Vicar’s Notes: 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…

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Vicar’s Notes: 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…

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Vicar’s Notes: Ongoing Conversations about Supporting our Immigrant Community: Last Sunday we had an initial conversation about the impact of changes of immigration enforcement on our local community. It was a poignant time of sharing, leading to a renewed urgency on creating ways to walk authentically alongside each other and finding ways to provide tangible…

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Vicar’s Notes: Diocesan Clergy Conference: Mercy and Gospel Justice Each year, our bishop gathers the clergy of the diocese for a time of fellowship, renewal, worship and study. This year our conference took place at the Oregon Garden Resort, and centered on living mercy and justice within our lives, congregations and communities. Our speaker was…

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Vicar’s Notes: The Work of Easter Part of our Easter message this year was remembering that, just as important as the earliest witnesses to the Resurrection, we have stories of encounters with the living Christ told by people we know today. As we move from the reflection of Lent into the joy of Easter, it…

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Vicar’s Notes: Making our Way through Holy Week: This Thursday we observe Maundy Thursday. Etymologically, “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.” In the context of Holy Week it refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples while washing their feet: “A new command I…

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Bill and Chelo Steagall, parents of the Rev. Patricia Steagall, Vicar at St. Catherine’s Church in Nehalem and Manzanita, died peacefully in Portland OR within a scant two weeks of each other after 55+ years of marriage. Bill and Chelo were members of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Portland. A Memorial Service will…

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Holy Week Services: April 13 Maundy Thursday service:  5 PM April 14 Good Friday service:  Noon April 15 Saturday:  Church cleanup for Easter Sunday April 16 EASTER:  No 8 AM service, principal service at 9:30 Labyrinth Committee Update Following the Labyrinth presentation of 2/26, the committee reflected on feedback, ideas and suggestions. Here are some highlights:…

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Lenten Reflections from St Catherine’s A weekly reflection on the meaning of Lent by members of St. Catherine’s. This week: Tricia Gates Brown: member of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee With Gladness and Singleness of Heart (excerpt). Read it all here. The forty-day season of Lent is traditionally viewed as commemorating Jesus’ forty days of wandering and being…

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Lent as a Journey to Serve Today, with my father’s departure from this life so fresh in my heart, I find myself reflecting on the many images of dying and rising that are offered in scripture. In contrast to a wider culture that often views death through the lens of denial and fear, the Christian…

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