Dear ones in Christ,
I’m writing this column from Portland after a difficult few days with my family. On Tuesday, my sister called me with the news that our father, who had been hospitalized over the weekend, had taken a turn for the worse and was no longer responsive.
Over the course of these past few days, his condition actually improved somewhat, and seems to have stabilized once again. This afternoon, the decision was made to put him on hospice care, but readmit him to the facility where he has been residing the past few months with a more robust plan of care adapted to his changed medical needs.
These days remind me that the journey of our lives is always in God’s hands, and much as we would like to plan our endings and our beginnings, things will happen in their due time. I ask for your continued prayers for Bill, for my mother Chelo, my sister Laura, and all our family.
I hope to travel back to Manzanita tomorrow evening, and look forward to observing the First Sunday of Lent with you as we worship together. As always, I thank you for your support, your love, and your prayers.
Ash Wednesday by Kay Stoltz
At the Noon Ash Wednesday service Kay Stoltz gave a brief homily to help us begin our Lent:
“Jesus tell us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I suggest we examine: What are our treasures? What gives us pleasure? What fills our time?
This Lent Season is a time to examine what/where our emphasis should be. What feeds our souls and brings us closer to God? Identify these treasures, and rid ourselves of those that don’t.
We then arrive at Easter to celebrate this closer, deeper relationship to God.”
Congregational Care Resource Day
On Sunday, March 12, materials from our Congregational Care Library will be on display in the entry area. Please stop by before or after one of the morning services to take a look. Homemade cookies or rolls, coffee, tea and fruit will be available.
Godly Play this Sunday at 6 PM
The Parable of the Sower will be told at Godly Play this Sunday. Janet Robinson tells the story and then the children wonder with her about the meaning for their lives. More on Godly Play here.
A Lenten Opportunity from Grace Astoria
Lenten Study: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis
Our Lenten book study this year will be open both to St. Catherine’s and the wider community. We will read and discuss Jim Wallis’ book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. The group will meet on Wednesdays, with the possibility of both a morning or early afternoon group and also an evening group to accommodate various scheduling needs. The series will begin on Wednesday, March 8, and conclude on Wednesday April 12th. The book can be purchased on Amazon, and is also available as an electronic download.
Please e-mail me here to sign up, and let me know whether you would prefer a day time or evening time slot.
Click here for a more in-depth description of the book: click here.
Click here for an introduction to Jim Wallis’ work as a pastor, Christian activist and founder and editor of Sojourner’s magazine:
From our Labyrinth event: the poem that Karin read to us about taking the labyrinth to the Youth prison:
Take an empty space.
Read it all here.
Shrove Tuesday Photos
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