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
November 2, 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 (email@example.com)!
– Peggy Hudson, editor
Bishop’s Committee meeting: Highlights from the October 18, 2020 meeting: Facilities Manager Rick Hudson reported that he has installed new parking lot barriers, markings, and reflectors. With regard to the pile of debris in the SE corner of the church property, he proposed that we wait until we can safely work together with AA volunteers to fill a dumpster. This was accepted. Treasurer Rose Thygesen’s report indicated that our finances appear to be in excellent condition. We discussed the upcoming need to work on the year-end distribution of funds to outreach, and Maureen Lyons noted that there is plenty of money in the checking account that might be used. Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street will ask Rose to form a committee to develop a proposal for year-end outreach giving, to be considered at the November Bishop’s Committee meeting. People’s Warden Maureen Lyons reported that in the afternoon, she would deliver a large number of watch caps plus 111 ditty bags made by members of St. David Emmanuel to John Bee for the Mission to Seafarers. We agreed that people could be encouraged to donate funds to the Mission for Seafarers rather than going out to buy toiletries, this year. A note will be placed in the newsletter. Hayden reported that the AA groups have requested a Wi-Fi connection for hybrid meetings (where some participate in person and some remotely) in the parish hall, and they expect to pay their part of the cost. Since we will likely need this kind of setup also, we agreed unanimously that this will be part of our reopening plan once we get approval from the Diocese to partially open. Hayden noted that we may also want to install HEPA filters in the furnace outflow path. Interim Priest Tom Ortung said that there is a compliance list at the Diocesan website, with forms and plans to use for requesting reopening, when the time comes. Since the last Bishop’s Committee meeting, we have held 3 virtual Sunday services and 2 Complines. There was a yard cleanup on October 10, and 4 boxes of donations from our congregation were delivered to the Doney Coe veterinary clinic. We agreed to move the November Bishop’s Committee meeting to Nov. 22 so that Tom and Barb Baker can attend. We discussed possibilities for Advent and Christmas season and agreed that a note could be placed in the newsletter. We agreed to hold the Christmas Eve service beginning with carols at 7 pm and the service following at 7:30 pm. Tom said that he will be on vacation starting after the service Nov 1 and will return for the service on Wednesday, November 18. He has arranged for church members to manage the services while he is away. There will be small changes in the Sunday services. Thanks! To Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden, and Peggy Hudson, Clerk **************************************************************************************
Dates to remember: Please note that we are meeting remotely for now via Zoom
Sunday mornings: 10:00 Rite II or Morning Prayer, coffee hour following
Wednesday evenings: Evening discussion and Compline service 7 – 8 PM
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 Nov BC meeting moved to November 22
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. Please note that he will be away with limited cell phone/internet access between Nov 1 and Nov 18. If you need him, please do call or text and he will do his best.
Sunday, November 29 First Advent or Wed. Dec 3: Virtual Potluck, think creatively! details TBD
Through December 13: Gather items for children and families served by Compass Housing and take them to the church narthex or call Rick and Peggy to pick them up (see p. 4 of this newsletter)
December 24: Christmas Eve: Carols at 7 pm, service at 7:30 pm
Time to Pledge: We should all be receiving a letter from Maureen Lyons along with a form to use to indicate what we would like to pledge to give and do during the coming year. Please return the form by mail to Maureen at 1820 NW 195th Street #15, Shoreline, WA 98177
Birthdays in November:
Nov. 1: Jonathan Thoms, Tom Ortung
Nov. 6: Maureen Lyons
Nov. 7: Austin Nowka-Keane
Nov. 10: Miriam Wilsen
Nov. 14: Liz Rosenthal
Nov. 22: Helen Congleton
Nov. 25: Jerry Hanna
From our Interim Priest :
Dear People of Saint David Emmanuel, November 2020
As I write this November pastoral letter, we are on the eve of what shapes up to be one of the most consequential elections of our lives. As I mentioned last month, wherever we are politically, it is our responsibility as Christians to not just ‘wait and watch’, but to accept our Christian responsibility to take action through prayer for our government, leadership, and electoral process, and to participate fully in it. Earlier last week I emailed a cycle of prayers for this time. I hope you are finding them an important outlet for your own prayers for this election season. We will also be including a series of prayers and responses for our government and election into our Prayers of the People this Sunday and possibly for the next several weeks depending upon how the election process goes. For more details I refer you to my All Saints’ email sent on Thursday 10.29. In that email I also outline some adaptations to our Morning Prayer service that I hope you will appreciate.
Our diocesan convention was held virtually on October 23-24. Scott, Barbara, and I attended and are available to you should you have any questions. Thanks, Scott and Barbara, for your report this past Sunday. The convention was one of unity centered around a common theme of justice for all. The Circles of Color initiative in the diocese was featured throughout. One of the advantages of our reliance upon technology is that it makes what is happening in our diocese more accessible to more people. The workshops and videos from convention will be available soon should you want to view any of them. For now, here is a link to Bp Greg’s address:
Throughout October, my sermons have focused on the parables of Jesus found in Matthew’s gospel. Parables of the Kingdom, and specifically what our role and work in the Kingdom should look like, were set amidst the image of the Vineyard and Harvest. Of course, God’s grace abounds always as in the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16). Our response to God’s grace, and our participation with God in bringing about the fruits of the Kingdom are found throughout these parables of Jesus. During this time, our Wednesday evening group also read and discussed the Bp. N.T. Wright book God and the Pandemic. As I intimated previously, our search for meaning and answers to questions gave way to more questions than answers. More on that though…
November begins with our celebration of the Feast of All Saints’ on the 1st and ends with the First Sunday of Advent. With All Saints’, we return to the Beatitudes (Matt 5: 1-12) which begin Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7). It is a recap, a reminder if you will of what Matthew has been trying to tell us about Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom and what that looks like. We see in our own time (the Christian era) glimpses of the Kingdom being worked out. It is indeed a work in progress; one that we all get to participate in. The fuller vision is our hope and expectation of what Jesus’ Second Coming will mean.
In between All Saints’ and Advent, we end our church year with Christ the King Sunday. As I mentioned last month and will say again on the 22nd, our church year always begins and ends in eschatological crisis and uncertainty. The parables of Jesus in Matthew 24-25 all paint the picture of how we are to prepare. Parables of anticipation and uncertainty, of the need for ‘readiness’ and the ‘proper use and response to the gifts we have received’ abound. These are seen especially in the weeks in between All Saints’ and Christ the King in the Parables of the Wise and Foolish Virgins and of The Talents in Matthew 25. These parables, along with the ones we have already read, are really two sides of the same coin. Our work in the Kingdom helps us to prepare and cope with the anxiety and uncertainty of not knowing the ‘when’ and the ‘where’ of Jesus’ return. In the middle of all of this is Christ the King, bringing us the reassurance and peace which only He can bring.
Surely this is needed now more than ever. As our national pandemic continues to surge out of control, the theological questions of ‘why’ and ‘how long’ continue. As we found in the N.T. Wright study, the Christian focus over many centuries of plagues, pandemics, and uncertainty has never been about ‘why’. It has been about ‘so what are we going to do about it?’ Examples from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, as well as the early Church’s response in times of need right up through today show us that the Christian response has been part and parcel of what has been the authentic Christian witness to the world. In the early Roman empire, it was what set the Christians apart and was a positive and instrumental factor in conversions to Christianity.
Always beginning in and continuing with prayer, the Christian response is one of lament, of grieving with God over the tragedy we see around us. But it is not to stop there, hoping and waiting that somehow government will fix this. No, anchored in prayer, the Christian response is found in the countless numbers of people who choose to respond with action to the challenge and need of our times, whether on the front lines or in extra measures of compassion and grace towards one another. As I’ve said before, it would seem that one of the best ways we can ‘love our neighbor’ is to take the precautions we have been taking while continuing to do the work of ministry in our church. That work does continue; in prayer and presence, in outreach to the various causes we continue to be involved in, and in remaining that faithful body of Christ that remains together in unity and love for one another. Each of you, in your own ways, continue to show your engagement in the Kingdom work we have been called to. Take comfort in knowing that whatever part we are called to, that work prepares and equips us with brightly burning lanterns that not only lights our way through the darkness, but is also a light unto others along the way.
As November ends and Advent begins, I hope that our virtual format for gathering will lend itself to having a more intimate expression of our Advent and Christmas traditions. To that end, Jami and I will be inviting you into our living room and traditions and we hope that some others of you will want to share yours as well. We hope to have a virtual potluck meal together on either the First Sunday of Advent, after service or in the evening, or on the First Wednesday of Advent at dinnertime. I hope to hear more from you with your own ideas of how and when this will be most meaningful for you.
For our Wednesdays in Advent, I invite you into a devotional time of reflection upon the daily devotionals for Advent that I have ordered and will distribute to you. I have ordered two for each of us from Creative Communications for the Parish: https://www.creativecommunications.com/Products/JE1/the-jesse-tree.aspx?bCategory=CPSEAS
I am including the links in case any of you want to download these electronically for yourselves if you find that to be easier and more convenient. Each devotional is a page a day. You are welcome to both. They are a small measure and gift from me to you and I hope you will enjoy them. My hope is that as we follow through these daily devotionals we can take the time on Wednesday to share what we found meaningful in any of them. As we have been doing, we will close with Compline.
As most of you know, I will be taking a couple of weeks in November after All Saints’ Sunday to re-create myself with God amidst the red rocks of Utah. I have for many years been intentional about taking some time to myself in the Fall to explore nature and recharge my batteries; physically, spiritually, and emotionally for the work of ministry. I ask that you hold me in prayer especially during this time. ‘God willing and the creek don’t rise’, I will return to you by November 18th refreshed and unconverted. As a safeguard, I will likely pass through Salt Lake without stopping In the meantime, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I will continue to hold you in them during my time in Utah.
Your brother in Christ, Tom+
Diocesan Convention 2020 was held virtually for the first time, with most of the elements of a typical convention available in new ways, and only a few technical imperfections which were overcome by hard working diocesan staff.
Bishop Rickel’s address incorporated the two pandemics, COVID19 and racism, as they relate to the church. There were a variety of valuable breakout sessions, many of which were recorded and will be viewable on the Diocesan website sometime soon. The convention keynote address was given by The Rev. Bradley Hauff who leads the Mission for Indigenous Ministries, Office of the Presiding Bishop, from his home in Minnesota. He spoke on the experience of indigenous people having had their land, identity and sometimes their lives taken, and the need for the church to acknowledge and take responsibility for its role in domination of indigenous people and people of African descent then and now. We highly recommend his thoughtful address which can be viewed on the Diocesan website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHzxvJrIbJY&feature=youtu.be
The convention culminated in a Circles of Color listening circle, which included mainly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) lay and clergy participants sharing very honestly and poignantly about their experiences in life and the church when they had both positive involvement in their congregations, and also painful experiences as recipients of racism and exclusion.
1.Diocesan assessment: no change, 14.5%
2. Cost of living adjustment to clergy salaries, 0.9%
3. Adoption of the Diocesan Operating Budget
4. Promoting diversity on Diocesan Council to intentionally include members who are Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, or People of Color (BIPOC). Change in allocation of positions with less emphasis on which regional ministry members are from.
5. To make diversity explicit (description now to include gender, sexual identity and orientation, physical ability, ate, race, ethnicity and income and wealth status
6. Toward a more representative partnership- change to the Council on Ministry compositionEstablishing a BIPOC Ministry fund to support BIPOC diocesan non-stipendiary clergy leading ethnic congregations, 2% of Diocesan budget
7. To add a Cultural Interpreter to BIPOC ordination process
8. Anti-Racism Covenant
Full text of the convention resolutions is available: https://resources.ecww.org/sites/default/files/resources/D2%20Resolutions%20Report%202020_0.pdf
Bishop Rickel’s address is on our church website and here: https://ecww.org/bishop-rickels-2020-convention-address/
-Respectfully submitted by Barb Baker, delegate
What are we doing for Outreach??
Gifts for Newborns and Their Families at UW Medical Center
If you have been knitting, sewing, crocheting, or shopping for items for newborns, please continue to hold onto them until we figure out whether we can get together in some to way celebrate the families and our efforts for them.
Compass Housing needs: On October 26, Rick and I delivered some winter coats that had been donated by members of the church in response to a request from Compass Housing. Thank you! They are so grateful.
The folks at Compass Housing also are asking for the following for their clients for the holidays, which we normally help with: $25 gift cards for Fred Meyer, Target, or Amazon for children and families; For adults: Robes, slippers, and sweatpants for men and women (sized L, X, XX, or 3XL; solid, dark, or jewel toned colors preferred); travel thermoses, twin sized bedding sets, socks and underwear. This year they ask for gift cards for children instead of toys, games or art sets because they can’t arrange to get volunteers safely to wrap them. They ask that we deliver items to Compass Housing by December 14. Let’s make our usual generous contribution for Compass Housing folks for the holidays! Rick and I will put a box in the narthex for contributions. We will be glad to come pick things up from you if you will let us know. – Peggy Hudson
Mission to Seafarers: Together, we made more than 100 ditty bags for the Mission to Seafarers! Maureen Lyons delivered ditty bags and warm watch caps to John Bee for the Mission on October 18. Rather than going out to buy toothpaste, toothbrushes, pens, razors, note pads, pens, and soap this year, we can each choose to make a donation to the Mission to Seafarers so the staff can fill the ditty bags. You can donate online at https://www.mts-seattle.org/donations or send a check to: Mission to Seafarers Seattle, 3568 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106.
St. David Emmanuel activities and news:
You may have noticed a few changes around the church. At the request of the Bishop’s Committee, Rick Hudson put in additional timbers and posts with reflectors that divide the parking lot into east and west sections to discourage noisy nuisance activity in the parking lot particularly at night. We also did some weeding and cleanup along the front walk, and Pastor Elmer mowed the lawn.
Dana Lou Thompson has been joining in on the Wednesday evening discussion and Compline service. She says that she feels blessed by being included the study and sharing time, and by Fr. Tom’s inclusion of her in the prayers and/or readings during the service. And it’s good to have her with us!
Sharing Advent and Christmas Traditions in our homes: Would you like to share some of your Advent and Christmas traditions with everyone else during our Zoom services? We might set up our backgrounds to show some of our décor, volunteer to light a candle on our home Advent wreath as part of a service, or something else you think of! Think creatively!
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. We have been holding services by way of Zoom and hope that everyone feels the community spirit, and everyone is keeping as well as possible! Our Interim Priest Tom Ortung has been sending out information about how to join services via either internet or phone.
From the Edmonds Senior Center, via Rose:
The nurse at the Edmonds Senior Center shared some humor in their newsletter, and Rose thought we would enjoy it! Here are some excerpts:
- Due to the massive increase in deliveries, FedEx and UPS have joined forces and are now fed up.
- Pretty wild how we used to eat cake after someone had blown on it.
- I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I’m getting tired of Los Livingroom.
- Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs. We roam the house looking for food. We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers. And we get really excited about car rides and walks.
- At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one!
- All our dogs think we quit our job to spend more time with them. All our cats think we got fired for being the loser they always knew we were.
- Of all the things I learned in grade school “How to Avoid Cooties” was the last thing I expected to be useful.
- I asked a Walmart employee where I could find the nuts. He said, “They’re in the toilet paper aisle.”
- Years from now we are going to say, “2018, 2019, 2021, 2022.” Someone might say, “Hey, you missed…” and the correct response will be, “Nope! We don’t talk about that one.”