Blessings of Christmas
at St. Catherine’s

Dear ones in Christ,

As we near the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we find ourselves with worship and fellowship opportunities that fill our days. We had a wonderful time last Sunday with a joint worship and Lessons and Carols with Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church. In a world that is ever-more divided and polarized, coming together in ways that foster unity and inclusion is one of the most faithful and effective ways we can bring our Christian commitments into our world and communities.

In Christ,

Christmas Services

5:30 PM Dec. 24
A celebration of Spanish-language Christmas music and traditions
6:00 PM Dec 24
Christmas Eve service with traditional Christmas carols

December 25 (Christmas Day):
Service held at St. Catherine’s at 9:30 AM

Opportunities to help others:
Our Mission Committee is continually working on ways to connect with needs within our community. Your Christmas donation to our mission and community services this year will:

  • Assist in providing services for children in need at Nehalem Elementary
  • Assist a family in need who recently suffered a fire in which the father has been injured and many of their household goods destroyed (see note below from Beverly Goertzen)

 To help, make a check payable to St. Catherine’s and add “mission needs” in the memo line.

Year-end giving
Thank you for faithful and generous giving throughout the year that allows us to meet our financial obligations as a church. As we come to the end of the year, please review your financial commitment to St. Catherine’s and do what you can to complete your pledge. Additional financial support goes a huge way to cover unanticipated expenses and maintain our ability to live into our worship, ministry and mission commitments as Christian community. Gifts can be mailed to the church at the following address:

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 251
Manzanita, OR 97130

Our volunteer Financial Administrator will be mailing year-end contribution statements in January.

Family in Need

A family is in need of some help to tide them over the next couple of months until the father can go back to work. There are specific clothing items needed for a variety of ages and basic food pantry items.

Non perishable foods can be brought to the church for the family. For the clothing items check with Beverly via email: Fred Meyer gift cards are also a possibility. Or you can donate through St. Catherine’s — just note “family in need” in the information line.

Beverly Goertzen
Elementary School Outreach Coordinator

Two Posadas: you are invited
Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration of good food, songs and a brief liturgy that recounts the story of Mary and Joseph leading up to the birth of the Christ Child on December 24th.  You are welcome to enjoy this festive occasion – bring friends.

Kids love Posadas!

Wednesday, December 21 at 6 PM sponsored by Vicki and Janet. At the Melton’s 9355 Nehalem Rd.

Thursday, December 22 at 6 PM hosted by the Cázarez family. At 11270 Evergreen Way, Nehalem.

Annual Meeting January 22
Following the 9:30 AM service

Bishop’s Advisory Committee Membership

The Bishop’s Advisory Committee comprises the lay leadership of our church.  Its membership is drawn from contributing members of St. Catherine’s who have a heart for the wholeness and growth of our congregation, and are willing and able to work with others as part of a diverse team. We will have several positions to fill at our Annual Meeting, January 22. If you would like to be considered to serve your church in this capacity, please contact me directly by e-mail, or by phone at 503-457-5244


Christmas Tea Photos

Becky                     Phyllis                       Dick

Kathy                       Molly                      Colleen

More photos click here