Dear Community in Christ:
One the issues that has come to the fore in this extraordinarily polarized and divisive political campaign is the question of “values and character.” Even as we recognize that the national discourse is multilayered and often compromised, and even acknowledging that people hold a wide variety of positions, it still behooves us, as people of faith, to be able to articulate the foundational moral and ethical values of our particular spiritual tradition.
As Christians who express our Gospel values in the Episcopal tradition, our clearest language is found in the Baptismal Covenant. Upon being baptized, and every time we renew those vows, we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all people,” and “strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
In its most essential form, this means that each person, no matter how different, is seen as a fully human being and created in God’s image. Even at our most broken and fallen, we are beloved of God and reconciled in Christ. To remember the words of Paul in his letter to the Romans, “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
To be guided by these words is to have clarity in many things. The moment a person is used as an object in another group or person’s narrative, then this commandment, this imperative to respect, has been violated and compromised. And this is true in every aspect of life, including politics, economic and political systems, personal relationships, and also in the sphere of sexual ethics. In any of these, our faith calls us to avoid any objectivising of the other, and to relate with all people through the lens of our inherent nature as children of God. No exceptions.
Blessings in Christ,
Ice Cream Social to Thank You
Congregational Care invites you to an ice cream social after the 9:30 service on Sunday, October 16th. We will celebrate the gift of caring. If you’ve prayed for someone in our church community, called or visited a member at home, prepared and delivered a meal, given a ride, sent a birthday card, or taken home communion to a person unable to come to church. It takes all of us — we thank you for sharing God’s love.
Congregational Care Coordinator
Saturday October 15 9:30 AM Audit Committee
Sunday October 16 after 9:30 AM service Bishop’s Advisory Committee BAC (Parish Council)
A new poem by Phyllis Mannan, first published in The North Coast Squid:
We arrive for afternoon tea
and smell chicken and cabbage
simmering. Aunt Hannah says,
Have a cookie … wear my blue
apron to gather the eggs
so the chickens will know you.
Read it all here on our St Catherine’s web site – where we feature our authors and artists.
You Can Help St. Catherine’s Earn Donations Just By Shopping with Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
- 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 (best to use as there are several St. Catherine’s).
- Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping (non- profit) 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.
- For more information, please click here.
Fall Study Program:
Journey to Your Creative Heart
Thursdays at 4:00 PM
The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
by Julia Cameron
The Kingdom of Sound
How does sound calm or energize us? What are the songs of our lives? Where do we find silence? Can we hear the music of the stars? Explore the Kingdom of Sound this week.
You are welcome to attend even if you have not read the book or come before. Sharon Smith and Patricia+ will facilitate.
Convention Basket Raffle HELP needed
Diocesan Convention is fast approaching, and so is theCommission on Poverty and Homelessness’ Annual Basket Raffle! St. Catherine’s has always participated with a basket for the raffle.
This is one of two major fundraisers for the Commission which supports programs to create support and community with those experiencing poverty or homelessness.
Would you like to take on this opportunity to organize our basket? Pick a theme — ask members to seek donations from merchants or buy something for the basket. Let Patricia+ or Ann+ know that you want to spearhead this project!
To support recovery in Haiti and the Southeast US click here for Episcopal Relief and Development.
Readings for this week
8:00 AM Worship
9:30 AM Worship Service with music
Ice Cream Social
English and Spanish
10 AM Lectio Divina
at Center for Contemplative Arts
in Manzanita led
by Lola Sacks
Underhill Plaza Manzanita Ave
and Division St.
7:00 AM Altar Boys
and Gospel Study
Fall Study Program
The Vein of Gold:
A Journey to Your Creative Heart
The Kingdom of Sound facilitated by Sharon Smith
Kingdom of Sight
7:00 PM AA
Blessing of the Animals
and blessing of babies
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