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
www.stdavidemmanuel.org

August 4, 2021

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 (mhudson@seattleu.edu)!

– Peggy Hudson, editor

Bishop’s Committee meeting: Highlights from the July 4 Special Meeting:  The focus of the Special Meeting was to discuss our plan for regathering in person at the church on Sunday, July 11.  Decisions:  Since all our members are vaccinated, we do not need to wear masks in the building, although each person can decide for himself/herself.   If visitors arrive, we will wear masks except for reading, singing, or taking communion.  Current members do not need to fill out the attestation form.  Visitors will need to do that, and if they are not vaccinated, the usher will ask them to sit in the back two pews and wear a mask inside the church.  Everyone will be asked to use hand sanitizer as they enter at the narthex, and there will be disposable masks available there. Signs will be posted on the door about hand sanitizer and masks.  During the service, we will have windows open as much as possible, and we will pass the peace without touching. Tom will wash his hands before communion and will hand us each the host.  We will use wafers instead of bread for the first couple of weeks.  There will be no common cup, and Tom will not receive the cup either, in solidarity with us.  Hand sanitizer will be available near the altar for those who want to use it prior to communion.  As we leave, we will use hand sanitizer again.  Ushers will wipe down surfaces that have been used in common.  Both pastors of our other congregations have agreed to this plan, and Pastor Elmer will clean the portables before they are used.  We will ask our regular cleaning services to do a thorough one-time cleaning of the restrooms in the portable. Tom plans to meet with Pastor Elmer again, using an interpreter if necessary, to make sure that he understands and agrees. As each 12-Step group leader responds to our communications, and agrees to our plan, we can issue them keys again. Hayden will create a short version of our guidelines to hand to the 12-Step group leaders. The installation of internet for Zoom worship and meetings is scheduled for July 5.  Tom will use his personal equipment for the lectern, altar, and pews, to allow people to continue to join in worship via Zoom.  We will revisit our plan in September and make any needed changes. Thanks! To Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden, and Tessa Machle, Clerk

August 1, 2021 Special Meeting:  The Bishop’s Committee met on Sunday, Aug. 1, following the church service, to discuss the possibility of replacing the playground equipment south of the parish hall, which has been proposed by the Guatemalan congregation.  Several questions remain. No decisions were made.

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Dates to remember:

Sunday mornings:       9:00 Rite II, coffee hour following.  Available also on Zoom

Monday mornings:     Bible study at 10 AM – noon at Maureen Lyons’s patio

Wednesday evenings: Evening discussion and Compline service 7 – 8 PM via Zoom

1st Sun. each month:   Loose plate offering goes to organizations such as Hopelink and Compass Housing

3rd Sun. each month:   Bishop’s Committee meeting following church service, about 11:00 AM

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:

July /August: Back to School Supply Drive for Shoreline School District.  See p.3.

August 15: After church potluck picnic at Scott and Barb Baker’s house, 16056 34th Ave NE, Lake Forest Park.  We expect people will start arriving around 11:15 – 11:30 AM.

Birthdays:                                                                                         Anniversaries:

August 1:  Priscilla Roberts                                                    August 1: Stuart & Jerin Baker

August 2:  Linda Louise Dockhorn                                     August 12:  Robert & Cassy Aspinall

August 13:  Cheryl Nowka & Mike Keane

August 16:  Rick & Peggy Hudson

August 26:  Scott & Barbara Baker

 

From our Interim Priest

Dear People of Saint David Emmanuel,                                                                     August 2021

It was with profound joy and gladness that we were able to regather in person for the first time in sixteen months on July 11th! It was so good to see many of you who I haven’t seen in person in all this time. It was good to see the smiles and joy on your faces as you were able to see one another and to receive communion again. While things are not ‘back to normal’ by any stretch, there are beginnings of normalcy within the new norms and realities we continue to face with this pandemic. Even as I type, I am keenly aware that what we thought would be a ‘new norm’ a few weeks ago is already giving way to an increased need for protecting one another as these variants seem determined to remind us that they haven’t gone away. We will continue to take precautions and reevaluate as needed and within our governmental and diocesan directives.

For now, this will mean going without the common cup. While we do have permission in the churches now, most parishes are continuing to go without. As we’ve talked about this at our BC meetings recently, we’ve agreed to hold off for now. As I’ve mentioned previously, reception of God’s grace as mediated through the sacraments is not limited by the substance and forms of how those sacraments are administered. Rather, God’s grace is unlimited and in our Anglican understanding, reception in one kind (bread) is still full reception of God’s grace.

In our lectionary readings, our gospel has transitioned from Mark to John’s chapter 6 for most of August. A major section of this is the ‘bread of life’ discourse. As I mentioned jokingly in my sermon last week, this is the ‘beef’ that fills the Markan sandwich in which we were left with two slices of bread and no beef, or hummus and avocado, or ham and swiss, or whatever you prefer. Not only do we get the ‘beef’ of John’s version of Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 and walking on the water, but also the extended discourse about the bread as ‘sign’. Jesus urges us in these readings to see beyond the ‘sign’ to what it means. More on that in my sermons! For now though, I will encourage you to consider how these readings connect with our own understanding of Eucharistic theology. And yes, I will expand on that more in the weeks to come. As I also joked, there will be plenty of ‘beef’! So much so that we’ll all be content to go back on the Markan diet of fewer words that still manage to convey the gospel message in his own way.

We will continue to meet at 9AM for the remainder of the summer and reevaluate this in September. Since last I wrote to you, we have installed an internet connection that provides us with the capability of sharing the service over Zoom for those of us who have been unable to worship in person. Many thanks to you for making this possible and for bearing with me as we get this technology up and working well for everyone. Around campus, our Guatemalan neighbors have also resumed services and our Korean neighbors plan to resume their services on August 1st. Thanks to the gracious hospitality of Barb and Scott Baker, we are also planning a church picnic in their backyard following the August 15 service (starting around 11ish). More details on that will come in a separate email. I hope as many of you can come as is feasible.

In remembering that it is summertime, I will keep this short and close here. Please know that I am available to you should you have any questions or concerns and that I deeply appreciate all you continue to do for one another and for those around us. You are a blessing!

Your Brother in Christ,  Tom+

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Thank you!!!

Many thanks to Robert, Scott, and Rick for all their work spiffing up the walk and the flower beds near the entrance to the church for our reopening!

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What are we doing for Outreach??

Toiletries for Veterans Hospital Patients

Rick and I delivered six very full boxes of toiletries for the 6West unit at the VA hospital on July 15th.  They were very glad to get them, as their supplies from our last donation to them were about gone.  You are all so generous with this, and the veterans are so appreciative!  Thank you!  – Peggy Hudson

Shoreline Back to School Drive

Last chance!!! The Back to School Consortium is organizing to provide school supplies, socks, underwear, and hygiene products for families who are living with a low income and/or experiencing challenging circumstances.  They have set the goal of raising $20,000 and helping more than a thousand students get ready for school this fall.  They will be distributing these items on August 21, and they ask that we support the Back to School Drive with either monetary donations or donated new backpacks.  The consortium has considerable buying power and can typically get more for a given amount of money than we can as individuals.  For example, a donation of $25 to them can provide new socks and underwear for 2 students; a donation of $50 can translate to 4 school supply kits; $500 purchases 48 backpacks for K-3rd graders; $1000 purchases a school supply kit plus a backpack for 35 students.  You can donate online at https://www.btsconsortium.org or mail a check made out to “Back to School Consortium” or “BTS” to Center for Human Services, 17018 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.  If you would prefer to make your donation through St David Emmanuel, you can write a check to St. David Emmanuel and note “Back to School” on the designation line to the left of your signature.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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About the Prayer Chain:

Matthew 6:6
Reminder, the Prayer Group is not on summer vacation.
We are interested in outcomes as well as requests. Please catch us up on how your request recipients are doing! Thank you!
Jan

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Volunteer Opportunities:  Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Joan Leck says this site has all kinds of possibilities:  https://engage.pointsoflight.org

From Hiroshima to Hope:

Michael would like us all to know about this annual ceremony to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  It occurs every year on August 6th.  It takes place at the NW shore of Green Lake, just south of the Bathhouse Theater.  This year, masks are required, and people are expected to maintain social distancing. At 6 pm, people can gather, prepare lanterns, picnic, and listen to music.  At 7 pm there will be a program with speakers, prayer, and additional music (including shamisen, cello, violin, and taiko).  At 8 pm there will be a traditional Japanese floating lantern ceremony, and the lanterns will be launched into the lake.  You can learn more at https://fromhiroshimatohope.org.

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Vicar Search News:

By decision of the Diocese, all searches continue to be on hold, so the work of the Profile Committee is still on hold.  The Profile Committee consists of Jean Perry (Chair), Barbara Baker, Peggy Hudson, Tessa Machle, and Nancy Treibel.                                                                  – Peggy Hudson

Adjustments due to Coronavirus

For the near future, following the advice our Bishop has given, we will all continue to try to stay as safe as possible in our worship and other interactions.  Our first service together, in-person, at the church was on July 11, but we will continue to have Zoom service for those who can’t join in person.  Our Interim Priest Tom Ortung has been sending out information about how to join services via either internet or phone.