From the Vicar

Fall Program:
A Journey to Your
Creative Heart

This fall, I invite you to a 9-week series exploring the connection between personal creativity and spirituality. We will use The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart by Julia Cameron (author of The Artist’s Way) as our primary text, and then add additional material on creativity, the sacred imagination and Christian spirituality as we explore and share different approaches to the creative process.

My hope for this series is that it will also be a place where we can connect with our unique capacity for creativity, deepen relationships within our community, and also share some of our unique gifts and talents with others.

“In the Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart, Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, draws from her remarkable teaching experience to help readers reach out into ever-broadening creative horizons. As in The Artist’s Way, she combines eloquent essays with playful and imaginative experiential exercises to make The Vein of Gold an extraordinary book of learning-through-doing. Inspiring essays on the creative process and more than one hundred engaging and energizing tasks involve the reader in “inner play,” leading to authentic growth, renewal, and healing.”

The class will meet Thursdays 4-6 PM at the church, and follow the following schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 22:  Setting Out
Thursday, Sept. 29:  The Kingdom of Story
Thursday, Oct 6:       The Kingdom of Sight
Thursday, Oct 13:     The Kingdom of Sound
Thursday Oct 20:     The Kingdom of Attitude
Thursday Oct 27:      The Kingdom of Relationship
Thursday Nov 3:       Diocesan Convention – no class
Thursday Nov 10:     The Kingdom of Spirituality
Thursday Nov 17:      The Kingdom of Possibility
Thursday Nov 24:     Thanksgiving – no class
Thursday Dec 1:         Breaking Camp

To register, click here, or sign up at the church. Each person is asked to purchase their own book.


Congregational Care Meeting this Saturday

Saturday, September 3 Congregational Care will meet at 9:30 AM. Phyllis Mannan, Coordinator says, “We’ll talk about creating a support group for caregivers and offering a workshop on end-of-life legal decisions. Please join us.”

Congregational Care provides meals and a ministry of presence for those unable to attend weekly events, celebrates birthdays and anniversaries, provides home communion and a prayer ministry, maintains a library and holds workshops on living fully at all stages of life. Join us if this is a ministry for you.

Contact Phyllis Mannan for more information

Flowers for Sundays

Do you have flowers in your garden that could be shared for our worship service?  Would you be willing to bring them for someone to arrange or arrange them yourself once in awhile? OR would you like to help with the ongoing ministry of the Flower Guild? Contact Ann+ if you can help with this enhancement of our worship.



Sunday September 11!
After the 9:30 AM worship service

We are reviving the celebration of the opening of St. Catherine’s new building, official on September 2005. As was done on past celebrations, we will set up outside on our beautiful grounds. Our resident deer family may even join us.

If you can, arrive early to set up tables and chairs outside. Please bring a main dish, and salad or another accompaniment. Dessert will be furnished.

We will walk down memory lane with Steve Jones, Byron Melton and others who were part of the group that are responsible for the beautiful building we enjoy today.

Music –  Laughter –  Good times – Enjoy the fellowship of the wonderful people of St. Catherine’s.

Bring a friend.

Kay Stoltz

Our Members Write 

Check out St Catherine’s web site to read what our members are writing. We have many talented authors and we showcase their work on our Reflections page. Click here.

A new poem by Phyllis Mannan:The shore pine snag stands, alive
and itself, beyond time.

Trunk and stripped limbs fired ocher
and carnelian against a fading

sky, it reaches with simple dignity
toward the ether. Phantoms roost

in its contorted branches or mingle
with broken twigs in the dark duff.

How tender the kinship between
this tree and its spirits, the familiarity

with which the almost-birds fit
their perches. The birds becoming

branches, branches becoming birds
held in the dimming light—the sky,

the tree, and the shadow birds one,
the tree gathering its spirits like cotton
Read more here

Painting by Sue Hutchins: Poem and painting are from the Hoffman Center “Word and Image” project.

Our Backpack Project

Photos of the delivery to Nehalem School. Parents and Supporters meeting on September 6 at 6:30 PM at the school. Thanks everyone.

Beverly Goertzen, coordinator.


Bishop Michael visits St Catherine’s

Tuesday, Bishop Michael and Marla Hanley, their dog Jonah and a friend from Minnesota dropped by to picnic on our grounds.  A lovely surprise.