Monthly Newsletter

UPDATE: Please note that services and meeting times and dates below are all subject to cancellation or re-scheduling due to the current closure of the church building.

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) 715-9564

  March 8, 2020

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 St, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155), tell me at church, or email (!

– Peggy Hudson, editor


Bishop’s Committee meeting: Highlights from the February 16, 2020 meeting: Search Committee Chair Jean Perry reported that the committee is making good progress.  She nominated Scott Baker, Maureen Lyons, and Peggy Hudson to serve with her as chair on the Search Committee, reserving the option to include one more member as possible.  This was moved, seconded and approved unanimously.  Barb Baker was also invited to comment on the Profile Committee’s work.  She said that much information and many anonymous opinions have been gathered which can not only be used by the Profile Committee in writing a description of who we want to call for our next vicar, but also by the Bishop’s Committee for setting goals and planning for the future.  Building Manager Rick Hudson reported that locks have been changed and Hayden Street will continue to distribute keys as needed.  The outside doors to the narthex also work better now.  He said that he will keep after the cleaning service about putting towels into the holders in restrooms and kitchen and will ask them to do a more thorough cleaning of bathrooms.  Treasurer Rose Thygesen provided a report as of the end of January 2020.  She will check with the Diocesan Treasurer about making sure that the income from the Rev. Jerry Hanna’s house sale does appear in our total with the Diocesan Investment Fund.  Rose said that she has obtained figures from Maureen Lyons for the Parochial Report, and the Committee looked at her current draft.  It was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously that Rose submit the Parochial Report when she completes it, without further Bishop’s Committee review.  Rose will bring suggestions for membership on the Audit Committee to the March Bishop’s Committee meeting.  Hayden Street said that the Congregational Leadership Report has been submitted.  Maureen Lyons was elected as People’s Warden.  She formed a small committee of Jan Trowbridge, Joan Voute, and herself to determine a new window treatment for the vicar’s office.  Hayden reviewed ministries completed as well as ongoing ministries.  Upcoming events were reviewed. Interim Priest Tom Ortung suggested several Lenten devotional options.  We agreed that he should choose which Lenten devotional option we will follow together and that the best time for reading and discussing together would be after coffee hour following the 10:00 service.  He reminded us that he is available on Sundays after church, and he has visited one member of the church in the hospital.  He has a rubric for Mutual Ministry Review and will work with the Wardens in proposing two or three goals to work on during the year.  They will bring a draft to the Bishop’s Committee in March.  We discussed the possibility of a half-day retreat in March.  Tom will be at a spiritual retreat after Easter and the Rev. George Wilson will hold the services at St. David Emmanuel in his absence.  Tom noted the Second Bishop’s  Leadership Conference at Port Townsend and offered to come along.

Thanks!  To Peggy Hudson, Clerk, and Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden

***********************************************************************************                             Dates to remember:

Sunday mornings:       8:00 Rite I, 10:00 Rite II, coffee hour following

Monday mornings:     Bible study at 10:30 am – noon in the parish hall NOTE NEW TIME!!!

1st Sun. each month:   Loose plate offering goes to organizations such as Hopelink, Compass Housing, or Union Gospel Mission

3rd Sun. each month:   Bishop’s Committee meeting, 12:30 PM in Tom’s office

Fr. Tom is available for appointments by phone and after services on Sunday. Kindly call or text him at 425.999.9708 to schedule appointments or home visitations.

Special Events 

April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday; procession of palms starts at 9:45 am

April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday, one service at 7:30 pm

April 10, 2020: Good Friday, services at noon and 7:30 pm

April 11, 2020: Holy Saturday, one service at 1 pm

April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday; one service at 9 am

April 26, 2020: Baby shower and Potluck, 5 pm

Birthdays in March:                        

March 14: Stuart Baker

March 15: Claire McClenny

March 17: Kathryn Rickert

March 31: Daniel Baker



From our Interim Priest :

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,                                                                                       March 2020

“Create in us clean hearts, O God; and renew a right spirit within us.” (paraphrase of Psalm 51:11). And so began (continues) our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday with its emphasis on reminding us of the need to ask God to transform our hearts; to transform us from the inside out into that image of God that will give us the strength to pick up our crosses and follow him on that ‘descending way’ Henri Nouwen mentioned in our First Sunday in Lent reflection.

We began Lent as we do every year, by journeying with Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan. Our readings and my sermon spoke to our illusory desire to be in control, to be like God. If not of this world at least in our own lives. That temptation is there for each of us as we desire to overcome the fear of the unknown with a sense that we have some measure of control.

And now, around the world and in our own backyard, we are faced with an ever growing COVID-19 virus that leaves us with many more questions than answers. As I write we have seen 14 deaths in our own community linked to this deadly worldwide virus. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who have died here and around the world. And not just for them, but for the caregivers and responders and those left wondering if they too have been exposed. Just since Ash Wednesday, the reality of how this is impacting our community grows by the day. Fear of the unknown, of feeling out of control, also grows daily.

As I have already begun to address in conversations and emails, this new reality will shape our worship, outreach, and fellowship life at Saint David Emmanuel. We will make the necessary adaptations we need to make in cooperation with our government and diocesan authorities to ‘out of an abundance of caution’, self-limit our exposures and risks to contracting and spreading this virus. As we develop these measures and precautions, it will help to give us an illusion of control. If that helps, so be it. We will simply respond and do our due diligence to the things that are within our means with the healthy recognition of just how much is beyond our control.

In my sermon this past Sunday, I talked of how in his clever way, C.S. Lewis reminds us of just how devious and ordinary Satan’s temptations can seem to us. Will we be tempted to fear over this new COVID-19 reality? Or will we be tempted to ‘take control’ of those things we think we can control as a substitution for avoiding the thought of what is beyond our control? Or some other third or fourth things that we can fill in the blanks with? I hope not. Would we be tempted, if it were possible, to turn those stones into vaccines?

Our Lenten journey this year may look a little different than it has in previous years. And well it should. As an avid hiker, I can offer the image of what it means to climb the mountain as an example. By a series of switchbacks, of zigs and zags, we approach this next Lenten journey from a different vantage point. Sometimes the ascent requires a corresponding descent deep into our hearts, our spirits, our yearning for God’s presence in our lives before that next even more grueling climb to the view we hope to attain. That is some of the interior work God asks of us as God transforms us into those little saints we are being called to be. It is in those places, in the ‘descending way of the Cross’ as Nouwen puts it, where we are given our bread for the journey.

When we give over our illusion of control to the freedom and peace of knowing that God is always in control, we can face this present fear of the unknown in prayer, in humbleness of spirit, and in recognition that our mission and outreach as the people of God at Saint David Emmanuel continues, because we continue to take up our crosses. Just as Jesus tells us to take them up, we will lay them down again at Good Friday, knowing that the hope, victory, and new life of Easter is always just around the corner waiting for us as we emerge from this desert season. My prayer for each of us is that we will also find moments of desert flowers and refreshing waters that will sustain us as bread for the journey towards Easter and New Life.

With many Lenten Blessings, Tom+


Vicar Search News:  The Profile Committee is working steadily on writing our profile.  In doing our work, we are so grateful for all the ideas you shared at our congregational meetings, and in the HolyCow! Survey.  After the profile is created, we will be able to move to the actual search for our new vicar.  The Profile Committee consists of Jean Perry (Chair), Barbara Baker, Peggy Hudson, Tessa Machle, and Nancy Treibel.                                                                                                    – Peggy Hudson

The Good Friday offering

Our Good Friday offering goes to the Province of Jerusalem.  Did you know that this was an initiative of the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church starting in 1922?  The intention was to create, in the aftermath of World War I, new relationships between the Christians of the Middle East and the Episcopal Church.  In 2018, 1675 parishes participated in the Good Friday Offering.  In addition, the Episcopal Church places mission staff in Jerusalem, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.  Other organizations that involve many Episcopalians supporting ministry throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East include Episcopal Relief and Development, the United Thank offering, the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Peacebuilders, and Kids4Peace.


Women’s Bible Study: Change of Time

The Monday Night Women’s Bible Study has changed the meeting time to 10:30 am – noon on Monday mornings.  We welcome new members.  We study the following Sunday’s lectionary.

  • Maureen Lyons

What are we doing for Outreach??

We certainly keep busy throughout the year!  If you like to cook, you can help with the AA Women’s Brunch or the holiday cookies in December.  (Or you can feed the rest of us at coffee hour or at our potlucks!)  If you like to make or shop for baby clothes or donate for car seats for safe travel, get ready for the Baby Shower!  Everyone can shop for notepads, pens, knit hats, soap, combs, deodorant, razors, shave cream, and other toiletries for the VA hospital patients and the seafarers.  And some of us are even making extra ditty bags this year for other churches to stuff for the seafarers.  Or, keep an eye out for a deal on backpacks for the Back to School drive in July – August.  Toys, art supplies, sheet sets, sweatshirts and sweatpants, and gift cards are great year-end holiday gifts for Compass Housing families.  And in December, a committee meets to decide what funds we will give to charities.

March:  AA Women’s Brunch

April:  Baby Shower for UW Hospital mothers and babies

June:  toiletries for VA hospital patients

July:  Back to School (through early August)

November: Ditty Bags for Mission to Seafarers

December: Christmas gifts for Compass Housing families; cookies for 12 Step Groups

In the following months, I plan to run a short article in each newsletter about a different one of the groups that we support.  I did that several years ago and people liked it, so I think a re-run is in order.

How about something wonderful to add in September – October??  St. Francis Day is on October 4th and we could do outreach to help people keep and care forthe animals they love.  Sharon Smith and I are volunteering at Doney Coe Pet clinic at the Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square, where on two Saturday afternoons a month, homeless and poorly housed people are welcome to bring their pets for exams, shots, licensing, food, treats, collars, leashes, carriers, blankets and beds.  Veterinarians and vet assistants volunteer their time and expertise, community volunteers help out, and everything else comes from donations.  They would appreciate: gift cards for local pet stores, dog and cat food (regular, canned and dry in unopened bags), pet treats (unopened, sealed bags), pet waste bags, puppy pads, “Gentle Leader” and “Wonder Walker” harnesses, leashes and toys (new or in good condition), soft sided carriers, pet clothing, beds and blankets that are new or gently used and freshly laundered, food/water dishes (in good condition, stainless steel is preferred), and grooming supplies.  Think about it, and we can have a box out from Sept. 13th on through October 4 to collect your gifts for the Doney Coe Pet Clinic.    You can also donate directly at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           –   Peggy



Are You Ready for Lent Madness?

Who will win the Golden Halo?  You can participate!  Try the website:  You can subscribe to receive their mailings.  The whole thing began, of course, on Feb. 27, but we can still get in on it! Here is some info from the perpetrators:

Want to be inspired by some saintly souls this Lent and have fun along the way? Join with thousands of Christians across denominations who have discovered the joyful online learning community that is Lent Madness. With its unique blend of competition, education, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saints over the generations. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout Lent. Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

Many thanks to George Wilson for connecting us with this activity!

Pastor Elmer asks for our help for children in Guatemala


Pastor Elmer of the Guatemalan church asks that we continue with our ministry of donations that are usually placed in the bins on the south end of the pew in the Narthex.  He asks specifically for shoes, soap, toothbrushes, cereal, and clothing.

Would you like to support youth sewing?  Do you have extra fabric, notions, patterns, sewing books, yarn??

Maureen, Sharon Smith, and I heard about this program through a friend at Diocesan Altar Guild.  The Clothing and Textile Advisors of Snohomish County will hold their 10th annual Fabric Sale toward the end of June.  What they sell comes from donations (people like us?) and the proceeds support Camp Stitch-a-Lot (youth sewing), scholarships, educational and outreach sewing programs.  If you have extra fabric, sewing notions, patterns, sewing books, and yarn, and would like to do a little clean-up of your assorted stashes, this is a great opportunity!  We can gather things at church and then one of us can take them to Everett on June 19th so they are there in time for the sale.  If on the other hand, you want to buy some of these same things, you can put the sale on your calendar now:  10th Annual Fabric Sale, Saturday, June 20th, 10 am – 3 pm, Valley View Bible Church, 9717 31st Ave SE, Everett, WA  98209.  If you want to get in touch with the person in charge, call Arlene at 425-743-0118, or if you want to participate in 9 am limited shopping admission, contact

Adjustments due to Coronavirus

For the near future, following the advice our Bishop has given, we will all be trying to stay as safe as possible in our worship and other interactions.  We will plan to hold communion using bread only.  The kitchen will be closed, and home made food will not be used.  We will have alcohol-based hand cleaner available and will have sanitizing solutions available for cleaning surfaces.