On June 4th we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the early Christian community, empowering the newly formed “church” to continue the work of Jesus in building and living in the Kingdom of God.
This year, we celebrate Pentecost in a very practical way as we continue filling our ministry roster in the areas of Sunday worship and maintenance of our physical plant. We have several posters to look at what is needed, and I’m hopeful that most of these needs can be filled with the gracious volunteering of all our members.
A huge thanks to those of you who have signed up already! Please talk with me if you have any questions around any of these areas of ministry at St. Catherine’s!
Food Bank News
Our food basket in the narthex (entry) has garnered generous contributions recently. Thanks to everyone for your thoughtfulness. Covenant Community Church (our partner in feeding those in need) really appreciates our support for the food pantry. They are open four days per week and currently serve about 90 people (including individuals and families). Nine newcomers have visited the food pantry in May.
Items in short supply right now are canned fruit, soup, and corn, toilet paper, and Top Ramen. Thanks again for all you do to support people in our local community.
Hunger Relief Coordinator
Photos from Canon Neysa’s Visit
and Report of Meeting with BAC
The BAC (Bishop’s Advisory Committee or Parish Council) met after services on Sunday with Canon Neysa, who serves as the Congregational Development Officer for the Diocese. Much of our conversation revolved around updating job descriptions for clergy, BAC and ministry leaders, and ensuring these are congruent with our mission and values as a congregation.
1. A Personnel Committee was appointed to review job descriptions and make recommendations for future hiring: Chip MacGregor, Vicki Melton, Lianne Thompson, and Carol Jones.
2. Building needs: The heating system issues were discussed. Senior Warden Vicki Melton will seek advice on next steps to ensure it is fixed.
3. Tricia Gates Brown and Chip MacGregor will work on requirements for a permanent housing solution for Crog. The BAC approved having his RV moved to St. Catherine’s grounds on a contingent basis, as well as expressing gratitude to the Dillons for housing Crog throughout the winter and spring.
4. Grounds: We will continue working on our Labyrinth Project, a Pet Memorial Garden, and researching feasibility of building an additional Memorial Wall in the Memorial garden.
Coffee on Sunday
Wondering if we can pep up coffee hour a bit but not leave the same people to set up and clean up or bring treats? Tasks to make coffee happen: brew coffee – all the things you need are in the upper left cupboard including directions. Usually we make a full pot of regular coffee and a half a pot of decaf. Put out the other drink options: tea, cider, cocoa, sugar, creamer – found in the drawers lower right. Cups are up above the microwave. Water and cups are good to put out too, especially with summer coming (we hope!)
After church- empty pots, dump grounds and put away cups, etc. There is no rota so just jump in and make it happen. Those on the cleaning teams often do set up the coffee but someone still needs to clean up after church.
Treats: whatever you feel like bringing is great. Sometimes there are things in the refrigerator that can be put out. Also Oreos in upper left cupboard!
Joni and Friends will be holding a retreat at Twin Rocks for families living with disabilities. They need Short Term Missionaries (STMs) to serve at the retreats. Christina Pfister (contact her via email@example.com) has the information and served as an STM last year. Dates are: August 13-18 and 20-25. Contact Brent Olstad (541) 897-0482
Pastoral News: Betty Powers
Garden Club visited Betty this week
Address for cards is:
Avamere Rehabilitation Center, Room 511, Bed 2
650 SE Oak St
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
A new essay by Kay Stoltz
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Psalm 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, our Lord.
What do our services sound like? Do you hear a joyful noise? Are we celebrating the Good News? Good News! What does that mean? It means time for excitement, festivities, shout from the hills, doesn’t it? Isn’t that what we do with good news?
But we do not. Church is sober and serious, displays of joy are strongly discouraged. As a cradle Episcopalian, I love the pomp and ceremony. I recognize the solemnity. Meditation, reflection, penitence, and awe are essential to our worship service.
However, from Ecclesiastes 3:4 — (there is) a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.
I submit there is a time in our worship service to make a joyful noise, to laugh and dance, to proclaim the Good News with gusto. We were created to enjoy the earth and everything in it, including music. Doesn’t God want us to worship Him with our entire being?
Time to make a Joyful Noise!
St Catherine’s has many authors – you can read their work on our web site: Reflections