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 becomes important to lift up these stories as beacons of encouragement and hope.

We are the living Body of Christ. We are called to embody his message and his teaching, to live and proclaim the reality of the Kingdom of God in our midst.

In our lives, our families, our ministries, and our life in community. Where, and how, are we called to give witness to the Resurrected Christ?


April 23 at 8 AM Service: Goodbye Nancy

Join us at 8 AM to say farewell to Nancy Pruess or before the 9:30 AM service for her reception.

“So long” from Nancy and John Pruess

John and I moved to Wheeler in January 2001.  I started attending St. Catherine’s the first Sunday we were living in Wheeler, albeit while living in a travel trailer at that moment in time.  St. Catherine’s obviously and immediately became my Church home and family.  When we moved to Oregon we thought we’d see how we liked Oregon at the end of the winter. Having moved from S.E. Idaho I especially was weary of winter times, at that point 22 years of SNOW still boggled my mind.  By the time spring had sprung and summer came around we knew Oregon was to be our home.  After settling in we didn’t consider living anywhere else.  Subsequently both of our daughters moved to Oregon, making Portland their home, which has made our life in Oregon even better than we imagined.

But the time has come, to quote Ecclesiastes 3-4:  “There is a time for everything…. a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” We have developed deep roots living in Wheeler, making friends within St. Catherine and outside of St. Catherine’s.    Now we are “uprooting”.  We mourn a great deal because it is time to leave our life and friends we’ve made here, but it is time to be able to spend more time closer to our daughters, so while we weep and mourn we are looking forward to more time to laugh and “dance” with our daughters, especially during this time of our lives. 

We, like many our age, need to go to specialized doctors and we have found that to be a reason to move into the Portland area also, the drive back and forth now so tiresome.  We have purchased a condo in Tigard, in a 55+ community and while it is difficult to say “Good-bye” to our Church friends and family the time has come.  We thank our St. Catherine’s family for love and friendship over the years.  It cannot be replaced.  When the moving van pulls out on April 28 a big part of our heart remains with all of you!   We hope when you are in the Tigard area we can see you.  Once we have our landline we will leave the number with St. Catherine’s as well as our address.  With hearts full of love and some sadness we say “So long” we hate the words “Good-bye.” 

Godly Play this Sunday at 6 PM

Janet Robinson will tell the Parable of the Leaven and the children will reflect on the meaning of the story in their lives. You can watch the Parable told in Godly Play style here.

Guitar Duo to Play at St Catherine’s April 30  

Portland Guitar Duo will perform “Guitarology” at St. Catherine’s Sunday April 30 at 3:00 PM

Described by the musicians who perform it as a unique look at the history of the guitar and lute through historical performance, “Guitarology” is a narrated concert tracing the development and evolution of two of the most versatile instruments in music history. This five century musical odyssey is the brainchild of Foti Lycouridis and James Manuele, two kindred spirits who have been performing together as the Portland Guitar Duo since 1999. “Guitarology” showcases Renaissance and Baroque lutes, Baroque guitars, authentic 19th century romantic guitars and 10-string and modern guitars, coupled with commentary on aesthetics, repertoire, playing techniques, instrument construction, and composers.  Read more here.

Regular admission is $15, seniors and students $12 at the door. Cash, check, or credit card accepted.

Episcopal Church Women Spirituality Day

May 20 at St Paul’s in Salem. Registration forms and more information on the bulletin board in the hallway by the office. The theme is Seeking Wellness: Keep it Simple Sister. Click image to enlarge. All information is also at the ECW website. Click here.

Photos from Easter and Baptism


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Sunday April 23

Farewell to Nancy and John Pruess at
8 AM service and reception following

6:00 PM Godly Play with Janet Robinson

April Events

Sunday April 30
3:00 PM Guitar Duo


May Meetings

Saturday May 6
Congregational Care

Saturday May 13
9:30 AM
Mission Committee

Sunday May 21
BAC Meeting with Canon Neysa Ellgren After 9:30 AM service