October 20, 2016

Dear Community in Christ:

Ecumenical Service to be
held at St. Catherine’s
Friday, October 21 at 6 PM

As we process the aftermath of last week’s tornado, we give thanks for many blessings even in the midst the damage, and also look to how we can continue supporting the people, homes and businesses within our community that were most affected.

As part of this response, the pastors of four of our local churches invite all of our community to gather in an ecumenical service of thanksgiving and prayer. We will have an address written by Gary Bullard, Mayor of Manzanita, and delivered by Mike Scott, City Councilor and upcoming mayor. We will also hold a collection that will go towards the Manzanita Tornado Relief Fund.

The service will take place tomorrow, Friday October 21st at 6 PM here at St. Catherine’s, preceded by a choir and music rehearsal at 5 PM.

As the hosting congregation, I would ask all of us to attend in a spirit of hospitality and welcome for all. This will be a wonderful opportunity to pray, reflect and sing together in ways that will reflect the diverse expressions of faith within our overall community.

In Christ,

Ice Cream Social to Thank You
Happening this Sunday!

Postponed from last week: Congregational Care invites you to an ice cream social after the 9:30 service on Sunday, October 23rd. 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.

Phyllis Mannan
Congregational Care Coordinator

October Meetings

Sunday October 23 after 9:30 AM service Bishop’s Advisory Committee BAC (Parish Council)

Godly Play this Sunday at 6 PM

This week, October 23 at 6 PM, the Godly Play story will be “THE GREAT FAMILY”, the Old Testament story about how God’s presence is everywhere and that we are all a part of one family no matter where we live in this world and no matter what we look like and what we think or believe.

Janet Robinson
Godly Play Teacher

Christmas Tea is Coming!

The annual Christmas Tea is in the works. Becky Berg is heading up the planning. The Tea will be Friday,  December 16th, 1:00 P.M. at the Pine Grove. Donations will be go to support the Tornado Relief Fund.

Can you help: host a table, tell a Christmas story, make tasty items for the tea, set up or clean up? There is a job for everyone. The Tea is a way to celebrate community and raise funds for local needs. This year the focus is on recovery from the tornado through fellowship and fund raising. Let Becky know if you can help by replying to this email.

You Can Help St. Catherine’s 
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.
· 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.
· For more information, please click here. 

Fall Study Program:
Journey to Your Creative Heart

Thursdays at 4:00 PM

The program from last week will be held this week due to the tornado!

The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
by Julia Cameron

October 20  
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.

Sock it to Me!This is the time of year when the guests of Rahab’s Sisters are in need of socks and stockings to keep their feet warm and dry. You and your church can help by bringing packages of socks to the Rahab’s Sisters table during convention. Patricia+, Ann+ and Lianne are attending Convention. Leave your socks in the basket for us to take from St Catherine’s.

ALSO: unused soaps, lotions and shampoos will also be collected.

For more on Rahab’s Sisters ministry to vulnerable and exploited women in Portland click here.