Lenten Reflections from St Catherine’s

A weekly reflection on the meaning of Lent by members of St. Catherine’s. This week: Tricia Gates Brown: member of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee

With Gladness and Singleness of Heart (excerpt). Read it all here.

The forty-day season of Lent is traditionally viewed as commemorating Jesus’ forty days of wandering and being tested in the desert. It is a season of “preparation” through focused prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, atonement, and various forms of sacrifice. The entire liturgical year is a metaphorical walking out and remembrance of the Christian story and how it mirrors the human story, and within this metaphorical “walking out,” Lent reminds us that deserts are part of our journey. They are inevitable phases in the cycle of spiritual life, which is to say human life.

Since my 2015-16 desert experience, and the healer’s vision that presaged it, I have gained new perspective on why we do Lent. Never have I experienced such a charged and accelerated period of contemplation, growth, soul-searching, prayer, and turning (repentance), as during that time. And the fact is, we cannot sustain such periods. The intensity is overwhelming, and the level of focus needed to walk those times is too draining, drawing us away from other tasks. So every year, the liturgical calendar invites us to set aside forty days to be especially intentional about contemplation, growth, soul-searching, prayer, and turning. Surely, life will lead us into personal deserts that will accelerate our spiritual growth if we allow them. People we love will die or reject us; depressions and illnesses will come; jobs, homes, and other forms of security will be lost; we will become disillusioned about who we are and our purpose on this planet. We cannot avoid existential crises. But we don’t have to wait for the unexpected descent of tragedy and struggle to periodically intensify our spiritual practice and soul-searching. Tragedies will—hopefully—happen rarely.

Read the rest here.

Nehalem Elementary School Partnership 

Thanks for the contributions of socks for our elementary school kids. The basket is filling up. Fred Meyer is having a “buy one package, get one 1/2 price sale” on socks. (use your rewards card to add $$ to St Catherine’s too – see below) Or leave a check with socks in the memo line and we will order socks for  you.

The children are in Kindergarten through Grade Five.

Nehalem Elementary School Partnership Coordinator,
Beverly  Goertzen 

Food Bank Update

The volunteer helpers at North County Food Bank really appreciate the food and other items St Catherine’s members have donated to support people in our community. Some of you have asked what would be good to add to one’s cart for the Food Bank when shopping.

This week I asked a woman at the front desk if she could suggest high priority needs. She put some non-food items at the top of the list. 

Diapers and Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper (each family gets only two rolls per week), Bar Soap

High demand food items include:

Top Ramen, Soup, Canned Vegetables, Oatmeal, Rice, Mac & Cheese, Canned Meat, Peanut butter.  (Jelly might be nice, too!)

This Food Bank is only open on Tuesday afternoon and it is very busy place.

Food Bank at Covenant Church:  Covenant Community Church also has food and other items for people in need as part of their ministry.  They are open Monday through Thursday from 9am until 2pm.  I talked to Rich Walters who shared some his observations about needs in the community.  Last month was one of their busiest months.   He noted the need for toiletries, including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and toilet paper.  Their food pantry includes canned goods like soup and vegetables, packable items that only need hot water to prepare, and dry foods.  Don’t forget pets need food, too.  Other things that people need:  batteries, small first aid kits, socks, t-shirts and underwear.  Their mission is a bit broader than the food bank in that they serve homeless and travelers, too.

Leave your items in the basket at church. I will deliver them. The need is great and we can help.  Thanks.

Sharon Smith
Fook Bank Liaison 

Labyrinth Committee Update

Saturday March 25, 10 AM the Labyrinth Committee will meet to review the experience of having the canvas labyrinth at St. Catherine’s. The committee was empowered by the BAC to investigate the idea of having a St Catherine’s labyrinth and offer recommendations for a plan and next steps. If you want to be part of the committee or have ideas send a note to her – click Molly Oliver. Or call.

Molly Oliver
Labyrinth Committee Chair

St. Catherine’s Folks Out and About

As it rains and rains on the coast – many of our members travel to sunnier parts of the world. Ginny and Bill Larson traveled to Phoenix AZ.

Bill writes: “This past Saturday in Phoenix, I rode in the Tour De Cure for my dear daughter and grandson and for all diabetics. Thank you to all friends and family for your support. I thought of you all as the temp hits 95, it kept me going.”

Vicki and Byron Melton cheered them on. Thanks Vicki for the photo.



Fred Meyer Reward Cards Earn
Cash for St Catherine’s

Thanks to those of you who have linked your Fred Meyer Rewards card to St Catherine participation. Your supporters (6 households) who shopped at Fred Meyer between 10-1-2016 and 12-31-2016 (Cycle 2016, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $22.47 total donation. (we were only in it for a month)

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to St Catherine’s Church here.

You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 84233.

Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping St Catherine’s earn a donation!

You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

April 2 at 6 PM
Godly Play
Click to watch
“The Mystery of Easter”