Vicar’s Column

This week, our Spiritual Companioning Group lived into the “service” component of our purpose as we accepted an invitation to visit with the Resident Counselors (RC’s) at Camp Magruder.

Camp Magruder is one of several facilities supported jointly by the Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries of Oregon and Idaho and the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. The system of camps welcomes hundreds of young people each summer and throughout the year, as well as hosting a wide variety of adult camp and retreat opportunities.

For this visit, we were responding to a request from the camp directors to provide venues to support their Resident Counselors. These young adults serve throughout the summer, living with their campers and sharing the experiences of each day. Modeling leadership, adaptability, respect, enrichment and teamwork, they are a foundational piece of the campers’ experience.

This past Tuesday, we had the joy of sharing their weekly support and check-in.  After a brief introduction by Hope, Program Director, we spent a gracious hour or so with Bek, McKaila, Mysteri, Sarah and Jacob. Ranging in age from 17 through mid 20’s, this amazing group of young adults welcomed us in a wonderful conversation that included sharing hopes for this work, needs and experiences with their campers, and joint memories around camping experiences. It was also a time to pray together, and carry a commitment to keep supporting them with our prayers and “whatever else is needed.”

In Christ,

Celebrating our Anniversary

Watch for announcements about celebrating the anniversary of our church building. Coming September 10 (Sunday after Labor Day). For history click here.

Kay Stoltz
Head Wrangler

Nehalem Elementary School Partnership

Please help us get 15 sturdy backpacks rounded up for the school children. The packs last year were wonderful and held up  throughout the school year. Look for ones that might fit younger children (no logos or cartoons please) but still big enough to carry food for the weekend. Costco has a sale on youth back

Bring your used plastic grocery bags to church! The bags are used as outer bags for the food we pack into the backpacks, bags for wet swimsuits and towels, rain soaked clothes and any number of other uses.

Thank you for your support.
Beverly Goertzen 
Nehalem Elementary School Partnership Coordinator 

Classical Guitar Concert This Coming Sunday

July 16 at 4 PM, William Jenks will present a concert at St Catherine’s. $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students.

This is a rare opportunity to hear three internationally renowned guitar masters in a single concert. Click here for more information.

The program will include the compositions of George Frederic Handel – specifically, his Harp Concerto Grosso, featuring Jenks on the first guitar part and David Tutmark on the second—Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, and Isaac Albeniz. Cumplido will present the music of J.S. Bach and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as his own compositions. Gonzalez will explore the works of Kevin Seddiki, R. Sainz de la Maza, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, and others.

Outdoor Labyrinth Available on the Great Lawn

We now have an labyrinth painted on the lawn at the church. It is situated where the permanent labyrinth will be, giving us an idea of how that labyrinth will look in our space, and is roughly the size that the permanent labyrinth will be. If you want an opportunity to walk a labyrinth in a quiet place at your leisure, you can go check it out. Because it is painted on grass and is hard to see from the side, here are some pointers for finding it:  The labyrinth is approached from the gravel path farthest from the church building. It is painted on the lawn area near the Memorial Wall.

Tricia Gates Brown
Design Committee

Please note the following dates as we “inaugurate” our canvas Labyrinth and share options and dreams for the permanent outdoor Labyrinth:

Saturday July 22
Noon – 2:00 PM
Canvas Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, July 23
After the 9:30 service
Labyrinth Design Presentation and Congregational Focus Group

Tuesday, July 25
7 PM in the church
Labyrinth Design Presentation and Wider Community Focus Group