Monthly Newsletter

Newsletter of St. David Emmanuel Episcopal Church

location: 18842 Meridian Avenue N. ~ Shoreline, WA 98133mailing address: P.O.
Box 77322 ~ Seattle, WA 98177(206)

April 4, 2024

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 1 st of the month. Call me on the phone (206)364-6881, send it in the mail (3021 NE 185 th
St, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155), tell me at church, or email (!
– Peggy Hudson, editor

Bishop’s Committee meeting: extract from minutes of the meeting March 10, 2024 (not official since
they have not yet been voted on by the Bishop’s Committee): Treasurer Rose Thygesen noted that due to the
leak in the portables last year, our wastewater treatment cost has risen and will stay high for the remainder of
the year since the bill reflects the average of water usage outflow in the previous year. There has been no
resolution yet about the water supply bill. We agreed that we will need to adjust the budget for this added
expense. Facilities manager Rick Hudson said he will call a plumber to deal with the leak under the kitchen
sinks. Pastor Elmer’s crew have finished plumbing repair needed for freezing damage in the portables and
are still working on replacing sheet rock. Rick and Scott Baker are planning to remove the failing gutter and
downspouts along the north side of the sanctuary. Bishop’s Warden Scott Baker said one of the men’s
groups volunteered to haul away the old monitors/TVs in the hallway to Goodwill. Scott plans to take away
the old unused coffee pots in the hallway. He said that at times Fr. Joseph Wolyniak will be away, we will
have morning prayer in March, Fr. Guy Sherman will likely be with us in April, and we may have someone
from St. Thomas Medina in May. We briefly discussed the possibility of training additional people to serve
as chalice bearers and lay readers. Fr. Joseph said that if people are interested, to please let him know. He
will check with the Diocese about what needs to be done in training and licensing. Fr. Joseph then provided
orientation for the St. David/Emmanuel Bishop’s Committee, reviewing the Constitution and Canons of the
Diocese of Olympia (2021). We then moved and voted to accept the 2024 Annual Budget as presented at the
Annual Meeting; to accept the nomination of Peggy Hudson as Clerk for the Bishop’s Committee for 2024;
and to accept the nomination of Rose Thygesen as Treasurer for 2024. The Vicar appointed, with consent,
Scott Baker as 2024 Bishop’s Warden. Jean Perry was nominated and elected as 2024 People’s Warden.
We agreed to move some meetings from the usual 2 nd Sunday to fit Joseph’s schedule and avoid meeting on
Mother’s Day. We agreed to meet on April 7, May 19, and June 9. He suggested a summer recess in July
and August, but we might schedule a special meeting if something requires a vote. He provided an update on
the process toward electing a new Bishop for the Diocese, noting that we can read profiles and statements
from the four candidates for Bishop at the Diocesan website. Joseph will not be attending the convention
because the current Bishop has decided that only canonically resident clergy may do so. He encouraged all
BC members to learn about the candidates and to be ready to discuss them at the April meeting. Rick and
Peggy Hudson will be representing StDE as voters, but everyone’s thoughts are needed and welcome.
Joseph encouraged us to ask the candidates at the Meet and Greets: “What is your vision for small churches?
How will you assist congregations in discernment?” Joseph led discussion on StDE Discernment and
Strategic Planning. He said that he has now visited with almost everyone in their homes and from that has
gained a better understanding of everyone. He would be glad to return if people would like that. He
reminded the committee that we are to come up with 3 goals for the Vicar and BC each year, and then assess
our progress at the end of the year. We are a small congregation, and although we are not planning to close
any time soon, he feels we need to do some discussing. He encouraged us to consider different options for
directions we could take in the future. Options included hoping and trying to grow, joining with another
church, envisioning redevelopment (e.g., develop affordable housing on our site), and envisioning a
“successor” church. He left this very open, asked us to pray about this, and consider possibilities. He would
like for us to have a plan in place before things might become too hard for us to manage. He encouraged us
to read an article about how the church is not dying, but changing. -Peggy Hudson, Clerk

Dates to remember:
Sunday mornings: 9:00 Rite II. Available both in person and on Zoom
Monday mornings: Bible study at 10 AM – noon at the parish hall
Wednesday evenings: Evening discussion and Compline service 7 – 8 PM via Zoom
1 st Sun. each month: Loose plate offering goes to organizations such as Hopelink and Compass Housing
2 nd Sun. each month: Bishop’s Committee meeting following church service, about 10:30 AM
Our vicar, Joseph Wolyniak, is available via email at or 203/850-2056. He will be in
church on Tuesdays 9am until 1pm. Feel free to drop in, or book an appointment to ensure availability. You
may call, text, and/or email Fr Joseph any time.
Special Events: 

Sunday, April 28 (with brunch added, and postponed from April 7 th ) : UW Baby Shower WITH BRUNCH
following the 9 AM church service See article at the bottom of this page.
Sunday, June 2 (tentative date): Women’s Tea and Men’s Patio Party at Maureen Lyons’s house

April 8: Devin Nowka-Keane
April 9: Tim Aspinall
April 14: Raylene Mullene
April 15: Vivian Nowka-Keane
April 16 Simon Aspinall
April 17: Alice Street

April 18 Gary Rickert

From the Vicar:
Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!
This was our Easter refrain, joining Christians who’ve been celebrating the resurrection of Our Lord for over
two thousand years. What a joy for me to join the St David Emmanuel community for my first Holy Week
with you, as we journeyed the via dolorosa with Jesus: from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to the cross
at Calvary, to the empty tomb.
We are reminded, yet again, that these events are the lynchpin of human history and the font of our hope.
While uncertainty swirls around us, in both the church and world, we are given this annual remembrance as a
touchstone of our faith. “In Christ alone, my hope is found,” as a worship song by Stuart Townend puts it,
“He is my light, my strength, my song.” The song continues:
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Over the fifty days of Eastertide, extending to the Feast of Pentecost on May 19 th , may you and your loved
ones find yourself buoyed by the hope of the Risen Christ––as he reminds us, “take heart! I have overcome
the world.” (John 16.33)
See you Sunday,

Spotlight on Outreach:

Baby Shower for UW Babies: April 28 after church
It’s time for our annual Baby Shower for UW Babies! This tradition
started a number of years ago when our member, Barb Baker, who
is a pediatric nurse practitioner at University Hospital, told us that
many of the newborns at the hospital need clothing and car seats. At
this baby shower we bring store-bought newborn clothes and
blankets. We also bring hand-knitted or crocheted baby hats,
sweaters, and blankets. And we donate money for car seats, a very
expensive but extremely important item for each new baby. It’s a lot
of fun to see all the adorable items, and to just get together! So join us
on April 28 after church for a potluck brunch and celebrate babies and

springtime. – from Tessa

Interested in serving as lay reader and/or chalice bearer?

We could use some more people interested in this service to the church and community! Please let Fr.
Joseph know if you are interested.
Please let Miriam know about prayer requests!
If anyone wants to join the prayer chain or wants to ask the prayer chain to pray for something, please let
Miriam know. Her email is and her phone is 206 376-4985.

Adjustments due to Coronavirus and other circulating viruses
We will all continue to try to stay as safe as possible in our worship and other interactions. We plan to
continue to meet at the church for Sunday worship, with Zoom access for those who can’t come to join in
person. Currently, masking is optional.

Zoom access for those who can’t come to join in
person. Currently, masking is optional.