Bishop Greg will be at St. Clare’s on October 16th. I hope you all can attend this special event which only happens about every three years. Bishop Greg will preach and preside at our worship which will be followed by a potluck and a short Town Hall so you can ask questions of our bishop. Bring your thoughts and engage in a lively conversation. During the service we will have a baptism (Mary Thomas) a confirmation (Hannah Fairbrook) and a reception (Julie Bussing.) Please keep these people in your prayers. Bishop Greg will also bless all those who wish to take part in the Walk and Be Well program starting that Sunday.
Soup Kitchen is this Coming Wednesday, October 12th. A large pot of baked potato soup is coming, but I’m sure Rick and Jeff would love a couple more pots of your favorite soup, some cookies or fruit…AND some folks to help out for an hour or so to serve, clean, and share stories with those who come in for a meal.
World Communion Sunday – Thanks to all who attended both the worship service and brunch back at St. Clare’s – and to the Youth Group & Jeff Waters who set up tables & chairs for the brunch & whoever did all the cleanup! You are awesome. It was great fun to all be together with our ecumenical brothers and sisters. Our offering raised $900 which will go to the Valley Renewal Center in their work to provide winter shelter for the homeless in the valley. Open the link to view the photos taken from Sunday: http://m.mp-app.com/lbphotography/WorldCommunionSunday2016
Also, on Sunday the Youth Group and several others moved all the bags of clothes and textiles that have been filling up the office and loaded everything onto the Clothes for the Cause truck. If you have an idea where a portion of it will go for outreach, let a BC member know your idea. We’ll decide at our next meeting.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND THE CHURCH
A Season of Prayer for An Election
This election season has been among the most contentious in recent memory. But whatever our politics, as Christians we always have something we can do. We can pray. For the 30 days leading up to the election, Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join us in a time of prayer. There will be inserts for the coming week in the bulletin each Sunday, but if you miss one, they can be found here…http://news.forwardmovement.org/2016/09/a-season-of-prayer-for-an-election/
Anti-Racism Training: (St. Andrew, Seattle | October 29, 8:30am-5:00pm | $35 Registration) The Diocese of Olympia has developed a one-day anti-racism training program that invites people to not only explore their own experiences of racism, and develop skills to help each person to become a more culturally competent leader. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Advance registration necessary with hard deadline of Wednesday, October 19, to allow participants to take the “Intercultural Development Inventory” ahead of time (instructions will be sent) and to help with planning. A light lunch will be provided. To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission to Seafarers In a few short months we will again be celebrating the holidays with our families. For several thousand seafarers this is a time that reinforces their sense of loneliness and isolation. They will be literally half a world away without family and friends. But these humble men and women will not be forgotten! The Mission to Seafarers will distribute holiday gifts—we call them “ditty bags”—filled with hats, toiletries, candy, and sometimes a bible to many of these guests as they reach the Port of Seattle. We will go on board and provide a “Ditty Bag” filled with these items for each crew member. Our goal this year is to raise funds and accumulate enough product to fill 2,000 ditty bags. What will we need?
- Shampoo (16oz bottles)
- Toothpaste (5.6-6.2oz)
- Knit or Fleece Hats
- Small New Testaments or Gospels of John
- Playing cards
- Disposable Razors
- Toothbrushes (single packs only)
- Bar Soap
Costco, Target, and The Dollar Store are great sources…Travel sizes will work perfectly! Gifts of cash are really helpful as we always need to get a little more of some items. The Mission to Seafarers’ annual Ditty Bag Day event will again take place at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. We will be putting the bags together on Saturday, November 19, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will also be having a pot luck this year, so bring a dish to share as we make a huge impact on the seafaring community. For further information, please call us at (206) 935-3439 or send an email to email@example.com.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE VALLEY
PSE is preparing for the storm season with new and improved tools for you. As the seasons change, it’s a great time to get ready for storms and potential power outages. PSE has improved web and mobile tools to help you report and track power outages.
- www.pse.com/outagemap: see the areas impacted and get restoration information
- myPSEapp: download our free app to report and track outages affecting your business or home
- Report your outage
The Rev. Patty Baker