June 7, 2017

Vicar’s Notes:

Gifts of the Spirit

Pentecost is a time to affirm the gifts of the Spirit as we connect ministries and gifts to do new things. My thanks to all who are supporting and volunteering for the many ministries that support our church. Here are some highlights:

Monthly Potluck after church every second Sunday:  We’ve had interest and a group of us saying “let’s do it!” So every second Sunday, starting this coming Sunday, June 11, all are invited to bring a dish to share after church. We’ll just set a quick table in the narthex, and enjoy a time of fellowship eating together. Bring a dish!

Spiritual Companioning Group:  This group will focus on deepening the Christian life and fostering friendships through study, mutual support, prayer and service. The group will begin meeting at 7 PM on Tuesdays, starting next Tuesday, June 13th.

Sunday Worship:  A huge thanks to many of you who recommitted or added your name to our various Sunday ministries, including hospitality, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, counters, ushers and greeters, Altar Guild, cleaners, flowers, etc…  In all of this, I especially want to mention and thank Jan Tarr, who offers the gift of prayer for all of St. Catherine’s!

New direction for the 8 AM service

Effective immediately, the 8 AM service will transition to a lay-led Bible Study and prayer time, led by Janet Lease and Phill Mannan. Thank you!

Sunday Music this Summer

For the next few months we’ll continue singing simple songs and hymns using guitars for instrumentation. For those who would like to support our music with your voice or additional instrumentation, we’ll have a simple rehearsal each Sunday before the service, from 8:45 to 9:10. This will give us a little time to practice, while also clearing the sanctuary for those who would like to arrive early for private prayer before worship.  A huge thanks to Tricia Gates Brown, who generously played guitar with Crog each Sunday throughout the spring.

In Christ,

Neahkahnie High School Graduation
and Baccalaureate

At St. Mary’s in Rockaway
Patricia+ preached

Luis Gustavo Pérez Arellano


Our Authors Write

St Catherine’s is blessed with many writers. Here is the latest from Kay Stoltz: HOPE

Hebrews 6:13-20
The reading May 30, 2017. Verse 19 reads: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain. 

What is hope in my life? And there it is:  I hope I’m not late. I hope the roads are clear. I hope it doesn’t rain today.
Anchor of the soul? Such mundane things? Superficial?

Faith, Hope and Charity. Paul speaks of this triad as the foundation of our Christian belief, and says this about hope.
and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5

How do I find this deeper hope, the anchor that will quiet my restless mind, give me ease? No matter how hard I think, how much I try, I can’t find it.

OK, God, I give up. What is this hope that Paul speaks of, the anchor of the soul?  I am drawn to more passages in the bible until I find this one.

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Matthew 7:7

I am asking, Lord.

And led to this.

And therefore I have hope.
The steadfast love of the Lord never
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
            great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations: 3:21-24


Read more from St Catherine’s authors at Reflections on our web site. Click Here