Monthly Newsletter

 Newsletter of St. David Emmanuel

Episcopal Church

location: 18842 Meridian Avenue N. ~ Shoreline, WA  98133

mailing address: P.O. Box 77322 ~ Seattle, WA 98177

(206) 362-2565

www.stdavidemmanuel.org

November 3, 2017

Thank you for your ideas for our newsletter!  If there are items you would like to see in the newsletter, please let me know by the 1st of the month.  Call me on the phone (206) 364-6881, send it in the mail (3021 NE 185th, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155), tell me at church, or email (mhudson@seattleu.edu)!                                                                                                                       Peggy Hudson, Editor

Bishop’s Committee Meeting: Highlights from meeting October 15, 2017: Treasurer Rose Thygesen reported that we continue to have more income than expenses. She sent the check for $1000 for Hurricane Relief to the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund as decided last month. Building manager Rick Hudson will work on stabilizing table legs in the Parish Hall. A motion passed unanimously to reimburse him for replacement of logs in the parking lot. Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reviewed estimated expenses for convention. He said that the Diocese reviewed our web pages and made recommendations. We need someone to develop and maintain Facebook pages, and we need to keep current the Sermons and Newsletter pages. Hayden reported that storage in the lawnmower area needs to be resolved, and he will discuss it with Rick. Ongoing ministries were reviewed. It was suggested that we offer an invitation to our Thanksgiving Dinner to our AA brothers and sisters as well as to our Guatemalan and Korean Congregations. Vicar Jerry Hanna will make and post signs. Completed ministries were discussed. The Bishop’s visit was well attended. Thanks were extended to Scott Baker cleaning up the church yard, and to Rick Hudson for installing new logs in the parking lot. Upcoming events were reviewed. Vicar Jerry Hanna reported that four of the used cars have been removed from the parking lot. Robert Aspinall will plant the donated pine tree to be dedicated to Jill Hacker. Jerry encouraged us all to study the scriptures listed in the bulletin before the Sunday they are read. He will be on retreat Oct. 29 – Nov. 4. Thanks! To Hayden Street and Jan Trowbridge, Clerk

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Dates to remember: Sunday mornings: 8:00 Rite I, 10:00 Rite II, coffee hour following
Adult class after the 10:00 service in the parish hall
Monday evenings: Bible study at 7:30 PM at the parish hall; Meditation 6:30 PM in Jerry’s office Wednesday AM’s: Men’s Breakfast, 8 AM in the parish hall on Weds with “teen” in the date
Wednesday eves: Meditation and Bible Study, 7 PM in Jerry’s office
1st Sun. each month: Loose plate offering to be given to organizations such as Hopelink, Compass Housing, or Union Gospel Mission. 3rd Sun. each month: Bishop’s Committee meeting, 12:30 PM at the parish hall
Fr. Jerry is available for appointments or to make home visits Fridays 9 AM – 5 PM. His office hours are Wednesday noon to 7 PM. For an appointment, please call the church office 206 362-2565.

Special Events:
Sunday, November 19: Thanksgiving potluck, 5 – 7 PM, with Ditty Bag stuffing
Saturday, December 16: Christmas Cleanup 1 to 4 PM
Sunday, December 17: December potluck and Christmas Decorating Party 5 – 7 PM
Sunday, December 24: One service at 9 AM, Christmas Eve Carols at 9:30 PM, Service at 10 PM
Monday, December 25: One service at 9 AM
Sunday, December 31: One service at 9 AM
Sunday, January 28: One service at 9 AM followed by the Annual Meeting and Potluck

Birthdays in November:            Anniversaries in November:
Jonathan Thoms                     Wayne & Priscilla Roberts
Maureen Lyons
Austin Nowka-Keane
Liz Rosenthal
Helen Congleton
Jerry Hanna

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From Maureen Lyons:
The annual Stewardship Letter was sent at the end of October. Please return your pledge note in the offering plate or by mail in November.
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From the Vicar:
Collect for First Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility….
Dearly Beloved,
We are obedient to common prayer. However personally we include ourselves, we are obliged to ritual prayer that defines focus in the Liturgical year. Advent comes near the end of November. Advent is a penitential season. We refrain from uttering “Hallelujah” in the liturgy. We are to reflect on our situation of trespass, as the traditional form of the Lord’s prayer defines “sin.” Trespass is to be where we shouldn’t be, on somebody else’s land, lost because we have stepped out of basic, practical intimacy with God. So the collects for Advent talk about repentance. The First Sunday prayer witnesses to us that Jesus came to us, humbly, in our period of mortality. He came to visit because we engage “works of darkness” that make mortality destiny. What are “works of darkness”? Paul gives us an inventory: “Immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing.” We could apply that list as a template in self-reflection. The first three linked with sexuality, the next two with perverse religion, the next eight energies of politics and conflicts of pride, and the last two, the waywardness of carousing drugged. However we score on the first and the last, the eight are familiar, though we may not have thought such feelings and attitudes were “works of darkness.” But what makes all these trespasses dark is their selfishness, their alienation, the way they deteriorate and confuse spiritual and social intimacy. They are all outside the mutuality, compassion, and ways of love born and guided of the Spirit in the community of the resurrection faith of Jesus.
It helps to be mindful that if we view these “works of darkness” as lawfully immoral, we may hope by more strife, incrimination, and exclusion to achieve control in terms of more darkness, demeaning those engrossed in the darkness we share, but with self-righteousness. Wrestling with darkness is to be entangled in darkness. The direction for help here is not to suppress spiritual poverty in lust, superstition, political arrogance, and self-medication for stress, and infidelity. That is, first we must look to ourselves to realize the poverty of self that seeks compensation in sexual exploitation, heated competition for power and right, and drugging. And, more basically and
importantly, to be responsible to infuse the resources of Spirit, ample in the Church, that open hearts, empower generosity, and enliven intimacy for faithful care. In this way we may see that my conflicts over politics, wealth, education, or ethnicity, result from weakness and woundedness that play out in confused and demeaning relations. Yes, pray with the Church, but more, pray my truth before God. Engross myself daily in the torrent of God’s way with his people in darkness and light, vastly dramatized in scripture. Surrender who I am in meditation to know myself as Christ knows me, with unflinching presence, compassion, and offer of forgiving love. This is gathering in the blessing of grace that frees from darkness and awakens to light.
Blessings.

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Diocesan Convention in Vancouver – “Where Bread is Broken”

Part 1: from Edith Byington

The theme for this year’s convention was “Where Bread is Broken.” Water, oil, wheat and yeast. In the various services each element was highlighted, reminding us of the symbolism in our faith.

Below is the Diocese’s new Vision Statement:

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, part of the Jesus Movement, bears witness to God’s redemptive reign and acts out God’s inclusive love, peace and justice uniquely living out this call within our specific local communities.

Instead of operating from a “top-down” model that prizes centralized leadership, we believe that each congregation must be free to live out this vision in a way that best meets the unique needs of their specific community.

We believe that our more than 100 worshipping communities are stronger when there are connections that allow our congregations to share stories, resources, challenges, and triumphs with one another.

We are a liturgical community that is rooted in our common prayer and our weekly celebration of Holy Eucharist, which forms us and prepares us to step beyond our church walls and serve our neighborhoods, our towns and cities, and the world.

We are committed to equipping and empowering and gathering regularly to proclaim the good news of God as revealed in the life, ministry, and witness of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Rickel’s address highlighted the success of reducing the assessment rate to 15%. Over $3.3 million of unpaid assessments has been forgiven. He introduced the concept of “Cultural Competency in Your Congregation” a noteworthy objective for churches in the coming year where we become more aware of our cultural biases.

Both Scott and I went to a workshop on Fierce Conversations which we both found very interesting and helpful.

Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations
1) Master the courage to interrogate reality.
2) Come out from behind yourself, into the conversation and make it real.
3) Be here, prepared to be nowhere else.
4) Tackle your toughest challenge today.
5) Obey your instincts.
6) Take responsibility for your emotional wake.
7) Let silence do the heavy lifting.

Our diocese has trained several members to share the “how to” in Fierce Conversations which could benefit us all. Learning how to use these tools can only enhance our family, business, church or community lives. What do you think about inviting some trainers to St. David’s?

I attended Ken Hawkins, executive director of Mission to Seafarers workshop and learned so much of the good work he and his over 500 volunteers do annually. And yes, we’re part of that number when we stuff our ditty bags each year.

The resolutions all passed. One of the canons that will require another vote from next year’s convention to become official is about eliminating one male/one female delegate from each church. Woo Hoo!

Be sure and put THIS on your 2018 calendar:
Presiding Bishop Curry is coming to Seattle June 14-17, 2018.

Thanks everyone for sending us to Vancouver. It was great!

 

Part 2: from Scott Baker

On Oct 27-28 Edith and I had the privilege of attending the Diocesan Annual Convention. In addition to the above I would like to share a few of the thoughts that we had regarding our mission during the table conversation sessions. All these were framed by the Diocesan vision to not be a top-down model but a ‘who you are as a unique body with unique gifts, ministries, and needs’ perspective. In light of our demographic and financial state, (and the amazing gift that Jerry affords us) we are enriched with a great ministry of hospitality. By hosting the Guatemalan and Korean congregations, the 12 Step Groups, and anyone who walks through our doors, with humble acceptance and gratitude we are welcoming the stranger.

In one of our sessions we were asked to describe our ministry on an index card. We responded with:
“We are called to be the presence of Christ by being present to those in need wherever we are. To be seeing, hearing, listening and responding with the love of Christ. This requires of us ears, hearts, and eyes – to hear, respond, and see those around us, … to being open to be the Light of Christ.”

In another session regarding culture we were asked to discuss what aspects of our congregation’s culture do we value and want to share? We responded by describing our outreach as: welcoming and inclusive (of both secular and religious groups). That simply because of our varied live experiences and the great love of Jesus, our hearts and arms are open in welcoming love.

Respectfully, Scott

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In Gratitude – Edith Byington

Belated, yet heartfelt Thank You to everyone at St. David’s, from Edith, Jesse and Thomas for affording us to attend my father’s funeral in June. Your love wrapped us securely over the miles to a most solemn affair. Dad received military honors. A soulful recording of Taps concluded the ceremony.

A mere few months passed when Mom passed. She embraced everyone with her warm infectious smile, which is missed.

Both Mom and Dad are buried in the church yard at Christ Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN side by side with St. Francis overlooking them. We are most grateful to everyone’s kindness. How blessed we are in this church family.

Edith

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Honor and Remember – A Veterans Pilgrimage
Join Veterans for Journey of Remembrance, Reflection and Prayer
Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:00AM – Noon
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. East
Seattle, WA, 98102
Please bring a token/icon of our service.
Light lunch will be served, please RSVP
Deacon Brian Wright
deacon@stjohnskirkland.org
206.325.4200 Ext 3507