Vicar’s Column This past Sunday our Gospel reading offered a selection of images on the Kingdom of Heaven. “And again, Jesus said, the Kingdom of Heaven is like…”  Pondering on this phrase, we shared what the Kingdom can be at St. Catherine’s today. What images and understandings come to mind? Which of these images bring…

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Vicar’s Column Unfolding the Labyrinth Last weekend, the canvas labyrinth was unfolded and used for the first time. Meanwhile, the work of the Labyrinth Committee continues with focus groups and presentations, gathering our preferences around location, materials and design. Regarding location on our property, considerations include aesthetics, safety, accessibility, and accounting for possible future expansion…

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by Tricia Gates Brown   I sit with Brother Martin Gonzales, over sixty years a monk and reflecting on the nearness of life’s end. We are at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey on a summer day when the perfume of magnolias stretches across the way and birds sing, as he reiterates words he likes…

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Vicar’s Column Presentation and Focus Groups for the Outdoor Labyrinth This Sunday, after the 9:30 AM service, we will hold the first Focus Group Presentation on materials, site and design options for the St. Catherine’s outdoor Labyrinth. The hope for this presentation is to give our membership an opportunity to ask questions, and begin sharing preferences…

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Vicar’s Column This week, our Spiritual Companioning Group lived into the “service” component of our purpose as we accepted an invitation to visit with the Resident Counselors (RC’s) at Camp Magruder. Camp Magruder is one of several facilities supported jointly by the Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries of Oregon and Idaho and the Episcopal Diocese…

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Nehalem Elementary School Partnership Our backpack project last summer was so successful that only a few backpacks are needed this year. The family resource counselor at Nehalem Elementary School, Linda, let me know that 15 backpacks should be sufficient this year. She suggested that we focus on smaller backpacks this year. She still has a good…

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Vicar’s Notes: A place of acceptance and welcome where people experience renewal and transformation become a community of love making a positive difference in the world and maturing into the fullness of Christ. From Maintenance to Mission No matter how small or large a congregation, a church thrives when its members are unified around a…

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Vicar’s Notes: Time for Prayer   Our Baptismal Covenant commits us to a life of prayer. How do we do this? I imagine that for most of us its a gradual journey, discovering practices that feel faithful, authentic and “right for us.”  As we deepen our practice, we may recognize the value this discipline brings into…

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by Phyllis Mannan I didn’t like my first name, Phyllis. Why couldn’t I have been called Susan or Sarah—or even my middle name, Ann? Then I read in college that Phyllis comes from a Greek word that means green leaf. I’d always liked the family story about my namesake, too. My dad grew up in…

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by Kay Stoltz   Hebrews 6:13-20 The reading May 30, 2017. Verse 19 reads: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.  What is hope in my life? And there it is:  I hope I’m not late. I hope the roads are…

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