Newsletter of St. David Emmanuel
location: 18842 Meridian Avenue N. ~ Shoreline, WA 98133
mailing address: P.O. Box 77322 ~ Seattle, WA 98177
July 6, 2019
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
– Peggy Hudson, editor
Bishop’s Committee meeting: Highlights of Bishop’s Committee meeting Sunday, June 9, 2019: Guest Dr. Canon Marda Steedman-Sanborn, Canon to the Ordinary, met with the committee and gave us a handout that outlines the search process. She will appoint a consultant to guide us. Costs of the online process and consultant will be paid from Marda’s Diocesan funds. The first task must include the congregation. Using the online survey developed by HolyCow!Consulting, we will begin to define our needs for our church moving forward. It is also necessary to gather anecdotal information from members of the congregation and ask them to share their stories and dreams for the congregation, through forums or small group meetings. The profile must be approved by the Bishop’s Committee. The 2nd task is to form a Search Committee, and the 3rd task is to form a Transition Committee. We must have a Goodbye Service for Vicar Jerry Hanna. The search process can take from 9 months to 2 years. Participation by everyone is encouraged. Building Manager Rick Hudson reported that the replacement for the smaller kitchen sink faucet has been installed. He said that our electrical panels are considered in some reports to be unreliable. We have an estimate to replace them for $6,500. We must have a commercially licensed electrician do the work. He will look for further estimates. Treasurer Rose Thygesen said that the annual audit had been completed, and the Bishop’s Committee approved the audit report. A motion passed unanimously to increase Vicar Jerry Hanna’s salary by $350 a month for the balance of his tenure. People’s Warden Jean Perry reported that she will wait for our Diocese-appointed consultant before appointing the Profile and Search Committees. Completion dates have been entered into the ongoing plans for building maintenance (RAM and RM schedule). The revised schedule has been sent to the Diocesan Task Force and we await their response. Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported that SafeChurch agreements with our tenants are in progress. He said that the letter to the Spanish Church requesting that they move their services into the East portable has been approved by Dennis Tierney. Jerry and Hayden will meet with the pastor of that church. Vicar Jerry Hanna reported he has asked the Korean Church’s pastor to update insurance coverage. Jerry and Kay are working toward the sale of their house. Jerry thanked the group for our shared vision and commitment to the multi-use of our facilities. New ministries were noted. –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.
Month of July: The Back to School Supplies Drive takes place during the month of July.
December 29: Goodbye Service and potluck
January 1, 2020: Jerry’s Open House reception gathering 10 AM – 4 PM
Birthdays in July:
July 1: Robert Aspinall
July 2: Clarisse Redmond
July 16: Anthony Aspinall
July 24: Jesse Miller
From the Vicar:
Joseph was told by Gabriel, “Do not fear to take Mary to wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall name him ‘Jesus,’ for he shall save his people from their sins.” Jesus, “Yeshua,” derived from yasha, meaning “liberation,” and thus “salvation.” Salvation is to be freed from deadly peril. Sin is deadly bondage. And how is that? It is to be locked into one’s self. It is to think of behavior and relationship in terms of what advantages or disadvantages me. In literal terms, sin is hamartia, to miss the target, to distort my aim by self-absorption, contracting into self-interest, and thus blind to the other. So we come to the understanding that sin is not about what we do, but about what we don’t do, the fruit of our alienation where we stand in anxious self-isolation. Of course, what we call “law” supports that alienation. If we confuse sin, as something we don’t do, missing the target, with violations of the law, harm done to or against, then we preserve our alienation. We can stay well within the law, and yet remain in sin, for the root and substance of righteousness is not keeping the law.
What does the one born of the Holy Spirit say? “Greater love has no one than this, that they lay down their life for their friends.” And what is Jesus’ commandment? That we love one another as he loves us. And what do we confess? “We have not loved You with our whole self, heart, mind and soul, and our neighbor as our self.” Sin is a failure of love, not what we do, but what we do not do. The law tells us what we do that reveals our condition of sin – murder, theft, adultery, lying, worshipping things, rather than the one whose being is love. God relates by love, not by law. Our sin persists when we claim righteousness by not violating law, rather than loving. And this is love, “to lay down our life for our friend.” “Friend,” means the one for whom I drop my self-interest, my self-righteousness presumed by obedience to law, and affirm the life of my friend as of one whole with my life. Who is my friend? – for it is the presence of the friend that tests my condition of sin, compels alertness about how I love. Suspicious and judgmental prejudice, arrogance of privilege with respect to righteousness before the law, misses the mark of the love that frees from sin. Again, sin is about what we fail to do, love with our whole self, rather than about what we do in matters of law where we are culpable for what we do. And so what? By saving us from sin, loving us by laying down his life, opening himself to unite with us by the Spirit and way of divine love, that we may be empowered to love one another as he loves us, Jesus sets us free. Really, from the point of view that sin is a matter of law, Jesus got himself killed for sin.
***************************************************************************************Vicar Search News:
Vicar Jerry Hanna has decided to retire as of January 1, 2020. At the Bishop’s Committee meeting on June 6, Canon to the Ordinary Marda Steedman-Sanborn met with the Bishop’s Committee to discuss the vicar search process. A consultant has been appointed by the Diocese to help us. The Bishop’s Committee will be meeting with her on July 14. Committees will be formed to carry out different aspects of the search process and members of the congregation will be consulted thoughtfully during the search process. -Peggy
New email addresses:
A couple of people have had changes of email address. Helen Congleton’s email address is now email@example.com, and Dana Thompson’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. These addresses will go into next year’s church directory, but we thought it would be good for you to know them now. Anyone else have a change to report?
Toiletries for the veterans at Veterans Hospital
The veterans are so grateful for donations of toiletries. And you have been so generous! We will deliver our congregation’s donations next week. – Rick and Peggy Hudson
From Jan Trowbridge
You have all been so caring of my sister and me, I want to thank you for both of us. Ann is doing well. She had a small stroke soon after arriving at her son Jim’s but has recovered and is happy to be there. She is receiving much loving attention and is sure she is being spoiled. Moving back in a forest setting watching the deer from her window is like going home. They expect their new house to be finished in August or September, so they will all shift residences again then.
Her new address is:
1320 Old Pioneer Road
Oakland, Oregon 97462
The address will remain the same when they move. I know that if you are driving south and find yourself passing through Oakland she would be delighted to see you! Her phone number will remain the same as on the roster as far as I know.
Thanks to you from me for embracing her so completely and making St David’s feel like her home while she was here.