April 27, 2017

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 Sister Simone Campbell, and much of our presentation centered around Walter Brueggeman’s reflection on the prophetic imagination. In practice, the prophetic imagination is intended to create communities that live into  “practices of memory, hope and pain that keep healthy human life available in the face of the dominant culture.”  More specifically, Sister Simone talked about letting ourselves be broken open by the pain of the world, and then live into hope in ways that are personally and socially transformative.

There is much value in these regular times of refreshment that re-center us in our commitment to the Gospel of Jesus. May our Easter Season also be such a time for us, here at St. Catherine’s!

In Christ,

Conversation on Pastoral Support for our Latino Community – this Sunday at 6 PM

This Sunday we will host a presentation on ways to provide tangible pastoral support to members of our Latino congregation in the face of escalating fears around arrests and deportations. Our conversation will begin this Sunday at the 6:00 PM service, and include local efforts via the Tillamook Human Rights Awareness group, “Know Your Rights” workshops presented by Causa, and a proposed collaborative plan with other Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Oregon.

All are invited to attend in support of our Latino communities, in prayer, and in making a commitment to tangible ways of embodying justice and mercy within our local context.

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.

Sunday, April 30th
Last Day for Underwear Donations

The backpack program at Nehalem Elementary School is still going strong and will continue through the end of the school year . Our team will assist with the weekly pack filling process this week and as needed to the end of the term.   Thanks to teammate Sharon for her cheerful and ever ready assistance! This has been a rewarding effort and the support  from all of you throughout the year has been wonderful.

The school staff members were so pleased with the generous sock donations and the children love the colors and styles available to them. This muddy, rainy spring has been hard on socks!

The county wide underwear collection at churches has been going well this month. The last day for donations will be this Sunday, April 30th. Thank you for your donations of underwear for all ages. The Tillamook Family and Youth Services Team will gather and distribute the items to schools,  Head Start, CARE and individuals in need throughout the county.

Beverly Goertzen
Mission Committee: Children and Families

More Concerts: Cannon Beach Chorus

Friday May 5 at 7 PM Peace Lutheran Church Astoria

Sunday May 7 at 3 PM Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church in Nehalem

Friday May 12 at 7 PM Cannon Beach Community Church

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 at the ECW website. Click here.

The Sign of Jonah by Tricia Gates Brown

(continuing our series of essays by our St Catherine’s Authors. More at Reflections on our web site)

Matthew 12:41-42: “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.”

Testing Jesus, leaders ask him for a sign. And as he’s sometimes wont to do, Jesus challenges them with an obscure teaching, saying they will only receive the “sign of Jonah.” Jesus himself will be the sign, holed up for three days in the belly of the Earth—just like Jonah in the belly of the whale. Then he offers the words above, proclaiming that outsiders like the Ninevites, even the Queen of Sheba will stand in judgment over the present generation because at least the outsiders recognized wisdom when it stopped to tap them on the back. The passage has much the same flavor as the parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew 22: fiery talk of judgement, the hapless outsiders who get in before the expected ones because they recognize something good when it goes down.

Last year a Mennonite church in Harrisonburg, Virginia decided to produce yard signs reading, “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” proclaiming the sentiment in English, Spanish and Arabic—the dominant languages in their community (to date, they have sent out 50,000 signs). In an interview, the pastor of the congregation told how the signs impacted him personally when he wrecked his bicycle in front of the Harrisonburg Islamic Center. Looking up from where he crashed, he saw the very sign his church had produced displayed on the Islamic Center’s lawn. It brought him comfort—knowing he would be helped at the center if needed. Apparently he sensed how it feels to be positioned as an outsider in need, and to be greeted with welcome.

What some Christian churches had not understood of Jesus’ teachings on hospitality, the Islamic Center clearly embraced.

Continued here.

Queen of Sheba