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

July 6, 2018

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 special meeting June 3, 2018: Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported on a letter from the Diocese regarding our building insurance. Committee members voted unanimously to approve that Rose Thygesen and Hayden Street be designated to authorize accepting a 3% discount from our current insurance company (obtained through the Diocese) with the understanding that our church will use the insurance company’s contractor as recommended for repairs and other matters related to the use of our buildings. Hayden also reported that he received an email from Dennis Tierney, who is in charge of the Diocesan Building Inspection Report, that Dennis is not able to get the official Spanish translation needed to send the Diocese’s Building Inspection Report and our letter to the Guatemalan Church. The report details required repairs and upgrades that the Guatemalan congregation must complete. Hayden has now sent the letter to the Diocesan translator to get a bid for translations of the parts of the report pertaining to the house and portables, as well as our letter, per instructions from the Diocesan Chancellor. – Thanks! To Tessa Machle, Clerk, and Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden
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Dates to remember:
Sunday mornings: 8:00 Rite I, 10:00 Rite II, coffee hour following
Monday evenings: Bible study at 7:30 PM in the parish hall
Meditation 6:30 PM in Jerry’s office
1st Sun. each month: Loose plate offering goes to organizations such as Hopelink, Compass Housing, or Union Gospel Mission
3rd Sun. each moth: Bishop’s Committee meeting, 12:30 PM in Jerry’s office
Fr. Jerry is available for appointments or to make home visits Fridays 9 AM – 5PM. His office hours are Wednesday noon to 7 PM. For an appointment, please call the church office at 206 362-2565.

Special Events:
We will start collecting for the Back to School Drive.

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The VA Hospital patients and staff will be delighted:
Thank you for your generosity! We have gathered several big boxes full of toiletries for the VA medical patients. Rick and I will take the goods to the VA hospital in early July. – Peggy Hudson

50th anniversary of the death of Edwin Pratt:
For the past two years, a student named Sarah has done a petition drive and given speeches to advocate the naming of the new Early Learning Center at 174th and Meridian for Edwin Pratt. He was a member of St. David’s and a civil rights martyr, murdered on his front porch in Shoreline in the winter of 1969. The banners on the north wall of our sanctuary were made by the women of the church in his honor. Members of our church have signed Sarah’s petitions and attended school board meetings, and they were pleased by the Board’s decision to name the center after Pratt. A 50 year memorial service will be held next year at the Cathedral in January or February. I hope many of us will be able to attend. – Maureen Lyons

Birthdays in July:
Robert Aspinall
Clarisse Redmond
Anthony Aspinall
Jesse Miller

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From the Vicar:
Dearly Beloved,
Somebody looked us over and said, “That child has a lot of promise.” Promise, I suppose, for prominence, affluence and a good name born of fruitful service. I have been listening to men and women abused as children, repelled for sexual orientation, abandoned, and victims of recurrent mental illness, for thirty-five years. The toughness and challenge of that communion of dialogue has taught me about promise. Such people often demonstrated fulfillment of an unanticipated promise for radical spiritual and religious sensibility. In a word, the outcast and abused got it most deeply and intensely about the Gospel of Jesus, as one person recently summarized, “No crown without the cross.” Our spiritual work was to reframe the deep story of suffering in the context of a promise of Jesus to his disciples: “Take heed to yourselves. They shall deliver you to courts. You shall be beaten in synagogues. And, for my sake, you shall be brought before rulers to testify against them. When you are arrested, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak. At the time of testimony you shall speak not of yourself but of the Holy Spirit.” My clients realized an intimacy with the suffering of Jesus, who threatened the moral justice and spiritual authenticity of Church and State focused on power and motivated by greed for wealth and status. Awakening to the passion of the Gospel, you see, often arises out of real life circumstances of profound fear, anxiety, self-hate, rage and hopelessness. For those who know that space, emotionally and spiritually, there may well be immediate recognition that, “…feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, sheltering the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting prisoners,” was serving Jesus in the least of his sisters and brothers. I have been privileged to enter into many lives without promise for social and economic affluence, but by the Holy Spirit, infused by Jesus as the basis of identity, awakened to profound compassion and healing, yes, right where they live.
Why and I saying all this? Look about at our families. How many have sold houses and made their last move in the duress of a new promise, the promise of aging, disability and coming, not long away, to the doorway of Glory? How many of us realize that the promise of life was that life would thrive in this body for good or ill. And also bring us, hopefully, in peace, love, forgiveness, prayer and faith to realize that to live is to live of the Lord, and to die is to die into to the immeasurable freedom of divine love, the very vitality of eternal life. If you will, some of us are making the transition to be the “least of the sisters and brothers of Jesus.” And thus to realize this transitional space, from old house to new, from old body to new in the Lord, has great spiritual promise, the greater promise than the first that turned to sorrow and scars, or to owning the mansion on the hill and the Tesla in the five-car garage.
Blessings,

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Baby Shower and Potluck:
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10

Many thanks to all who contributed to the baby shower for the UWMC Nursery. The idea from Maureen about five years ago has become a tradition of caring which continues to meet practical and financial needs of families and amaze the nurses and social workers at the hospital. What incredibly beautiful things made with talented and loving hands. The gift of a baby garment or a car seat is an outreach that reflects your generous hearts. Thank you so much! – Barb Baker

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Note from the Bishop’s Warden:
With many thanks to Marta Stedman and Dennis Tierney, the diocese provided us translations in Spanish of my letter to IVE, and the Portables and House sections of the diocese’s Facility Inspection Report on 5 June. We had them copied and mailed, by certified mail, on 6 June and IVE received them on 7 June.

Thanks to all involved. – Hayden Street