Newsletter of St. David EmmanuelEpiscopal Church
location: 18842 Meridian Avenue N. ~ Shoreline, WA 98133
mailing address: P.O. Box 77322 ~ Seattle, WA 98177
May 5, 2019
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Bishop’s Committee meeting: Highlights of Bishop’s Committee meeting Sunday, April 14, 2019: Building Manager Rick Hudson reported that the paint for the portables and south church wall was delivered. Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported that after talking with several contractors, his idea about installing a French drain system to solve the west portable’s moisture problem proved to be unfeasible. Vicar Jerry Hanna will speak to Elmer about his IVE congregation’s church moving from the west portable to the east portable. It was noted that the printed signs along Meridian need cleaning or refurbishing. Treasurer Rose Thygesen reported that we took in a little more than we paid out during the past month. The Pancake Supper brought in $110 which we unanimously approved to give to Mary’s Place. Jean Perry, People’s Warden, reported that completion dates need to be added to the spreadsheet for repair and maintenance. She reported that the leaking problems in the kitchen sinks are due to faulty faucets which are to be replaced by the manufacturer and installed by our contractor at no added cost. Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported that plans for the Safe Church program for our other two churches and for other group users are still in the draft phase. He asked that we approve a Safe Church plan for the AA groups which was approved by the Diocese. This passed unanimously. Vicar Jerry Hanna will talk with the IVE church and the Korean Church about their plans. The Committee expressed thanks to Hayden for all his work on this complicated task. A motion was passed unanimously to donate $250 to the Back to School Drive. Ongoing ministries and upcoming events were reviewed. Vicar Jerry Hanna told us that he plans to retire at the end of the 2019 Christmas season. He and Hayden spoke of several options for his replacement. We all must think about and clearly define how we want our church to continue after his retirement. Jerry will be taking 2 weeks’ vacation after Easter Sunday. –Thanks! To Hayden Street, Senior Warden, and Jan Trowbridge, Clerk
*********************************************************************************** Dates to remember:
Sunday mornings: 8:00 Rite I, 10:00 Rite II, coffee hour following
Monday evenings: Bible study at 7:00 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 month: 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 him at 206 914-0831.
Birthdays in May: Anniversaries in May:
May 12: Rick Hudson May 3: Jim and Jean Perry
May 15: Vern Scott May 23: Hayden and Alice Street
May 17: George Wilson May 23: Ted and Rose Thygesen
May 31: Peggy Hudson
Sunday, May 19: Ladies’ Tea and Men’s Gathering at Maureen’s House 1 – 3 pm
Thank you so much!
Many thanks to everyone for the wonderful baby things for UW! I took the baby gifts in to the hospital, and the social workers are so happy to have them. If you were out of town and missed the baby shower, or would like to do more, financial gifts can be made out to University of Washington Medical Center and on the designation line “Maternal Infant Fund 68033” or “MICFND 68-033.” – Barb Baker
From the Vicar:
I read some of a book by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, about discipleship. His idea is that if the Church is to have a future, we must be present, patient, truthful and loving to the unloved. I always wonder who a bishop, or politician, or indigent who comes in asking for money for insulin – who they think they are talking to. I mean, aren’t any of us in the Church because we feel, or felt, unloved in some way? Isn’t it our responsibility as a Church to acknowledge that, and so be present, patient, truthful and loving with one another? This form of compassionate and caring relationship is, for Archbishop Williams, what constitutes the actuality of the Gospel in the witness of the Church. Of course, he is coming from the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I love you.” And then we wonder who is included on the “one another.”
Here is the question of the nature of the Church. Is the Church of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as liberator by spiritual union with his Father, essentially the mission, as Jesus says, “I was hungry and you fed me. Thirsty and you gave me water. A stranger and you welcomed me. Naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me. In prison, and you came to me.” I am not hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick or in prison. I am well fed, community bound, undoctored, and “free.” Well, but then why am I here? Jesus himself composes the living heart of the Church. For, our faith and passion for the Church may come of a spiritual gift to realize Jesus fed me his body, and quenched my thirst with his blood. Loved me and so forgave and blessed me as no other could. Gave me a living, a house, a family, guided me into health, and let me know I do not, after all, belong to myself, but to him. You see this is all very, very intimate. And to be inspired to feed, and welcome and cloth the stranger, visit the sick, and go into the prisons, be alone with, pray with, profoundly wounded and wounding men and women, means we have needed and received such blessing.
This is Archbishop Williams’ point. The empowering spiritual ministry of Jesus to us, to love us into freedom, is the profoundly personal, intimate, immediate and actual way of his mission. And as the communion of his body and blood is utterly personal, intimate and tangible, so by that gift we are brought to know our deepest, personal needs. And thus we unite in spirit with those whose lives are deeply plowed and harrowed from lack of love, loss, disability, addiction and abuse. The common knowledge on the street, by the way, is, “The best fed are not always the best loved.
Safeguarding God’s Children: Training Available
The Diocese of Olympia takes its responsibility for the safety of our people seriously. The Safe Church program teaches how to identify and prevent abuse within the church community, and is conducted several times per year, free of charge.
Safeguarding God’s Children and People is required for all canonically resident and licensed clergy. This training is of general interest to all, but is required of anyone who works with children and youth in the church, whether as teachers, helpers or nursery – all staff, clergy & vestry/bishop’s committees as well. Five year certification on completion of each class. (statement from Diocesan website)
Here are the sessions and locations for the next while, as listed on the Diocesan website:
- Safeguarding God’s Children and God’s People, Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle May 11 9:00 am – 4 pm organizer Adam Conley firstname.lastname@example.org
- Safeguarding God’s Children, St Andrew, Seattle May 11 9:00 am – 12 pm organizer Barbara Larson email@example.com 206 365-8199
- Safeguarding God’s Children, Emmanuel, Mercer Island, June 1 9:00 am – 12 pm organizer Katya Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org 206 232-2093
- Safeguarding God’s People, Emmanuel, Mercer Island, June 1 1:00 pm – 4 pm organizer Katya Nemec email@example.com 206 232-2093 lunch provided at 12 pm
- Safeguarding God’s Children, St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island, June 2 12:00 pm – 3 pm organizer Rev. Karen Haig firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding God’s People, St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island, June 9 12:00 pm – 3 pm organizer Rev. Karen Haig email@example.com
- Safeguarding God’s People, St. Andrew, Seattle, June 22 9:00 pm– 12 pm organizer Barbara Larson firstname.lastname@example.org 206 365-8199
Youth Events in the Diocese: check Diocesan website for details
Camp in the Cascades July 14-20 at Camp Huston for Grades 9 – 12
Pilgrimage on the Peninsula August 4 – 10 begins Seattle and ends at La Push for Grades 9 – 12