Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Time after time, I realize how beneficial it is to come together within the sacred space of our sanctuary when we have difficult events to process, recognizing that one of the primary communities in our lives is the one we have together as followers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This first Sunday post-election, I deeply encourage all of us to make a special effort to be together in church as we listen anew to God’s Word, break bread together and pray.
For the Christmas Season, one of my hopes is that we continue to create opportunities to come together in all sorts of configurations.
With this in mind, plans are being made to gather with our neighbors at Nehalem Bay United Methodist for some of our Christmas observances. On Sunday, December 18th, Nehalem Bay United Methodist will host Lessons and Carols at 11:00 AM. On Christmas Eve, St. Catherine’s will host a Christmas Eve service for both congregations with a musical program at 5:30 PM, followed with a Festive Eucharist at 6:00 PM.
These are not so much “combined” services as rather each church hosting each event with an invitation to all. My hope is that we will enjoy celebrating the season in fellowship with each other, and that by doing so we will find ourselves coming together in other projects that will benefit both congregations as well as our local communities.
Yours in Christ,
Photos from Diocesan Conventioin
Lianne and Patricia+ Bishop Ladehoff
Your Delegation: Byron, Patricia+, Ann+, Lianne
Byron and Vicki Bishop Hanley
Our Convention Basket and Socks
Thank you for your generous donations of socks for Rahab’s Sisters and local items for the raffle basket supporting the Commission on Poverty and Homelessness. Much gratitude was expressed for the socks and toiletries! As for the basket, all the beautiful donations purchased locally came together in a lovely offering. This not only supports our local economy, but also shows the many ways in which blessings can be re-circulated to create and support a world where everyone is cared for.
The raffle for gift baskets raised over $3000. And 340 pairs of socks were collected for Rahab’s Sisters’ guests.
Christmas Tea December 16th at 1 PM
The annual Christmas Tea is in the works. Becky Berg is heading up the planning. The Tea will be Friday, December 16th, 1:00 P.M. at the Pine Grove. Donations will be go to support the Tornado Relief Fund. Checks should be made to St. Catherine Episcopal Church with a note “Tornado Relief Fund.” Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach has donated a Christmas basket of their famous candies for our fund raiser.
Let Becky know if you can help by replying to this email or talking to her at church.
Fall Study Program this week
Thursday November 10 at 4 PM
The Kingdom of Relationship Discovering the the value of ourselves in relationship. Looking at how relationships build us us or tear us down. Who is in for the long haul with us? Supporting and caring?
Earn $$ for St Catherine’s from Fred Meyer
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The Adaptable Mind — a video shown by our speaker on the qualities needed for 21st century ministries. Click here to play video.
Mark Falby, Craig Jensen
and Deanne Falby
Father Chet Falby
More photos of events at St Catherine’s in 2016