What’s New at St. Clare’s – October 20, 2016

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN WALKING ON THE DECK. IT’S GOTTEN VERY SLIPPERY WITH ALGAE. WE ARE WORKING TO GET IT CLEANED UP, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE HOLD THE HANDRAILS AND WATCH YOUR STEP!

What a great visitation by Bishop Greg Rickel! We had a joyful day with a baptism, a confirmation, and a reception. We broke open the Word and broke Bread. Then we shared in a potluck and had a conversation with Bishop Greg. This link will get you to his sermon if you’d like to hear it again. http://ecww.org/our-prayers-are-for-us/. And this link will get you to some of the pictures that were taken. http://m.mp-app.com/lbphotography/BishopGregVisit

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Here are the readings for this Sunday. We are on track 1. http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp25_RCL.html One of the things Bishop Greg and others talked about what how well or not well, we know scripture. Read even one of the readings designated for the coming week. Read it aloud as a dinner conversation starter, read it to your kids, read it and pray for five minutes asking for clarity, discernment, some tidbit that might enliven your life in God.

 Walk and Be Well We will be recording your steps/miles this Sunday (and every Sunday for the next 5 weeks). We handed out 24 tennis shoe key rings last Sunday for those who have already started to participate in the Walk & Be Well program. Several of you have told me what a great thing this is. Please know that you can still join in! Here’s the link to the daily podcast. Signup and start walking. Each week we’ll record the steps everyone takes (everyone here does walk!) and add them up by week. At the end of our journey we’ll figure out how far we cumulatively walk and celebrate with a fellowship dinner based on where we walk. As an example if we get to Idaho, we’ll have a Baked Potato Bar. If we get to Paris, we’ll dine on French Cuisine. The further we walk, the more we will have recognized the need to steward (or tend to) our bodies as the gifts that our Creator has so amazingly given us.

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Today’s podcast talks about balance and how important it is. As we step with one foot and then the next we develop balance and core strength. This is true whether we think of it physically or spiritually.  “Walking is a part of God’s design. It is a natural action, perhaps next to breathing, our most natural. Walking opens the world to us and is central to who we are.”
— The Rev. Dr. William Watson III

 Sunday is the last day to collect clothes for Clothes for the Cause. If you still have things to contribute, talk to Amy Workman jamworkman@comcast.net or 425-269-5402.

Harvest Decorating & Food Collection next week. We’ll decorate for the harvest at 10 am on Saturday and on Sunday we’ll collect non-perishable food for the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. Can we fill the barrel?

WHAT’S NEW AROUND THE VALLEY Do you know that there are over 60 homeless teens in the Valley? If this sparks an interest, please attend the next meeting! The 2nd Community Forum on Helping Homeless Teens in Snoqualmie Valley will be Nov 2 from 7-9 at Sallal Grange  in North Bend. With over 60 homeless teens in the Valley and winter fast approaching there is a need to mobilize those who can help. Sex trafficking is another danger facing homeless youth.  We will continue our conversation from the first Forum and provide an opportunity to translate passion to action with “teams” to help bridge gaps in availability of shelter, food, clothes, toiletries and access to resources.  Want to participate but can’t attend?  Email Lecturer@SallalGrange.org and you will be kept informed.

 WHAT’S NEW AROUND THE CHURCH Diocesan Convention is this weekend. Please keep Jeff Waters, Julia Richman, and me in your prayers as we attend to the business of our Diocese. We’ll hear from Bishop Greg, vote on a few resolutions, elect new officers and delegates to the National Convention in 2018, and learn about what other churches are doing to bring about God’s Reign.

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 Rev. Patty Baker

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