Newsletter of St. David Emmanuel Episcopal Church

18842 Meridian Avenue N. ~ Shoreline, WA  98133

mailing address: P.O. Box 77322 ~ Seattle, WA 98177

(206) 715-9564

www.stdavidemmanuel.org

October 1, 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 September 19 meeting:  Building Manager Rick Hudson explained how to turn the furnaces on for parish hall and sanctuary.  Treasurer Rose Thygesen submitted the August Treasurer’s report.  She explained that income is still higher than expenses, mostly because some people give one lump sum during the year.  She explained that the pay for substitute organist has increased from $100 to $150 per Sunday.  People’s Warden Maureen Lyons reported that the Diocese is expecting 8 Afghan families, who will be settled in south Seattle.  She proposed that we have an October in-gathering for Afghan refugees.  There was general interest, and there were no objections, but Rose needed a couple of days to confirm that these funds are considered part of Outreach and therefore not part of our assessment.  Bishop’s Warden Hayden Street reported on the status of the playground equipment proposal desired by the IVE congregation and discussion followed.

Under the topic of Ministries Completed, we have successfully reopened the church building and have met in person each Sunday since July 11, with Zoom access for those who can’t come in person.  The Korean congregation has also resumed in-person worship, and some of the 12-Step groups have returned.  The quilters plan to begin meeting soon.  Maureen will check with John Bee about plans for Ditty Bags this year (see article later in this newsletter).  The Committee decided to continue having groups using the facility take away their own garbage, and having the cleaners take away our garbage, so we do not need to resume any other garbage service any time soon.  The Committee decided to leave the Sunday worship service at 9 AM.  Women’s Bible Study continues to meet at Maureen’s house.  Father Tom reported that we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis in early October by sharing photos of our pets on the large TV screen.  He can use the photos from last year, but he welcomes additional photos.  He plans to take some time away in late October/early November and will work with Jean, Maureen, and Barb for Morning Prayer service.  The Wednesday evening group will read and discuss parts of a book about women in the Bible, Oct. 13 – Nov. 19.  Tom reminded the group of upcoming Diocesan Convention.  He would like to discuss the Land Acknowledgement at the October Bishop’s Committee meeting.

Thanks!  To Hayden Street, Bishop’s Warden, and Tessa Machle, Clerk **************************************************************************************                            

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 house

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:

October 29-30:  Diocesan Convention, via Zoom

Birthdays:

October 19: Jack Franz

October 28: Scott Baker

October 31: Hayden Street

 

From our Interim Priest

Dear People of Saint David Emmanuel,                                                                                 October 2021

Our reopening of the church doors is now three months along! While there is still much more that we would hope for as we gather, we have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for each of you as you have taken the steps needed to ensure everyone’s safety. I am also thankful that we have remained safe! This has not come without some sacrifice, and I recognize that this gift of being able to gather in person also comes with some continuing compromise. And I am also thankful for the continuing inreach and outreach you continue to show towards one another and those who you feel called to serve. As you will read about in other areas of this newsletter, October brings us continuing opportunities to give of our abundance. I am thinking about the ingathering for the Mission to Seafarers (a familiar one), and about our care and concern for the Afghanistan refugees who are even in the next few weeks beginning to stream into our county and state. These are both worthy causes, and I hope you will consider giving to them according to your means.

Your continuing ways of showing sacrifice and giving go to the very heart of one of the major themes of Mark’s gospel: the cost of discipleship. Throughout October, Jesus’ interactions with his disciples and with those others who hear his words ‘up the stakes’, so to speak. Mark contrasts Jesus exchanges with the disappointed young, wealthy man who goes away sad, with the blind beggar Bartimaeus who shows his persistence in faith and is rewarded. Jesus’ descriptions of the cost of discipleship are challenging, even for his disciples to hear. They lead even Peter to despair as he considers all he has left behind to follow Jesus. But oh, Jesus reassures him that the reward is great! That too, is our growing edge and opportunity.

Our lectionary continues in the Wisdom tradition with several weeks of reading in Job, before turning to Ruth (with plenty of wisdom there too!). The story of Job’s suffering and restoration both challenges our view of a loving God and shows us the potential of ‘hanging in there’ when all we know and love is being stripped away. The very technical argument of Hebrews, at first glance, can seem as if we need to be Old Testament scholars to understand. And yet, Hebrews is sprinkled throughout with words of encouragement for a small church undergoing hardship and persecution. The phrase ‘hold fast’ is seen throughout.

In upcoming weeks, we will celebrate St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals, work towards a Land Acknowledgement declaration that serves to honor and recognize the First Nations who lived in this land long before St. David’s was here, and participate in our virtual diocesan convention. Thanks in advance to Barb and Scott Baker for representing us at convention this year.

At our most recent BC meeting, we agreed to continue with our 9AM Sunday service schedule. We will also stay the course with respect to forgoing use of our kitchen and coffee hour. These are among the compromises and sacrifice I mentioned above, and I thank you for your understanding. Given the continuing COVID challenges we face in our county, state, and country, these are easy in comparison to the alternatives. But, they are still sacrifice.

Our Wednesday evening group continues to meet for a potluck of topics and conversation. We have recently decided to begin a six-week study on Bible Women which will run from October 13th-November 17th. I have already sent out information on this but will do so again. All are welcome to participate on a week-by-week basis as you have time and ability. We will continue our ways of shared presentation and discussion and will close with Compline.

I will plan to take two weeks off in October for some vacation and continuing education both at Providence and SDE. I will be gone from church from Monday October 11th through Sunday October 24th, returning on Monday October 25th. Maureen and Barb have offered to officiate morning prayer services on the 17th and 24th. Thanks in advance for this offering also. I ask that you continue to hold me in prayer for refreshment and stimulation of new and creative energies and education so that I can continue in my ministries at Providence and St. David’s. Please also continue to hold in prayer those in need around the world who continue to suffer from our global pandemics, whether viral, religious, cultural, or political. And know that I continue to hold you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

Your Brother in Christ, Tom+

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Offered by Michael: Michael Brunson has surplus canning jars (mostly quart size) and special pickle jars to share.  He also has spare firewood, and conifer cones for your home décor.  As well, he has a native sword fern available if you will come and dig it up.  Thank you, Michael!  You can call him at 206/542-3264 to arrange to come pick up these things.

What are we doing for Outreach??    Let’s Help Afghan refugees

 During October, let’s have an ingathering on behalf of Afghan refugees.  You can write a check to St David Emmanuel with “Afghan refugees” on the designation line, or you can put cash into an envelope and write “Afghan refugees” on the outside, and Rose will make sure that your donation gets to our local Refugee Resettlement Office. 

 I have received a note from our local Refugee Resettlement Office, where they have been working very hard to get ready for families to arrive.  As of mid-September, our Diocese was expecting the first 8 families to arrive, some of them with two people and some families of as many as eight people.  And more to come!  Rick and I have applied to help as ESL tutors – we will need training, but it should be a good volunteer activity for us.

I attended an update webinar by the national refugee support organization Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) on Sept. 27.  They told us that refugees have been hosted on military bases for several weeks, where they have been applying for employment authorization (so they can apply for jobs).  Across the U.S., 5,000 – 6,000 refugees per week will need to be resettled (by EMM and the other nine resettlement organizations). All the Afghan refugees will need help with housing and many other things.  The staff at Episcopal Migration Ministries is especially concerned for the refugees with “parolee” status who will be receiving the smallest amount of U.S. government support (total of $1225 each direct to the parolee and $1000 each to the resettlement agency that helps them).  Hyatt, Marriott, and the charitable arm of Air BnB have volunteered to help temporarily with housing.  Refugee Resettlement Organizations are getting only 24 – 48 hours’ notice of arrivals, so this help with housing is especially appreciated. Attorneys who can work pro bono with refugees are needed to help them apply for asylum.  Congress needs to pass funding bills, authorizations to get benefits, and, eventually, the Adjustment Act.  There has been good bipartisan effort for the refugees.  The bill that just passed on Sept 30 to fund the government has provisions for Afghan refugees.

Some useful connections via the Internet:

https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/asylum-toolkit/

Introduction to supporting asylum seekers: a toolkit for congregations.  This is a webinar 1-1/2 hours long, originally recorded in December 2019.  Lots of good information!

Advocate to Evacuate and Resettle our Afghan Allies

Provides a link for you to send a message to your US Senators and/or Representative

https://dioceserroseattle.org/resettlement

The link to our local Refugee Resettlement organization

-Peggy Hudson

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More October outreach!  Ditty bags: *** During October, let’s also help the seafarers visiting the Port of Seattle!  Maureen has checked with John Bee about what may be needed by the Mission to Seafarers this year.  We are planning to make and contribute ditty bags and provide funds for people to buy the things that go in them for the seafarers.  If you would like to make ditty bags, Maureen can tell you how to construct them.  If you would like to give money, please write your check payable to St. David Emmanuel and note “Merchant Seamen” on the designation line.  Or you can put cash in an envelope and write “Merchant Seamen” on the outside.  You can put it into the plate at church or send it to the church at the address at the top of the front page of the newsletter. ***************************************************************************************

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, and we plan to continue with in-person services, 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.