WHAT’S NEW AT ST. CLARE June 30, 2016
Greetings from my new computer!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to get things all set up with a current email group email list. Hopefully I’ve included everyone from one list to the next!
With this coming Sunday being Independence Day Weekend, I’m sure many of you are planning to be away for vacation, but for those of you who are around, I hope you will attend church this Sunday as we say good bye and offer blessings to Sandy Guthrie. Sandy will be moving next week to an adult family home in Auburn which will provide her with additional care and support as her needs change. I have loved having Sandy and earlier her sister Jackie as part of St. Clare’s. She has brought so much to our congregation with her faith and presence each week. We have celebrated her Special Olympics awards, prayed for her as she was displaced from her apartment after the North Bend explosion, mourned with her as she lost her beloved sister Jackie, and enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor! We will offer prayers for the next part of her journey and present her with a going away gift to remember us.
In other news about members of St. Clare’s, I have recently talked with former member Ken Van Dine. He and two of his children are moving back to Washington this week. They have found a home in Odessa (in Eastern Washington). Ken is hoping that sometime this summer his daughter Sue will be able to bring him over the pass so he can worship with us.
Blessings on your weekend…be safe and heed the no fireworks ban.
Here are the readings for this coming Sunday. This summer we have two choices for the lectionary and we will be following Tract 1. This tract allows us to hear consecutive stories from scripture over the weeks rather than hearing things that may perhaps be a bit more disjointed. http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html
Vacation Bible School is coming to Mt. Si Lutheran. Join us in ancient Egypt! You’ll explore Pharaoh’s palace, experience thrilling “real-life” dramas, play high-energy games, sample tasty snacks, and hear unforgettable music. Plus, you’ll meet lots of new friends! The adventure starts on July 31st and ends on August 4th from 6-8PM. Register on website or call for questions…Debbie Jones 425-888-1322, email@example.com
Bring your loose coins and school supplies to St. Clare’s! If you would like to help purchase school supplies for kids in the Snoqualmie Valley School district this fall, please shop for the usual items and bring them to St. Clare’s. We will also collect money in the paint bucket throughout the summer. All proceeds will go to the program. And, if you’d like to help with collecting, sorting, packing, and delivery, please contact: Janey Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The work-party on June 12th was a great success, but there are a few more projects around the church that could be done over the summer by one or two people who have a couple hours to give to the Church. Mostly these are outdoor projects since the weather was not so good on the 12th, but others are inside. Please talk to Patty if you’re interested.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THIS FALL
On October 1st, Mark Henry Miller, UMC pastor will offer a workshop on Stewardship. This will be a wonderful opportunity for St. Clare’s to ponder new ways of looking at this important topic that most of us think about with dread. Stewardship is not just about money, it is about all we do after we say “I believe.” Please plan to join me for this one-day workshop. More details to follow.
Bishop’s Visitation On October 16th, Bishop Greg Rickel will make his visitation to St. Clare’s. Bishop Greg will preach and preside at our worship and will also offer Confirmation, Reception, and baptism for those who are interested. We will have classes in the fall to prepare, so if you have any interest, please let Patty know.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS The youth group is going bowling after church on Sunday, July 10th. Please contact Julia Richman or Sheila Strehle for more information. Please plan to have your youth attend and have them invite their friends. It should be a fun event to kick off summer.
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The Rev. Patty Baker