|From the Vicar
Dear ones in Christ,
Through these days of crisis with my parents, I have been sustained in no small measure by your support and prayers, as well as by the surety of your ability and willingness to maintain the ministries and well being of St. Catherine’s. Thank you!
Right now, each day brings its own challenges. My sister and I are working to create a plan of care that is sustainable over the long haul. Our hope is to manage the care and support needed by our parents, but also retain as much as possible our ability to maintain our life obligations.
At St. Catherine’s, your BAC has been generous in offering support. Thankfully, I think we can manage this balance by making a few, simple changes over the summer (note calendar in the side bar of this edition of The Tidings):
- We will put the 8:00 AM service on hiatus until the fall.
- Services at 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM continue as always.
- Ann+ will be available to cover emergencies, and assist with congregational care,
- As much as possible, we will continue our regular ministries and projects. In fact, this can be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and enhance our leadership as a community.
Finally, we can be reminded of the need for flexibility and grace. By focusing on relationship and mutual support, I’m hopeful we can move through this time in my life and yours in ways that will leave us united, strong and connected.
Yours in Christ,
Thank You Byron Melton
Thanks to Byron Melton for leading worship on Sunday July 10. We have such outstanding leadership in ministry at St. Catherine’s.
What Are We Doing With the Backpack Project?
It’s hard to believe that there isn’t much time before school children will be heading back to class. This year, thanks to the generous spirit of St. Catherine’s parishioners, going back to school will be even more fun for some of the students at Nehalem Elementary. We have given our support to the school Backpack Program and that means children who live without daily food security will have food available to them even on the weekends.
Rose Hucek runs the volunteer program at Nehalem Elementary and she does it with a passion. The children were sent boxes of shelf stable food items to help their families through the summer months. When asked what we could do to assist with the Backpack Program as partners, it was decided that we would help with funding and we would also assist with filling the backpacks. Our church has already donated $1,000.00 toward food purchases for the new school year. Wonderful!
Next, we have the opportunity to provide the children with something many of them have never had-new backpacks! We will get an updated count before classes begin, but at this stage we know we will be providing at least 35 backpacks. The backpacks need to be good-sized and quite sturdy. If you are purchasing backpacks there are many popular designs for backpacks but be aware that some depict violent or sexist characters or words. LL Bean currently has a sale and free shipping on backpacks for school children.
As the school year gets underway, we will also be providing volunteer support to fill the backpacks. I will be providing more information on how to help soon.
You’ve already done such a fantastic job with providing a child needed items to wear this summer. I feel really blessed to have found a group of people in this little church on a patch of green who have big hearts and who are willing to give of themselves to improve the lives of children in our community. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 503-355-2084 or email me at email@example.com
Former Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning
The 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, died Monday, July 11, 2016 at the age of 87. Bishop Browning served as presiding bishop from 1986 through 1997.
He was retired in Hood River. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Cathedral Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm. The Most Rev. Michael Curry, current presiding bishop, will officiate. A reception will follow in Kempton Hall. All are welcome.
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