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 comfort? Are there images that challenge us as well?
At St. Catherine’s we usually gravitate towards love as the first answer to most theological questions. Other sharings included acceptance, welcome, forgiveness, and going out in the world to discover that the Kingdom is already present in so many places and ways.
At an even broader level, our Presiding Bishop and Executive Council challenge us with the image of “The Beloved Community.” As we seek reconciliation, justice, inclusion and respect for all human beings, our church leadership is equipping us with images and methodologies that invite us to live fully into the Kingdom today.
This fall, we continue this work within our St. Catherine’s community. We shall look for understanding, images and practices that remind and tell us who we are, and look for next steps in building our identity, ministries and mission on Beloved Community and the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus taught and modeled.
Second Sunday Potluck August 13
Join us after the 9:30 Service for companionship and good food. Share your favorite salad or dessert or other tasty bits. In September we will celebrate the anniversary of our church building.
Summer Hours and Hiatus for the Tidings
The Vicar will be on vacation the first two weeks of August, and the Tidings will be on hiatus during that time. Articles and submissions will then be received through the church e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Mission Projects
We continue collecting small backpacks for Nehalem Elementary school, and working towards our goal of subsidizing one week of a Resident Counselor salary at Camp Magruder ($357 goal). Thank you for helping us meet our yearly summer mission project goals that benefit our local community!
Marc’s Birthday Party August 26 – 3 PM
From Marisol: “Hola la invita al. Cumpleaños de Marc el 26 de agosto alas 3. De la tarde en mi casa.”
Birthday party for Marc at the Marisol Godoy and Gabriel Cázarez’ home.
Two years old!!
September 10 Anniversary Celebration
Watch for announcements about celebrating the anniversary of our church building. Coming September 10 (Sunday after Labor Day). For history click here.
The 6 PM service will hold an evening potluck and “plato de traje” on Sunday Sept. 10.
After 9:30 AM service
Bring food to share
Sunday, August 20
3 – 5 PM
August 26 3 PM
Birthday Party for Marc at Marisol Godoy and Gabriel Cázarez’ home