December 15, 2016

Dear ones in Christ,

Prayers for Dorene Dunlap
Our beloved music director was hospitalized this week with ongoing complications from Parkinson’s. As of today, she is still in the hospital, but in good spirits and getting stronger. Since she has limited energy for phone calls or visits, the best support for her at this time is with our prayers and cards. Her mailing address is: ­­­­­P.O. Box 224, Manzanita, OR 97130.

Lessons and Carols this Sunday
Our Sunday worship this Sunday will begin with a shortened Eucharistic service at St. Catherine’s at 9:30 AM, followed by Lessons and Carols at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church at 11:00.  These shared worship opportunities are emerging from our local clergy gatherings, looking at ways to express community-building and unity as a way to live faithfully into what the Gospel of Jesus calls us to do today. Please be part of this work with your presence at the shared Lessons and Carols!

Christmas Tea
Our Christmas Tea is tomorrow at 1 PM. Be there, invite some guests, and have a wonderful time even as we collect funds in support of local businesses and individuals rebuilding after the tornado.

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 in January. 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 this Friday

Prizes. Basket of candies from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach. A wooden birdhouse ornament by Jim Fontaine, lots of others. All funds will go to Tornado Relief.

Set up tables and chairs at 10 AM at the Pine Grove. Those hosting tables will decorate following set up. Bring your tea goodies before tea begins. Tea begins at 1 PM and clean up before 4 PM.  Your help is needed.

Becky Berg, Coordinator

Las Posadas
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.

The Quintana family will host on Friday, December 16 at 6 PM at the church.

Potluck posada at the church the evening of Sunday, December 18 at 6 PM.

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.

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve, December 24th  –  Music, carols and hymns at 5:30 PM, followed by a Festive Eucharist at 6:00 PM

A single service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 25th at 9:30 AM

Help Needed for Christmas at St Catherine’s

We have several dates for “Greening the Church.” Sign up for the one that works for you. See list in entry on the welcome table.

Saturday, December 17:
Decorate the windows and other places in church at 9:30 AM.

Saturday, December 24:
Altar flowers. 9:30 AM

Thanks to Bill and Ginny for getting a tree for the narthex (entry) and for stringing up outdoor lights.

Thanks, as always, to the cleaning crews for their faithful work each week. Room on the crews for more helpers to keep the garbage emptied, the floors mopped and the bathrooms sparkling. Teams of 2 work every 5-6 weeks. Let Ann+ know if you are interested in helping with this ministry.


Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christmas Message from the Presiding Bishop

Click here to watch ++Michael Curry’s Christmas Message

“This child came to show us how to change the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2016. “So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.”