March 30, 2017

Holy Week Services:

April 13 Maundy Thursday service:  5 PM
April 14 Good Friday service:  Noon

April 15 Saturday:  Church cleanup for Easter Sunday
April 16 EASTER:  No 8 AM service, principal service at 9:30

Labyrinth Committee Update

Following the Labyrinth presentation of 2/26, the committee reflected on feedback, ideas and suggestions. Here are some highlights:

  • The original vision for an outdoor Labyrinth continues to appeal because a space that is always open and available helps our grounds be a place of welcome as it supports spiritual experience for all people.
  • There also seem to be significant benefits to an indoor Labyrinth, including availability when weather is bad, and use during special services.
  • A canvas Labyrinth can also be taken to other locations, which would allow the Labyrinth to develop as form of outreach and mission.

 With these (and other) possibilities in mind, the committee is supporting purchasing a canvas Labyrinth, thanks to a generous gift from a member of St Catherine’s, while also moving forward with researching and design of an outdoor Labyrinth.

Finally, in order to create more stakeholders from the local community, the committee is exploring the option of building the outdoor Labyrinth with simpler technique and more readily available materials. This would allow for a transitional Labyrinth to be built relatively quickly, with a concrete-based option delayed until further funding can be procured. As one of the committee members shared, “this would allow us to start using it soon, and listen to what the Labyrinth tells us about the final form in which it wants to be built.”

Molly Oliver
Labyrinth Committee

Lenten Reflections from St Catherine’s

A weekly reflection on the meaning of Lent by members of St. Catherine’s. This week: Vicki Melton, Senior Warden for the Bishop’s Committee. Read them all here.

Lent is a time for reflection, study and discipline.  Over the years I taken on many different practices for Lent.  I have worked to develop better habits (the only one that stuck was fastening my seat belt). I’ve attended book studies, bible studies, discussion groups, and classes on a variety of topics. I’ve eaten a lot of delicious soup. Each of these has, in its own way, fed my need for growth and reflection, both as an individual and as part of the body of Christ. What does Lent mean to me? I guess it is a time to take stock of where I am, and why, and where I need to be.

This year Lent started during our camping trip through the southwest. We made no plan for study, reflection or self-improvement.  We’ve heard Lenten sermons in three different churches.  We’ve spent time with a friend struggling with the effects of debilitating illness, with a couple learning to live with memory loss after many years together. We’ve seen amazing sunrises over the desert, rock formations that seem impossible, laughed and shared meals with friends and family, heard a traditional story told by a Lakota Sioux elder as we gathered wood for her campfire.  Now we’re in Mexico, an unplanned visit, sitting with our friend Maria Elena and her family as they pray the novena after the death of her husband Juan Manuel.  It’s where we need to be.

A Visit to the Pérez Family

Janet Robinson reports on the Pérez family who have moved further south along the coast: Jaqueline graduates from Community College in June and is working as a teacher aide at the local elementary school. Gustavo finished his classes at NHS in January and will graduate with his class June 3rd. He plans to work a year and then attend a construction college in Portland. Isaías Junior finishes middle school in June and says the change in schools has been a little challenging. Brisie is in the school band playing the clarinet. Both Isaías, Senior, and Irma work at a dairy farm across the street and like their work and its convenient location.


Make Palm Crosses

Palm Sunday is April 9th and the Altar Guild will be making Palm Crosses for our celebration Saturday April 8 at 9:00 AM. Come have fun learning to make them. Or if you know how to make them – come teach others.


Last year’s palm cross making.

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.