On June 4th we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the early Christian community, empowering the newly formed “church” to continue the work of Jesus in building and living in the Kingdom of God.
This year, we celebrate Pentecost in a very practical way as we continue filling our ministry roster in the areas of Sunday worship and maintenance of our physical plant. We have several posters to look at what is needed, and I’m hopeful that most of these needs can be filled with the gracious volunteering of all our members.
A huge thanks to those of you who have signed up already! Please talk with me if you have any questions around any of these areas of ministry at St. Catherine’s!
Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley to Visit on Sunday, May 21
Our Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese will join us for worship and our Bishop’s Advisory Meeting on Sunday, May 21. We are truly blessed to have her encouragement and guidance as we optimize our ministries and celebrate the fellowship and mutual care we treasure as the people of St. Catherine’s. I invite all of us to be there!
Taking Care of Our Building and Supporting Worship
Three posters are out in the Narthex (Entry) with opportunities for you to sign up for the work you might be able to do. Everything from daily prayers for the life of St Catherine’s to lawn mowing and singing. What would you like to do? Sign up Sunday or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregational Care: End of Life Decisions
End-of-life decisions are hard to think about, much less discuss with our loved ones. Yet, research shows that patients who do make advance care plans are less likely to die in the hospital or receive unwanted–and perhaps futile–intensive care. Their family members experience less emotional turmoil because they know they’re following their loved one’s wishes. Finally, the person who receives only palliative care often has fewer symptoms, less distress, and better quality of life than those who receive more aggressive treatment.
The bottom line: We’re much more likely to get what we want at the end of our life if we do some advance planning and talk to our families about the treatment we want.
For more on this subject, check out the New York Times article, “We’re Bad at Death. Can We Talk?” Click Link
In addition, the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will hold a presentation, “Understanding Hospice Care,”on Tuesday, May 23, 3 pm-5 pm. The cost is $5.
- What exactly is hospice care?
- Do all hospices provide identical services?
- How do I choose a hospice that is right for me, a family member or a friend
Barb Hansen has over 30 years of experience in Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice House operations. For more information, go to Hoffman Center Blog
These are tough topics but important ones!
Coordinator Congregational Care
Joni and Friends will be holding a retreat at Twin Rocks for families living with disabilities. They need Short Term Missionaries (STMs) to serve at the retreats. Christina Pfister (contact here via email@example.com) has the information and served as an STM last year. Dates are: August 13-18 and 20-25. Contact Brent Olstad (541) 897-0482
Pastoral News: Betty Powers
Betty is happily settled into the Avamere Care Center in Hillsboro. She is near her daughter, Janet Roth, and other daughters are also visiting and will be helping her during the summer. Address for cards is:
Avamere Rehabilitation Center, Room 511, Bed 2
650 SE Oak St
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Betty’s View and Flowers
A new essay by Tricia Gates Brown:
For me, the question “Do you believe the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God,” is a difficult one to answer in a paragraph or two (or in the space of a Facebook comment). The answer is “yes”—which sounds simple enough. But the challenge comes in what I mean by “inspired,” and what the questioner means. I certainly believe human beings—regular human beings—wrote the biblical texts. God did not possess them and “take hold of the pen,” metaphorically speaking. And I believe sometimes human beings are inspired. That is to say, sometimes human beings have such a profound experience of God that they are in-Spirited, or filled to the brim with the God nature they were born with, and in such times, capable of discerning ineffable truths.
All human beings are capable of transcendent experiences, of being filled with Spirit, and for long moments, of being “more than they are.” Certainly the biblical texts, which were assessed and appreciated for centuries before they were deemed biblical (the Christian canon was not fully finalized until the 5th century CE), contain a treasure trove of these moments. But do I believe that every section and sentence of the Bible is so inspired, so written out of a deep communion with God, and thus glowing with truth and wisdom? No. Sometimes—often—humans are demonstrably fallible; including when they are writing what will one day become scripture. Some of what the Bible captures is the person writing at their most wrecked—such as when a Psalmist, in his or her anguish, fantasizes smashing the infants of their enemies against stones. And yet, I don’t see this as discrediting the value of scripture. It is important that the Bible captures the full spectrum of human experience and the history of a people group. Surely, the story the biblical authors told had a meaning much larger than they understood as they were telling it. It is an arc of deepening consciousness—of the ebb and flow of human wisdom.