 369
8650 Railroad Ave SE
Snoqualmie WA 98065
425-831-6175 – office