What’s New at St. Clare – October 13, 2016

WHAT’S NEW AT ST. CLARE’S

Bishop Greg will be at St. Clare’s this Sunday. 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 (a ham is being provided) and a short Town Hall so you can ask questions of our bishop. Bring your thoughts and a dish to share (salads are still needed) and engage in a lively conversation! During worship we will have a baptism (Mary Thomas) a confirmation (Hannah Fairbrook) and a reception (Julie Bussing.) Please keep these people in your prayers as they prepare. Bishop Greg will also bless all those who wish to take part in the Walk and Be Well program starting that Sunday.

Clothes for the Cause We are 140lbs short in our goal to reach 5000lbs and receive 0.15/pound for our donations. Can we round up a few more bags in the next three weeks? Amy Workman is in contact with the Clothes for the Cause folks and they are giving us another three weeks to reach their upper limit of giving back. If you happened to miss the first deadline, here’s your chance to do that fall cleaning. Bring all clothes, bedding, towels, etc. in garbage bags & we’ll move it on to places where it can be used. As a reminder they are no longer collecting rugs. Thanks to all who have brought things in already…we’re practically there!!! Contact me or Amy Workman for more info jamworkman@comcast.net

Home-made desserts for the Echo Glen kids. The kids really appreciate desserts that are obviously made for them. Diane Lindstrand is looking for a few more people to make something special, each to serve 24, at their upcoming social on November 17th. She can pick them up at St. Clare’s the night before or they can be dropped off at her work the day of the social.

Stewardship of our Bodies kicks off today with Walk and Be Well. We can change our lives by walking. A walk brings us closer to better overall health and improved well-being by allowing us time for reflection while we exercise our bodies. We learn about the importance of walking in our lives – and how regular walking can lead to improved physical, psychological and spiritual health – from coaches, doctors, and even our faith traditions. Taking the time for a regular walking program can lead us into new relationships with ourselves, with others and with God. Sign up to receive the daily podcast in here: https://www.cpg.org/education-wellness/walk-and-be-well/ Once you have signed up for the program, you’ll receive a daily email with the podcast for that day featuring inspirational reflections to keep you motivated and provide food for thought during your walk. What a great way to realize that our bodies are a gift from God and well worth tending.

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 mkoski@ecww.org.

The local Interfaith dialogue series continues Saturday Oct 22, 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Snoqualmie UMC. Our first gathering was hosted at the Snoqualmie Mosque and participants enjoyed a rich time of conversation and connection. The purpose of these get-togethers is to foster relationships across faith lines that enrich our understanding of each other’s faith traditions and strengthen community around the valley. October’s discussion theme is prayer. All are welcome.

As Hurricane Matthew continues through the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with our partners in the region to reach the most vulnerable. We have created this bulletin insert so that you can share information and an opportunity for compassionate response with members of your congregation. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the hurricane, for first responders who are conducting rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors.  Contributions to the Hurricane Matthew Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those most in need. Wishing you peace, Sean McConnell Senior Director, Engagement Episcopal Relief & Development.

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?

  •  Deodorant
  • 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 office.mts.seattle@gmail.com.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE VALLEY

PSE is preparing for the storm season with new and improved tools for you. Information you may need to use this weekend! 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.

The Rev. Patty Baker

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