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

www.stdavidemmanuel.org

  April 8, 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 March 21, 2021 meeting:  The first part of the meeting was a discussion of the preface and first section of the book, We Shall Be Changed, by Mark D. W. Edington. Other members of the congregation were welcome to join in.  We plan to read and discuss this book section by section over the next few months.  Facilities Manager Rick Hudson shared his work on the Building Maintenance Checklist with his annotations.  He has performed all March and April tasks.  He said that he and the “grounds crew” would do pruning and cleanup of some vegetation soon.  Tessa volunteered to recreate the Checklist in MS Word format for ease of use.  Treasurer Rose Thygesen submitted her monthly report and said that income was much higher than expenses in February, probably due to some pledges for the entire year.  Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street noted that Bishop Rickel’s most recent communication indicates that churches will not be opening soon.  Committee members agreed, but noted that there are things that need to be considered now.  Discussion followed.  The church congregations and the 12 Step groups may want to offer virtual attendance as well as in-person attendance in the future. We need to explore internet and WiFi connection in the building, cost and connectivity.  Grants are available from the Diocese for some of this, and we may use funds of our own.  The 12-Step Groups might be able to contribute toward monthly charges.  It was decided that Fr. Tom will contact a church member with IT expertise to see if he could help us.  There are also resources at the Diocese.  When we are able to have in-person worship, we may want to have a “soft launch” first and then celebrate a full re-opening, possibly shared with the Korean and Guatemalan congregations.  Maureen Lyons, People’s Warden, thanked Tessa Machle and her daughter, Alyssa Machle John for the beautiful virtual “Friendship Quilt” they created for our annual thank yous.   Interim Priest Tom Ortung said he will use photo images at the beginning of services for Palm Sunday and Easter and asked us to share our photos of past celebrations with him.  Bishop Rickel has invited us to join in the Turtle Island Service on April 25, following our own short check-in and prayers at 10 AM Thanks! To Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden, and Tessa Machle, Clerk

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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 and Compass Housing

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

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 25: Short check-in and prayers for St. David Emmanuel at 10 AM; Diocese-wide Turtle Island Service, 11 AM, by Zoom.

July/August: Back to School Supply Drive for Shoreline School District

Birthdays:

April 8:  Jamie Bunson

April 8:  Devin Nowka-Keane

April 9:  Tim Aspinall

April 11:  Caitlin Danisher

April 15:  Vivian Nowka-Keane

April 16:  Simon Aspinall

April 17:  Alice Street

April 18:  Gary Rickert

From our Interim Priest :

Dear People of Saint David Emmanuel,                                                                     April 2021

“Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!” This familiar refrain is music to our ears every year around this time as we celebrate the Easter Joy! And it is surely most welcome in this continuing pandemic year! Our 40 days of Lent and the drama of Holy Week have come to a close once again. As I mentioned in my sermon on Easter, the high drama of Holy Week ends in a few simple yet poignant words: “Mary!”, “Rabbouni!”, and “I have seen the Lord!” With these words, the Resurrection becomes real, and our faith is born. I so appreciate how John’s resurrection scene complements and contrasts with those of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. I could preach at least one or a few sermons on this and contemplated throughout Holy Week whether to stay with the Mark reading as I had planned or read and preach on John’s again as I did last year. I especially like that John’s Easter morning scene brings to some closure the powerful Passion Narrative we read on Good Friday and so, I was glad to talk about it again. Our lectionary also continues in John’s gospel throughout Easter season with a brief detour into Luke for the Road to Emmaus passage we all know and love.

On Easter Sunday evening I listened to PB Curry’s Easter message and was encouraged to hear him talk about Jesus and Mary as well. With these thoughts in mind, I would like for us to spend our first Wednesday in Easter gathering on April 14th listening to PB Curry’s message and exploring the differing resurrection scenes we have in the gospels. I’ll send more detail out on that in a separate email. For the remainder of our Easter Season in April and May, I would like to spend time in the Acts readings and a little of First John from our lectionary. As well, we will have two of those Wednesdays devoted to our book read “We Shall Be Changed”. Again, details and schedule to follow. It is my continuing hope that our conversations around this book will help guide us through the remainder of this ‘longer Lent’ and better prepare us for our eventual reopening of the church campus.

As I have said to most of you at one time or another, we are emerging from this ‘longer Lent’ in hopefulness that is characteristic of our Easter message. As I go about my daily travels, I am encouraged at the hopefulness I can see and hear from people as their fears are giving way to relief with being vaccinated. It takes a while to get used to, but it is truly a good feeling to be able to breathe a little again. (Without letting our guard down!) We will get through this time and are hopefully continuing to learn more about ourselves and our communal walk together in Christ. My paramount concerns have been to support you, affirm you, and help hold you together as a faith community in the love of Christ….Safely! I hope to continue doing that as we develop a prudent plan that takes all of our faith partners’ needs into consideration. Our leadership will continue to work on that safe reopening plan over the next few months with Bp. Greg’s guidance and grace that will allow for us to feel as safe and secure as we can. We welcome and need your continuing prayers and suggestions on how best we can move forward with a safe plan to reopen our campus.

Ironically, as many of us have now been vaccinated, we may be the safest of the groups who share our campus to be able to meet again. But as hopeful and thankful as we are for the increased vaccine administration, we must still proceed with caution as there is still a way to go

before we can really breathe a sigh of relief. And as we’ve seen, the variants and increased numbers of cases around the world and now in almost half the states again is a troubling sign amidst our newfound hope. We need to pray especially for those who are tired of the pandemic and grown impatient at following the health guidance. As well, for those who deny the efficacy of the vaccines. For their sakes as well as our national good. We have a moral obligation to be concerned with everyone’s safety, especially the many people who call SDE home for their ministries. And so, our reopening must consider the greatest common denominator of the many, rather than just our own smaller group. Until we feel it is safe enough to open for everyone, I hope we can remain together with a little more patience for a while longer. I do believe these next couple of months will be critical in our national goals to reemerge from this pandemic time with a freedom we haven’t had in far too long. Our job is to do our part to keep as many safe as possible.

Now that we’ve moved from Holy Week into the season of Easter, our services will return to our Morning Prayer format with a few creative adjustments that I hope you will appreciate. Our collects will continue with the Easter theme although we will still be praying for our national, state, and local governments in the prayers of the people. Instead of the Pandemic Prayer we’ve been using for several months now, I decided (in consultation with Jean of course) to put the Pascha Nostrum in its place. This collect has some of the familiar Eucharistic language we know and the theme of Easter as well. I think it should flow nicely and hope you will too. I will send out the prayers and invitation for MP services for Easter Season and Pentecost later this week. I hope also that we can continue with a sprinkling of music and want to thank Helen, Peggy, Scott, and Rick for their continuing support of our services with their musical gifts. I also want to thank Jean for keeping up (and putting up) with my liturgical musings as I’ve sought to bring as much meaning to our services as I can. And to Hayden, Maureen, and the rest of our leadership who continue to keep this church community together through their volunteer dedication. And for those of you who pray, intercede, read, and encourage one another. Each of you, in your own ways, were being formed for this moment in our church’s life, long before Jami and I arrived in your midst. We are only too blessed to be able to continue journeying this road alongside you.

Please know that you are daily in my thoughts and prayers and that I am available to you and want to hear from you. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or concerns, suggestions or words of encouragement for me and for one another.

Your Brother in Christ,  Tom+

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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.

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THANK YOUS!!

Thanks so much to Tessa Machle and her daughter, Alyssa Machle John, for the beautiful virtual “Friendship Quilt” that they created for our thank yous for 2020!  You can see the quilt at our Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/St-David-Emmanuel-Episcopal-Church-2037937736270908

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BLAST FROM THE PAST:

I uncovered some fine old newsletter copy from who knows how long ago and though it would be fun to re-run.  Here are some more of them.

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES:  A Church of England publication listed the following children’s answers to church school questions.

  1. Christians can have only one wife. This is called monotony.
  2. The Pope lives in a vacuum.
  3. The patron saint of travelers is St. Francis of the sea sick.
  4. Iran is the bible of the Moslems.
  5. A republican is a sinner mentioned in the Bible.

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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.  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.