Dear ones in Christ:
Thank you for your prayers and support during my illness. It certainly wasn’t the way I hoped to begin a new year! At this point, I’m just getting some energy back, and trying to catch up with everything that needs to be done. A profound thanks to Ann+ for all her work these past few weeks, and to everyone coming together as we continue the work of being church together.
Speaking of “being church,” this is a good time to remember that St. Catherine’s began as a group of people who wanted to create an Episcopal presence in the Nehalem Bay area, and who committed to doing the work together as a “church family.” Today, when many of us have come to St. Catherine’s from larger churches, its good to keep this metaphor in mind.
“Being a church family” is being aware that ministry gets done because of personal relationships and a commitment to our common dream. Truly, even today, St. Catherine’s is more like an extended family than a formal institution. When each of us takes on a specific portion of what needs to be done, freely offerings our gifts, our commitment and our time, then the Spirit does marvelous things.
Blessings in Christ,
Celebrate Diversity and Unity
Saturday, January 14, 7 p.m. at Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda in Manzanita. A book reading and discussion with Helen Hill, author of “A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County”. $5 suggested donation.
Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. at North Fork 53, 77272 OR-53, Nehalem. Dr. Dawn Sea Kahrs, DC, owner of Graceful Waves Chiropractic of Wheeler will guide us through some healing exercises to open hearts and encourage healing from the past. We will then engage in a meaningful conversation to address our strengths and faults as it relates to living in small coastal communities that are safe and inclusive for all. Hosted by Ginger and Brigham Edwards.
Monday, January 16, 10 a.m. at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, 36050 10th St, Nehalem, OR. Breakfast will be provided by Coastal Soul owner LaNicia Williams. A $10 donation is suggested. We will gather to honor each other in our commitment to continue the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sponsored by Oregon Coast Love Coalition.
Annual Meeting January 22
January 22 following the 9:30 AM service we will have our annual meeting. We will affirm our support for BAC members and hear reports on the budget and our mission projects. Please plan to attend and bring some food to share for our fellowship.
Pledge cards and Annual Statements
Your 2016 statement is now available in the entryway (narthex). Thanks to Janet Lease for the preparation and distribution. After January 31 statements not picked up will be mailed.
Pledge cards for 2017 are ready to be filled out. Please return these as soon as possible so we can plan for the year.
In our continuing relationship with the Nehalem Elementary School look for updates on what you can do to support the children. A STEM night is coming up when there may be opportunities to share your gifts. January 26. Stay tuned.
Food Bank: The food bank delivery was made and 22 pounds donated from St Catherine’s!!
January 8 at 6 PM Janet Robinson told the story of Baptism to all of us. The children stayed with her to talk about what they learned and to interpret their learning through art and play. Following the service we shared Rosca de Reyes to celebrate the Magi visiting the Christ child and the need to hide the child from Herod. Gabriel Cázarez baked the bread for us. We did not have a baby in the bread this year but everyone thought it would be fun to make tamales together.
New Essay by St Catherine’s Authors
You will find the latest essay at Reflections on our church web site. Kay Stoltz writes “The Angels Sang.”
Read it here.
MEETINGS THIS MONTH
January 14 9:30 AM
Bishop’s Committee Meeting after the
9:30 AM service
New office phone number:
New cell phone for