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

June 2, 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 May 21, 2017: Treasurer Rose Thygesen reported that we continue to have more income than expenses. The Good Friday Offering was sent to the Diocese of Jerusalem as approved by the Committee.  The Bishop’s Committee unanimously voted to approve the Audit Committee report.  Building Manager Rick Hudson’s report was reviewed:  Eastside Exterminators installed bait stations and will maintain them. Rick and Scott Baker will work on the portables to minimize future rodent problems.  Street contractors did a great job spreading ground-up pavement in our parking lot, in thanks for using the lot to store equipment and park their vehicles.  It was voted unanimously to thank Rick Hudson for his persistence on the rodent problems and the wonderful way he worked with the street contractors.  People’s Warden Jean Perry reported on a petition presented by a 3rd grader in the Shoreline School District, to name a school district building after Ed Pratt, who was a vibrant member of our church in the 1960s and an activist working for equal rights for African Americans. He was shot to death at his home in 1969, and the banners in our sanctuary were made in his memory.  Jean planned to present information in church and have the petition available for signatures.  The Women’s Saturday Morning Group has volunteered to clean the kitchen.  A volunteer is needed to communicate with Juan, the boy we sponsor through World Vision.  The committee unanimously approved to assist Edith Byington as needed with her family situation.  Vicar Jerry Hanna will coordinate as appropriate.  Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported that the Congregational Leadership Report was provided to the Diocese on May 3.  The Committee unanimously approved authorizing the Executive Committee (Vicar, Bishop’s Warden, People’s Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk) to approve all urgent actions when a quorum of the Bishop’s Committee cannot be convened in a timely enough manner to resolve the situation during June, July, and August.  It was noted that Holy Week services and events were well attended.  Many thanks were expressed to Edith Byington, Jan Trowbridge, Alice Street, and Jerry Hanna for permanently putting up the Stations of the Cross before Good Friday.  Vicar Jerry Hanna is considering a vacation in July.  Progress on ongoing ministries was reviewed. Upcoming events were reviewed.  —Thanks! To Tessa Machle and Hayden Street

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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 the Wednesday with teen as 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 to 5 PM.  His office hours are Wednesday noon to 7 PM.  For an appointment, please call the church office 206 362-2565.  While he is away in July, the Rev. George Wilson will conduct services.

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Special Events:

Sunday, June 4, 5 PM: Baby Shower for babies born at UW hospital at risk and in poverty; potluck

Sunday, October 1: Bishop’s Visit; 1 service at 9 AM followed by a potluck

Birthdays in June:               Anniversaries in June:

Ann Denny

Doug Machle                        June 10: Doug & Tessa Machle

Jim Perry

Cheryl Nowka                        June 13: Gary & Kathryn Rickert

Joan Leck

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Baby Shower and potluck:

The Baby Shower for babies born in need at UW Hospital is at 5 PM, Sunday June 4th.  We still have some funds for car seats from last year that I think we should use up and focus on the layette items. (Our social workers no longer have the funding for the newborn size baby clothes so those will be really helpful.)  If you would like to give cash or check (made out to the church), we can use those funds to buy the newborn size baby clothes.

Thank you!  Barb Baker

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From the Vicar:  

Dearly Beloved,

From what they tell me, I was born in San Antonio, Texas. I always wanted to trade on that fact. Like, Just call me a Texan was a way to get some credential. Of course, in my day, Texas was the biggest state. The Lone Star State, and had maybe the biggest ranch in the world, except for those Australians, only they don’t count much if you are a Texan, anyway. Yessir, the King Ranch. But, trouble was, always there was surveying the boundaries. A road would come through, or a flood would wash out, or whose strays were where, and then they had to find the boundary again. Lot of trouble knowing where the edge is on something that big. And surely we like edges and boxes, having put a law on every action that matters for health, or wealth, or moving about, or building or tearing down, or making pictures, and talking each to others about whatever, known or unknown. And what I have observed is that always somebody, anywhere, will violate some of those laws, for which we have assigned consequences. Getting those consequences applied with proper identification of outlaw behavior, that’s the legal system: lawyers, judges, courts, prisons, government. Worth billions of dollars, so costly is it to keep the boundaries of the law. Somehow we ought to maybe thank criminals for making so much money for so many people. Just bump that one up a bit and we get to national defense, internal and external, and just where and what that nation is, for whom, and what we need to do to preserve or change it, sure does generate a lot of political, military, and market money. Then comes along a man name of Jesus. And he says we could make living a whole lot cheaper if we would take down a lot of boundaries, these rules with consequences good or bad. His idea seems to be we have odd, hurtful ways of getting our needs met. And so we need to heal the self-hate to liberate love, and so sweeten the way. So he is a whole lot more about rights than privileges. And for Jesus, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a derived right. We have that right because we are loved. And when there is no boundary within us to being loved, then we use our rights of life and freedom to realize greatest joy in glorifying God. Now the point is, when we take down the boundaries at the most fundamental level of life, where we meet with all living beings in one wholeness of creative blessing by love, then we play out our rights rightly. Then what we say, in the knowing and faith of Jesus, is that the greatest, eternally free wealth is God. When the boundaries to love and being loved, as the communion of God’s presence and Life, fall, then the whole impulse to privilege dies within us. Jesus does what he does, having given his earth-born life to live a God-born resurrection, by the power of the SpiritThis is to be a perfect servant, with no aspiration to dominance or privilege, to give abundant of life with perfect generos. ity. There is no boundary to that generosity as he gives what he has for the need it will serve, to liberate joy realizing the glory of God, eternal and full, always and everywhere. Could it be that such is the new life? – that each would give all the greatest potency of their bodies and minds to nurture life, and to do so freely? Like, well, like giving birth to a child.

Blessings,

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The VA Hospital patients still need us:

Boxes are in the narthex for our contributions to veterans at the VA hospital.  Lists of items they need are next to the boxes, in case you would like to have one with you when you go shopping.  Please bring in items during the month of June, and Rick and I will take them to the VA Hospital in early July. The patients would be grateful for the following items that the VA hospital does not supply: soap, deodorant, shampoo, lip balm, lotion, shave cream, razors, combs, or denture cleaner.  Items for men and items for women are both much appreciated.  Please help if you can!  Thank you!                    – Peggy Hudson