What’s New at St. Clare’s – September 8, 2016

Welcome to the World Avery Marino! Martha Marino is happy to announce that granddaughter Avery was born September 7th to Matt & Sarah Marino. Mama & Baby are doing fine and Grandma is over the moon!

September 11th We will remember the 15th anniversary of September 11th this weekend with a Ministry Sunday event. In 2002 with the support of several organizations the day was designated a Day of Service to remember the victims, families, and first responders with time spent in service to others. We will gather for worship as usual but instead of a sermon, we’ll create Blessing Bags filled with useful things for the homeless folks who come to the American Legion for lunch during the week. Please come, pray, remember, and serve others on this day that none of us will ever forget. (We’ll be done in plenty of time for those of you who need to get home for the game.)

The readings for this Sunday can be found here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp19_RCL.html

Special music – After being blessed by the offering of Sue Peringer and Abbie Crane with their gifts of music a couple of Sunday’s ago, this week we are blessed to have David Graham play the piano for our Communion Hymn. We are so blessed with musically talented people at St. Clare’s. I give thanks!

It’s fall and that means there’s a lot going on. Please read below for several opportunities to explore your faith, deepen your faith, and celebrate the gifts we’ve been given through our lives in Christ. I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday. We have so much to be grateful for…what better way to say thank you than to offer our thanks with the work of our hands and praise in our voices.

WHAT’S COMING UP

New Monthly Interfaith Dialogue begins Saturday September 17th from 9 – 10:30.  Join with our neighbors from the Muslim Association of Snoqualmie Ridge to begin a series of interfaith dialogues. The first gathering will be at the Snoqualmie Mosque (35324 SE Center St. Unit G. Bldg C, Snoqualmie) with coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks.  Once people have gathered, we’ll settle into small conversational groups.  Each month there will be a faith-related theme to prompt our speaking, listening, and connecting. September’s discussion theme is Neighbors.  Over time we hope to include the whole range of  Snoqualmie Valley’s faith traditions and communities. October’s interfaith dialogue will be at Snoqualmie United Methodist (48701 SE River St. Snoqualmie), Saturday Oct. 22, 9 – 10:30 am.

Godly Play and Youth Group begin September 18th.  Bring your friends! All classes begin on September 18th at 10am. The youth group will continue every other Sunday for the school year. There are several other activities scheduled throughout the year. Godly Play will begin on September 18th as well. Hannah Fairbrook is looking forward to having all kids 3-4 and older with her for the first half of the service.

 Stewardship Workshop w/ the Rev. Mark Miller,  October 1st We have been offered a great opportunity to meet with the Rev. Mark Miller, a retired pastor whose doctoral thesis was on stewardship. We will meet on October 1st from 1-4pm to hear about how stewardship might be conceived of in a new and energizing way. We will also have the chance to meet one-on-one with Mark to design our own unique program to fit our needs at St. Clare’s. Please let me know if you’re interested in this short-term commitment for a long term investment.

World Communion Sunday on October 2nd – with Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, Mt. Si Lutheran Church, and the Fall City United Methodist Church. Worship will be at 10:30 at the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church followed by a catered brunch at St. Clare’s. Join us for one of the really great Sunday’s during the year!

Soup Kitchen is on October 12th.  Talk with Rick Woodruff or Jeff Waters as we serve those in need with a hot meal when they come to get food at the food bank. Soups, cookies, milk & juice are always welcome as well as your presence to serve and talk with the patrons.

 Bishop Greg’s visitation is on October 16th.  If you are interested in Baptism/Confirmation or Reception when Bishop Rickel is here for his visitation please talk to Patty Baker. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your faith at any stage of your life.

  • Baptisms can be performed by anyone in an emergency, but are usually reserved for special days during the Church year.
  • Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is a formal and public commitment of faith. It involves the laying on of hands by a bishop and requires that you be at least old enough to declare your own faith. This is often done when an older child or adult who was baptized as an infant or young child now takes on the responsibility for the faith their Godparents made for them years ago.
  • Reception is for those who have been baptized and confirmed, but in another denomination, but who are now practicing Episcopalians and would like their faith to be acknowledged in the church where they worship and find meaning.
  • One may also receive a blessing from the bishop during his visitation as an affirmation and re-committing to ones journey. This might be something to consider if you are at a different stage in your life that you were when you were confirmed and want to be blessed as you deepen your walk with God.

Any and all of these are available when Bishop Greg is here in October. If the Holy Spirit is nudging you to explore these things more, please let me know. We will provide time to gather and explore the many ways the Spirit is at work in our lives.

Patty+

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